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Since January we have all learned a lot about the novel Coronavirus known as COVID-19. Its spread in our community and throughout the country has led to significant changes in how we live, where we can go, and how we communicate with each other in an effort to stem the spread further. Our County Public Health office has been working tirelessly to meet the needs of the community.

Effective at 12:01 AM on March 17th, the County is putting in place a Public Health Order that requires county residents to shelter-in-place and limit public activities for anything but essential travel through April 7th. 

You can read the order here .  

We are taking this important temporary measure, which is based on best medical practices, to slow the spread of this communicable virus and protect our most vulnerable  residents. I encourage you to visit to get the latest information about the local efforts to contain and manage the spread of this virus. Our Economic Development Office is also working diligently to support local businesses. To find out how your business can receive help, visit for the latest information and programs. This Public Health order outlines what businesses will be allowed to stay open, and which will be expected to close. 

Lastly, I expect the Board to be looking at a number of measures to support county residents, including a moratorium on evictions. I recognize that these are tough times for everyone, and this is the time that County government should be geared to providing as much support as possible. I urge you to follow the recommendations from our Public Health staff in order to help protect our community. They will be better informed than anything you will easily find on the internet, and their plan of action is connected with our local hospitals and clinics, state, and federal government. If you have questions about Coronavirus/COVID-19, please call United Way of Santa Cruz County at 211 or text "covid19" to 211211.

Coming to Your House Via Facebook Live
The rise of COVID-19 in our community and the requirements of social distancing mandate that my normal weekly meeting with constituents must change for the foreseeable future. Therefore, I won't be holding constituent meetings in person until further notice. I do, however, value the input I receive from constituents and still want to make myself available to you. Last week I held my first meeting via Facebook Live. County Health Director Mimi Hall joined me, and we took questions for an hour. This week I will be hosting Faris Sabbah, County Superintendent of Schools, to talk about the recent announcement of school closures and how we are ensuring that students get the education they need during these unusual times. To join us, click here. A member of the County's Public Health staff will also be with us to help continue answering questions about how to protect yourself and family members from contracting COVID-19. If you don't have an account on Facebook, you can still tune in, see, and hear the meeting. I look forward to the time when we can talk in person again, hopefully sooner rather than later.

Facebook Live Constituent Meeting
March 18, 2020
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Thank You!

Although it was only two weeks ago, it seems like so much has gone on since election day. I want to thank all of you for voting, and I am humbled by the support so many people in the community gave me. I look forward to continuing to work with you in the coming year.

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