COVID-19 UPDATE FOR VENTURA/SANTA BARBARA COUNTIES

Thursday July 2, 2020

 

LINKS TO OFFICIAL INFORMATION

For Ventura County: https://www.vcemergency.com/ 

For Santa Barbara County: https://publichealthsbc.org/status-reports/ 

California: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/ncov2019.aspx# 

The CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html 

 

Resources

 

 

Ventura County Update For Thursday July 2, 2020 

        Note: Ventura County is not releasing any updated numbers or information about the coronavirus until Monday.  The info below is from Thursday, July 2, 2020.

     144 new cases since Wednesday for a total of 3240 with 1308 active cases, 1885 recovered, 80 in hospitals with 28 of those in ICU's. The Hospitalization Rate for Ventura County is now 9 percent. The death toll is now 47. For more details go to https://www.vcemergency.com/ 

 

 

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COVID-19 Related News Releases 

Celebrate at home this Fourth of July – without visitors

Community urged to help slow the spread of COVID-19

 

Ventura County health officials remind all residents and visitors that the coronavirus continues to pose serious health hazards and to not take part in social gatherings during the upcoming Fourth of July holiday. Social gatherings are a known source of spreading the disease.

 

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases has continued to rise recently, along with hospitalizations and ICU usage throughout all of Southern California. Health officials are concerned the Independence Day weekend could cause a spike if residents do not adhere to safety guidelines.

 

“We don’t want any more closures, but our numbers are increasing,” said Ventura County Public Health Officer Doctor Robert Levin.  “Private gatherings are a problem. Please don’t mix households, even if you think everyone is healthy, and instead celebrate the holiday with the people you live with. We started seeing more and more cases after Memorial Day and we can’t afford another jump after the Fourth of July. We must work together by staying apart. These actions can save lives.”

 

Hospitals have prepared for a surge in cases for months, and health officials remind the community that everyone has a part to play in flattening the curve and slowing the spread of the disease. These measures include wearing face coverings as required, maintain social distancing and frequent handwashing.

 

Governor Newsom announced Thursday the closure of indoor dining and the closure of wineries and bars for at least three weeks. The Governor was responding to a recent surge in coronavirus cases statewide and placement of several counties on a state-generated watch list, including Ventura County. The local Public Health Officer Order on closures is included with this release.

 

“This virus is very real, and we know it is spreading and growing,” said Ventura County Public Health Director Rigo Vargas. “Gatherings of family and friends are dangerous right now, and vulnerable communities are especially impacted by these gatherings.”

 

For more information visit www.venturacountyrecovers.org.

 

Beach Closures: Ventura County beaches will be closed this holiday weekend from 5:00 a.m. on July 3 through July 6 at 5 a.m. to prevent crowding that results in the spread of COVID-19. To support this effort parking lots and restrooms will also be closed.

 

The Ventura County Public Health Department recommends the following measures to prevent exposure to COVID-19:

 

  • Stay home when possible.
  • Do not gather. Gatherings are still prohibited in the State. You may only gather with members of your household.
  • Remain six feet away from others.
  • Wear a facial covering in public spaces.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water regularly.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick. Do not go to work or other places.

 

Ventura County Business Assistance Grant Program applications launched today for the program. Applications are available until July 8, 2020. The program includes grants of $5,000 for small businesses to alleviate impacts from COVID-19. Learn more at  www.vcreopens.com.

 

Frequently Asked Question: Why are protests allowed if other gatherings are not allowed?

State public health directives do not prohibit in-person outdoor protests as long as social distancing is practiced and face coverings are worn. You can learn more about protected activities from the State at https://covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs/#political.

 

COVID-19 drive through testing sites

No cost. No insurance needed. No appointment needed.

  • Ford Dealership, 128 S. Hallock Dr., Santa Paula, CA 93060 M-F, 10-7
  • Moorpark College, 7075 Campus Rd., Moorpark, CA 93021 M-F, 10-7
  • Oxnard College, 4000 S. Rose Ave., Oxnard, CA 93033 F-T, 10-7
  • Ventura College, 4667 Telegraph Rd., Ventura CA 93003, M-F, 10-7

 

 

State issues guidance on closure of sectors in response to COVID-19

 

Ventura, CA – As COVID-19 transmission rates continue to rise, Governor Newsom issued guidance today that instructs counties that have been on the County Monitoring List for three consecutive days or more to close indoor operations for certain sectors which promote the mixing of populations beyond households and make adherence to physical distancing with face coverings difficult. Within those sectors, those that are not able to continue their business through outdoor operations must close that portion of their business effective immediately for at least three weeks, in order to further mitigate the spread of the virus.

 

In Ventura County, the following sectors may only operate outdoor operations with appropriate modifications, including physical distancing and face coverings: Dine-in Restaurants, Family Entertainment Centers, Zoos and Museums. In addition, all brewpubs, breweries, bars, pubs, wineries and tasting rooms must close indoor and outdoor operations. Movie theaters and cardrooms are not allowed to operate at this time. 

 

All industry or sector guidance documents that have been issued to date, including all infectious control measures outlined in those guidance documents, apply in outdoor settings, and must be adhered to. 

 

Bars Must Close.  All Bars shall be closed to the public until those establishments are allowed to resume operation per state guidance and local permission.  A bar is considered any business that is licensed to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption on its premises, including but not limited to bars, pubs, brewpubs, breweries, wineries, and distilleries, if the business is not a permitted restaurant by the Ventura County Environmental Health Division. 

Restaurants May Allow Outdoor Dining Only.   Dine-in “Restaurants” shall not allow indoor dining service until those establishments are allowed to resume indoor dining operations per state guidance and local permission.  For purposed of this Order, “Restaurant” means any business that is permitted as a restaurant by the Ventura County Environmental Health Division, even if it also possesses a license to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption on its premises. Restaurants should continue to encourage takeout and delivery service whenever possible, however, outdoor dining is still permitted following the state guidance: https://files.covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-restaurants-bars.pdf. Restaurants that cannot accommodate outdoor dining can continue to provide takeout and delivery services.

 

Indoor Zoos and Museums Must Close.  All indoor facilities operated by zoos and museums must be closed to the public until allowed to resume per state guidance and local permission.  Outdoor facilities for zoos and museums may remain open following the state guidance: https://files.covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-zoos-museums.pdf.

 

Businesses that are not in compliance are subject to closure. The State, County and Cities have coordinated enforcement efforts in place and will involve such agencies as State Alcoholic and Beverage Control, County Environmental Health, County Sheriff’s Office and local City partners.

 

Questions? Please email covidcompliance@ventura.org or call 1(844) 826-7367. Stay informed at www.venturacountyrecovers.org.

 

Governor Newsom Signs Executive Order on Actions in Response to COVID-19  

SACRAMENTO -- Governor Gavin Newsom today issued an executive order extending authorization for local governments to halt evictions for renters impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, through September 30.

 

The order also addresses a variety of issues in response to the pandemic, by extending provisions in earlier orders which allow adults to obtain marriage licenses via videoconferencing rather than in-person during the pandemic; waive eligibility re-determinations for Californians who participate in Medi-Cal, to ensure they maintain their health coverage; suspend face-to-face visits for eligibility for foster care; and permit In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program caseworkers to continue caring for older adults and individuals with disabilities through video-conferencing assessments.

 

The order also extends waivers temporarily broadening the capability of counties to enroll persons into the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) program, allowing for self-attestation of pregnancy and conditions of eligibility, and waiving in-person identification requirements.

 

In addition, the order extends provisions allowing for mail-in renewals of driver’s licenses and identification cards, to limit in-person transactions at the Department of Motor Vehicles, and extends timeframes related to the payment of real estate license application and renewal fees and continuing education requirements for licensees.

 

The text of the Governor’s executive order can be found here and a copy can be found here.

 


COVID-19 drive through testing sites

No cost. No insurance needed. No appointment needed.

Ventura College, 4667 Telegraph Rd., Ventura CA 93003, M-F, 10-7
Moorpark College, 7075 Campus Rd., Moorpark, CA 93021 M-F, 10-7
Ford Dealership, 128 S. Hallock Dr., Santa Paula, CA 93060 M-F, 10-7
Oxnard College, 4000 S. Rose Ave., Oxnard, CA 93033 F-T, 10-7

Antibody Testing: The Ventura County Health Care Agency is offering free covid-19 antibody testing. The test is a blood test that tells individuals if they have been previously exposed to COVID-19 and have developed antibodies to the disease. Testing is offered at locations throughout the County. More information at: https://www.venturacountyrecovers.org/antibody/ or by calling 805-482-1904. The testing is part of a study with UCLA and California Lutheran University.

 

Antibody Testing Locations

No cost. No insurance needed. No appointment needed.

Wednesday, July 1, Camarillo KidSTREAM, 3100 E. Ponderosa Drive, 93010 10 am to 6 pm

Thursday, July 2, Ojai, Redemption Church, 190 E. El Roblar Drive, 93023 10 am to 6 pm

Friday, July 3, Fillmore Shiells Park, 649 C Street, 93015 10 am to 6 pm

 

https://www.venturacountyrecovers.org/

 

Camarillo, California – Camarillo businesses seeking COVID relief can now apply for assistance, as the City of Camarillo commits $2 million to a business recovery program designed to get Camarillo businesses back on track.

On June 24, 2020, the Camarillo City Council approved a $990,000 business loan program through the Economic Development Collaborative and a $1 million business recovery grant program through the Ventura County Community Foundation, committing a total of $2 million in business recovery efforts.

Business Loan Program

This program is designed to assist recovering Camarillo businesses by providing low-interest loans in the range of $10,000 to $50,000, for those businesses unable to secure a traditional bank loan.

City staff along with the Economic Development Collaborative (EDC) developed a $990,000 revolving loan fund (RLF), with loans being made in the range of $10,000 to $50,000. The RLF will launch on July 1, with the intention of initially aiding in economic recovery in Camarillo. As the COVID-19 public health emergency’s effects subside, the focus of the loan program will shift to economic development. EDC will be responsible for managing the RLF—funding the loans, collecting principle and interest, reinvesting in new loans—on behalf of the City. The City is funding up to $300,000 in loans in the initial six months of the program.

To be eligible for the Camarillo business loan program, businesses must have been denied for a loan by a traditional bank and earn less than $5 million in revenues annually. To apply, contact EDC at (805) 409-9159 or visit edcollaborative.com and sign up for a no-cost advising session.

Business Recovery Grant Program

The business recovery grant program will be administered by the Ventura County Community Foundation (VCCF), which has agreed to manage the City’s Business Recovery Grant Program (City Program), in coordination with Ventura County’s Economic Stabilization and Recovery Program (County Program) in response to the COVID-19 health emergency.

The City Program will provide assistance to Camarillo businesses that are impacted by COVID-19 and will benefit from technology updates/upgrades, acquisition of personal protective equipment and social distancing signage, modifications to buildings to support new social distancing requirements, and assistance with fixed-expenses.

The City Program will focus assistance to those businesses that do not receive funding through the County Program’s lottery selection system.

To qualify for the City Program, businesses must initially fit the criteria found on https://rapidresponsevc.org/faqs/. The City Program has additional eligibility criteria, including the following: Nonprofits and home-based businesses are not eligible; businesses must have current City of Camarillo business license; businesses must have been in operation as of March 17, 2020; businesses must have a physical location within the City in which business is transacted (a brick-and-mortar business), and for instances where multiple independent contractors work in one location (salons and other personal services, real estate offices, etc.), only the primary owner of the brick-and-mortar business is eligible to apply.

To apply for the City Program, visit https://rapidresponsevc.org/ and select “Apply Now.”

For those without computer or internet access, please call the Camarillo Public Library to arrange an appointment, at 805-383-5685.

“The business recovery grant program will immediately infuse capital into local businesses who are in dire need of support,” explained Georg Winkler, Camarillo’s Economic Development Coordinator. “Many businesses have already reached out and expressed great appreciation to the City Council for supporting the business community, who without the grant may be at risk of closure. The initial focus of the loan program is business recovery, and as the COVID pandemic dissipates, the program’s focus will transition into economic development, supporting the creation and retention of jobs, and the growth and success of small businesses in Camarillo indefinitely.”

The funding source for the City’s Business Recovery Programs is the City’s Economic Development Reserve Fund. As part of the annual budget adoption for FY 2020/21, the City Council approved the commitment of $8.38 million of the General Fund Balance for Economic Development. Of this commitment, $990,000 will be restricted for the Business Loan Program with Economic Development Collaborative and $1,000,000 for the Business Recovery Grant Program.

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Masks: The State of California requires face coverings in indoor public spaces, unless exempted by state guidelines for specific public settings (e.g., schools or childcare centers). Cloth face coverings or masks help reduce the spread of coronavirus especially when combined with physical distancing and frequent hand washing. All people in California, including those in Ventura County, must wear face coverings in public indoor spaces and outdoors when six-foot distancing is not possible. Learn more about the state issued guidance and limited exceptions here. Read a statement from Doctor Levin on masks at: https://vcportal.ventura.org/covid19/docs/2020-06-20_VCE_PHMaskGuidanceFromGovernor.pdf.

 

Ventura County Pandemic Rental Assistance Program Applications Available The program may provide temporary rental assistance for Ventura County residents with very low incomes who owe past-due rent because of a hardship due to COVID-19. Online applications will be accepted June 17 – July 1, 2020. Learn more at www.vcemergency.com/rent.

 

Ventura County Business Assistance Grant Program applications launch June 24-July 8, 2020. The program includes grants of $5,000 for small businesses to alleviate impacts from COVID-19. Learn more at  www.vcreopens.com.

 

Guidance for business: Additional businesses were permitted to reopen as of June 19. These sectors may reopen with modifications, social distancing protocols and completion of the attestation process at www.vcreopens.com.  

 

  • Personal Services: Nail salons, massage, skin care and cosmetology services, electrolysis, body art, tattoo parlors and piercing shops
  1. Can be open as of June 19, 2020.
  2. Facial massages, waxing, tattoos, makeup, piercings or electrolysis services may be performed so long as they can be done without the removal of the client’s mask.
  3. There is a 30-minute limitation on procedures and massages conducted in confined spaces. A confined space is a room without an open window. If a window is open in a room the procedure can be longer than 30 min.
  4. Personal services are required to follow the state guidance at https://covid19.ca.gov/pdf/expanded-personal-services.pdf.

 

  • Movie Theaters
  1. Must follow the state guidance https://covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-family-entertainment.pdf.
  2. Can open June 26, 2020.

 

  • Wedding Ceremonies

1) Outdoor wedding ceremonies may be performed with up to 100 persons present who can be safely physically distanced or a lesser number up to what the venue can safely support.

2) Indoor wedding ceremonies with 25% capacity or up to 100 people, whichever is less.

3) No reception or party permitted.

 

 

www.venturacountyrecovers.org

 

California Public Health Officials Release Guidance Requiring Californians to Wear Face Coverings in Most Settings Outside the Home 

Californians Must Wear Face Coverings When in Higher-Risk Situations, Especially Indoors

Face Coverings Help Reduce the Spread of COVID-19  

Governor Newsom: “Simply put, we are seeing too many people with faces uncovered – putting at risk the real progress we have made in fighting the disease.”

SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Public Health today released updated guidance that requires Californians to wear a face covering in high-risk settings. A growing body of scientific research has shown that people with no or few symptoms of COVID-19 can still spread the disease and that the use of face coverings, combined with physical distancing and frequent hand washing, will reduce the spread of COVID-19.  

“Science shows that face coverings and masks work,” said Governor Gavin Newsom. “They are critical to keeping those who are around you safe, keeping businesses open and restarting our economy.” 

Governor Newsom also addressed why he took this action now. “Simply put, we are seeing too many people with faces uncovered – putting at risk the real progress we have made in fighting the disease. California’s strategy to restart the economy and get people back to work will only be successful if people act safely and follow health recommendations. That means wearing a face covering, washing your hands and practicing physical distancing.” 

“As Californians venture into our communities more, wearing face coverings is another important way we can help protect one another,” said Dr. Sonia Angell, State Public Health Officer and Director of the California Department of Public Health. “Combined with physical distancing and frequent hand washing, wearing cloth face coverings when we are with others outside of our household will reduce the spread of COVID-19, which is still a very real threat across our state."

Today's guidance mandates the use of cloth face coverings by the general public statewide when outside the home, with limited exceptions. 

Californians must wear face coverings when they are in the situations listed below: 

  • Inside of, or in line to enter, any indoor public space; 
  • Obtaining services from the healthcare sector in settings including, but not limited to, a hospital, pharmacy, medical clinic, laboratory, physician or dental office, veterinary clinic, or blood bank; 
  • Waiting for or riding on public transportation or paratransit or while in a taxi, private car service, or ride-sharing vehicle; 
  • Engaged in work, whether at the workplace or performing work off-site, when: 
    • Interacting in-person with any member of the public;  
    • Working in any space visited by members of the public, regardless of whether anyone from the public is present at the time;  
    • Working in any space where food is prepared or packaged for sale or distribution to others;  
    • Working in or walking through common areas, such as hallways, stairways, elevators, and parking facilities;  
    • In any room or enclosed area where other people (except for members of the person’s own household or residence) are present when unable to physically distance. 
  • Driving or operating any public transportation or paratransit vehicle, taxi, or private car service or ride-sharing vehicle when passengers are present. When no passengers are present, face coverings are strongly recommended. 
  • While outdoors in public spaces when maintaining a physical distance of six feet from persons who are not members of the same household or residence is not feasible. 

The following individuals are exempt from wearing a face covering: 

  • Children aged two and under; 
  • Persons with a medical, mental health, or developmental disability that prevents wearing a face covering; 
  • Persons who are hearing impaired, or communicating with a person who is hearing impaired, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication; 
  • Persons for whom wearing a face covering would create a risk to the person related to their work, as determined by local, state, or federal regulators or workplace safety guidelines.  
  • Persons who are obtaining a service involving the nose or face for which temporary removal of the face covering is necessary to perform the service; 
  • Persons who are seated at a restaurant or other establishment that offers food or beverage service, while they are eating or drinking, provided that they are able to maintain a distance of at least six feet away from persons who are not members of the same household or residence; 
  • Persons who are engaged in outdoor work or recreation such as swimming, walking, hiking, bicycling, or running, when alone or with household members, and when they are able to maintain a distance of at least six feet from others; 
  • Persons who are incarcerated. Prisons and jails, as part of their mitigation plans, will have specific guidance on the wearing of face coverings of masks for both inmates and staff. 

More information about the state's COVID-19 guidance is on the California Department of Public Health's Guidance web page

More information about reopening California and what individuals can do to prevent the spread of COVID-19, visit Coronavirus (COVID-19) in California.

 

Ventura County Public Health Department issues guidance for reopening additional sectors

Personal Services, Movies, Wedding Ceremonies permitted with restrictions

 

VENTURA, CA – As Ventura County’s hospitalized COVD-19 cases have stabilized, the Ventura County Public Health Officer has issued new guidance permitting the reopening of additional businesses that were previously closed. Sectors that may reopen with modifications, social distancing protocols, and completion of the attestation process include, but are not limited to:

 

  • Personal Services: Nail salons, massage, skin care and cosmetology services, electrolysis, body art, tattoo parlors and piercing shops
  1. Can open June 19, 2020.
  2. Facial massages, waxing, tattoos, makeup, piercings or electrolysis services may be performed so long as they can be done without the removal of the client’s mask.
  3. There is a 30-minute limitation on procedures and massages conducted in confined spaces.
  4. Personal services are required to follow the state guidance at https://covid19.ca.gov/pdf/expanded-personal-services.pdf.

 

  • Movie Theaters
  1. Must follow the state guidance https://covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-family-entertainment.pdf.
  2. Can open June 26, 2020.

 

  • Wedding Ceremonies

1) Outdoor wedding ceremonies may be performed with up to 100 persons present who can be safely physically distanced or a lesser number up to what the venue can safely support.

2) Indoor wedding ceremonies with 25% capacity or up to 100 people, whichever is less.

3) No reception or party permitted.

 

These sectors may be open only while adhering to social distancing protocols provided by the Governor and the Health Officer and after completing the County’s attestation process at www.vcreopens.com.

  • Masks: The State of California announced today that face coverings are required in indoor public spaces, unless exempted by state guidelines for specific public settings (e.g., schools or childcare centers). Cloth face coverings or masks help reduce the spread of coronavirus especially when combined with physical distancing and frequent hand washing. Starting June 18, all people in California, including those in Ventura County, must wear face coverings in public indoor spaces and outdoors when six-foot distancing is not possible. Learn more about the state issued guidance and limited exceptions here.

 

For more information about COVID-19 and the local response, visit www.venturacountyrecovers.org 

 

Food Share Pop-up Sites

6/15 3 pm Ventura County Fairgrounds 1- W. Harbor Blvd

6/16 5 pm El Rio, Rio Mesa High School, 545 Central Ave

6/17 3pm Oxnard, College Park, 3250 South Rose Ave

6/18 3 pm Thousand Oaks, Conejo Creek South, 1300 E. Janns Road

6/19 3 pm, Santa Paula, Harding Park, 1330 E. Harvard Blvd

6/20/20 12:30 pm Moorpark, Ruben Castro Charities, 5700 Condor Drive

 

Distribution is for residents of Ventura County. Proof of residence/address within Ventura County is required at all distributions. AG card is ok. All distribution locations are primarily drive-thru with walk-ups being accomodated as able at each site. Food boxes are limited to one box per ID on a first-come, first-served basis.  https://foodshare.com/

 

Ventura County Pandemic Rental Assistance Program

The Ventura County Pandemic Rental Assistance (VCPRA) program may provide temporary rental assistance for Ventura County residents with very low incomes who owe past-due rent because of a hardship due to COVID-19. Online applications will be accepted June 17 – July 1, 2020. Learn more at www.vcemergency.com/rent.

 

COVID-19 drive through testing sites are located at:

Ventura College, 4667 Telegraph Rd., Ventura CA 93003
Moorpark College, 7075 Campus Rd., Moorpark, CA 93021
Ford Dealership, 128 S. Hallock Dr., Santa Paula, CA 93060
Oxnard College, 4000 S. Rose Ave., Oxnard, CA 93033 (Fri-Tue)

No appointment or insurance is needed.
Hours of operation: Monday - Friday 10 am to 7 pm.
No cost.
You simply drive up and get tested while seated in your vehicle.

www.vcemergency.com

 

Hall of Administration Reopens: The County of Ventura Hall of Administration located at 800 S. Victoria Ave. in Ventura has reopened for in person services. The building had been closed to the public to limit the spread of COVID-19. Community members and employees will go through a temperature screening at the entrance of the building before entering. Use of masks and other personal protective equipment is supported but not required. The building has a 140-person capacity to allow for social distancing. Community members are encouraged to continue to utilize on-line services as much as possible at www.ventura.org.

 

 

Ventura County Pandemic Rental Assistance Program

The Ventura County Pandemic Rental Assistance (VCPRA) program may provide temporary rental assistance for Ventura County residents with very low incomes who owe past-due rent because of a hardship due to COVID-19. Online applications will be accepted June 17 – July 1, 2020. Learn more at www.vcemergency.com/rent.

 

 

County waives fees for various services to help businesses with impacts of COVID-19 


VENTURA, CA – To help address the financial impact on businesses due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the County Board voted unanimously to waive service rates and fees for many County services. The Resource Management Agency and Fire Protection District will be reducing or waiving certain fees, late fees and penalties. This waiving of fees will save businesses approximately $1.65 million.

“Our Board of Supervisors asked how we can support businesses. We hope that by waiving or reducing fees our business community will have some relief from the challenging impacts of the pandemic,” said County Executive Officer, Mike Powers.

The Resource Management Agency (RMA) will be reducing fees to businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  “We have taken to heart the financial impact of COVID-19 on our local businesses and with the support of our Board of Supervisors, we can now offer a 25% fee reduction to those businesses who have experienced financial hardships such as our restaurants, organized camps, packing houses and manufacturing industries.  We want to come along side our local business community and offer these reductions, as well as late fee waivers, to support them during these difficult times,” said Resource Management Agency Director Kim Prillhart.

The Ventura County Fire District will also waive fees for the inspections they provide at Long Term Care Facilities, hotels, apartments and temporary tents that restaurants have set up for additional seating. “Our community has always supported its Fire Department. This is a small way that we can support our businesses that have been financially devastated by the COVID crisis,” said County of Ventura Fire Chief Mark Lorenzen.

Businesses needing additional assistance are encouraged to apply for the Business Assistance Program. The Program includes grants of $5,000 each for small businesses to alleviate impacts from COVID-19 for allowed uses such as payroll support, rent and lease payments, costs for personal protective equipment, purchases related to the operation of their businesses, and extraordinary business expenses for adhering to compliance protocols for reopening. 

Eligible businesses will have a business license in the County of Ventura, be in place prior to September 1, 2019, annual revenue between $25,000 and $2 million, and evidence of negative impacts from COVID-19. Businesses apply at www.vcemergency.com/vc-reopens and priority will be given to those that did not receive an SBA loan. Businesses must be registered to reopen. If there are more applicants than available grants, then a lottery process will be conducted to distribute the grants. The selections process will also incorporate a weighted distribution of funding based on population of Ventura County cities and unincorporated areas.

The Resource Management Agency comprises Environmental Health, Planning Division, Building and Safety, Code Compliance - Building and Land Use Enforcement and Weights and Measures, RMA Operations and RMA GIS. https://vcrma.org/

The mission of the Ventura County Fire Department is to anticipate and respond to the dynamic public safety needs of a diverse community. This includes more than 480,000 people in the unincorporated areas of Ventura County and seven of its cities: Ojai, Port Hueneme, Moorpark, Camarillo, Santa Paula, Simi Valley and Thousand Oaks. https://vcfd.org/

 

 

COVID-19 Testing

A new drive through testing site will be opening on Saturday, June 6 at Oxnard College. The hours of operation will be Friday through Tuesday 10 am to 7 pm. Oxnard College is located at 4000 S. Rose Ave in Oxnard.

 

Drive through testing is currently offered at three sites. No appointment or insurance required. The hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 10 am to 7 pm. Please view the attached flyer for information about all testing sites.

The locations include:

  1. Ventura College, 4667 Telegraph Road in Ventura
  2. Moorpark College at 7075 Campus Road in Moorpark
  3. 128 S. Hallock Drive in Santa Paula

Indoor malls permitted to reopen
State Guidance required for more industries to reopen

VENTURA, CA – The Public Health Officer announced today that indoor malls are permitted to reopen. Businesses within the malls must follow the state guidance and register at www.vcreopens.com.

“Our community has worked so hard to social distance and to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our County. As we continue to reopen, we must do so with caution. We must continue to practice social distancing and businesses must make modifications needed to lower the risk of COVID-19 exposure. This will help keep our numbers low so we can continue to move forward,” said Public Health Officer Doctor Robert Levin.

Last Friday, Governor Newsom shared critical information regarding how the state will move through Stage 2 and 3 of the state’s Resilience Roadmap. The Governor outlined additional information for counties, like the County of Ventura, that have attested to meeting the state’s variance criteria to reopen at an accelerated pace.

The County of Ventura can elect to open a given sector so long as:

(1) the state has issued guidance for how a given sector can reopen

(2) the local health officer has provided approval for that sector to open

If the state has not yet released guidance for a sector, then that sector cannot yet be opened. The state recently allowed barbershops and hair salons to open. The state has not provided further guidance on Stage 3 businesses.

The County’s local health order is aligned with the state order, this means that as the state allows for industries to reopen, we can do so locally without having to modify the local order. The County learns about the issuance of new state guidance at the same time as the community. Once issued, the Public Health Officer reviews and approves whether that area can reopen. When barbershop and hair salon guidance was issued by the state, the County Health Officer immediately reviewed the guidance and businesses were approved to reopen here in our County on the same day. Our goal is to reopen local businesses as quickly and safely as possible.

The state guidance often requires precautionary measures that are not mandated locally. For example, though there is no local order requiring masks the state guidance does require masks for certain industries. Businesses will need to prepare for these types of requirements.

The County of Ventura continues to advocate at the state level for safely reopening. The County was the first Southern California county to be approved for accelerated reopening enabling dine in and shop in options. The variance still requires state guidance to move ahead of other areas.

The following areas are not yet permitted to operate in the state at this time:

  • Personal services such as nail salons, tattoo parlors, gyms and fitness studios
  • Indoor museums, kids’ museums, gallery spaces, zoos and libraries
  • Community centers, including public pools, playgrounds, and picnic areas
  • Entertainment venues, such as movie theaters, gaming, gambling, arcade venues, pro sports
  • Nightclubs, concert venues, live audience sports, festivals, theme parks
  • Hotels/lodging for leisure and tourism

Before reopening, businesses must follow the state guidance at www.vcreopens.com:

1. Begin by reviewing the state guidance. https://covid19.ca.gov/industry-guidance/

2. Upon reviewing the guidance, complete a detailed risk assessment of your business in accordance with the state guidelines.

3. Complete a written worksite-specific COVID-19 Prevention Plan and post it at your business.

4. Implement the prevention measures identified in your worksite-specific COVID-19 Prevention Plan.

5. Designate an on-duty employee responsible for monitoring compliance with your plan.

6. Complete the attestation form at www.vcemergency.com/business-attestation.

7. Post the COVID compliance hotline flyer at the place of business. 

 

SUPERIOR COURT TO RESUME MISDEMEANOR PRE-TRIAL SETTLEMENT CALENDAR AND THE FILING OF CERTAIN DOCUMENTS

Ventura Superior Court Presiding Judge Kent Kellegrew has issued Amended Administrative Order 20.16: Implementation of Emergency Relief in Response to COVID-19.

The amendments allow for resumption of a misdemeanor pre-trial settlement calendar beginning Wednesday, June 3, 2020.

Additionally, they authorize the Court Clerk to begin processing and filing additional documents in the following areas: Criminal – all other filings; Family Law – all other stipulations and orders, settlement agreements, proofs of service and all filings by the Ventura County Department of Child Support Services (DCSS); and Civil – Notices of Settlement, satisfactions of judgement, writ returns and proofs of service.

For purposes of processing and filing these documents, June 3, 2020, shall be deemed the first day that is not a holiday.

The complete order has been posted on the home page of the court’s website: ventura.courts.ca.gov. 

The amendments are in bold and can be found in paragraphs 10, 24 and 25.

These actions are among the initial steps as the Ventura Superior Court prepares to ease months of pandemic-related closures.

 

Visitation Guidance Issued for Long-Term Care Facilities 

Ventura, CA – The Ventura County Public Health Officer has issued visitation guidance for Long-Term Care Facilities (LTCF). For more than two months residents of the facilities have not been able to have visits from friends and family members to protect these seniors from COVID-19 infection. These residents have missed special visits with their loved ones and the following guidance will allow for facilities to maintain and enhance the quality of life for these residents.

 

“It is long needed and urgently required that family and friends be allowed to visit their family members who are in LTCFs. The LTCFs have done an incredible job of keeping our seniors mentally healthy during these long months,” said Public Health Officer Doctor Robert Levin.

 

Implementation of this visitation guidance in Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF) must only occur while the facility remains in Phase 3 of Reopening Nursing Homes and Opening Up America Again as outlined in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Memo QSO-20-30-NH.

 

Types of Appropriate Resident Interaction with Families and Friends:

 

  • Door visits with family or friends may be arranged where the resident is inside the facility and can see their loved ones by having them stand outside the door of the facility. The door is open, and the resident and family member(s) are 6 feet apart. Both resident and family member(s) or friend(s) are wearing masks.

 

  • A facility may bring a resident outside with a mask on to spend time with visitors who are also wearing masks. Maintain 6 feet of distance between the resident and the family member(s) or friend(s). This interaction may occur outside in a courtyard, a backyard or on a porch or veranda.

 

  • Family members or friends can drive by in a car and visit with a resident brought to the curb of the facility. A minimum of 6 feet of distance must be maintained. Both resident and family member(s) or friend(s) are wearing masks.

 

Alternative Methods for a Resident to Interact with Families and Friends:

 

  • Virtual visitations via Skype, Zoom or Facetime on a tablet (iPad) or cell phone.

 

  • Telephone calls. If calls do not go through on a resident’s cell phone, the LTCF will call back to a staff member who will be asked to create a telephone connection.

 

Considerations for Residents Who are Bed-ridden

 

  • Virtual visitations via Skype, Zoom or Facetime on a tablet (iPad) or cell phone. Telephone calls. If calls do not go through on a resident’s cell phone, the LTCF will call back to a staff member who will be asked to create a telephone connection.

 

Guidelines for Resident Interaction with Families and Friends:

 

  • Each facility may set its own ground rules for the visit in terms of whether an appointment is needed, length of visit and type of visit. If more than 1 visit at a time is scheduled at the facility, these should be widely separated from one another. Visitors should not enter the facility at any time during the visit. A suggested but not required time limit is 15 minutes.

 

  • Chairs, benches, entry door/gates must be sanitized before and after each visit.

 

  • A visitor should be screened for symptoms of COVID-19 and his or her temperature must be taken with a non-contact thermometer prior to the visit. No one who has any symptom associated with a COVID-19 infection or a temperature greater than 100℉ may be allowed to visit the resident.

 

  • No physical contact may occur between the resident and visitor(s) and no food, gifts, or outside items are to be exchanged between the visitor(s) and resident during the visit session. These items may be left for residents to either be sanitized by a facility staff member or let sit for 4 days before being given to the resident.

 

  • If there is no physical barrier (e.g., a fence, a gate, a hedge, etc.) between the resident and the visitor(s), a facility staff member must monitor the visit.

 

  • The number of visitors for each resident will be limited to 5 including small children.

 

  • A long-term care ombudsman may visit a resident for a specific resident complaint or concern.

 

  • Remind all visitors to screen themselves daily following a visit and to notify the facility immediately if COVID-19 symptoms arise or COVID-19 testing was acquired within 3 days following a visit.

 

  • No extra precautions or additional monitoring needs be taken with the resident following the visit.

 

Full guidance at: https://vcportal.ventura.org/covid19/docs/LTCF_Visitation_Guidance.pdf.

 

Reopening VC

 

  • Many local businesses are now able to reopen as Ventura County continues to meet the State criteria for Covid-19 response.
  • We encourage you to visit  www.vcreopens.com to access information on what workplace types are able to reopen.
  • There you will find helpful and informative links to help guide you through the state guidance for safely reopening your business.
  • When you select “Complete the attestation form by clicking here”, you will be able to select your industry/workplace type.
  • Once selected, you will see the state guidance and template that relate to that particular industry.
  • Should you have any questions regarding a workplace type, business registration or attestation form or checklist, please contact us at CovidCompliance@ventura.org or call (844) VC OPENS (844-826-7367) and we will help guide you through the process to meet the state requirement.
  • Learn more about the State Resilience Roadmap and industry guidance at https://covid19.ca.gov/roadmap/#top.

 

A Message from the Covid Compliance Team

 

Many local businesses are now allowed to reopen as Ventura County continues to meet the State criteria for Covid-19 response.

 

There have been many inquiries regarding what workplace types are able to reopen, and what safety measures need to be in place to protect employees and customers as they do so. We encourage you to visit  www.vcreopens.com to access information on what workplace types are able to register and reopen or expand services at this time.

 

There you will find helpful and informative links to help guide you through safely reopening your business. When you select “Complete the attestation form by clicking here”, you will be able to select your industry/workplace type. Once selected, you will see the guidance and template that relate to that particular industry.

 

We are currently in the Expanded Stage 2 phase of reopening. The state has specifically stated the following sectors, businesses, establishments, or activities are not permitted to operate in the State of California at this time. Ventura County is not allowed to open these businesses at this time:

 

  • Personal services such as nail salons, tattoo parlors, gyms and fitness studios
  • Indoor museums, kids museums, gallery spaces, zoos and libraries
  • Community centers, including public pools, playgrounds, and picnic areas
  • Entertainment venues, such as movie theaters, gaming, gambling, arcade venues, pro sports,
  • Hospitality services, such as bars, wineries, tasting rooms and lounges
  • Nightclubs
  • Concert venues
  • Live audience sports
  • Festivals
  • Theme parks
  • Hotels/lodging for leisure and tourism – non-essential travel
  • Higher Education

 

We want to share a heartfelt, “thank you”, to each business owner who has been so diligent in response and cooperation during this time helping to slow the spread and flatten the curve!

 

Should you have any questions regarding a workplace type, business registration or attestation form or checklist, please contact us at CovidCompliance@ventura.org or call (844) VC OPENS (844-826-7367) and we will help guide you through the process.

 

Please visit www.vcreopens.com to find COVID-19 guidance and to register your business. On this website you will find information about which businesses can open, what steps you should take, and how to contact us if you need further assistance.

 

Community Announcement
County of Ventura
Public Health Department

Car Line Celebration Protocol

May 27, 2020
Contact: 805-212-9484

The Ventura County Public Health Department is allowing car line celebrations for graduations, birthdays, and other special days. When followed, the Car Line Celebration Public Health Protocol will minimize the risk of spread of COVID-19. The car line must be organized by a designated host who is responsible for ensuring full compliance with the protocol and adherence to the State Health Officer’s Stay at Home Order, which precludes mass gatherings. 
View the Car Line Celebration Public Health Protocol at the following link: https://s30623.pcdn.co/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Car-Line-Celebration-Public-Health-Protocol.pdf

 

 

CDPH Announces Most Counties Can Reopen Barbershops and Hair Salons with Modifications 

Modifications Required to Protect Californians against COVID-19

Only Permitted Activities Are Those During Which Barber or Stylist and Client
Can Both Wear a Cloth Face Covering Throughout, Such as Haircuts, Hair Coloring, Weaves and Braids

Shaving, Facial Waxing, Threading and Facials Not Permitted at This Time 

SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Public Health today announced that counties that have attested to meeting the criteria for accelerated re-opening may re-open hair salons and barbershops with modifications such as mandatory face coverings for both barbers or stylists and clients. State public health leaders noted that Californians staying at home and exercising caution when out helped flatten the COVID-19 curve. Public health leaders acknowledge that today's announcement is also possible based on statewide indicators such as PPE, testing capacity, hospital surge capacity and hospitalizations. 

Permitted activities include services that can be provided with both the worker and customer wearing face coverings throughout the service. These include haircuts, hair coloring, blowouts, weaves and extensions, braiding, lock maintenance, wig maintenance and hair relaxing treatments. 

Salon activities that cannot be done with face coverings on both the worker and client – or that require touching the client's face – such as shaving, facial waxing, threading, eyelash services and facials – remain prohibited at this time in all counties. Likewise, nail salons remain closed. 

"Together, Californians have limited infections in our state, and because of that work, many counties may make a decision to restart modified hair and barber services," said Dr. Sonia Angell, State Public Health Officer and Director of the California Department of Public Health. "However, COVID-19 is still present in our communities and we are still at risk. As we venture outside our homes, it is critically important to keep physical distance, wear face coverings in public, and wash hands frequently to help protect yourself and those around you." 

Under the new guidance to reopen, salons and barbers must: 

  • Implement measures to ensure physical distancing of at least six feet between and among workers and customers, except when providing haircutting and other close contact services.
  • Provide temperature and/or symptom screenings for all workers at the beginning of their shift and any vendors, contractors, or other workers entering the establishment.
  • Encourage workers and customers who are sick or exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 to stay home.
  • Screen customers upon arrival and be prepared to cancel or reschedule customers who indicate they have any signs of illness.
  • Require workers and customers to use face coverings during the entire haircutting and other close contact hair services. 

More information about the state's COVID-19 guidance is on the California Department of Public Health's Guidance web page

More information about reopening California and what individuals can do to prevent the spread of COVID-19, visit Coronavirus (COVID-19) in California


46 More DMV Field Offices Reopening to Public

Starting Thursday, 71 facilities will serve customers with appointments or specific transactions

Customers encouraged to use online and expanded virtual services

Sacramento – The California Department of Motor Vehicles will reopen 46 more field offices throughout the state on Thursday, May 28, for a total of 71 locations assisting customers with a current appointment at the specific office and limited transactions that require an in-person visit. The DMV has begun rescheduling prior appointments and notifying customers of the new date. The DMV, which initially reopened 25 offices earlier this month, continues to encourage customers to use online services, its expanded virtual services and other service channels to complete transactions, including eligible driver license and vehicle registration renewals.

Beginning Thursday, the following 46 field offices will open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the exception of opening at 9 a.m. Wednesday:

Bell Gardens

Bellflower

Chula Vista

Clovis

Colusa

Corte Madera

Daly City

El Cajon

Eureka

Fairfield

Fremont

Fresno North

Garberville

Hawthorne

Laguna Hills

Merced

Newhall

Oakland Coliseum

Pasadena

Pittsburg

Pleasanton

Pomona

Poway

Rancho Cucamonga

Riverside East

Roseville

Sacramento

San Bernardino

San Diego Clairemont

San Luis Obispo

San Mateo

San Ysidro

Santa Clara

South Lake Tahoe

South Sacramento

Temecula

Thousand Oaks

Torrance

Tracy

Turlock

Van Nuys

Ventura

Victorville

Visalia

West Covina

Westminster

 

 

 
To safeguard the health of employees and customers, the DMV temporarily closed all offices to the public March 27. Following cleaning of the offices, expansion of virtual services and development of new protocols, the DMV is reopening offices in stages. The DMV is selecting offices to reopen based on location, size, service capacity and the ability to offer enhanced service to commercial driver license customers. Behind-the-wheel drive tests continue to be suspended.

Employees will maintain physical distancing while serving customers with existing appointments and Californians in need of selected transactions that can only be completed in a DMV field office, including:

  • Paying registration for a vehicle impounded because of registration-related issues
  • Reinstating a suspended or revoked driver license
  • Applying for a reduced-fee or no-fee identification card
  • Processing commercial driver license transactions
  • Applying for a disabled person parking placards (this can also be done by mail using the REG 195 form)
  • Adding an ambulance certificate or firefighter endorsement to a driver license
  • Verifying a transit training document to drive a transit bus.
  • Processing DMV Express customers for REAL ID transactions, if time and space allow

In order to focus field office services to these select transactions, DMV staff may direct customers to online services and other available options to complete their transactions.

Employees in the remainder of DMV’s 170 public offices will provide services through the Virtual Field Office. The DMV plans to continue reopening these offices to the public in phases during the coming weeks. More information on office openings will be provided on the DMV website.

In addition to physical distancing, employees have access to disinfecting wipes, hand sanitizer, facial shields, gloves and soap and water. The DMV also is providing hand-washing stations for customer use in select locations. Customers are required to wear a face covering and remain 6 feet apart in line. Customers will also be offered a text message that will allow them to wait outside the building until notified they are ready to be served. Entry into the building will be metered, and customers may experience extended wait times.

Californians who do not have an urgent need to go to a DMV field office should delay their visit.

The DMV continues to provide essential services via mail, online, kiosks, call centers, available business partners and virtually to process critical transactions, including eligible driver license and vehicle registration renewals, during the COVID-19 pandemic. Customers can use the Service Advisor on the DMV website to learn their options to complete DMV tasks.

The DMV has taken a number of actions during the COVID-19 pandemic, including:

  • Extending driver licenses that expire between March 1 and July 31, 2020. Drivers 70 years and older are receiving a 120-day temporary paper extension in the mail, and drivers 69 and younger can request a free temporary paper extension online.
  • Keeping expiring commercial licenses, learner’s permits, endorsements and certificates valid through June 30, 2020.
  • Extending identification cards expiring on or after March 4, 2020, to be valid through June 21, 2020.
  • Waiving late fees and penalties for vehicle registration renewals due between March 16 and May 31, 2020, and paid within 60 days of the original expiration date, as well as delaying other requirements.
  • Temporarily waiving required in-person renewals for eligible driver license and identification cardholders with expirations between March and May 2020. Individuals who meet the criteria are able to renew online or by mail.
  • Launching the DMV Virtual Field Office to create new digital options for transactions that previously required an in-person office visit.
  • Extending driver license permits expiring between March and August 2020.
  • Canceling all behind-the-wheel drive tests to honor social distancing guidelines. 
  • Suspending extended office hours and Saturday service.



Ventura County Library system is preparing to implement curbside services.  

 

State guidelines for retail curbside pick-up were modified last week to allow libraries to provide curbside pick-up of materials, and libraries across the county have begun to reopen these limited services. The largest library system in the county, the Ventura County Library, operates twelve libraries and is actively preparing to safely implement curbside services over the next two weeks at most branches.  

 

Public libraries across Ventura County have been closed since mid-March when the State Public Health Officer and Director of the California Department of Public Health issued an order requiring most Californians to stay at home to disrupt the spread of COVID-19 among the population. The state announced these efforts have allowed them to move forward on their roadmap for modifying the statewide order, including allowing public libraries to reopen for curbside pick-up of materials. Public libraries had previously not been allowed to operate under the orders.  

 

Ventura County Library Director Nancy Schram says, "Safely reestablishing access to physical library materials is a significant step toward restoring in-person library services."  

 

Schram says library employees have been performing exceptional work and providing services and programs in the virtual environment during the closure.  However, feedback received from the community during the closure of the physical library branches has emphasized the critical role libraries play in providing access to print materials and Internet access in particular. The library is currently working with the Ventura County Library Foundation to raise funds to purchase Wi-Fi hotspots and Chromebooks to loan out to community members as part of their lending library.  

 

Check the library's website at www.vencolibrary.org for the latest information and services that are available.  

 

For additional information, contact Nancy Schram, Ventura County Library Director at (805) 256-8535

 

Ventura County Library:
Inspiring our community to explore, discover and connect.

The Ventura County Library is available 24/7 at www.vencolibrary.org.

 

Ventura County Library has 12 locations across the County:

El Rio Branch:

  • Albert H. Soliz Library, 2820 Jourdan Street, Oxnard, CA 93036

Heritage Valley branches:

  • Fillmore Library, 502 2nd Street, Fillmore, CA 93015
  • Piru Library, 3811 Center Street, Piru, CA 93040

Oak Park branch:

  • Oak Park Library, 899 North Kanan Road, Oak Park, CA 91377

Ojai Valley region branches:

  • Meiners Oaks Library, 114 North Padre Juan, Ojai, CA 93023
  • Oak View Library, 555 Mahoney Avenue, Oak View, CA 93022
  • Ojai Library, 111 East Ojai Avenue, Ojai, CA 93023

Port Hueneme branch:

  • Ray D. Prueter Library, 510 Park Avenue, Port Hueneme, CA 93041

Ventura region branches:

  • Avenue Library, 606 North Ventura Avenue, Ventura, CA 93001
  • E.P. Foster Library, 651 East Main Street, Ventura, CA 93001
  • Hill Road Library, 1070 S. Hill Road, Ventura, CA 93003
  • Saticoy Library, 1292 Los Angeles Avenue, Ventura, CA 93004