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New Statewide COVID-19 Stats 10-28-20 14:27 DC

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19.

  • California has 908,713 confirmed cases to date. Numbers may not represent true day-over-day change as reporting of test results can be delayed.
  • There were 4,515 newly recorded confirmed cases Tuesday. Numbers do not represent true day-over-day change as these results include cases from prior to yesterday.
  • The 7-day positivity rate is 3.3% and the 14-day positivity rate is 3.0%.
  • There have been 18,223,596 tests conducted in California. This represents an increase of 96,547 over the prior 24-hour reporting period.
  • As case numbers continue to rise in California, the total number of individuals who will have serious outcomes will also increase. There have been 17,475 COVID-19 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

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Santa Cruz County Trying to Open More Schools 10-28-20 14:01 DC

Santa Cruz County is taking small steps toward its long term goal of reopening all district school campuses next year. This week the Santa Cruz City School District re-opened two schools with a limited number of students.

The Santa Cruz District is keeping sixth, seventh and eighth graders in small learning groups meeting outdoors. Some 28 students are split into two groups of 14 for learning.

These students are considered most at need because distance learning has not been a successful tool for them.

The goal is for all Santa Cruz County Public school districts begin using a model that combines distance and in-person learning with health safety protocols to protect students.

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16 More Voting Locations 10-28-20 12:28 S.S.

Starting  this  Saturday,  16  more  voting  locations  will  be  opened  in  Santa  Cruz  county....and  they  are  scheduled  to  be  open  from  9 a.m.  to  5  p.m.  on  Saturday  and  Sunday,  8  a.m.  to  5 p.m.  on  Monday,  and  the  traditional  7  a.m.  to  8  p.m.  on  Election  Day.     Voters  at  these  sites  will  be  able  to  either  turn  in  their  ballots,  vote,  get  a  ballot  to  go,  or  register  to  vote  and  vote.    More  information  on  voting  locations  and  drop  boxes  can  be  found  on: VotesCount.com   for  Santa  Cruz  county  residents.

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Wed and Thurs Overnight Work on Hwy 1 Near Big Sur 10-28-20 13:38 DC

From CALTRANS:

PAVEMENT REHABILITATION PROJECT ON STATE ROUTE 1 TO RESULT IN NOISE AND VIBRATION NEAR BIG SUR THIS WEEK

MONTEREY COUNTY – A Caltrans pavement rehabilitation construction project along State Route 1 from the Torre Canyon Bridge in Big Sur to just south of Carpenter Street in Carmel continues this week.

This week, crews are working overnight in a southbound direction to apply permanent striping and to install reflective pavement markers.

Note: Overnight work to install permanent pavement markers involves grinding of the pavement which results in significant levels of noise and vibration.

Overnight work on Wednesday, Oct. 28, will move southbound, from just below the Bixby Bridge, to near Andrew Molera State Park.

Overnight work on Thursday, Oct. 29, is scheduled to begin at Andrew Molera, and proceed south to near Nepenthe.

Overnight work hours on Wednesday and Thursday will be from 7 pm to 6 am.

No overnight work will take place on Friday, Oct. 30 or Saturday, Oct. 31.

These are the currently scheduled locations for work and are subject to change due to any necessary servicing of equipment, weather conditions, and other factors.

Because of the distances involved in the work zone, motorists overnight will continue to encounter one-way traffic control and can expect delays of 20 to 25 minutes.

Electronic message signs will be activated to inform the public about this roadwork. This roadwork is necessary for the safety of travelers and to protect adjacent properties. The contractor for this $24 million project is Granite Rock Company of San Jose, CA. It is scheduled to be completed by next summer.

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Names Released – Sat. Shootings 10-28-20 08:46 S.S.

The  names  of  the  2  men  who  were  shot  and  killed  Saturday  night  in  Watsonville....have  been  released.  44  year-old  Rafael  Salcedo  was  shot  around 5:30 p-m  near  the  intersection  of  Marchant  and  East  Front  Streets;  while  26  year-old  Aaron  Lusio  was  killed  near  the  intersection  of  Pennsylvania  Drive  and  Main  Street  around  9:30  p-m.      Anyone   with  information  about  either  shooting  is  encouraged  to  contact  the Watsonville  Police  Department.

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