UPDATE on COVID-19 Sunday, March 15: New test on child is negative for COVID-19, five COVID-19 cases diagnosed in Ventura County; video by county Public Health Officer Dr. Robert Levin

3 13 LEVINOn Saturday, March 14, at 9:20 p.m., Ventura County Public Health announced that a presumptive positive case now appears to be negative for an 8-year-old being treated at Children's Hospital Los Angeles.

The child was retested by Los Angeles Children's Hospital with a new sample and the results were negative, according to county Public Information Officer Ashley Bautista on March 14.

She said Ventura County Public Health retested the original specimen and also had a negative result.

The same specimen is with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Ventura County Public Health is waiting for the official results. "Ventura County Public Health can no longer confirm a case of community transmission at this time. This is good news, it may put us further ahead on the curve of preventing the widespread outbreak of COVID-19 in Ventura County," said Ventura County Public Health Officer Dr. Robert Levin.

Ventura County Public Health Officer Dr. Robert Levin videotaped a message Friday, March 13, with the latest information that day (still counting the child as positive before the new tests were in Saturday, March 14). View the latest information from Ventura County Public Health and Dr. Levin's message by going to .

One of the new cases reported Friday is a person who had traveled from Egypt. The person has had limited public contact and remains under home quarantine.



There are now four presumptive positive cases in Ventura County, pending confirmation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and one positive case, confirmed earlier this week by the CDC.

As of March 15, the Ventura County Public Health Lab has conducted 149 COVID-19 tests, with 144 negative, according to Ventura County Public Health.

Based on available evidence, children do not appear to be at higher risk for COVID-19 than adults. The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar in children and adults. However, children with confirmed COVID-19 have generally presented with mild symptoms.
Reported symptoms include cold-like symptoms, such as fever and cough. Children with underlying medical conditions and special healthcare needs may be at a higher risk for severe illness. Ventura County Public Health is encouraging all community members who are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 to take actions to reduce their risk.
Older adults, individuals with compromised immune systems, and individuals who have serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer or lung disease are encouraged to practice social distancing. Such individuals are encouraged to avoid public settings, avoid people who are sick and avoid hugging or shaking hands.
Preventive actions for all community members include:
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, or having been in a public place.
Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
If you feel sick, please contact your doctor first before seeking medical care so that appropriate precautions can be taken. If you have an emergency, please call 911. Your personal doctor can answer questions about your health and circumstances.
The California Department of Public Health has state guidance on how to prepare and protect community members from COVID-19 at the following link. Also, found at .   
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