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  • COVID-19 cases are increasing rapidly, and it is important that we all do our part to slow the spread. Wear a face covering, keep your distance, wash your hands often, avoid group gatherings, and stay home if you are sick. For local information on COVID-19, visit
  • California Department of Public Health announces Limited Stay at Home Order. Due to the rapid increase in COVID-19 cases, all non-essential activities and gatherings must stop between 10pm-5am for counties in the Purple Tier, including Santa Cruz. The curfew order is in place through December 21st. Click here for more information. More restrictions may be imposed if cases continue to rise.
  • Additional COVID-19 testing available in Santa Cruz County. The OptumServe community testing site at Ramsay Park, has expanded testing availability and can now offer testing for up to 330 individuals per day. Located at 1301 Main St. in Watsonville, the site is open Wednesday-Sunday, 7am-7pm. To make an appointment, go to Additionally, Senneca Diagnostics has recently opened a community testing site at Twin Lakes Church, 2701 Cabrillo College Dr., Aptos. Open Mondays and Tuesdays from 9am-4pm. Testing is available for up to 300 individuals per day. To make an appointment, go to
  • Santa Cruz County is in the Purple Tier. Places of worship, movie theaters, restaurants, gyms and fitness centers will only be allowed to have outdoor services with health and safety modifications. Please take this seriously, and do your part to protect your community. For more information on the state framework, visit
  • Holiday Gathering Guidance. How much are you willing to risk exposing your loved ones to COVID-19? The safest way to celebrate this holiday season is virtually, with members of your household or outdoors. If you choose to gather in person, keep it safe, small, short, and stable. Click here for a press release on holiday gathering guidance Click here for a downloadable flier (English | Spanish). Click here to read California Department of Public Health’s updated guidance for private gatherings
  • Avoid travel during the holidays. Travel outside the Bay Area increases your risk for getting infected and spreading COVID-19. If you must travel, plan ahead and take steps to reduce your risk. State health officials are advising travelers to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arriving or returning to California. Click here to read the full holiday travel guidance (pages 3-4). Click here for a downloadable flier summarizing this guidance (English | Spanish). Click here to read the travel advisory from the California Department of Public Health.
  • Fight flu by getting a flu shot. Health officials from across the Bay Area urge everyone six months and older to get a flu shot. Vaccines are available at doctors’ offices and many pharmacies provide them free or low-cost to the public. Click here for a downloadable flier (English | Spanish) and infographic (English | Spanish) to share with your community members. Visit the Santa Cruz County Public Health’s Updated Flu Webpage for more information on how to protect yourself and your family from the flu.

COVID-19 Guidance

COVID-19 Signs and Media Materials

Workplace and Businesses

·         Questions about COVID-19 and your rights at work? California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc (CRLA) offers free legal services for agricultural and low-wage workers. For more information visit the bilingual website at: California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. | (

  • Businesses can apply for a Blue Check sign via the Office for Economic Development at

Food & Basic Needs

·         Nutrition Assistance Resources in Santa Cruz County – Information on major local resources to help you and your loved ones get the food and nutrition you need (English and Spanish)

Medical Care

  • Medi-Nurse for those who are uninsured but have symptoms of COVID-19, (877) 409-9052
  • If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, see your provider for testing and follow up care. The Optum Serve testing site at Ramsay Park in Watsonville is also open Wednesday-Sunday 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. by appointment. Appointments can be made online by visiting Individuals without internet access can call 888-634-1123 to arrange an appointment.

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