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April 3, 2020

Watsonville Hospital nurses picket for safety standards

Watsonville nurses COVID-19
WATSONVILLE—About 50 nurses – most of them wearing bright red scrubs and improvised face masks – gathered along Nielson Street at Watsonville Community Hospital (WCH) Monday morning to protest what they say is a recent decision by hospital administrators to weaken safety...

State Parks closed for COVID-19 | About Town

All 280 California State Parks have been closed to all day use visitors and all vehicles are being turned away during the COVID-19 outbreak. • The first case of COVID-19 was announced in Santa Cruz...

Man, woman seriously injured in fiery Capitola crash

CAPITOLA—A man and woman suffered major injuries in a solo-vehicle crash Sunday evening in Capitola. Capitola Police Detective Sgt. Cliff Sloma said the crash occurred at 5:11 p.m. on the 600 block on Park Avenue. Their car reportedly struck...

Watsonville’s virtual recreation center hopes to keep residents active, connected, informed

Watsonville virtual recreation
WATSONVILLE—The City of Watsonville was one of the first municipalities in the Monterey Bay to close down its network of recreational centers to slow the spread of COVID-19.  It was also one of the first to reengineer its recreation...

Man in early 70s the first COVID-19 victim in Santa Cruz County

Santa Cruz County COVID-19 death
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—A Santa Cruz County man who tested positive for COVID-19 died Saturday, marking Santa Cruz County’s first death from the coronavirus, the county’s Health Services Agency announced Sunday. The victim was in his early 70s and had...

COVID-19 Daily Update: More than 70 cases in Santa Cruz, Monterey counties combined

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A majority of the confirmed COVID-19 cases in Monterey County are in people 49 years old or younger. That’s according to data released by county officials Saturday, which provided new details on the age, gender and region of residence...

COVID-19 Daily Update: Santa Cruz County up to 34 cases

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Santa Cruz County officials as of Friday morning had confirmed 34 COVID-19 cases. Neighboring Monterey County, meanwhile, had 27 confirmed cases of the highly-contagious virus as of Friday morning. That county also announced that it had tested more than...

The fight against COVID-19 goes on

Congress passed a historic economic rescue package early Friday morning as the number of COVID-19 cases hit 100,000 in the U.S. While the Senate approved the money earlier this week, the House battled over specifics until passing it. President Trump then signed...

UC Santa Cruz student tests positive for COVID-19

UCSC student COVID-19
SANTA CRUZ—A UC Santa Cruz student who lives off-campus has tested positive for COVID-19 and is in self-isolation, UCSC Chancellor Cynthia Larive announced Friday. “The student was last on campus March 16 and is doing well,” Larive said.

Several small business insurance policies won’t cover COVID-19 losses

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Many of California’s roughly 3.8 million small business owners have scrambled to find some financial relief after Gov. Gavin Newsom on March 19 ordered all non-essential businesses to close to slow the spread of COVID-19. That meant bars, breweries...

Small business lifeline | About Town

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