County of Ventura COVID-19 Update 5/11/20 – Only 12 new cases – No additional deaths

Good Evening, Here is your COVID-19 update for May 11, 2020. Moving forward stats will be provided Monday through Friday. Stats from Saturday and Sunday will be included in the Monday report.

12 new cases

678 total cases

458 recovered cases

19 deaths

28 hospitalized

11 ICU patients

13, 715 tested

View today’s press conference at: https://vimeo.com/417417675

Testing: No cost COVID-19 testing is available for all community members at two state testing sites. Please register by calling 1-888-634-1123 or online at https://lhi.care/covidtesting. Hours of operation: Monday through Friday 8 am to 8 pm. The sites are located at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center at 800 Hobson Way in Oxnard, CA 93030 and at the Thousand Oaks Library – Newbury Park Branch, 2331 Borchard Road, Newbury Park, CA 91320.

Stage 2: On Friday, May 8 the County of Ventura reached an important turning point for our community, County and local economy. We have now moved to Stage 2 of 4 on the State of California’s roadmap to reopening where some lower-risk workplaces can gradually open with adaptations. This allows for retail businesses to use curbside pickup or delivery to sell their goods and related manufacturing and logistics businesses to open. More than 400 businesses have already registered to reopen! Learn more at www.vcreopens.com. Learn more about the State’s Roadmap at: https://covid19.ca.gov/roadmap/.

Rumor Alert: There is a rumor that the County of Ventura is removing positive covid patients from their homes. That is not true. If a person cannot safely isolate at home and they would like an alternative location then a different location is offered. View a clip from our Public Health Director Rigo Vargas on this topic: https://vimeo.com/416551192. Here’s a statement from our Public Health Officer Doctor Robert Levin – “What I would like to say to those people who interpreted what I said as forcibly pulling people from their homes if they become COVID positive is that if I conveyed that, it was a mistake on my part and I apologize for that. I am sensitive to that as well. We have no intention of taking people from the environments they feel safe and comfortable in. To demonstrate our past actions, because they speak louder than words, we have managed over 600 people in our county with COVID-19 and we have not forcibly removed anyone from their home or wherever they wanted to be. We have removed about 7 of our seniors who were living in Long Term Care Facilities (LTCF) and had them admitted to one of our hospitals. This was to protect the other seniors and to observe those hospitalized for worsening of their symptoms. If COVID establishes itself in a LTCF (a nursing home), it can kill dozens as it did in Washington State. We also placed two homeless people who were COVID positive in a motel because they wanted to return to a crowded camp in the river bottom. Virtually everyone wants to stay in their home. It is safest when such a person can have their own room and bathroom but many of our COVID cases have not been so fortunate. When that is the case, our Communicable Disease nurses find ways of keeping them in their home such that it is still safe for the others who are there.”

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William Hicks

It would be interesting to know if those 12 new people who contracted the virus were at any of the more recent protests at the Ventura GovernmentBuilding.