Free COVID-19 Antibody Testing Will be Available In The Ojai Valley on Thursday July 2

The Ventura County Health Care Agency is offering free COVID-19 antibody testing to the public. The test is a blood test.

The Antibody test tells individuals if they have been previously exposed to COVID-19 and have developed antibodies to the disease. No appointment is necessary.

Time is 10 am to 6 pm at Thu, July 2 at Ojai (Meiner’s Oaks) Redemption Church 190 E. El Roblar Dr.

Expanded Covid-19 Testing Now Available.

6/10/2020 The County of Ventura has expanded free COVID-19 testing throughout the county for residents who have the slightest suspicion of having COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone with it. Residents don’t need to have health insurance, but may be asked for it if you do. For additional information, please see the flyer below. 

El Condado de Ventura ha aumentado las pruebas en todo el condado para los residentes que tienen la menor sospecha de que tengan sintomas del COVID-19 o que hayan sido expuestos a alguien que lo tenga. No se les cobrará por la prueba y no necesita tener seguro médico. Si tiene seguro médico, es posible que se le pedirá la información. Para obtener información adicional, consulte el volante a continuación.

Ventura County Pandemic Rental Assistance (VCPRA) Program Now Available

06/10/2020

The Ventura County Pandemic Rental Assistance (VCPRA) program may provide temporary rental assistance for Ventura County residents with  low incomes who owe past-due rent because of a hardship due to COVID-19. Online applications will be accepted June 17 – July 1, 2020. Learn more at ventura.org/rent.

El Programa de Ayuda por la Pandemia para Inquilinos del Condado de Ventura (VCPRA) puede proporcionar ayuda temporal para inquilinos residentes del Condado de Ventura con ingresos muy bajos quienes deben renta atrasada por dificultades debido al COVID-19. Se aceptarán solicitudes en línea del 17 de junio al 1 de julio, 2020. Más Información en ventura.org/renta.

Ojai Restaurants Open for Dine-In, Takeout, Delivery as of 6/4/2020.

Below is a list of Ojai restaurants that are providing these services. Please note that this information is subject to change.

County of Ventura Board of Supervisors Approves $20 Million Economic Stabilization and Recovery Programs

Programs Aim to Provide Relief to Ventura County Businesses and Families

The County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously for County staff to finalize a $20 million Economic Stabilization and Recovery Program aimed at providing relief to Ventura County businesses and families by utilizing funding from the Federal Coronavirus Relief Fund. The programs aim to provide funding to those struggling from the impacts of COVID-19.

“The pandemic has created both a health and economic crisis. These proposed programs will help mitigate these devastating impacts to our local businesses and residents,” said Mike Powers, County Executive Officer. “We know that this is not enough to meet all the needs but it is our hope that these funds will help with recovery so that our businesses can survive, and families can stay in their homes.”

The County’s unemployment rate jumped from 4.6% in March to 14% in April due to the coronavirus-related job losses based on the unemployment data from the state Employment Development Department. Historically, the unemployment rate for the County has remained below 4.5% for the past two years. With businesses impacted during the public health emergency, over 80,000 Ventura County residents filed for unemployment since March.

The County Executive Office proposed the two programs, at a special Board of Supervisors meeting on May 28, for relief to Ventura County business and families in the amount of $10 million to each program in two phases.

The first program is an Economic Stabilization and Recovery Program for businesses. The program was developed in consultation with the Economic Development Collaborative, Women’s Economic Ventures and the Ventura County Community Foundation. The program will provide business assistance grants to local businesses.

As the private sector makes the necessary changes to its businesses to adhere to accelerated Stage 2 and Stage 3 of California’s Roadmap to Reopening, expedited funding through the business assistance grant program will be well-timed for the business community.

The main features of the proposed program are to include grants of $5,000 each for small businesses to alleviate impacts from COVID-19 for allowed uses such as payroll support, rent and lease payments, costs for personal protective equipment, purchases related to the operation of their businesses, and extraordinary business expenses for adhering to compliance protocols for reopening (e.g., cleaning services, signage, customer interface capabilities, additional security, etc.). Eligibility is limited to businesses with no more than $2 million in annual revenue in either of the two prior years.

The second program is a Housing Assistance Program for residents for families or individuals with past-due rent in order to avoid eviction. Data received from the Economic Development Collaborative and the Workforce Development Board identify those industry sectors hit the hardest by the pandemic. Those industries include retail, food preparation and service, hospitality, personal care aides and amusement and recreation attendants. These industries pay the lowest wages in Ventura County and across the country, and their workforce typically includes a large portion of individuals and families at or below the federal poverty level, those most likely to need rental assistance to remain stable housed despite receiving unemployment or stimulus assistance. This workforce represents approximately 95, 253 impacted jobs, accounting for 26.2% of all county jobs.

The proposed rental assistance program is intended to serve as bridge funding for residential rent while other funding opportunities are being considered at the state and federal level. The program will help to stabilize housing for the lowest-income residents and those at greatest risk due to loss of employment, loss of work hours or the inability to work due to child care needs, family/elder care needs, or substantial medical costs due to COVID-19. While the funding may not fully cover monthly rent, it will assist in reducing amounts owed. The program will provide micro-grants to low-income individuals and families. The grant amount will be based on rental unit size, $1,500 for a studio/1 bedroom and $2,500 for a 2 bedroom or larger, with a maximum of two months of rent owed.

“Our goal is to get the programs up and running as soon as possible to help provide financial assistance to businesses and residents. We want to do whatever we can to support those who are struggling during this time. These programs will provide much needed relief where it is needed most,” said Powers.

The County of Ventura has received $147 million from the Treasury Department in Coronavirus Relief funding. These funds will be utilized to address numerous challenges the County is facing during this pandemic. They include increased costs related to testing, feeding seniors, housing the homeless, meeting the demand for additional public health and hospital staffing, establishing temporary facilities, personal protective equipment, developing surge capacity and possible revenue loss coverage, if allowed, in order to maintain the administrative capacity to implement critical programs such as CalFresh, CalWorks and Medi-Cal, especially during a time when our community is in great need.

County staff will develop a funding distribution plan and enter into agreements with community organizations to facilitate the distribution of funds. A strategic multi-language outreach plan will be implemented to target those most in need of assistance once the program goes live.

Onward CA

Have you lost your job?

Onwardca.org is a one-stop resource for the people of California impacted by job loss during the COVID-19 Pandemic.  OnwardCA is an initiative of companies, foundations, and humans to get California workers displaced by COVID-19 essential life services and back to work as quickly as possible.

COVID-19 Testing

No cost covid-19 testing is offered for all community members at two state locations in our County. Please register by calling 1-888-634-1123 or online at www.lhi.care/covidtesting. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday 8 am to 8 pm.  

  • Oxnard Performing Arts Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard, CA 93030
  • Thousand Oaks Library – Newbury Park Branch, 2331 Borchard Road, Newbury Park, CA 91320

Drive through testing will be offered at three new sites in the County on Wednesday. No appointment or insurance required. The hours of operation will be Monday through Friday from 10 am to 7 pm. The locations include:

  • Ventura College, 4667 Telegraph Road in Ventura
  • Moorpark College at 7075 Campus Road in Moorpark
  • 128 S. Hallock Drive in Santa Paula

Clean Power Alliance’s COVID-19 Relief Program

Recently unemployed or need support on your electricity bill? We hear you. Clean Power Alliance is helping our customers during COVID-19 by allocating $1 million to impacted residents and small businesses to help manage their electricity bills. Details on eligibility and bill credit options can be found here: cleanpoweralliance.org/covid19

Find a Testing Site

Governor Newsom announced a new website to help Californians find a testing site near them.  Also the State of California would also like to remind you of the following do’s and don’ts during the stay at home order.

Do:

  •  Stay home
  •  Avoid people outside your household
  •  Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  •  Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue
  •  Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  •  Maintain a safe social distance of 6 feet whenever outside of the house
  •  Wear a cloth face covering if you go outside

Do Not:

  •  Leave the house except for essential activities
  •  Shake hands
  •  Touch your face
  •  Go to doctor unless you call first
  •  Stockpile masks or gloves

May 8th Housing Rights Center Informational Webinar

Webinar on COVID-19 Resources, Friday, May 8, 2020, 2-4 PM (presented by the Housing Rights Center)
Topics include: COVID-19 Moratoriums, how to formulate a letter to your landlord if you can’t pay part or all of your rent due to COVID-19, & Financial Assistance Resources to help with loss if income due to COVID-19
To RSVP –Email:  OutreachMeetings@HousingRightsCenter.org | Website:  bit.ly/2WuWtgj

Serving Seniors

The Ventura County Aera Agency on Aging continues to serve the most vulnerable in our communities. 

Learn more at https://www.vcaaa.org/covid-19/

HELP Of Ojai Offering Meal Programs for Qualifying Seniors

There are currently two meal programs offering qualifying seniors three meals a day, delivered. The Ojai Restaurant and HELP of Ojai Collective is delivering 3 restaurant meals per day to valley seniors 65 and over, living alone and not receiving any Federal food assistance. HELP of Ojai Home-Delivered Meals offers meals delivered to anyone over 60 years of age. Food pantry boxes are available for pick up by appointment at HELP’s Community Assistance Program (805)646-5122. Food pantry boxes and personal items are available for delivery to area seniors or disabled residents. Call (805)646-5122. Door-to-door rides are available to seniors needing transport to the grocery store or doctors’ offices. (805)646-5122. Rental assistance or other related expenses for those facing eviction may be available through HELP’s Community Assistance Program (805)646-5122.

Guide to applying for unemployment benefits in California

State of California Employment Development Department launched a new “Guide to applying for unemployment benefits in California” web page. Applicants, regardless of which program they are seeking, will be asked the same basic questions. Based on responses as well as wage information, the department will determine if a claim is processed as a regular UI claim or a PUA claim. Guide Available here: https://unemployment.edd.ca.gov/guide#benefits

The Employment Development Department (EDD) now Accepting Applications for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) Program

As part of the federal CARES Act, the new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program helps unemployed Californians who are business owners, self-employed, independent contractors, have limited work history, and others not usually eligible for regular state UI benefits who are out of business or services are significantly reduced as a direct result of the pandemic. For additional information, please visit: https://www.edd.ca.gov/about_edd/coronavirus-2019/pandemic-unemployment-assistance.htm

 

El Departamento de Desarrollo del Empleo (EDD) ahora acepta solicitudes para el Programa de Asistencia de Desempleo Pandémico (PUA)

Como parte de la Ley federal CARES, el nuevo programa de Asistencia de Desempleo por la Pandemia (PUA, por sus siglas en inglés) ofrece ayuda a los californianos desempleados que son dueños de negocios, personas que trabajan por cuenta propia, contratistas independientes, aquellos que tienen un historial de trabajo limitado, y otras personas que usualmente no son elegibles para recibir los beneficios regulares del UI y que han tenido que cerrar sus negocios o reducir sus servicios significativamente como resultado directo de la pandemia. Para más información por favor visite: https://www.edd.ca.gov/about_edd/coronavirus-2019/pandemic-unemployment-assistance-espanol.htm

Assistance for seniors

The Ventura County Aera Agency on Aging is offering a full service food and supply pantry at no cost for Ventura County residents who are 60 or older and people with disabilities. Two weeks food supply will be provided by delivery. Please call 805-477-7300 or email lois.vcaa@ventura.org.

View a short video about how this effort is impacting lives in Ventura County at:  https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=160999548583097

The VCAAA COVID-19 food pantry and Senior Nutrition Program crisis response has been successful because of a variety of community partnerships, including partnerships with cities and organizations like World Central Kitchen. These partnerships have allowed us to provide high quality, nutritious meals to older adults and people with disabilities in Ventura County while also helping to keep local restaurants afloat. We are grateful for the collaboration, and are committed to continuing to serve the community during this difficult time. Learn more at https://www.vcaaa.org/covid-19/

Unemployment Assistance

Employment Development Department benefits are available to workers and employers whose earnings are impacted by COVID-19. Access information at https://edd.ca.gov/about_edd/coronavirus-2019.htm .

As part of the federal CARES Act, the new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program helps unemployed Californians who are business owners, self-employed, independent contractors, have limited work history, and others not usually eligible for regular state UI benefits who are out of business or services are significantly reduced as a direct result of the pandemic. Learn more at https://edd.ca.gov/about_edd/coronavirus-2019/pandemic-unemployment-assistance.htm.

Those in need of further assistance with the application can make an appointment with America’s Job Center of California (AJCC) by calling 805-20​4-5186.

Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities by calling the AJCC at the number provided by the County of Ventura at 800-735-2922 or by dialing California Relay at 711.

If you do not have a phone, you can receive information or set up an appointment be sending an email to the Workforce Services Information inbox at MWSBOxnardInformation@edd.ca.gova.

Asistencia de desempleo para trabajadores y empleadores afectados por COVID-19

Los beneficios del Departamento de Desarrollo de Empleo están disponibles para trabajadores y empleadores cuyos ingresos se ven afectados por COVID-19.
Acceda a la información en https://edd.ca.gov/about_edd/coronavirus-2019.htm.

Como parte de la ley federal CARES, el nuevo
programa de asistencia de desempleo pandémico ayuda a los californianos desempleados que son dueños de negocios, trabajadores independientes, contratistas independientes, a quienes tienen un historial laboral limitado y otros que generalmente no son elegibles para los beneficios estatales de UI que están fuera del negocio o los servicios se reducen significativamente como resultado directo de la pandemia.

Obtenga más información en https://edd.ca.gov/…/c…/pandemic-unemployment-assistance.htm.

Aquellos que necesiten más ayuda con la solicitud pueden concertar una cita con el Centro de Empleo de Estados Unidos de California (AJCC) llamando al 805-204-5186.
Las ayudas y servicios auxiliares están disponibles a pedido para personas con discapacidades llamando a AJCC al número provisto por el Condado de Ventura al 800-735-2922 o llamando a California Relay al 711.

Si no tiene un teléfono, puede recibir información o programar una cita enviando un correo electrónico a la bandeja de entrada de Servicios de la Fuerza Laboral en WSBOxnardInformation@edd.ca.gov.
Para obtener información sobre capacitación, búsqueda de trabajo u orientación profesional, puede realizar consultas a través del portal local de AJCC en www.venturacountyajcc.org) / CalJOBs
Actualizaciones en www.vcemergency.com.

Food Resource Spotlight

Medi-Cal, CalFresh & CalWORKs Programs: 1-888-472-4463 or www.mybenefitscalwin.org

Food Share: 805-983-7100 or www.foodshare.com

School Meals: www.vcoe.org/meals

Food for Seniors: 805-477-7300 or www.vcaaa.org

WIC (Women, Infants & Children): 805-981-5251

The outbreak of infectious diseases such as the Coronavirus (COVID-19) can cause a stressful time

If you are struggling with stress, depression, anxiety or drug and alcohol misuse, Ventura County Behavioral Health is available to help 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

 

Crisis Referral Line 1-866-998-2243
Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-272-8255
Substance Use Treatment Services 1-844-385-9200

If you are a senior or know a senior who is lonely or isolated, please call the Senior Support Line at 1-800-235-9980

 

El brote de enfermedades contagiosas como el Coronavirus (COVID-19) puede causar un tiempo estresante

Si usted conoce a alguien o usted mismo está luchando contra el estrés, la depresión, la ansiedad o el uso de drogas y alcohol, Ventura County Behavioral Health está disponible para ayudarlo las 24 horas, los 7 días de la semana.

 

Línea de referencia de crisis 1-866-998-2243.

Línea de vida para la prevención del suicidio 1-800-272-8255.

Servicios de tratamiento de uso de sustancias 1-844-385-9200.

 

Si usted es una persona mayor o conoce a una persona mayor de edad que está solo o aislado, llame a la Línea de Apoyo para Personas Mayores al 1-800-235-9980.

 

If Your Work Has Been Affected by the Coronavirus

Below is a brief summary of the benefits that may be available to you if your work has been affected by the disease. Visit the Labor & Workforce Development Agency’s website for more information: www.labor.ca.gov/coronavirus2019/

  • If you’re unable to work because you are caring for an ill or quarantined family member with COVID-19 you may qualify for Paid Family Leave (PFL).
  • If you’re unable to work due to medical quarantine or illness, you may qualify for Disability Insurance.
  • Those who have lost a job or have had their hours reduced for reasons related to COVID-19 may be able to partially recover their wages by filing an unemployment insurance claim.
  • If a worker or a family member is sick or for preventative care when civil authorities recommend quarantine, workers may use accrued paid sick leave in accordance with the law.
  • If workers are unable to do their usual job because they were exposed to and contracted COVID-19 during the regular course of their work, they may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits.

Mental Health and Wellness:

Are you in need of food? Food Share of Ventura County is hosting Pop Up Pantries throughout our County for residents in need

Learn more at: https://foodshare.com/covid19/

As we head into the holiday weekend, The City of Ojai would like to remind residents to practice social distancing

That means staying home, avoiding crowded public places, avoiding large gatherings, and staying at least 6 feet away from others whenever possible.  For those that observe Easter Sunday, there are still many ways to include family and friends in your celebrations virtually. Below are some ideas for how to celebrate virtually while sheltering in place.

• Organize a family video chat
• Get dressed up and take family photos
• If you’re religiously observant, live stream a worship service
• Prepare a special meal or order takeout/delivery from your favorite local restaurant
• Plan an Easter egg hunt indoors or in your yard
• Create new family traditions

Al comenzar el fin de semana festivo, la ciudad de Ojai quisiera recordar a los habitantes que practiquen el distanciamiento social

Eso significa quedarse en casa, evitar lugares públicos llenos de gente, evitar grandes reuniones y mantenerse al menos a 6 pies de distancia de los demás cuando sea posible. Para aquellos que observan el Domingo de Pascua, todavía hay muchas maneras de incluir virtualmente a su familia y amigos en sus celebraciones. A continuación se presentan algunos consejos sobre cómo celebrar virtualmente mientras se refugia en el lugar.

 

  • Chatea con tus familiares por video
    • Vístete y toma fotos familiares
    • Si eres religioso, transmite en vivo un servicio de adoración
    • Prepare una comida especial o solicite comida para llevar o comida que sea entregada a domicilio de su restaurante local favorito
    • Planifique una búsqueda de huevos de Pascua adentro de su hojar o en su patio
    • Crea nuevas tradiciones familiares

¿Cómo planea su familia celebrar en casa? Háganos saber en los comentarios abajo.

Cleaning And Disinfecting Your Home

Everyday Steps and Extra Steps When Someone Is Sick

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How to clean and disinfect

Illustration: hand cleaning with a paper towel

Wear disposable gloves to clean and disinfect.

Clean

  • Clean surfaces using soap and water.Practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces.

High touch surfaces include:
Tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, sinks, etc.

Illustratio: hand cleaning a counter using spray bottle

Disinfect

  • Clean the area or item with soap and water or another detergent if it is dirty. Then, use a household disinfectant.
  • Recommend use ofEPA-registered household disinfectantexternal icon.
    Follow the instructions on the labelto ensure safe and effective use of the product.
    Many products recommend:
    • Keeping surface wet for a period of time (see product label)
    • Precautions such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation during use of the product.
  • Diluted household bleach solutions may also be usedif appropriate for the surface. Check to ensure the product is not past its expiration date. Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted.
    Follow manufacturer’s instructionsfor application and proper ventilation. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser.
    Leave solutionon the surface forat least 1 minute
    To make a bleach solution, mix:
    • 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water
      OR
    • 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water
  • Alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol.

Illustration: soft surfaces - drapes, couch, pillows

Soft surfaces

For soft surfaces such ascarpeted floor, rugs, and drapes

  • Clean the surface using soap and wateror with cleaners appropriate for use on these surfaces.
  • Launder items(if possible) according to the manufacturer’s instructions.Use the warmest appropriate water setting and dry items completely.

    OR

  • Disinfect with an EPA-registered household disinfectant.These disinfectantsexternal iconmeet EPA’s criteria for use against COVID-19.

Follow manufacturer’s instruction for cleaning and dinfecting

Electronics

For electronics, such astablets, touch screens, keyboards, and remote controls.

  • Consider putting awipeable coveron electronics
  • Followmanufacturer’s instructionfor cleaning and disinfecting
    • If no guidance, use alcohol-based wipes or sprays containing at least 70% alcohol. Dry surface thoroughly.

Illustration: washing machine displaying 'hot'

Laundry

For clothing, towels, linens and other items

  • Launder items according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Use the warmest appropriate water setting and dry items completely.
  • Wear disposable gloveswhen handling dirty laundry from a person who is sick.
  • Dirty laundry from a person who is sickcan be washed with other people’s items.
  • Do not shake dirty laundry.
  • Clean anddisinfect clothes hampersaccording to guidance above for surfaces.
  • Remove gloves, andwash hands right away.

Illustration: washing hands

Clean hands often

  • Wash your hands oftenwith soap and water for 20 seconds.
    • Always wash immediately after removing gloves and after contact with a person who is sick.
  • Hand sanitizer:If soap and water are not readily available and hands are not visibly dirty, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. However, if hands are visibly dirty, always wash hands with soap and water.
  • Additional key times to clean handsinclude:
    • After blowing one’s nose, coughing, or sneezing
    • After using the restroom
    • Before eating or preparing food
    • After contact with animals or pets
    • Before and after providing routine care for another person who needs assistance (e.g. a child)
  • Avoid touchingyour eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

When Someone is Sick

Keep separate bedroom and bathroom for sick person

Bedroom and Bathroom

Keepseparate bedroom and bathroom for a person who is sick(if possible)

  • The person who is sick should stay separated from other people in the home (as much as possible).
  • If you have a separate bedroom and bathroom: Only clean the area around the person who is sick when needed, such as when the area is soiled. This will help limit your contact with the person who is sick.
    • Caregivers canprovide personal cleaning suppliesto the person who is sick (if appropriate). Supplies include tissues, paper towels, cleaners, andEPA-registered disinfectantsexternal icon. If they feel up to it, the person who is sick can clean their own space.
  • If shared bathroom: The person who is sick should clean and disinfect after each use. If this is not possible, the caregiver should wait as long as possible before cleaning and disinfecting.
  • Seeprecautions for household members and caregiversfor more information.

Illustration: sick woman in bed with serving tray full of food

Food

  • Stay separated:The person who is sick should eat (or be fed) in their room if possible.
  • Wash dishes and utensils using gloves and hot water:Handle any used dishes, cups/glasses, or silverware with gloves. Wash them with soap and hot water or in a dishwasher.
  • Clean handsafter taking off gloves or handling used items.

Illustration: gloved hand disposing trash into garbage pale

Trash

  • Dedicated, lined trash can:If possible, dedicate a lined trash can for the person who is sick. Use gloves when removing garbage bags, and handling and disposing of trash. Wash hands afterwards.

SoCalGas Launches “SoCalGas CAREs” Campaign to Bring Awareness to CARE
Assistance Program for Customers Facing Financial Hardship due to COVID-19

SoCalGas CAREs reminds customers they can qualify to save 20 percent on their monthly utility bills through CARE

 

Click here for a PDF of this press release. Click here for a spanish language version of this press release.


LOS ANGELES – April 6, 2020 – Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) today launched a campaign titled, “SoCalGas CAREs” for customers whose income may have recently changed due to COVID-19 or other reasons. The campaign aims to let customers know of their eligibility to qualify for SoCalGas’ assistance program, California Alternate Rates for Energy or CARE, saving them 20 percent on their monthly natural gas bills. Over the next several weeks, SoCalGas will begin running both social media and television ads promoting the “SoCalGas CAREs” campaign.


“SoCalGas is committed to assisting the communities we serve during this challenging period,” said Jeff Walker, Vice President of Customer Solutions at SoCalGas. “We recognize that many families are facing unexpected hardships such as job and income loss right now and we want to remind them that SoCalGas’ assistance programs like CARE can help.”


The
CARE program aids people in paying their utility bills by providing a 20 percent discount on monthly natural gas bills.

Customers who have become recently unemployed or who are currently facing financial hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic or for other reasons are encouraged to visit socalgas.com/care, complete the quick online application and find out instantly if they qualify. The CARE online application is available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese.

Other customer assistance programs SoCalGas offers include:


Gas Assistance Fund


If you or someone you know is having difficulty paying your gas bill, the Gas Assistance Fund
(GAF) may be able to provide you with a one-time grant for the amount of the gas bill, not to
exceed $100.00.

The Gas Assistance Fund is a joint effort of SoCalGas and United Way of Greater Los Angeles.
They work with non-profit partner organizations throughout our service territory to administer
the program.
You may qualify for the Gas Assistance Fund based on your yearly household income.


Medical Baseline Allowance


The Medical Baseline Allowance program provides additional natural gas at the lowest baseline
rate for individuals with a serious health condition.
You may qualify for the Medical Baseline Allowance if a full-time member of your household:


o Has a life-threatening illness or a compromised immune system
o Is seriously disabled
o Requires more heat in winter due to a serious health condition or to prevent
deterioration of the individual’s medical condition


Eligibility is based on medical condition only, not household income.


Please visit
socalgas.com/assistance for more information on how to know if you qualify for these programs as well as how to apply.


SoCalGas understands this is a challenging time for all and wants to assure customers natural gas service will be there for their communities. SoCalGas will continue to make safety and emergency service appointments, including reports of suspected natural gas leaks, carbon monoxide checks, gas meter turn-ons, natural gas outage and pilot re-lights. And we will continue to perform work needed to safely and reliably maintain infrastructure so we can continue to provide customers with safe and essential energy services.

Service disconnections have been suspended until further notice. This means no customer will have their natural gas turned off due to non-payment. SoCalGas has also temporarily waived late fees for small business customers. As a reminder, SoCalGas never charges late fees for residential customers.


Additional information about SoCalGas’ response to COVID-19 is available
here.


About SoCalGas


Headquartered in Los Angeles, SoCalGas® is the largest gas distribution utility in the United States. SoCalGas delivers affordable, reliable, clean and increasingly renewable gas service to 21.8 million customers across 24,000 square miles of Central and Southern California, where more than 90 percent of residents use natural gas for heating, hot water, cooking, drying clothes or other uses. Gas delivered through the company’s pipelines also plays a key role in providing electricity to Californians— about 45 percent of electric power generated in the state comes from gas-fired power plants.

SoCalGas’ vision is to be the cleanest gas utility in North America, delivering affordable and increasingly renewable energy to its customers. In support of that vision, SoCalGas is committed to replacing 20 percent of its traditional natural gas supply with renewable natural gas (RNG) by 2030. Renewable natural gas is made from waste created by dairy farms, landfills and wastewater treatment plants. SoCalGas is also committed to investing in its gas delivery infrastructure while keeping bills affordable for our customers. From 2014 through 2018, the company invested nearly $6.5 billion to upgrade and modernize its pipeline system to enhance safety and reliability. SoCalGas is a subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), an energy services holding company based in San Diego. For more information visit socalgas.com/newsroom or connect with SoCalGas on Twitter (@SoCalGas), Instagram (@SoCalGas) and Facebook.


City of Ojai COVID Update March 27, 2020

As we all work together to “flatten the curve,” the City is focusing on doing what it can to help encourage social distancing. As we near the weekend, and people are eager to get out of the house, we wanted to provide an update on some recent measures we’ve implemented, as well as some things you should be aware of.
The latest statistics, available on VCEmergency.com, show approximately 61 cases of coronavirus in the County, with 2 of in Ojai. We’re hopeful that all of your efforts may be helping to flatten the curve. However, we still need to be cautious, as the next couple of weeks will likely be critical in preventing the spread.
With the implementation of Ventura County’s “Stay Well at Home” order, the City of Ojai has made a difficult decision to close the Skate Park, playgrounds, and sports courts to encourage social distancing as much as possible. We’re hopeful that taking these matters seriously now will help in the long run.
The trails remain open, but the City will be placing reminders asking visitors to practice social distancing. We’ve all seen videos and pictures of crowded trails and beaches in other areas. Please avoid crowds and keep these precautions in mind:
  • Practice social distance, and maintain a distance of 6 feet from others.
  •  Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  •  Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
The Farmer’s Market is also scheduled to remain open, as it provides an essential service by providing healthy, nutritious food. We’ll be placing signage at the market reminding everyone to follow the same measures. We’ve also worked closely with the Farmer’s Market to put some additional precautions in place. If you attend, please keep safe and follow the precautions.
You can get more information on these and other measures by visiting Ojaicity.org. We’ve updated our resources page with more information on services available to residents, businesses, and others.
Lastly, we want to remind everyone that many restaurants and essential businesses are still open and providing important services, takeout or delivery food. Our local restaurants are owned and staffed by neighbors and friends. If you can, please visit and support each other, while practicing social distancing.
Stay healthy and safe!

County Programs for Homeless Populations

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 am -5 pm, Monday – 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 www.vcemergency.com/homeless.


Ventura County Hotel Project for High-Risk Unsheltered Persons

Unsheltered persons who are well, medically cleared, and not symptomatic of Covid-19 can be referred to area hotel sites managed by Ventura County on a space available basis if they meet the following CDC criteria for risk of severe illness during the COVID-19 pandemic and local health emergency
Click here for more information


Ventura County Office of Emergency Services COVID-19 FAQ

The Ventura County Office of Emergency Services has setup a frequently asked questions (FAQ) about COVID-19.  Click here to view the Ventura County Covid-19 page


Local markets have established special hours for seniors and vulnerable populations

Westridge Markets  are reserving the hours from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m.
Westridge Midtown Market        (805) 646-4082
Westridge Market  (805) 646-2762 

Vons Market ((805) 646-4669) is reserving the hours from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m.
Be sure to call ahead and confirm.


Ventura County Agency on Aging Meal Service Location Website

Click here to visith the Ventura County Agency on Ageing Meal Service location website


Ojai Shopping Cart

A completely free grocery shopping service to Ojai Valley residents that have seriously compromised immune systems, are elderly, or are otherwise unable to shop for themselves due to significant health challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Click here to go to the Ojai Shopping Cart Facebook page


The City is working with local businesses to try to ensure residents have access to needed items during this time, and to support local businesses

Here’s a couple things we’re doing to try to encourage this:

  • We’ve been in contact with local grocery stores about special hours for seniors and sensitive people.
    1. Starting Friday, Westridge will be implementing special hours from 6 – 8 a.m.
    2. Vons has implemented special hours from 7 – 9 a.m.
    3. We’ve also heard that some groups are popping up offering help getting items, such as “Ojai Shopping Cart,”
  • We’ve reached out to restaurants and created some pickup zones to help residents quickly and safely get access to take out.
  • We’ve added a list of these restaurants to our website and we’ll try to keep it up to date.


Community Memorial Health System Coronavirus Information Page Available Now:

Community Memorial Health System has prepared a Coronavirus information page, which may be seen by visiting:https://www.cmhshealth.org/coronavirus-covid-19/. This page includes the latest information on the hospitals in the CMH system, which includes Ojai Valley Community Hospital. It also includes contact information for the various hospitals.


The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development has compiled helpful information for employers, employees and all Californians as it relates to the cornonavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Click here to view the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development list

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