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County Public Health Department Officials Address the Increase in COVID Cases

Santa Cruz County Public Health Department Press Conference August 12, 2020 By Chris Finnie In an August 12th press conference on the county’s increase in COVID cases, Health Officer, Dr. Gail Newel gave attendees what she described as take-home messages: The Delta variant is here. It’s time to be vaccinated. Layer protection. Wear your mask indoors and in crowded outdoor… Read More
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Santa Cruz County Moves to Orange Tier March 31

Effective Wednesday, March 31, 2021, Santa Cruz County will move into the Orange Tier (Tier 3) of California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy color-coded, tiered system for loosening restrictions based on improving COVID-19 transmission rates. Under the Orange Tier, many restrictions will be lifted, and sectors which were not allowed to open can now resume operations. Retail establishments may operate… Read More
The Air that I Breathe by Alisan Andrews Photo contributed by SCMAC Coronavirus 

COVID and the Community

By Chris Finnie For a rural area, the San Lorenzo Valley is rich in community organizations. Here are how three well-known groups are dealing with the changes they’ve experienced and how they’re coping during the pandemic. San Lorenzo Valley Museum Lisa Robinson, collections and exhibition curator says, “We’ve found that when people understand the history of their community, they feel… Read More
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County Stay-at-Home Order in Effect 12/17

REGIONAL STAY-AT-HOME ORDER IN EFFECT TOMORROW County of Santa Cruz Press Release: To preserve critical ICU capacity and protect the health and safety of residents, the remaining Bay Area Region counties, including Santa Cruz County, will implement the Regional Stay-at- Home Order based on data released by the state showing ICU capacity has fallen below the threshold for implementation. The… Read More
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Governor Newsom Issues Regional Stay-At-Home Order

Due to increasing cases of COVID-19 Governor Gavin Newsom has ordered non-essential travel to be restricted for 3 weeks for regions with less than 15% ICU capacity. Gatherings of any size will be prohibited, the order closes many businesses except for critical infrastructure and retail, and requires enforced mask-wearing and social/physical distancing. Retail would be limited to 20% capacity, take… Read More