March 31 Central Coast coronavirus update: Harbors and boat ramps close

VACCINE IN SEPTEMBER…THAT IS ASTONISHLY FAST …. AND THAT’S JUST ONE OF ALMOST TWO DOZEN IN DEVELOPMENT….AND THEN RESEARCHERS ARE ALSO FTANTICALLY LOOKING FOR SOME KIND OF TREATMENT. SCIENTISTS ARE WORKING AROUND THE CLOCK ON TWO FRONTS IN THE RACE TO FIND A WEAPON TO COMBAT COVID 19: TREATMENTS AND VACCINES. JUST TODAY THE FDA ISSUED AN EMERGENCY USE AUTHORIZATION FOR A PAIR OF ANTI-MALARIA DRUGS… TO TREAT SERIOUSLY ILL COVID-19 PATIENTS WHEN CLINICAL TRAILS ARE NOT AAILABLE. WE’VE BEEN HEARING A LOT ABOUT HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE AND CHLOROQUINE PHOSPHATE AND THERE ARE SOME VERY SMALL STUDIES THAT INDICATE THEY MAY HELP…BUT MAKE NO MISTAKE..THIS IS THE FDA SAYING ESSENTIALLY WITH NO TREATMENTS AVAILABLE..THIS IS WORTH A SHOT. SCIENTISTS ARE ALSO LOOKING AT RE- PURPOSING DRUGS ALREADY APPROVED BY THE FDA FOR OTHER USES ..THAT MAY HELP IN THE FIGHT AGAINST THE CORONA VIRUS. AS FOR VACCINES….. THEY TAKE TIME.. WE ALRADY HAVE SOEM VACCINE CANDIDATES. THERE ARE 20. THEY ARE GOING TO ENTER CLINICAL TRIALS. ITS GOING TO TAKE US A YEAR TO A YEAR AND HALF TO KNOW IF THEY ARE AFFECTIVE. THAT IS THE COVNENTIONAL WISDOM BUT COMPANIES AND RESEARCH TEAMS ARE WORKIGN AT UNPRECENDENTED SPEED. SEVERAL VACCINES ARE IN CLINICAL TRIAL RIGHT NOW AND JOHNSON AND JOHNSON ANNOUNCED THIS MORNING THEY HAVE A VERY PROMISING VACCINE CANDIDATE THAT THEY COULD GET TO MARKET IN A MATTER OF MONTHS… S/ ALEX GORSKY/ CEO, JOHNSON & JOHNSON :18 “WE’VE GOT A CANDIDATE THAT’S HAS A HIGH DEGREE OF PROBABILITY OF BEING SUCCESSFUL AGAINST THE COVID-19 VIRUS. NOW WE’VE ALSO, THAT’S VERY IMPORTANT, IS THAT WE’VE GOT THE PRODUCTION CAPABILITIES TO BE ABLE TO RAMP UP PRODUCTION OF THIS IN A RELATIVELY SHORT PERIOD OF TIME SO THAT IT CAN BECOME AVAILABLE.” ALL OF THIS IS OF COURSE PROMISING BUT THE VACCINE IS FOR NEXT YEAR, EMERGENCY TREATMENTS MAY OR MAY NOT PROVE AFFECTIVE. THERE IS NO SHORTCUT TO STOPPING THIS VIRUS IN THE SHORTERM….. HEALTH EXPERTS SAY SOCIAL DISTANCING AND STAYING AT HOME….IS STILL THE BEST DEFENSE. #### ON THE VACCINE… JOHNSON AND JOHNSON SAYS THEY ARE LOOKING AT THIS AS THIER MOONSHOT….LOOKING TO ACCOMPLISH IN FIVE TO SEVEN MONTHS WHAT WOULD NORMALLY TAKE YEARS. ERIN, ON THESE POSSIBLE TREATMENTS… COULD THEY BE A GAME CHANGER AS THE PRESIDENT HAS SAID? WE DON’T KNOW….IS THE SHORT ANSWER. THERE IS HOPE THAT THE ANTI MALARIA DRUGS WILL BE ABLE TO HELP THE MOST SEVERE CASES …BUT THEY ALSO COME WITH SIDE AFFECTS… THERE MAYBE HEART ISSUES..SO THEY ARE DEFINATELY NOT FOR EVERYONE…SO FOR MOST OF US….I’LL SAY IT AGAIN…SOCIAL DISTANCING AND STAYING AT HOME..STILL THE BEST DEFENSE. THANKS ERIN. MONTEREY PENINSULA UNIF

March 31 Central Coast coronavirus update: Harbors and boat ramps close

More coronavirus cases have been reported on the Central Coast and on Monday San Benito County reported more people had fully recovered from COVID-19. Santa Cruz County: 49 cases, 1 death.San Benito County: 17 cases, one death, four people recovered.Monterey County: 40 cases, one death.Over the weekend, Monterey County released demographic information for those who have been confirmed to have coronavirus. Data shows that more young people have been infected and tested than old. In addition, the Salinas area has seen most of the cases.On Monday, Monterey Harbor and boat ramps along the Central Coast closed due to coronavirus. SENIOR HOURS | Grocery stores offer senior hours to help protect them from coronavirusThe city of Pacific Grove received notification from the California Office of Emergency services that the quarantine of Grand Princess cruise passengers at Asilomar Hotel & Conference Grounds is now over.Monterey CountyAfter 561 people were tested in Monterey County, 40 of them have been confirmed to have COVID-19. One person has died.Related | Restaurants struggle to remain open while only providing to-go meals The city launched Operation Outreach in an effort to help older adults and those with compromised immune system.The Monterey Peninsula Unified School District announced Monday they will begin distributing meals to students Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to noon starting March 30.Santa Cruz CountyAs of Monday morning, 49 people had tested positive for COVID-19 in Santa Cruz County. One person has died.The demographics of the first 25 cases of those who have tested positive are as follows:Male: 14Female: 11Age 18-64: 21Age 65 4Related | Santa Cruz health care facilities request donations of Personal Protective EquipmentThe Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office announced they will start handing out citations to people and nonessential businesses who don’t comply with the statewide “stay at home” order.San Benito CountyThere have been 17 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in San Benito County. Four of those cases have fully recovered and one person has died.According to San Benito County, the there are confirmed cases from community transmission. In total:2 Travel related5 Person-to-person transmission3 Community Transmission4 Under investigationAs of March 27, 2020, San Benito County Public Health Services had received COVID-19 testing information for 224 residents (172 negative, 35 pending).Hazel Hawkins Hospital said they are working to develop their own COVID-19 tests so they can stop relying on the Monterrey County Health Department.15 days to slow the spreadMonterey County Health Department | Santa Cruz County Health Department | San Benito County Health DepartmentThe White House released their guidelines for America to handle the COVID-19 pandemic.Listen and follow the directions of your state and local authorities.If you feel sick, stay home. Do not go to work. Contact your medical provider.If your children are sick, keep them at home. Do not send them to school. Contact your medical provider.If someone in your household has tested positive for the coronavirus, keep the entire household at home. Do not go to work. Do not go to school. Contact your medical provider.If you are an older person, stay home and away from other people.If you are a person with a serious underlying health condition that can put you at increased risk (for example, a condition that impairs your lung or heart function or weakens your immune system), stay home and away from other people.Even if you are young, or otherwise healthy, you are at risk and your activities can increase the risk for others. It is critical that you do your part to stop the spread of the coronavirus.Work or engage in schooling from home whenever possible.If you work in a critical infrastructure industry, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security, such as healthcare services and pharmaceutical and food supply, you have a special responsibility to maintain your normal work schedule. You and your employers should follow CDC guidance to protect your health at work.Avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people.Avoid eating or drinking at bars, restaurants, and food courts – use drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options.Avoid discretionary travel, shopping trips, and social visits.Do not visit nursing homes or retirement or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance.Practice good hygiene:Wash your hands, especially after touching any frequently used item or surface.Avoid touching your face.Sneeze or cough into a tissue, or the inside of your elbow.Disinfect frequently used items and surfaces as much as possible.Top headlinesW2lmcmFtZSBzcmM9Imh0dHBzOi8vZDJjbXZicTdzeHgzM2ouY2xvdWRmcm9udC5uZXQvZW1haWwvcHJvZF9jb3JvbmF2aXJ1c19pZnJhbWVfYXJ0aWNsZS5odG1sIiBoZWlnaHQ9IjQxNCIgc3R5bGU9IndpZHRoOjEwMCU7Ym9yZGVyOm5vbmU7b3ZlcmZsb3c6aGlkZGVuIiBzY3JvbGxpbmc9Im5vIiBmcmFtZWJvcmRlcj0iMCIgYWxsb3dUcmFuc3BhcmVuY3k9InRydWUiXVsvaWZyYW1lXe 7vw==

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More coronavirus cases have been reported on the Central Coast and on Monday San Benito County reported more people had fully recovered from COVID-19.

  • Santa Cruz County: 49 cases, 1 death.
  • San Benito County: 17 cases, one death, four people recovered.
  • Monterey County: 40 cases, one death.

Over the weekend, Monterey County released demographic information for those who have been confirmed to have coronavirus. Data shows that more young people have been infected and tested than old. In addition, the Salinas area has seen most of the cases.

On Monday, Monterey Harbor and boat ramps along the Central Coast closed due to coronavirus.

SENIOR HOURS | Grocery stores offer senior hours to help protect them from coronavirus

The city of Pacific Grove received notification from the California Office of Emergency services that the quarantine of Grand Princess cruise passengers at Asilomar Hotel & Conference Grounds is now over.

Monterey County

After 561 people were tested in Monterey County, 40 of them have been confirmed to have COVID-19. One person has died.

Related | Restaurants struggle to remain open while only providing to-go meals

The city launched Operation Outreach in an effort to help older adults and those with compromised immune system.

The Monterey Peninsula Unified School District announced Monday they will begin distributing meals to students Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to noon starting March 30.

Santa Cruz County

As of Monday morning, 49 people had tested positive for COVID-19 in Santa Cruz County. One person has died.

The demographics of the first 25 cases of those who have tested positive are as follows:

  • Male: 14
  • Female: 11
  • Age 18-64: 21
  • Age 65 4

Related | Santa Cruz health care facilities request donations of Personal Protective Equipment

The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office announced they will start handing out citations to people and nonessential businesses who don’t comply with the statewide “stay at home” order.

San Benito County

There have been 17 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in San Benito County. Four of those cases have fully recovered and one person has died.

According to San Benito County, the there are confirmed cases from community transmission. In total:

  • 2 Travel related
  • 5 Person-to-person transmission
  • 3 Community Transmission
  • 4 Under investigation

As of March 27, 2020, San Benito County Public Health Services had received COVID-19 testing information for 224 residents (172 negative, 35 pending).

Hazel Hawkins Hospital said they are working to develop their own COVID-19 tests so they can stop relying on the Monterrey County Health Department.

15 days to slow the spread

Monterey County Health Department | Santa Cruz County Health Department | San Benito County Health Department

The White House released their guidelines for America to handle the COVID-19 pandemic.

  1. Listen and follow the directions of your state and local authorities.
  2. If you feel sick, stay home. Do not go to work. Contact your medical provider.
  3. If your children are sick, keep them at home. Do not send them to school. Contact your medical provider.
  4. If someone in your household has tested positive for the coronavirus, keep the entire household at home. Do not go to work. Do not go to school. Contact your medical provider.
  5. If you are an older person, stay home and away from other people.
  6. If you are a person with a serious underlying health condition that can put you at increased risk (for example, a condition that impairs your lung or heart function or weakens your immune system), stay home and away from other people.
  7. Even if you are young, or otherwise healthy, you are at risk and your activities can increase the risk for others. It is critical that you do your part to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
  8. Work or engage in schooling from home whenever possible.
  9. If you work in a critical infrastructure industry, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security, such as healthcare services and pharmaceutical and food supply, you have a special responsibility to maintain your normal work schedule. You and your employers should follow CDC guidance to protect your health at work.
  10. Avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people.
  11. Avoid eating or drinking at bars, restaurants, and food courts – use drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options.
  12. Avoid discretionary travel, shopping trips, and social visits.
  13. Do not visit nursing homes or retirement or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance.
  14. Practice good hygiene:
  15. Wash your hands, especially after touching any frequently used item or surface.
  16. Avoid touching your face.
  17. Sneeze or cough into a tissue, or the inside of your elbow.
  18. Disinfect frequently used items and surfaces as much as possible.

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