coronavirus

The continuing surge in new coronavirus cases in California prompted the governor to order new restrictions for restaurants, and other sectors of the economy in 19 of the state’s counties, including Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties.

Two out of the three counties on the Central and South Coasts have reported big surges in new coronavirus cases.  Ventura County reported 186 new cases Tuesday, and San Luis Obispo County 44.  Santa Barbara County didn’t update its numbers Tuesday because of a data system upgrade.

There’s a steady stream of customers at small Mexican restaurant tucked away in the corner of a Thousand Oaks shopping center.  Business is good, but not great for the restaurant, called “Three Amigos.”  Like many small businesses on the Central and South Coasts, it’s trying to figure out how to survive in the coronavirus world.

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. 

Ventura County health officials say there’s been a large scale coronavirus outbreak at a farmworkers housing facility in Oxnard.

95 positive cases have been reported, with tests on 100 other people still pending.  The workers are in their 20’s and 30’s, and have had mild symptoms.  None of those who tested positive are reported to be seriously ill.  Residents of the housing complex are being placed under quarantine or isolation, depending on their test results.

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.

California has paused more coronavirus related reopenings in light of the surge of new diagnosed cases in the state.  About 4900 new cases were reported statewide Friday.  The state has passed the 200,000 case mark.  On the Central and South Coasts, there are now more than 5500 diagnosed cases.  The total for the region is 5556 cases.

While the state has paused the next phase of reopenings, Santa Barbara County moved ahead Friday with an already approved one.

It had put its next phase on pause because of an increase in new cases last week.  The reopenings include skin care services, hair removal, nail salons, tattoo parlors, piercing shops, massage therapy, and businesses offering facial, electrolysis, and waxing services.

Coronavirus is surging statewide, including here at home, on the Central and South Coasts.

200 new cases were reported in the region Wednesday, including 99 in Ventura County.  Ventura County’s Public Health Officer says we are at a critical point in efforts to contain it.  Dr. Robert Levin says with the reopening of much of the economy, many people are acting like the crisis is over, when it’s not.

California has seen the biggest one day surge in new coronavirus cases since the start of the crisis, and the Central and South Coasts are part of it. 

California Governor Gavin Newsom has a tough message about efforts to contain coronavirus in California

He says while some people are asking whether the recent surge in coronavirus cases means we're in a second wave, the reality is we're not done with the first wave yet.

There have been five additional coronavirus related deaths, and more than 300 new diagnosed coronavirus cases on the Central and South Coasts.

Three new deaths are linked to a coronavirus outbreak at a senior care facility in Santa Barbara County, bringing the total there to nine.  County health officials say the latest deaths at the Country Oaks Care Center in Santa Maria were all people in their 70’s.  Ventura County had one additional death, a person in their 90’s with preexisting health conditions.

Santa Barbara County health officials are concerned about a spike in new coronavirus cases, and an increase in the number of hospitalizations.  They say while there is still solid empty hospital capacity, they are also worried about the potential for intensive care units  to fill up rapidly.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases on the Central and South Coasts continues to grow, now topping the 4500 mark.  4559 cases have now been diagnosed in the region.

Santa Barbara County is at 2320 cases, up 67 from Thursday. 

Santa Barbara County Health officials say they are concerned, because there’s been an increase of 50 cases or more a day in the county for the last week. 

With growing concern about a rise in new coronavirus cases in the state, Governor Gavin Newsom issued a mandatory mask order.   People are now being required statewide to wear masks or other coverings in public spaces.  It includes wearing them while using public transportation, seeking medical care or shopping. 

More than 120 new confirmed coronavirus cases have been reported on the Central and South Coasts.  The regional total stands at 4395 cases.

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