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Hello, everyone — it’s Thursday, Jan. 20, and Santa Cruz County has a sunny day ahead, with highs nearing 70. Appreciate it!
Lookout readers had questions as local service providers began 2022 by rolling out new composting policies, and we kick off this morning with some answers courtesy of Lily Belli.
We also have a look at new COVID-19 protocols being phased in at many area schools, where the Omicron surge means most students and staff are assumed to have come into contact with a COVID-positive individual.
Also on our radar:
- Wednesday saw the sister of the Aptos High School student killed in August’s stabbing attack file a claim against the Pajaro Valley Unified School District, a month after her parents filed a similar claim.
- Santa Cruz County’s COVID vaccination rates are up slightly but still lag behind many of our neighbors; we have more data on vaccines and testing in our weekly update.
- And families are complaining as states including California require COVID testing for nursing home visits.
Let’s get to those headlines:
Composting questions answered
Lookout reached out to leaders at the city of Santa Cruz, Watsonville and GreenWaste Recovery, which services the rest of Santa Cruz County, with logistical questions about the local rollout. Here’s what they told Lily Belli.
➤ PREVIOUSLY: Statewide composting mandate: What to know as rollout begins in Santa Cruz County (Lookout)
Next step in keeping Santa Cruz schools going: ‘Substantial Exposure’
As COVID-19 continues to challenge school districts’ responses to unprecedented rates of transmission in their communities, they continue to adjust protocol in order to be able to keep schools open. Lookout’s Hillary Ojeda breaks down what we know about the latest steps.
➤ MORE ON SCHOOLS AND THE PANDEMIC: ‘Doing our best’: How some Santa Cruz County parents are navigating a return to school amid Omicron surge (Lookout)
Santa Cruz County vaccine update
We examine local vaccination rates, where to find a COVID shot or test, plus wait, cost and turnaround times. Find Lookout’s weekly roundup here.
➤ OMICRON SURGE: California approaches pandemic record for all hospitalizations (Los Angeles Times)
Sister of Aptos High stabbing victim files separate claim against PVUSD
The complaint from Alexa Sarabia Aguilar says Pajaro Valley Unified School District and Aptos High School were not prepared for the events that led to the death of her younger brother. Lookout’s Hillary Ojeda has the details here.
➤ APTOS HIGH STABBING ATTACK: All of Lookout’s coverage in one place
Families complain as states require COVID testing for nursing home visits
Relatives say it is important they be allowed to go into nursing homes because staff shortages are affecting care. Read more here from our partners at Kaiser Health News.
➤ MORE ON TESTING: Five things to know about ordering free COVID tests (Los Angeles Times)
Around the county …
➤ Proposed health care district gets financial boost, lawmakers’ help (The Pajaronian)
➤ Betty White Day raises big bucks for Central Coast animal shelters (KSBW-TV)
➤ Santa Cruz company gets on FDA fast track for pathogen sequencing method approval (Santa Cruz Sentinel)
And we’re off and running for Thursday — but stay tuned for more later today, including recommendations for things to do this weekend and beyond with Best Bets from Wallace Baine and Team BOLO. You can get those Best Bets via email and text by visiting our Lookout Newsletter & Text Center, and keep tabs throughout the day by bookmarking our website and following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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Now go get your Thursday on!
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