Dear Friends,

Everyone wants to know how you can help during this challenging time.

Today I am asking for your help to ensure that
***EVERYONE ***
in our community gets counted in the Census.

Completing the Census is a quick, easy action you can do right now to care for the people you love. An accurate Census count every 10 years ensures that our communities receive their fair share of government funding for
• health care,
• affordable housing,
• schools,
• job training and placement programs,
• and many other vital services.
Get Counted! Complete the Census Now!

You can complete the Census right now online at my2020census.gov or by phone at 844-330-2020.

While California acted quickly to set aside $1.1 billion in state funds to help Californians respond to the spread of the coronavirus, Census data will determine whether California gets its share of the billions of federal dollars that will be distributed across the U.S. for the next 10 years. It is estimated that each person who gets counted will result in an additional $10,000 of funding back to your community over the next 10 years.

Competing the Census is SAFE!
Yes. When completing the Census you won’t be asked to share any sensitive information, like immigration status or social security number. Everyone’s personal Census data is protected by law, and your identity will be kept anonymous. By federal law, the Census Bureau cannot share your name or responses with anyone, including law enforcement, your landlord, Homeland Security, ICE or any other government agency, and your responses can never be used against you.

Competing the Census is EASY!
Completing the Census is quick and easy. And this year’s 2020 Census is the first to allow folks to fill it out online at my2020census.gov. You can also complete the Census by phone by calling 844-330-2020 (for non-English language hotlines, click here). Households that have not completed the online Census by April 1 will begin to receive paper surveys in the mail starting April 8.

Count EVERYONE in your Census response.
EVERYONE. Everyone living in your household should be counted! No matter whether or not they are related to you, and no matter what their immigration status, age, or criminal history is. Make sure to count any roommates, babies and young children, renters, extended relatives, friends, or workmates who live in your home most of the time. College students who typically live away from home for school should get counted at their college address, even if they are currently home due to the coronavirus. If they did not get their Census letter in the mail due to moving, they can still fill out the survey online or by phone.

If you haven’t done so yet, complete the Census right now online at my2020census.gov or by phone at 844-330-2020. If your household does not submit a completed Census survey by late May 2020, you can expect a follow-up visit to your home from a U.S. Census Bureau worker.

Thank you for taking the time to respond to this call to action. You can also help us reach out to others and remind them to complete their Census.

We are stronger together.

Sincerely,
Jane Parker
Monterey County Board of Supervisors, District 4

and team!
Kristi Markey, Wendy Root Askew, and Lori Chappell

Big Sur Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 87
Big Sur, CA 93920
(831) 667-2100
http://www.bigsurcalifornia.org
http://www.thebigsurblog.com
http://www.twitter.com/BigSurCC
https://www.facebook.com/BigSurInformation

Hello all,

I hope everyone is doing well and staying safe, thank you all for submitting the COVID-19 economic impact surveys to Monterey County. As this is a rapidly changing incident, we will be reposting the surveys every two weeks to capture changes in impacts to our local communities. The survey links are as follows:
Non Profit Organizations Survey Link: https://arcg.is/1qqiGO
For Profit Businesses Survey Link: https://arcg.is/1GTT5H

The Monterey County Office of Emergency Services COVID-19 webpage also has up to date survey links.
https://www.co.monterey.ca.us/government/departments-a-h/administrative-office/office-of-emergency-services/response/covid-19

Public Assistance, Small Business Loans, and several other types of assistance are now available for individuals, households, businesses, and organizations. I have included some informational flyers in this email, along with a link to our newly created community resource webpage. This webpage provides a compilation of available resources to help people, businesses and organizations cope with the impacts of COVID-19.
Community Resource Webpage Link: www.co.monterey.ca.us/government/departments-a-h/administrative-office/office-of-emergency-services/situational-awareness/emergency-services-interactive-maps

If you have any questions or concerns about either the survey or the webpage, feel free to email Luna Mohammad at Mohammadl

California Covid-19 Eligibility Fact Sheet.pdff
International Economic Development Council Stimulus Update.pdf

En Español:
Hola a todos,

Espero que todo estén bien y se mantengan seguros, gracias a todos por enviar las encuestas de impacto económico del COVID-19 al Condado de Monterey. Como este es un incidente que cambia rápidamente, volveremos a publicar las encuestas cada dos semanas para capturar los cambios en los impactos en nuestras comunidades locales. Los enlaces de la encuesta son los siguientes:
Enlace de encuesta de organizaciones sin fines de lucro: https://arcg.is/1qqiGO
Enlace de encuesta de empresas de lucro: https://arcg.is/1GTT5H
La página web COVID-19 de la Oficina de Servicios de Emergencia del Condado de Monterey también tiene enlaces de encuestas actualizados.https://www.co.monterey.ca.us/government/departments-a-h/administrative-office/office-of-emergency-services/response/covid-19

Asistencia Pública, Préstamos para Pequeñas Empresas y varios otros tipos de asistencia ya están disponibles para individuos, hogares, empresas y organizaciones. He incluido algunos folletos informativos en este correo electrónico, junto con un enlace a nuestra página web de recursos de la comunidad recientemente creada. Esta página web proporciona una compilación de los recursos disponibles para ayudar a las personas, empresas y organizaciones a hacer frente a los impactos de COVID-19.
Enlace a la página web de recursos comunitarios: www.co.monterey.ca.us/government/departments-a-h/administrative-office/office-of-emergency-services/situational-awareness/emergency-services-interactive-maps

Si tiene alguna pregunta o inquietud sobre la encuesta o la página web, no dude en enviar un correo electrónico a Luna Mohammad aMohammadl

Lubna (Luna) Mohammad
Emergency Services Planner
Monterey County
Office of Emergency Services
1322 Natividad Road
Salinas, CA 93906
831-796-1923 – Work
818-941-2837 – Cell
MohammadL

California Covid-19 Eligibility Fact Sheet.pdff
International Economic Development Council Stimulus Update.pdf

Big Sur Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 87
Big Sur, CA 93920
(831) 667-2100
http://www.bigsurcalifornia.org
http://www.thebigsurblog.com
http://www.twitter.com/BigSurCC
https://www.facebook.com/BigSurInformation

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California State Parks Closes Vehicular Access at all State Parks

March 29, 2020 Bryan May

California State Parks today announced it is temporarily closing vehicle access at all 280 state parks to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

On Saturday, many state parks once again experienced visitation surges that made it impossible for the public to implement appropriate social/ physical distancing practices. During this pandemic disease, every person has a role to play in slowing down the spread of COVID-19. Protecting individuals, families and communities comes down to common sense.

As such, the public is reminded to adhere to the following guidance:

  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Stay close to home when you get outdoors. This is not the time for a road trip to a destination park or beach.
  • Venture out only with people in your immediate household.
  • Walk around the neighborhood and enjoy neighborhood parks.
  • Always maintain a physical distance of 6 feet or more when recreating in the outdoors. If you cannot maintain physical distancing, leave the park.
  • Do not congregate in parks.

To date, the department has implemented various safety measures such as temporarily closing all campgrounds, museums and visitor centers in the State Parks System; cancelling all events; and closing vehicular traffic at certain parks and beaches, and fully closing others.

California continues to issue guidance on preparing and protecting Californians from COVID-19. State Parks is monitoring the situation closely and is following guidance provided by the Governor’s Office via the California Department of Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. Protecting visitors and all who take care of state parks from the exposure to the pandemic disease is a top priority for the State of California.

State Parks will continue to monitor visitation and physical distancing at all state park units, and if the safety measures implemented thus far are not sufficient to protect public health, additional measures may be taken to fully close parks, including trails, bathrooms and other amenities.

State Parks has developed a one-stop resource center – www.parks.ca.gov/FlattenTheCurve – to find park safety and closure information, and messaging and graphics from the “Flatten the COVID-19 Curve at Parks” social media awareness campaign. Please check this web page regularly, as it will be updated with new information as it becomes available.

Dear Friends,

You are invited to join me for a special virtual Hot Topics meeting on Monday March 30 at 5:30pm. I’ll be joined by County staff who can share details about the local emergency operations response to the novel coronavirus and our ‘shelter-in-place’ order that is working to slow the rate of transmission and illness.

This is our second virtual Hot Topics meeting to be held using Zoom video conferencing. There are options to join us in the video conference or simply use your telephone to join us.

Monday March 30 from 5:30pm – 6:30pm

From your Computer:
https://montereycty.zoom.us/j/402565563

From your telephone:
669-900-6833
meeting code is 402 565 563#

Due to the “Shelter in Place” Order, my office is closed to the public. However, my staff and I are all working from home, coordinating essential County services, and responding as quickly as we can to calls and emails from the public.

In addition to virtual hot topics, I am holding a weekly briefing with District 4 Mayors and my staff is sending a daily update to all District 4 elected officials. The Board of Supervisors receives daily updates from our Emergency Operations Center and has arranged for 3x weekly media briefings for the local press corps. Monterey County continues to provide essential safety net services to our residents as we plan for and respond to rapidly changing conditions.

You can reach my team by calling us at 831-883-7570 or emailing us at District4. If we don’t answer please leave a message so that we can get back to you. For general questions about COVID-19 or the Shelter in Place order you can also call 211 or visit the County COVID-19 website.

This is an unprecedented time, and we are all working together to navigate new challenges. Thanks for your vigilance, please check in on your neighbors and support one another, and stay healthy.

Sincerely,
Jane Parker
Monterey County Board of Supervisors, District 4

and team!
Kristi Markey, Wendy Root Askew, and Lori Chappell

SUMMARY OF MARCH 23 HOT TOPICS VIRTUAL MEETING
Last week Supervisor Jane Parker was joined by over 100 Monterey County residents who received brief updates from our County Chief Administrative Officer Charles McKee, County Health Department Director Elsa Jimenez, and Emergency Operations Center staff Kelsey Scanlon. The video (which began recording after the meeting had started) of the March 23rd Hot Topics meeting has been posted online at https://youtu.be/EjxckI3soIE.

QUICK REFERENCE MONTEREY COUNTY RESOURCES

Monterey County Alerts

County COVID Website – www.mtyhd.org/covid19
Daily Situation report, (public distribution list sign up on right corner of screen)
To receive Monterey County updates about COVID-19, text MCCOVID19 to 888-777.
To receive general updates regarding COVID-19, text Coronavirus to 211-211.
To receive media alerts when a press release is posted or a press conference is identified, text MCMEDIA to 888-777
Health Care Resources
Monterey County Health Department Hotline (Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm). Call: 769-8700 or 755-4521
Montage Health Virtual Care Option Free for all community members experiencing mild respiratory symptoms.
Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System – COVID-19 Hotline 755-0793 (7am – 11pm)
Natividad Coronavirus Bi-Lingual Hotline – (831) 772-7365 (7am to 11pm)
California Department of Public Health
Economic Assistance

Monterey County COVID-19 Economic Assistance Hotline (Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm). Call: 796-1909
C4Yourself.com is an online application system that allows you to apply for public benefits including Cal-Fresh, Medi-Cal, CalWorks, and Cash Assistance.
California EDD provides a variety of support services to people who have lost their jobs or have had their hours reduced due to the impacts of COVID-19 in California. Learn more and submit a claim for lost wages online at www.edd.ca.gov.
Covered California, the state’s health insurance marketplace, will extend its special enrollment period (scheduled to end April 30) to June 30 to ensure that anyone who is uninsured and eligible can sign up.
Resources for Seniors

Alliance for Aging has a comprehensive website that is updated daily with the most current information available for seniors 60+ and Medicare recipients.
Trusted Sources of General Information
Monterey County Health Department – www.mtyhd.org/covid19
California Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response
California Department of Public Health
Centers For Disease Control (CDC)
World Health Organization (WHO)
2-1-1 Monterey County information and referral hotline.
General Information call 2-1-1 (please be patient – 30 minute wait time)
Additional questions about coronavirus and the shelter in place order can be sent to covid-19
Sign Up for Jane Parker’s Email Newsletter – https://mailchi.mp/janeparker/parkerreport

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Dear Friends,

You are invited to join me for a special virtual Hot Topics meeting on Monday March 30 at 5:30pm. I’ll be joined by County staff who can share details about the local emergency operations response to the novel coronavirus and our ‘shelter-in-place’ order that is working to slow the rate of transmission and illness.

This is our second virtual Hot Topics meeting to be held using Zoom video conferencing. There are options to join us in the video conference or simply use your telephone to join us.

MONTEREY COUNTY
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
MARY L. ADAMS, SUPERVISOR – FIFTH DISTRICT

I hope this message finds you well and safe and that you are making adjustments to a new routine at home. Learning how to live and conduct business as we Shelter-in-Place (or SIP) is quite a process for all of us. I can’t thank you enough for the effort you and your family are making to help Monterey County slow the spread of COVID-19 through our community.

If we’re at all alike, you have been watching and reading the news constantly to be up to the minute and fully informed. The amount and speed of information coming out is both dizzying and frustrating at the same time. Not wanting to inundate you with too much information, but also feeling the need to connect, we have decided to email you a bi-weekly newsletter for the duration of the SIP Order. This newsletter will be a sort of compendium of information and resources and will include responses to the questions most frequently posed to us over the previous days. It will also include pertinent updates from the County related to the pandemic. I hope you will find it useful. For those who would like a day-to-day update on the status of COVID-19 and our local response, please refer to theMonterey County Daily Situation Report. Or, you can opt to receive real-time updates by texting “MCCOVID19” to 888777.

Please know that while the way we conduct work at your Fifth District Supervisor’s Office has shifted, the work has not stopped. I have quickly become an interactive meeting pro, virtually attending both the Board of Supervisors and Transportation Agency for Monterey County Board of Directors meeting this week, as an example. My team and I remain committed to ensuring the needs and issues of District residents are heard and addressed as quickly as possible. While working remotely, you can reach us at district5 for assistance.

Take care and be well. Again, I repeat my birth state of Kentucky’s motto “United We Stand, Divided We Fall”. Together, we will survive this extraordinary challenge.

Best,
Mary.

SIP Digest for the Week of March 18 – 25

Shelter in Place Order: The County reissued its Shelter-in-Place Order to align with the State’s Stay-at-Home order. The most significant change is the County replaced a planned end date of April 8th to an indefinite time. The Monterey County Public Health Officer Order is consistent with the statewide order and orders issued by other Bay Area local Public Health Officers.The order can be found here.

Monterey County Government Center schedule: The Government Center at 168 W. Alisal has modified the Public Access hours to promote safety among the public and essential government employees and to reduce the spread of COVID-19. For the time being the Monday – Friday schedule is as follows:

  • PUBLIC ACCESS – OPEN: 7am – 1pm
  • LIMITED PUBLIC ACCESS (doors locked) – 1pm – 5pm

If you need to access the Clerk’s office or County Council between 1pm – 5pm to ensure filing timely claims, service of complaints etc., please knock or signal the security guard for entry.

COVID-19 Hotlines, Websites & Email Address:

Essential Businesses: The County has published alist of business types that may remain open and those which should close during the SIP Order. Essential businesses include a variety of services for home repair and maintenance, including landscaping.

  • Golf courses are closed as directed by the State’s Stay-at-Home (SAH) Order.
  • House cleaning services, for the purposes of disinfecting, continue to be allowable so long as appropriate social distancing practices are followed.

Property Taxes: The Treasurer Tax Collector has issued a statement with important information regarding Property Taxes. Unfortunately, the authority to delay tax payments does not reside at the County level.

Parks: County-owned park facilities, except for Laguna Seca, are open at this time. This includes Jacks Peak, Royal Oaks, Manzanita, Toro, San Lorenzo, San Antonio (both shores) and Nacimiento. There may be certain amenities within each park that may be closed, including play structures.

Libraries: While our physical libraries are closed to the public, the County is providing all online services. Anyone who doesn’t have a library card can apply online and a card will be mailed to use for all online services. We expect “Library By Mail” to continue operating as long as the library items are safely processed and returned.

Businesses and Restaurants Open for Delivery or Take-Away: A variety of groups and individuals are publishing lists of businesses and restaurants offering drive-up or delivery services including:

We have received a number of requests for the County to require stores to provide “Senior Hours” or limit the number products any one person can purchase at a time. Unfortunately, these are not actions we can take under the existing SIP Order. That being said, I am happy to share that a number of businesses have stepped up and implemented these strategies on their own accord. Click here for resources provided by State Senator Anna Caballero’s office.

Utilities: The CPUC has directed that utilities can NOT shut off services due to non-payment during the current COVID-19 crisis.

  • From PG&E: If a customer is experiencing financial hardships and has trouble paying their bill due to the economic impact of COVID-19, please call PG&E at 1-800-743-5000. For additional ways PG&E is supporting customers during the COVID-19 public health crisis, go to www.pge.com/covid19.
  • From California American Water: To protect employees and customers, California American Water customer payment centers will be closed from Monday, March 16, until at least Monday, May 3. Customers may visit the website www.californiaamwater.com to view bills and pay online or may also pay by mail, by phone at 888-237-1333 or visit local third-party payment centers.

Educational Resources: The Monterey Bay Economic Partnership (MBEP) offers FREE online college and career readiness resources for educators and students through itsMonterey Bay Career Connect.

Pebble Beach Access: On March 25th, Pebble Beach Company closed tourist related access into the Del Monte Forest to support social distancing directives.

News Release
For Immediate Release
March 26, 2020
Media Contact: Andrew Madsen
(805) 961-5759
andrew.madsen
www.facebook.com/lpnf
Twitter: @LosPadresNF

Forest Service closes developed recreation sites throughout California until April 30

GOLETA, Calif. – USDA Forest Service appreciates the public’s interest in outdoor recreation, particularly in light of current events. The Pacific Southwest Region of the Forest Service, in response to the recent statewide shelter-in-place order issued by the Governor of California, is joining the cause to aggressively mitigate the spread of COVID-19 by closing developed recreation facilities on our National Forests statewide.

“Developed recreation sites” refers to designated recreational use areas designed to facilitate public use. Information on individual recreation sites and opportunities are available from local National Forests.

Closures of developed recreation facilities are being put in place until at least April 30th in an attempt to avoid groups of people and promote social distancing of staying more than six feet apart.

While designated recreation sites will be closed, the general Forest area including the extensive trail system will remain open and available to the public. Hiking and walking outdoors are widely considered beneficial to maintaining one’s health. It is the intent of USDA Forest Service to maintain trail access to the extent practicable.

Please keep health, safety and the environment in mind when visiting National Forests. Your personal responsibility is critical to ensuring public safety and preventing further restrictions. We ask that you consider whether your personal participation in outdoor recreation at this time would pose an unnecessary risk to others as we all work together to flatten the curve and slow the spread of COVID-19.
We appreciate your cooperation in keeping our National Forests safe and healthy for everyone’s use.

Representative Jimmy Panetta is holding a telephone town hall this evening, Wednesday, March 25 at 6:00 PM

Big Sur Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 87
Big Sur, CA 93920
(831) 667-2100
http://www.bigsurcalifornia.org
http://www.thebigsurblog.com
http://www.twitter.com/BigSurCC
https://www.facebook.com/BigSurInformation

Dear Friends,

We hosted our first virtual Hot Topics meeting last night to share information about the County of Monterey’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and our Shelter in Place Order. We were joined by over 100 Monterey County residents who received brief updates from our County Chief Administrative Officer Charles McKee, County Health Department Director Elsa Jimenez, and Emergency Operations Center staff Kelsey Scanlon.

The video (which began recording after the meeting had started) of our Hot Topics meeting has been posted online at https://youtu.be/EjxckI3soIE. Supervisor Jane Parker – Virtual Hot Topics

MeetingSummary of resources shared in the Virtual Hot Topics meeting:

• County COVID Website – www.mtyhd.org/covid19
Daily Situation report, (public distribution list sign up on right corner of screen)
• To receive updates regarding COVID-19 in Monterey County, text MCCOVID19 to 888777.
• To receive updates regarding COVID-19 in general, text Coronavirus to 211211.
• Health Department Hotline (Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm). Call: 769-8700 or 755-4521
• COVID-19 Economic Assistance Hotline (Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm). Call: 796-1909
• Montage Health Virtual Care Option Free for all community members experiencing mild respiratory symptoms.
• Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System – COVID-19 Hotline 755-0793 (7am – 11pm)
• General Information call 2-1-1 (please be patient – 30 minute wait time)
• Sign Up for Jane Parker’s Email Newsletter – https://mailchi.mp/janeparker/parkerreport
• Additional Questions about coronavirus and the shelter in place order can be sent to covid-19s

Trusted Sources of Information
Monterey County Health Departmentwww.mtyhd.org/covid19
California Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response
California Department of Public Health
Centers For Disease Control (CDC)
World Health Organization (WHO)
2-1-1 Monterey County information and referral hotline.

Due to the “Shelter in Place” Order, my office is closed to the public. However, my staff and I are all working from home, coordinating essential County services, and responding as quickly as we can to calls and emails from the public.

You can reach my team by calling us at 831-883-7570 or emailing us at District4. If we don’t answer please leave a message so that we can get back to you. For general questions about COVID-19 or the Shelter in Place order you can also call 211 or visit the County COVID-19 website.

This is an unprecedented time, and we are all working together to navigate new challenges. Please take good care of yourself and check-in (remotely!) on your friends, neighbors, and loves ones. Thanks for your vigilance, please check in on your neighbors and support one another, and stay healthy.

Sincerely,

Jane Parker
Monterey County Board of Supervisors, District 4
Big Sur Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 87
Big Sur, CA 93920
(831) 667-2100
http://www.bigsurcalifornia.org
http://www.thebigsurblog.com
http://www.twitter.com/BigSurCC
https://www.facebook.com/BigSurInformation

Posted by: Stan Russell | March 23, 2020

COVID-19 Information Call Center

Big Sur Health Center News for March 23, 2020.

A new information line is up and running at Monterey County. Here is their notice:

Monterey County’s public health department has opened a COVID-19 information call center in order to field questions from residents regarding the coronavirus and the shelter-in-place order. It is open Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in both Spanish and English.

Residents can reach the call center at (831) 769-8700.

Sharen Carey, PA-C
Big Sur Health Center

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