BREAKING NEWS March 22: First Ventura County resident dies from COVID-19; first Ojai resident reported positive for COVID-19; 30 confirmed cases in Ventura County

3 23 LATEST FIGURESThe first reported death from COVID-19 in Ventura County was reported the evening of March 22.

Ventura County Public Health also reported the first confirmed positive COVID-19 case in Ojai and four new cases since March 22, bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases in Ventura County to 30.

The individual who sadly passed away was in their 70s with underlying health conditions, according to county public information officer Ashley Bautista. "Community members are urged to stay home during this critical time" according to a Ventura County Public Health press release. "We must stop the spread to save lives."
"Public Health extends our deepest condolences to the individual's loved ones in the wake of this tragedy," said Ventura County Public Health Officer Dr. Robert Levin.
"In these uncertain times, one thing is clear: The spread of COVID-19 is broad. Everyone should assume that anyone can have COVID-19, and anyone could unintentionally infect others. Therefore, we are imploring everyone who can, to stay home and stay safe."

Ventura County Public Health reported a total of 603 COVID-19 tests have been conducted thus far on Ventura County residents in public and private labs .

Here are the numbers:
— 1 case in Ojai
— 4 cases in Camarillo
— 1 case in Oak Park
— 3 cases in Oxnard
— 2 cases in Santa Paula
— 10 cases in Simi Valley
— 5 cases in Thousand Oaks
— 3 cases in Ventura
— 1 case in Westlake Village


The ages are:

— One from 0 to 17
— Two from 18 to 24
— Five from 25 to 44
— Thirteen from 45 to 64
— Nine 65 and over.
In addition, county public information officer Ashley Bautista included information on where people may donate personal protective equipment and support for those in need:
— To read Ventura County Public Health Officer Dr. Robert Levin's Stay Well At Home Order, issued March 20, visit:
— To view a video message on March 20 from Public Health Officer Dr. Robert Levin, visit:
— To view a video message on March 20 from Ventura County CEO Mike Powers, visit:
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