In the first quarter of this year, the numbers of cases of Whooping Cough more than doubled in Santa Cruz, over the 2017 numbers. County health officer Doctor Arnold Leff said that Pertussis is covered in the D-taP shot given to babies that are 2 months, 4 months, 6 months and 12 months-old….and then they are given booster shots again before kindergarten and middle school. Whooping C ough often starts with a mild cough, runny nose, or fever, it tends to move on to vomiting, exhaustion, and paroxysms of rapid coughs, followed by the high pitched “whoop” sound. About 50 percent of babies who get whooping cough will need to be hospitalized. For more information, people can call their local physician or go on-line to:
With the numbers of new blood donors shrinking every year, the American Red Cross is encouraging those who have not given recently, or who have never given blood….to make a life-saving donation. When any type of blood (A, B, or O) is missing from hospital shelves, patient care can be impacted.
5 teens were arrested yesterday, after they caused a fire on Larkin Valley Road while driving in a stolen vehicle. Shortly before the vehicle was found fully engulfed in flames, it had been involved in the hit-and-run of another vehicle. The teens were taken into custody as they tried to flee from the burning vehicle.
Residents were allowed to return to their homes (on the 600 block of Pacific Avenue in Santa Cruz) shortly after 8 p.m. last night. That after they were evacuated around 7 p.m., so the investigation of hazardous materials could be safely conducted. No injuries were reported in connection with this incident.
A Watsonville man has been arrested for allegedly molesting a child. 50 year-old Arturo Garcia-Gahona is accused of inappropriately touching a 6 year-old at a daycare facility…..4 years ago. Garcia-Gahona was booked into Santa Cruz County Jail.
A home suffered major fire damage on Quail Ridge Road this morning. When firefighters arrived on the scene on the 400 block, they described the structure as “fully-engulfed”, and they said it spread to the grass, but they were able to quickly contain that. The blaze was called in just before 11 a.m., in the Jarvis Road area.
Dominican Hospital is hosting a Medicare seminar on tomorrow night to talk about enrollment and other aspects of the healthcare program. The class runs from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Solarium Room at 610 Frederick St. The class is free but participants must register by calling 831-457-7099.
High school students and young adults in south Santa Cruz County looking for film production experience can apply to a Digital Nest program. The program is looking for volunteers to help with a film and participants will learn the logistics of shooting a film. Training for the program is set to start Saturday and applications are still being accepted. To apply or for information, visit digitalnest.org and click on workshops.
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