COVID-19 UPDATE FOR VENTURA/SANTA BARBARA COUNTIES

Thursday May 28, 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 May 28, 2020 

     24 new cases of coronavirus for a total of 1,062 in Ventura County.  The death toll remains 32 in Ventura County.  20 people in the hospital with 12 of them in the ICU.  A total of 23,990 tests conducted in Ventura County. https://www.vcemergency.com/ 

 

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Santa Barbara County Update Thursday, May 28, 2020

     12 new cases for a total of 1636 (with more than a thousand of those cases at the federal prison in Lompoc). 12 deaths total. 1481 have recovered.  130 active cases, 87 recovering at home, 29 in the hospital with 10 of those in the ICU. 

https://publichealthsbc.org/status-reports/

 

 

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COVID-19 Related News Releases 

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