City of Ojai COVID-19 Update for May 15, 2020

A video version of this update is available at: https://youtu.be/UfL5t1Vp58w

Good afternoon,

This is the City of Ojai’s COVID-19 update for May 15, 2020. As of today, in Ventura County, there have been 764 total cases of coronavirus, with 16 new cases reported yesterday. 579 new tests were reported yesterday, bringing the total to 15,550. The County noted that approximately 2% of Ventura County has now been tested and that the number of tests is expected to increase next week, with some additional test sites opening up. More information on testing can be found at the Ventura County Health Care agency website (vchca.org/health-information/covid19).

This week, the County of Ventura moved into early Stage 2 of California’s roadmap to reopening where some of the lower-risk type workplaces can begin to open with procedures and protocols in place. The updated “Stay Well” order will allow retail businesses, such as clothing stores, bookstores, florists and others to reopen with curb side delivery, as well as supply chain related businesses. Businesses must fill out an attestation form at vcreopen.org, and can contact the City for an easy to use checklist to ensure that appropriate protocols are being followed. As businesses begin opening up, we remind everyone to follow social distancing protocols while supporting local business. To social distance, avoid gathering in groups, stay 6 feet from others, and remember to wash your hands thoroughly.

On May 13, 2020, the County expanded the order to allow for office-based businesses to return (although telework is still strongly encouraged). The order also allowed select services such as car washes, pet grooming, landscape gardening, and outdoor museums to reopen with appropriate protocols.

The County noted that the following are still closed under the order:

  • Personal services, such as hair and nail salons, gyms, and fitness studios
  • Hospitality services, such as bars, wineries, tasting rooms and lounges
  • Entertainment venues, such as movie theaters, gaming facilities, pro sports, indoor museums, zoos and libraries
  • Community centers, public pools, playgrounds, and picnic areas
  • Religious services and cultural ceremonies
  • Nightclubs
  • Concert venues
  • Festivals
  • Theme Parks
  • Hotels for leisure and/or tourism

The County’s updated order also allows tennis courts, pickleball courts, and parks to be open, with social distancing protocols in place. Here in Ojai, we have opened these facilities with these protocols in place. However, shared amenities, such as playgrounds and the skate park are still closed under the order to prevent the spread of disease. Restrooms at parks remain open and are frequently being sanitized. If you are visiting a park, consider bringing your own water and hand sanitizer if possible. The City will continue to limit traffic on North Signal Street to reduce crowding on Shelf Trail, and some additional procedures remain in place at the Farmer’s Market. We also announced today that chairs will not be allowed on Ojai Avenue for Fourth of July festivities at this time. We will be reviewing that event further at the upcoming City Council meeting (May 26, 2020).

Last, please remember that here in Ojai, we are still requiring face coverings at essential businesses. If you are going shopping, please remember to wear a face covering. We appreciate your help!

More Business Permitted to Reopen in County of Ventura

Office-based businesses, Car Washes, Pet Groomers, Outdoor Museums and Other Businesses Included in Next Steps

VENTURA, Calif. – The County of Ventura announces that more businesses are permitted to reopen on the State’s Roadmap to reopening. Governor Newsom announced modifications to the State-wide stay-at-home order today. The State has added more businesses to Early Stage 2. The Governor announced that Counties, under the guidance of the Public Health Officer, can move forward in reopening office-based businesses, car washes, pet groomers, outdoor museums and other public spaces.


“Our community has worked so hard to social distance and to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our County. As we move further into Stage 2, we must do so with caution. We must continue to practice social distancing and businesses must make modifications needed to lower the risk of COVID-19 exposure. This will help keep our numbers low so we can continue to move forward,” said Public Health Officer Doctor Robert Levin.


“This is another big step on our path to reopening. We can only do this through the guidance of our Public Health Officer. We are positioned to move forward because our businesses and residents have sacrificed so much to comply with the local order,” said Mike Powers, County Executive Officer. “We trust our business community. We know they are working so hard to meet the guidelines. We want them to be able to reopen safely and we know they will do a great job.”


Stage 2: California is now open with modifications.
Early Stage 2, Part 1 in effect May 8, 2020
• Curb-side Retail – May 8, 2020
• Manufacturers – May 8, 2020
• Logistics – May 8, 2020


Early Stage 2, expanded in effect May 13, 2020
• Childcare for those outside of the essential workforce
• Office-based businesses (telework remains strongly encouraged)
• Select services such as car washes, pet grooming and landscape gardening
• Outdoor museums, and open gallery spaces and other public spaces with modifications

Important steps for business to reopen:

Before reopening, all facilities must confirm the following at www.vcreopens.com
1. Begin by reviewing the guidance published by the State of California at
https://covid19.ca.gov/roadmap/.
2. Upon reviewing the guidance, complete a detailed risk assessment of your business in accordance with
the state guidelines.
3. Complete a written worksite-specific COVID-19 Prevention Plan and post it at your business.
4. Implement the prevention measures identified in your worksite-specific COVID-19 Prevention Plan.
5. Designate an on-duty employee responsible for monitoring compliance with your plan.
6. Complete the attestation form at www.vcemergency.com/business-attestation.

Businesses can reopen after they meet each of the steps. They do not need a formal inspection before they open as long as they have followed the guidelines. A site visit may be conducted at a future date.


Businesses that are already open under the previous order must also complete the steps to reopening:
• If you are a business that is already permitted to be open and in operation you are asked to review these requirements and confirm that you have met these requirements by registering your business.
• Each business is free to write their own worksite-specific COVID-19 Prevention Plan that complies with the state guidance. The state provided companion checklist for each industry guidance document can be used to create your Prevention Plan. Below are sample templates that will satisfy the Prevention Plan requirement.

The Governor announced today that counties can work towards an accelerated path to reopening. While the criteria are high and intended primarily for small rural counties, we are working diligently toward achieving approval. Dine-in restaurants and shopping centers may be opened in counties that have received state approval for the accelerated path. The County has made progress in meeting the Governor’s requirements for moving forward. These steps have included: hospital surge and personal protective equipment capacity; protection of high-risk patient populations: seniors, long term care facility residents, homeless and most recently expanded efforts in contact tracing capacity and testing. The efforts to protect our community health and our local economy are aligned. Investing in these public health steps will benefit the health of our community as well as our local economy.

The following sectors, businesses, establishments, or activities are not permitted to operate in the State of California at this time:
• Personal services such as hair and nail salons, tattoo parlors, gyms and fitness studios
• Hospitality services, such as bars, wineries, tasting rooms and lounges
• Entertainment venues, such as movie theaters, gaming facilities, pro sports indoor museums, kids’
museums and gallery spaces, zoos, and libraries
• Community centers, public pools, playgrounds, and picnic areas
• Religious services and cultural ceremonies
• Nightclubs
• Concert venues
• Live audience sports
• Festivals
• Theme parks
• Hotels/lodging for leisure and tourism

Previous COVID-19 information

The Information on this page is out of date and is available for reference only. Go to our COVID-19 information Page for the most up to date information.

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

May 7, 2020 Ventura County Stay Well at Home Order Modification

VENTURA, Calif. – The County of Ventura has reached an important milestone for our community, County and our local economy. The Public Health Officer announced today a new modified Stay Well VC Health Order to align with the State of California’s four-stage framework for reopening. The County will move forward with the State’s Stage 2 of reopening lower-risk businesses on May 8, 2020.  This will allow retail businesses, such as clothing stores, bookstores, sporting goods stores and florists, for example, to reopen with curb side delivery, as well as the related manufacturing and supply chain businesses.

“We are at a turning point because of the community’s incredible compliance with social distancing and the sacrifices of individuals and businesses. These efforts have saved lives, helped prevent the spread of the virus in our community and put us in a position to move forward gradually and safely in reopening our economy. Our ability to move forward is directly tied to our continuing commitment to physical distancing.  With the issuance of Dr. Levin’s new Stay Well VC Order, we will align even more closely with the Governor’s revised order because we support the approach of evaluating businesses for reopening based on level of risk and we believe it will provide greater clarity.  The new local order will retain some aspects of our previous order in areas such as guidelines for seniors and long-term care facilities,” said Mike Powers, County of Ventura CEO.

“Our community members have answered the call to stay well at home and thanks to them, we are in a position to move forward. These actions have saved lives. It is critical that our community continues to use caution. The virus is not gone. It is dangerous and poses a significant health risk. As we move into the next stage, we must do so with great care. We must continue to practice social distancing and businesses must make modifications needed to lower the risk of COVID-19 exposure,” said Public Health Officer Doctor Robert Levin.

The County has made progress in meeting the Governor’s requirements for moving forward. These steps have included: hospital surge and personal protective equipment capacity; protection of high-risk patient populations: seniors, long term care facility residents, homeless; contact tracing capacity and thoughtful data driven public health guidance.

“The efforts to protect our community health and our local economy are aligned.  Investing in these public health steps will benefit the health of our community as well as our local economy. Until there is a vaccine, these are the only tools we have to identify and prevent the spread of the virus in our community,” said Powers. “We have a plan for verification and education under our Public Health Officer Doctor Robert Levin’s guidance to further ensure our local businesses can reopen and do so safely. We have found almost universally that our local businesses truly want to comply. Businesses and local business leaders with the Economic Development Collaborative, Cities, Chambers, Women’s Economic Ventures and the Ventura County Economic Development Association have come to the table in the spirit of compliance. They get it and want to make sure they protect their employees and customers.”

IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR BUSINESSES PLANNING TO REOPEN 

Before, reopening, all facilities must confirm the following: 

  • My business is in one of the designated industries permitted to reopen by the State of California & the VC Health Officer order
  • I have performed a detailed risk assessment of my business in accordance with state guidelines
  • I have a written worksite-specific COVID-19 prevention plan and have posted it at my business
  • I have implemented control and screening measures for my business
  • I have implemented disinfecting protocols for my business in accordance with state guidelines
  • I have trained employees on how to limit the spread of COVID-19 including how to screen themselves for symptoms
  • I agree to have an on-duty employee responsible for monitoring compliance with my plan
  • I have posted the compliance hotline flyer provided in a prominent location visible to the public and employees
  • I have completed the attestation form on www.vcreopen.com

If you are a business that is already permitted to be open and in operation you are asked to review these requirements and confirm that you have met these requirements by registering your business by May 18, 2020.

It is critical that employees needing to self-isolate because of COVID-19 are encouraged to stay home, with sick leave policies to support that, to prevent further infection in the workplace.

More information about Stage 2: Lower-risk workplaces can be found at https://covid19.ca.gov/roadmap/

May 7, 2020 City of Ojai COVID-19 Update

Today, Governor Newsom eased some social distancing restrictions for businesses such as clothing stores, florists, bookstores and sporting goods shops and other types of bricks-and-mortar stores to open their doors for delivery and curbside pickup only. This order will be effective, Friday, May 8, 2020.  In-store shopping will still not be permitted.  This order does not include other close-contact businesses, such as dine-in restaurants and hair salons.

The City of Ojai and Ventura County will release updated local orders as soon as possible after reviewing the details of the State order.  The State will provide industry specific guidance for social distancing.

The County announced that they are developing a website to allow businesses to self-certify (or register) to indicate they have met the required social distancing measures released along with the revised orders. Businesses specified in the low risk category completing the registration will be able to open. However, it is important to note, Ojai’s local order requiring face coverings, will remain in place at this time.

The City has worked closely with community groups to safely keep open trails within the City limits, the Ojai Farmer’s Market, and tennis/pickleball courts.

Public Bathrooms remain open 24 hours a day to allow vulnerable populations to ensure appropriate hand sanitization.

Sarzotti Park and Libbey Park remain open for exercise, except for Playgrounds, barbecue equipment, and picnic areas. The Skate Park remains closed under the County’s order.

Please maintain physical distancing from others if you are visiting the park or getting outdoor exercise.

Florists are now permitted to operate under the Limited Business Operation Model of the Stay Well At Home Order

Limited Business Operation Key Points:

  1. No more than ten employees or independent contractors shall be at the facility during any 24-hour period
  2. There is no physical interaction between members of the public and employees or independent contractors of the business
  3. Members of the public are not permitted inside the business’s facilities
  4. Social distancing requirements must be followed
  5. Any goods sold by the business shall be delivered to the purchaser’s place of residence or business address
  6. The business must have social distancing protocol and have it posted

City of Ojai COVID-19 Update for April 30, 2020

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

The 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!

Message from Ojai City Manager James Vega

City employees are also here to help serve. Please feel free to contact City Hall at (805) 646-5581 with any questions.

I wanted to take a moment to update you on some important things happening here in Ojai and the Valley. First, please remember that face coverings are required when at an essential business in Ojai, to protect yourself and the employees at these essential businesses. Remember to exercise caution, even when wearing face coverings, practice physical distancing, and avoid putting your hands to your face before washing your hands thoroughly.

Here’s some information on additional services available:

Information on Food Services:

The Ventura County Area 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. Information is available at (805) 477-7300.

FOOD Share is also holding pop-up food pantries in Ojai on Mondays at Noon at St. Thomas Aquinas Church (185 South Thomas Drive), for low-income families living in Ojai. Proof of residence is required.

Ojai Unified School District

Information on City Facilities:

The following facilities will remain closed until further notice:

  • Playgrounds
  • The Skate Park
  • Sarzotti Park barbecue equipment and picnic areas
  • North Signal Street will be closed to through traffic– to reduce crowd level at the Shelf Trail
  • Libbey Bowl Concerts and Events are postponed and/or canceled through the end of May.

The following facilities will be open with some modifications:

  • Tennis Courts – singles play only with time limits if others are waiting to play
  • Pickleball Courts – limited hours (9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.) singles play only, with additional spacing to encourage social distancing
  • Farmer’s Market – Reduced capacity, booths, and face coverings required
  • City Public Bathrooms – Remain open 24 hours a day to allow vulnerable populations to ensure appropriate hand sanitization
  • Sarzotti Park and Libbey Park remain open for exercise, except for the areas noted above. Please maintain physical distancing from others if you are visiting the park or getting outdoor exercise.

Lastly, we’ve all heard the words “social distancing” a lot lately. Its more important than ever to stay connected with friends, neighbors, and loved ones through video chats, phone calls or letters. The Ventura County Area Agency on Aging has announced a Senior Support Line available at (800) 235-9980. Please visit vcemergency.com or ojaicity.org page for more information and resources.

View the weekly COVID-19 response update To the Ventura County Board of Supervisors meeting at:

https://ventura.granicus.com/player/clip/5416?view_id=67

Preparing for the Road to Reopening

The County of Ventura has been taking steps to prepare for reopening. “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.”

California Governor Gavin Newsom has laid out six goals for reopening and our County has been meeting those goals:

Point One: The ability to monitor and protect our communities through testing, contact tracing, isolating, and supporting those who are positive or exposed

  • The Public Health Lab’s testing capacity has doubled.
  • The Public Health Lab is one of few in the state that are continuing to conduct contact tracing.
  • More resources are being added for expanded contact tracing.
  • Already providing isolation in hospitals, at designated facilities and isolation at home

Point Two: The ability to prevent infection in people who are at risk for more severe COVID-19

  • Providing meal support for isolated seniors.
  • Providing isolation locations for at-risk homeless or quarantined individuals that do not have adequate housing.
  • Relocating COVID-19 exposed or positive individuals out of long-term care facilities.

Point Three: The ability of the hospital and health systems to handle surges

  • Added over 800 beds to meet surge.
  • Implemented contracts and agreements for surge staffing.
  • Added nearly 100 additional ventilators.

Point Four: The ability to develop therapeutics to meet the demand

  • Established plasma donor registration to provide possible access to COVID antibodies.

Point Five: The ability for businesses, schools, and child care facilities to support physical distancing

  • Working closely with partners in education, community-based organizations and the business community to prepare for steps for reopening.
  • Our community continues to take steps to social distance.
  • The doubling rate of spread is slowing to 26 days.

Point Six: The ability to determine when to reinstitute certain measures, such as the stay-at-home orders, if necessary.

  • Daily tracking of test results, hospital utilization and capacity is in place.

“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.

Ojai Business Status Survey

The Ojai Valley News, Ojai Chamber and City of Ojai have partnered on the Ojai Business Status Survey. If you are a Ojai business owner, please visit this link to take the survey.

Online Business Survey Link

The Governor of California has laid out a six-point plan for reopening the State

Our County has already begun to meet the points laid out in the plan:

1) The ability to monitor and protect our communities through testing, contact tracing, isolating, and supporting those who are positive or exposed:

Expanding testing capacity – doubled Public Health lab testing capacity already
Adding resources for expanded contact tracing
Already providing isolation in hospitals, at designated facilities & isolation at home

2)The ability to prevent infection in people who are at risk for more severe COVID-19

Providing meal support for isolated seniors
Providing isolation locations for at-risk homeless or quarantined individuals that do not have adequate housing
Relocating COVID exposed or positive individuals out of long term care facilities

3)The ability of the hospital and health systems to handle surges

Added over 800 beds to meet surge
Implemented contracts and agreements for surge staffing
Added nearly 100 additional ventilators

4) The ability to develop therapeutics to meet the demand

Established plasma donor registration to provide possible access to COVID antibodies

5) The ability for businesses, schools, and child care facilities to support physical distancing

Working closely with partners in education, community based organizations and the business community to prepare for steps for reopening.

Our community continues to take steps to social distance. The doubling rate of spread is slowing to 15 days.

6)The ability to determine when to reinstitute certain measures, such as the stay-at-home orders, if necessary.

Daily tracking of test results, hospital utilization and capacity is in place

Watch a video update from CEO Mike Powers: https://vimeo.com/410433636.

A Message from the Ventura County Covid Compliance Team

Many local businesses are now allowed to reopen as Ventura County continues to meet the State criteria for Covid-19 response.

There have been many inquiries regarding what workplace types are able to reopen, and what safety measures need to be in place to protect employees and customers as they do so. We encourage you to visit  www.vcreopens.com to access information on what workplace types are able to register and reopen or expand services at this time.

There you will find helpful and informative links to help guide you through safely reopening your business. When you select “Complete the attestation form by clicking here”, you will be able to select your industry/workplace type. Once selected, you will see the guidance and template that relate to that particular industry.

We are currently in the Expanded Stage 2 phase of reopening. The state has specifically stated the following sectors, businesses, establishments, or activities are not permitted to operate in the State of California at this time. Ventura County is not allowed to open these businesses at this time:

  • Personal services such as nail salons, tattoo parlors, gyms and fitness studios
  • Indoor museums, kids museums, gallery spaces, zoos and libraries
  • Community centers, including public pools, playgrounds, and picnic areas
  • Entertainment venues, such as movie theaters, gaming, gambling, arcade venues, pro sports,
  • Hospitality services, such as bars, wineries, tasting rooms and lounges
  • Nightclubs
  • Concert venues
  • Live audience sports
  • Festivals
  • Theme parks
  • Hotels/lodging for leisure and tourism – non-essential travel
  • Higher Education

We want to share a heartfelt, “thank you”, to each business owner who has been so diligent in response and cooperation during this time helping to slow the spread and flatten the curve!

Should you have any questions regarding a workplace type, business registration or attestation form or checklist, please contact us at CovidCompliance@ventura.org or call (844) VC OPENS (844-826-7367) and we will help guide you through the process.

Please visit www.vcreopens.com to find COVID-19 guidance and to register your business. On this website you will find information about which businesses can open, what steps you should take, and how to contact us if you need further assistance.

Thanks again for your diligence!

Updates at www.vcemergency.com.

County of Ventura Expanded COVID-19 Testing Begins 5/4/20

Testing for COVID-19 has expanded to multiple locations throughout the County. Any Ventura County resident who meets the following criteria may schedule an appointment for testing by calling a State Location at 1-888-634-1123 or the County’s Ambulatory Urgent Care-sponsored testing site hotline at 805-652-7660.

Criteria For Testing

To be eligible for testing you must meet one of the two following criteria:

  1. Symptomatic for COVID-19: any person with cough or shortness of breath OR two of the following symptoms: fever greater than 100.4F, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell.
  1. Asymptomatic close contacts of a lab-confirmed COVID-19 case (see criteria below).

For Asymptomatic individuals please note the following:

  • Asymptomatic close contacts may be tested at 2 time points, both at the beginning and the end of the 14-day quarantine period. If they are positive at the first test, they do not need to be re-tested at 14 days.
  • A “close contact” of a “case” of COVID-19 is defined as living or staying at the same residence, being an intimate sexual partner, staying within 6 feet for more than 10 minutes while the case is not wearing a mask, or having direct contact for any amount of time with the body fluids or secretions of the case (e.g. was coughed or sneezed on, shared utensils with, was provided care by, or provided care for the case, without wearing a mask, gown, and gloves).

Testing

Available for all adults and children who live in Ventura County who have symptoms compatible with COVID-19. A physician referral for testing is not necessary. County residents will not be charged for the test and are not required to have health insurance, although they will be asked for insurance information if available.

Please pre-register for a testing appointment at the following centers:

Optumserve State Locations 

Primary testing site for frontline and essential workers (e.g., grocery workers, food supply workers, utility workers, etc.)

Online: https//lhi.care/covidtesting

Phone: 1-888-634-1123

Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday 8am – 8pm

Location 1 – Oxnard Performance Arts Center 800 Hobson Way Oxnard, CA  93030

Location 2 – Conejo Creek Parks South 1300 East Janss Road Thousand Oaks, CA  91362

Ventura County Ambulatory Care Urgent Care Locations 

For pre-screening and appointment, call the hotline at 805-652-7660

Oxnard

Las Islas Family Medical Group- South 325 West Channel Islands Blvd. Oxnard, 93033 Open 7 days/week from 9am – 5pm

Magnolia Family Medical Center 2240 E. Gonzales Rd. Oxnard, 93036 Monday – Friday 8:30am – 5pm

Ventura

Academic Family Medicine Center 300 Hillmont Ave., Bldg. 340 Ventura, 93003 Monday – Saturday 9am – 4pm

West Ventura Medical Clinic 133 W. Santa Clara St. Ventura, 93001 Open 7 days/week from 9am – 5pm

Santa Clara River Valley Fillmore Family Medical Group 828 W. Ventura St. Fillmore, 93015 Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm

East County

Conejo Valley Family Medical Group 125 W. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Suite 200 Thousand Oaks, 91360 Open 7 days/week from 9:15am – 4:30pm

Sierra Vista Family Medical Clinic 1227 East Los Angeles Ave. Simi Valley, 93065 Monday – Saturday 9am – 5pm and Sundays 9am – 2pm

COVID-19 Testing Capacity Update From The County of Ventura

The County of Ventura is focused on the ability to monitor and protect our communities through testing, contact tracing, isolating and supporting those who are positive or exposed. These steps are critical on the path to reopening. Governor Newsom announced last week that the state is contracting with OptumServe to establish an additional 80 community testing sites in California to focus on high risk people including essential service workers. Two of the sites will be in the County of Ventura. Details about the sites will be announced very soon. The Governor provided 6 indicators for modifying the Stay-at-Home Order for the State yesterday. The presentation is attached. Testing is a key indicator.

Chief Deputy Director of the Ventura County Health Care Agency Barry Zimmerman provided an update on testing this week. View the update at  https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=903506680059069

City of Ojai COVID-19 Update for April 23, 2020

A video version of this update is available at https://youtu.be/lKmfC_7TPGI

We wanted to provide an update specifically regarding the County’s updated Public Health Order. As you may know, an order was released on April 18, with a revised order on April 20. We wanted to address some of the questions we received.

Here are some of the questions we’ve received:

  • Question: When does the new order expire?

Answer: 11:59 p.m. on May 15, 2020. It is important to note that it can be extended or modified at any time.

  • Question: Are we allowed to gather in groups of 5 now?

Answer: Generally, no, although the order does specify a few situations where small gatherings are allowed with social distancing requirements implemented. One example is a wedding, which is allowed with up to 10 people, if social distancing requirements are implemented.

  • Question: Can I reopen my business under the new order?

Answer: It depends. The April 18 County order appeared to add added exceptions for home businesses and “limited business operations” to reopen Limited business operations follow specific requirements laid out in the order. However, the revised April 20 order added language specifying that limited business operations are only allowed for businesses that are “necessary to maintain continuity of operations of the federal critical infrastructure sectors.” The complete list of businesses in those federal critical infrastructure sectors can be found with the order on vcemergency.com.

  • Question: Are face coverings required?

Answer: Face coverings are required at essential businesses in Ojai. In other words, if you are going to a grocery store, restaurant, or farmer’s market, please make sure to wear your face coverings. This is for your protection, as well as the protection of employees and customers.

  • Question: Can my family and I get exercise outside of the home?

Answer: Yes, but please maintain six-foot physical distance from other persons, wash hands with soap and water, and use hand sanitizers frequently.

  • Question: Can Senior’s get assistance obtaining food and supplies?

Answer: Yes, the Ventura County Area 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. Information is available at (805) 477-7300.

  • Question: Has the City of Ojai put any additional measures in place that are not in the County order?

Answer: Yes, the City will continue to implement regulations, requirements, and facility closures as needed to protect the health and safety of the community. Currently, the following are in place:

  • The City’s sports courts (tennis and pickleball) remain closed through May 1.
  • The  Farmer’s Market will continue to operate with enhanced restrictions, such as limits on numbers of customers, face masks required, reduced vendors, etc.
  • The City’s playground and skate park remain closed.
  • Picnic areas and barbecues at Sarzotti Park remain closed.
  • Traffic and parking will be regulated on North Signal Street to discourage crowds at the trails this weekend.

 

Here in Ojai, we wanted to say thank you to everyone for doing your part. We know that these requirements are difficult. We appreciate you.

Stay safe and healthy!

City of Ojai COVID-19 Update for April 21, 2020

Yesterday, we provided an update on the County Public Health Officer’s modified Stay Well at Home Order that went into effect on April 18 at 11:59 p.m. This morning, the County Public Health Officer released an amended order. The amended order, which replaces the April 18 order is included below.

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

The amended order appears to place a limit on what types of businesses can operate with Limited Business Operations. It limits the businesses to those “necessary to maintain continuity of operations of the federal critical infrastructure sectors.”  The order also appears to remove the recently allowed gatherings of 5 or less.

We have been informed that the County will send information out later today regarding these changes. We will provide that information as soon as we receive it.

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

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

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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.

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

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.

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

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.

No cost COVID-19 testing is available for all community members at two state testing sites

Please register by calling 1-888-634-1123 or online at https://lhi.care/covidtesting Hours of operation: Monday through Friday 8 am to 8 pm. The sites are located at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center at 800 Hobson Way in Oxnard, CA 93030 and at the Thousand Oaks Library – Newbury Park Branch, 2331 Borchard Road, Newbury Park, CA 91320.

Testing for COVID-19

Testing for COVID-19has expanded to multiple locations throughout the County. Any Ventura County resident who meets the following criteria may schedule an appointment for testing by calling a State Location for essential workers, at 1-888-634-1123, or the County’s Ambulatory Urgent Care testing sites, at 805-652-7660. To be eligible for testing you must meet one of the two following criteria: 1. Symptomatic for COVID-19: any person with cough or shortness of breath OR two of the following symptoms: fever greater than 100.4F, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell. 2. Asymptomatic close contacts of a lab-confirmed COVID-19 case. More information at https://vcportal.ventura.org/covid19/docs/2020-05-03_Covid19Testing.pdf