• State Officials Announce Latest COVID-19 Facts

    Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula has reported one positive test for Coronavirus.

    The patient is a Monterey Peninsula resident. As of Saturday afternoon, the health department reported 11 confirmed cases among Monterey County residents.

    “Our first case, of course, wasn’t a surprise,” said Dr. Steven Packer, Montage Health president/CEO. “We have been anticipating the inevitable arrival of COVID-19 cases for some time. While this is our first case, it certainly won’t be the last.”

    The patient came to the Community Hospital Emergency Department and was seen in the adjacent triage tent. The patient was immediately isolated, and recommended for testing, following the hospital-established protocol designed to protect our patients, staff, and community. “The way our staff prepared and assessed the patient was exactly how we had planned,” Packer said. “It was the most controlled environment possible.”

    The patient did not require hospitalization and was sent home with care instructions and is now in self-quarantine. Monterey County Health Department will determine whether this case was community-acquired, related to travel, or acquired from direct contact with a known case.

    Community Hospital has sent 75 cases to the county for COVID-testing, with 59 of those coming back with negative results, 15 results are pending.

    For more information about our COVID-19 response, support, visitor policies, and more, please visit www.chomp.org. Montage Health, Community Hospital’s parent company is offering free virtual care visits for those who suspect they have COVID-19 or have other respiratory symptoms. Visit evisit.montagehealth.org. Community Hospital also has a COVID-19 information line. Community members can call (831) 622-8001.

    California now has 1,468 confirmed cases.

    For more information on COVID-19 and California’s response visit the California Department of Public Health website.

    Note: The following numbers reflect information received from local health jurisdictions as of 2 p.m. PDT March 21. More current numbers may be available from local health jurisdictions.

    1,468 – Positive cases

    27 – Deaths (including one non-California resident)

    Ages of all confirmed positive cases: 1,468

    • Age 0-17: 23 cases
    • Age 18-64: 1066 cases
    • Age 65+: 369 cases
    • Unknown: 10 cases

    Cases not related to repatriation flights: 1,444

    • 113 – Travel-related
    • 145 – Person to person
    • 408 – Community transmission
    • 778 – Under investigation

    24 – Positive cases related to federal repatriation flights

    Testing in California

    As of 2 p.m. PDT March 21, approximately 26,200 tests had been conducted in California. This includes the latest numbers California has received from commercial and private labs. At least 13,467 results have been received and another 12,700+ are pending. Twenty-two state and county health labsare currently testing.

    In order to better focus public health resources on the changing needs of California communities, the state is no longer collecting information about California travelers returning from countries that have confirmed COVID-19 outbreaks. Community transmission of COVID-19 has been identified in California since late February, and since early March, most of the confirmed cases in the state were not related to travel outside of the United States.

    How People Can Protect Themselves

    Every person has a role to play. Protecting yourself and your family comes down to common sense: 

    ·                     Staying home except for essential activities.

    ·                     Washing hands with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds.

    ·                     Avoiding touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.

    ·                     Cover a cough or sneeze with your sleeve, or disposable tissue. Wash your hands afterward.

    ·                     Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.

    ·                     Staying away from work, school or other people if you become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough.

    ·                     Practicing social distancing.

    ·                     Following guidance from public health officials.

    What to Do if You Think You’re Sick
    Call ahead: If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough or shortness of breath) and may have had contact with a person with COVID-19, or recently traveled to countries with apparent community spread, call your health care provider before seeking medical care so that appropriate precautions can be taken.

    California continues to issue guidance on preparing and protecting California from COVID-19. Consolidated guidance is available at www.cdph.ca.gov/covid19guidance.

    More information about what Californians can do to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is available at www.covid19.ca.gov.


    posted to Cedar Street Times on March 22, 2020

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