coronavirus surge

The recent surge in new coronavirus cases on the South Coast is prompting Ventura County to once again shut down most of its government buildings to the public.

The number of new coronavirus cases on the Central and South Coasts has skyrocketed, with 354 new cases reported Thursday. 

Santa Barbara County reported 224 new cases, with half of them in Santa Maria.  The county now has a total of 4635 cases. Ventura County is at 4968 cases, with 84 additional cases. Finally, San Luis Obispo County is reporting a total of 1158 cases. 

Finding alternate care sites for COVID-19 patients in case hospitals reach capacity is proving to be a challenge.

The number of new coronavirus cases on the Central and South Coasts continues to mushroom, with 220 additional cases reported Wednesday.  Santa Barbara County added 89 cases, and San Luis Obispo County 34.  But, the biggest growth was in Ventura County, which had 97 new cases.

The site of a Sears department store that has been closed since January 2019 may now be on the docket for use as an alternative care facility for COVID-19 patients.

The Santa Barbara Board of Supervisors is considering that contingency in case the local hospitals have an overwhelming surge of patients due to the recent upswing of coronavirus cases.

The number of new coronavirus cases is nearing the 10,000 mark on the Central and South Coasts.  There are now a total of 9765 confirmed cases in the region.

Ventura County reported 373 new cases from Friday through Sunday, and Santa Barbara County had 197.

Ventura County has 4619 cases, Santa Barbara County 4140, and San Luis Obispo County 1006.  Most of those diagnosed with the virus have already recovered.

The ongoing surge in new coronavirus cases in California has prompted the governor to order more than two dozen of the hardest hit counties to pull back on some business reopenings.  Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties are among the counties impacted by the new shutdown order issued by the governor.