2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Testing
Testing is available at various locations throughout Monterey County. There are four State supported testing sites, once each in Salinas, Seaside, Castroville, and Soledad. Some clinics and pharmacies offer testing, and you can check with your healthcare provider to ask if they offer testing. Monterey County Health Department will be offering pop up testing sites throughout the county, check the calendar for places, dates and times.
Who should be tested?
● People with and without symptoms of COVID-19.
● People who have had close contact with someone who is sick or has tested
positive for COVID-19.
○ Unless you have symptoms, wait at least 5 days after being exposed for
more accurate test results.
● Health care workers, first responders, caretakers to high risk individuals (e.g., the
elderly), and other essential workers who have frequent interactions with the public.
Locations of testing in Monterey County
● COVID -19 Testing Locations
● Ubicaciones de Pruebas de COVID -19
Check with your medical provider if you have questions about if you should be tested.
Differences in the types of testing
Understanding How COVID-19 Vaccines Work
This web page explains how the body fights infection and how COVID-19 vaccines protect people by producing immunity. It also describes the different types of COVID-19 vaccines that currently are available or are undergoing large-scale (Phase 3) clinical trials in the United States.
Understanding COVID-19 mRNA Vaccines
This web page provides information about mRNA vaccines generally and about COVID-19 vaccines that use this new technology specifically.
Understanding Viral Vector COVID-19 Vaccines
This web page provides information about viral vector vaccines generally and about COVID-19 vaccines that use this new technology specifically.
The safety of COVID-19 vaccines is a top priority.
In the United States, there are currently 2 FDA approved COVID-19 vaccines available under Emergency Use Authorization (EUA).* The U.S. vaccine safety system ensures that all vaccines are as safe as possible. Learn how federal partners are working together to ensure the safety of COVID-19 vaccines. The Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup will also review vaccines before they become available in California. The report on the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is available here.
Facts about COVID-19 vaccines:
What to Expect
How the Vaccine Works
How the vaccine works - video (Journal of the American Medical Association)
Tiers & Eligibility
When there is a limited supply, some groups are recommended to receive COVID-19 vaccine first.
Experts are working on how to distribute these limited vaccines in a fair, ethical, and transparent way. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) gave input to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, which makes recommendations to the CDC. The ACIP's proposed phased allocation plan is summarized below. Please note the proposed phased allocation plan could be altered at any time due to changes in vaccine supply, ACIP guidance, and/or CDPH recommendations.
The California Department of Public Health has convened a Drafting Guidelines Workgroup which is leveraging national prioritization frameworks and reviewing data regarding occupational exposure and COVID risk to prioritize sectors across phases and tiered population groups. Counties will follow these guidelines in administering vaccines. However, given the number of people falling into the various tiers in a specific county, the uptake of those in the priority groups getting vaccinated, and the logistics and timeline for use of the vaccine so that no doses go to waste, counties may be in different tiers in administering vaccine to their population.
Click here for the proposed state and national allocation plan which may be customized by CDPH in the coming days and weeks.
How Do I Get a Vaccine?
CDC makes recommendations for who should get the vaccine first, then each state makes its own plan.
Getting Ready for Your COVID-19 Vaccine
Have questions about the #COVID19 vaccine & its local rollout?
Monterey County Health Department will hold a #Vaccine Town Hall TODAY at 5:30PM on Zoom. Join at montereycty.zoom.us/j/98202472160 & use passcode 714517, or call 1-699-900-6833 & use webinar ID# 982 0247 2160. Spanish translation will be available.
New COVID Testing Location in Seaside
July 1, 2020 - Monterey County Approves Fines for Face Covering Order Violations
On July 28th, the Monterey County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved an ordinance, effective immediately, allowing for fines for those disregarding the state face covering health order for all areas in unincorporated Monterey County.
May 1, 2020 - Monterey County Health Officer Amends and Extends Shelter-in-Place Order
Monterey County Health Officer, Dr. Edward Moreno has issued an updated Shelter-in-Place Order. This Order is effective Monday, May 4, 2020 and will continue through May 31, 2020.
A copy of the order and more information can be found here: VIEW ORDER AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
April 28, 2020 - Monterey County Health Officer Issues Mandatory 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.
Stay up to date with information from our Monterey County Health Department
View the latest local information on COVID-19
Access Official County Orders and view updated documents
Register to receive Monterey County COVID-19 text updates by texting MCCOVID19 to 888777
Great Plates Delivered Program Now Enrolling Seaside Residents
The City of Seaside has been approved to administer the State’s Great Plates Delivered program for Seaside residents. The program begins May 7th and will be partnering with Seaside restaurants to deliver three hot meals per day to qualified senior residents.
To qualify you must be; a Seaside resident 65 years of age or older, or 60-64 who are at high-risk and who are unable to access meals while staying at home and are ineligible for other nutrition programs.
More information and program updates can be found on our website https://bit.ly/SeasideGreatPlates.
As of July 28, 2020 fines were approved for face covering order violations. Fines are administrative citations not criminal proceeding and would start at $100, $200 for a second violation, and $500 for subsequent violations. Repeated violations could also be prosecuted as a misdemeanor in the discretion of the District Attorney. People given a citation have the option to pay the fine or appeal the citation and have a hearing before an administrative law judge.
Face Covering Exceptions
The order does not require children 12 and younger to wear face coverings or anyone who has trouble breathing or is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance. Children two years old or younger must not wear them due to risk of suffocation.
Face Covering Guidelines:
The California Department of Public Health has these guidelines for cloth masks/face coverings:
Face coverings can be made from cloth, be factory-made or hand-sewn, or improvised using bandannas, scarves, T-shirts, sweatshirts or towels.
The material should cover the nose and mouth.
Ideally, face coverings should be washed after each use. Dirty masks should be placed in a dedicated laundry bag or bin.
Use detergent and hot water when washing cloth masks and dry them on a hot cycle.
Be sure your mask is comfortable; you don’t want to have to keep adjusting the mask because that means touching your face.
Wash your hands, or use hand sanitizer, before and after touching your face or face coverings.
If you must re-wear your cloth face covering before washing it, wash your hands immediately after putting it back on and avoid touching your face.
Businesses must take reasonable measures, such as posting signs, to remind patrons about face coverings, and may not serve customers who do not observe the order. Workers do not need to wear face coverings if they are alone in a personal office but must put them on when others are present. Click here for guidelines from the California Department of Public Health on dine in restaurants.
For advice from the World Health Organization on other food business click here.
Testing Sites in Seaside
Seaside High School
Doctors On Duty
Seaside Family Health Center
For more information click on the testing sites click here.
COVID and Mental Health
- CDC: Mental Health & Coping During Covid-19
- CDC: Stigma and Resilience During Covid-19
- CDC: Helping Children Cope with Emergencies
- SAMHSA: Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health: Social Distancing, Quarantine and Isolation
- California Department of Public Health: Guidance Documents
- California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance. Covid-19 Resources for Undocumented Californians.
- Administration for Community Living: Adults with Disabilities and Seniors also In Spanish
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): Call the NAMI Helpline 1-800-950-6264 Monday-Friday 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM for emotional support and resources. Click Here for Guide to Managing Mental Health during COVID-19
Resources for Parents and Families
- First 5 Monterey: https://www.first5monterey.org/covid-19.htm
- California Surgeon General's Playbook: Stress Relief for Caregivers and Kids during COVID-19 (ENGLISH)
- Child Mind Institute: Supporting Families during COVID-19
- Resource Guide for Families: Quality Matters Resource Guide - COVID-19
- Monterey County Office of Education: COVID-19 Resources and Supports for Families
- National Association of School Psychologists: Talking to Children About COVID-19
- NPR: Just for Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus
- PBS: How to Talk to Your Kids about COVID-19 (tips, videos & resources)
- National Child Traumatic Stress Network: Guide for Parents and Families
- Postpartum Support International: Provides support for new mothers and their families. Call 1-800-944-4773 or Text 503-894-9453 if you have questions about mental health needs after having a baby or you need emotional support. Click Here for Online Support Groups & Click Here for Resources for Dads
How To Stay Occupied during COVID
- Mindfulness Meditation for Feeling Safe - Rick Hanson
- 5 Minute Mindfulness Meditation - Diana Winston
- Weekly Meditations with Dr. Rick Hanson
- UCLA Mindfulness Awareness Center Guided Meditations
- Mindfulness Resources
- Down Dog Yoga app - free through April 1st for public and through July 1st for educators and student
What Can You Do?
Have you signed up for Alert Monterey County?
As a reminder, you can register to receive notifications and important messages to keep you informed and alerted of emergencies and other important community news.
Sign up today at www.alertmontereycounty.org
Stay up to date. -This information can be outdated quickly. Please monitor the following websites for the most current information:
Call the City of Seaside Emergency notification hotline: 899-6777
This is just a recorded message. If you have an emergency, call 911.
Take Action To Protect Your Personal Health
The City of Seaside will remain vigilant in cleaning common areas in our public spaces such as bathrooms, water faucets, meeting rooms, playground equipment to minimize the spread of germs. All residents are encouraged take common-sense precautions to prevent the spread of all infectious diseases.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipes.
- Stay up to date on vaccinations, including the influenza vaccine.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay away from work, school or other people if you are sick.
- Follow guidance from public health officials.
Are You a Business in Seaside?
We have prepared a list of resources for businesses impacted by the effects of Monterey County’s Shelter-in-Place Order.
CLICK HERE to visit our Business Information and Resource Page. Be sure to check back frequently as the list will be updated as information becomes available.