County of Ventura Health Public Order

HEALTH OFFICER ORDER FOR THE CONTROL OF COVID-19 DIRECTING VULNERABLE INDIVIDUALS LIVING IN THE COUNTY TO SHELTER AT THEIR PLACE OF RESIDENCE, RESTRICTIONS OF CERTAIN BUSINESSES, AMONG OTHER ORDERS DATE OF ORDER: MARCH 17, 2020

Please read this Order carefully. Violation of or failure to comply with this Order is a misdemeanor punishable by fine, imprisonment, or both, pursuant to Health and Safety Code section 120295 et seq. 

WHEREAS, the intent of this Order is to strengthen the steps the County of Ventura has already taken to protect our residents and particularly the most vulnerable in our population from COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, on March 15, 2020 Governor Gavin Newsom announced that California is taking additional measures to protect those most at risk of serious, life-threatening complications from COVID-19, including urging those most vulnerable to COVID-19 to socially isolate at home, such as people age 65 and older and those with underlying medical conditions that make them more susceptible to serious illness from the coronavirus; and

WHEREAS, the intent of this Order is to ensure that specified individuals self-isolate in their places of residence to the maximum extent feasible to slow the spread of COVID-19 to the maximum extent possible, and all provisions of this Order should be interpreted to effectuate this intent; and

WHEREAS, social isolation is considered useful as a tool to control the spread of pandemic viral infections; and

WHEREAS, social isolation is the shared responsibility of all individuals in the County; and

WHEREAS, this Order is issued based on evidence of increasing occurrence of COVID-19 within the County and scientific evidence that the age, condition, and health of a significant portion of the population of the County places it at risk for serious health complications, including death, from COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, the scientific evidence shows that at this stage of the emergency, it is essential to slow virus transmission as much as possible to protect the most vulnerable and to prevent the health care system from being overwhelmed and that one proven way to slow the transmission is to limit interactions among people to the greatest extent practicable;

WHEREAS, by reducing the spread of the COVID-19 virus, this Order also helps preserve critical and limited healthcare capacity in the County; and

WHEREAS, this Order comes after the release of substantial guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the California Department of Public Health, and other public

health officials throughout the United States and around the world, including a variety of prior orders to combat the spread and harms of COVID-19;

NOW, THEREFORE, PURSUANT TO SECTIONS 101040, 101085 AND 120175 OF THE HEALTH AND SAFETY CODE, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED AS FOLLOWS:

  1. All individuals currently living within Ventura County, equal to or older than 75 years of age, or equal to or older than 70 years of age with an active or unstable comorbidity, are ordered to shelter at their place ofresidence from March 18, 2020 to April 1, 2020. To the extent such individuals are using shared or outdoor spaces, they must at all times as reasonably possible maintain physical distancing of at least six feet from any other person. Exceptions shall only exist as necessary to seek medical care, nutrition, or to perform essential work in healthcare or
  1. All permanent food facilities, as defined by Health and Safety Code 113849, may only prepare and offer food that is provided to customers via delivery service, via pick-up for takeout dining, and via drive-thru. Bars and nightclubs that offer food to consumers may remain open only for purposes of continuing to prepare and offer food to consumers via delivery service, via pick-up, or via drive-thru. Permanent food facilities that provide and offer food to consumers for pick up must require patrons or groups of patrons who are ordering food and beverages to be and remain at least six (6) feet apart from each other while inside the facility.
  1. The following types of businesses are ordered to close (March 18, 2020 to April 1, 2020):
    1. Bars and nightclubs that do not serve
    2. Movie theaters, live performance venues, bowling alleys, and
    3. Gyms, and fitness centers, and aquatic
    4. Wineries, breweries, and tap rooms that provide
  1. This Order is issued in accordance with, and incorporates by reference, the March 4, 2020 Proclamation ofa State of Emergency issued by Governor Newsom, the March 12, 2020 Declaration of Local Health Emergency issued by the Health Officer, the March 17, 2020 Resolution of the Board of Supervisors of the County of Ventura Proclaiming a Local Emergency and Ratifying and Extending the Declaration of a Local Health Emergency, the March 12, 2020 State of California Executive Order N-25-20, and the March 16, 2020 California Department of Public Health guidance on Retail Food, Beverage, and Other Related Service
  1. The violation of any provision of this Order constitutes a threat to public Pursuant to Government Code sections 26602 and 41601 and Health and Safety Code section 101029, the Health Officer requests that the Sheriff and all chiefs of police in the County ensure compliance with and enforce this Order.
  1. This Order shall become effective at 12:01 m. on March 18, 2020 and will continue to be in effect until 11:59 p.m. on April 1, 2020, or until it is extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended in writing by the Health Officer.
  1. The Health Officer will continue to assess the quickly evolving situation and may issue additional Orders related to COVID-19.
  1. Copies of this Order shall promptly be: (1) made available at the County of Ventura Public Health Office at 2240 East Gonzalez Road, 210, Oxnard, California 93036; (2) posted on the County Public Health Department website (available at www.vchca.org/ph}; and (3) provided to any member of the public requesting a copy of this Order.
  1. If any provision of this Order or the application thereof to any person or circumstance is held to be invalid by a court of competent jurisdiction, the reminder of the Order, including the application of such part or provision to other persons or circumstances, shall not be affected and shall continue in full force and effect. To this end, the provisions of this Order are

Dated: March 17, 2020

Robert Levin, M.D.

Ventura County Health Officer


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Beth Haynes
Beth Haynes
8 months ago

What about hair salons spas and massage parlors?

William Hicks
William Hicks
8 months ago
Reply to  Beth Haynes

My Wifes Hairdresser and Nail Girl will work out of their homes. Other than the overhead costs of an office, how is this going to keep the spread of the virus contained?

Larry Leffler
Larry Leffler
8 months ago

Being retired Public Servant I fully understand laws and request like this are not made for one but for the safety and protection of many. If we all comply the short time frame will pass quickly and we can all get blessed with more family time everyone needs.

William Hicks
William Hicks
8 months ago
Reply to  Larry Leffler

Not opening schools until september doesn’t sound like a short time to me. I too am a retired civil servant, and for every way you can try to disconnect the social fabric, there will be a way to work around it.

at best, keeping social distance will only delay the inevitable.

Roberta Scott
8 months ago

All: It is the responsibility of the local Health Officer to protect the health of the population within the jurisdiction. As members of the public we may grouse about the steps taken to do so on social media, while we might well keep in mind that is a far cry from carrying the burden of responsibility.
Kudos to the VC PH Agency for being proactive to protect the health of all of us in Ventura County, as much as is possible.

Debra Thompson
Debra Thompson
8 months ago

Some call it panic? If you are not willing to take precautions on your own behalf, please be willing to do it for others. I am older and have health issues – with parents in their 90’s. Please, please take precautions, no matter how you view the situation. It will save lives.

V. Rettmann
V. Rettmann
8 months ago

Wow, reading some of these comments is dumbfounding. Panic alarm, speculation, malarkey and who’s going to enforce this? Really??? If we all had done this a lot sooner, we might have been doing better. Of course, that is a sticky subject as to whose fault that is. Just because this virus may not affect you much doesn’t mean it won’t affect others terribly and cost them their life. My child is Type 1 diabetic so she is at higher risk. Just do what you should. If it is an overreaction, I’m fine with it. Let’s just take care of each other.

William Hicks
William Hicks
8 months ago
Reply to  V. Rettmann

I go out and stay in my car at a local Park. I’m keeping my social distance by saying in my car and not socializing with others. I just do this to reduce the boredom and bring a book to read. What I have observed is roving groups of kids in the same Park. They are out of school, but they are potential spreaders of the virus.

garble
garble
8 months ago

MSM panic alarm worked too well Unintended consequences

Gordon
Gordon
8 months ago
Reply to  garble

I agree.

Liz
Liz
8 months ago

Dearest Public,
This is not about opinion, this guidance is based on scientific evidence of how fast it is spreading. There is enough information now. This is not about panic, this is about facts. Please adhere to these new orders. Thank you.

William Hicks
William Hicks
8 months ago
Reply to  Liz

Garbage Liz. This is politicians covering their asses by doing something to say they did their jobs.

Fatima Schaab
Fatima Schaab
8 months ago

I’m on dialysis 3 X’s a week, were’re now required to wear the standard blue masks including staff. We’re considered to be at the top % of those most vulnerable. Yesterday I went to get groceries at Smart and Final and was the only one wearing a mask.

Dennis Garcia
Dennis Garcia
8 months ago

Baffling how there are still those who don’t understand common sense and reason
Selfish!

Thom James
Thom James
8 months ago

This is the first time in my memory that Americans have reacted to anything with this much panic. Not saying it’s not serious, but there are and have been so many OTHER things that we face that seem AS SERIOUS or equal to Corona. Many of these declarations, rules, and guidelines are based purely on speculation. So, what I AM SAYING is that all of us, including lawmakers, need to think carefully before the drowning victim panics and drowns the lifeguard.

X
X
8 months ago

They sent this notice to VPD, so I’m assuming they are putting it on our law enforcement to enforce it.

Governor requested closures, didn’t order it. Local government orders it. Strange.

William Hicks
William Hicks
8 months ago

WHEREAS…….There’s not enough information on the spread and severity of COVID-19, so, this is a bunch of malarkey.

Besides, who’s going to enforce this?

William Hicks
William Hicks
8 months ago
Reply to  William Hicks

I saw a State Park Ranger not enforcing this edict from governor nuisance while large groups of children roamed the Park.