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Ventura County Public Health announced Feb. 10 that the local Health Officer Order requiring masking in all indoor public places will be lifted Feb. 16, in alignment with the state’s mask policy. “The mask order is being lifted because the C…

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 On Monday, Sept. 27, Ventura County Public Health announced it is now administering Pfizer booster shots for eligible residents at any vaccination site offering the Pfizer vaccine. The booster is recommended six months or later following a …

By Dr. Jim Halverson I called the editor of the Ojai Valley News in late March of 2020 after speaking with several of my physician colleagues in Ojai. We wanted to communicate the facts about the COVID-19 pandemic to our Ojai Valley resident…

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By Dr. Jim Halverson In last week’s column, we took a look back over the past year since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic on March 11, 2020. Today, let’s take a look forward, not three to six months, but the next tw…

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March 11 marked the one-year anniversary since The World Health Organization declared the SARS-COV2 outbreak a pandemic. The number of people affected since that time by death, lingering illness, emotional distress, financial loss or social …

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By Dr. Jim Halverson The long-awaited Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are here and being administered to our Ventura County residents. Happily, demand has been high for the vaccine, which is necessary to eventually provide herd immunity and end …

A reader asked, “What is the medical basis for wearing a mask after vaccination? And for how long?” We wear a mask to protect others from catching COVID-19 from us. More than 50% of cases are acquired through asymptomatic transmission. Asymp…