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September 23, 2020: County tolls 536 cases in seven days — still much too high for hint of reopening economy

September 20, 2020: Coronavirus cases still surging in Salinas Valley, behind-the-scenes look at fight against Carmel Valley fire

September 16, 2020: Cal Am withdraws desal application, coronavirus cases worsen, air sparkles again and Dolan Fire 40 percent contained

September 13, 2020: Six Peninsula communities go full week without a single case of virus, Dolan Fire still growing slowly

September 11, 2020: Coronavirus cases show another decline, Dolan Fire growing slowly, AQI in the miserable range, and remembering 9/11

September 9, 2020: Maps show remarkable growth of Dolan Fire; county's coronavirus cases dropping sharply (maybe)

September 8, 2020: Big Sur wildfire destroys fire station, injures three firefighters

September 7, 2020: How we dodged a blackout last night, coronavirus numbers show improvement, Big Sur firefighters battle record temperatures

September 5, 2020: County's coronavirus numbers are moving in wrong direction; latest updates for three fires

September 2, 2020: Health department official says coronavirus numbers are improving; fire crews in Big Sur expecting hot, dry weather

August 31, 2020: Governor's new shutdown rules are very strict and our case numbers are nowhere near meeting them; new evacuations in Dolan Fire

August 30, 2020: No surprises in latest coronavirus cases; battle continues against Dolan Fire

August 28, 2020: Two fires are over, but the third remains a major threat; county adds 97 cases, and Pebble Beach gets a number

August 26, 2020: Fight against fires almost finished, but some evacuation orders remain in effect

August 25, 2020: Count of destroyed homes in Carmel Valley rises to 50 as evacuation orders are lifted in just a few areas; latest coronavirus data

August 24, 2020 (bulletin 3): Fire officials start speaking about Carmel and River fires almost in past tense; coronavirus trends continuing

August 24, 2020 (bulletin 2): Evacuation order lifted for numerous additional areas threatened by Carmel and River fires

August 24, 2020 (bulletin 1): Evacuation orders lifted for portions of Carmel Valley

August 23, 2020 (bulletin 2): Thunderstorms haven't materialized so far but threat continues through tomorrow, Cal Fire says

August 23, 2020 (bulletin 1): Progress made containing county's fires, but weather is still biggest worry; SPCA evacuates 500 animals to fairgrounds

August 22, 2020 (bulletin 4): Sheriff says evacuation of C.V. Village is "complete," Cal Fire updates status of fires and warns of possibility of thunderstorms

August 22, 2020 (bulletin 3): Sheriff says evacuation order issued "to give people plenty of time to get out"

August 22, 2020 (bulletin 2): More C.V. residents told they may have to evacuate; latest updates on Carmel, River and Dolan fires

August 22, 2020 (bulletin 1): Evacuation order issued for Carmel Valley Village

August 21, 2020 (bulletin 3): As fire worries grow, CV Village residents warned to prepare to evacuate

August 21, 2020 (bulletin 2): No major changes for county's coronavirus epidemic -- 99 confirmed cases but very few on Peninsula; there are two more fatalities

August 21, 2020 (bulletin 1): Cal Fire releases latest updates and maps; county website also offers new fire information

August 20, 2020: Cal Fire provides status update, detailed map for Carmel and River fires

August 19, 2020: Wildfires break out in Cachagua and Big Sur, new details about Bechler shooting and county has another coronavirus fatality

August 18, 2020 (bulletin 2): P.G. police say shooting outside Bechler's was attempted murder

August 18, 2020 (bulletin 1): River Fire continues to grow in hills near Salinas, more blackouts possible, county reports 114 cases and four hospitalizations

August 17, 2020: Warning issued about more blackouts, River Fire grows slowly near Mt. Toro, county reports 87 new coronavirus cases

August 16, 2020: Power outages and (unrelated) thunderstorms make for a very weird 24 hours; latest coronavirus data include a record 404 cases

August 15, 2020: Despite county's efforts, epidemic in Salinas Valley shows no signs of slowing down, Peninsula still has very few cases

August 14, 2020: Moreno says there is still a backlog of uncounted cases from commercial labs, dodges questions about tourists, nursing homes

August 12, 2020: County has two more fatalities, seven hospitalizations and 134 more cases; health department gives thumbs down to bounce houses

August 11, 2020: Test results flood in but show very few positives; Peninsula still has minimal numbers

August 10, 2020: Moreno says backlog of cases has been cleared; youth sports guidelines disallow sports

August 9, 2020: Logjam of data seems to be broken with no major spike in cases; hospitalizations have biggest one-day increase

August 8, 2020: Rate of reported cases has slowed, but is it real?

August 7, 2020: Moreno says state data malfunction is impeding contact tracing; Big Sur and Carmel are slowest in responding to census

August 5, 2020: County says it's having trouble with data system — case numbers may be low

August 3, 2020: Jail says 47 more inmates have virus; county reports another 102 cases and CHOMP has two deaths

August 2, 2020: County has 125 more cases and Peninsula has seven; three more hospitalizations but no fatalities

August 1, 2020: No-shows are major problem at testing sites; county has 155 more cases and two fatalities

July 31, 2020: Big Sur elementary school seeks permission to reopen; county has 85 new cases and five hospitalizations

July 29, 2020: Packer calls for 'redoubling' of efforts to fight virus; county adds 148 cases but Peninsula only has three

July 28, 2020: Sheriff says there are five more fatalities, total now 28; health department announces 58 new cases and nine hospitalizations

July 27, 2020: Moreno says visitors aren't to blame for spike in cases; infection rate at jail reaches 27 percent

July 26, 2020: Carmel Valley has five cases, health department reveals — Pebble Beach and Carmel-by-the-Sea stand alone

July 25, 2020: Health department breaks out data for 'severe cases'; there are 88 new cases today and five hospitalizations

July 24, 2020: County adds 139 cases and one hospitalization; Big Sur departs the Lucky Four

July 23, 2020: Health department reports a record 181 cases, with 8 hospitalizations and another death

July 22, 2020: California set to surpass New York in coronavirus cases but has far fewer deaths

July 21, 2020: County issues 'clarification' of Moreno's remarks on schools; health department says there are two more deaths

July 20, 2020: Moreno says governor's edict means schools will be closed for fall term — and private schools are included

July 19, 2020: County health reports very few coronavirus cases in Monterey Peninsula-Big Sur

July 18, 2020: County's coronavirus trends continue with 103 new cases and six hospitalizations

July 17, 2020: Newsom says counties on 'watch list' must keep schools closed; SVMH doctor offers cautious optimism about county's epidemic

July 15, 2020: Hospitalizations increase by 11, cases by 78, including 20 on Peninsula

July 14, 2020: Seven more hospitalizations but only 45 new cases

July 13, 2020: Governor orders more rollbacks, including gyms, churches and hair salons; 74 jail inmates have tested positive

July 12, 2020: Today's data show 142 new cases (seven on Peninsula), three hospitalizations and no fatalities

July 11, 2020: Comet putting on quite a show; coronavirus cases continue to rise in Salinas Valley; PPP update

July 10, 2020: SVMH has record number of Covid-19 inpatients, warns it's getting near capacity

July 9, 2020: County has 73 cases and 3 hospitalizations but no fatalities

July 8, 2020 (bulletin 2): State issues order closing Monterey County bars, indoor dining, museums, etc.

July 8, 2020 (bulletin 1): Health department makes major revisions to its coronavirus counts by zip code

July 6, 2020 (bulletin 2): Monterey County releases 'guidance' for businesses facing closure

July 6, 2020 (bulletin 1): Governor says rollback order is just around the corner; county has 87 new cases and one hospitalization

July 5, 2020: More bad news as county adds 149 cases with eight hospitalizations, but at least there are no fatalities

July 4, 2020: Not so happy holiday as county gains 124 cases

July 3, 2020: Governor's 'watch list' explained; 43 new cases, two hospitalizations and a fatality

July 2, 2020: County has 57 new cases with four hospitalizations; Peninsula adds 5

July 1, 2020 (bulletin 2): Newsom issues rollback order for 19 counties — Monterey is not included

July 1, 2020 (bulletin 1): Coronavirus cases increase by 49, including another 8 on the Peninsula, but there is just one more hospitalization

June 30, 2020: County has 37 more cases but another death and 8 hospitalizations

June 29, 2020: Health department reports 57 cases today, mostly in Salinas Valley, with just one hospitalization and no fatalities

June 28, 2020: Salinas, Salinas Valley show big jump in coronavirus cases; county has one more fatality

June 27, 2020: Growth of coronavirus cases in Monterey County slows

June 23, 2020: City of Carmel removes Serra statue for safekeeping; county coronavirus trends continue

June 22, 2020: County sets more records for testing with no change in trends; fatality rate here is far below national, state figures

June 20, 2020: Big increases in testing show very little change in county's coronavirus trends; rules for 'social circles' unveiled

June 19, 2020: Moreno says state's face covering order brings no changes to county but urges compliance to keep businesses open

June 17, 2020: County trends continue with 80 cases in two days but few hospitalizations and no deaths; nail salons cleared to open Friday

June 15, 2020: Another 46 cases confirmed today, four-day total is 181, with 90 percent in Salinas Valley; Tuck Box settlement announced

June 14, 2020: County confirms 84 cases in two days, but Peninsula has just one; five hospitalizations and one more fatality

June 12, 2020: Survey quantifies shutdown's severe impact on businesses; Salinas Valley surge continues

June 10, 2020: County sees another fatality as it gains 40 coronavirus cases over two days

June 8, 2020: Salinas Valley shows 18 new cases while Peninsula gains one, but there are no new hospitalizations or deaths

June 7, 2020: Health dep't. says more businesses to reopen June 12, but also reports surge of 65 cases — 63 of them in Salinas and the valley

June 6, 2020: Trend of more cases in Salinas Valley but none on Peninsula and few hospitalizations continues

June 5, 2020 (bulletin 2): As county weighs governor's guidelines for reopening hotels, bars and gyms, Salinas Valley cases continue steady climb

June 5, 2020 (bulletin 1): State health official says California to let hotels, bars and gyms reopen

June 3, 2020: A tale of two Junes: The one that was predicted and the one that is here

May 31, 2020: County-wide cases grow by 21, but Peninsula has none. Hospitalizations up by three, with no additional fatalities.

May 30, 2020 (bulletin 2): Businesses and restaurants reopen by the score, and even 17 Mile Drive to start welcoming tourists again

May 30, 2020 (bulletin 1): State accepts county's Stage 2.5 plan — restaurants, shops and hair salons can now reopen

May 29, 2020: Health department reports two more coronavirus deaths; still no go-ahead for restaurants and shops to reopen

May 28, 2020: As businesses continue to wait for go-ahead, cases rise to 469 but with no new deaths and just one hospitalization

May 26, 2020 (bulletin 2): County clarifies rules for businesses to reopen; cases grow by 16 but positivity rate falls to 4.9 percent

May 26, 2020 (bulletin 1): Supervisors approve opening of shops, restaurants

May 25, 2020 (bulletin 2): Board of supes to consider reopening resolution

May 25, 2020 (bulletin 1): Nine more coronavirus cases reported, but no deaths or hospitalizations; positivity rate down to 5.1 percent

May 24, 2020: Eight more cases confirmed today; just 5.4 percent of tests are positive

May 23, 2020: Big jump in testing finds big increase in cases, but with no new fatalities and just one hospitalization

May 22, 2020: Very few new cases, no update on reopening restaurants and shops

May 20, 2020: Cases, fatalities and hospitalizations remain low; testing closed at MPC

May 19, 2020: Health department, supes agree that county is almost ready for next phase of reopening; just five new cases and no fatalities

May 18, 2020: County meets governor's criteria for more stores and restaurants to re-open, but will Moreno let them?

May 17, 2020: Coronavirus cases jump 13, but no fatalities or hospitalizations; county re-opening slower than state allows

May 16, 2020: Six more cases in county but none on Peninsula; no fatalities or hospitalizations

May 15, 2020: County has five more cases and two more fatalities; public testing available

May 13, 2020: Nine more cases reported, including one on Peninsula, but no new fatalities; Wisconsin stay at home order nullified

May 12, 2020 (bulletin 2): Health department reports 11 new cases but none on Peninsula and no fatalities; comparing us to the world

May 12, 2020 (bulletin 1): As governor eases restrictions, county emergency services official makes dire prediction

May 11, 2020: County has nine new cases but Peninsula loses one; Moreno gives no hint about further changes to shelter-in-place

May 10, 2020: Just two more cases today, with no deaths or hospitalizations

May 9, 2020: Ten new cases, lots more data, and Junipero Serra school closes for good

May 8, 2020 (bulletin 2): As more businesses are allowed to open, cases jump to 267, but with no new fatalities

May 8, 2020 (bulletin 1): Health department revises shelter-in-place; some restrictions eased

May 6, 2020: Just six new cases, but Moreno offers little hope for businesses to reopen

May 5, 2020: Mininmal new infections but county officials stay silent about lifting shelter in place

May 4, 2020: County has just two more infections, but will businesses be allowed to reopen?

May 3, 2020: Nine more positive tests reported, and a new way to understand what they mean

May 2, 2020: Four new cases, one death, some interesting new data and more tests

May 1, 2020 (bulletin 2): County has nine new cases; health director discusses the end of shelter-in-place, who gets to reopen and the economy

May 1, 2020 (bulletin 1): Shelter in Place extended to May 31, restrictions on some businesses eased

April 30, 2020: Seven more coronavirus cases in county, health department promises new shelter-in-place order tomorrow

April 29, 2020: County cases jump 15 to 206, Peninsula adds 2

April 28, 2020 (bulletin 2): Six more cases and another fatality; aquarium asks for help

April 28, 2020 (bulletin 1): Moreno makes face coverings mandatory

April 27, 2020: Two more cases today, Bach Fest cancelled, SF area counties extend shutdown order, projecting the epidemic's end date

April 26, 2020: Seven more cases today — are we nearing peak?

April 25, 2020: Virus cases continue slow growth; Monterey P.D. makes two dramatic arrests

April 23, 2020: County coronavirus total increases by 10 to 164

April 22, 2020: Concours d'Elegance cancelled; county confirms just four more cases

April 21, 2020: County has just two more cases, bringing total to 150; fairgrounds announces cancellations

April 20, 2020: Health department says county has seven more cases but won't say where they are

April 19, 2020: Five more cases in Salinas Valley, another fatality, and a warning from the D.A.

April 18, 2020: Two day increase is 17 as outbreak takes hold in Salinas Valley

April 16, 2020: Eleven more cases as total reaches 119

April 15, 2020: Eight more cases in county; two important events tomorrow

April 14, 2020: Big jump in coronavirus cases; D.A. threatens crackdown on construction workers and landscapers; poll results

April 13, 2020: No new cases today, but health officer says peak is still three weeks away

April 12, 2020: County total rises to 87, including two more 65-plus; public invited to participate in Tuesday meeting

April 11, 2020: Back on the rollercoaster — just three cases confirmed today; German study looks at antibodies

April 10, 2020: Eight more cases today — biggest jump yet

April 9, 2020: Just two more cases but another fatality

April 8, 2020: Five new coronavirus cases today, health dep't. warns of hospital bed shortage, poll shows heavy toll of shutdown order

April 7, 2020: Another day with just one new case, county walks back park openings

April 6, 2020: County adds one new case, MST driver infected, FEMA trailers on the way, two parks updates and results of our poll

April 5, 2020: No new data from health dep't., the perils of partying, military tightens face mask rules, and good news about park openings

April 4, 2020: Latest data show increase of 5 cases, total now 62

April 3, 2020 (No. 2): Just 4 new cases in county — along with strict new shelter in place order

April 3, 2020 (No. 1): County adds new 'shelter in place' rules, extends shutdown to May 3

April 2, 2020: Virus cases in county continue to grow slowly, P.B. Co. extends closure

April 1, 2020: County total jumps to 48, school closures confirmed, CHOMP offers e-screening

March 31, 2020 (No. 2): County confirms second coronavirus death

March 31, 2020 (No. 1): Just two new cases added, schools closed until next year, mask donations sought, what to do with a jury summons, where is California headed?

March 30, 2020: Health department reveals four more cases, Feinstein's stimulus checks advice, NYT on data and privacy

March 29, 2020 (No. 2): Just two more cases added to county total today

March 29, 2020 (No. 1): Asilomar quarantine ends, county warns about short-term rentals, York teaches making hospital supplies

March 28, 2020: Coronavirus cases rise to 34, health department offers more details

March 27, 2020 (No. 2): County total rises to 32

March 27, 2020 (No. 1): County health director confirms low number of cases in county, 'shelter in place' to remain in effect beyond April 7

March 26, 2020: Three more cases confirmed, total now 27

March 25, 2020 (No. 2): No new cases today, county health says

March 25, 2020 (No. 1): Patients leave quarantine, putting brakes on evictions, tracking 'to-go' restaurants, donating to SVMH, a sign from above

March 24, 2020 (No. 2): Just 4 more cases — MoCo total now 24

March 24, 2020 (No. 1): National guard deployed, SVMH offers screening, 'essential' businesses listed, senior shopping hours, the size of the threat

March 23, 2020 (No. 2): Updated coronavirus case total reaches 20

March 23, 2020 (No. 1): Case total still 14, all golf courses closed, CHOMP visitor guidelines, senior shopping hours and a bit of humor

March 22, 2020: County total reaches 14, CHOMP reports first case

March 21, 2020 (No. 3): County announces first coronavirus death

March 21, 2020 (No. 2): Coronavirus cases up to 11, more than doubling in one day

March 21, 2020 (No. 1): Health department announces two more cases, P.B. Co. shuts hotels

March 20, 2020: MoCo coronavirus cases up to 5

March 19, 2020 (No. 2): Hospital says two more people in county have virus

March 19, 2020 (No. 1): Salinas car dealer says employee tested positive

March 18, 2020: County keeping mum about two people with virus, violating 'shelter in place' order a crime, court extends deadlines

March 17, 2020: Two cases in county, 'shelter in place' order issued, property tax deadline, plea from state water officials

March 16, 2020 (No. 2): County statement on 'shelter in place'

March 16, 2020 (No. 1): Tax deadlines, food safety, still no MoCo cases