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SCCO Releases COVID Demographics 04-02-20 16:55 DC

Santa Cruz County has so far confirmed 54 cases of coronavirus and one death.

According to the Santa Cruz County Health Department, 17 percent of local coronavirus patients have been hospitalized. The demographics are as follows.

Age demographics:

  • Age 0-17: 1
  • Age 18-64: 41
  • Age 65+: 12

Gender demographics:

  • Male: 28
  • Female: 26
  • Other: 0

Source of exposure:

  • Person to person: 22
  • Community-acquired: 16
  • Travel: 11
  • Under investigation: 5

In total, 848 people have been tested, amounting to 0.3% of the county's population.

 

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Sales Tax Help for CA Small Biz 04-02-20 16:49 DC

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday said that the state is offering a one-year reprieve for small businesses to pay sales tax.

"No fines, no penalties will be attached, where they can take upwards of $50,000 as a loan and not have to pay state those sales tax receipts for 12 months. In essence, it is a bridge loan. The money that you have already collected you will not have to pay the state for 12 months," Newsom explained at a news conference heard during Flight 1080 on KSCO.

Newsom had previously signed an executive order extending the time to file sale tax.

Also available to businesses is a program that provides up to $10 million in relief for those that keep paying their workers, Newsom said.

 

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101 Construction Postponed TFN 04-02-20 16:35 DC

RAMP RECONSTRUCTION ALONG U.S. HIGHWAY 101 IN SALINAS IS POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

CALTRANS says a major four-mile project to upgrade the pavement in both directions of U.S. Highway 101 between East Market Street and Boronda Road has been postponed due to weather until further notice.

 

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Most Santa Cruz Parks Still Open 04-02020 16:21 DC

(News Release) In order to provide safe recreation opportunities while preventing the spread of COVID-19, the County of Santa Cruz in coordination with local cities are reassuring local residents that parks remain open through the Shelter-in-Place order.

Residents are asked to continue following physical distancing guidelines of at least six feet unless in the company of immediate family members, as well as other recommended protocols while enjoying outdoor recreational areas.

The County and the cities of Watsonville, Capitola, Scotts Valley, and Santa Cruz, under guidance from the County’s Health Officer, have reached an agreement on a unified policy to contain exposure to the COVID-19 virus while recognizing the need for exercise to maintain physical and mental health through outdoor experiences.

“With so many people at home we are seeing violations at beaches, trails, parks, and paths as they become overloaded,” Santa Cruz County Parks Director Jeff Gaffney said.

“We are asking everyone to be thoughtful while they are out walking and hiking, including maintaining social distance. We want our entire community to enjoy all of their park spaces, and we want them to engage in safe health practices at the same time.”

Under the agreement, skate parks, dog parks, disc golf, pump tracks, bike parks, tennis courts, pickleball courts, soccer fields, baseball fields and bocce ball throughout Santa Cruz County remain open but will be subject to requirements of Santa Cruz County Health Officer Dr. Gail Newel’s March 31 Order, including hand washing and distancing requirements.

Sharing of sports and recreational equipment is only allowed between members of the same household, and the use of high-touch playground equipment is prohibited. Basketball courts, disc golf, skate parks, and soccer fields will be closed in the city of Santa Cruz but open everywhere else.

Parking lots for beach and park access will remain open for County residents but with some restricted access. City of Santa Cruz beach access parking lots are closed, as are the large city parking lots adjacent to City Hall in the City of Capitola. County parking lots have been modified to create social distancing spacing.

“We all recognize this is an evolving situation, and things may change,” said Santa Cruz City Manager, Martin Bernal.

“We are asking all community members to do their part to help keep our parks open by adhering to the health order,” stated Watsonville City Manager, Matt Huffaker.

Under California Health and Safety Code § 120295, failing to comply with a Health Officer’s order is a misdemeanor punishable by fine, imprisonment, or both. For local information on COVID-19, go to www.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., seven days a week.

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Arrests made in Graham Hill Road Homicide 04-02-20 15:51 DC

Media Release: April 2, 2020

Arrests made in Graham Hill Road Homicide

On April 1, 2020 two suspects were arrested for the murder of Santa Cruz County resident Kimberly Smith.

On March 31, deputies responded to a report of an unconscious woman, 55-year-old Kimberly Smith, at a home on the 800 block of Graham Hill Road. Kimberly was deceased when deputies arrived.

Detectives were able to identify two suspects believed to be directly involved in the homicide, 23-year-old Caitlin Crenshaw and 23-year-old Cody Huynh, both transients.

Our Detectives located Huynh in San Bernardino County where he was in jail for unrelated charges. Crenshaw was also located in San Bernardino County in the victim’s car. She was taken into custody without incident. The motive is believed to be robbery.

Detectives are still investigating this case and are working closely with the District Attorney’s Office. Both suspects were brought back to Santa Cruz County and booked on murder and robbery charges. They are being held on no bail. If you have any information regarding this case, please call (831)454-7635.

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