County of Ventura: Covid 19 Update February 22, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

More vaccine appointments are now available for those 65 or older or in health care. Please make your appointment by visiting www.venturacountyrecovers.org/vaccine-information/portal/.

If you have limited internet access you can also call the registration hotline at 805-477-7161. The phone line is staffed M-F 8-5. Appointments are set aside for both online registration and the phone line.

The Area Agency on Aging provides transportation services for older adults that are in need of transportation to a vaccine appointment or for COVID-19 testing. This includes people that need lift assist as well as gurney transportation. The driver will take the individual, wait for them, help them at the site and take them home. To schedule a ride call 805-477-7300. Please note, you must have a vaccine appointment before you schedule a ride to a vaccine site.

Vaccine Phase Expanding March 1

The County of Ventura will begin vaccinating teachers and child care providers, first responders and food and agricultural workers who are eligible under the State’s Phase 1Bas supply allows March 1.

Tune in to the Board of Supervisors meeting for a COVID-19 update on Tuesday, February 23 at 8:30 am by clicking here or visiting @CountyofVentura Facebook.
COVID-19 Update

There are 344 new COVID-19 cases (2/19-2/21). There have been 12,859 new tests performed. There are 154 people who are currently hospitalized and 29 in the ICU.

The current R-effective (average number of people each infected person will pass the virus onto and represents the rate at which COVID-19 is spreading) is .61 which means that spread of COVID-19 is likely decreasing; R-effective for CA is .69 right now.

There have been 12 additional deaths: 96 year old female, 47 year old male, 90 year old male, 49 year old male, 76 year old male, 73 year old female, 77 year old female, 70 year old male, 43 year old female, 67 year old male, 59 year old female, and a 85 year old male.

We extend our deepest sympathy to the families of those who have passed away.
Sports

The State of California has announced updated sports guidance. The guidance is for Counties with a case rate at or below 14 per 100,000. The County of Ventura’s case rate is at 21.6. Once the County meets the 14 per 100,000 case rate the County will be in alignment with the State’s updated guidance.

State Updates Guidance for Youth and Recreational Adult Sports
Football, Soccer, Baseball, Cheerleading, and other Outdoor Sport Competitions May Resume with Modifications in Counties with Case Rates at
or Below 14 per 100,000

SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today released updated guidance for youth and recreational adult sports. The guidance applies to all organized youth and adult sports, including school and community-sponsored programs, and privately organized clubs and leagues. CDPH’s guidance is aimed at giving communities guidelines on how to safely remain physically active while reducing transmission in their communities. Under the updated guidance, outdoor high-contact and moderate-contact sport competitions may resume in the Red (Substantial) tier and the Purple (Widespread) tier, with modifications, including testing requirements for certain outdoor high contact sports.

“Youth sports are important to our children’s physical and mental health, and our public health approach has worked to balance those benefits against COVID-19 risks,” said Dr. Tomás Aragón, CDPH Director and State Public Health Officer. “With case rates and hospitalizations declining across California, we are allowing outdoor competition to resume, with modifications and steps to reduce risk, in counties where case rates are lower.”

Under the updated guidance, outdoor high-contact sports can be played in counties in the Purple or Red tier with a case rate at or below 14 per 100,000. Weekly testing will be required for football, rugby and water polo participants age 13 and over in counties with a case rate between 7 and 14 per 100,000. Weekly testing, either antigen or PCR, is required for all participants and coaches in these sports, with results made available within 24 hours of competition. Football, rugby and water polo are high-contact sports that are likely to be played unmasked, with close, face-to-face contact exceeding 15 minutes.

Outdoor moderate-contact sports, such as baseball, cheerleading and softball, can be played in these counties without the testing requirement.

Due to the nature and risk of transmission while participating in these sports, teams must provide information regarding risk to all parents/guardians of minors participating, and each parent shall sign an informed consent indicating their understanding and acknowledgement of the risks.
Any teams playing in a less restrictive sports tier are strongly encouraged to follow the steps outlined in the guidance to reduce risk of COVID-19 transmission. This includes wearing face coverings, practicing physical distancing, and appropriate hand hygiene and equipment sanitation.

Youth and adult sports include varied activities that have different levels of risk for transmission of COVID-19 depending on the physical contact between players. Outdoor activities that allow for consistent wearing of face coverings and physical distancing are lower risk than indoor activities that involve close contact between participants and high exertion that increases spread of exhaled particles.

For more information on examples of sports with different levels of contact and risk by tier view the updated guidance.

Local health officers may implement more stringent rules tailored to local conditions and should be consulted to confirm if there are any local stricter variations.

For more information and resources on what individuals can do to prevent the spread of COVID-19, visit www.covid19.ca.gov.
Frequently Asked Question: How do I get my 2nd dose appointment?

After receiving your first dose, you will become eligible for your second dose after a waiting period of 21 days if you received Pfizer and 28 days if you received Moderna.

You do not need to receive your second dose on the exact date you become eligible. You have a window of 6 weeks from getting your first dose to receive your second dose. Please do not schedule your second dose earlier than recommended. Refer to your vaccination card, which will list the date you received your first dose.

2nd dose appointments are full at this time. More appointments open weekly. There are three ways to secure a 2nd dose appointment:

1) You will receive an email from Public Health with links to appointments the week before your 2nd dose is due. You select a link and make an appointment.
3) You can also call the registration hotline 805-477-7161. This hotline is intended for those with limited access to the internet.
Business Information

Ventura County is currently in the State’s Purple Tier. Learn about business information and business outbreak reporting at the following link: https://www.venturacountyrecovers.org/business-info/.

Learn about the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy at the following link: https://covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy/

 


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