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December 5, 2023

Watching the numbers

The number of COVID-19 cases has now passed 1,018,000 in the U.S. Now, 58,671 have died in the U.S. roughly equalling the number of people that died in the Vietnam War. The U.S. has four times more cases than any other country. Dr. Ashish K. Jha, Dean of the Brown University School of Public Health, said: “Testing remains inadequate for the amount of cases present.”

On Monday 335 people died in New York, which is actually a lower number than past days. 

Bay Area counties will update their shelter at home orders today, meaning some restrictions could be adjusted. Meanwhile, Gov. Gavin Newsom said that if California residents thought “the virus took a break over the weekend or is on summer vacation, we’re in for big trouble.”

As far as states reopening after stay at home orders are eased, Dr. Anthony Fauci warned that if states move too quickly, there could be a rebound and that “we have to be very careful,” suggesting a “slow rolling entry.”

On Tuesday I went out to Palm Beach, Watsonville’s closest ocean beach at the end of Beach Road. I’ve never seen so many cars parked along Beach Road starting at the handful of pullouts near Palm Beach and coming east on Beach Road. And, of course, there were scores of people coming and going, some with beach supplies, umbrellas, blankets, ice chests and swim gear. But when I climbed over the dunes and got a view of the beach, there were only about 30 people spread out along the sand. I saw a State Park Ranger on the shoreline in a pickup, now and again stopping to talk to beachgoers.

There was a lot of activity in various ag fields along Beach Road, Trafton Road, Salinas Road and Riverside Drive: lettuce, cabbage, strawberries and various row crops. I spotted numerous trucks loaded up with harvested products heading off area warehouses and shipping yards.

Tarmo Hannula
Tarmo Hannula
Tarmo Hannula has been the lead photographer with The Pajaronian newspaper in Watsonville since 1997. He also reports on a wide range of topics, including police, fire, environment, schools, the arts and events. A fifth generation Californian, Tarmo was born in the Mother Lode of the Sierra (Columbia) and has lived in Santa Cruz County since the late 1970s. He earned a BA from UC Santa Cruz and has traveled to 33 countries.


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