March 30: 126 cases in Ventura County; 2 in Ojai, 1 in Oak View

3 30 COVID1Four people in Ventura County have died from COVID-19, according to Ventura County Public Health, which also reported Monday, March 30, that there are now 126 positive COVID-19 cases in Ventura County. Twenty-eight people with COVID-19 have been hospitalized, including the four who died.

Two of the people who are confirmed to have tested positive for COVID-19  are in Ojai and one is in Oak View.

Three people who died of COVID-19 were in their 70s with pre-existing health conditions and the latest person to die was in his or her 80s, according to Ashley Bautista, county public information officer.
For up-to-date official information on COVID-19 in Ventura County, visit:
A total of 2,213 Ventura County residents had been tested in public and private labs as of Monday, March 30, Bautista said.


Bautista reported there are:

— 17 new cases since March 29.
— 16 people have recovered.
— 106 active cases.




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Of the cases:
— 2 are in Ojai
— 1 is in Oak View
— 21 are in Camarillo
— 2 are in Lake Sherwood
— 8 are in Moorpark
— 6 are in Oak Park
— 18 are in Oxnard
—  2 are in Santa Paula
— 21 are in Simi Valley
— 1 is in Somis
— 22 are in Thousand Oaks
— 14 are in Ventura
— 5 are in Westlake


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— 2 are in Port Hueneme




The ages of the confirmed cases are:
— one age 0-17
— twelve 18-24
— twenty-eight age 25-44
— forty-nine are 45-64
— thirty-six are 65-plus


Ventura County Public Health is highlighting a "question of the day." Here is today's:

Question of the day: What is being done to assist the homeless?

The county of Ventura, with guidance from the California Department of Public Health, has been taking steps to slow the spread of COVID-19 among vulnerable populations in the community. The county has secured housing options at local motels in the cities of Ventura, Oxnard and Newbury Park.
County agencies are coordinating to provide transportation, medical and mental health care, nutritional needs and on-site security. Referrals are made by community homeless service providers including nonprofit organizations, county service providers, city partners and homeless liaison officers. Persons are medically evaluated before they are cleared for intake.

“We are trying to place persons in a location near their home community whenever possible and commit to helping individuals reconnect with that community when it is safe to do so,” said Tara Carruth, Program Manager with the Ventura County Continuum of Care. “Facilities of at-risk individuals are supported by the Human Services Agency as the site lead, meals are provided and there is 24/7 security on-site. Our County Health Care Agency partners including Whole Person Care and the Healthcare for the Homeless and Back Pack Medicine team are also assisting to support these efforts. We are encouraging nonprofit partners and other community partners to also support their clients if placed in these locations while practicing safe social distancing,” she added.  


The Backpack Medicine team is providing rapid response in the community to encampments and other unsheltered locations for anyone who may be experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. The Backpack Medicine team may be reached at 805-515-6940 between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.


Homeless Services are considered essential services. Persons wanting to seek connection to a service provider may call 2-1-1 for linkage to programs and services.

More information at .
State of California Recommendations 


Question of the day for March 29: I am pregnant and worried that my partner will not be allowed to be at the delivery. Are partners allowed in the hospital for births during this time? "The Ventura County Medical Center and Santa Paula Hospital have no plans to restrict partners from being present for delivery. This is happening in other states that are severely impacted by COVID-19," said Dr. Minako Watabe, associate chief medical officer Ventura County Medical Center and Santa Paula Hospital and Associate Director Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. "The county of Ventura medical providers hope to keep parents together during this special time," she added. The county of Ventura has a one support person policy at county hospitals. A partner is welcome for the big day. Read more about labor and delivery during COVID-19 at


Dr. Sevet Johnson, Ventura County Behavioral Health director, provides some tips on wellness during this time at the following link:

Ventura County Public Health reminded community members to stay home to stop the spread. A list of essential businesses is included in the Stay Well At Home Order, which can be read at  

Ventura County Public Information Officer Ashley Bautista issued a press release with the Public Health officer's advice on "Where do I go for testing?":
If you are symptomatic and in need of medical attention, you call your doctor first. Your doctor will do a risk assessment by phone and let you know whether or not testing is recommended. If your doctor recommends testing, he or she will let you know where to go to get tested. There are many drive-by locations available once your doctor orders a test. If you do not have a doctor, please visit  for information about clinics and urgent cares in our county.  If you have additional questions, dial the information number 211 on your phone.

The Ventura County Public Health Stay Well at Home Order may be read at:










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