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March 27, 2020

A fresh roast | About Town

Drip Coffee Shop, a new cafè with a walk-up window, has opened at Cabrillo College in Aptos in the Student Activities building on Soquel Drive. Cabrillo spokesperson Kristen Fabos said the café offers walk-up to go order and indoor seating. They carry a range of pastries, sandwiches and other eats on top of a full range of coffee beverages. They opened at the start of the ongoing spring semester and now represent the third branch of the same coffee chain at the campus.

The first rain in about six weeks fell over the Central Coast late Friday night and into Saturday. On Tuesday there is a 40 percent chance of showers, the National Weather Service said.

The U.S. Stock Market took a wild plunge early Monday, shaken by the worldwide reaction to coronavirus. At one point the so-called circuit breakers kicked in, a safety valve set in motion back in 2013 that serves as a firewall against an overall collapse. Though the market on Wall Street reopened 15 minutes later, it continued to rapidly drop as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases increased. The Dow Jones plummeted more than 2,400 points early in the trading day, which is more than 7 percent, The Today show reported.

On Monday Santa Cruz County health officials announced that a person who traveled to Seattle – and returned on a commercial flight in late February –  became the second confirmed case of coronavirus after a test on Sunday.

The person, about whom health officials are releasing no information, likely contracted the virus before returning, Santa Cruz County Health Officer Dr. Gail Newel wrote in a press release. The HSA announced the county’s first case on Saturday in a person who traveled to Mexico aboard the Grand Princess cruise ship. That is the same ship being held off the waters of San Francisco with several thousand people aboard. It was being ushered into the Oakland harbor later Monday to be docked.

The HSA is monitoring several other Santa Cruz County residents who were also on the ship, although the agency would not give a specific number. It also declined to say where in the county the two people with the virus live.