Santa Cruz, CA: This morning I went to watch the sunrise. Although Santa Cruz County is under a Shelter in Place order, it’s difficult to tell that by walking along the beach. Surfers are still surfing. People are still running and walking along the beach. The coffee shop near the lighthouse is still open with a restriction of only one person in the shop at a time.
I drove up the 1 towards San Francisco and the highways were still filled with cars traveling to the beaches along the 1. At Swanton Berry Farm, there was a sign requesting everyone to wash their hands before coming inside. The jelly samplers were gone, along with the tables where people used to eat. To go orders were still ok.
Updates on the coronavirus today are:
- New York cases of COVID-19 rise above 15,000. US cases rise above 30,000. Italy has over 60,000 cases. Worldwide cases rise above 330,000.
- US Senator Rand Paul because the first US senator to test positive for COVID-19.
- Locally, Santa Cruz County in CA has only reported 15 cases and Travis County in TX has reported 79 cases.
- The national guard is being mobilized for states that have the worst outbreaks.
The housemates in the house where I’m staying are all talking about coronavirus much of the day. Visitors are not allowed inside the house per the house rules.
Something surfing related I just realized is that the areas of the US most heavily hit by coronavirus outbreaks are the areas which are more liberal than conservative. Liberals have also been the ones who have been sounding the alarm about the pandemic while Trump previously had been calling the media alarm a “hoax” and comparing COVID-19 to the flu. Could the liberals be resonating with the energy of universes where COVID-19 is much worse than the flu while the conservatives are resonating with energy of the flu being worse? Possibly, but then how would republican senator Rand Paul being the first COVID-19 case be explained.
In financial news, as much as I want to call a market bottom, I think the next week is going to be rough. The best bet for a market uplift is if the US congress can agree on a relief package for individuals and businesses.