Masked woman gives person a haircut
With COVID-19 protocols in place, Rowan Cowden gets his haircut in a parking lot at The Hairy Chair in Soquel on July 29, 2020.
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COVID 2021

One year after shelter-in-place, a timeline of the COVID-19 pandemic in Santa Cruz County

All indications are that on March 16, 2021 — exactly one year after Santa Cruz County residents began staying home to begin navigating life in a global pandemic — things are finally looking up. In the meantime, Lookout looks back.

The last 12 months have been unlike anything anyone has experienced in living history.

All indications are that on March 16, 2021 — exactly one year after Santa Cruz County residents began staying home to begin the arduous journey of navigating life in a global pandemic — things are finally looking up.

As Santa Cruz County inches out of the pandemic, Lookout is chronicling the changes in our lives and the accomplishments of everyday people. “People in the Pandemic” is one of eight Lookout initiatives documenting all aspects of life amid COVID. For more, go to our COVID 2021 section, and sign up for COVID Text Alerts and our COVID PM newsletter here.

For the first time in months, Watsonville Community Hospital reported Monday that no COVID-19 patients were seeking treatment at the facility. This came as health officials reported that more than 110,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine had been administered to Santa Cruz County residents and nearly 15% of the county’s population was fully inoculated.

And that’s only on one day. We’ve created this timeline to memorialize events of the past year. Check it out. And be sure to read Wallace Baine’s column about looking forward to the future.