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Report: Monterey County Moves Forward with Re-opening, Paves Way for the Games

May 31, 2020 by

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Last week we reported on some good news coming from the state of California when Governor Gavin Newsom revealed that professional sporting events could potentially resume as early as June 1 if certain criteria were met. At the time, it was the single biggest positive development in the Games chances of happening since the pandemic hit, and now more developments have cleared a path forward for the Games and their pursuit of hosting a competition at the CrossFit Ranch.

One big thing: The Monterey County Board of Supervisors unanimously agreed this past Tuesday to send a variance attestation report to the state Department of Public Health highlighting the county’s readiness to move forward with the state’s expanded stage two reopening phase. The report was officially sent later that same day.

  • California currently has a 4 stage plan, and under stage two, a host of new operations and businesses would be reopened including retail and malls, swap meets, places of worship, manufacturing and logistics, office spaces, restaurants, schools, child care, hair salons and barbershops, and other businesses that follow updated safety protocols.
  • County Health Officer Dr. Ed Moreno detailed in the attestation report that the county has met the criteria for an expedited reopening which includes infection rates of fewer than 25 new cases per 100,000 residents and less than 20 hospitalizations in any single day over the last 14 days.

This is huge: The CrossFit Ranch is zoned in unincorporated city limits of Salinas, CA, along with a mailing address in the city of Aromas, which sits within the boundaries of Monterey County. The physical location borders both Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties and the vast majority of the county landscape is occupied by sparsely populated hill country, agriculture, and rural coastline.

  • With a population of 434,061, Monterey County has had just 477 confirmed cases, with 10 confirmed deaths for an infection rate of 0.1% and a death rate of 2% with the latter numbers likely lower due to asymptomatic cases.
  • Santa Cruz County, where CrossFit HQ and it’s staff are primarily located, also has promising numbers with just 205 confirmed cases, an infection rate of 0.08%, a death rate of 0.97%, and has also applied for stage 2 approval.

The numbers paint an optimistic picture, and place both counties towards the bottom of the state when factoring in population density, decreasing the likelihood of major setbacks. The attestation report from Dr. Moreno also includes confirmation of the county’s medical infrastructure and ability to handle or curb any potential surges..

  • Moreno reported a daily testing capacity of 682 across seven locations and affirmed the county meets criteria for tracking and has enough personal protective equipment (PPE) for its essential workers.

The progress of Monterey County falls in-line with recent paperwork filed by CrossFit HQ for an event permit that covers three days of competition at the Ranch and includes a daily maximum capacity of 300 people.

  • The County also updated its shelter-in-place order (SIP), in accordance with the requirements to move forward into stage 2 of the reopening if approved.

What’s next: The Monterey County report was posted to the state website here this past weekend, meaning they can officially move forward with stage 2 and the new SIP order will take effect. Businesses in the county have already begun opening, and Tuesday the Monterey County Development Review Committee will meet regarding the Games permit application.There are still a ton of procedural steps and benchmarks that need to be hit before the Games are ultimately given the green light, but at the moment things are headed in the right direction.

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