Keeping Your Friends and Family Safe During COVID-19
COVID-19 cases are surging both nationally and locally, and young people aged 18-34 are a major reason why. Did you know that between July 12-20th Santa Cruz County had over 200 new cases, the highest yet? Over half of those cases were in 18-34 year olds.
The Santa Cruz County Business Council is partnering with Santa Cruz Works and the Small Business Development Center at Cabrillo College to host a special, virtual town hall aimed specifically at 18-34 year olds with our County Health Officer, Dr. Gail Newel, and UCSC Professor Marm Kilpatrick, who is an expert on infectious diseases. The virtual event is taking place next Wednesday July 29th from 6-7:30pm, and will feature a current update on COVID in Santa Cruz, an overview of how you can still have fun with your friends SAFELY, and a question and answer session from the frontline experts.
Those who RSVP via eventbrite will automatically be entered in to win one of 50 Merge4 Masks that we will be giving away after the presentation has concluded. These stylish cloth masks will keep you both in vogue and safe during this pandemic.
As young people we sometimes feel invincible, and it's true that COVID is hitting older people much harder—but even if you don't wind up in the hospital reliant on a ventilator to breath, you can still spread the virus to the most vulnerable in our community. It's time for us to step up and take responsibility for stopping the spread. You can still have fun (!), and you can still see your friends (!!), but just stay outdoors and keep six feet away from each other. If you have to get close or go inside, wear a mask and limit that time as much as possible.
Wednesday, July 29 at 6:00pm to 7:30pm