Ventura County

Ventura County has received a $15 million state grant which will allow it to create a new pediatric care facility for sick or injured children. 

The California Health Facilities Authority grant will allow construction of a dedicated 20-bed pediatric unit at the Ventura County Medical Center.

The number of new coronavirus cases on the Central and South Coasts continues to surge. One of the biggest one-day bumps in the region came Tuesday in Ventura County, with 186 additional cases reported.

What’s behind the surge? Was Memorial Day a factor? How about the protest marches? And what role is reopening playing?  Health officials aren’t sure, but they know some things are definitely factors.

We made it through the end a very strange school year disrupted by the coronavirus crisis.  But, what will public schools look like when class resume this fall?  Educators are busy trying to come up with answers to some very difficult questions.

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.

The surge in coronavirus cases on the Central and South Coasts has eased slightly.

The latest numbers show 85 new cases in the region, less than half of what was reported Wednesday.  The total number of cases since the start of the crisis now stands at 5407.

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.

The coronavirus surge continues in California.  There’s been a second record day of new cases in a row statewide.  Health officials on the Central and South Coast reported 200 new cases.

More than 7100 new cases were recorded in the state during the last 24 hours, up about 1100 from Tuesday. Part of the increase may be linked to the growth in testing.  Nearly 100,000 people were tested statewide during the last day.

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.

Four new coronavirus related deaths have been reported on the Central and South Coasts, bringing the region’s total to 55.

Three of the latest deaths occurred in Ventura County, and one was in Santa Barbara County.  Ventura County has had 38, Santa Barbara County 16, and San Luis Obispo County one. Most of those who died were older adults with preexisting health conditions.

Ventura County is taking a new step to try to help businesses cope with the financial impacts of coronavirus.

The county is going to reduce, or wave a number of its fees.  The Ventura County Fire Department will also wave some of its inspection fees.

(Ventura County Fire Department photo)

Firefighters now have 20% containment of a brush fire that’s charred more than 250 acres of land on the South Coast.

The blaze is burning northeast of Ventura, in the hills between Ventura and Santa Paula.  It's near Elizabeth Road.   During the first few hours it was burning, the fire put up a huge plume of smoke.  No homes were threatened, and no evacuations were ordered. 

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases on the Central and South Coasts has topped the 3500 mark. There were more than 110 new cases reported in the region Tuesday.  Ventura County is reporting 80 new cases, and Santa Barbara County 30.  The total is currently at 3560 cases for the region. 

The owner of a Ventura County auto repair shop is greeting a tow truck driver who stopped by to say hello.  Business is slow.  Les Forster is owner of Thousand Oaks Automotive.  It’s a small shop, with Forster and two mechanics. 

But he’s owned it for 15 years, and business had been good -- with a regular clientele.  That’s before the coronavirus crisis hit.  

The coronavirus crisis has been hard on everyone, but some of the hardest hit people have been those in long term care and nursing facilities. 

(Photo courtesy KNBC)

Law enforcement agencies from the Central and South are sending officers and equipment to Southern California to cope with the riots which have been underway in the Los Angeles area. 

A protest in the Fairfax District boiled out of control Saturday, with some people involved in a protest march over the death of George Floyd attacking police vehicles. 

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