Santa Cruz County Local News: COVID-19


All Local COVID-19 News articles contributed by our local media allies and other local newsrooms.

Image caption: States have expansive powers to protect the health of the general public.
The State’s Broad Power to Protect Public Health, Explained

Since long before the COVID-19 pandemic, states have possessed broad authority to protect public health, even to suspend laws and commandeer private property. Here’s why, and how it works.

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06/17/2024
Santa Cruz County Health Department officials note a spike in local COVID cases.

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03/04/2024
California schools got $23.4 billion in federal pandemic relief money. Low-income schools that got the most may be hardest hit when the funds expire this year.

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02/27/2024
The monthly rate of antidepressants being dispensed to young people increased about 64% more quickly during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a study in the journal Pediatrics.

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02/08/2024
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Fears that pop superstar will encourage her ‚ÄúSwifties‚ÄĚ to vote for Joe Biden has Trump fans declaring ‚ÄúHoly War.‚ÄĚ

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01/30/2024
San Francisco is coping with a ‚Äúdoom loop‚ÄĚ of declining employment and business activity in its downtown core, but a new study suggests Sacramento may be in worse shape.

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01/14/2024
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California in 2024 has implemented two new, potentially important traffic safety laws

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12/28/2023
Kern County agrees to better protect free speech in a deal with the state Justice Department‚ÄĒinspired by the county‚Äôs‚Äô 2020 squashing of COVID contracts to organizations that advocated defunding police.

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12/18/2023
Image for display with article titled Californians Get Rude Surprise at the Doctor's Office‚ÄĒTheir Medi-Cal Coverage is Cancelled

Some recipients say they received no notice or warning that the state had pulled their health coverage.

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12/13/2023
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The federal government cut off a pandemic-era food support program that 20 percent of Californians still need.

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12/10/2023
Image for display with article titled California’s Experiment in Reducing Poverty Worked. So Why Did It Stop?

The COVID-era dive into European-style social democracy helped a lot of people‚ÄĒbut now that‚Äôs all over.

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12/04/2023
Image for display with article titled 70,000 California Households at Risk of Eviction as State Drags Feet on COVID Rent Relief Applications

State program has run so low on money that applications have been delayed for two years or more.

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11/28/2023
Parents say flavored medication can help ensure their kids finish a prescription. Far fewer California pharmacies are offering that service as they await new rules from a state regulator.

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11/28/2023
Political wonks in California, Florida and maybe a few states in between, will be glued to their screens Thursday night to watch Gov. Gavin Newsom and Gov. Ron Desantis square off in a highly-anticipated Blue vs. Red State debate that’s been brewing since the summer.

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11/27/2023
California and Florida took starkly different approaches to dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. Data shows that more Floridians died per capita of COVID than did Californians.

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11/20/2023
Image for display with article titled Over the Eviction Cliff: End of Pandemic Ban Sends Landlords on Binge of Kicking Out Tenants

A year after COVID-era eviction ban ended, renters face losing their homes at soaring rates.

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11/12/2023
California‚Äôs community colleges are seeing enrollment gains for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Older students‚ÄĒthose over 50‚ÄĒare some of the first to return.

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11/08/2023
As of Nov. 1, personnel working in acute care facilities, skilled nursing facilities, surgical and maternity centers, and infusion centers are required to wear a face mask at all times regardless of vaccination status.

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11/06/2023
Image for display with article titled COVID, Flu and RSV: California‚Äôs New ‚ÄėTripledemic‚Äô Appears Milder than Expected‚ÄĒfor Now

But public health experts urge Californians to avoid overconfidence and take precautions.

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11/02/2023
Image for display with article titled Post-Pandemic Picture Comes Into Focus for North County Schools

Educators have highlighted positives in data emerging from tests since the end of the pandemic, but Covid-19 also dealt a blow to learning in this idyllic corner of California.

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