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June 29, 2022

Why Omicron was first found in San Francisco

As soon as the first U.S. case of the omicron variant of the coronavirus was reported in San Francisco, California officials began sounding the same message: Don’t panic. “We are not surprised by this. This was predictable. This was predicted,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said in...

Monterey County lifts indoor mask mandate

MONTEREY COUNTY — Monterey County Board of Supervisors has voted to suspend the masking requirement of its indoor face covering ordinance, effective immediately. “This means while wearing face coverings in indoor public settings remains strongly recommended, it is no longer required,” according to Maia Carroll,...

California broadens access to Covid-19 booster shots

California is opening up eligibility for booster coronavirus vaccine shots to include anyone 18 or older, making it at least the second state to expand official eligibility beyond older adults and people in high-risk circumstances. Colorado took a similar step this week. California’s vaccination sites...

Mee Memorial attempts to thwart Covid-19 vaccine hesitancy

SALINAS VALLEY — Mee Memorial Healthcare System in King City has received a federal grant to help improve Covid-19 vaccine confidence throughout its service area in southern Monterey County, spanning more than 55 miles between Soledad and Bradley. Health Resources and Services Administration provided the...

Crisis Counseling Program provides outreach for Monterey County residents still affected by Covid-19

MONTEREY COUNTY — For those feeling stressed, anxious and lonely in the wake of the ongoing pandemic, Interim’s Crisis Counseling Program (CCP) continues to provide outreach opportunities. Interim’s short-term program offers support to individuals struggling with mental illness, and their families who have been affected...

Second wave of antibody surveys begins in Monterey County

MONTEREY COUNTY — Monterey County residents could soon be receiving an invitation to participate in the second wave of CalScope, a study that will help public health professionals better understand how many people in California have antibodies to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19. The...

CDC advisers recommend Covid vaccine for younger children

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday formally endorsed the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for children aged 5 through 11, a move that will buttress defenses against a possible surge as winter arrives and ease the worries of tens of millions of pandemic-weary...

Monterey County’s indoor mask order takes effect

MONTEREY COUNTY — Monterey County’s indoor face covering ordinance has been triggered, with countywide mask requirements taking effect as soon as this Friday. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published data Monday morning showing that Monterey County was in the “substantial” community transmission rate...

VIDA Project and partners host pop-up clinic in Soledad

SOLEDAD — The VIDA Project, Soledad McDonald’s, Monterey County Health Department and the City of Soledad have come together to co-host a free Pop-Up Clinic. The clinic will take place Sunday, Oct. 17, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Soledad McDonald’s, 1215 Front...

Why Covid-19 looks so different across California

If you’ve been following the news on the coronavirus in California this week, you may have noticed a stark contrast in how the pandemic is playing out across the state. While hospitals in Central and Northern California called in National Guard troops to help staff...

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Gonzales man found guilty of DUI resulting in injury, hit and...

GONZALES — Gonzales resident Hugo Reyes Oliva was sentenced to five years and eight months in state prison on June 9, announced Monterey County...