Strikers at the entrance to the UC Santa Cruz campus
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Morning Lookout: Ill effects of ‘viral vacation,’ UC strikers gird for long haul, final vote tallies

Greetings, everyone. It is Wednesday, Dec. 7, and a chilly start will give way to mostly sunny skies around Santa Cruz County and highs in the 50s, a bit of a break before rain returns Thursday and into the weekend.

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A “viral vacation” might not sound all that appealing, but that’s what many of us have been on in recent years as pandemic measures kept us masked and distanced from germs. That, local health officials tell Max Chun, is behind a surge in cases of the flu and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) in addition to COVID, resulting in crowded emergency rooms.

At UC Santa Cruz, meanwhile, union organizers are doubling down on their tactics amid the ongoing academic workers strike and calling on colleagues across the University of California system, Hillary Ojeda reports after a meeting Tuesday night that brought together representatives from all 10 UC campuses.

And with Election 2022 results now certified, we’ve got the final vote tallies in chart form for all 40 Santa Cruz County races.

Lily Belli also has the dish on what Midtown space chef Katherine Stern will be taking over with her latest venture, The Midway, and plenty more in her latest food and drink letter.

To the headlines!

‘Viral vacation’ behind local illness surges, record emergency room visits

 A nurse attends to a coronavirus patient
(Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

COVID isn’t the only thing surging, as flu and RSV continue to make the rounds in Santa Cruz County. Those infections, coupled with a few years of lower exposure to common illnesses amid pandemic measures, have people crowding emergency rooms to seek tests for all three. Get the details from Max Chun.

COVID DASHBOARD: Cases jump nearly 40% as RSV and flu cause more misery (Lookout)

UCSC union organizers hunker down for ‘long-haul strike’

The strikers' picket line forced detours at the campus entrance at High Street and Bay Drive.
(Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz)

As the quarter comes to a close, UC Santa Cruz union leaders are encouraging fellow members to hold strong to the University of California academic workers strike despite mounting pressures. They held a virtual meeting Tuesday night attended by 500 participants across the UC system. Hillary Ojeda reports.

PREVIOUSLY: With finals looming, UCSC students face unknowns as academic worker strike likely to continue through quarter (Lookout)


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Enjoy the Wednesday sunshine!

Will McCahill
Lookout Santa Cruz