There were 226 new COVID-19 cases announced for Monterey County, bringing the total up to 40,463 and two new deaths. Nationwide, there were 126,842 new cases, for a total of 26.642 million. Deaths rose by 3,221 to 475,186. In California, there were 15,132 new cases for a total of 3.384 million, while deaths rose by 702 to 43,185. Please stay home and stay safe.