A video of this update can be found at https://youtu.be/lFbdLU16CCo

On September 18, 2020, the 93023 zip code which includes the City of Ojai had 107 total cases of coronavirus since the start of the pandemic. Just 5 days later, on September 23, the County reported an increase of 17 cases in 5 days (to 124 total cases) of coronavirus. We have heard from some concerned residents in the last few days regarding this increase, and wanted to provide a brief update.

The City is in contact with Ventura County Public Health, who has confirmed that the increase in cases stems from the outbreak at a long-term care facility in Ojai that was reported about in the Ojai Valley News a few weeks back. The County’s Communicable Disease team is working closely with the facility, ensuring adequate testing and procedures, and has made good progress in getting the outbreak under control. They believe that the numbers will stabilize for Ojai in coming days.  We will remain in contact with Ventura County Public Health regarding this issue.

The City would like to take this opportunity to remind all residents to continue to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.  Here are some things you can do to keep yourself and others safe:

Stay 6 feet (2 meters) away from other people when you leave your home.

Wear a facemask or cloth face cover when you go to stores and other places where it is hard stay 6 feet away from others.

Stay home when you are sick.

Wash your hands often.

Cover your cough.

Clean and disinfect surfaces and things that are touched a lot.

Business Updates:

The County of Ventura has released the following business updates, effective immediately:

Nail Salons: Can be open for indoor service following the expanded personal care services guidance.

Camping: Campgrounds can be open at 100% capacity following campgrounds, RV parks and recreation guidance.

Alcohol-serving Establishments can now be open until 11:00 pm. View the updated order here. Operations must still be conducted outdoors.

All businesses located within the County must create a worksite-specific Covid Prevention Plan and register to be open at www.VCReopens.com. If a business registered previously they do not need to register again.