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Ventura County Public Health extends indoor mask order until Oct. 19

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Ventura County Public Health announced Friday, Sept. 17, that it was going to extend its indoor mask order until Oct. 19. 

“Our current case rate of 19.3 is still considered high community transmission by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the California Department of Public Health,” said Public Health Officer Dr. Robert Levin. “We need to see a continued decrease in the case rate and hospitalizations before safely lifting indoor masking requirements to help prevent future surges.”

The mask order applies to indoor settings such as offices, retail stores, restaurants and bars, theaters, family entertainment centers, conference and event centers, and government offices serving the public. Masks must be worn over the mouth and nose — regardless of vaccination status. 

Since Wednesday, there have been 328 new COVID-19 cases reported. Ninety-six people are currently hospitalized within the county, and 31 pateints are in intensive care units. There have been nine additional deaths since Wednesday: a 23 year old male, 47 year old male, 51 year old female, 71 year old female, 84 year old female, 95 year old female, 66 year old male, 83 year old male, and an 81 year old male. All those who died were unvaccinated, according to Public Health. 

 A mobile vaccine clinic will be coming to the Ojai Valley Inn on Wednesday, Sept. 22, from 4 to 6 p.m.