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Board of Supervisors discusses COVID-19 vaccine and surge Dec. 15: Watch meeting

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A total of 1,950 doses of COVID-19 vaccine arrived in Ventura County on Dec. 15, according to the Ventura County Public Health officer. Dr. Robert Levin raised the alarm about the current COVID-19 surge. To hear the update on COVID-19 to the Board of Supervisors, visit:

https://ventura.granicus.com/player/event/654?view_id=100&redirect=true

 

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Hospitals are managing the numbers, but they cannot continue at this pace, according to county Public Health officials. They reported a record number of 2,651 positive COVID-19 cases over the weekend.

Steve Carroll, administrator of the Ventura County Emergency Medical Services Agency:

Hospitals have surge plans; staffing is the biggest problem. "Everywhere is in a disaster right now," so there are not extra staff from neighboring areas that can step in to assist.

 Public Health Officer Dr. Robert Levin:

"I am looking forward to seeing the impact of the vaccine. News that vaccines are 95% effective is beyond any expectation. ..."

"The Pfizer vaccine has been authorized for use by the FDA. The Moderna vaccine ..". was to be reviewed Thursday. It has. been changed to Saturday or Sunday.

Vaccines can be subject to delays. Hope that doesn't happen. There is enough vaccine to treat 150 million people now. Manufacturers will be releasing more vaccine between now and June. Other vaccines are being produced, "so we could have unexpected windfalls."

Initial 1,950 doses of vaccine arrived this morning.

Four thousand doses to arrive Friday. Ventura County should see a total of about 20,000 vaccines by the end of this month.

The intial limited amount of vaccines will be given to acute care hospital and will include everyone involved in caring for patients — healthcare providers, housekeeping, supply, maintenance, everyone in that unit. It will not be mandatory unless a hospital makes it mandatory.

The arrival of the vaccine is so important as to the issues we are discussing. We will see less and less absenteeism of healthcare workers who are exposed to COVID-19.

 There are 430 to 460 long-term care facilities in Ventura County and there is a plan to vaccinate their residents.

Not all of the healthcare facilities have signed up for the federal plan to have residents vaccinated on site.

Seventy-six, to date, have not signed up for that federal program. They will then have to take their residents to testing sites and Public Health nurses will go into those sites to vaccinate people.

Then, other healthcare workers will be eligible for vaccinations. Based on availability, more and more groups will be included. WIll be May or June till vaccine available for general public. Should be optimistic it could happen earlier.

 Saw gathering of football players, shoulder to shoulder, in Simi Valley, with a coach. What a ripe place for transmission of the disease.

Seen sports tournaments with players from Ventura County.

Some churches have had indoor services, shoulder to shoulder, not wearing masks.

A couple of hundred people went to The Oaks Mall on Sunday to sing Christmas carols.

People mingling at outdoor concerts. Another possibility for transmission of disease.

Young athletes look to their parents and coaches and see a green light.

None of those actions are acceptable during a pandemic.

Incomprehenisble, baffling and also irresponsible. Parents just have to say to children you have to wait a few months. 

People are going to die that don't need to die.

COVID is so rampant that 1 out of 10 COVID tests are positive in our county.

There is a chance that if you go out in the street today, 15 out of 100 people are positive for COVID right now.

Used to be only one in 300 in our county, so things have dramatically changed.

COVID identified in more than 80 Ventura County businesses last week. Most cases were not spread on the site, but were imported into the businesses.

Currently, there are 49 active COVID outbreaks in our Ventura County long-term care facilities. 

 Long-term consequences from COVID-19, including foggy-headedness and shortness of breath. We don't know if this will be permanent or not. Anyone can get COVID, even those who do the right things, washing hands, etc.

If you take precautions, "all you do is diminish your chances of COVID, but you diminish them a lot. If you gather, you increase your chances a lot. We could stop this in its tracks ... if we just stayed indoors and away from each other, except for when it is absolutely necessary." If we could just do that for three or four weeks, we could open businesses and get back to school.

 Barry Zimmerman, healthcare agency:

Running at maximum capacity right now. Goal is for testing to be accessible to everyone. Wait times long at some sites. Open first come, first served. Some pop-up mobile sites in the county. Some difficulties with supply-chain issues. On Dec. 15, a shipment did not arrive, so opening time pushed back to noon.

There will be a new testing center opening in Camarillo with a new lab that will help with testing volume. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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