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Coronavirus / COVID-19 info for Monterey County, California and elsewhere—including bicycling-related info

In addition to information specific to the State of California—which has a statewide stay-home order—and related resources for Monterey County, some info in this post is relevant for anywhere. Official orders in other states and nations may vary. Wherever you live or travel, respect the official orders of those national, state, and local officials.

This post covers many topics. It includes general information as well as info for people who bike. It was first published 5 March 2020. As new info became available, it has been updated repeatedly, e.g., on April 3, an updated order for Monterey County.

To find the topic you’re looking for, scroll down and check out each of these neon green boxes. They separate this post roughly by topic.

Statewide: “Californians can walk, run, hike and bike in their local neighborhoods as long as they continue to practice social distancing [a.k.a. physical distancing] of 6 feet.” Besides bicycling in your neighborhood, you may also bike for transportation to an essential job or essential activity. Details: https://covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs/.

This is not a time to practice tricks on a bicycle or to take other risks. Follow safe riding practices. Emergency rooms and health care are under a lot of pressure now. Help them out, and protect yourself and others: bike safe! https://www.calbike.org/calbike-statement-on-club-and-group-rides/

Effective 19 March 2020, for the collective good,

California order:

Until further notice,

STAY HOME

(a.k.a. shelter-in-place).

Details and FAQS:

https://covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs/

For Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) personal and community prevention, testing, treatment, and other information, refer to reliable sources, including:

🇺🇸 U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov

Also:
California Department of Public Health https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/ncov2019.aspx).
Listos California https://www.listoscalifornia.org.
State of California COVID-19 Medical Supply Contributions
https://covid19supplies.ca.gov

Monterey County resources regarding COVID-19 include:

Monterey County Health Department: https://www.co.monterey.ca.us/government/departments-a-h/healthhttps://www.co.monterey.ca.us/government/departments-a-h/health/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov/health-officer-shelter-in-place-orderNote the April 3, 2020 updated order, issued because additional restrictions are necessary. UPDATED Monterey County Health Officer Shelter In Place Order – April 3, 2020. A reminder from MCHD: “We know it’s important to go outside for fresh air and exercise. This should be done without stopping to talk to others. Stay in your own neighborhoods for walks or biking. Parks and beaches are places where keeping a safe distance is difficult.”

Monterey County Office of Emergency Services:
https://www.co.monterey.ca.us/government/departments-a-h/administrative-office/office-of-emergency-services / https://www.co.monterey.ca.us/government/departments-a-h/administrative-office/office-of-emergency-services/response/covid-19

Monterey County Office of Education:
https://www.montereycoe.org – including continued free meals for students, and more

Archived note: On March 18, 2020, Monterey County’s shelter-in-place began at 12:01 a.m. It was originally scheduled to last through April 7: https://www.co.monterey.ca.us/government/departments-a-h/administrative-office/office-of-emergency-services / FAQS: https://www.co.monterey.ca.us/home/showdocument?id=87943. On March 19, the end-date of the Monterey County order was superseded by the State of California’s order to shelter-in-place, effective immediately, “until further notice.” In addition, Monterey County’s own order was updated on 4/3/20, as shown earlier in this post.

Telephone town halls with Congressional Representatives

Jimmy Panetta (20th district)
https://panetta.house.gov/telephonetownhallcoronavirus

If you’re in another Congressional District, check with that office to inquire about telephone town halls. https://www.house.gov

Monterey County media

The local independent Monterey County Weekly’s section https://www.montereycountyweekly.com/monterey-county-in-the-time-of-coronavirus/collection_e97b2b22-6245-11ea-98c1-1768da17082c.html. On the Weekly website, their About tab includes a drop-down “e-newsletters”; click that to sign up for their daily emails.

Another local indie is Voices of Monterey Bay.

Additional media in Monterey County include Salinas Californian, Monterey County Herald, King City Rustler , Greenfield News , KAZU, KSBW, KION, and more.

Monterey County Weekly reporter Pam Marino is among local media active on Twitter.

💙 Please check on the most vulnerable (e.g, elders, homeless, immune compromised), and help where you can. If your age and health allow—and of course, still observing social distancing, any current shelter-in-place orders, and other directions from officials—consider volunteering.

Check local media in your county, or ask county officials, for what sort of help is most needed at this time. The State of California encourages checking https://californiavolunteers.ca.gov/get-involved/covid-19/

Monterey County: “Building community resilience and filling in the gaps”

For people on Facebook (requires login), a group “for people who live, or work, or take care of relatives in Monterey County. If your business is substantially involved in Monterey County you may also join this group.” https://www.facebook.com/groups/259436535068262/about/

🚲 Among Monterey County’s postponed events or activities are the bike-related and climate action events listed below. This is a partial list. For other activities and events, confirm dates with the organizers.

In-person bicycling education classes are among activities postponed at this time. Special thanks to our fellow California Bicycle Coalition partners Bike East Bay for providing new online webinars for people who bike—plus Bike-Friendly Driver Education for people who drive: https://bikeeastbay.org/BikeEdOnline. Sign up for Bike East Bay’s emails https://bikeeastbay.org/earchive to receive notifications of future online webinars—likely to include options for speakers of Cantonese and Spanish too.

🚲 The 2020 Sea Otter Classic, originally scheduled for April 16-19, is being postponed, as notified by SOC on March 5. On March 10, SOC announced the event has been rescheduled for October 1-4, 2020. Visit https://seaotterclassic.com for more information and any possible changes.

🚲 The Bicycle Leadership Conference, originally scheduled for April 14-16, is being postponed, as notified March 5. On March 10, BLC organizers confirmed the event has been rescheduled for September 29 – October 1, 2020. Visit https://bicycleconference.com for more info and any possible changes.

🚲 🏃🏾‍♀️🛹🛴🚶🏽🤸🏽Ciclovia Soledad, originally scheduled for March 29, is being postponed, as confirmed by the Monterey County Health Department on March 12. Click here for more information.

🚲 Central Coast Cyclocross: Monterey Herald staff writer Jim Johnson reported on March 13th [https://www.montereyherald.com/2020/03/13/porsche-launch-ciclovia-event-among-monterey-countys-delayed-events/], “Sunday’s CCCX mountain bike event set for the travel camp on Sunday that typically draws up to 430 participants has also been postponed, and a March 29 CCCX event is pending.” For info about CCCX events, visit http://www.cccxcycling.com. You may also wish to follow Keith DeFiebre on Facebook.

🚲 The Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee meeting of the Transportation Agency for Monterey County that was scheduled for April 1, 2020 has been cancelled, as notified by TAMC on March 17. Click here for more information about the bike-ped meetings.

🚲 Monterey Off Road Cycling Association (MORCA) announced on March 16th: “To promote Public Health MORCA is suspending group rides, trail work and face-to-face group meetings during the Covid-19 pandemic. We all must do the sensible things necessary to limit the spread of the virus. When more is known about the course of the virus and its impact on our society we will be in a better position to forecast dates when normal activities can resume.” https://morcamtb.org/important-announcement-all-morca-group-events-postponed-until-further-notice/ For updates, check the MORCA website.

Climate Action – update on strike and tree-planting

🌎 CLIMATE ACTION: Fridays for Future / Climate Strike actions led by youth worldwide continue, now in a revised manner, #ClimateStrikeOnline. Click here for more information.

🌎 CLIMATE ACTION: In addition to reducing fossil fuel consumption (e.g., by bicycling!), planting trees is another way to act on climate. A tree planting in Monterey, originally scheduled for April 4, is being postponed, as confirmed by the Earth Stewardship Committee of First Presbyterian Church of Monterey. Click here for more information.

Why “social distancing” and “flattening the curve” are so important.


“For those wishing to take a break in the outdoors, public health officials are advising them to walk, run, hike and bike in their local neighborhoods and walk to parks.”

“Social Distancing: This is Not a Snow Day” – https://www.ariadnelabs.org/resources/articles/news/social-distancing-this-is-not-a-snow-day/

“The concepts of social distancing and self-quarantine are being interpreted in a variety of ways, not always correctly.”

This article discusses social distancing, shelter in place (e.g., statewide in California), self-monitoring, self-quarantine, self-isolation, and official or mandatory quarantine (e.g., Italy). https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/19/well/live/coronavirus-quarantine-social-distancing.html

Why careful hand-washing with soap and water matters so much, instead of just relying on hand sanitizers.

Well before Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), the Monterey County Health Department, Bicycling Monterey, and others stressed that hand sanitizers do not replace the need for hand washing with soap and water! Please keep up the hand washing after the current crisis has passed.

Manage Anxiety & Stress, and help children and teens to do so also. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/managing-stress-anxiety.html

Dr. Susan Swick, Physician in Chief, Ohana Center for Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health, offers tips for helping children and teens cope.
https://www.montagehealth.org/montage-health/swick-tips/#.Xnf-sC2ZPws

🚲 As long as social distancing is practiced, including staying at least 6 feet away from others, is it okay to get outdoors and ride your bicycle if in a state or county with a shelter-in-place order?

Wouldn’t bicycling be a healthier transportation option now, rather than using a bus or other public transportation?

Reminder: Please check on the most vulnerable— including elders, the immune compromised, the homeless—and help where you can.

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“”The ableism and ageism being unleashed is its own sort of pestilence….Immune systems are fragile things, and homes can’t always be left. Rest is disability justice, and right now it is one of our most powerful tools to keep one another alive.”—Elliot Kukla from his NYT opinion piece “My Life Is More ‘Disposable’ During This Pandemic.” Thanks to Monterey County Weekly reporter Pam Marino for sharing Elliot’s important message.

Local fresh, organic produce delivery tip: https://bikemonterey.org/produce-delivery-from-halls-organic-farms.html

Support for homeschooling children, teens, and parents


Look for the blessings / give thanks

This post was published on 5 March 2020. One or more changes last made to this post on 6 April 2020.

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