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April 30: Beaches open, restrooms, parking closed; 535 confirmed positive for COVID-19 in VC; 18 deaths

Ventura County reports that its beaches remain open, but parking and restrooms closed.
Public Health announces April 30 COVID-19 cases in Ventura County:

 

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18 new cases
535 total cases
377 recovered cases
27 currently in the hospital (5 patients are long term care facility patients that do not need hospital care but are being cared for in the hospital setting to protect other long term care facility residents)
9 in the ICU
18 deaths (37-99; 9 males and 9 females)
9,962 people tested

 

 

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Press Conference: Here’s an update from 4/29/20 https://vimeo.com/413333237. Tune in tomorrow at 1 pm for the Friday update. Streamed live on www.vcemergency.com.
Beaches
Beaches remain open in the County of Ventura. Visitors are
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permitted to walk, jog, run, swim and surf while enjoying the beach. Visitors must “keep moving” and cannot sit/sunbathe. Parking and bathrooms remain closed.
Updated Parking Along Pacific Coast Highway
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In order to continue the success of Ventura County flattening the COVID-19 curve, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, working in collaboration with the California Highway Patrol, Caltrans, California State Parks, and Ventura County Parks Department, will be updating parking standards along northern and southern stretches of the Pacific Coast Highway in Ventura County.
The Pacific Coast Highway from Point Mugu State Beach south to the Los Angeles County line will be closed for all parking. Additionally, the Pacific Coast Highway from Emma Wood State Beach north to the Santa Barbara County line will be closed for all parking. This change in parking regulations is a continued effort to comply with the “Stay at Home Order” issued by the Ventura County Health Officer, which was most recently updated on April 20, 2020. Areas will be clearly marked, and enforcement action related to parking and/or violations of the “Stay at Home Order” may be taken.
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Beginning April 30, Caltrans posted “No Parking” signs along both sides of Pacific Coast Highway as well as coning off the area. Law enforcement agencies will be patrolling the area to ensure compliance with the new parking restrictions, beach closures and the “Stay at Home Order.”
These agencies are committed to keeping the residents of Ventura County safe, and at this time, that includes restricting access to parking in certain areas. The goal of this temporary parking restriction is to keep the curve flattened related to new cases of COVID-19 within the County.
All beaches south of Naval Base Ventura County at Point Mugu extending to the Los Angeles County line are completely closed. All beaches north of Point Mugu to the Santa Barbara County line are open with some restrictions. Beach goers will only be allowed to participate in activities on the beach such as running, walking, swimming, and surfing. Gathering on the beach in groups with items such as blankets, chairs, and coolers will not be allowed.  
Message from County of Ventura Emergency Departments Director of Quality and Safety, Doctor Rick Rutherford:
On behalf of those working in our emergency departments during this difficult time, I would like to express our deepest gratitude.  By staying at home and participating in social distancing, you are allowing us to care safely for our patients and preventing the Coronavirus from overwhelming our hospitals here in Ventura County. 
I want to update you about the status of our emergency departments.  We are seeing a small number of patients with COVID-19 every day.  We have also seen a dip in the total number of emergency room visits.  This is to expected when people are not out and about.  But we are also concerned that some members of our community are staying home when they truly have a medical emergency.  I have heard folks say they don’t want to bother us during the pandemic.  Or that they are scared that they may become infected with the COVID virus.   We have seen patients with heart attacks, strokes and other time sensitive illnesses who have waited too long to come in.  As you know, delaying care in for these events can make it difficult for our team to restore you to health.
I want to assure you that we have put in place processes to make sure you don’t get infected when you come to our emergency departments for other non COVID related illnesses.  In our ER, patients suspected of having COVID-19 do not share space with those not suspected of having the illness.  We have separate entrances for those being evaluated for COVID-19, and we use special isolation rooms and tents to care for these patients. We put a mask on every person who enters the building and have special PPE for our staff, so they don’t spread the disease.  We even have staff who only job is to observe our doctors and nurses to make sure every member of our team performs our infection control practices perfectly.  These procedures start before you enter the building and continue until you are safely back home. 
If you feel you have an emergency condition and you would normally go to the emergency department, please come the day you feel that way.  Don’t wait.  If you are not sure whether to come, call your doctor for advice.  We will soon have a way for you to use video conferencing to interact directly with our emergency room doctors physician assistants and nurse practitioners. We will post the hotline number on VCemergency and social media when available. 
Staying at home doesn’t feel like a very active way to fight. But when 850k individuals make this sacrifice together, it makes a powerful impact. My team is truly humbled by your actions.  You are making a difference.  And if you need us, we are here for you and will protect you during your visit to the hospital.  Be safe.  

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