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News from Santa Cruz County Supervisor Ryan Coonerty
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Good Job Santa Cruz- Keep it up! 
We are leading the nation in flattening the curve by complying with the shelter in place order and  practicing social distancing. Please continue to follow the Orders of our Public Health Officer and the advice of our health experts. Click here to learn more about the public health team guiding our County through this crisis.
 
Local Coronavirus Information
Visit the County's new and improved Coronavirus Dashboard for updated information on the current status of COVID-19 in Santa Cruz County. You'll find the number of current known cases, the number of cases that have required hospitalization, the number of known cases by age group, and more. You may also reach the Santa Cruz County call center at (831) 454-4242 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. every day. 
 
Face Coverings
Santa Cruz County Health Officer Dr. Gail Newel is issuing a new order requiring patrons and staff at essential businesses to wear face coverings to hep reduce the spread of COVID-19. The order will impact public, commercial, and governmental spaces where face-to-face interactions may pose a risk of transmission. Individuals engaged in outdoor recreation and who are able to practice distancing are not required to wear face coverings, but should move to avoid close proximity with others. You can read more here.

Medical and Food Assistance Available
Many residents have lost their jobs and income due to the COVID-19. You may be entitled to food assistance (CalFresh), CalWORKs Cash Aid, and/or Medi-Cal Health Benefits. Apply online at GetCalFresh and https://www.mybenefitscalwin.org/. You can also apply by phone by calling 1 (888) 421-8080 Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Ride Out the Wave-- Help Local Businesses
Online gift cards help local businesses survive. And when you buy them at www.rideoutthewave.org during the April 24th #rideoutthewave online concert featuring Keith Greeninger, your purchase is matched! Join the next Ride Out the Wave live stream (https://www.facebook.com/events/521480585204040/). Invite all your friends to the show (Friday, 4/24 at 7pm) then make your gift card purchases go twice as far. 
 
Helping Each Other
Our community needs volunteers. Many community organizations rely on retirees who are now sheltering in place. Are you healthy and looking to give some of your free time? Sign up today. 

If you are able to help financially, consider donating to the Community Foundation's COVID-19 Response Fund to protect the health and wellbeing of our most vulnerable people. The Fund will rapidly deploy resources to community-based organizations at the frontlines of the coronavirus outbreak in Santa Cruz County. 100% of the gifts will go out to the community.

Advocating for our Community
At the April 14 Board of Supervisors meeting I was proud to advocate for local restaurantssmall businesses, and undocumented community members. I also pushed to do as much as we possibly can to make sure we are preventing and identifying cases elder abuse, child abuse, and domestic violence. In addition, I'm working with County staff to coordinate efforts with schools to increase food security for children and families.   
 
Thank You
To essential workers! To volunteers and those able to make donations to relief efforts! To all of you for doing your part to follow the health guidelines to protect our community! 

Next Board of Supervisors Meeting:
April 28, 9:00 a.m.


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