The number of confirmed coronavirus cases on the Central and South Coasts has surged past the 6,000 mark.  647 new cases were reported in the region between Friday and Monday.

Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties are now both on a state watch list of 19 counties which don’t meet the states parameters for controlling the virus. 

The surge in new coronavirus cases in California has prompted the governor to order the immediate closure of bars in nine counties, and recommend it for six others, including Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties.