Ventura County Prepares for Reopening

VENTURA, CA. – The County of Ventura has been taking steps to prepare for reopening. “We are positioned to focus on the road to reopening because our residents and businesses have sacrificed so much to comply with the Public Health Orders and slow the spread of the virus in our community,” said Mike Powers, Ventura County CEO. “Our current situation is further strengthened by the work of our local hospitals to expand their capacity.”

“These steps are critical because we know that, while the virus poses an unprecedented health threat, efforts to stem the virus come at a significant economic and health toll as we have seen with so many business closures and lost jobs,” Powers emphasized. “Along with the business leaders in our community, including local cities, chambers, the Economic Development Collaborative, Women’s Economic Ventures, the Workforce Development Board, Ventura County Community Foundation and Small Business Administration, the County will continue to work to support these impacted individuals and businesses.”

California Governor Gavin Newsom has laid out six goals for reopening and our County has been meeting those goals:

Point One: The ability to monitor and protect our communities through testing, contact tracing, isolating, and supporting those who are positive or exposed 

  • The Public Health Lab’s testing capacity has doubled.
  • The Public Health Lab is one of few in the state that are continuing to conduct contact tracing.
  • More resources are being added for expanded contact tracing.
  • Already providing isolation in hospitals, at designated facilities and isolation at home

Point Two: The ability to prevent infection in people who are at risk for more severe COVID-19 

  • Providing meal support for isolated seniors.
  • Providing isolation locations for at-risk homeless or quarantined individuals that do not have adequate housing.
  • Relocating COVID-19 exposed or positive individuals out of long-term care facilities.

Point Three: The ability of the hospital and health systems to handle surges 

  • Added over 800 beds to meet surge.
  • Implemented contracts and agreements for surge staffing.
  • Added nearly 100 additional ventilators. 

Point Four: The ability to develop therapeutics to meet the demand 

  • Established plasma donor registration to provide possible access to COVID antibodies.

Point Five: The ability for businesses, schools, and child care facilities to support physical distancing 

  • Working closely with partners in education, community-based organizations and the business community to prepare for steps for reopening.
  • Our community continues to take steps to social distance.
  • The doubling rate of spread is slowing to 15 days. 

Point Six: The ability to determine when to reinstitute certain measures, such as the stay-at-home orders, if necessary.

  • Daily tracking of test results, hospital utilization and capacity is in place.

“We are not out of the woods. We must continue to practice social distancing to protect our community. We will continue to expand our testing capacity and focus on protecting populations most at risk including seniors, homeless, and the brave farmworkers who work every day to put food on our tables,” added Powers.

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Linda

Oh, please where were all of your over the last 10 years when Swine Flu and many various other forms of the flu, which kills people annually?? Where was your outrage then to shut everything down? Please get over your own fear and don’t pass it on to others. There are some who are not rich enough to wait out for ‘permission’ from the Government. I stand on my First Amendment rights that they cannot take any rights ‘from’ me. 2 Tim. 1:7.

Annonymous

I work in Malibu. The amount of people traveling from LA County to Ventura County to go to our beaches and parks was unbelievable!! I won’t know exactly the numbers my store brought in until we do the paper work in the morning, but just based off todays business in comparison to this last month and a half, sales tripled. That’s unnerving. It sickens me and I can’t help but think are we that stupid? I mean really no more then a group of 5 gathering, and at the beach. Make sure to remain active, no sunbathing and practice social distancing, oh yeah one more thing if you must gather in a group limit it to household members. LOL! I mean come on people, there’s no school, most of the public aren’t working and if so its either part time and from home, I mean what do you think these kids are gonna do??? What do you think most people with zero “F’s” given that think this is a joke or they are untouchable going to do?? The City Council and Health Director need not get complacent now just because a couple numbers dropped in our county. SMH.

Lisa D

Is Ventura County crazy? Just because our numbers are lower than other Countys in California. Should not let you put all of us in Ventura County at risk of being exposed to the virus and wiping us out. Today in Los Angeles county was over a hundred in One Day!

Rebekah Correa

Not until every Ventura county citizen can be tested and data analyzed will I, my teens with asthma will I leave my home to shop for anything beyond essentials – food and gas. I don’t pay almost $800 per month in taxes to not have test for everyone in place. Just like people will die as restrictions are lessened, many small businesses will as well. It is the end of the world as we knew it.

Connie clark

Has anyone seen the beaches today what was your thoughts when you opened the parks and beaches. We need to close them now or this virus will kill us all please close them people are not listening.

Citizen Reporter

Not sure what beaches you are talking about, but plenty of social distancing space at Oxnard and PH beaches I passed today while kayaking.

Rick g

So when? Date is needed. Stop saying you are and not tell people. It’s all bullshit.
You guys don’t know what the fuck you’re doing.