Parker Report - Moving Forward for A Safe Reopening

May 19, 2020

Dear Friends,

On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors and Health Department staff committed to applying to the State for a variance from the Stay at Home Order, which would allow the County to move more quickly in re-opening certain State 2 business activities such as dine-in restaurants and in-store shopping. 
This only became an option when Governor Gavin Newsom announced Monday that the State would lessen some of the requirements to obtain the variance; Monterey County is close to meeting those new requirements. This week, County staff will work with local nursing homes which have not yet met the requirement of a 14-day supply of personal protective gear, and will obtain verification from hospitals that they also meet the requirements of PPE and surge capacity. The Supervisors vowed to meet as soon as staff were ready, as early as next week, with the application, called an "attestation". 
The following is posted on the State's website for any businesses that plan to reopen:
Before reopening, all facilities must:
  1. Perform a detailed risk assessment and implement a site-specific protection plan
  2. Train employees on how to limit the spread of COVID-19, including how to screen themselves for symptoms and stay home if they have them
  3. Implement individual control measures and screenings
  4. Implement disinfecting protocols
  5. Implement physical distancing guidelines
It is critical that employees needing to self-isolate because of COVID-19 are encouraged to stay at home, with sick leave policies to support that, to prevent further infection in your workplace. See additional information on government programs supporting sick leave and worker’s compensation for COVID-19.

The state has received many innovative proposals from California businesses and labor representatives on how they’re adapting their workplaces to reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission. The state is asking now for your feedback and ideas on physical and environmental adaptations that can make workplaces safer and protect our communities via an online California Recovery Roadmap Survey.

For more local updates about our County response to the pandemic, all of my weekly virtual Hot Topics meetings have been posted to YouTube. Check out last night's meeting with reports from Ashley Walker of Nossaman LLP, Lupe Rodriguez from Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, and Dr Ed Moreno from the County Health Department. We will be taking a much needed vacation next Monday, but will resume Hot Topics on June 1st with a discussion about childcare with special guest Francine Rodd from First Five Monterey County. 

Keep Smiling under your face covering, Wash your Hands, and Be Kind!

Supervisor Jane Parker
and team - Kristi Markey, Wendy Root Askew,  and Lori Chappell
Hot Topics with Jane Parker
****Hot Topics will be taking a vacation on May 25th ****

Join us for virtual HOT TOPICS with Monterey County Supervisor Jane Parker on Monday June 1 from 5:30pm - 6:30pm for a conversation with Francine Rodd, Executive Director of First Five Monterey about resources for children and families.  

We will be using Zoom video conferencing technology, live streaming to Facebook, and posting a recording of the meeting for anyone who is not able to join us. There are options to either join us in the video conference or simply use your telephone to join us.
From your Computer:

From your telephone:
meeting code is 402 565 563#

Live Stream on Facebook:

Monterey County currently has THREE community testing sites for COVID-19. 

All testing sites are now open to the general public. Insurance will be billed, for those who have it, but there is no out of pocket cost for anyone receiving service. The state has set a goal for Monterey County to be testing 650 daily - and more testing helps us collect data to make better decisions about how to re-open the economy while keeping everyone safe. Please consider doing your part and making a plan to help us reach these ambitious goals!

SALINAS and GREENFIELD testing sites:
Appointments can be made by calling 1-888-634-1123 or visiting

MONTEREY testing site:
Testing times vary due to location availability and will be determined week to week based on the community need. Please visit the website for weekly hours and location details. The demand far exceeded capacity in the first week that this site opened, so please be patient and/or consider making an appointment to be tested at the Salinas or Greenfield site. 


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