COVID-19

The newest stories on the coronavirus on the South and Central Coasts.

While the number of new coronavirus cases has been surging in other parts of the country, the numbers on the Central and South Coasts continue to skew on the low side.

132 additional cases were reported Wednesday, with 60 in Ventura County, 23 in Santa Barbara County, and 49 in San Luis Obispo County.  28,373 have been documented in the region since the start of the pandemic.

Four new coronavirus related deaths have been reported on the Central and South Coasts.  All four deaths were in Santa Barbara County.

There have now been 323 deaths in the region, with 165 in Ventura County, 126 in Santa Barbara County, and 32 in San Luis Obispo County.  Most of the deaths were older adults with preexisting conditions.

Three new coronavirus related deaths have been reported on the Central and South Coasts.

There were two additional deaths in Santa Barbara County, and one in Ventura County.

The Museum of Ventura County is making preparations to reopen, after a months-long closure due to coronavirus safety concerns.  During the last few months, the msueum has been offering up its exhibits online.  

On October 31st, the Museum will open to members.  The Museum's Agricultural Museum will also reopen.  Plans call for the facilities to reopen to all visitors in mid-November.  With capacity limited, people will need to make reservations online, at venturamuseum.org.

Two additional coronavirus related deaths are being reported on the Central and South Coasts, moving the region’s total to 316 since the start of the pandemic.  Ventura County had two more deaths, for a total of 164.  Santa Barbara county has had 120, and San Luis Obispo County 32. 

Three new coronavirus related deaths have been reported on the Central and South Coasts, bringing the region’s total to 314.

Ventura County has had 162 deaths, Santa Barbara County 120 and San Luis Obispo County 32.  The majority of deaths continue to be older adults with pre-existing health conditions.

Legendary jazz musician Charles Lloyd has performed at some of the world's most famous music venues, like the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall.  Now, he's stepping up to help a historic South Coast theater.

The Central and South Coasts are continuing to keep the new coronavirus cases count on the lower end of the scale.  112 additional cases were reported in the region Wednesday, with 80 in Ventura County, 20 in Santa Barbara County and 12 in San Luis Obispo County.

There have been more than 27,600 COVID-19 cases in the three counties since the start of the pandemic, with most of those testing positive already recovered.

No new deaths were reported locally Wednesday, with the toll currently at 311 deaths.

A judge has found a Ventura County gym in contempt of court for violating the county’s COVID-19 safety restrictions.

The judge found BSF Fitness of Ventura in content for 19 violations of a court-ordered preliminary injunction against indoor operations.  This comes on top of past contempt rulings against BSF.

There’s good news for some small businesses, and non-profits in Ventura County which were hard hit by coronavirus.  The County’s Business Assistance Program is going to fund a second round of grants.

So far, more than 5000 businesses, and non-profits applied for help, and 777 have received $5,000 checks.  The program is now going to fund all of the remaining eligible applicants.  County officials say it means more than 3700 small businesses and non-profits will be getting $5,000 grants.

While we’ve been hearing about COVID-19 surges in other parts of the country, the numbers continue to remain on the low side for the Central and South Coasts.

110 new cases were reported in the region Tuesday.  Ventura County had 49, Santa Barbara County 30, and San Luis Obispo County 31.

A Central Coast college will continue to offer most of its classes online in its Spring semester.

Santa Maria’s Allan Hancock College will have predominately remote classes in the Spring because of COVID-19 safety concerns.

The new coronavirus case count on the Central and South Coasts continues to remain on the low side. Just released figures for the three day period from Saturday through today show 276 additional cases in the region.

Ventura County had 131 new cases, Santa Barbara County, and San Luis Obispo County 64 over the three day period.  In fact, San Luis Obispo County only reported five new cases Monday.

Ventura County is giving some money to non-for-profit hospitals in the county which have stepped up to help deal with the coronavirus crisis.

The County is splitting $10 million dollars in funding among five hospitals in Ventura, Ojai, Oxnard, Camarillo, and Simi Valley.  The money is part of the $147 million dollars the county received in federal CARES act coronavirus relief funding.

The Santa Paula Art Museum is finally open again, after being closed for more than half of the year by the ccoronvirus crisis.  The museum is featuring some exhibitions which were supposed to be on display earlier this year, but which have now been carried through the end of the year.

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