Many businesses are irritated that Monterey County health officer Dr. Ed. Moreno issued a stay-at-home order effective on Monday even though the ICU bed capacity had not fallen below 15% in the Bay Area, which would have required a shutdown.  It turns out he was only a few days early—ICU beds in the Bay Area fell to just 12.9% today meaning the entire Bay Area is now locked down.  There were 286 new cases of coronavirus reported in Monterey County today, bringing the total to 18,507.  There were 15 new hospitalizations, and two more deaths.  Nationwide, there were 202K new cases, bringing the total to 16.891 million, while deaths rose by 3,620 to 305,934.  The number of new cases was up by 60% over yesterday.  In California, the numbers were bleak.  There were 37,474 new cases (up 47% from yesterday) bringing the grand total to 1.663 million so far.  Deaths more than doubled from yesterday’s 161 to today’s 354. These numbers are disturbing, please stay at home as much as possible.

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