May 8: 217 active COVID-19 cases in Ventura County

5 8 ASHLEY2Ventura County Public Health Officer Dr. Robert Levin released the latest COVID-19 numbers in Ventura County on May 8, along with a recording of Dr. Robert Levin, county chief medical officer, who responded on the video to a viral and sensational FOX News report, regarding the county plan to ramp up contact tracing, in accordance with state guidelines to reopen, to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

The May 8 video of the county government update on its response to COVID-19, including the innovative Ventura County Medical Center Backpack Medicine program, led by Dr. Khan, which serves people without homes, those with substance abuse issues and other needs, may be viewed at:

By the numbers:

21 new cases from the day before.
652 total cases
435 recovered cases, which equals 217 active cases
29 in the hospital
12 in the ICU
5 8 ASHLEY7198 under quarantine
19 deaths
12, 863 tested
Testing in the county of Ventura expanded testing throughout the county this week for essential workers and residents.
You will not be charged for the test, and you do not need to have health insurance.
There are two sites for essential workers with or without syptoms and seven drive-thru sites for all community members with COVID-19 symptoms or who have been in contact with someone with COVID-19. Learn more at:
Thank you, nurses. It's National Nurse Appreciation Week! We are so grateful for the nurses in our county. They are there when you need them most working around the clock to serve and protect the most vulnerable. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are reminded just how heroic and selfless our nurses are, we celebrate them this week and throughout the year! Thank you, nurses!
Stay Well VC - Read the new public health order at  and register your business at: 
The county of Ventura has reached an important milestone for our community, county and our local economy. The Public Health officer announced today a new modified Stay Well VC Health Order to align with the State of California’s four-stage framework for reopening. The county will move forward with the State’s Stage 2 of reopening lower-risk businesses starting May 8.  This will allow retail businesses, such as clothing stores, bookstores, sporting goods stores and florists, for example, to reopen with curbside delivery, as well as the related manufacturing and supply chain businesses.
“We are at a turning point because of the community’s incredible compliance with social distancing and the sacrifices of individuals and businesses. These efforts have saved lives, helped prevent the spread of the virus in our community and put us in a position to move forward gradually and safely in reopening our economy. Our ability to move forward is directly tied to our continuing commitment to physical distancing.  With the issuance of Dr. Levin’s new Stay Well VC Order, we will align even more closely with the Governor’s revised order because we support the approach of evaluating businesses for reopening based on level of risk and we believe it will provide greater clarity.  The new local order will retain some aspects of our previous order in areas such as guidelines for seniors and long-term care facilities,” said Mike Powers, county of Ventura CEO.  
“Our community members have answered the call to stay well at home and thanks to them, we are in a position to move forward. These actions have saved lives. It is critical that our community continues to use caution. The virus is not gone. It is dangerous and poses a significant health risk. As we move into the next stage, we must do so with great care. We must continue to practice social distancing and businesses must make modifications needed to lower the risk of COVID-19 exposure,” said Public Health Officer Dr. Robert Levin. 
The county has made progress in meeting the governor’s requirements for moving forward. These steps have included: hospital surge and personal protective equipment capacity; protection of high-risk patient populations: seniors, long term care facility residents, homeless; contact tracing capacity and thoughtful data driven public health guidance.
“The efforts to protect our community health and our local economy are aligned.  Investing in these public health steps will benefit the health of our community as well as our local economy. Until there is a vaccine, these are the only tools we have to identify and prevent the spread of the virus in our community,” said Powers. “We have a plan for verification and education under our Public Health Officer Doctor Robert Levin’s guidance to further ensure our local businesses can reopen and do so safely. We have found almost universally that our local businesses truly want to comply. Businesses and local business leaders with the Economic Development Collaborative, Cities, Chambers, Women’s Economic Ventures and the Ventura County Economic Development Association have come to the table in the spirit of compliance. They get it and want to make sure they protect their employees and customers.”   
Before, reopening, all facilities must confirm the following: 
My business is in one of the designated industries permitted to reopen by the State of California & the VC Health Officer order
I have performed a detailed risk assessment of my business in accordance with state guidelines
I have a written worksite-specific COVID-19 prevention plan and have posted it at my business
I have implemented control and screening measures for my business
I have implemented disinfecting protocols for my business in accordance with state guidelines
I have trained employees on how to limit the spread of COVID-19 including how to screen themselves for symptoms
I agree to have an on-duty employee responsible for monitoring compliance with my plan
I have completed the attestation form on   
If you are a business that is already permitted to be open and in operation you are asked to review these requirements and confirm that you have met these requirements by registering your business by May 18, 2020.
It is critical that employees needing to self-isolate because of COVID-19 are encouraged to stay home, with sick leave policies to support that, to prevent further infection in the workplace. 
More information about Stage 2: Lower-risk workplaces can be found at




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