Help & Resources During This Time

► Smithsonian Institute's Vaccines & Us web page 

For the latest information on COVID-19 and the shelter in place order

► Santa Cruz County Covid-19 Hotline: 831-454-4242 (8am -6pm Daily)
► Call 211 or visit their website
County of Santa Cruz Health Services Agency Website

To report violations of the mandatory order to shelter in place, call 471-1151

When & How to Use Masks from the World Health Organization
► Steps to Help Prevent the Spread of Covid-19 If You Are Sick from the CDC
► Information on Coronavirus in Spanish

Businesses in Watsonville

► Map of open essential businesses in Watsonville.
Coronavirus relief options from the U.S. Small Business Association.
► The City of Watsonville COVID-19 Business Resources Page

Unemployment & Financial Resources

► California's Employment Development Department (EDD) has information about how to file during this crisis. 
► General EDD information in Spanish for filing for unemployment.
► United Way Covid-19 Community Economic Relief Fund can help with bills, rent, & food. Dial 211. You will be asked to provide your zip code and they will direct you to assistance.

If you need assistance to fill out forms or what to do, contact:
Community Bridges - 831-724-2997
County of Santa Cruz Calworks - 831-454-4101

► Cash Assistance for Immigrants: Community Action Board Santa Cruz 1-800-228-6820

Food Assistance 

► Learn when Second Harvest Food Bank distributes food on their website.
► Great Plates Delivered: Food & Meals for Seniors in California - FAQ from the State. If you are interested, in Santa Cruz County call 831-454-4406 or email 

Numbers to call for food help and assistance:
Second Harvest Food Bank - 831-662-0991
Pajaro Valley Loaves & Fishes - 831-319-4570
Community Bridges (Food Gift Cards) - 831-724-2997
Center for Farmworker Families - 831-216-8772

Housing & Utility Bill Assistance

Community Action Board - 831-724-2997
Catholic Charities - 831-722-2675

Utility Bills

Central Coast Energy Services 831-728-3637
Community Action Board Inc 831-763-2147

Health Services

Salud Para La Gente 831-728-0222
Covid-19 Testing Facility (By Appointment Only) 1-888-634-1123

Mental Health Resources

► Coping with Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
► Coronavirus Anxiety: 4 Ways to Cope With Fear from PsychCentral
► That Discomfort You're Feeling is Grief by Scott Berinato on Harvard Business Review
► If you need emotional support, you can call the peer-run warmline out of San Francisco: 1-855-845-7415
Crisis & Suicide Prevention Line (24/7): 1-877-663-5433
► National Crisis Text Line: 741741
► Domestic Violence Local Helpline - Monarch Services - 1-888-900-4232
► PVPSA - 831-728-6445
► Community Bridges 831-246-6360
► Trip P Santa Cruz County has virtual workshops to help parents and families

Talking with Kids About Coronavirus

► Free e-Book about Coronavirus for Kids
► Many more free eBooks about Coronavirus for kids from the NYC School Library System
► Talking to children about COVID-19 from the National Association of School Psychologists
► A webcomic for kids about Coronavirus based on an NPR radio story from Cory Turner
► Talking to Teens and Tweens about Coronavirus from the New York Times
Parent/Caregiver Guide for Helping Families Cope with the Coronavirus Disease from NCTSN

Legal Resources

► A compilation of information from the San Diego Law Library about legal issues & Covid-19
► The Santa Cruz County Lawyer Referral Service

City & County Contact Numbers

Call 471-1151 for water turn-on or emergency service requests
Call 911 for health and safety emergencies
Call 211 or text "coronavirus" to 211211
Call 768-3038 for more information on city operations
The Santa Cruz County Call Center: 831-454-4242 between the hours of 8 a.m.6 p.m., Monday-Friday. 

County clerk services are now by appointment only
Please contact 831-454-2060 to book an appointment. Services include: passports, marriage licenses & ceremonies, professional registrations, other filings. 
For more information, please call 831-454-2060 or email

Price Gouging Concerns

Price gouging is when the cost of an item is increased by more than 10% after an emergency has been declared. (There is an exception if the price increase is because of additional costs imposed by the supplier for the goods or for additional costs for labor or materials.)

The Santa Cruz County District Attorney's Office will be handling price-gouging concerns in our community. 
To file a report, call 831-454-2050 or fill out this form and email it to: