Due to increasing case rates, Ventura County will move back to the more restrictive COVID-19 Tier 1 Purple. “Community members have taken action. Our average number of tests per day per 100,000 population was in the 200s and has increased to 400 this past week. This hard work from the community allowed for the State to provide the County with an adjustment factor downward. However, because our case rate was at 12 the week ending November 7th, even with the large adjustment factor, we were not able to get under the required metric of 7 or less,” said Mike Powers, County Executive Officer. “Testing is still very important for future case rate adjustments, but also for the Public Health team’s timely and effective contact investigation and tracing efforts. We are encouraging all community members to get tested. Testing is available 7 days a week at sites throughout our County.”Continue reading “Ventura County Moves Back to Purple Tier”
As the number of Covid-19 cases continues to rise, Governor Gavin Newsom ordered a number of previously reopened business to close again.
All counties are required to close indoor operations of restaurants, wineries, tasting rooms, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, zoos, museums, card rooms and all bars.
Ventura County is one of 30 counties also ordered to close additional businesses including indoor fitness centers, places of worship, offices for non-critical sectors, hair salons, barbershops and indoor malls.
Following new State guidance, Ventura County will close indoor operations for certain sectors which promote the mixing of populations beyond households and make adherence to physical distancing with face coverings difficult. The following sectors may only operate outdoor operations with appropriate modifications, including physical distancing and face coverings: Dine-in Restaurants, Family Entertainment Centers, Zoos and Museums. In addition, all brewpubs, breweries, bars, pubs, wineries and tasting rooms must close indoor and outdoor operations. Movie theaters and cardrooms are not allowed to operate at this time. The closures will last for at least three weeks. Read the latest updates on Ventura County orders.
Ventura County beaches have been ordered closed for the 4th of July weekend due to an increased threat from COVID-19. Also traditional fireworks shows in the county have been cancelled. Click here for the complete story in the Ventura County Star.
The latest revision of the Ventura County health order extends quarantines and social distancing until June 14, 2020. However, the gradual reopening of the county continues as part of State’s Roadmap to reopening. Read the latest order.
Special restrictions on people 70 and over have been lifted. The state has also cleared the way for the reopening of indoor shopping malls, provided they follow safe opening requirements such a limiting store capacity to less than 50%.
The County moved forward with Stage 2 of the reopening on May 8, 2020 and has amended its order several times since then. “Our community has worked so hard to social distance and to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our County. As we move further into Stage 2, we must do so with caution. We must continue to practice social distancing and businesses must make modifications needed to lower the risk of COVID-19 exposure. This will help keep our numbers low so we can continue to move forward,” said Public Health Officer Doctor Robert Levin.
Thousand Oaks Police Chief Jim Fryhoff thanked Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) Operators for their service as part of #NationalVolunteerWeek2020. The recognition included the video below and posts on social media sites Twitter and Nextdoor.Continue reading “Thousand Oaks Police Salute ARES Operators During National Volunteer Week”
County of Ventura Public Health Officer, Doctor Robert Levin, has announced the extension and modification of the Stay Well At Home Order. The Order shall be in effect until 11:59 pm on May 15, 2020.
“It’s understandable that our community members want to get back to work and return to normal life as quickly as possible,” said Levin. “The best path forward is a cautious one —a path that proceeds gradually, carefully, and incrementally. A path that relies on science and facts to determine each step forward. The data is looking good, thanks to the diligence of our community members in following these Orders, but we must be cautious in how we move forward. We must continue to save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19. Community members must continue to practice social distancing.” The extended order is in line with State of California directives.
Ventura County’s Health Officer has updated the “Stay Well at Home” public health order to further slow the spread of COVID-19 in the county.
The order prohibits all gatherings, no matter the size, outside of places of residences with limited exceptions. It also adds certain businesses to the list of essential businesses and requires all essential business to adopt and implement social distancing protocols. The order remains in effect until April 2oth. Click to read the updated order.
Ventura County’s Health Officer has ordered older and more vulnerable county residents to shelter at home through April 1. The order applies to county residents age 75 and older as well as residents 70 and older with underlying health conditions.Continue reading “Ventura County Health Officer Orders Older, Vulnerable Citizens to Shelter at Home”
Please see this press release concerning the declaration of a local health emergency by Ventura County Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Levin.Continue reading “Alert: COVID-19 Local Health Emergency Declaration”