VC Public Health updates Public Health orders on COVID-19

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Ventura County Public Health Director Rigoberto Vargas discusses the latest COVID-19 numbers with the county Board of Supervisors on Oct. 6.


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 The county of Ventura is expecting to move from the worst level of purple tier to the slightly better red tier at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 6.

To view the updated Public Health orders, including one now allowing karoake, visit:

Ventura County met the threshold for the COVID-19 case rate for the red tier. Any county within this tier must indicate a daily case rate of between four to seven cases and a positivity rate of between 5% to 8%.

Ventura County currently has a daily case rate of 7. Since last week the county’s testing volume of 283 exceeded the state average of 248.9, the state allowed for an adjustment by the state of the case rate from 8 to 7. Exceeding the requirements for testing has helped the county advance to the red tier.

Once in the red tier, personal care services, restaurants, places of worship, movie theaters, gyms and fitness centers, along with museums, zoos and aquariums will be able to open for indoor operations with modifications.
Stores with indoor operations that are open in the purple tier can increase indoor capacity to 50% in the red tier. Restaurants can open indoors at 25% capacity. Places of worship, higher education, and zoos and museums can open indoor operations at 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is less. Fitness centers and gyms will be able to offer indoor operations at 10% capacity.
School openings for in-person instruction are only able to be considered once a county has been in the Red Tier for 14 consecutive days. At this time, only schools that have applied for school waivers and have been approved are allowed to be open for in-person instruction. If the county continues to meet the threshold for case rate and other metrics, K-12 schools across the County could reopen as early as Oct. 21.

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