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August 8, 2022

California’s vaccinated can go mostly mask-free beginning June 15

Vaccinated Californians will be able to go mask-free in indoor stores, bars, restaurants, movie theaters and many other places as part of the state’s grand reopening next Tuesday, officials announced on Wednesday. The new rules are aligned with federal guidance, meaning that face coverings will...

Why California is still in a state of emergency

California has one of the lowest coronavirus case rates in the nation. And after being one of the nation’s most stringently locked-down states for more than a year, the state next week will lift nearly all of its pandemic rules in what officials have...

Monterey County advances to least-restrictive Yellow Tier

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MONTEREY COUNTY — Monterey County Health Department announced Tuesday that it would move into the Yellow Tier of the State of California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy this week after meeting the requirements. Beginning Wednesday, June 2, all activities authorized under the state’s Yellow Tier...

Monterey County health experts address vaccine hesitancy as state launches incentive program

MONTEREY COUNTY — Medical professionals from area hospitals discussed progress toward quelling the Covid-19 pandemic during Monterey County’s press briefing last week. Among the guest speakers at the May 19 briefing was family practice physician Dr. Joshua Deutsch from Mee Memorial Healthcare System, who spoke...

Free psychotherapy available to frontline and essential workers in Monterey County

MONTEREY COUNTY — Frontline Workers Counseling Project (FWCP), a San Francisco-based nonprofit that pairs frontline and essential workers with private-practice therapists for pro bono counseling services, is expanding its service area to Monterey County. FWCP, formerly called the Covid-19 Pro Bono Counseling Project, was created...

King City Council repeals mask ordinance

KING CITY — The city council for King City voted to rescind the municipal mask ordinance during its May 11 meeting. The decision only means that the city’s enforcement policies have changed, while the state continues to require face coverings due to the Covid-19...

Vaccine rollout for teens begins as Monterey County continues to stay in Orange Tier

MONTEREY COUNTY — The case rate metrics are not yet at a point where Monterey County can shift from the Orange Tier to the less-restrictive Yellow Tier, but county Health Officer Dr. Edward Moreno said the overall pattern observed is a positive trend toward...

CDC says vaccinated people can go maskless in most places

In a sharp turnabout, federal health officials Thursday advised that Americans who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus may stop wearing masks or maintaining social distance in most indoor and outdoor settings, regardless of size. The advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...

Monterey County remains in Orange Tier

Covid-19, novel coronavirus 2019
MONTEREY COUNTY — Monterey County will remain in the moderately restrictive Orange Tier in the state’s reopening blueprint system as determined Tuesday, following County Health Officer Dr. Edward Moreno’s announcement last week that the region could possibly shift soon. During a press briefing May 5,...

Monterey County encourages residents to respond to state antibodies study

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MONTEREY COUNTY — California Department of Public Health and Stanford University are working on a study called CalScope, which aims to measure antibodies in the populace and determine which activities are connected to different antibody levels in the fight against Covid-19. They will survey random...
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