BACKGROUND

Reports of an outbreak of a respiratory illness caused by a Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) were first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. The 2019-nCoV strain of coronavirus presents with pneumonia-like symptoms, including fever, cough, or difficulty breathing. The first confirmed death occurred on December 27, 2019 in Wuhan, and thousands of confirmed cases have been identified in China.

CURRENT SITUATION IN VENTURA COUNTY

A quarantine facility has been established at Naval Base Ventura County for U.S. Citizen travelers returning to the United States from Hubei Province, China through LAX. Any individual potentially housed at this facility will be asymptomatic (no symptoms) and will have gone through prior travel/medical screenings by healthcare personnel. Travelers housed at this facility will be subject to a 14-day mandatory quarantine period before they are cleared to return to their final destination somewhere in the United States.

While the facility is on a Department of Defense installation, all logistics and operations are being coordinated by US Health and Human Services through an HHS incident management team and personnel. It should be noted that individuals housed here are U.S. Citizens and are not being moved here from other facilities. It should also be noted that individuals housed here are not former passengers of the Diamond Princess cruise ship that was docked in Japan.

At this time, there is one individual housed at the Naval Base facility for a 14-day quarantine.

Below are some additional points to consider:

  • This program’s primary intent is to protect the community and limit/mitigate potential spread of this disease within the United States.
  • NBVC may be utilized as a quarantine until March 15, 2020
  • NBVC personnel will not encounter any travelers at this quarantine facility.
  • Any traveler that does develop symptoms while at the facility will be immediately assessed by HHS personnel and transported to a local hospital for additional testing and care, in coordination with local Public Health, EMS leadership, and hospital administration.
  • At this time, based on current travel behavior, the number of individuals requiring quarantine due to travel is becoming increasingly smaller every day.
  • Since this program began on February 5th, only 14 travelers have been screened into this repatriation program through 11 airports nationwide. Of those 14 individuals, 0 have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.

CURRENT STATUS OF COVID-19 IN VENTURA COUNTY

  • 2 persons tested
  • 0 confirmed cases
  • 2 negative results
  • 0 pending results

CDC Website Links 

EVACUATION INFORMATION

There are no evacuations at this time.

SHELTERS

There are no shelters open at this time.

ROAD CLOSURES

There are no incident related road closures at this time.

SCHOOL CLOSURES

There are no known school closures at this time.

The City of Ojai would like to take this opportunity to remind residents to please take a minute to register (or update your address if you are already registered) with VC Alert, so that you are able to get direct alerts in the event of an emergency. Residents may do so by clicking on the following link: http://www.readyventuracounty.org/vc-alert