Ventura County to Extend Stay at Home Order to May 15

By George Miller

Ventura County will extend its pandemic stay at home order to May 15, with some modifications. A formal order should be issued by the end of the week. It will likely mean that schools won’t open for a while, social distancing will continue and many businesses will continue to be closed. County Supt of Education Stan Mantooth said all public schools in the county are closed. He added that various distance learning strategies are being implemented. School meals are still available as takeout- for locations, see: www.vcoe.org.

See April 13 video on VCEMERGENCY video page.

Public Health Officer Doctor Robert Levin (4/13 press conference photo above) said masks aren’t required, but are a good idea. He has no plans to change that.

Regarding a business/social plan, forms are on the county website.

Director of Human Services Agency, Melissa Livingston, said that the agency provides temporary cash and food assistance, health care coverage through MediCal, housing/homeless assistance, in-home support for low income seniors/disabled and help for job seekers. Contact VCSHA.org, edd.ca.gov,  866-904-9362.

Victoria Jump of the Agency on Aging, says they offer services for older/disabled adults. vcemergency.com, 805-477-7300

VC CEO Michael Powers said that the public’s adherence to the orders is “flattening the curve’ and saving lives. He also said they were working on a road to reopening- modified orders, more diagnostic testing, and immunity testing. He and Levin are worried about a potential surge in cases if the orders are rescinded too quickly. He lauded those who are making masks with 3D printing techniques and thanked those who had donated.

The current order doesn’t allow religious services, even with full social distancing and sanitation, a point contested by Thousand Oaks Pastor Rob McCoy, of Calvary Chapel Godspeak, who conducted a single Palm Sunday live communion, with only 10 at a time in the church and procedures that would put some hospitals to shame. He was outraged that marijuana shops and abortion mills were considered more “essential” than worshiping the Lord. In any case, CCG has made the church’s services available on line for a long time.

The wording of the current order says that non-essential goods shouldn’t be sold. This has not only closed many businesses, but also caused some open shops to refrain from selling so-called “nonessential” goods, even in stores that sell essential goods. An associate told me today that he was unable to buy crayons for his stuck-at-home toddlers at a Target store. We have seen entire sections closed in some stores. Does this really make our community safer? County beaches and parks are closed, but compliance hasn’t been 100% Oxnard beaches and parks are open, except for playgrounds, rest rooms, dog parks and the skate park.  Oxnard beaches are usually uncrowded year-round, especilly in non-summer times. No problem at all maintaining social distance and people have been going out of their way to do so.

Previous announcements

See: https://www.vcemergency.com/

  • April 7, 2020 – Law Enforcement Warns Against Price Gouging (soruce: District Attorney Website March 17, 2020) | Español

    Ventura County law enforcement agencies want to warn local retailers and businesses about price gouging. Pursuant to Governor Newsom’s March 4, 2020, state of emergency declaration in response to the COVID-19 virus, businesses, retailers, and other service or goods providers may not charge a price that is more than 10 percent higher of the price that existed prior to the declaration. Covered goods and services include: food, emergency supplies, medical supplies, building materials, gasoline, transportation, freight and storage services, hotel accommodations, and rental housing. Goods and service providers may charge more than 10 percent only if their costs have increased. These prohibitions are in effect until September 4, 2020. Read more…


George Miller is Publisher/Co-Founder of CitizensJournal.us and a “retired” operations management consultant residing in Oxnard.

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