FEMA is providing financial assistance for COVID-19-related funeral expenses incurred on or after January 20, 2020. Like other federal assistance, these funds cannot be used in duplication of other programs. Click here on FEMA COVID-19 Funeral Assistance for guidance and eligibility requirements and types of services funded. Instructions on how to apply for this assistance through FEMA’s dedicated helpline at 1-844-684-6333 can also be found on the website.
CA COVID-19 RENT & UTILITY RELIEF: This is for rent owed to your landlord or utility companies due to covid-19 impacts. Visit www.HousingIsKey.com, Call 833-430-2122 or text the word “RENT” to 211-211.
Digital Copy of Your Vaccination Record: If you were vaccinated in California, go to the Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record portal to get a link to your QR code and digital copy of your COVID-19 vaccination record.
General COVID-19 Updates
- Omicron Variant. The variant identified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a “variant of concern” is being closely monitored. New variants will continue to evolve as long as there are large proportions of unvaccinated people.
California Department of Public Health (CDPH) recommends the following to protect from COVID-19 and the Omicron variant: get vaccinated, get a booster when eligible, wear face masks, and get tested and stay home if sick. For more information, visit CDPH Fact Sheet and WHO site.
- Face Masks Required. The Santa Cruz County Indoor Mask Mandate requires individuals to wear a face mask when indoors regardless of vaccination status. COVID-19 cases are increasing. As we head into the winter and holidays, wear a mask to protect yourself, loved ones, and the community.
COVID-19 Vaccine Updates
- Booster Shots Now Available to Everyone 18 and Older. Individuals can receive a booster 6 months after the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine series or 2 months after Johnson & Johnson. To make an appointment, visit myTurn.ca.gov or santacruzhealth.org/coronavirusvaccine. For more information, visit covid19.ca.gov.
- Testing and Vaccine Clinics. Please check the website for holiday closures or changes at specific testing and vaccine locations.
- Free Rides to your Vaccine/Testing Appointment: Call or Text United Way 211 at 831-316-4310 for a free Lyft ride.
- Vaccination Scheduling Assistance Help Lines:
- Call Community Action Board 831-440-3556.
Help provided in English, Spanish, Mixteco and Triqui.
- Bilingual Helpline Call Community Bridges 831-219-8607
- Assistance in Watsonville: Call 831-768-3279
- Individuals who are homebound can fill out this survey to get the vaccine or call Community Bridges 831-219-8607 for help filling out the survey.
- Call Community Action Board 831-440-3556.
- SANTA CRUZ COUNTY EXPANDS TESTING CAPACITY
- Beginning January 3rd, a mobile testing facility at Depot Park in the city of Santa Cruz will expand hours from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. To make an appointment, go to https://lhi.care/covidtesting.
- Beginning January 5th, the Ramsay Park testing site in the city of Watsonville will double the amount of testing appointment available daily. To make an appointment, go to https://lhi.care/covidtesting.
- San Lorenzo Valley mobile testing site will return to Mountain Community Resources, 6134 Highway 9, beginning January 3rd.
- For a list of local testing sites, go to https://www.santacruzhealth.org/coronavirus and click on “Get Tested.”
- Evictions and Legal Aid:
- If you receive an eviction notice, sign the COVID-19 Financial Distress Declaration and deliver a copy to your landlord. (English / Spanish)
- If an eviction lawsuit is filed or you receive eviction papers with a court seal, refer to legal aid/ an attorney immediately.
- For Local Legal Help Call:
- Financial/ Rental Assistance: Learn more about rental, financial, and basic needs assistance you may qualify for at your local resource center: Community Bridges, Community Action Board, Catholic Charities, Valley Churches United
- Get help paying for PG&E Bills
- Housing for Harvest: Support for farmworkers or food processing workers who have COVID-19 to safely isolate. May include free temporary hotel housing, help with groceries, transportation, medical checks, and isolation incentive money. Call 831-454-4242
General Covid-19 Information
Visit the Public Health Coronavirus Website, including the Signs and Media Library, Employer Webpage, and Informacion en Espanol, for the latest information, updates, and guidance related to COVID-19. Follow us on social media: Visit Santa Cruz County Public Health on Facebook and Instagram for daily updates.
Health Services Agency COVID-19 Information & Updates
Save Lives Santa Cruz County
COVID-19 United Way Resource Page
COVID-19 Information for Employers