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COVID-19 surge prompting some government office shutdowns, service cutbacks in Ventura County

Ventura County
The Ventura County Government Center's walk-in services are being limited due to the latest COVID-19 surge.

Ventura County, Cities of Oxnard, Ventura announce changes in operations due to spread of virus.

The latest COVID-19 surge is prompting some government agencies in Ventura County to temporarily change the way they do business.

The cities of Oxnard and Ventura have shut down a number of facilities to walk-in public access. They include places like Oxnard and Ventura’s City Halls, and the lobbies of their police and fire headquarters.

Community and senior centers have also been shut down for the next few weeks, as well as most sports and recreation programs.

Meanwhile, Ventura County will do similar shutdowns of key government buildings starting on Wednesday. Some in-person services will be available by appointment.

The shutdowns are expected to last until mid-January, dependent on the status of the surge. Ventura County Public Health officials say as of Friday, the number of new positive cases for the virus was double the number the county saw during the peak summer Delta variant surge.