Enough of this already! County of Ventura COVID-19 Update – December 3, 2020

Editor’s note: Ask our county health officer, Dr. Levin r[email protected] and County CEO Michael Powers [email protected] why there is no push back to another draconian lockdown by Governor Newsom.  Or contact these supervisors:
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Such efforts to save local businesses are being made in other municipalities.   You won’t have any of these small ma and pop’s in Ventura County if this is allowed to go on.  Please keep in mind the owners have done everything possible to comply and have implemented all safety measures.  Yet they are still being asked to shut down AGAIN.  If these measures were effective then why are we having a spike in positive tests, not necessarily cases.  Also the overall death rate hasn’t gone up!  And are the hospital beds really being overrun by COVID patients or are being used for those suffering from other ailments. We can’t get a straight answer out of the health department.  Time to stop punishing small businesses.  Support them if they choose the freedom to make a living and remain open. Enough is enough!  
Good Afternoon, There are 401 new cases today, 2,300 additional people have been tested and there have been 2 additional deaths (57 year old female and 54 year old male both with comorbidities). Our thoughts are with the family of those that have passed and those in the hospital. Current doubling time is 50.3 days. There are 104 people in the hospital and 31 in the ICU.
Please stay up to date on testing locations at www.venturacountyrecovers.org.
Today the Governor announced a Regional Stay Home Order, it will go into effect within 48 hours in regions with less than 15% ICU availability. It prohibits private gatherings of any size, closes sector operations except for critical infrastructure and retail, and requires 100% masking and physical distancing in all others.
The order will remain in effect for at least 3 weeks and, after that period, will be lifted when a region’s projected ICU capacity meets or exceeds 15%. This will be assessed on a weekly basis after the initial 3-week period. Learn more about this order.
The State projects the Southern California Region, including Ventura County, to fall below 15% capacity as soon as tomorrow, and likely within a week.
When a region is placed under an order, these sectors will be closed:
·        Indoor and outdoor playgrounds
·        Indoor recreational facilities
·        Hair salons and barbershops
·        Personal care services
·        Museums, zoos, and aquariums
·        Movie theaters
·        Wineries
·        Bars, breweries, and distilleries
·        Family entertainment centers
·        Cardrooms and satellite wagering
·        Limited services
·        Live audience sports
·        Amusement parks
The following sectors will have additional modifications in addition to 100% masking and physical distancing:
Outdoor recreational facilities: Allow outdoor operation only without any food, drink or alcohol sales. Additionally, overnight stays at campgrounds will not be permitted.
Retail: Allow indoor operation at 20% capacity with entrance metering and no eating or drinking in the stores. Additionally, special hours should be instituted for seniors and others with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems. 
Shopping centers: Allow indoor operation at 20% capacity with entrance metering and no eating or drinking in the stores. Additionally, special hours should be instituted for seniors and others with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems.
Hotels and lodging: Allow to open for critical infrastructure support only.
Restaurants: Allow only for take-out, pick-up, or delivery. No indoor or outdoor dining.
Offices: Allow remote only except for critical infrastructure sectors where remote working is not possible. 
Places of worship and political expression: Allow outdoor services only.
Entertainment production including professional sports: Allow operation without live audiences. Additionally, testing protocol and “bubbles” are highly encouraged.
The following sectors are allowed to remain open when a remote option is not possible with appropriate infectious disease preventative measures including 100% masking and physical distancing:
·        Critical infrastructure 
·        Schools that are already open for in-person learning
·        Non-urgent medical and dental care
·        Child care and pre-K
The State could make the announcement of the Stay At Home Order being implemented in our County as soon as tomorrow.
Read more about the State orders at:https://covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs/#regional.
This is a critical time to work together to slow the spread. Community members are encouraged to wear masks, social distance, wash hands frequently and not gather. 
Once we learn of the State’s decision for our region you will be notified vie e-update. Until then businesses can still operate under the guidance in the purple tier.
Watch the Governor’s Message here

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kathleen mccoy
kathleen mccoy
1 month ago

Why are we supposed to believe these numbers are real? We just saw an election with fake numbers. These government agencies are giving us numbers conveniently locking us all down.

1 month ago

The 5 digit numbers is a Ventura County zip code. The number in parentheses is the total cases for that zip code per 100,000 population.



C. Collier
C. Collier
1 month ago
Reply to  Tom

Interesting. This totals out to 59,069, yet the highest “official” number I could find for Ventura county was 21,876 as of 12/4/20.

Michael A.
Michael A.
1 month ago
Reply to  Tom

The Zips at the bottom of the list (with the most cases) are populated primarily with one ethnic group. If we were a smart state we would want to find out why this is. Is it genetic? Is it due to social practices? Is it attitude? Why is this group holding the rest of us hostage?

Citizen Reporter
1 month ago
Reply to  Michael A.

Only partially. It’s mainly because they are the poorest, with the worst crowded together living conditions.