One day it was the Wuhun flu … the next day there was a frenzy for toilet paper. The Coronavirus, COViD 19, quickly spread unchecked from China to South East Asia then Western Europe and of course North and South America. We are unnerved, not certain what the future holds for our families, our children, our seniors and all who are especially vulnerable. Then came Shelter in Place. It is strange, and yet we continue to adapt to our new normal. And while our future remains unclear, the new normal has included kindness knowing no bounds.
We meet on our weekly Zoom Campfire, sitting round our screens staying up to date on vital information, dispelling disinformation and maybe best of all, sharing our creativity, talent and connection. Our business community has joined in to help both us and them get through this crisis. Our community has come together to help take care of each other, making us even more proud to be living and working in Del Rey Oaks.
However, the strain surrounding the unprecedented experience the world is witnessing is real. The loss of wages, concerns about loved ones far away or sick, or wondering where the rent will come from while being home 24/7 with our families is also very real. I have included a list of resources below that might address the worries you have. This list will be updated as new links come my way.
Del Rey Oaks has always been scrappy and independent. We will get through this. We will take care of each other. We will learn the lessons, in big and small ways, from this crisis. What needs to change in ourselves, our homes, our communities, our nation, and our world? We will change our behavior. And together we will be stronger and better for it.
Keep taking those walks, protecting yourself and others by interacting with 6 feet of physical distance, wearing your mask and taking advantage of this unique time to create deeper connections with loved ones.
Trusted Resources for Information
- Monterey County Health Department – www.mtyhd.org/covid19
- County COVID Website – www.mtyhd.org/covid19
- Daily Situation report, (public distribution list sign up on right corner of screen)
- Text MCCOVID19 to 888-777 to receive Monterey County updates about COVID-19,
- Text Coronavirus to 211-211 to receive general updates regarding COVID-19.
- Text MCMEDIA to 888-777 to receive media alerts when a press release is posted or a press conference is identified.
- California Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response
- California Department of Public Health
- Centers For Disease Control (CDC)
- World Health Organization (WHO)
- 2-1-1 Monterey County information and referral hotline. You might experience 30 minute wait time
- Additional questions about coronavirus and the shelter in place order can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
- City of Del Rey Oaks website 394.8511
- Police Non-Emergency 375-8525
Congressman Panetta Information
Del Rey Oaks Community Campfires on Zoom
Join us each Thursday evening
at 5:00 for a Community Campfire –
Health Care Resources
- Monterey County Health Department Hotline
Monday-Friday, 8 am-5 pm. Call: 769-8700 or 755-4521
- Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System – COVID-19 Hotline
7 am – 11 pm. Call: 755-0793
- Natividad Coronavirus Bi-Lingual Hotline
7 am – 11 pm. Call: 772-7365
Addtl Health Care Links
Resources for Essential Workers
Childcare for Essential Workers:
Essential employees who need to work and are seeking child care can reach out to the Monterey County Child Care Resource and Referral at 831.757.0775 for available child care in your area
Resources for Seniors
Alliance for Aging has a comprehensive website that is updated daily with the most current information available for seniors 60+ and Medicare recipients.
- Monterey County COVID-19 Economic Assistance Hotline (Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm). Call: 796-1909
- C4Yourself.com is an online application system that allows you to apply for public benefits including Cal-Fresh, Medi-Cal, CalWorks, and Cash Assistance.
- California EDD provides a variety of support services to people who have lost their jobs or have had their hours reduced due to the impacts of COVID-19 in California. Learn more and submit a claim for lost wages online at www.edd.ca.gov.
- Covered California, the state’s health insurance marketplace, will extend its special enrollment period (scheduled to end April 30) to June 30 to ensure that anyone who is uninsured and eligible can sign up.