-Coronavirus Update



Coronavirus Update

April 8th

CDC on Homemade Cloth Face Coverings

CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.  Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.

Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators.  Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.

April 6th- U.S. deaths exceed 10,000. More than 347,000 cases in U.S.A.

Italy-15,887 deaths

Spain-13,055 deaths

Worldwide-more than 70,000 deaths

April 2nd- Grocery Shopping Tips:

1.     Only visit the grocery store when it’s essential, and then buy only what you need for one week, or a little more

2.     Wash or disinfect your re-usable grocery bags after each use.

3.     Help reduce store crowding.

4.     Practice social distancing within the store.

5.     Inspect produce with your eyes, not your hands.

6.     Avoid unnecessary handling of all items in store..

7.     Don’t crowd the checkout stand.

8.     Treat grocery employees with kindness.

9.     Be aware of your store’s special hours or procedures.

10.  Allow for extra time.

April 1st-California has 8,131 known cases of Coronavirus-Shelter in Place & practice Social Distancing!

March 31st At -Risk  Population-diabetics, people with liver disease, chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis, people with severe obesity (BMI of 40 or over) 65 or older, residents in nursing home or long-term care facilities, people with moderate or severe asthma, people with serious heart conditions, people who are immunocompromised

March 30th- U.S.A.= 140,904 cases and 2,405 deaths. Every state, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam, Nothern Marianas & U.S. Virgin Islands report cases.

March 29th-Watch a 13 minute video on how to handle groceries during the pandemic. Click here: https://youtu.be/sjDuwc9KBps

March 27-28-

Caring for someone at home

Most people who get sick with COVID-19 will have only mild illness and should recover at home.* Care at home can help stop the spread of COVID-19 and help protect people who are at risk for getting seriously ill from COVID-19.

COVID-19 spreads between people who are in close contact (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

If you are caring for someone at home, monitor for emergency signs, prevent the spread of germs, treat symptoms, and carefully consider when to end home isolation.

*Note: Older adults and people of any age with certain serious underlying medical conditions like lung disease, heart disease, or diabetes are at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness and should seek care as soon as symptoms start.

March 26th- 500,000 cases worldwide-22,000 deaths worldwide. Click here to access the California web sitewww.covid19.ca.gov

Community Hospital has a free eVisit that is available 7 days a week and 24 hours a day. Click here: www.chomp.org

March 25th-than 450,000 cases worldwide and 20,000 deaths worldwide

March 24th-Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. (ex.: tables, doorknobs,light switches, counter tops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards,toilets, sinks, faucets, steering wheels and window latches, etc.) If surfaces are dirty, clean them before you disinfect the area.

March 23rd-CDC-4,000 cases in U.S.A showed that about 40% of those who were hospitalized for the virus as of 3/16/20, were ages 20 to 54.


March 22nd-Johns Hopkins web site for facts-Go to www.coronavirus.jhu.edu

"The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) and through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes."-Source of this is the Center for Disease Control & Prevention-cdc.gov

March 20-21- Red Cross needs blood donations

Coronavirus symptoms: fever, cough & shortness of breath

Youth are NOT immune

March 19th-  Governor issues a Shelter in Place Order. Access more information at the following link:www.co.monterey.ca.us

Please comply with the law. It saves lives-including your life.

Up to the moment information at: www.cdc.gov 

Monterey County Public Health Officer Issues Shelter in Place Order

With the confirmation of Monterey County’s first two cases of COVID-19 and increasing cases statewide, Public Health Officer Dr. Ed Moreno is issuing a Shelter in Place Order for all residents of Monterey County to enhance measures already being taken to slow the spread of novel coronavirus in our county and preserve critical health care capacity.

The order announced by Moreno will begin at tonight at Midnight, March 18, 2020 and last for three weeks, until Midnight on April 8, 2020.

“Temporarily making these drastic changes to our lives and routines maybe frustrating, but it is critical to slowing the spread of this virus,” says Dr. Ed Moreno, Monterey County’s Public Health Doctor. “We must weigh the loss of some freedoms we enjoy with the ability to separate healthy people who may not show symptoms from those at risk who may be inadvertently exposed. “

This order is similar to ones issued yesterday by six San Francisco Bay area counties, limiting activity, travel and business function to the most essential needs; essential businesses and operations should remain open. This order does not affect essential government services - services to protect the health, safety and welfare of communities. It also makes provision for our agricultural community and fieldworkers who keep food in our markets and on our table, and provide other products for personal consumption.

The term “shelter in place” is a more rigorous form of ‘social distancing.” The goal is to limit groups congregating together to stop the further spread the virus; it is not a complete social shutdown. It means to stay in your home and not leave unless necessary for one of the designated exceptions. For most people, this means you and those you live with should remain at home.

You can leave your home for specified reasons to make sure you have the necessities of life such as getting food and medical supplies. You are also allowed to go outside to take care of pets, go on a walk, and just get outside, so long as you do not congregate in a group and maintain at least six feet of distance between you and other people.

Please continue to practice the other precautionary measures such as handwashing and using sanitizer and if you are sick you should self-isolate, including, to the extent you can, from others you live with.

If you have specific questions about what activities are covered under the Order, check out the Shelter in Place FAQs on the Monterey County Health Department webpage www.mtyhd.org/covid19.

During times like this, as information from our public health experts is evolving as conditions change, it’s  important to stay informed with accurate information. Trusted sources of information are listed below:

Monterey County Health Department
California Department of Public Health
Centers for Disease Control
World Health Organization
Call the 211 information and referral hotline with specific questions



Executive Officer Carl Sedoryk

March 17, 2020

In response to the Monterey County Shelter in place order I have consulted with my staff, industry peers, and Board Chair LeBarre. To provide both some measure of financial relief to our customers affected by recent business closures and to afford greater “social distancing” to protect our Coach Operators and our customers from exposure to the COVID-19 virus the following steps are being taken:

Effective Wednesday, 3/18/20, passenger fares shall be waived on all MST services to include the RIDES ADA Paratransit service. Also, Coach Operators shall initiate rear-door loading and unloading procedures on all coaches that are so equipped, (Exceptions include passengers boarding with mobility aids and those who request the use of the ramp to board the service).

This directive shall become effective at 12:01 AM Wednesday, 3/18/2020, and shall remain in effect until 11:59 PM Tuesday, April 7, 2020.

All additional costs and lost fare revenues related to this emergency shall be tracked and used to seek reimbursement from any federal, state or local funding sources that may emerge.