COVID-19 is a novel Coronavirus that has not been previously identified and has not been seen previously in humans. It presents with similar symptoms to the common flu such as fever, cough, body aches and fatigue but COVID-19 includes shortness of breath and respiratory issues .  


  • COVID-19 has been spreading through community spread – which means those in a geographic area who have been infected, may not be sure when and how they have become infected  
  • It is known to spread through bodily fluids such as saliva, blood, and respiratory droplets  
  • It may be possible that a person could contract the virus by simply touching a surface with the virus on it then touching their face
  • The CDC recommends that those infected stay in isolation until they are no longer symptomatic  
  • CDC considers someone no longer a threat for spreading the virus when 
    • They are a free from a fever without medication 
    • They are no longer showing any symptoms 
    • They have tested negative on at least two consecutive respiratory specimens  


  • The best way to prevent contracting the illness is to avoid exposure to the virus 
  • Practice Social Distancing 
  • Maintain 6 feet between yourself and others 
  • Wash your hands often 
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after visiting a public place, or coughing, sneezing, and/or blowing your nose  
  • Avoid touching any parts of your face with unwashed hands 
  • Follow state guidelines for Shelter-in-Place 
  • If you are able, stay indoors and avoid direct contact with others 
  • If you are sick, stay indoors and wash your hands often 
  • Only go out in public for essentials, such as, medicine, food, water, etc.  
  • Your best line of defense in not contracting the virus is to avoid contact with people who have the illness or at risk of having the illness. The only way to know for sure you have not been in contact with someone with the virus, is to avoid all public contact  

Monterey County Health Dept. Hotline (Monday-Friday, 8 am -5 pm) call 831-769-8700 or 831-755-4521


The Coalition of Homeless Services Providers is very concerned about the wellness of those living in encampments. Many organizations that people depend on to get their nutrition have been seriously impacted by the COVID-19 crisis and the intervals between meals are growing more and more each day. We are asking you to help! Let us know if you can assist with any of the following tasks as listed in the form below. No task is too small. If you have questions, please feel free to contact us at (831) 883-3080. Thank you.