Our community is pulling together to help each other. I've been busy working closely with the City of Santa Cruz on the homelessness response, supporting our local small businesses, coordinating with health care providers, and responding to constituents who send questions and concerns.
There are some early indications that the Shelter-in-Place order is helping reduce transmission of the COVID-19 virus. It is imperative that we do not let our guard down as we work together to reduce the impacts from this disease.
The County's COVID-19 Hotline (831-454-4242) is available 7 days a week from 8am to 6pm. Outside of these hours call 211 or text "covid19" to 211211.
On March 31st, Santa Cruz County Health Officer Dr. Gail Newel replaced and extended the County's Shelter-in-Place order through May 3, 2020, continuing to allow travel only for essential purposes as defined in the order. You can find answers to frequently asked questions about the order here. You can find the County's frequently updated COVID-19 website here.
What YOU can do to Help:
Ride out the Wave
Local businesses need your help. Social distancing is necessary for public health but devastating to our small businesses. A coalition of local tech volunteers, along with Santa Cruz Works have joined together to create a new website: https://www.rideoutthewave.org/.
Purchasing online gift cards is a small but impactful way to help our community ride out the wave. If you are able, support your favorite business so they’ll be here when this pandemic ends. For a limited time, buy a $25 gift card from any business and they’ll double it.
Donate to the Local Response Fund
The Santa Cruz Community Foundation has established a COVID-19 Local Response Fund. If you are able, please consider make a gift to the fund, which has deployed over $100,00 in disaster-related grant funds to local community-based organizations at the frontlines of the coronavirus outbreak in Santa Cruz County.
Donate Unused PPE
If you have any unused Personal Protective Equipment that you do not need, please consider donating it to our health care workers and first responders. The County has started collecting it. To donate fill out this form.
Check-in on your Neighbors
See what you can do to help your elderly, immunocompromised, and first responder/healthcare neighbors. Offer to shop for them. Tell them when and where you will be shopping so that they will feel more comfortable asking for help. For more suggestions, the state has started this campaign.
Support Second Harvest Food Bank
The need is greater than ever. You can donate here.
Support Child Care for Essential Workers
Many essential workers are grappling with the loss of child care due to COVID-19. The local Child Development Resource Center (within the County Office of Education) has a resource and referral line that can help: 831-466-5820. The CDRC knows which child care providers are still open and can care for the children of essential workers. In order to maintain the strict health and safety standards required to serve children right now, some child care providers are in need of additional soap, sanitizer, bleach, disinfectant and more. If you can donate supplies, please contact the Child Development Resource Center.
Fill out the 2020 Census
Please fill out the 2020 Census and be counted. Go to https://my2020census.gov. It's safe, it's easy, and it's important. A full count of Santa Cruz County residents will ensure critical funding for local services and each county resident who is uncounted is a loss of thousands for local services, such as hospitals, emergency services, schools, and roads. You can track Santa Cruz County's response rate here.
Financial Stability and Relief for Undocumented Families
Visit Santa Cruz Community Ventures to find bilingual documents created for families and small business owners to help manage finances during this time.
SCCV is also working to raise funds to support undocumented families in our community and create the infrastructure for a local fund.
The Santa Cruz Public Libraries have scheduled 4 virtual parenting workshops led by experts from Parents Place, designed to help families cope during the Coronavirus crisis.
The workshops cover a range of topics targeting specific age groups and needs. The virtual workshops are free, but registration is required in advance for each session, which are currently scheduled for April 5 and April 6. Find out more here.