Santa Cruz County is now officially on the state’s Covid-19 watch list joining Monterey and San Benito County.
The county was flagged on Thursday due to a rise in cases and given 3 days to improve their case rate to stay off the list.
The case rate did not improve enough to stay off the list.
There are 130 cases per 100,000 people in Santa Cruz.
The case rate would have had to have fallen under 100 cases per 100,000 people to stay off the watch list.
Jason Hoppin the communications manager with Santa Cruz County said, “We started seeing a dramatic increase in our numbers when we opened up fully on phase two. That was in late May.” and ” If our metrics don’t improve, and we don’t see signs that they will, we will go into closures,”
Now that the county is on the watch list, possible closures starting as early as next week include indoor operations at hair salons, barbers, nail salons, gyms and non-essential offices. It doesn’t include retail, outdoor dining, or beaches.
Jason Hoppin went on to say there is hope to reduce the spread of Covid-19 in the county, “We can actually bend this curve back down if people take those additional measures and really be careful about not gathering in large groups. That is is driving a lot of what we see in the numbers are people getting together. Wear face coverings, maintain that physical distancing and sanitation. I think we can build on that. I think we can get a little better.”