Coronavirus Links

Here are a few reputable COVID-19 links for accurate, up-to-date information. I will leave this up at the top of the blog as a sticky note until the pandemic passes, or is under control. I may add to it if other reputable sources warrant.

Big Sur Information

Header Photo by bigsurkate

IMPORTANT, READ THIS POST FIRST FOR INFORMATION ABOUT VISITING BIG SUR!!

For the most thorough and complete guide to Big Sur on the internet see:

Big Sur Visitor’s Guide

PLEASE JOIN ME AND TAKE THE BIG SUR PLEDGE!

From http://Bigsurpledge.org

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MY DIRECT EMAIL IS: kwnovoa@mac.com

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COVID-19 Community response group meeting notes: 4/6/20

Big Sur Chamber of Commerce, Big Sur Health Center, Big Sur Fire, Big Sur CERT, Esalen and the Community Association of Big Sur met once again to continue coordinated efforts to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Each organization provided an update on their current operations and preparations for continuing to shelter in place. 

It is important to note that as of this moment, there continues to be no known cases of COVID-19 in the Big Sur planning area. 

Big Sur Health Center:

Sharen Carey reports that 80% of patient visits occur by telephone.  Those that need to physically be present to be evaluated or receive care at the Health Center must observe social distancing protocols and hygiene measures posted in English and Spanish at the entry. Sharen wants people to know if you believe you have COVID-19 symptoms (Fever, difficulty breathing) to first call the HC at,

(831-667-2580).  The practicing Physician will ask a series of questions that may lead to coming to the Health Center for a COVID-19 Test, utilizing the interview tent set up in front of the building, to evaluate your condition. Currently, results are coming back within 48 hours.

There is a significant amount of disinformation regarding factors affecting the severity of sickness in individuals. • Contrary to anecdotal observations coming from France, there is no clinical support for the contention that Ibuprofen use worsens outcomes for those testing positive for COVID-19.• No studies support the contention that anti-malarial drugs are helpful in treating COVID-19.• Currently, there are no drugs or treatments to prevent transmission of the COVID-19 beyond self-isolation, social distancing and meticulous disinfection of surfaces that others use.  • Mask use in public is now recommended and a short video to make your own is below. 
https://wpde.com/news/nation-world/video-us-surgeon-general-makes-a-face-mask-in-a-few-easy-steps• Best mask making material instructional video is below:
https://www.nytimes.com/article/coronavirus-homemade-mask-material-DIY-face-mask-ppe.html• Bottom line defense against contracting the virus: Assume it is in Big Sur and take every precaution recommended above.

Big Sur Fire:

Matt Harris reports:• Call volume remains low, but sad to report a local car accident fatality on the South Coast near Treebones. He asks that we all drive safe and be careful!• Emergency Operations continue out of the Firehouse.• Burn season will conclude on April 30th.• Out of work Fire Fighters very appreciative of temporary work opportunities.

Big Sur Chamber of Commerce:

Kirk Gafill reports:• Is using the Chamber email distribution list to push out relevant informational resources to assist employees andemployers.• Members are self-educating on the myriad governmental programs rolling out to support workers and employers. • More questions than answers regarding how Banks will interpret legislation and implement programs in response to the global pandemic.• Best description of the current situation would be that the Banks are being asked to build an airplane that has already taken off and is in mid-air.• Lack of TOT will have an immense impact on discretionary spending by the County.

Community Emergency Response Team:

Martha Karstens reports that the survey continues and that she will be sending a spread sheet with interim results shortly to CABS. 

Esalen Institute:

Lacy Shannon reports:• Esalen will remain closed through May 10th, potentially extending closure beyond that date, subject to guidance from Public Health authorities.• Esalen is working with staff to navigate state and federal processes, so they can apply for and receive relevant funds and aid given an employment status change.

Community Association of Big Sur:

Butch Kronlund reports:• Efforts are underway to establish the scope of financial need for the most vulnerable members of the community. That effort includes polling business owners on their plans to apply for Federal SBA loans and Payroll Protection Plan funding administered by local banks. So far, it appears that there is a role for CABS to play in deploying funds to those in most need and unable to apply for unemployment benefits.• CABS has applied for grant funding from the Community Foundation for Monterey County and is also actively fundraising to support the least able to weather the financial stress brought about by lack of employment.• CABS developing a needs assessment system reliant on working with each business’s HR Department.• CABS has contacted our LPNF District Ranger and Forest Supervisor requesting they issue an order closing the dispersed camping and back country trails in the Monterey District of the Los Padres National Forest. Accompanying this request was the updated Shelter in Place Order from the Monterey County Health Officer. District Ranger Tim Short reports that the request is being taken seriously and that photo and video evidence of over-crowded dispersed camping areas and other misadventures like abuse of the resource (use your imagination) really help to make the case.• CABS has been working with Costas Christ and Supervisor Adams office to extend the completion date of the Destination Stewardship Plan by an additional month.  The approval to do so just occurred. Pending approval of the Steering Committee, the plan completion date is now July 31, 2020.

Some good of the order remarks.• Kirk in admiration of the pivot MST is making, ie. providing meals on wheels and repurposing their busses and drivers in imaginative ways in order to retain their workforce, post COVID-19.

Highway One temporarily closed at Nepenthe

Nepenthe North entrance, wires across highway, photo by Sander Koning
Big Sur Fire blocking road, photo by Sander Koning

Incident: 00040 Type: Traffic Hazard Location: Sr1 / Nepenthe Loc Desc: NEAR MPM 44 Lat/Lon: 36.223464 -121.758708 

Detail Information
7:46 AM5[9] [Notification] [CHP]-PER FIRE COM, PGandE HAS NOT CALLED BACK W/AN ETA
7:42 AM4[7] [Notification] [CHP]-PER FIRE COM, FIRE 2ND 1125 JNO MPM 44.4 / LARGE TREE INTO POWER LINES HANGING OVER NB LANE / FIRE CAN SEE IT FROM THIS SCENE
7:30 AM3[6] [Notification] [CHP]-PER BIG SUR FIRE, RDWY IS SHUT DOWN , REQ CHP 
7:28 AM2[2] BIG SUR FIRE IS 97
7:27 AM1[1] WIRES DOWN ACROSS RDWY

The Zen of Masks by Edi Osborne

The Zen of Masks . . .by Edi Osborne

Making masks is my version of “chop wood, carry water.” It’s my zen in the chaos. With each mask, I imagine the face it will land on and the protection it offers. I send my prayers with it. It’s not lost on me that I’m sending my most beautiful fabric “stash” (it’s a quilter’s term – #fabricthuglife) out into the world. Some of the fabrics have been in my stash for a very long time waiting for the just-right project to call them forward. Little did I know, it would be a pandemic calling them into service. And why not? What better way for the texture and beauty of these textiles to bring life and vibrancy to the story that is unfolding before us.

I’ll admit I was on the mask band wagon long before the CDC caught on. Sitting at my sewing table day after day, I watched the news, thinking it was the day they would finally wise up and recommend masks for all. In the same way, I felt and saw this seismic shift coming in a sacred download in July 2014, I see and feel how mandating masks for our own good is serving a much larger purpose.

The masks, soon to be worn by all, signal a reset in how we see/perceive each other. They signal a shift from “individualism” to “communalism.” We are re-membering as a species what it means to be a human on this planet. We are being shown how our differences don’t matter – we are all equally vulnerable in the time of Corona. This is a “leveling event” where our human mortality is front and center.

Given my background in working with accountants, I find this analogy telling. Corona is the Income Statement – a snap-shot of our state of being. Climate Change is the Balance Sheet – reflection of choices over time. Both provide insights of the same entity (Planet Earth/US), but from different perspectives. One is in the now, the other over time.

The uncertainty (read: wisdom) of how the virus spreads is changing us. It’s a pattern interrupting mechanism, causing us to rethink how we live communally (or fail to) on this planet. All the cracks in our old story; poverty, racism, patriarchy, our curse of certainty – a.k.a. religious supremacy, etc. are on full display with greater life-ending consequences each day.

Masks make a statement about being a good citizen in the time of Corona, but just below the surface, there’s a much more profound meaning to be aware of. Many, myself included, have perceived this chaotic time as the Corona Chrysalis – a transformational movement for all of mankind. I think of our masks as the physical pupa of our metamorphic process.

Like an initiation ritual where the initiate dons a special costume/mask signaling a transformation is underway, our Corona masks are the costuming for our initiation. We should embrace them for the spiritual talismans they are.

We are discovering, as initiates often do, that we are capable of far more than we realized. We are going to discover new ways to wipe our asses as toilet paper feels ridiculously scarce. Admit it, you’ve been thinking about it, right? We are going to learn about living off our land as trips to the store carry more risk. We are going to ask questions about why we spend so much to protect us for a war of egos, rather than build a society equipped to care for all, given we are living in the time of pandemic probabilities.

We are discovering “imaginal buds” of pure potentiality to use the lessons of Corona to inform new technologies, new open-sourced platforms for inspiring/facilitating collective genius to solve our most pressing short term (income statement) and longer term (balance sheet) realities. We are also going to see how woefully underinformed we are about the true State of our Union. We will cease the outsourcing of our well-being to the old power structures, now painfully revealed for their profits over people agenda. The war profiteers, the back-room funded politicians, the corporate shills – all of it will be laid out for surgical excision by the masses.

We are going to see an increasing movement to open-source technologies to spark creative expression across the planet. The next wave to technology will be to up-level communication and collaboration across the planet as we discover the concept of proprietary and intellectual property are life-limiting tools of fear and scarcity.

So let’s wear our masks as fellow initiates. Make them beautiful. Make them your statement to the world. You will find, as have I, that you look deeper into another person’s eyes, when all else is covered. You seek to connect not with a smile, but with intention that shows up in the eyes alone.

When the time comes for the initiation to come to its natural end, we will have de-masking rituals. We will “see” ourselves and each other anew. I just love that the word apocalypse means “to reveal.” We will reveal ourselves to the world. . . more aware of the collective and our role in it, more aware of what works for a healthy society and what doesn’t, and more present to how sacred life truly is.

We will grieve. We will forgive. We will hold each other accountable, not to mistakes of the past (revenge is not the way home), but to exploring and co-creating a world that understands and honors our interconnectedness. If we are truly wise, we will learn from our mistakes and commit to never repeating them. Down deep we all knew something had to give, right? You don’t have to be a seer to see what is in plain view before us. An invitation is being served up on a Corona platter. Will you accept it? Will WE accept it, collectively?

Are we ready for the Healing Conversation where we cover our mouths. speaking volumes about our loving intention and punctuated by compassion in our eyes?

Wear your mask with intention.

Wear your mask, like a butterfly dons a pupa, trusting the pure potentiality of this moment.

Wear your mask as all that is broken in our world is revealed.

Wear your mask because you love your brothers and sisters, as you love yourself.

Wear it because WE are worth it.

From Edi Osborne, who gave permission for this use: “Please add that I’m making masks to help our community and raise funds (for those with means) for my non-profit. http://Www.ofonebreath.org

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New Order by MoCo Health Department with new restrictions, including limiting recreational travel.

This order goes into effect at 11:59 pm tonight. An emergency alert on this just went out at 5:13 pm. One significant change is that ONLY essential travel is allowed. Pay particular attention to the TITLE of this order – 3) Limiting travel for Outdoor Recreational Activities….” This language would be completely unnecessary if one can travel as one chooses for outdoor recreation. I submit one can’t travel outside one’s own neighborhood, otherwise, what is the point of severe travel restrictions in other areas, if not this one? Also, there is very restrictive language about entering the county for any purposes. Finally, I see the language requesting strict enforcement at the end of the as being extremely instructive about the intent of this order. Here is the website (Note, I had trouble with it a bit ago, so be patient and try again later): Http://www.co.monterey.ca.us/government/departments-a-h/health

Here are the relevant sections regarding travel.

FHL RAISES HPCON LEVEL TO CHARLIE

HPCON is the term for Health Protection Condition Levels. Alpha is the lowest level and Delta is the highest. Many other bases around the country are already up to the Delta Level. The Mission is closed and is not offering any church services at this time, also.

Charlie Level at FHL means that the base is closed except to residents and mission essential personnel.

FORT HUNTER LIGGETT AT HPCON CHARLIE
With the Visitor Center closed and increased screening measures, expect longer waits. Only mission essential employees and residents allowed post access at this time.
Learn about the different health protection levels at
https://phc.amedd.army.mil/topics/campaigns/covid19/Pages/HPCON.aspx

2020 Census starts today

BTW, I filled out mine this am, even though I never got anything in the mail. There is a spot below where it asks for your mailed census number to click if you never received anything, like me.

CENSUS STARTS TODAY

Big Sur let’s be COUNTED!

Everyone COUNTS

The Census is Safe and Confidential 
With all of us at home and sheltering in place, the best and safest way to respond is Online or by Phone. It is actually the only way we can respond at this time.

Please note: If you have a “PO BOX” or “HC67 BOX” you will not receive a notice from the Census Bureau. Please respond by going online or by phone to complete your Census questionnaire.

To respond Online:  my2020census.gov

  • Click on Start Questionnaire
  • Enter Census ID or Click on: “If you do not have a Census ID, click here”
  • You will be prompted with questions for each individual living at one address

To respond by Phone:

  • Toll Free Numbers:

           English – 1-844-330-2020
           Spanish – 1-844-468-2020

Questions or information on the 2020 Census, click on this website:

Complete the 2020 Census Today | Take the 2020 Census‎

Or email: info@CABigsur.org

Renters / Property Owners Living at the same physical address –

  • Count everyone on your property including yourself, your family and renters (non-family members) and include in one questionnaire. See the sample questionnaire below for questions asked for each individual.

Why the Census Matters –

  • Census data determines Federal funding allocations for schools, childcare programs, road maintenance projects and social assistance programs.

Safe and Confidential –

  • Information collected during the 2020 Census can’t be shared or used against you in any way. Your information can’t be shared with immigration or law enforcement agencies, and it can’t be used to determine your eligibility for government benefits. Your privacy and security are taken seriously.

A Voice for California –

  • Participating in the 2020 Census ensures that you & your communities have fair representation.

Download a sample copy of the Questionnaire HERE.  (PDF, 8 Pages, 381.8 KB)

State Park Volunteer Days for April Canceled

Hello, 
Safety is a top priority for the Monterey District State Parks and our Natural Resource Volunteer Program. In order to support state and local efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), all volunteer work days scheduled for April 2020 will be cancelled .  This includes the cancellation of our monthly programs (for April) in partnership with California State Parks Foundation at Fort Ord State Dunes and at Garrapata State Park.
We look forward to bringing together our community of volunteers for work days once it is safe to do so. We have been working diligently to plan fun and exciting projects for the future. We will provide updates on upcoming events as things continue to unfold. Stay safe and healthy and we look forward to seeing you all in the future. Please feel free to contact me via email or phone (listed below) if you have any further questions. 
For updates regarding COVID-19 please follow the Center for Disease Control (CDC). 
Best,

Kimiya Ghadiri, Forestry Aide, Volunteer Program Coordinator, California State Parks, Monterey District

Big Sur Highway 1 Sustainable Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Plan

Caltrans District 5 takes this opportunity to present the completed Big Sur Highway 1 Sustainable Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Plan.  The Plan, which builds upon the 1986 Big Sur Land Use Plan and the 2004 Coast Highway Management Plan, sought to develop viable alternatives to driving in Big Sur, identify support strategies needed to shift use patterns, address undesired visitor behavior, research potential electric vehicle charging stations, and create partnerships to identify funding and next steps.

On the project website you will find the final document and all appendices which includes not only the technical background but detailed comments received during the process.  Speaking of which, our project team again wishes to thank everyone for their participation in this effort.  During the outreach 33 stakeholder organizations were engaged, 9 workshops were held with some having 99+ attendees, 10 media outlets publicized the plan, and over 200 comments were received during the review period.

You will find all the documents at:

www.sustainablehighway1.com

Regards,

John Olejnik, Big Sur TDM Plan Project Manager

Vehicle Access to ALL State Parks Closed

California State Parks Closes Vehicular Access at all State Parks

 March 29, 2020California State Parks today announced it is temporarily closing vehicle access at all 280 state parks to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). On Saturday, many state parks once again experienced visitation surges that made it impossible for the public to implement appropriate social/ physical distancing practices. During this pandemic disease, every person has a role to play in slowing down the spread of COVID-19. Protecting individuals, families and communities comes down to common sense. As such, the public is reminded to adhere to the following guidance: 

  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Stay close to home when you get outdoors. This is not the time for a road trip to a destination park or beach.
  • Venture out only with people in your immediate household.
  • Walk around the neighborhood and enjoy neighborhood parks.
  • Always maintain a physical distance of 6 feet or more when recreating in the outdoors. If you cannot maintain physical distancing, leave the park.
  • Do not congregate in parks.

To date, the department has implemented various safety measures such as temporarily closing all campgrounds, museums and visitor centers in the State Parks System; cancelling all events; and closing vehicular traffic at certain parks and beaches, and fully closing others.   California continues to issue guidance on preparing and protecting Californians from COVID-19. State Parks is monitoring the situation closely and is following guidance provided by the Governor’s Office via the California Department of Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. Protecting visitors and all who take care of state parks from the exposure to the pandemic disease is a top priority for the State of California.State Parks will continue to monitor visitation and physical distancing at all state park units, and if the safety measures implemented thus far are not sufficient to protect public health, additional measures may be taken to fully close parks, including trails, bathrooms and other amenities.  State Parks has developed a one-stop resource center––www.parks.ca.gov/FlattenTheCurve––to find park safety and closure information, and messaging and graphics from the “Flatten the COVID-19 Curve at Parks” social media awareness campaign. Please check this webpage regularly, as it will be updated with new information as it becomes available.