There were 62 new cases reported in Monterey County for a total of 43,601, with one new fatality during the same time-frame. While the number of new cases over the last week rose only slightly, the California Department of Public Health today raised Monterey County’s tier score from 1.9 to 2.6, ensuring we will remain in the Orange Tier for at least two weeks. Nationwide, the number of new cases rose by 39,124 to 32.8 million, while deaths rose by 650 to 581,676. In California, there were 1,857 new cases for a total of 3.8 million, while deaths rose by 53 to 62,331. Although almost half of the country has been vaccinated, the number of new cases is still alarming. Please stay home as much as possible and stay safe.