County of Ventura COVID-19 Update 5/15/20

Good Evening, Here’s your daily update from the County of Ventura.

16 new cases

764 total cases

502 recovered cases

23 hospitalized

14 in the ICU

237 under quarantine

25 deaths

15,550 people tested

Watch today’s video update at: https://vimeo.com/419133546

View the new data dashboard at www.vcemergency.com

700,000 Masks Being Distributed to Agricultural Community

The Ventura County Office of Emergency Services, and the California Departments of Food and Agriculture, and Pesticide Regulations together have provided over 700,000 facemasks to help provide protection to farmworkers and other agricultural operations. The Agricultural Commissioner’s Office has been reaching out to growers, farm labor contractors, packer/shippers and pest control businesses to make arrangement to distribute masks from the Commissioner’s offices in Camarillo and Santa Paula.

“I want to say how grateful I am to all of the hardworking farmers, farmworkers, pest control workers, fresh food packers and all those who bring high quality food from our fields and ranches to our communities near and far. Our food system is critical to our County and Nation’s collective health. Our Farmworkers are critical in keeping the system strong and healthy. These masks combined with the protection measures in the Agricultural Advisory will help protect this important workforce,” said Ed Williams, County of Ventura Agricultural Commissioner.

The County of Ventura, in a collaboration with the County Executive Office, the Farmworker Resource Program, Farm Bureau of Ventura County, Ventura County Agricultural Association, Reiter Affiliated Companies, Good Farms, Brokaw Ranch and the Agricultural Commissioner’s Office has been working together during the COVID-19 pandemic to support the agricultural community.

“Our farmworkers are essential to providing food,” said Talia Barrera, County of Ventura Farmworker Resource Program Manager. “During this time, we have been working to provide more than 43,000 farmworkers with important information so they are informed about the situation and where they can get needed resources. This outreach is important during this time and has been very important throughout the year in meeting the needs of this important population.”

The Farmworker Resource Program coordinators assist in facilitating prompt resolutions to workplace concerns such as payroll issues and working conditions, navigating services available from public agencies, and leveraging existing resources. The program is staffed by two trilingual employees who are knowledgeable about the agricultural industry and serve as outreach resources to farmworkers and their employers. The partnerships developed through this program have been helpful in the COVID-19 response and outreach. Educational outreach materials have been provided with Farmworker paychecks, information has been provided through WhatsApp which helps community members who do not read or write, videos have been created in multiple languages and new platforms have been developed on social media to share the message.

For additional information about the Farmworker Resource Program, call (805) 385-1899, email [email protected] or visit www.ventura.org/human-services-agency/farmworker-resources/.  For more information about the Agricultural Worker Protection Advisory please contact the Agricultural Commissioner’s Office at (805) 388-4222, or online at https://www.ventura.org/agricultural-commissioner/

Business Spotlight 

Frequently Asked Question: What types of businesses can now reopen in Stage 2? Lower-risk workplaces. View the roadmap at: https://covid19.ca.gov/roadmap/. 

Here are some examples of businesses that are able to reopen in addition to the businesses that were already open in Stage 1: 

  • Dentistry for preventative care. Read the dental guidance issued today at: https://vcportal.ventura.org/covid19/docs/2020-05-14_VCE_PHDentalGuidance_v02.pdf.
  • Retail for curbside delivery
  • Manufacturing
  • Logistics
  • Childcare
  • Office based businesses (telework remains strongly encouraged)
  • Equestrian Centers/Horseback Riding
  • Jet Ski/Boat/Bike Rentals
  • Archery/Shooting Ranges
  • Remote Control Plane Range
  • Outdoor photography
  • Pet grooming
  • Outdoor museums

Learn more and register your business today at www.vcreopens.com.

Read other frequently asked questions at: www.vcemergency.com/staywellvc.


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3 Responses to County of Ventura COVID-19 Update 5/15/20

  1. OceanDragon May 21, 2020 at 11:41 pm

    I have no problem allowing those who are willing to risk the health of their kids and parents. They should be able to make that call. I am just assured that we could sue the establishments that can be traced to any spread of the Covid Virus by not having adequate safety features enacted. I am hoping for the best outcome during this transition to normalcy.

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  2. Penny May 17, 2020 at 6:52 pm

    Are you not reading the news? Do you not see that this virus.is killing peoole by the thousands and I can assure you if you had a loved one with this who had to suffer alone because you wouldnt be able.to see them I doubt playing pool would matter to you. Id hope youd suck it up to help stop the spread of this horrible virus. We all want our old lives back but our lives will never be the same. I know for myself I will always worry if some.sicko will release yet another deadly virus that could kill my ownn children or family. Just please think about those who have died ffom this andnthe ones still sufferjng and the ones still to come and try to understand. Try to be stmpathetic to the fight and be a warrior to stop it and save our people. It wont last forever but the actions u take coukd impact lives forever. God.bless

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  3. Jack riblet May 16, 2020 at 5:30 pm

    The governor said restaurants could open so please let them open. A small businesses should be allowed to open, this is there lively hood they can practice social distancing. I live in a private community and we should be able to open our club house. Guys should be able to play pool, also we should be able to lay out by the pool and swim if we want.

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