COVID-19 UPDATE FOR VENTURA COUNTY

Friday August 7, 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 Friday, August 7, 2020

     There were 111 new cases of coronavirus in Ventura County as of Friday.  That brings the total number of confirmed positive cases to 8,146 since testing began.  The death toll increased for the 4th straight day from 82 to 89 Friday.  There were 79 Ventura County residents with the virus in hospitals, 22 in Intensive Care.  The next report from Ventura County on the coronavirus will not be until Monday, August 10th.

 



####################################

 

COVID-19 Related News Releases 

August 7, 2020

 

Temporary restraining order issued for violation of Public Health Orders

 

Ventura, CA – On Friday, August 7, 2020, the Ventura County Superior Court granted a temporary restraining order requiring Godspeak Calvary Chapel and Pastor Rob McCoy to adhere to statewide and local public health orders requiring church services to be conducted outdoors with masks and social distancing and/or online. 

 

A further hearing on the matter is scheduled for August 31, 2020 and the temporary restraining order will remain in effect until that time.

 

Godspeak Calvary Chapel and McCoy, its pastor, have repeatedly held large, indoor worship services which violate current Health Orders issued by the State Public Health Officer and the Health Officer of Ventura County.  These orders are aimed to mitigate the further spread of COVID-19 during the current global pandemic. 

 

“Indoor gatherings, including indoor church services, are prohibited by the state at this time due to the increased person to person and community transmission leading to increased COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. Churches can have their services outdoors and/or host virtual services,” said Public Health Director Rigo Vargas. “COVID-19 continues to spread from person to person and at gatherings. It is very important to follow the State’s guidance, so that the most vulnerable in our community can be spared from the disease. Churches and other community groups play a valuable role in the wellness of our County. We encourage people to stay connected, but to do so safely.”

 

In counties like Ventura, which are on the State Monitoring List due to concerning rates of disease spread, the health orders prohibit indoor gatherings for a number of businesses, activities, and events to protect the health and safety of residents from contracting COVID-19. 

 

The orders prohibit indoor gatherings for places and events such as gyms and fitness centers, non-essential office buildings, malls, personal care services, hair salons and barbershops, protests, and worship services. 

 

Despite these orders and notifications from Public Health to cease indoor services and to move services outdoors or to host services virtually, Godspeak Calvary Chapel and Pastor McCoy insisted upon holding services indoors, without requiring masks or social distancing. 

 

Pastor McCoy has publicly stated that the church would not cease indoor services absent court intervention.  The County and its Health Officer were therefore compelled to seek relief from the court, to protect the life, health and safety of Ventura County residents.

 

“The best way to gather at this time is virtually or outdoors in accordance with state orders and guidance. The more we can work together to follow these guidelines the quicker we can get back to enjoying activities indoors,” added Vargas.

 


August 7, 2020

 

Childcare permitted on school sites following the state guidance

School waivers not yet allowed in Ventura County

 

Ventura, CA – The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued information this week on what it would take for elementary schools to open for in-person instruction in counties on the state monitoring list. Ventura County Public Health will consider accepting waivers once the numbers improve in the County.

“Due to our status with COVID-19 infections and our place on the State’s monitoring list, we are not currently approving waiver applications. We will reconsider this position in 2 weeks or when we see a significant improvement in our COVID numbers,” said Public Health Officer Doctor Robert Levin. “Our current COVID case rate is quite close to the over 200 new cases per 100,000 in population mark that the State says makes us ineligible to offer waivers. Our 7-day test positivity rate is over the 8% mark. Our COVID+ hospitalization rate is also unacceptably high.  We recognize the value of in-person education and during this time we will put efforts into setting up a system that takes into consideration the needs of children, their parents, equity and the public’s health,” he added.

Although waivers are not yet being approved in the County, Schools are encouraged to review the state issued guidance to prepare for this possible option. The guidance lists conditions that must be met in applying for a waiver:

  • A school or district must publish a school’s reopening plan online and, before applying, consult with parents, community organizations and teachers or, in the case of school districts, employee unions.
  • Applications should be submitted at least 14 days before the planned date to reopen.
  • The application will apply only to TK to sixth grade, even if the school includes seventh and eighth grades. “Based on the current best available scientific evidence, Covid-related risks in schools serving elementary-age students (grades TK-6) are lower than and different from the risks to staff and to students in schools serving older students,” the department said in an FAQ accompanying the guidance.
  • The school must show evidence that it would comply with all the safety and hygiene requirements for opening elementary schools, as listed in the CDPH/CalOSHA Guidance for Schools and School-Based Programs. These include a 6-foot social distancing requirement, face covering requirements, staff training and family education and student and staff testing.

 

“We understand this is a challenging time. We encourage our community members to continue to do the good work of wearing masks, socially distancing and not gathering so that local children can get back to traditional school soon,” said Public Health Director Rigo Vargas.

While schools are not yet able to open for traditional instruction in the County of Ventura. Childcare programming continues to be permitted by the State and County at this time.  Childcare programs must follow the state guidance for childcare found at https://files.covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-childcare--en.pdf. It is permissible for students to receive remote, distance learning whether the student is at home or in a childcare setting operating in accordance with State guidance.

There are schools in our County that have prepared to offer childcare on their campuses. This is allowed by the State and by the County. The schools can have daycare providers, school staff and/or teachers providing the childcare, homework assistance and tutoring for the distance learning. The schools that have consulted with the County have provided detailed plans on how they will safely follow the State childcare guidance while facilitating online learning. This is permitted. 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 4, 2020

DMV Expands Online Services with Commercial Driver’s License Renewals

 Latest digital option for transactions that previously required an office visit

Sacramento – The California Department of Motor Vehicles is now offering commercial driver’s license renewals online with the launch of the newest service on the DMV website. Eligible commercial drivers can now avoid a trip to a DMV office by renewing their license at dmv.ca.gov/online.

Renewing a commercial driver’s license previously required a visit to a DMV office. The DMV processes an average of 170,000 commercial license renewals every year. While most commercial drivers can now renew their driver’s license online, those who are required to take a test or who do not have a clean driver record are not eligible to renew online and must come to a field office to renew their license.

“This new online service is one more way we are making it easier on the commercial drivers who move essential goods throughout the state,” DMV Director Steve Gordon said.

The DMV has offered online renewals for eligible noncommercial driver’s licenses for many years, but the additional requirements for commercial drivers had made an office visit necessary for those license renewals. Thanks to its ongoing modernization efforts, the DMV now has the technological capability to complete the transaction without an in-person visit. Eligible commercial drivers can upload the necessary documents, pay the required fee by credit or debit card, and then receive their new card within a few weeks.

Offering online renewals is the latest innovation to help California’s commercial drivers. In the past few months, the DMV began offering new online options for commercial drivers to submit medical certificate updates and request a free temporary paper extension for an expiring license. The DMV also recently launched motor carrier permit renewals online – streamlining the process to shorten the time thousands of California businesses must wait to receive their new permits, which are required for numerous transportation and commercial activities in California.

The DMV continues to recommend that customers use its online services, expanded virtual services and other service channels to complete transactions, including eligible driver license and vehicle registration renewals. Customers can use the Service Advisor on the DMV website to learn their options to complete DMV tasks.

###

Governor Newsom Signs Executive Order in Response to COVID-19

SACRAMENTO -- Governor Gavin Newsom today signed an executive order addressing statutory requirements impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

Today’s order extends the deadline for county assessment appeals boards to issue a decision on pending tax assessment appeals filed on or before March 4. 

 

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

 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 31, 2020

DMV Encourages Renewing License Online, Expands Eligibility

Sacramento – The California Department of Motor Vehicles is encouraging eligible Californians to renew their driver license online – including drivers whose temporary extensions expire July 31.

As part of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the DMV issued temporary extensions to California drivers age 69 and younger with a noncommercial license expiring between March and July 2020. While that extension expires today, nearly all of these drivers can still avoid a trip to a DMV field office by renewing their license online – even if their renewal notice states an office visit is required.

Governor Gavin Newsom has signed executive orders waiving in-person renewals for eligible driver’s license and identification cardholders who had reached their maximum of out-of-office renewals. With that wavier in effect for the length of California’s State of Emergency or until modified, nearly all California drivers younger than age 70 are eligible to renew their license online or by mail.

Some drivers, including Californians applying for a REAL ID for the first time, still must visit a field office to complete their transaction. The DMV strongly encourages REAL ID applicants to fill out the online application and upload the required documents before their office visit. The DMV has issued automatic one-year extensions to drivers age 70 and older with expiring licenses.

Summary of California driver’s license extensions

 

 Expiration month

 Status

 Age 69 & younger  (noncommercial)

 Beginning March 2020

  • Expanded eligibility to renew online or by mail for licenses

 Age 70 & older (noncommercial)

 March-December 2020

  • Extended one year from original expiration date

 Commercial (all types, all ages)

 March-September 2020

  • Extended to
    September 30, 2020

 Learner’s permits   (noncommercial)

 March-August 2020

  • Extended six months or to a date 24 months from the date of application
 

DMV field office employees are assisting customers with appointments at the specific office or with limited transactions that require an in-person visit. The DMV continues to recommend that customers use its online services, expanded virtual services and other service channels to complete transactions, including eligible driver license and vehicle registration renewals. Customers can use the Service Advisor on the DMV website to learn their options to complete DMV tasks.

Plasma Donation Vitalant is collecting plasma from people who have recovered from COVID-19.

To be eligible, you must have:

  • A prior laboratory diagnosis of COVID-19, either by a positive swab test OR a positive test for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies requested by your health care provider
  • Complete resolution of symptoms for at least 28 days
  • All other donor eligibility for an automated plasma donation

Learn more at: https://www.vitalant.org/covidfree 

 

Testing COVID-19 drive through testing sites are offered throughout the County:

 

  1. Ford Dealership, 128 S. Hallock Dr., Santa Paula, CA 93060 M-F, 10-7
  2. Moorpark College, 7075 Campus Rd., Moorpark, CA 93021 M-F, 10-7
  3. Ventura College, 4667 Telegraph Rd., Ventura CA 93003, M-F, 10-7
  4. Weekend testing: Friday to Tuesday at Oxnard College, 4000 S. Rose Ave., Oxnard, CA 93033  10-7

 

*Sites are for those that live or work in Ventura County. No cost. No insurance needed. No appointment needed. If you are symptomatic or if you’ve been exposed to a positive person please consider getting tested.

 

Register Your Business to be in Compliance All businesses in the County of Ventura are required to register at www.vcreopens.com. Even if your business never had to close during the pandemic you must register. There is no cost to register. 

 

Frequently Asked Questions https://www.venturacountyrecovers.org/faqs/.

 

State Information State of California COVID-19 info site: https://covid19.ca.gov/. Frequently Asked Questions from the State: https://covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs/#top. 

Industry Guidance from the State: https://covid19.ca.gov/industry-guidance/#top

 

County Information  View the full COVID-19 stat dashboard at: www.venturacountyrecovers.org. 

 

Guidance for Face Coverings https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/CDPH%20Document%20Library/COVID-19/Guidance-for-Face-Coverings_06-18-2020.pdf

 

Food Share Pop Up Pantries for the Week of 7/27 https://foodshare.com/

7/28 5 pm, El Rio, Rio Mesa High School 545  Central Avenue

7/30 3 pm Thousand Oaks, Conejo Creek South, 1300 E. Janss Road

7/31, 3 pm Santa Paula, Harding Park , 1330 E. Harvard Blvd.

8/1, 12:30 pm, Moorpark, Ruben Castro Charities, 5700 Condor Drive, Career Education Center

*Boxes distributed at each site until supplies run out. Distributions are limited to residents of Ventura County.

Testing

COVID-19 drive through testing sites are offered throughout the County:

 

  1. Ford Dealership, 128 S. Hallock Dr., Santa Paula, CA 93060 M-F, 10-7
  2. Moorpark College, 7075 Campus Rd., Moorpark, CA 93021 M-F, 10-7
  3. Ventura College, 4667 Telegraph Rd., Ventura CA 93003, M-F, 10-7
  4. Weekend testing: Friday to Tuesday at Oxnard College, 4000 S. Rose Ave., Oxnard, CA 93033  10-7

*Sites are for those that live or work in Ventura County. No cost. No insurance needed. No appointment needed. If you are symptomatic or if you’ve been exposed to a positive person please consider getting tested.

 

Register Your Business to be in Compliance

All businesses in the County of Ventura are required to register at www.vcreopens.com. Even if your business never had to close during the pandemic you must register. There is no cost to register.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

https://www.venturacountyrecovers.org/faqs/.

 

State Information

State of California COVID-19 info site: https://covid19.ca.gov/. Frequently Asked Questions from the State: https://covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs/#top.

Industry Guidance from the State: https://covid19.ca.gov/industry-guidance/#top

 

County Information

View the full COVID-19 stat dashboard at: www.venturacountyrecovers.org.

 

Guidance for Face Coverings

https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/CDPH%20Document%20Library/COVID-19/Guidance-for-Face-Coverings_06-18-2020.pdf

 

Food Share Pop Up Pantries for the Week of 7/27

https://foodshare.com/

7/28 5 pm, El Rio, Rio Mesa High School 545  Central Avenue

7/30 3 pm Thousand Oaks, Conejo Creek South, 1300 E. Janss Road

7/31, 3 pm Santa Paula, Harding Park , 1330 E. Harvard Blvd.

8/1, 12:30 pm, Moorpark, Ruben Castro Charities, 5700 Condor Drive, Career Education Center

*Boxes distributed at each site until supplies run out. Distributions are limited to residents of Ventura County.

 

Governor Newsom Announces New Supports for California Workers 

Governor announces support for workers to isolate and quarantine outside their home

 

Unveils new actions to increase outreach and education to slow the spread and reduce the risk for COVID-19 at work, at home, and in the community 

 

Announces new resources for employers to support a safe, clean environment for workers and customers

 

SACRAMENTO -- Building on previous actions to protect California’s front-line workforce, Governor Gavin Newsom today announced a host of new safeguards for California workers who face the greatest risk of COVID-19. In addition to support for workers, including agricultural and farmworkers, to isolate and quarantine, Governor Newsom unveiled a robust education campaign for workers and employers. He also committed to working with the Legislature and key stakeholders to expand critical protections like paid sick leave.

 

"Stopping the spread of COVID-19 depends on keeping our workers safe," said Governor Newsom. "The vital work they do every day puts them and their families at higher risk for exposure and infection. Taking action to protect them will help protect all Californians. Working with the Legislature, we will advance new initiatives to support these key workers and their employers.”

 

Helping Workers Isolate and Quarantine

 

Isolation and quarantine are proven public health interventions fundamental to reducing COVID-19 transmission. Many who contract COVID-19 have mild to moderate symptoms, do not require hospitalization, and can isolate at home. Providing safe, suitable places for isolation outside a home can help stop the spread to other household members. This is especially important for people who live in multigenerational households.

 

The state will allocate existing federal funds to local public health departments and community-based organizations to assist with supportive services for isolation and quarantine.

 

A new program, Housing for the Harvest, provides safe, temporary isolation spaces for agricultural and farmworkers who test positive or were exposed to the virus, which limits the risk of spreading COVID-19 to their coworkers or households. This program will operate in partnership with counties and local partners in the Central Valley, Central Coast, and Imperial Valley – the regions with the highest number of agricultural workers.

 

These efforts build on the state’s experience with already-established isolation programs, including Hotels for Health Care Workers serving COVID-19 positive patients and Project Roomkey, the non-congregate shelter program for COVID-19 positive, exposed or vulnerable homeless Californians.

 

Outreach and Education

 

Building on California’s public awareness campaign to #WearAMask and #StoptheSpread, the campaign will expand its reach to employers, to workers and to their families to inform them of ways they can break the cycle of spread and reduce their risk for COVID-19 at work, at home, and in their community. This effort will leverage the public service media campaign, and build a more comprehensive community engagement strategy to include work with community-based organizations, promotoras, labor unions and worker advocacy groups to directly reach workers. 

 

Support for Employees

 

Governor Newsom will work with the Legislature to build on previous executive action and advance worker protections. Expanded paid sick leave will provide workers financial security so they are able to stay home when sick. Similarly, workers’ compensation access helps ensure that front-line workers can quarantine and stay home from work when ill.

 

Employer Resources

 

As California businesses work to reopen, a new Employer Playbook released today will guide them on how to provide a clean environment for workers and customers to reduce risk. Proactive education efforts led by the Labor and Workforce Development Agency (LWDA) will provide information and support to businesses to help them come into and stay in compliance, including technical assistance and a model training program. Additionally, the state will provide employers information to share with their workers regarding health insurers’ COVID-19 testing coverage and eligibility requirements.

 

Strategic Enforcement

 

Cal/OSHA and the Labor Commissioner’s Office have strategically targeted investigations in high-risk industries, where the state has seen the most workplace outbreaks. Expedited enforcement authority and advanced reporting of health and safety hazards at work will improve enforcement outcomes. Requiring employers to report outbreaks to their local health departments will help track county transmission. Governor Newsom will work with the Legislature to establish this authority. 

 

Today’s actions and proposals build on ongoing efforts to protect workers from the first days of this crisis. In addition to strengthening supports like paid sick leave for workers in the food sector and expanded child care, the administration has built a pipeline of personal protective equipment to help these workers stay safe on the job. The state has also expanded testing and health plan reimbursement for the essential workforce, in addition to requiring health plans to reimburse all COVID-19 testing for high-risk essential workers. Finally, the administration has released robust workplace safety and health guidance that emphasizes masks, distancing, cleaning, hand washing, screenings and staying home if feeling sick. 

 

Watch the new PSAs about how we can all do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep California healthy here:

 

 

Listen to radio spots for essential workers about how to safely transition from work to home here:

 

Food Share Pop-Up Pantry Schedule for the Week of 7/20

7/24 3pm Harding Park, 1330 E. Harvard Blvd., Santa Paula

7/25 12:30pm Ruben Castro Charities, Career Education Center, 5700 Condor Dr., Moorpark

 

COVID-19 drive through testing sites. No cost. No insurance needed. No appointment needed.

Ford Dealership, 128 S. Hallock Dr., Santa Paula, CA 93060 - Monday-Friday, 10am-7pm

Moorpark College, 7075 Campus Rd., Moorpark, CA 93021 - Monday-Friday, 10am-7pm

Oxnard College, 4000 S. Rose Ave., Oxnard, CA 93033 - Friday-Tuesday, 10am-7pm

Ventura College, 4667 Telegraph Rd., Ventura CA 93003, - Monday-Friday, 10-7

Testing also available at all County clinics and state sites.

 

For more information on testing and resources, visit www.venturacountyrecovers.org

Governor Gavin Newsom Lays Out Pandemic Plan for Learning and Safe Schools  

Plan centers on rigorous instruction for students even when schools are physically closed

 

Decisions to open in-person will be determined by local data that the public can track on a daily basis

 

Schools open for in-person instruction will implement precautions, including a requirement that students in 3rd grade and above wear masks

 

Newsom: “In California, health data will determine when a school can be physically open – and when it must close – but learning should never stop”

 

SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today announced his plan for learning and safe schools ahead of the 2020–2021 school year, as the California Department of Public Health issued a framework for when and how schools should reopen for in-person instruction.

 

“Learning is non-negotiable,” said Governor Newsom. “The virus will be with us for a year or more, and school districts must provide meaningful instruction in the midst of this pandemic. In California, health data will determine when a school can be physically open – and when it must close – but learning should never stop. Students, staff, and parents all prefer in-classroom instruction, but only if it can be done safely.”

 

The Governor’s plan centers on five key areas:

 

1) Safe in-person school based on local health data

 

The California Department of Public Health today issued updated schools guidance that includes using existing epidemiological metrics to determine if school districts can start in-person instruction. CDPH currently uses six indicators to track the level of COVID-19 infection in each California county as well as the preparedness of the county health care system – data that includes the number of new infections per 100,000 residents, the test positivity rate, and the change in hospitalization rate, among others. Any county that does not meet the state’s benchmarks is put on the County Monitoring List.

 

Schools located in counties that are on the Monitoring List must not physically open for in-person instruction until their county has come off the Monitoring List for 14 consecutive days. Schools in counties that have not been on the Monitoring List for the prior 14 days may begin in-person instruction, following public health guidelines. School community members – including parents, teachers, staff and students – can track daily data on whether and why their county is on the Monitoring List at https://covid19.ca.gov/roadmap-counties/#track-data.

 

There is a single exception. Local health officers may grant a waiver to allow elementary schools to reopen in-person instruction if the waiver is requested by the district superintendent, in consultation with labor, parents and community-based organizations. When considering a waiver request, the local health officer must consider local data and consult with the California Department of Public Health.

 

The Department also issued updated guidance for when schools must physically close and revert to distance learning because of COVID-19 infections. Following a confirmed case of a student who was at school during his or her infectious period, other exposed students and staff should be quarantined for 14 days. The school should revert to distance learning when multiple cohorts have cases or 5 percent of students and staff test positive within a 14-day period. The district should revert to distance learning when 25 percent or more of its schools have been physically closed due to COVID-19 within 14 days. Closure decisions should be made in consultation with local health officers. After 14 days, school districts may return to in-person instruction with the approval of the local public health officer.

 

2) Strong mask requirements for anyone in the school

 

In the updated guidance, all staff and students in 3rd grade and above will be required to wear a mask or face covering. Students in 2nd grade and below are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering. Students should be provided a face covering if they do not have one. The state has delivered over 18 million face coverings to schools to support them to reopen and ensure all students can participate in learning.

 

3) Physical distancing requirements & other adaptations

 

In the updated guidance, CDPH requires that all adults stay 6 feet from one another and 6 feet away from children, while students should maintain 6 feet of distance from one another as practicable. Anyone entering the school must do a health screen, and any student or staff exhibiting a fever or other symptoms will be immediately sent home. The guidance also provides that if anyone in a student or staff member’s household is sick, they too should stay home.

 

4) Regular testing and dedicated contact tracing for outbreaks at schools

 

The public health guidance recommends staff in every California school be tested for COVID-19 periodically based on local disease trends and as testing capacity allows. The Governor also announced today that the state will provide resources and technical assistance for COVID-19 investigations in school settings.

 

5) Rigorous distance learning

 

Over the course of the pandemic, most schools will likely face physical closure at some point due to COVID-19. The Legislature and Governor Newsom enacted a budget that provided $5.3 billion in additional funding to support learning, and set requirements to ensure schools provide rigorous and grade-appropriate instruction. Under newly enacted state law, school districts are required to provide:

 

  • Devices and connectivity so that every child can participate in distance learning. 
  • Daily live interaction for every child with teachers and other students. 
  • Class assignments that are challenging and equivalent to in-person instruction. 
  • Targeted supports and interventions for English learners and special education students.

 

The full guidance from the California Department of Public Health can be found here: https://files.covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-schools.pdf

 

 


Ventura County Business Ambassadors help businesses navigate COVID-19 compliance

State inspectors find 99% compliance during local inspections

 

Ventura, CA – To support local businesses and help ensure ongoing compliance with State and County Health orders and direction, the County of Ventura implemented a Business Ambassador program in partnership with City code enforcement partners, early in the COVID-19 response efforts. The special program has assisted businesses with navigating State and local guidance.

 

“Our Business Ambassador program is unique. The ambassadors check on businesses with the spirit of education to help these businesses follow the state guidance. The business community has worked so hard during this unprecedented time. They have really done a remarkable job helping to protect employees and their customers,” said Mike Powers, County Executive Officer.

 

To assure business compliance throughout the State, Governor Newsom has sent “strike teams” comprised of inspectors from Alcohol Beverage Control, Division of Occupational Safety and Health and other state licensing entities. More than 630 businesses have been visited by the State inspectors. The State inspectors have reported that 99% of businesses in Ventura County are in compliance. Three businesses received citations for indoor dining and employees not wearing face coverings.

 

“Our Business Ambassadors in Environmental Health have performed more than 6,700 site visits since March 16, 2020.  Our inspectors are coordinating with the State’s ABC teams to ensure compliance.  We are very pleased to see this level of support from the State,” said Charles Genkel, Deputy Director of the Ventura County Resource Management Agency.

 

The state is taking enforcement action for the following violations: employees not wearing masks or wearing them improperly, businesses not enforcing physical distancing requirements and businesses exercising privileges indoors.

 

All businesses in Ventura County must register and complete the attestation form, even if they never had to close during the pandemic, at www.vcreopens.com.

 

They must also:

 

  1. Complete a detailed risk assessment of your business in accordance with the state guidelines.
  2. Complete a written worksite-specific COVID-19 Prevention Plan and post it at your business.
  3. Implement the prevention measures identified in your worksite-specific COVID-19 Prevention Plan.
  4. Designate an on-duty employee responsible for monitoring compliance with your plan.
  5. Post the COVID compliance hotline contact information on a flyer in an area where customers can easily view it.

 

Community members are encouraged to follow the guidance provided at businesses. Face coverings and physical distancing is required. Learn more about the State’s industry guidance at: https://covid19.ca.gov/industry-guidance/.

 

Bars, breweries, wineries and similar establishments can reopen for outdoor service in Ventura County 

 

Ventura, CA - Effective immediately, all bars, pubs, brewpubs, breweries and other businesses licensed to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption on their premises must close indoor operations, but may open outdoor operations if they offer sit-down, outdoor dine-in meals. Alcohol can only be sold in the same transaction as a meal. Wineries and wine tasting rooms may open outdoor operations even if they do not offer sit-down, outdoor dine-in meals.

 

In addition to complying with all applicable State orders and guidance, bars, pubs, brewpubs, breweries, wineries and wine tasting rooms must comply with the following local requirements:

 

(a) Only members of the same household may sit together at a single table,

(b) The maximum time a patron may be on the premises is 1 and ½ hours, and

(c) Bars must be closed to the public between 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m.

 

https://vcportal.ventura.org/covid19/docs/2020-07-16_VC_Public_Health_Officer_Order.pdf

 

Read the State guidance at: https://files.covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-restaurants-bars.pdf

 

 

Most Ventura County Schools to Begin New Year Entirely with Distance Learning 

With cases of COVID-19 surging in Ventura County and throughout California, most local school districts and charter schools have decided to begin the 2020-2021 school year entirely using distance learning without bringing students back to campuses. Ventura County schools had been hoping to begin the year with a mix of in-class and distance learning, but the worsening coronavirus crisis has increased the risks of reopening campuses, even on a limited basis. Nearly all of the school districts and charter schools in the county as well as the Ventura County Office of Education have jointly agreed this is the best course of action at this time. Ventura County Public Health Officer Dr. Robert Levin has endorsed the plan to begin the school year with distance learning in the interest of reducing the spread of the coronavirus.

The Ventura County school districts and charter schools that have decided to begin the 2020-2021 school year entirely with distance learning are:

SCHOOL DISTRICTS

  • Briggs School District
  • Conejo Valley Unified School District
  • Fillmore Unified School District
  • Hueneme Elementary School District
  • Las Virgenes Unified School District *
  • Mupu Elementary School District
  • Oak Park Unified School District
  • Ocean View School District
  • Oxnard School District (K-8)
  • Oxnard Union High School District
  • Pleasant Valley School District
  • Rio School District
  • Santa Clara Elementary School District
  • Santa Paula Unified School District
  • Simi Valley Unified School District
  • Somis Union School District
  • Ventura County Office of Education

CHARTER SCHOOLS

  • Architecture, Construction & Engineering Charter High School
  • Bridges Charter School
  • Camarillo Academy of Progressive Education
  • Golden Valley Charter School
  • Ivy Tech Charter School
  • Meadows Arts and Technology Elementary School
  • River Oaks Academy
  • University Preparation Charter School
  • Valley Oak Charter School
  • Vista Real Charter High School

 

The Ventura Unified, Moorpark Unified, Ojai Unified and Mesa Union school districts as well as Ventura Charter School are still evaluating how they will begin the new school year and have not yet announced their plans.

 

The school districts that have decided not to reopen campuses at the start of the year will begin providing distance learning on their regularly scheduled opening dates, which vary from district to district. The first day of school for most districts is in mid to late August. A calendar with the opening dates for all districts is available at this link. It is not yet known when these districts will begin welcoming students back to their campuses. School leaders will be continually monitoring the spread of the virus and evolving public health guidance as they evaluate when they can safely start returning students to class.

 

It’s possible some districts will begin reopening earlier than others based on local conditions and their unique student populations. For example, smaller districts may be able to reopen earlier because their smaller enrollments make adhering to social distancing protocols more feasible. It’s also possible that programs for students with special needs could reopen earlier because the number of students enrolled in each class is already very limited.

 

“Keeping campuses closed is not a decision that any of us take lightly,” said Stan Mantooth, Ventura County Superintendent of Schools. “We want nothing more than to bring all students back to class where their educational, social and developmental needs can be best met. However, we cannot in good conscience reopen all of our campuses at a time when the coronavirus is surging in our state and our region.”

 

In making the decision now, the districts will have time to further optimize their plans to deliver high-quality distance learning. Since school campuses abruptly closed in March, local educators have been refining their distance learning offerings based on extensive feedback from students, parents and teachers. They’ve also been working to ensure that all students who need it have access to computers and connections to the internet. Local districts intend to continue providing school meals while campuses are closed.

 

Many school districts throughout California, including the two largest – Los Angeles Unified and San Diego Unified – have also announced that they will begin the new school year entirely with distance learning. When Ventura County schools do begin bringing students back to class, they will follow guidelines in the Framework for Reopening Ventura County Schools that was released last week by the Ventura County Office of Education in consultation with Ventura County Public Health.

 

Ventura County school districts and charter schools will be providing additional details about their plans for the new school year to their communities. A list of school district websites is available here and a list of local charter school websites is available here.

 

For the latest updates on the impact of the coronavirus on Ventura County public schools, please visit the Ventura County Office of Education website at www.vcoe.org.

 

* Las Virgenes Unified School District is based in Los Angeles County, but serves a portion of Ventura County.

 

County of Ventura Government buildings closing to public effective July 20

Services offered virtually, by phone and by appointment

 

Ventura, Calif - The County of Ventura will close all of its buildings to the public, with the exception of County health clinics, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, Ventura County Fire Department, and other public safety services, effective Monday, July 20, to align with the Governor’s order to limit indoor operations as a precautionary measure to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Members of the public will continue to be able to access most County services online, by phone and by appointment.

 

“Our departments will continue to provide essential services to our residents, but it is prudent to limit public access to our facilities as the number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to increase. We will continue to monitor the situation and urge the public to follow the guidance of the Public Health Department,” said County Executive Officer Mike Powers.

 

County hospitals and clinics will remain open. All first response and public safety services will continue; and home visits and other services to vulnerable populations will also continue to be provided. The Airports will remain open. County libraries will continue to offer outside pick up. Marriage licenses will continue to be issued via appointment. County staff will continue to report to work at their assigned work sites and provide services for the duration of the closure.

 

“Virtual methods have been long-standing and efficient ways to conduct business with the County. Returning to virtual means is one way the County is helping to slow the spread of COVD-19. Our County family is dedicated to providing high-quality services in a safe manner for our employees, community members and visitors,” added Powers.

 

All County phone lines will be staffed. Community members can call the County at 805-654-5000 and are encouraged to access services online at www.ventura.org.

 

Meetings of the Board of Supervisors will operate virtually. Public participation is available by telephone, video and in writing. More information at: https://www.ventura.org/board-of-supervisors/agendas-documents-and-broadcasts/.

 

"We urgently need to slow the spread of this disease in order to keep our hospitals and emergency rooms from becoming overwhelmed,” said Public Health Officer Doctor Robert Levin. "Community members are urged to wear masks, social distance and to stay home as much as possible. Our collective efforts during this pandemic can literally save the lives of our loved ones and most vulnerable residents."

 

www.venturacountyrecovers.org

 


Thousand Oaks Closing City Hall Because of New Covid Rules

As the Governor has announced roll-back of the reopening of some sectors of the economy, the City of Thousand Oaks has reevaluated staffing and services being provided at City Hall. Effective Wednesday, July 15, 2020, City Hall will be closed to walk-in traffic, with limited appointments available for certain services.

Critical field services, including building inspections, code-compliance inspections, street maintenance, water infrastructure maintenance, wastewater infrastructure maintenance, and landscape maintenance will continue to be provided. Many City services remain available on a virtual basis.

For a full list of services that can be completed online, including payments, permits, and more, visit www.toaks.org/virtualservices. City staff continues to remain available by phone or email in all departments. 

We appreciate the opportunity to provide important services to our residents and will work to make sure the services are uninterrupted and are safe for our residents and our staff.

 

 

Governor Returns To Restrictions On More Businesses And Activities

 

Ventura, CA – Governor Gavin Newsom and the California Department of Public Health today expanded statewide its indoor closures for businesses that encourage mixing of individuals beyond immediate households and make physical distancing and wearing face coverings difficult.

 

The state is similarly expanding statewide its order for brewpubs, breweries, bars, and pubs to close, both indoors and outdoors, unless they are offering sit down meals outdoors and comply with guidance issued on June 28These businesses must remain closed in Ventura County unless they have a restaurant permit issued by Ventura County Environmental Health.

 

Today’s order is effective immediately and the closures will remain in effect until the State Public Health Officer determines it is appropriate to modify the order based on public health conditions. 

Counties on the County Monitoring List for three or more consecutive days – currently 29 counties, including Ventura County, accounting for 80 percent of the state’s population – must close indoor operations for the following activities:

 

  • Gyms and Fitness Centers
  • Places of Worship 
  • Indoor Protests
  • Offices for Non-Critical Infrastructure Sectors as identified at covid19.ca.gov  
  • Personal Care Services (including nail salons, massage parlors, and tattoo parlors)
  • Hair Salons and Barbershops
  • Malls

 

DMV Gives 1-Year Extension to Senior Drivers with Expiring Licenses

Licenses for drivers 70 and older that expire March through December 2020 now valid until 2021

Sacramento – The California Department of Motor Vehicles is providing an automatic one-year extension to Californians age 70 and older with a noncommercial driver license with an expiration date between March 1 and December 31, 2020. This action delays the requirement for this population to visit a DMV office during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The DMV previously provided 120-day extensions to senior drivers with noncommercial licenses expiring in March through July. While the new extensions are automatic, drivers will not receive a new card or paper extension in the mail. As an option, drivers can request a free temporary paper extension online beginning July 15 through DMV’s Virtual Field Office to document the extension, though it is not needed to drive. Californians with a suspended license are not eligible.

California law requires drivers age 70 and older to visit a DMV field office to renew their license but gives the DMV authority to issue extensions. The DMV has alerted California law enforcement of the extensions. The TSA accepts driver licenses for a year after the expiration date.

Commercial licenses, including those for drivers 70 and older, expiring between March and September are extended through September 30, 2020, to align with federal guidelines.

The one-year extension for senior drivers is the latest action to help Californians avoid or delay a DMV office visit during the COVID-19 pandemic. The DMV has issued extensions for expiring driver licenses and permits, expanded eligibility to renew a driver license or identification card online or by mail, and created new digital options for transactions that previously required an in-person office visit. The DMV continues to streamline its processes to limit the time customers spend at an office. Customers are encouraged to fill out the online application and upload their documents before they come to the office. The DMV is also contemplating other ways to safely serve seniors.

Summary of California driver license extensions

 

 Expiration month

 Status

 Age 70 & older (noncommercial)

 March-December 2020

  • Extended one year from original expiration date

 Age 69 & younger   (noncommercial)

 March-July 2020

  • Extended to July 31, 2020
  • Expanded eligibility to renew online or by mail

 Commercial (all ages) 

 March-September 2020

  • Extended to
    September 30, 2020

 Learner’s permits

 March-August 2020

  • Extended six months or to a date 24 months from the date of application
 

DMV field office employees are assisting customers with appointments at the specific office or with limited transactions that require an in-person visit. Last month, offices began offering additional services, including vehicle inspections and behind-the-wheel drive tests. The DMV continues to recommend that customers use its online services, expanded virtual services and other service channels to complete transactions, including eligible driver license and vehicle registration renewals. Customers can use the Service Advisor on the DMV website to learn their options to complete DMV tasks.

 

California's Mandatory Mask Rule

Let’s #MaskUp Ventura County: Coronavirus spreads when an infected person speaks, sneezes, or coughs within 6 feet of others. You may have the virus and spread it even if you feel well. So it’s important to cover your nose and mouth when outside your home. Wearing a mask or cloth face covering can slow the spread of COVID-19 by limiting the release of virus into the air. It also reinforces physical distancing, and shows you care about the health of others. Public health officials now require people in California to wear masks or face coverings in most settings outside the home. Read the guidelines here.   

Who needs a mask?

  • Anyone going outside their home
  • Workers in customer-facing industries
  • Workers in offices, factories, or any group setting
  • Doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals
  • Other workers, as dictated by industry guidance

Who shouldn’t wear a mask?

  • Children under 2 years old
  • Anyone with respiratory issues where it would impede their breathing
  • Anyone unable to remove the mask without help
  • Anyone with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that does not allow them to wear a mask

See a complete list of who should not wear a mask.

When should you wear a mask?

You should wear a mask or face covering whenever you’ll be around someone you don’t live with, including:

  • In any indoor public space
  • When waiting in line
  • When getting health care
  • On public transportation or when ride-sharing
  • At work, when near others or moving through common areas 
  • Outdoors, if you can’t stay 6 feet away from others

When can I take my mask off in these settings?

There are times when it’s okay to take your mask or face covering off, such as:

  • When eating or drinking
  • If a hearing-impaired person needs to read your lips
  • If wearing a face covering imposes a risk to you at work – for example, if it could get caught in machinery
  • When you’re not sharing a common area, room or enclosed space with others
  • When you are getting a service to the nose or face
  • When outdoors in public and can stay six feet from others

You should replace the mask as soon as you can after these activities to reduce the risk of infection.

Kinds of masks: There are many kinds of masks, but cloth, surgical and N95s are the common 3.

Cloth mask or face covering: This is cloth used to cover the nose and mouth, tied behind the head, or secured over the ears with elastic loops. It is made of cotton, silk, linen, or neoprene, and can be machine-made or hand-sewn. A homemade version can be improvised from a scarf or t-shirt. It should be made of tightly woven fabric. Most people should wear a cloth mask. This is so there can be enough surgical masks and N95 respirator masks for medical personnel. Wearing a cloth face covering doesn’t take the place of physical distancing. It is effective when combined with keeping a 6-foot distance from others. Use and care: Wear a clean mask every time you go out. Wash in the laundry or by hand between uses. See more mask care instructions from the California Department of Public Health. Where to find: Many online sellers now offer masks in a variety of materials. You can also make your own. Read how in this cloth mask guidance from the CDC.

Surgical mask: This is a manufactured disposable mask, often used in surgery. Medical personnel wear them for protection against fluid splashes.

Some non-medical workers also wear surgical masks for disposability and fluid protection. They include those who work in:

  • Manufacturing
  • Food processing
  • Community/social services
  • Social work
  • In-home day care
  • Law enforcement/public safety
  • Schools

Please don’t buy surgical masks for personal use. They are part of PPE needed by medical professionals. Use and care: Start with a new mask every day. Replace and dispose of it according to your workplace guidelines. Where to find: If you are in one of the above industries, your employer should provide surgical masks at work. If you’re a frontline employer and need to order them for your workers, see how to Request PPE.

N95 respirator mask: This is a mask with a respirator that blocks 95% of particles that are otherwise inhaled. Medical personnel need them the most, but they’re used by some workers in other industries. They are part of PPE needed by medical professionals. Use and care: Start with a new mask every day. Replace and dispose of it according to your workplace guidelines. Where to find: If an N95 respirator mask is required for your job, your employer should provide them at work.

If you’re a frontline employer who needs them for your workers, see how to Request PPE.

See this chart of the various types of masks (PDF) for more details

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

Testing also available at all County clinics and state sites. Information in the attached pdf.

 

Food Share Pop-Up Pantries

7/9 3 pm, Thousand Oaks, Conejo Creek South, 1300 E. Janss Road

7/10, 3 pm, Santa Paula, Harding Park, 1330 E. Harvard Blvd

7/11, 12:30 pm, Moorpark, Ruben Castro Charities, 5700 Condor Drive

 

Mental Health and Wellness Resourceshttps://www.wellnesseveryday.org/

SBA PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM REOPENS
The SBA has extended the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan application window through August 8, 2020 in response to the Paycheck Protection Program Extension Act. PPP is designed to help small business, nonprofits, veteran organizations, Tribal concerns, self-employed individuals, independent contractors, and other eligible borrowers keep their workers employed during the COVID-19 crisis.
 
·  Loans will be fully forgiven if proceeds are used for payroll (at least 60%) and other designated business operating expenses (interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities) in the eight weeks following loan origination
·  Loan forgiveness is based on employer maintaining salary levels and quickly rehiring employees
·  Loans issued will have an interest rate of 1%, maturity of 5 years, first payment deferred for six months, and 100% guarantee by the SBA
·  No collateral, personal guarantees, or government or lender fees
 
The SBA is accepting applications July 6, 2020 through August 8, 2020.
Apply through any existing and currently issuing SBA 7(a) lender or other approved lender. Visit SBA website to access lender forms, guidance, & interim final rules. Questions? Visit the PPP FAQ page at https://www.sba.gov/document/support-faq-lenders-borrowers
The County of Ventura Business Assistance Grant Program
Deadline Wednesday, July 8th
The County of Ventura has created a COVID-19 Business Assistance Grant Program to provide grants of $5,000 awarded to small businesses and nonprofit organizations located in Ventura County to alleviate impacts from COVID-19.
The grant program is designed to cover expenses 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 (e.g., cleaning services, signage, customer interface capabilities, additional security, etc.).
If you have not applied, please consider the following:
  1. Even if your business is doing fine, this grant can be used to bolster your business, perhaps paying for some improvement that you have been putting off.
  2. The County will be doing future rounds of funding, however this is the only application period. Businesses need to apply NOW to be considered for future covid support.
For additional assistance, please call (805) 600-2875, email businessassistancegrants@vccf.org or visit vcreopens.com
Application Deadline for Business Assistance Grant Program this Wednesday
Businesses and nonprofits are encouraged to apply for the County’s Business Assistance Grant Program. Please visit the www.vcreopens.com website. This page has been updated with additional information about the Business Assistance Program and a link to the application website. The Business Assistance Program website contains a description of all program details, eligibility, and protocols. It also provide answers to Frequently Asked Questions and a listing of scheduled virtual meetings as well as available office hours. 
 
Important information you should know about these grants:
  • The deadline is this Wednesday (7/8) and there are people standing by to help with the application who can be reached at 805-600-2875.
  • Even if your business is doing fine, this grant can be used to bolster your business, perhaps paying for some improvement that you have been putting off.
  • The County will be doing future rounds of funding, however this is the only application period. Businesses need to apply NOW to be considered for future COVID support. Businesses may be OK today, but we don't know how long this will last. 
Grant Information
EIDL still accepting applications from all businesses
To further meet the needs of U.S. small businesses and non-profits, the U.S. Small Business Administration reopened the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance program portal to all eligible applicants experiencing economic impacts due to COVID-19 today.
 
SBA’s EIDL program offers long-term, low interest assistance for a small business or non-profit. These loans can provide vital economic support to help alleviate temporary loss of revenue. EIDL assistance can be used to cover payroll and inventory, pay debt or fund other expenses. Additionally, the EIDL Advance will provide up to $10,000 ($1,000 per employee) of emergency economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing temporary difficulties, and these emergency grants do not have to be repaid.
SBA’s COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)
and EIDL Advance
The SBA is offering low interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses and non-profit organizations that are suffering substantial economic injury as a result of COVID-19 in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories.
  • These loans may be used to pay debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact, and that are not already covered by a Paycheck Protection Program loan. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses. The interest rate for non-profits is 2.75%.
  • To keep payments affordable for small businesses, SBA offers loans with long repayment terms, up to a maximum of 30 years. Plus, the first payment is deferred for one year.
  • In addition, small businesses and non-profits may request, as part of their loan application, an EIDL Advance of up to $10,000. The EIDL Advance is designed to provide emergency economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. This advance will not have to be repaid, and small businesses may receive an advance even if they are not approved for a loan.
  • SBA’s EIDL and EIDL Advance are just one piece of the expanded focus of the federal government’s coordinated response.
  • The SBA is also assisting small businesses and non-profits with access to the federal forgivable loan program, the Paycheck Protection Program, which is currently accepting applications until June 30, 2020.
 
For additional information, please visit the SBA disaster assistance website at SBA.gov/Disaster. 


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.

###

 

 

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