Author: Kimberly Rivers

TRYING TO SAVE HUMANITY | Dr. Sabine Hazan and Progenabiome are working tirelessly to combat COVID-19

Pictured: Dr. Sabine Hazan (standing) and Dr. Brad Barrows, a pathologist on her team at Progenobiome. Photo by Dr. Chris Gilbert. by Kimberly Rivers kimberly@vcreporter.com On Monday, three proposals for clinical trials related to combatting novel coronavirus and COVID-19 were sent to the Institutional Review Board for approval by a Ventura-based genetic sequencing research lab and a clinical trial company.   “When this virus came on in China, what I paid attention to mostly is that a lot of doctors were dying and that it was spread from asymptomatic carriers — those with no symptoms were still spreading it,”...

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PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT NEEDED | County seeks donations from the public to protect healthcare workers

by Kimberly Rivers kimberly@vcreporter.com On March 23, the county of Ventura issued a statement seeking donations of “new, unused personal protective equipment to assist health care providers, health care facilities and first responders responding to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).” “This crisis is real and is going to hit us like no other infectious disease crisis has hit this community,” said Dr. John Fankhauser, CEO of Ventura County Medical Center, who oversees the Ventura location and Santa Paula Hospital. He also emphasized the need for community compliance with the existing social-distancing and stay-at-home orders to help protect the community. “We...

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NONPROFIT RAPID RESPONSE GRANT | Local organizations coordinate to bring needed support to community

Pictured: The Ventura County Community Foundation in Camarillo.  by Kimberly Rivers kimberly@vcreporter.com In light of the impact of the novel coronavirus on area nonprofit organizations, the Ventura County Community Foundation in coordination with the County of Ventura, Amgen Foundation, Southeast Ventura County YMCA, Give An Hour and the Economic Development Collaborative has launched the Rapid Response Fund to support nonprofit organizations addressing the needs of individuals and families with food and housing support, childcare, wage replacement, mental health care and more. While public health officials are working diligently to prepare for and respond to COVID-19, VCCF’s Rapid Response Fund...

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PETS AND THE PANDEMIC | Vets continue to care for animals in the face of COVID-19

by Kimberly Rivers kimberly@vcreporter.com Ensuring our pets are healthy is essential to our own well being and that could be why veterinary care is listed as an essential activity under the stay-at-home orders issued locally and at the state level. Traveling to and from necessary veterinary appointments is an allowed activity and many veterinary offices are remaining open to meet the demand, while implementing safety protocols to minimize risk of transmission.  “We are asking clients to wait out in the lobby, taking pets in without the owner to keep the six- foot distance,” said Joann Tambouris, veterinary assistant at...

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COVID-19 NEWS AND UPDATES | March 26, 2020

Pictured: Triage tents are ready at St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Oxnard. Photo submitted.  by Kimberly Rivers kimberly@vcreporter.com First COVID-19 death in county reported Ventura County Public Health announced on March 22 that a person in their 70s who tested positive for novel coronavirus and had COVID-19 died. The person had underlying health conditions. This is the first death in the county attributed to the virus and resulting illness. As of Wed., March 25 at 6:50 p.m.  Ventura County Public Health is reporting 50 positive cases in Ventura County. Seven of those people are being treated for their...

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