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Lighthouse Point in Santa Cruz.
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Morning Lookout: What to know about the vaccine, what’s next for the warriors

Good Morning, Santa Cruzans!

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving in spite of the odd circumstances we find ourselves in this year. Stay safe if you plan on heading out for some Black Friday shopping today! My advice: The weather is looking great with a high of 65, so today might be a good one to bust out the hiking boots and try one of these cool “moment of Zen” hikes we showcase in this Lookout Guide.

But before you get moving, the headlines:

What you need to know about the vaccine

File image of a healthcare professional administering a vaccine
(via Pixabay)

California is in the throes of another COVID-19 surge — cases are skyrocketing and hospital beds are filling up quickly. In Santa Cruz County, the latest numbers available show that there are about 957 active cases of coronavirus with about 88 of those cases between two nursing homes experiencing outbreaks.

With the first doses of the vaccine expected to be distributed in just a matter of a few weeks, our content partner CalMatters created a guide of all the things you need to know about how the vaccine will be distributed in California. It explains who will get the first doses, the cost to get the vaccine, safety precautions in place and more.

Meanwhile, we keep working to keep you informed about COVID-19 in Santa Cruz County. Check out our dashboards that we keep updated with the latest available numbers, along with all our coronavirus coverage here.

We also encourage you to share these stories with friends and loved ones — and have them sign up for this newsletter as well so they can stay informed each weekday.

Santa Cruz Warriors’ president has had plenty to be thankful for in 2020 — hoops or no hoops

The Murphy family, hard at work.
(Kevin Painchaud/Lookout Santa Cruz)

Yesterday, we caught up with Chris Murphy, the president of the Santa Cruz Warriors as he prepared a Thanksgiving spread with his kids. Murphy yearns for normalcy as much as the next person. But truthfully, as he tells our Mark Conley, he is conflicted. The Sea Dubs’ president saw reasons for immense gratitude and enlightenment over the holiday. When will the G league return? Read the full interview here.

21 for ’21: A housing mission that’s helped hundreds

Sibley Simon
(Kevin Painchaud)

As we continue to profile members of the Santa Cruz community who will be instrumental in helping the region recover from the pandemic, our Isabella Cueto introduces you to Sibley Simon, a tech entrepreneur-turned housing activist turned housing dveloper. Read more about his Thanksgiving Day epiphany half a decade ago and how that changed the work he’s doing to fight homelessness.

You can also read other profiles from the 21 for ’21 series here.

Around the county . . .

Santa Cruz Mountains swag helps CZU fire survivors (Press Banner)

Henry Mayo, the “mayor of West Cliff,: turns 97, gets outdoor surprise party (Santa Cruz Sentinel)

The transformation of Pajaro Valley High School’s athletic field continues (The Pajaronian)

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Question(s) of the day . . .

Those are the highlights for today. My question(s) for you today: How was Thanksgiving for you? Did you have to get creative to spend time with loved ones? What was the highlight for you?

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That’s it for our first week of Morning Lookouts. See you Monday.

Tulsi Kamath
Managing Editor