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Monterey County Prepares to Launch Alternative Housing/Care Sites for COVID-19 Patients, Vulnerable Residents

Post Date:04/27/2020 8:24 PM

To prepare for a potential surge in COVID-19 cases which may impact local hospitals and sicken vulnerable populations, Monterey County is moving forward with a multi-pronged approach to meeting both medical and housing needs for those impacted or threatened by COVID-19. 

This approach provides for both isolation and recovery utilizing Alternate Housing Sites and an Alternate Care Site. 

  • Alternative Care Sites are used when the surge of patients goes beyond the capability of local hospitals. The County is working with Joby Aviation and the Marina Airport to use a 55,000 square foot hanger for a Care Site. While established by the County’s Emergency Operations Center, this site will be used by all four county hospitals who may need to send COVID-19 positive patients to this facility. The site can care for up to 350 patients and will be staffed by medical personnel. This is for hospital patients only. No visitors or public is allowed, no walk-ins or testing is offered.


  • Alternate Housing Sites are used specifically for patients who are COVID-19 positive, do not need hospitalization but cannot isolate themselves during recovery. Patients are referred through the Health Department by providers or hospitals. Sites are being established around the county so that patients may use the site closest to their place of residence:


    Housing Site Locations: 

    • Monterey County Fairgrounds      Monterey
    • San Lorenzo Park                         King City
    • Salinas Valley Fairgrounds           King City
    • Sherwood Hall                              Salinas 

Housing Sites are isolation/quarantine areas; they are not open to the public and patients must remain onsite until released by the Health Officer. Each site has 24-hour site management, medical staff, high-level security, is self-contained and created in coordination with area city leadership, fire and law enforcement. 

When an outbreak of a disease reaches the point where it is actively spreading in a community, the community, community organizations, and local and county governments must work together to help slow the spread and reduce demands on the health care sector so the most seriously ill people get the supportive care they need. 

Without alternatives housing sites, residents recovering from COVID-19 would continue to spread the virus throughout the community simply by returning to their place of residence and hospitals would have to turn away those in need when there was no more room. 

A more detailed explanation of these programs, how they are operated, services offered and the referral process is at



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