covid-19

Ventura County’s courts are beginning a phased-in resumption of services.  But, despite the reopening of courtrooms and clerk’s offices, public access to the courthouse will still be limited.

For a second day in a row, the number of new coronavirus cases reported on the Central and South Coasts has been low.

There are now 1145 diagnosed coronavirus cases in the region.

Ventura County health officials say while seniors realize they are at high risk from coronavirus, some people with pre-existing health conditions like asthma aren’t fully aware of the danger.  The county is launching a new education effort targeting those people.

A health care network with five hospitals on the Central and South Coasts has launched a new COVID-19 community hotline. Dignity Health will have nurses staffing the hotline seven days a week. It will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekday, and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekends. After hours, people can leave a message and a nurse will return the call. The hotline is free, and open to everyone.

One South Coast community has announced a number of major changes to Services and city sponsored programs as a result of the coronavirus crisis. The City of Camarillo has dropped all fares on its fixed route bus service during the state of emergency. It will also temporarily offer Dial-A-Ride Service for seniors and those with disabilities for free.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases on the Central and South Coasts continue to grow, now topping 180. There have now been a total of three deaths in the region, all occurring in Ventura County.

A South Coast hospital is reporting that it has 26 patients who have been tested for coronavirus, including three confirmed positives.

Officials with Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital say in addition to the three people who have tested positive, they have what are described as 23 inpatients for whom test results are pending.   Nine of the patients are reported to be in critical condition.

The hospital reports that it's set up four patient units as isolation areas for potential, or confirmed COVID-19 cases.

Foodbank of Santa Barbara County and Alan Hancock College have teamed up to provide emergency food supplies for northern Santa Barbara County residents. Starting Thursday, the college will be the site of drive through food pickups.

The number of coronavirus cases on the Central and South Coasts now tops 100 as of Tuesday night. We currently stand at 105 people diagnosed with the virus. San Luis Obispo County has 42 confirmed cases, Ventura County has 39, and Santa Barbara County 24.  But, the one bit of good news is only a handful of people are in serious enough condition to be in hospitals.  We’ve had one death in the region, a man in his 70’s in Ventura County.

Governor Gavin Newsom says California could keep social distancing measures in place for two to three months, much longer that President Trump predicted for the country this week. And now, he’s taken some new steps to deal with people not complying.

The number of coronavirus cases on the Central and South Coasts now tops 80, with one death.  The latest numbers show a total of 86 diagnosed coronavirus cases in the region.

Ventura County has 35, with one death reported.  Six people are in hospitals. 

Santa Barbara County is up to 18, and San Luis Obispo County has 33 cases.  While Ventura County has the largest number of cases, it's population is almost the same as Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties combined.

The number of people diagnosed with coronavirus on the Central and South Coasts contines to grow, with the total growing to 75, and the first death reported.

There are now more than 40 documented coronavirus cases on the Central and South Coasts, and officials say we expect to see the number continue to rise before the crisis ends. The latest numbers as of Friday night show that we have 44 cases on the Central and South Coasts: 19 in Ventura County, nine in Santa Barbara County, and 16 in San Luis Obispo County.

The coronavirus crisis is having all types of impacts on the Central and South Coasts, including the region’s animal shelters. An animal care group launched an emergency effort to help some stranded cats Friday.

The governor has asked the federal government for additional aid to deal with coronavirus, citing a stunning prediction by state health officials that 56% of the state’s residents will get the virus in the next eight weeks. The governor says projections show more than 25 million Californians will get coronavirus. There are now nearly three dozen confirmed cases of coronavirus on the Central and South Coasts.

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