There were 541 new COVID-19 cases announced for Monterey County over the last three days, bringing the total up to 39,966. There was also one new death reported. Nationwide, there were 114,234 new cases, for a total of 26.523 million. Deaths rose by 2,198 to 448,759, we are getting very close to the half of a million mark. In California, there were7,669 new cases for a total of 3.357 million, while deaths rose by 336 to 41,917. True, the numbers are slowing down a bit, they are still high. Please stay home and stay safe.