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The number of coronavirus cases on the Central and South Coasts now tops 430.

Ventura County has 189 cases, Santa Barbara County 152, and San Luis Obispo County 93, for a regional total of 434.

There have been seven deaths in the region, but no new ones were reported Friday. 

A strong storm system is headed to the Central and South Coast, one which could bring between one to three inches of rain to much of the region.

We’ll see increased clouds Saturday, but the storm won’t arrive until Sunday.  The Central Coast could start getting light rain early Sunday.  The South Coast will get its heaviest rainfall Sunday night into Monday.

Another South Coast city has announced new restrictions on park usage. Most of the City of Santa Barbara’s parks remain open. But now all picnic sites are closed, and all group activities are banned.

Amid all the cancellations of special events on the Central and South Coasts, one organization is actually announcing plans for a new one.

The Santa Maria Fairpark is going to have a new festival this fall. The event hasn’t been named yet.

Plans call for the unnamed event to be a hybrid of things you would normally find at the Fairpark’s Annual Strawberry Festival, which was postponed, and the Santa Barbara County Fair.

Jonathan Stanger is doing a lunchtime concert in the most unlikely of spots. He’s standing in the planter of a driveway to a shopping center just off of Thousand Oaks Boulevard, in Thousand Oaks, playing his saxophone. The professional musician normally performs at high end events, like parties and at estate showings. But, coronavirus has cleared is normally busy performance schedule.

The number of coronavirus cases on the Central and South Coasts now tops 400. Ventura County has 177 cases, Santa Barbara County 139, and San Luis Obispo County 89, for a regional total of 405. Ventura County has had a sixth death, a person in their 70’s with a pre-existing condition. There have been seven deaths in the region. Among the newest confirmed coronavirus cases is a City of Santa Barbara Police officer. The officer is reported to be at home recovering.

A utility company has made a big donation to help people in need on the Central and South Coasts as a result of the coronavirus crisis. The Southern California Gas Company is giving the American Red Cross of Central California $100,000 for relief efforts.

Federal health officials say some of the international coronavirus research shows that people could potentially be contagious before showing symptoms of the virus.

Dr. Henning Ansorg is Santa Barbara County’s Public Health Officer.  He says they are calling these people presymptomatic.  Ansorg says the research shows people could be contagious two days before they exhibit symptoms.

A South Coast city announced that it’s closing some of its most popular recreation areas because of coronavirus concerns.

The City of Ventura closed all of its parks and beaches because of the social distancing issue.  The order also includes Ventura’s Promenade, pier, and the wildlife ponds near the city’s wastewater treatment plant.

A major South Coast museum closed by the coronavirus crisis reports that it’s been flooded by calls because of incorrect reports that it’s been permanently closed. The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley closed because of coronavirus concerns on March 13th. At the time, officials said the closure would be indefinite, because no one knows when it will be safe to reopen.

A Ventura County man has been arrested after detectives say he stole a vehicle, and then used it to try to use it to rip an ATM out of a shopping center.

Ventura County Sheriff’s investigators say Ricardo Herrera broke into a Thousand Oaks business and stole several items, including the keys to a vehicle.

It’s been an unpredictable few weeks for all of us, but especially for schools, students, families, teachers, and staff members.

Just ask Jen Wilkerson: she’s a school psychologist in Ventura County’s Oak Park Unified School district. A month ago, she had no idea that she would have to figure out how to work with families online.

Wilkerson admits its uncharted territory, but everyone is trying hard to make it work.

"Floatopia" is the name of a large unsponsored, unsanctioned party which would sometimes take place at some Santa Barbara County beaches around spring break.  There hasn't been a major event in a few years, after authorities took a number of steps to prevent the gatherings.

The Central Coast has had its first coronavirus related death, as the number of diagnosed cases in the Tri-Counties tops 350.

The region now has 354 cases.  Ventura County has 160, Santa Barbara County 111, and San Luis Obispo County 83 cases.

Ventura County has had five coronavirus related deaths over the last few weeks.  On Wednesday, Santa Barbara County reported its first death.  It was someone who lived in the north part of the county.

Some Boys and Girls Clubs on the South Coast have stepped up to help families in need of child care because of the coronavirus crisis. The Boys And Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley expanded the number of open centers from two to four.

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