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COVID-19 testing offered in Ojai Valley

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Photo  by Caroline Van Houten 

People line up in their vehicles at Ojai's Sarzotti Park parking lot awaiting COVID-19 tests from COVID Clinic on Jan. 10.

 

COVID-19 cases continue to rise throughout Ventura County and the Ojai Valley, resulting in long lines at testing centers including COVID Clinic at Ojai’s Sarzotti Park (350 Park Road).

Free PCR tests are available at Sarzotti Park on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Results are estimated to take three days and testing is available by appointment only, which can be made at:

https://bit.ly/33wXNqr .

Appointments have been booked solid for the clinic, with the earliest opening available Jan. 24 as of Thursday, Jan. 13. 

The next closest COVID Clinic is at the Ventura Pacific View Mall (3301-1 E. Main St, Ventura). 

Ventura County Public Health announced there will be nine new testing sites starting Jan. 17 and state sites will stay open on Monday, Jan. 17, which is the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. 

Current county testing sites are at Ventura Unified School District Education Service Center (255 W. Stanley Ave, Ventura) from Monday to Friday, between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., as well as the Oxnard Performing Arts Center (800 Hobson Way, Oxnard) Monday to Friday between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. 

Additional state and minibus testing sites and schedules throughout the county can be viewed at: 

https://bit.ly/3K9Gw7p

The county also requests residents report price gouging for home-testing kits, encouraging individuals to report them to the District Attorney’s Office, providing the date and time of purchase, sellers information, the cost, and contact information to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

President Biden announced Jan. 13 that the administration will purchase an additional 500 million COVID-19 tests on top of the 500 million tests he previously announced. He also stated the administration will make free high-quality face masks available to all Americans, with distribution details coming next week. 

Ojai Unified School District recently released its allotment of free at-home COVID-19 test kits on Saturday, Jan. 8, at both Nordhoff High School and Meiners Oaks Elementary. 

The tests are intended to be used within the next month. 

On-site testing will continue to be offered for students only at several locations throughout the district including Nordhoff High School, Matilija Middle School, San Antonio Elementary and Topa Topa Elementary. A schedule of the student-only testing can be viewed on the OUSD website at: https://bit.ly/3qnAecv. 

A Parent Permission form and Patient Test Request form can also be filled out on the site. 

As of Jan. 12, there have been 2,838 new COVID-19 cases throughout the county, resulting in seven new deaths including four men, ages 38, 59, 71 and 75, and three women, ages 45, 46 and 91.

Five of the seven deaths were unvaccinated individuals and all were reported to have comorbidities, according to information provided from the county. 

As of Jan. 12, there were 282 hospitalizations and 36 individuals in the ICU.

For Ojai’s 93023 ZIP code, there have been 172 new COVID-19 cases over the past 14 days.

Additional information related to cases can be found at: 

www.venturacountyrecovers.org.

 

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