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July 3, 2020

Plywood canyon

Parts of Watsonville changed into a plywood canyon early Thursday after a bizarre poster started circulating on social media threatening “barbaric” protests in the Overlook Shopping Center. Though Watsonville Police took the threat seriously, no violence erupted over the night. However, scores of businesses such as Starbucks, Staples, Food Maxx, AT&T, SC County Bank and Mechanics Bank paid construction crews to board up their businesses overnight. Numerous businesses along Main Street downtown did the same. On a drive through Watsonville this morning I saw some crews starting to take down the wood panels.

As we see easing of safety restrictions here in Santa Cruz County and hear about it in the news around the globe, it is staggering for me to read this in today’s New York Times, a passage in their regular column Coronavirus Update: “… new coronavirus cases are accelerating globally faster than any other time during the outbreak, and the hotspots are shifting. Over the last two weeks, twice as many countries have reported a rise in new cases as have reported declines, according to the New York Times database. And last Saturday, more new cases were reported in a single day than ever before, 134,064. The new case count has remained above 100,000 each day since.”

The Stock Market took a considerable bump upwards Friday as some businesses, like Nordstroms, and a few airlines are seeing some positive activities.

In Santa Cruz County there are 219 Covid-19 cases with two deaths. Monterey County has 581 cases while Sam Benito County has 60 cases with two deaths. In America, including its four territories and Washington D.C., 1,855,000 people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus. More than 106,900 Americans have died.

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