Local update on COVID-19 & more
March 5, 2021
Fun Fact Friday and in Celebration of Women's History Month
Today for Fun Fact Friday we focus on Women's History Month - featuring a treasured Monterey civic leader, Minnie Coyle. Read more about Minnie Coyle at
Photo credit: Mayo Hayes O'Donnell Library. Thank you to the collections in the California History Room, and the Monterey Regional Airport. The photo in the above postcard is from an airport display a few years ago celebrating, "Pioneering Women in Monterey." Our City historian helped with this project, and we are happy for the opportunity to republish.
City of Monterey Neighborhood Playgrounds Reopen -
Sports to Reopen Mid-March with Some Restrictions
Today the City Manager signed a new emergency order reopening many City of Monterey Playgrounds and ordering fields to reopen soon. In summary, this Order:
  • Reopens all playgrounds today, except Dennis the Menace Playground, which is a regional destination and is not "designed primarily to serve nearby residents within a half a mile" as defined by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).
  • Opens ballfields by permit only on Monday, March 8 and opens soccer fields, beach volleyball courts, and artificial turf volleyball courts by permit only on Monday, March 15, for users who adhere to the CDPH guidance and have received a permit from the Parks and Recreation Director. The permit process helps ensure safety and strict adherence to the State of California Department of Public Health guidelines for Outdoor and Indoor Youth and Recreational Sports. In the widespread tier (purple) counties such as Monterey County, CDPH limits outdoor moderate-contact sports such as soccer, volleyball, and beach volleyball to groups that meet certain requirements, including informed consent. Therefore, use permits are required for all athletic fields and court use at this time. 
  • Keeps all other parks, including Veteran's Memorial Park Campground, open to the public.
  • Keeps picnic tables and group barbeque areas closed per CDPH guidelines regarding group gatherings.
  • Keeps basketball courts closed until a system in place to ensure CDPH guidelines are met.

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Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with Covid-19 Protocols in Place and 2 Hours Free Parking with Validation for "939.." Residents
City of Monterey Presents a Community Observance "Tree of Hearts" Marking One Year of the Pandemic Emergency in Monterey - March 13, 2020 - March 13, 2021
“This is really a healing exercise as we as individuals and as a community work past this unprecedented chronic world crisis,” said Mayor Clyde Roberson. “As President Biden said, ‘to heal we must remember.’ We greatly encourage participation in the ‘hearts on trees’ dedication, and for people to take a walk to see the newly planted, beautiful, blossoming trees at the Recreation Trail. We hope both observances help bring some tranquility, unity, and comfort while we continue this fight to the end.”

Vaccination 4-1-1
Vaccination Distribution in California - Update from the State
California is working to provide safety protocols and vaccine equity to end the pandemic and reopen the economy. To that end, the state has set aside 40% of vaccine doses for the hardest-hit communities. Learn more about the Blueprint for a Safer Economy here:
V-safe Smart Phone Tool for Covid-19
V-safe is a smartphone-based tool that lets people tell CDC how they feel after COVID-19 vaccination. V-safe also reminds people to get their second dose of vaccine, if needed.
Scientists continue to monitor COVID-19 vaccines for safety even after you receive yours. CDC and the FDA use both V-safe and VAERS to watch for any COVID-19 vaccine safety concerns. The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) collects data to look for adverse events after vaccination that are unexpected, happen more often than expected, or have unusual patterns.

COVID-19 numbers for 93940 - County numbers are updated Tues - Sat
Please remember, it's important to maintain accurate data so the numbers we share are accurate, and help reduce community spread. If you have symptoms please get tested. Test Sites in Monterey County
Here are today's and yesterday's numbers from CHOMP:
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