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What to Do If You Test Positive for COVID at Home

As the omicron COVID-19 variant continues to spread through California, many are using over-the-counter testing kits. If you test positive, what do you do with your result?

(Jan. 6, 2022) → Read the full The Sacramento Bee report
CDC Changes Recommendations on COVID Isolation, Quarantine

U.S. health officials have lowered isolation restrictions from 10 to five days for patients with coronavirus. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials said the guidance reflects evidence that people are most infectious two days before and three days after symptoms develop.

(Dec. 28, 2021) → Read the full The Sacramento Bee report

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Image caption: California has tried to pass single-payer health plans before. Is 2022 the year it happens?
Single-Payer Healthcare: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Single-payer healthcare may be the most-discussed but least-understood form of medical coverage. Here’s what you need to know as California considers a new bill for publicly funded universal insurance.

Proposed health care district gets financial boost, lawmakers’ help
WATSONVILLE—The Central California Alliance for Health has provided a $3 million grant to Pajaro Valley Healthcare District Project (PVHDP) to help purchase Watsonville Community Hospital. The grant is made available through the Alliance’s Medi-Cal Capacity Grant Program. “Watsonville Community Hospital …

Unsanctioned pop-up Covid-19 test sites raise concerns
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—Santa Cruz County and California health officials are recommending that anyone needing a Covid-19 test get it from a sanctioned provider, after an unsanctioned company set up pop-up testing sites in Santa Cruz and Watsonville last week. That …

Local trainers offer fresh approach to health and fitness
It has been 13 years since Jaimi Jansen opened the first location of Santa Cruz Core, an integrated wellness center in downtown Santa Cruz.  At that time, Jansen was just 26 years old and planning to eventually go to medical …

County Health Officials: Cloth Masks ‘No Longer Preferred’ Option
The updated recommendation comes as Santa Cruz County is facing a record-breaking surge in the number of people contracting Covid

At-Home Covid Tests Change Pandemic Response
There’s been a lot of discussion among health officers that case rates aren’t going to be accurate going forward because of home testing

Breaking Down Omicron
UCSC infectious disease ecology professor Marm Kilpatrick addresses questions about the Covid variant

Covid-19 outbreak puts a damper on local prep and college sports
A rise in Covid-19 cases throughout Santa Cruz County has put a halt to some collegiate and high school sports events in the area. The Cabrillo men’s basketball team was supposed to begin its California Community College Athletic Association Coast …

Santa Cruz County schools distribute thousands of rapid Covid-19 tests
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—School districts throughout Santa Cruz County have passed out some 80,000 rapid-result Covid-19 test kits to families, as kids return to in-person instruction from winter break and officials try to prevent a surge via school campuses. As of …

County health officials: avoid the ER unless seriously ill
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—Santa Cruz County public health officials are asking that anyone with asymptomatic or mild coronavirus cases—or other non-serious illnesses—stay home and avoid unnecessary trips to already burdened hospital emergency departments. The county also renewed its call for everyone …

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