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Santa Cruz County COVID Tracking Gets More Sophisticated

Omicron’s emergence has brought more surges and reconsideration of mask mandates. But can a traditional vaccine and a booster that targets Omicron help end the variant’s reign?

(July 26, 2022) → Read the full Lookout Local report
Masks, Vaccination Not Required in California’s Updated School Guidance

The California Department of Public Health released updated COVID-19 guidance for the coming K-12 school year. Santa Cruz County Superintendent of Schools Faris Sabbah says that, in many ways, it is a continuation of efforts already in effect.

(July 11, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz County Sentinel report

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Facebook and Steven Carrillo: How a Veteran Became a Cop Killer

Steven Carrillo, an active-duty Air Force servicemember, fell down a rabbit hole of Facebook extremism and became convinced he could start a new civil war. Then he turned his online obsession into real-life murder.


Image caption: Californians may soon mask in public places again, as the BA.5 COVID variant sweeps the state.
What the COVID BA.5 Variant Means For California

California is headed for a new COVID surge as BA.5, the most contagious variant of the virus yet discovered, arrives in the state, apparently causing an uptick in hospitalizations and deaths.


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Health officials urge Covid-19 precautions

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—Health officers from 12 counties on Friday doubled down on their recommendations that everyone exercise Covid-19 safety precautions, including wearing a mask indoors and staying up to date on vaccinations. The announcement comes as cases of highly contagious …


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Justice Dept. Appeals to Reinstate Transportation Mask Mandate

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday that it had asked the Justice Department to appeal a federal court ruling striking down its requirement for masking on planes, trains, buses and other modes of transportation


Image caption: Gov. Newsom’s new SMARTER plan anticipates that COVID will move from pandemic to endemic.
California’s New ‘Endemic’ COVID Plan

California has a new plan for dealing with COVID as the disease becomes endemic. But does that mean the pandemic is over? Here’s what Gov. Newsom is proposing.


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The Fate of Downtown Santa Cruz’s Parklet Dining

Plus, Bookie’s ‘inauthentic Detroit-style’ pizza and Gabriella’s springtime menu.


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‘Housing is Key’ Eviction Protections Extended Through June

Assembly Bill 2179 extends eviction protections through June 30 for Californians who signed up for the program or applied for local assistance by March 31.


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FDA’s Expert Panel on Vaccines Will Discuss U.S. Booster Strategy in April

The FDA announced that it would convene a meeting of its outside advisory panel on vaccines to discuss the U.S. Covid booster strategy.


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Felton Covid-19 vaccine clinic closes

The vaccine clinic at the Felton Community Hall started by the San Lorenzo Valley Rotary Club closed on March 9. More than 2,000 vaccines have been given at the “Vax the Valley” clinics thanks to the partnership with the SLV …


Image caption: Businesses in California must adapt to a slate of new laws in 2022.
5 New California Laws That Change How Business Does Business

California put hundreds of new laws into effect for 2022. Here are 5 that will change how business operates in the state.


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