The County of Santa Cruz is responding to novel coronavirus (COVID-19), a growing global pandemic. As of the morning of March 11, 2020, two cases have been confirmed in Santa Cruz County, with both patients in isolation and recovering.
On March 10, the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to declare a local emergency while ratifying a concurrent declaration of a local health emergency.
Santa Cruz County Public Health is leading local response efforts in coordination with the California Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control. The measures the County is taking are guided by the best available science and after consulting state and federal experts. The local response includes very close coordination with local health providers and community partners such as schools and public safety agencies.
Santa Cruz County Health Officer Dr. Gail Newel has issued updated community guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, including guidance for workplaces and large gatherings. The community is strongly urged to follow the interim guidance for Social Distancing. Interim Workplace Guidance is available here. Additional helpful information is available (and will continue to be updated) at www.santacruzhealth.org/coronavirus.
For local information, call 211 or text “COVID19” to 211211.
In addition to following community guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (links above), community members should take precautions to help prevent the spread of illness, including frequent hand-washing, covering coughs and sneezes; avoiding touching your face and avoiding shaking hands; regularly cleaning surfaces touched by many people using normal household cleaners; staying home from work or school if you are sick; and getting a flu shot to protect yourself and others from flu.