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This week of May 26th newsletter is to give you the latest update on local issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Remember to visit the County website about COVID-19 by clicking here  which will be updated when anything NEW is announced.

  • The County Health Officer issued a new Shelter-in-Place (SIP) Order today that aligns our county with the State on many aspects of the opening process. The Order will allow office work spaces, in-store retail, religious services and cultural ceremonies, manufacturing, limited personal services, protests, and outdoor museums to resume, effective 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday. All businesses and operations must continue complying with Social Distancing Protocols and the Order to Wear Face Coverings, as well as sector-based guidance available from the State on their website here. Dine-in restaurants will require a variance from the State which is currently being prepared and will go before the Board on June 2 or sooner. Review the new SIP order here.
  • I have asked County staff to prepare a simple permit process for restaurant and food service establishments to turn some portion of their parking lots or other County owned property adjacent to their establishments into outdoor dining space to support them during the SIP order. At our next Board meeting we will consider adopting these new regulations.
  • Our County Public Health staff recently began investigating multiple clusters of COVID-19 cases involving family gatherings and reminds everyone to maintain social distancing guidelines and follow Shelter-in-Place Orders. Public Health has identified four separate clusters of COVID-19 transmission in the South County region. The investigations are still ongoing, but all known transmission is associated with close contact between households during social family gatherings. These gatherings include interaction between people from different living cohorts, including a multi-generational Mother's Day gathering and a large gathering involving individuals who traveled from out-of-state. Read more about this here
  • Summer Camp Is Here --  County Parks has been working hard with Public Health to design a much-needed respite for families that can be offered in this COVID-19 environment. Friends of County Parks is supporting them with communications, community outreach, and funds. There will be m ultiple sites in the San Lorenzo Valley, Mid-County, and South County, including Valencia Hall and Pinto Lake County Park. Camps will run from  June 8-August 7. If you are interested please f ill out an application  (it's  free and does not commit families to attend, nor does it guarantee a spot.  PLEASE know that 50% of spots are reserved for families at reduced cost and are intended to serve our most vulnerable families. For more information, click here
  • Last Wednesday I held a Zoom Town Hall with Margaret Lapiz (SAVE Lives Santa Cruz County), Director of Health Services Mimi Hall, and Chief of Public Health Jen Herrera from the County's Health Services Agency. We talked about testing, when businesses may be allowed to re-open, and what the pandemic looks like in our community. You can view to it here 
  • There is a weekly press conference with County health officials on Thursday at 10:00 a.m. You can watch it on the County's Facebook site by clicking here.

Telephone Town Hall at 6  pm Wednesday
I will hold a follow-up town hall using the Zoom video interface on Wednesday at 6:00 pm. to update the community and answer questions about the Transition Age Youth temporary housing program at the Seventh Day Adventist property in Soquel. Joining me during the meeting will be program staff, the Community Advisory Group, Sheriff Jim Hart, and Fire Chief Steven Hall.
Wednesday May 27th 
6 pm

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