Public Health issues alert as COVID-19 cases in VC increase

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There are "concerning increases in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and the testing positivity rate," according to Ventura County Public Health officials who issued an alert on the rising numbers on Friday, Nov. 6.

That means that if the trajectory continues, Ventura County could return to the most-restrictive purple tier, officials warned in a press release Friday evening.

"The community is urged to use caution," officials said in the press release. "Our collective responsibility is to take immediate action, as individuals and businesses, to reverse the trends we are experiencing,” Ventura County Public Health Officer Dr. Levin stated.

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A total of 155 cases of COVID-19 have ever been reported in the Ojai 93023 ZIP code, with 10 reported in the last 14 days. Eleven people in the Ojai area have died with COVID-19, with one death occurring in Ojai in the last 14 days.

Daily cases, which are reported Monday through Friday, have increased. This week, there were 638 total cases reported compared to lower numbers reported for the week of Oct. 30 with 390 cases, the week of Oct. 23 with 423 cases, and the week of Oct. 16 with 334 cases. The last time there was a higher weekly reported case count was on Aug. 28 with 651 cases.

Ventura County Public Health reported 147 new COVID-19 cases Friday, Nov. 6, with 17 of those from a lab collection from Oct. 30 or earlier. A total of 1,471 additional people have been tested, 36 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 and five people are being treated for it in intensive care units.

"The seven-day case rate was 4.9," the press release continued. "It has now increased to 5.3. It is anticipated that next week the rate will be 6.0. If this trend continues and the number exceeds the state metric for the red tier of 7, the county will have to move to the more restrictive purple tier. "

 "This is now a call to action to continue to be diligent in following the guidance and to use extra caution with any type of gatherings so that we can continue to move forward," said county CEO Mike Powers in a written statement.

As the holidays approach, Public Health urges the community to use caution with gatherings. The state of California has issued gathering guidance limiting gatherings to a maximum of three households. Gatherings increase the risk for COVID-19. Residents planning to gather, following the guidance, are encouraged to get tested at one of the many county-offered high-volume testing sites. Testing is free of charge, no appointment is needed and offered seven days per week. 

 Dr. Levin stated: “We are at a critical moment in our COVID-19 recovery journey. Over the last few weeks, businesses and public spaces have reopened, and many more people have been out and around others. With increased contact among non-household members, there are many more opportunities for transmission of COVID-19, particularly if Public Health directives are not followed, and the data is now showing concerning trends. We’re safer in the community only if we follow the very specific directives issued by Public Health."

 Dr. Levin continued: "It’s important if someone thinks they could be positive for COVID-19 and are awaiting testing results, to stay at home and act as if they are positive. If a community member tests positive, they should isolate for 10 days from the onset of illness and until symptoms have improved and fever has resolved. If a person tests positive for COVID-19, they should expect a call from a contact tracer to discuss services to them while they isolate and how to protect others. The contact tracer will also work with the positive person to find who they were in close contact with while infectious. These steps help prevent further spread.

“People who have underlying health conditions remain at much greater risk for serious illness from COVID-19, so it will continue to be very important for the County's vulnerable residents to stay at home as much as possible, to have groceries and medicine delivered, and to call their providers immediately if they have even mild symptoms.

"The best protection against COVID-19 continues to be to wash your hands frequently, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands, self-isolate if you are sick, practice physical distancing, and wear a clean face covering when in contact with others from outside your household."





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