COVID 2021

COVID PM: As the week comes to a halt, a great idea for a beautiful weekend

Into a beautiful April weekend we head, all — let’s wrap up, and wrap our heads around, the week in COVID news...

TRUCKIN’ TIME: It will already be a splendid day to get out to a park tomorrow. Claudia Villela & Ricardo Peixoto will give you all the more incentive.
J&J DRAIN? Quantities of the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine are expected to drop off a cliff next week.
FALSE NEGATIVE: Why do some who test negative for COVID-19 end up suffering ‘long covid’ nonetheless?

More on those headlines...

More reason for some weekend park time

The clowning and comedy duo Coventry & Kaluza were the first participants in the "Keep on Truckin'" series in early April.
(Courtesy Tandy Beal & Co.)

PANDEMIC LIFE: As part of Tandy Beal’s new Keep On Truckin’ program, every weekend through mid-June a highly accomplished professional artist will entertain audiences for free in a neighborhood park near you. So how do you follow along — including tomorrow? Wallace Baine has the details for you here.

J&J vaccine supply to plummet next week

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VACCINE WATCH: Although California’s allocations of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines are expected to remain relatively steady through next week, the state — along with the rest of the nation — will see availability crater for the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine. More here about why and what that means.

Buying locally produced food and goods benefits you and your community in more ways than you think.

They tested negative for COVID — so why this?

A healthcare worker wearing PPE walks around a COVID-19 testing facility in Santa Cruz County.
(Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz)

COVID TODAY: Long after their initial coronavirus infections, patients with a malady known as “long covid” continue to struggle with varied symptoms such as fatigue, shortness of breath, gastrointestinal problems, muscle and joint pain, and neurological issues. More on doctors believe is causing “long covid.”

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More from here & elsewhere

San Francisco opens vaccines to those 16 and over in certain ZIP codes (SF Gate)
CDC aware of 4 US states reporting adverse reactions to Johnson & Johnson vaccine (CNN)
Pfizer asks FDA to allow Covid-19 vaccine for children 12 to 15 years old (CNN)
Coney Island attractions reopen after losing 529 days to the coronavirus pandemic (USA Today)
Can Vaccines Stop Variants? Here’s What We Know So Far (NPR)
What we should keep post-pandemic (NBC News)
North Carolina sites to resume J&J vaccines after CDC review (ABC News)
What to know about expected but rare ‘breakthrough’ COVID cases (ABC News)

Sign up for our next event

Santa Cruz Is Open event.
(Event Santa Cruz)

In the next free event in Lookout’s COVID 2021 series, we explore how local tourism, amusement, museum and other reopenings are shaping up — and what that means for you, your family and the region’s economy.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 14 at 6 p.m.
WHO: We will talk to Visit Santa Cruz County Communications Director Christina Glynn, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk communications chief Kris Reyes, Coast Redwoods Hospitality CEO Bijal Patel and Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History Executive Director Robb Woulfe.
REGISTER: Sign up now for this free Zoom event

Have a great weekend, everyone.

Mark Conley
Deputy Managing Editor