Santa Cruz’s COVID-19 Indoor Exposure Risk; Latest Case Count

SANTA CRUZ, CA — As the holiday season kicks off and officials warn residents about limiting their interactions with others outside of their own household to curb the spread of the coronavirus, a tool developed by researchers from several universities lets you see your risk of exposure to the virus at an indoor gathering.

The tool shows the estimated chance — between 0 and 100 percent — that you’ll encounter at least one person with the coronavirus at an event in your county. You can reduce the risk by wearing a mask, distancing and gathering outdoors in smaller groups, researchers said.

As of Tuesday, if you were to attend an event with at least 15 people in Santa Cruz County, there’s an 18 percent chance that someone in the group could expose you to the virus, according to the COVID-19 Risk Assessment Planning Tool. If your gathering has 10 people,

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After market’s November surge, there may be less of a chance for a big ‘Santa rally’

Traders work the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

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November’s strong rally may have stolen some of the thunder from a year-end rally.

Promising vaccine news spurred a major rotation in November into cyclical stocks, like industrials and financials – the stocks that will do well in an economic recovery.

The S&P 500 is up more than 11% for the month so far.

“If it’s up more than 10%, it will only be the third time since World War II that November has been up that much,” said Sam Stovall, chief investment strategist at CFRA. “Such a strong November has a tendency to steal from Santa.”

But he said he still expects the market to be higher than its current level at year end even if there is a small so-called Santa Claus rally, and there should be a gain for December. On average, the S&P 500 has

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Santa Cruz catalytic converter thieves caught on camera

LIVE OAK — Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office investigators are investigating a link between a recent catalytic converter theft to similar recent thefts in the area.

As of Friday, the Sheriff’s Office already had received 20 reported catalytic converter thefts this month — adding to a tally of more than 130 for the year, according to a release from department spokeswoman Ashley Keehn.

Most recently, video surveillance footage showed two individuals driving up to a residential driveway in the 1900 block of Maciel Avenue to look beneath a Toyota Prius, drive off and then return to remove the part around 4 a.m. The thieves, arriving in what appears to be a black Honda Civic, are seen removing the catalytic converter — including jacking up the car and sawing through its connection — in about three minutes’ time.

“The majority of these cases involve theft from the Toyota Prius — which

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