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2019 novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Published on March 02, 2020. Last modified on May 29, 2020

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Questions about COVID-19

Face covering Order

To help stop the spread of COVID-19, the Monterey County Health Officer is requiring residents to wear a face covering when going out into the public to perform essential activities, effective 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, April 30, 2020. Combined with sheltering in place, social distancing, and frequent hand hygiene, facial coverings  are shown to help slow transmission of COVID-19.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Face Covering Order   

Signed Health Officer Order

For more information visit the Face Covering page here  En Español

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Monterey County Variance Attestation Form was approved by the Monterey County Board of Supervisors at a special meeting on May 26th.  The Form has been submitted to the State and the State has acknowledged  receipt of the Form.  See Health Officer Order below for more details.  

Monterey County Variance Attestation Form 

Sector-Specific Reopening Guidance Documents - Including Sectors that will be approved when the Attestation is approved.

Guidance for Dine-in Restaurants and Hair Salons and Barbershop - When the attestation approved

This guidance for Dine-in restaurants provides guidelines to create a safer environment for workers.
Review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for dine-in restaurants in your workplace to show customers and employees that you’ve reduced the risk and are open for business.

This guidance for hair salons and barbershops provides guidelines to create a safer environment for workers. 


Board of Supervisors Report - May 19, 2020 

Progress of California's Roadmap to Modify the Stay-At-Home Order: Variance to Stage 2


Californians have been staying home and saving lives since the start of the statewide stay-at-home order issued on March 19, 2020. These efforts have allowed the state to move forward on our roadmap for modifying the statewide order. 

We are now in early Stage 2, where retail (curbside and delivery only), related logistics and manufacturing, office workplaces, limited personal services, outdoor museums, child care, and essential businesses can open with modifications. The state is issuing guidance to help these workplaces reopen safely.

More information 

Health Officer Order - Continuing Shelter in place - May 26, 2020

Monterey County Health Officer, Dr Edward Moreno has issued a new Health Officer Order to continue Shelter-in-Place, dated May 26.  Once the California Department of Public Health posts on its website the County Health Officer’s COVID-19 Variance Attestation form this order allows for the businesses affected by the attestation to open.  Until the attestation is posted, the May 1 and May 8 Shelter in Place Orders remain in effect.

This new Order aligns the County Health Officer Shelter-in-Place Order with State Stay-at-Home Order to fully join the State in Stage 2 and continue to move with the State through Stages 3 and 4.  The California Department of Public Health is reviewing the County Health Officer’s COVID-19 Variance Attestation form.

When the State posts the Attestation, the following businesses and activities may resume in Monterey County.

  • Dine-in restaurants with modifications.
  • Hair salons and barber shops with modifications.

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. State requirements for dine-in restaurants and hair salons and barber shops can be found at https://covid19.ca.gov/roadmap-counties/

Supporting Documents

Supplemental Order - Stage 2 - May 8, 2020

The Health Officer Order of May 8 order aligns the County with the state’s early Stage 2 reopening in which a number of economic sectors could reopen statewide. At that time, only curbside pickup or delivery for retail were allowed by the state.  On Monday, May 25, 2020, the state moved general retail into early Stage 2, so statewide stores could reopen for in person sales with restrictions.  Because of the language of the May 8 order,  there was no need. 

Here is the link that shows general retail is now allowed to open statewide.  https://covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs/#top  click on the drop down tab “What’s open?”

Beginning Friday, May 8, 2020, local retail businesses may begin providing curbside pick-up services to customers. Examples of such businesses include bookstores, clothing stores, florists, sporting goods stores and other over-the-counter retailers. In addition, manufacturing and supply chain workplaces supporting these businesses may open. Social Distancing Protocols must be followed in all of these settings. Members of the public may place orders online or via telephone only.  Retailers are not allowed to display merchandise on sidewalks.

Other types of businesses, including shopping malls, dine-in services, hair and nail salons, movie theaters and more, remain prohibited from operating.

Business owners are advised to review State guidance to determine whether their establishments may reopen as well as operational practices, so that they may avoid enforcement actions.  Information is available at https://covid19.ca.gov/roadmap/.

The May 4 Shelter in Place Order, as supplemented, remains in effect.

Health Officer Order 

Spanish Version 

For Questions about COVID-19 or Shelter-In Place Order 

 If you have questions about the Shelter-In-Place or general COVID, please call Monterey County Health Department COVID-19 Hotline 831.769-8700 or 831.755.4521 or email covid-19@co.monterey.ca.us

First check out our Shelter-in-Place page

Community Testing sites - Available by Appointment

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Monterey County launched two community testing sites in Salinas and Greenfield on Wednesday, May 6th. 

Area locations, days and hours.

  • Salinas - County of Monterey Agricultural Center, 1428 Abbott St., Tuesday through Saturday, 8 am to 8 pm
  • Greenfield - Greenfield Branch of our Monterey County Free Libraries, 315 El Camino Real, Tuesday through Saturday, 8 am to 8 pm
  • Hollister - Veteran’s Memorial Building, 649 San Benito Street, Sunday through Thursday, 8 am to 8 pm
  • Watsonville - Ramsay Park Family Center, 1301 Main Street  Wednesday through Sunday, 7 am to 7 pm
  • Paso Robles – American Legion Building, 240 Scott Street, Monday through Friday, 7 am to 7 pm

Testing will be by appointment only. Appointments can be made by  visiting https://lhi.care/covidtesting. or by calling 1-888-634-1123. Please note that phone registration 

should only be used for people without internet access.

A nasal or throat swab will be 

collected, and specimens will be sent to a FDA approved laboratory for COVID-19 PCR testing.  Current turn-around time for results is 

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approximately 3 - 4 days.   Please do not call the Monterey County Health Department seeking test results.  

For those without any insurance, the State will cover the full cost of testing. There is no out of pocket cost for anyone receiving service. 

For more information see the press release

Additional Testing Sites

Planned Parenthood Mar Monte is providing drive-thru COVID-19 testing in Monterey

Testing times vary due to location availability and will be determined week to week based on the community need. 

Testing days and times for the week of May 25, 2020 are : 

  • Monday, May 25 - Closed
  • Tuesday, May 26 - 9 am -12 pm, 1pm - 4pm 
  • Wednesday, May 27 - 9 am -12 pm, 1pm - 4pm  
  • Thursday, May 28  - 9 am -12 pm, 1pm - 4pm  
  • Friday - May 29 - Closed

For more information: https://www.plannedparenthood.org/planned-parenthood-mar-monte/campaigns/covid-testing-mc

If you feel Sick 

If you feel sick and are concerned about COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus), please call your doctor or other healthcare provider before arriving at the office.


  • Natividad has a bilingual hotline 831.772.7365 7 am  to 11 pm, 7 days a week
  • Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System Coronavirus Hotline: 831-755-0793 7 am to 11 pm, 7 days a week. 
  • Montage Health COVID-19 Hotline 831.622.8001

You can also contact Montage Health Virtual Care Option, which is Free for all community members experiencing mild respiratory symptoms including coronavirus/COVID-19 More information

Please reserve Emergency Rooms visits for accidents, severe symptoms, and other life-threatening emergencies.


This is a revised Coronavirus page if you want to see the former page click here


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