This Week of April 13th newsletter is to give you the latest update on local issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. My office has been contacted by numerous constituents on many aspects impacting day to day life and I am trying to keep you informed with the most current information available.
Remember to visit the NEW County website about COVID-19 by clicking here which will be updated when anything NEW is announced.
Last Wednesday I held a Telephone Town Hall with Dr. Gail Newel and she discussed the latest order. You can listen to it here.
Due to COVID-19 impacting our community, the Live Oak Parking Program (LOPP) will begin parking enforcement on Friday, April 17, 2020.Any vehicle not displaying a 2020 LOPP permit will receive a citation. Enforcement will take place 7 days a week. Residents in the LOPP zones and seasonal permit holders are encouraged to apply for their 2020 season permit ASAP. Also starting April 17, 2020, day passes may be purchased from any of the four pay stations located in the Live Oak Parking Program zones. Please visit the County Parking Program website for more information by clicking here.
The County's Economic Development Office hosted a webinar last Friday for local businesses affected by the COVID-19 crisis. To view the webinar, click here.
Santa Cruz County public health officials are sharing statewide guidance for the general public to cover their nose and mouth with cloth when leaving home for essential travel such as medical appointments, grocery shopping or pharmacy visits. The face coverings do not have to be hospital grade but need to cover the nose and mouth. For example, bandanas, fabric masks and neck gaiters are acceptable and should be washed daily. Read more here.
State of California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara ordered insurance companies to return insurance premiums to consumers and businesses and provide much-needed financial relief during the COVID-19 emergency. The Commissioner's Bulletin covers premiums paid for at least the months of March and April - including the month of May if "shelter in place" restrictions continue - in at least six different insurance lines: private passenger automobile, commercial automobile, workers' compensation, commercial multi-peril, commercial liability, medical malpractice, and any other insurance line where the risk of loss has fallen substantially as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more here.
A weekly press conference will be held with County health officials on Thursday, April 16, 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 continue to work to keep you informed about what is happening during this COVID-19 pandemic. This week's tele-town hall will feature Santa Cruz County's Emergency Management Services Medical Director Dr. David Ghilarducci. He is also the President of the Emergency Medical Director's Association of California. Dr. Ghilarducci will discuss our County's COVID-19 medical response and surge planning.
Wednesday, April 15th
6 pm - 7 pm
To listen in or ask questions at the Telephone Town Hall Meeting
Use Collaboration ID Number: 855976
If you want to help
You can make a big difference by volunteering to help out with several critical functions in our community during this COVID-19 crisis. Please visit the Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County to find out about opportunities with the County and non-profits throughout our community. See more by clicking here.