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May 12, 2021

Monterey County continues shelter-in-place order as more Covid-19 deaths reported

UPDATE (May 30): Monterey County’s Variance Attestation form was approved by the state Saturday, allowing the county to advance into expanded Stage 2.


MONTEREY COUNTY — Monterey County Health Officer Dr. Edward Moreno has issued a new health order to continue the county’s shelter-in-place directive, which was set to expire May 31.

The new order aligns with California’s stay-at-home order to move the state into Stage 2 and eventually through Stages 3 and 4 of the reopening process.

The California Department of Public Health is currently reviewing the county’s Covid-19 Variance Attestation form, and once its posted online, additional businesses affected by the attestation will be allowed to open. This includes dine-in restaurants as well as hair salons and barber shops, all with modifications.

According to Moreno, these businesses must establish a written, worksite-specific Covid-19 prevention plan; provide employee training; screen for symptoms of Covid-19; implement cleaning and disinfecting protocols; and maintain physical distancing measures.

Until the attestation is posted, however, the county’s May 1 and May 8 Shelter-in-Place Orders remain in effect, Moreno said.

Friday’s announcement comes as two more deaths related to Covid-19 were reported by the Monterey County Health Department, bringing the total number of deaths countywide to 10.

The county’s latest report shows a total of 477 residents who have tested positive for the virus, while 306 of those cases have recovered.

Ryan Cronk
Ryan Cronk
Ryan Cronk is the managing editor for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers general news for South Monterey County and the surrounding communities.

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