Morning Lookout: Parents navigating Omicron surge and more construction ahead
A chilly good morning, all! It’s Wednesday, Jan. 12, and we’re in for another nice one, with plenty of sunshine and highs nearing 70 around Santa Cruz County.
Lots to get to this morning:
- The Omicron surge has thrown yet another pandemic curveball at local schools, with parents, students and educators just trying to do their best to navigate this latest COVID-19 wave.
- Amid that surge, we update you on where to get a shot or test, plus wait times and more.
- And with Santa Cruz commuters already dreading upcoming work on the Murray Street Bridge, the prospect of a big construction project on Soquel Drive might not be welcome news.
So let’s dive in:
‘Doing our best’
Parents of students in K-12 schools are struggling to make decisions about what is best for their children as COVID-19 cases surge across the county and among students. Read what they’ve been telling Lookout’s Hillary Ojeda.
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More construction coming
Works is set to begin this summer on a 5.6-mile stretch of Soquel Drive between Santa Cruz and Aptos, and there are community workshops planned tonight and next week. Get the details here from Lookout’s Grace Stetson.
➤ ANOTHER TRAFFIC HEADACHE: Coming soon: 30-month construction project on Murray Street Bridge (Lookout)
Santa Cruz County vaccine update
Amid the Omicron surge, we update you on vaccination rates and where to find a COVID shot or test, plus wait, cost and turnaround times. Find the latest here.
➤ MORE ON THE VARIANT: Omicron can make you contagious before you test positive, allowing for rapid spread (Los Angeles Times)
With hospitals reeling, California tells COVID-positive medical workers to stay on the job
Experts say it’s a necessary solution to staffing shortages amid the ongoing surge of the Omicron variant, yet many workers say the policy could be dangerous. More here from our partners at the Los Angeles Times.
Newsom announces plan to deal with extreme heat
The governor has released guidelines following a Los Angeles Times investigation into California’s failure to address heat-related deaths. Find the details here.
➤ MORE EXTREMES: No, California’s drought isn’t over — here’s why (CalMatters)
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Around the county ...
➤ Mandatory cup charge coming to Santa Cruz County this summer (Santa Cruz Sentinel)
➤ Homegrown officer takes over as Watsonville police chief (The Pajaronian)
➤ Identity of woman in bizarre crash, ocean recovery in Santa Cruz County released (KSBW-TV)
➤ Sheriff’s Office oversight advanced by Santa Cruz County supervisors (Santa Cruz Local)
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Be good, stay safe and enjoy another beautiful day — I’ll see everyone back here Thursday a.m.
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