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Health Officer Asks SC Residents Urged to Stay Home

(News Release)

Santa Cruz County Residents Urged to Stay Home, Stay Safe from COVID-19 on the Fourth of July

With COVID-19 spreading rapidly in Santa Cruz county neighborhoods and throughout the Bay Area, health officials across the region urged residents to protect themselves and the community by celebrating from home this holiday weekend.

The Fourth of July is traditionally a time for firework displays, cookouts and parades, but this year the COVID-19 pandemic has forced many communities to cancel public events. Gatherings with others from outside your household, such as members of the extended family, are potentially risky.

Health officers from across the greater Bay Area say staying home this year is a healthy choice.

“We understand folks might want to gather and celebrate on the holiday weekend. However, this week brought a significant increase in infections in our community. Many came from gatherings of friends or families,” said Dr. Gail Newel, Santa Cruz County Health Officer. “The more we come together, the more COVID-19 spreads. Let’s remember our elders and those who are vulnerable to serious illness. Let’s stay strong and celebrate from home.”

You can spread COVID-19 even if you don’t feel that sick. You can pass the disease to someone else before you have symptoms, even if you never develop any symptoms. When people who have the infection come in contact with high-risk people, there can be deadly consequences.

That is why Bay Area health officers recommend people who are not members of the same household remain physically distant. The best ways to protect yourself and slow the spread of COVID-19 include:

Continue to stay home as much as possible

Practice physical distancing outside the home

Wear face coverings or masks when outside your home

Avoid gatherings with people outside your immediate household

Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently

Stay home from work or school if you feel sick

All Bay Area residents are also encouraged to get tested for COVID-19, and to do so immediately if they have symptoms. For more information about testing and about efforts in your community to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information, please visit santacruzhealth.org/coronavirus, call 211, or text “COVID19” to 211211. Residents may also call (831) 454-4242 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., weekdays.

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