Covid-19 Response and Resources

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Learn more about the City of Monterey's Covid-19 response, in addition to resources the City is providing to residents and businesses alike. Read the News Feed below for important information from the City of Monterey and our partner agencies, updated multiple times per week.

Subscribe to the City Focus Newsletter to receive the popular daily COVID-19 e-mail updates from the City of Monterey!


Learn more about the City of Monterey's Covid-19 response, in addition to resources the City is providing to residents and businesses alike. Read the News Feed below for important information from the City of Monterey and our partner agencies, updated multiple times per week.

Subscribe to the City Focus Newsletter to receive the popular daily COVID-19 e-mail updates from the City of Monterey!


  • Information for Those Aged 65 and Older Regarding COVID-19 Vaccine

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    13 Jan 2021

    From the Monterey County Health Department on 1/13/21:

    Governor Newsom today announced that the state is prioritizing individuals 65 and older to receive the vaccine as demand subsides among health care workers. The Governor also said those in Phase 1A – health care workers and long-term care residents – remain the highest priority to receive vaccines. Demand for the vaccines continues to exceed supply.

    Currently, Monterey County continues to vaccinate health care workers in Phase 1a Tiers 1,2 and 3. Vaccine remains in limited supply. Monterey County’s current inventory has been dedicated to the health care worker immunization clinics occurring this week.

    When there is enough vaccine to expand vaccination options, Monterey County will share that information widely along with when and how those who are eligible can get vaccinated. The Monterey County Health Department has been working for the last few months preparing for this aspect of vaccine rollout, including making plans for mass vaccination clinics.

    For those who are age 65 and older and are interested in getting vaccinated, the Monterey County Health Department is working in partnership with local health care providers to make vaccination opportunities available to you as soon as possible. Please continue to practice COVID-19 prevention measures such as staying home as much as possible, wearing a face covering, and practicing physical distancing.

    Stay updated on Monterey County’s COVID-19 vaccination schedule at www.mtyhd.org/covidvaccine

    From the Monterey County Health Department on 1/13/21:

    Governor Newsom today announced that the state is prioritizing individuals 65 and older to receive the vaccine as demand subsides among health care workers. The Governor also said those in Phase 1A – health care workers and long-term care residents – remain the highest priority to receive vaccines. Demand for the vaccines continues to exceed supply.

    Currently, Monterey County continues to vaccinate health care workers in Phase 1a Tiers 1,2 and 3. Vaccine remains in limited supply. Monterey County’s current inventory has been dedicated to the health care worker immunization clinics occurring this week.

    When there is enough vaccine to expand vaccination options, Monterey County will share that information widely along with when and how those who are eligible can get vaccinated. The Monterey County Health Department has been working for the last few months preparing for this aspect of vaccine rollout, including making plans for mass vaccination clinics.

    For those who are age 65 and older and are interested in getting vaccinated, the Monterey County Health Department is working in partnership with local health care providers to make vaccination opportunities available to you as soon as possible. Please continue to practice COVID-19 prevention measures such as staying home as much as possible, wearing a face covering, and practicing physical distancing.

    Stay updated on Monterey County’s COVID-19 vaccination schedule at www.mtyhd.org/covidvaccine

  • Message from Community Hospital re: Vaccines

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    13 Jan 2021
    Message from Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula:

    Monterey County Health Department’s vaccine rollout is continuing and at this time is still directed only at healthcare workers. Unfortunately, counter to Monterey County instructions, links to make appointments have been shared widely in the community with people who don’t qualify at this time.

    If you made an appointment and are not a healthcare worker, Monterey County is directing you to cancel your appointment and wait for your tier and your turn. Everyone who arrives for an appointment will be required to show identification and proof of employment in healthcare. If you do not have proof, you should expect to be turned away.

    We know many people are eager to receive a vaccine, and everyone wants that to happen as soon as possible. We ask that you follow the process put in place by Monterey County, the state, and CDC out of respect for those most at risk.

    Message from Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula:

    Monterey County Health Department’s vaccine rollout is continuing and at this time is still directed only at healthcare workers. Unfortunately, counter to Monterey County instructions, links to make appointments have been shared widely in the community with people who don’t qualify at this time.

    If you made an appointment and are not a healthcare worker, Monterey County is directing you to cancel your appointment and wait for your tier and your turn. Everyone who arrives for an appointment will be required to show identification and proof of employment in healthcare. If you do not have proof, you should expect to be turned away.

    We know many people are eager to receive a vaccine, and everyone wants that to happen as soon as possible. We ask that you follow the process put in place by Monterey County, the state, and CDC out of respect for those most at risk.

  • County Health Department Announces COVID-19 Vaccine Town Hall for Thursday, January 14

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    12 Jan 2021

    Monterey County has announced a Town Hall meeting for Thursday, January 14 at 5:30 p.m. on the topic of vaccinations. Please click here for more information.

    Monterey County has announced a Town Hall meeting for Thursday, January 14 at 5:30 p.m. on the topic of vaccinations. Please click here for more information.

  • Outdoor Group Exercise Classes Remain Cancelled Through Regional Stay-at-Home Order

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    11 Jan 2021

    Outdoor group exercise classes at the Monterey Sports Center will remain cancelled through the California Department of Public Health's Regional Stay-at-Home Order. The City of Monterey and Monterey Sports Center encourages the public to stay active and exercise outdoors, wearing masks and keeping at least six feet of physical distance from people outside of their immediate household. Learn more about the 37 parks managed by the City of Monterey.

    Outdoor group exercise classes at the Monterey Sports Center will remain cancelled through the California Department of Public Health's Regional Stay-at-Home Order. The City of Monterey and Monterey Sports Center encourages the public to stay active and exercise outdoors, wearing masks and keeping at least six feet of physical distance from people outside of their immediate household. Learn more about the 37 parks managed by the City of Monterey.

  • Regional Stay-at-Home Order Extended Indefinitely

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    11 Jan 2021

    The California Department of Public Health's Regional Stay-at-Home Order for the Bay Area, which includes the City of Monterey and Monterey County, was set to expire Friday. Because the region's ICU capacity was at 3%, the restrictions will remain in place.

    According to a news release from the California Department of Public Health on January 10, 2021:

    ICU capacity projections for regions that are eligible to exit the order are calculated daily based on four factors: current estimated regional ICU capacity available, measure of current community transmission, current regional case rates and the proportion of ICU cases being admitted. Decreasing community transmission and increasing the health system capacity can help a region's projected ICU capacity so they can exit the order.

    As of this morning, Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula reports 40 COVID-19 patients hospitalized, 5 COVID-19 patients in the ICU, and 21 total ICU-level patients where there are typically 20 beds in the ICU. 52 people have died from COVID-19 in the only hospital located in the City of Monterey.


    The California Department of Public Health's Regional Stay-at-Home Order for the Bay Area, which includes the City of Monterey and Monterey County, was set to expire Friday. Because the region's ICU capacity was at 3%, the restrictions will remain in place.

    According to a news release from the California Department of Public Health on January 10, 2021:

    ICU capacity projections for regions that are eligible to exit the order are calculated daily based on four factors: current estimated regional ICU capacity available, measure of current community transmission, current regional case rates and the proportion of ICU cases being admitted. Decreasing community transmission and increasing the health system capacity can help a region's projected ICU capacity so they can exit the order.

    As of this morning, Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula reports 40 COVID-19 patients hospitalized, 5 COVID-19 patients in the ICU, and 21 total ICU-level patients where there are typically 20 beds in the ICU. 52 people have died from COVID-19 in the only hospital located in the City of Monterey.


  • City of Monterey issues over $626,000 in Emergency Rental Assistance Grants to Date

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    08 Jan 2021

    The City of Monterey has issued $626,637 in emergency rental assistance funds to date. Learn more about the program here: https://monterey.org/Services/Community-Development/Housing

    This week was our largest check run to date, issuing 67 checks totaling $134,526.98
    • Total Number of Assistance Payments Issued as of 1/7: 259
    • Total Number of Households Assisted as of 1/7: 119
    • Total Amount of Assistance Issued as of 1/7: $626,636.98
    • Remaining Balance: $173,363.02

    The City of Monterey has issued $626,637 in emergency rental assistance funds to date. Learn more about the program here: https://monterey.org/Services/Community-Development/Housing

    This week was our largest check run to date, issuing 67 checks totaling $134,526.98
    • Total Number of Assistance Payments Issued as of 1/7: 259
    • Total Number of Households Assisted as of 1/7: 119
    • Total Amount of Assistance Issued as of 1/7: $626,636.98
    • Remaining Balance: $173,363.02
  • Monterey Fire Department Personnel Vaccinations Begin

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    06 Jan 2021

    Based on the State of California's vaccination rollout plan, firefighters and paramedics are next-in-line to receive vaccinations after health care workers. The City of Monterey's Fire Department personnel began receiving vaccinations earlier this week and is expected to be vaccinated by Thursday, January 7. The City's firefighters, paramedics, and other critical personnel serve as first responders in the community.

    The City of Monterey's Fire Department serves the communities of Monterey, Sand City, Pacific Grove, Carmel-by-the-Sea, La Mesa Village, Monterey Regional Airport, and Naval Postgraduate School.

    Based on the State of California's vaccination rollout plan, firefighters and paramedics are next-in-line to receive vaccinations after health care workers. The City of Monterey's Fire Department personnel began receiving vaccinations earlier this week and is expected to be vaccinated by Thursday, January 7. The City's firefighters, paramedics, and other critical personnel serve as first responders in the community.

    The City of Monterey's Fire Department serves the communities of Monterey, Sand City, Pacific Grove, Carmel-by-the-Sea, La Mesa Village, Monterey Regional Airport, and Naval Postgraduate School.

  • Local Vaccination Rollout Planning

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    05 Jan 2021

    Vaccine Information from CDC and Pfizer

    Posted January 5, 2021: Here's the latest information about the COVID-19 vaccination rollout. We will continue to update this news item as the vaccine rollout progresses.

    Vaccine Information from CDC and Pfizer

    Posted January 5, 2021: Here's the latest information about the COVID-19 vaccination rollout. We will continue to update this news item as the vaccine rollout progresses.

  • Monterey Sports Center's Outdoor Exercise Classes Cancelled Through January 19

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    04 Jan 2021

    In August 2020, the Monterey Sports Center resumed group exercise classes in an outdoor environment only, based on a pay-per-class fee schedule. Due to the recent spike of COVID-19 cases in Monterey County, outdoor exercise classes are canceled through Tuesday, January 19, 2021.

    Please continue to slow the spread of COVID-19 by staying at home, maintaining at least six feet of physical distancing, and wearing a mask even when outside. As of this morning, the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula (CHOMP) reported that only 1 out of 20 ICU beds are currently available, and 45 COVID-19 patients are hospitalized.

    In August 2020, the Monterey Sports Center resumed group exercise classes in an outdoor environment only, based on a pay-per-class fee schedule. Due to the recent spike of COVID-19 cases in Monterey County, outdoor exercise classes are canceled through Tuesday, January 19, 2021.

    Please continue to slow the spread of COVID-19 by staying at home, maintaining at least six feet of physical distancing, and wearing a mask even when outside. As of this morning, the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula (CHOMP) reported that only 1 out of 20 ICU beds are currently available, and 45 COVID-19 patients are hospitalized.