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April 5, 2020

Santa Cruz County campuses close for remainder of 2019-20 school year

Watsonville school COVID-19 closures
WATSONVILLE—Pajaro Valley Unified School District is closing its schools for the remainder of the 2019-20 year, Superintendent Michelle Rodriguez announced Wednesday.  “Being a healthy community is key to thriving in it,” Rodriguez said. “Having students in the classroom is...

Unemployment offices overflowing with claims as COVID-19 halts economy

Watsonville COVID-19 unemployment claims
WATSONVILLE—Brian Orozco prides himself in putting his clients at Functional Fitness Training Center through a vigorous workout that challenges them both physically and mentally. Weaving his way through the Employment Development Board’s system to file an unemployment claim put...

Salvation Army, County officials look to help homeless in time of COVID-19

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WATSONVILLE—The Salvation Army in Watsonville is continuing most of its services for homeless people, even as the COVID-19 pandemic forces many businesses and services to temporarily shut their doors.  “We’re planning to help where we can,” said Lt. Raymundo...

Santa Cruz County extends shelter-in-place through May 3

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SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—Santa Cruz County residents will have to stay home for at least another month. County Health Officer Dr. Gail Newel on Tuesday night extended the county’s shelter-in-place order through May 3. The order, first...

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A painting crew has been busy adding a fresh coat of paint and a new look Thursday and Friday to the long-standing...