County of Ventura COVID-19 Update – November 18, 2020

Good Evening, There are 365 new cases (7 (1.9%) of which have a lab collection from November 11 or earlier), 2,722 additional people tested, and 0 additional deaths. Current doubling time is 105.7 days. There are currently 54 people hospitalized with COVID-19 and 13 of those patients are receiving care in the ICU.
Thank you Ventura County for taking the call to action to get tested! There has been an extraordinary response from our community. With that response there have been increased wait times at our testing sites. We are working on extra staffing and increased days/hours. We also offer pop up sites that are convenient. Thank you for your patience and commitment to getting tested. Your actions will help prevent further spread and will help keep our businesses open.
View testing information and the pop up schedule by clicking here. Testing combined with wearing a mask, social distancing, washing hands often and not gathering goes a long way in slowing the spread of COVID-19. We can all do our part to slow the spread.
The State of California has issued a Travel Advisory. Read the Advisory by clicking here.
Stay informed about Statewide information at COVID19.CA.GOV.
PLEASE NOTE THAT MANY BUSINESSES CAN STILL REMAIN OPEN IN PURPLE.THE STATE CHANGED THE PURPLE TIER INFORMATION TO ALLOW FOR BUSINESSES LIKE HAIR SALONS AND NAIL SALONS TO BE OPEN INDOORS IN THE PURPLE TIER.
In alignment with Purple Tier 1, the following sectors are permitted for OUTDOOR operations only until further notice. These sectors must still maintain mitigation measures (social distancing, face covering, and sanitization): 
  • Cardrooms, satellite wagering
  • Family Entertainment Centers (e.g. bowling alleys, miniature golf, batting cages, kart racing, and arcades)
  • Gyms and Fitness Centers
  • Movie theaters
  • Museums, zoos, aquariums
  • Places of worship 
  • Playgrounds and recreational facilities
  • Restaurants 
  • Wineries
Bars, pubs, brewpubs and breweries may operate outdoors if they are offering sit-down, outdoor meals. Outdoor operations may be conducted under a tent, canopy, or other shelter if no more than one side is closed.
In alignment with Purple Tier 1, the following sectors are open for INDOOR operations. These sectors must still maintain mitigation measures (social distancing, face covering, and sanitization) and specific modifications in parenthesis below:
  • All retail ​(maximum 25% capacity)
  • Critical infrastructure 
  • Hair salons and barbershops
  • Libraries (maximum 25% capacity)
  • Nail salons and electrolysis operations
  • Personal care services (e.g. body waxing, estheticians, tattoo, massage)
  • Professional sports (without live audiences)
  • Shopping centers (e.g. malls, destination centers, swap meets, excluding food courts and common areas) (maximum 25% capacity)
Tier Advancement
Counties are required to remain in an assigned tier for a minimum of three weeks and must meet the criteria for the next tier for two consecutive weeks before being able to advance to the next tier.
“To advance forward into the Red Tier 2, Ventura County needs to have lower daily case rates. The only way to do that is to do what we know works,” said Ventura County Health Officer Dr. Robert Levin. “We all have a part in this, and we must be committed to social distancing measures in public spaces (6ft apart, wear face coverings, wash hands, etc.) and to avoid gathering with non-household members. Also, it helps everyone and the County overall to get tested whenever you have any symptom of illness that does not have another explanation, or you think you may have been exposed to COVID.”
To learn more about the State’s Tier system and specific allowable activities for Ventura County, visit the State of California’s COVID-19 Blueprint for a Safer Economy website

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