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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

To further combat the spread of COVID-19, Ventura County public Health Officer Dr. Robert Levin has issued a “Stay Well at Home” emergency order — ordering all residents of the County of Ventura to stay inside their residences, limiting all movement outside of their homes beyond what is absolutely necessary to take care of essential needs and ordering all non-essential businesses to close.

This order is in effect until 11:59 pm on May 31, 2020.

THE BOTTOM LINE

Residents of the County of Ventura are required to stay inside their homes unless they are engaged in certain “essential activities.” On those occasions when you are out of your home for necessary tasks, stay at least six feet away from others.

YOU CAN …

  • Go to the grocery store
  • Go to the pharmacy to pick up medications and other healthcare necessities
  • Go to medical appointments (check with your doctor or provider first)
  • Go to a retail store to pick up orders by curbside delivery
  • Go to a restaurant for take-out, delivery or drive-thru
  • Care or support a friend or family member
  • Walk your pets and take them to the veterinarian if necessary
  • Help someone to get necessary supplies

YOU SHOULD NOT …

  • Go to work unless you are providing essential services as defined by this Order
  • Engage in door-to-door solicitation
  • Visit friends and family if there is no urgent need
  • Maintain less than 6 feet of distance from others when you go out, as possible
  • Travel to or from a job outside the County, employed by a business permitted to operate during the Stay Well VC Order
  • Travel to or from a vacation home outside the County
  • Visit loved ones in the hospital, nursing home, skilled nursing facility, or other residential care facility

City of Ojai COVID-19 Update for April 20, 2020

The County Public Health Officer released a modified Stay Well at Home Order that went into effect yesterday morning. The order is a 19-page order that gives details on many issues, and is in effect through May 15. Some of the key modifications include:

Section 7 includes one key change, it allows businesses to operate as long as they have 10 or less employees at a facility in a 24-hour period, with no physical interaction with members of the public, no customers allowed in the facility, and goods must only be delivered to the purchaser’s place of residence of businesses.
Allows for gatherings of up to 5 people
Allows for gatherings in motor vehicles, with certain requirements, for faith-based services, concerts, plays, political speeches, movies and similar activities.
Reopens golf courses with physical distancing requirements
Allows bike shops to open
Permits in-person sale of vehicles

The County Public Health Officer noted that the modified order is possible because “our residents and businesses have sacrificed so much to comply with the Public Health Orders and have slowed the spread of the virus in our community.”

The full, detailed order is available on vcemergency.com and ojaicity.org.

Although this is a positive step, the City of Ojai must continue to take this matter seriously to protect our community. Although the curve is being flattened, we must remain diligent to protect the residences of our precious valley.

The City’s face covering requirement remains in place. We believe this is an essential element of protecting our community’s health and safety, and will be an essential part of our reopening procedures.

The City is also continuing to implement procedures to limit the amount of traffic on trails and ensure safety at the Farmer’s Market.

Finally, the City’s sport courts, skate park, and playground closures remain in effect through May 1, 2020. This is intended to limit large groups of people in close proximity, sharing and touching the same equipment. The picnic area, barbecue areas, and parking lot at Sarzotti Park is still closed to avoid large groups of people in small spaces.

We ask that you continue to do your part by practicing physical distancing by maintaining at least six-foot physical distance from other persons, washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using hand sanitizer as frequently as possible, covering coughs or sneezes, regularly cleaning high-touch surfaces, and not shaking hands.

Stay safe and healthy!

James Vega – City Manager, City of Ojai


Stay Well At Home Order Modified

County of Ventura Public Health Officer, Doctor Robert Levin, has announced the extension and modification of the Stay Well At Home Order. The Order is in effect as of April 18 at 11:59 pm and shall be in effect until 11:59 pm on May 15, 2020.

“It’s understandable that our community members want to get back to work and return to normal life as quickly as possible,” said Doctor Robert Levin. “The best path forward is a cautious one — a path that proceeds gradually, carefully, and incrementally. A path that relies on science and facts to determine each step forward. The data is looking good, thanks to the diligence of our community members in following these Orders, but we must be cautious in how we move forward. We must continue to save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19. Community members must continue to practice social distancing. In line with the Governor’s Order, we will review the Order in two weeks to assess for any further modifications.”

The modified Order allows exceptions for limited business operations allowing nonpublic serving businesses to operate using no more than 10 employees, allows for gatherings of up to 5 people, modifies some essential businesses, allows for gatherings in motor vehicles, reopens golf courses and other forms of recreation with appropriate restrictions, allows bike shops to open and permits in-person sale of vehicles.

“We are positioned to focus on the road to reopening because our residents and businesses have sacrificed so much to comply with the Public Health Orders and slow the spread of the virus in our community,” said Mike Powers, Ventura County CEO. “Our current situation is further strengthened by the work of our local hospitals to expand their capacity.”

“These steps are critical because we know that, while the virus poses an unprecedented health threat, efforts to stem the virus come at a significant economic and health toll as we have seen with so many business closures and lost jobs,” Powers emphasized. “Along with the business leaders in our community, including local cities, chambers, the Economic Development Collaborative, Women’s Economic Ventures, the Workforce Development Board, Ventura County Community Foundation and Small Business Administration, the County will continue to work to support these impacted individuals and businesses.”

“We will scrutinize the data to see the impact these changes have on our rates of COVID-19. I don’t expect to see any new trends for about 3 or 4 weeks. If we find that we are losing ground, we’ll have to make adjustments,” said Dr. Levin.

The 19-page Order provides clear guidance and details on many areas. The Order continues to protect the most vulnerable with guidance for Hospitals and Long-Term Care Facilities. Those who are 70 or older with preexisting conditions and those 75 or older must remain in their place of residence and follow social distancing requirements to the greatest extent feasible.

Staying home, as much as possible, and practicing social distancing when conducting essential business continues to be required. Getting exercise outside of the home is permitted but gyms are to remain closed.

“We are not out of the woods. We must continue to practice social distancing to protect our community. We will continue to expand our testing capacity and focus on protecting populations most at risk including seniors, homeless, and the brave farmworkers who work every day to put food on our tables,” added Powers.

April 18, 2020 Stay Well at Home Order Update


 El Oficial Jefe de Salud Pública del Condado de Ventura, Doctor Robert Levin, ha anunciado la prolongación y modificación de la Orden “Mejor quédese en casa.”La Orden entra en vigencia el 18 de abril a las 11:59 p.m. y permanece vigente hasta las 11:59 p.m. el 15 de mayo de 2020

“Es entendible que los miembros de nuestra comunidad quieran regresar a sus lugares de trabajos y volver a una vida normal lo más pronto posible”, dijo Dr. Levin. “El mejor camino a seguir es uno de precaución – un camino en que procedemos poco a poco, con cuidado, y en etapas. Un camino que se basa en la ciencia y los hechos para determinar cada paso adelante. Los datos se ven bien, gracias a la diligencia de los miembros de nuestra comunidad en el seguimiento de estas órdenes, pero debemos ser cautelosos en la forma en que avanzamos. Debemos continuar salvando vidas y detener la propagación del COVID-19. Los miembros de la comunidad deben continuar practicando el distanciamiento social. De acuerdo con la Orden del Gobernador, revisaremos la Orden en dos semanas para evaluar cualquier modificación adicional”.

La Orden modificada permite excepciones para operaciones comerciales limitadas que permiten que las empresas que prestan servicios no públicos operen utilizando no más de 10 empleados, permite reuniones de hasta 5 personas, modifica la lista para incluir algunas otras empresas esenciales, permite reuniones en vehículos de motor, reabre campos de golf y otras formas de recreación con restricciones apropiadas, permite la apertura de tiendas de bicicletas y permite la venta de vehículos en persona.

“Estamos posicionados para enfocarnos en el camino hacia la reapertura porque nuestros residentes y negocios han sacrificado mucho para cumplir con las órdenes del Departamento de Salud Pública y frenar la propagación del virus en nuestra comunidad”, indicó Mike Powers, Funcionario Ejecutivo del Condado. “Nuestra situación actual se ve reforzada por el trabajo de nuestros hospitales locales para ampliar su capacidad”.

“Estos pasos son críticos porque sabemos que, aunque el virus presenta una amenaza a la salud sin precedentes, los esfuerzos para detener el virus vienen con un costo económico y sanitario que hemos visto con la clausura de tantas empresas y empleos perdidos”, enfatizó Powers. “Junto con los líderes empresariales en nuestra comunidad, incluso las ciudades locales, cameras de comercio, el Economic Development Collaborative, la Women’s Economic Ventures, la Workforce Development Board, la Fundación Comunitaria del Condado de Ventura y la Administración de Negocios Pequeños, el Condado continuará trabajando para apoyar los individuos y empresas impactadas”.

“Examinaremos los datos para ver el impacto que estos cambios tienen en nuestras tasas de casos del COVID-19. No espero ver nuevas tendencias durante aproximadamente 3 o 4 semanas. Si descubrimos que estamos perdiendo terreno, tendremos que hacer ajustes”, señaló el Dr. Levin.

La Orden de 19 páginas proporciona una guía clara y detalles sobre varias áreas. La Orden continúa protegiendo a las personas más vulnerables con una guía para los hospitales y centros de cuidado a largo-plazo. Esas personas que tienen 70 o más años con padecimientos y esas personas con 75 o más años de edad, tienen que permanecer en su lugar de residencia y cumplir con los requisitos del distanciamiento social en la mayor medida posible.

Permanecer en casa, tanto como sea posible, y practicar el distanciamiento social cuando se realizan negocios esenciales sigue siendo necesario. Se permite hacer ejercicio fuera del hogar, pero los gimnasios deben permanecer cerrados.

“Todavía no estamos fuera del peligro. Tenemos que continuar practicando el distanciamiento social para proteger a la comunidad. Seguimos ampliando la capacidad para realizar pruebas y nos enfocamos en proteger a las poblaciones que están en alto riesgo que incluyen las personas mayores, las personas sin hogar, y los trabajadores agrícolas valientes que trabajan todos los días para proporcionar comida para nuestras mesas”, agregó Powers.

https://vcportal.ventura.org/CEO/VCNC/2020-04-18_VCNC_PressRelease_ModifiedStayAtHomeOrder_span.pdf?fbclid=IwAR191zJgE23BU5g9jM1OTmGeOGI_nBj-jtHFoxjoPotZC8YgpCc9KkYA48o

https://www.vcemergency.com/covid19-sp

Ventura County Public Health Officer changes position on face masks

Ventura, CA – Ventura County Public Health Officer changes position on face masks, no longer advising against wearing them in public. Instead, he supports those residents who wish to cover their nose and mouth when leaving home for essential travel to doctor appointments, grocery shopping or pharmacy visits. The face coverings should not be hospital grade at this time because there is a shortage and our health professionals need them. Masks should be homemade and cover the nose and mouth. There are numerous sites online which demonstrate or give patterns for how to make fabric masks. The Camarillo Sewing Brigade provides video instruction at this link. Fabric masks can be washed and used again. 

The Ventura County Face Mask Opinion Press Release


City of Ojai’s April 3 Update Regarding Coronavirus From City Manager James Vega and Police Chief Jose Rivera

A Video Version of this update is available at: https://youtu.be/XchiE2S1n9A

The City Council and staff at the City of Ojai and the Ojai Police Station are focused on responding to critical needs related to the Coronavirus. We wanted to take this time to tell you about some of the latest news, and actions here in Ojai related to this issue.

On March 31, the Public Health Officer for the County of Ventura issued an extended and updated “Stay Well at Home Order.” A copy of the order will be posted on our website. The order extends the expiration date to April 19, 2020.

There are some important items for City and Valley residents:

First, the order requires more specific procedures for take-out restaurants. It requires that all food be in a suitable container. For example, it notes that ice cream cones are not allowed, but ice cream scoops in a covered container are allowed. It also requires that food be consumed away from premises, and that persons waiting in line, whether within a restaurant or outside of a restaurant, must maintain a distance of six feet from others.

The notice also requires that essential businesses now limit their activities to essential goods and services. This means that the non-essential activities of a store shall stop. This is typically seen with big box stores, where they remained completely open and sold both essential and non-essential items.

The order also orders all public and private campgrounds and RV parks to close, except for persons who certify that their RV is their primary residence. Please see the full order at Ojaicity.org.

The coronavirus and these public health orders are requiring us to reconsider several activities within the City of Ojai. Two activities that we will be modifying to increase social and physical distancing this week include the Farmer’s Market and the Hiking Trails.

Regarding the Farmer’s Market, you may have heard that the City was working with the Farmer’s Market Management to put some restrictions in place that require more social distancing, and to avoid crowds. The City has been working with the Farmer’s Market Management throughout the week. Although we worked out some issues, as you may have read in the Ojai Valley News this morning, ultimately, last night we determined that there were still crowded areas that could not be managed at the current location.

We attempted to move the Farmer’s Market to a larger location where the booths can be spread out, but both the City and the Farmer’s Market Management felt that more time would be needed to resolve these issues. We will continue to work with the Farmer’s Market to put a plan in place and seek an alternative location that addresses any social distancing issues, but at this time, the Farmer’s Market is closed.

Regarding the trails, we have been closely monitoring the hiking trails over the last couple of weeks. We did notice an uptick in traffic on North Signal Street over the last two weekends, and had concerns that the parking areas would be congested and lead to a lack of social distancing. Beginning today, to address this issue, we will be closing North Signal Street, and only allowing local traffic, on the weekends. We will place signage on the streets, and we’re also using smartphone applications to indicate the road closure. We expect that this should reduce the number of people driving out and concentrating in one area.

We do not make these decisions lightly. We know that these decisions have a real impact on residents and businesses. However, the health and safety of our community is our priority. We are in a critical period of the fight against COVID-19. By acting now, we are fighting the spread, and these sacrifices could ultimately save lives. Please continue to stay home, wash your hands, and practice social and physical distancing when performing essential tasks. We are currently working on some additional resources, such as COVID safe construction guidelines. Please continue to check ojaicity.org or vcemergency.com for the latest information and updates.

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!
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