A video version of this update is available at https://youtu.be/D7zBBQOAu-A

As of April 29, there have been 517 cases of Coronavirus in Ventura County, with 17 deaths. Ojai has had 5 total cases, and Oak View has had 2 cases. We thank our residents for doing their part to help flatten the curve.

Message from Ojai Police Chief Jose Rivera

Chief Jose RiveraThe Ojai Police Department and Ventura County Sheriff’s Department is here for you when you need us. Due to the COVID-19, we are all experiencing some very challenging times and adjustments to our way of life. I’m sure residents are concerned about their safety during these difficult times. I just want to take a quick moment to let you know your Sheriff Deputies are aware of this too. Your deputies are out day and night patrolling your neighborhoods and responding to your calls for service. If you need us, we will be there.

To our business owners…I know a majority of the businesses in our city have closed in compliance with State and County orders and there are concerns about businesses falling victim to crime. Your deputies are aware of this and will be out conducting high visibility patrols in and around the business areas in an effort to keep them safe. I do suggest for business owners to periodically stop by their businesses to ensure their businesses are secure. If they notice any tampering or break-ins I urge them to call the police to report the incident.

We have heard some concerns from residents about a potential increase in crimes due to recent changes from the State and Federal Government in penalties. We are not seeing a noticeable increase in crime at this time. We appreciate all the proactive steps that our residents are taking to make this community safe. We will continue to be vigilant to serve and protect our Community!