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5 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Monterey County

MONTEREY COUNTY — There are now five confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Monterey County as of Friday, up one from yesterday’s announcement, according to the latest report from Monterey County Health Department.

Four of the cases are travel-related, and the other is from person-to-person transmission (someone who was in contact with another coronavirus patient either in a home, business or health care setting).

Following the county’s first two positive COVID-19 cases announced earlier this week, Salinas Valley Memorial confirmed that two more patients had tested positive for the virus after they arrived separately at the Salinas hospital Thursday. A fifth individual was reported in today’s update from the county.

As of March 19, Monterey County Health Department’s Public Health Laboratory has completed COVID-19 testing for 202 people.

The health department plans to release the next updated report on Monday, March 23.

Ryan Cronk
Ryan Cronk
Ryan Cronk is the managing editor for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers general news for South Monterey County and the surrounding communities.