A picture of shoppers returning in increasing numbers to Downtown Santa Cruz.
(Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz)

Lookout’s new COVID Dashboard

An graphic image for the Lookout COVID Dashboard

We’ve all been through a lot the past two years, and we’ve got the numbers to prove it. In fact, too many numbers. At Lookout, we’ve stepped back, listened to you and created a new COVID Dashboard fit for 2022. It includes the most important numbers to provide us all the data and context we need for the moment we’re in, while dropping other data that has become less relevant. We’ll continue to update these useful and telling numbers as we navigate through the next state of normal, and keep an eye on the ever-evolving public health guidelines. Let us know how well our new page — ably put together by correspondent Max Chun — answers your questions, and what else you’d like to know, either at max@lookoutlocal.com or news@lookoutlocal.com.

We will be updating the dashboard as we’re able to obtain key data.

Masking rules

Neither the state of California nor Santa Cruz County currently require indoor masking. In schools, masks are still required indoors for everyone. However, as of March 11, masks are optional though highly recommended.

As of April 10, masks will not be required for most indoor settings at UC Santa Cruz facilities, though highly recommended. Masks will still be required on campus public transportation, in the Early Education Services centers, and in clinical settings.

The latest numbers

How does Santa Cruz compare to California and the U.S. in vaccinations? Where are the most current COVID cases in the county, and how does that compare to population? Here is the most recent data.

As of Monday, there were 428 active cases as logged by the county. This does not include unreported rapid tests taken at home, so this number is not exact.

No new deaths were added to the county dashboard since last week, keeping the pandemic total at 259.

14-day average, data as of March 15.
(Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency)

Where can I find a vaccine?

At this point, vaccines are largely available across the county. They are free for everyone, whether insured or not.

As of March 31, second booster shots are available to people ages 50 and older as well as people 12 and older who are immunocompromised or who have received Johnson & Johnson as their primary series and booster doses.

Rite-Aid, CVS, Horsnyder Pharmacy, Westside Pharmacy, and Walgreens are currently offering second boosters.

Those wanting to get the shot through their primary care provider should check the company’s website, as availability may vary.

Health care providers

You can schedule appointments for initial doses and booster shots. Below are the local health care providers that offer the vaccine.

Kaiser Permanente
Sutter/Palo Alto Medical Foundation
Dignity Health
Emeline Health Center

Drugstores and supermarkets

Most pharmacies in the county have COVID-19 vaccines appointments available well into the future. Click the pharmacy of your choice to schedule an appointment.

Horsnyder Pharmacy & Medical Supply
Westside Pharmacy

Getting tested

The sites below offer free PCR tests via LHI.care. Turnaround is typically three to five days.

Mountain Community Resources
6134 Hwy. 9, Felton
Depot Freight Building
119 Center St., Santa Cruz
Watsonville Testing Site
500 Westridge Dr., Watsonville

The table below lists additional testing resources in Santa Cruz County. However, almost all require appointments.