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Metrics Updates for COVID-19 in Monterey County, Schools Statement, and Announcements on Expected Changes to Blueprint

Metrics Updates for COVID-19 in Monterey County, Schools Statement, and Announcements on Expected Changes to Blueprint

County Metrics
Statewide metrics were updated today (Tuesday, April 6, 2021) and the update shows decrease in Monterey County's metrics and a change in tier. Adjusted case rate is 3.5 (4.4 last Tuesday) and positivity rate is 1.5% (2.1% last Tuesday). Our healthy equity quartile metric is 2.4% (3.4% last Tuesday).
Monterey County is now in the Orange Tier. The tier change comes because more than 4 million doses of coronavirus vaccine have now been administered in the lowest quartile of the Healthy Places Index (HPI). With that threshold having been met, the CDPH raised the metric required for the Orange Tier from 3.9 to 5.9 adjusted case rate - a metric Monterey County has met since March 16.
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Current Tier Assignment data as of 4/6/21 found on Covid Resources webpage
Statement Regarding Full Time In-Person Instruction

The Governor was asked about in-person instruction for students and said "On June 15 we expect there will be no barrier to any students getting back to full in-person." He called it an “expectation” that he is working with the legislature on “that you’ll be hearing more about soon.”
Announcements on Expected Changes to Blueprint
California could fully reopen starting June 15 if vaccine supply increases and COVID-19 hospitalizations remain low, state officials announced Tuesday.

The move would end the state's tiered reopening system and mark a shift to fully-occupied schools, stadiums and businesses, though some restrictions like mask-wearing indoors are here to stay “for the foreseeable future,” said California’s top health official, Dr. Mark Ghaly.

The June 15 reopening date depends on adequate vaccine supply for every Californian 16 and older who wants it, and hospitalizations from COVID-19 remaining stable enough that health systems do not need to defer other care or appointments.

Administration officials made the announcement the same day California administered its 20 millionth vaccine dose and met a key equity goal by doling out 4 million doses in hard-hit, lower-income communities. California health officials announced last month they would dedicate 40% of all COVID-19 vaccine doses to the communities hit hardest by the pandemic in an effort to address inequality in the state's rollout.

“With more than 20 million vaccines administered across the state, it is time to turn the page on our tier system and begin looking to fully reopen California’s economy. We can now begin planning for our lives post-pandemic,”  Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a statement. “We will need to remain vigilant, and continue the practices that got us here — wearing masks and getting vaccinated — but the light at the end of this tunnel has never been brighter.”

Officials say the June 15 reopening date is subject to change if obstacles in vaccine delivery, virus variants, or increasing hospitalizations arise. They announced the date about 10 weeks in advance to give businesses time to plan and Californians time to schedule vaccine appointments. Every Californian 16 and older will be eligible to get the shot April 15.

Over the past month, California has sped up reopening as COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths have fallen from highs over the winter. That's included rules to allow for stadiums and theme parks to reopen, loosening case rate thresholds to let counties move more quickly through the state's tiered reopening system, and just last week making it possible to hold some indoor events and live performances.
Travel Advisory Updated

Travel Advisory Updated

Today, the state issued an updated travel advisory, removing the previous recommendation that Californians not travel more than 120 miles from ones’ place of residence. Postponing travel and staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19, and Californians should continue to avoid non-essential travel outside of California. Non-essential travelers from other states or countries are strongly discouraged from entering California and should follow CDC travel guidance related to testing and self-quarantine.
Pacific Grove Unified School district Parent Resources

Pacific Grove Unified School district Parent Resources



If you have questions about what you should do while the order is in place and what are the best ways to protect yourself and other from COVID-19, there are many options available for information:


  • Food Bank of Monterey County: St. Mary’s CSC Food Pantry is open for business. We are offering pre-packed food bags Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons from 1-2pm. We ask for very little information. There are no income requirements or questions asked.
  • The other area Food Pantries that are currently staying open are:
    • St. Angela’s in PG on Tuesday and Thursday from 1:30 to 2:30.
    • San Carlos on Sunday’s from 1-3.
    • Shoreline on Tuesday and Thursdays from 12:30-2:30
·       If any family is in need of food, shelter, or any other resources during this difficult time, please visit your district’s website, dial “2-1-1” or visit United Way’s comprehensive 211 webpage at


For information on COVID-19 click here: 
The CDE now has a COVID-19 newsletter. You can sign up by sending a blank email to:
Here is some great information on coping with stress and anxiety:


Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula and Montage Health entities remain at the ready to care for our community. As part of our support, Dr. Susan Swick, Physician in Chief, Ohana, has put together a sample schedule and some tips for parents to help them navigate this transition with their children.
In addition, Montage Health is offering free eVisits for anyone with minor respiratory symptoms such as flu, allergy, or suspected COVID-19. Visit
The Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula (CHOMP) is providing FREE e-visits for those who believe they have symptoms of COVID-19. All you need is a smartphone or computer! Learn more about this free resource by clicking on the button below!


Community Human Services has taken significant actions to help slow the spread of the Coronavirus, protect their staff, and continue to provide essential services to their clients. Effective Wednesday, March 18th the following programs have modified services:
Substance Abuse Treatment Programs
  • Genesis House: Operational during shelter-in-place order but closed to the public. No new admissions.
  • Outpatient Treatment Centers: Closed to the public. Counseling services offered via tele-health and telephone.
  • Substance Use Prevention Program (SUPP): Closed to the public. Counseling services offered via tele-health and telephone.
  • DAISY: Closed to the public. Counseling services offered via tele-health and telephone.
  • Off Main Clinic: Operational weekdays during shelter in place order and closed on weekends. New dispensing hours M-F, 7:30-9am. Counseling services offered during normal operating hours via tele-health and telephone.
Family and Mental Health Programs

Family and Mental Health Programs

  • Family Service Centers: Closed to the public during shelter-in-place order. Mental health services offered via telehealth and telephone. Parent education, supervised visitation and domestic violence groups have been suspended. Support offered to parents and families via tele-health and telephone.
Homeless Youth Programs

Homeless Youth Programs

  • Safe Place: Closed to the public during shelter-in-place order. Counseling services offered via tele-health and telephone. Driveway drop-by hours for distribution of hand sanitizer, basic aid such as food, water and clothing, crisis counseling, information and referral, etc., 10am – 4pm 7 days a week.
  • Safe Passage: Operational but closed to the public. No new admissions.
  • Salinas Valley and Peninsula Street Outreach Programs: Operational during shelter-in-place order 7 days a week.
  • 24-hour helpline: 831.241.0914.
  • Shelter: Open at 7 p.m. nightly, 7 days a week.


The Central Coast YMCA is focusing our resources to best support the most pressing needs in our community. We are aligning with our community partners to serve parents who must work including health care workers, first responders and all “essential” employees in our community. Our facilities and resources will be used to provide crucial child care for the children of those essential workers.
Day Camp Details:
  • There will be a limited number of Day Camp participants
  • Camp will be offered on a Daily or Weekly basis - First Come, First Serve
  • Essential Camp hours are 8:30am - 5:30pm for $35 /day or $170 / week
  • TK* to 8th grades (*must be potty trained)
  • STEM, Homework Time and Y KidFit exercise are part of the camp curriculum
  • If you or a family member fall into one of these categories, please contact your local Central Coast YMCA, branch for more details and current information.


Behavioral Health Services & Resources During COVID-19 Pandemic
National Resources:
  • The National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): 1-800-662-4357
  • SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Hotline: 1-800-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746
  • Teen Line: 1-800-TLC-TEEN or text "TEEN" to 839863 between 6:00-9:00 pm PST
  • National Crisis Hotline and Textline: 1-877-663-5433 or text “Connect” to 741741
  • National Hopeline Network: Call or text 1-877-235-4525
  • LGBTQ+ National Youth Talkline: 1-800-246-7743
California Based Resources:
  • California YOUTH Crisis Line: 1-800-843-5200
  • Mental Health Association of San Francisco, California Peer-Run Warm Line: 1-855-845-7415
  • Beacon Health, Mental Health referrals for Medi-Cal beneficiaries: 1-855-765-9700
  • California Mental Health Services Authority:,
Monterey County Based Resources:
  • Crisis Hotline: 831-458-5300
  • Natividad Medical Center: 831-755-4111
  • Community Hospital of Monterey (CHOMP) Mental Health Department: 831-625-4600
  • Monterey County Behavioral Health: 888-258-6029
  • Community Human Services (substance abuse, mental health counseling, and recovery services to middle/low income individuals and families): 831-658-3811
  • Interim, Inc. OMNI Warmline: Call 831-800-7660, text 831-998-7916,
  • Valley Health Associates, Youth Outpatient Drug Treatment: 831-424-6655
  • Equine Healing Collaborative, Marriage and Family Therapists and Social Workers, 831-582-1017
  • Harmony at Home (Community counseling for individual, couples, and families on a sliding scale): Carmel 831-625-5160, Salinas 831-272-6644,
  • NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness) Monterey: or 831-422-NAMI
  • United Way Monterey County: Call 2-1-1 or text your zip code to 898-211
  • Sam’s Guide (Guide to everything Monterey County):'s_GUIDE_2019.pdf


A resource shared by Monterey County Office of Education.
Thriving YOUniversity would love to gift you our short ebook "Taking Time to B.R.E.A.T.H.E." for free. It is filled with research-based reflections and activities to help you strengthen your wellbeing, increase your resilience, and build your capacity to empower yourself to show up consistently as the person you want to be. In this ebook, you will learn about and engage in exercises related to the following:
B - Building Belonging
R - Reflecting On Your Purpose
E - Engaging In Self-Compassion
A - Amplifying Attention, Awareness, and Awe
T - Tapping Into Thankfulness and Appreciation
H - Harnessing Your Thoughts
E - Empowering Empathy Everyday
This is a time for all of us to learn, stretch, and grow... and find out how amazingly resilient we can be. We all deserve to B.R.E.A.T.H.E. a little easier!


Although City Facilities have closed to the public, City staff continues to work diligently to keep our community safe and informed.  We have established protocols to ensure you can continue to conduct City business (via phone or email), created procedures for providing remote public comment at our City Council meetings, and created additional avenues to keep you informed (like our COVID-19 Website)! More recent actions we have taken include:
  • Re-deploying selected public safety resources to outdoor locations such as the Recreation Trail and Lover's Point Park to ensure proper social-distancing requirements are being followed by those out exercising
  • Increasing the City's public information efforts and expanding the City's information community through external mailings and targeted advertising
  • Requiring new hygiene protocols for all City employees to reduce the likelihood of virus transmittal
  • Rapidly exploring and procuring technology tools to better allow all City meetings to be convened remotely, including the City Council meeting (stay tuned for details)
  • Coordinating on a daily basis with regional partners (neighboring cities, the County and special districts) to share information and best practices
  • Conducting close patrols and checks on both opened and closed local businesses for added security and compliance
  • Developing an urgency ordinance to provide eviction protection during the emergency.
Community Development Department 
The Community Development Department is excited to announce that members of the public, contractors, and other interested parties can now search building permits (including electrical, mechanical, plumbing, re-roof permits), street opening and encroachment permits, Residential Zoning Records Reports (RZRRs), and tree permits online through City website from the comfort of their home/office. Contractors and owner-builders are also now able to schedule inspections online. Please be advised that some records available through these databases may not be up to date or complete. For any questions or concerns, please contact the Building Division at (831) 648-3191 or
To look up building and encroachment permits, RZRR reports, or schedule inspections, please visit
To look up tree permits, visit
The City is also working to make online payments and permitting available through the website for select permits. An update will be provided once this has been implemented. For more information click here:
Pacific Grove Police Department
If you see our officers responding to calls in full Protective Equipment (PPE), including but not limited to gloves, face masks, suits and booties, please do not be alarmed. We are taking extraordinary protections to ensure that we remain healthy and able to keep our city safe. It does not mean that the person we are responding to is sick or that we are sick, it is a precaution to do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19.
COVID-19 Business Information
Yesterday the City launched a COVID-19 Business Information webpage!  The rising concerns around COVID-19 (coronavirus) are creating a challenging business climate nationally and locally in Pacific Grove. This webpage will serve as a centralized resource for employers, employees, and local small businesses affected by the pandemic. Be sure to check back as Information and additional resources will be added as they become available.
There are many ways you can stay informed on the evolving COVID-19 situation and the City’s response:


Sign up to receive Monterey County updates by:
Visiting the A!ert Monterey County website
Texting MCCOVID19 to 888777 or call 831-755-8969
Monterey County has a great resource called 2-1-1 that will get you information on supports such as mental health support, child care, and other questions that might be relevant at this time. Dial 211.
COVID-19 Daily Solution Report
Have you signed up to receive Monterey County's COVID-19 Daily Situation Report? Sign up is easy, simply provide your email address and begin receiving updates!  The Daily Situation Report provides a plethora of information including a situation summary, recap of significant events, and a brief response overview. Click on the button below to sign up now!


Here’s a great resource for preschool and childcare families  
For essential employees that need to work and need child care, please reach out to the Monterey County Child Care Resource and Referral on (831) 757-0775 or use the online referral at for available child care in your area.
Try these daily self-care tips to keep your health and wellbeing on track:
Stay connected with friends and family
  • A little positivity can go a long way. If you see someone doing something great, give them a shout out! 
  • Missing your packed social calendar? Schedule virtual meetups, start a book club or attend an online event (like a live-streamed concert) with friends
Reduce stress during times of uncertainty
  • If you’re in caregiving mode, schedule some alone time. Pay attention to how you’re feeling and give yourself the time and space to relax. 
  • Feeling anxious? De-stress one breath at a time with your Transform reflections.
  • Add more mindfulness to your day in just 60 seconds. Focus on your breathing for one minute to restore a sense of calm and reconnect with your body.
Recharge your routine
· Your days might look a little different now, and that’s ok. Give yourself credit for small wins and take each day as it comes.
  • Looking for new ways to stay fit? These at-home workout tips will teach you quick strength-building exercises that can be done anytime, anywhere.
  • Use the Transform program to power your wellbeing routine. Our dedicated Health Coaches are here to support you when you need it most.
    Fuel your mind and body?
· Want to up your cooking game? Check out these quick family dinner ideas and pantry essential’s list for tips on how to stock up on ready ingredients for delicious meals.
  • Make the most of what’s in your cabinet. Whole grains, dried beans and frozen fruits and veggies pack a nutritious punch. Use these good-for-you pantry staples in soups, stews or sides.
  • Need a little inspiration? Create a virtual cookbook with friends, family or coworkers. Share your favorite healthy recipes and cooking tips.