Author: Kimberly Rivers

VENTURA RESIDENT ABOARD USNS MERCY | Navy hospital ship supports local hospitals

Pictured: Kimberly Wyss, U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman Third Class prepares to assist the first civilian patients who will board the U.S. Navy Ship Mercy, docked in Los Angeles on March 29, 2020. Photo by Ryan M. Breeden, U.S. Navy Mass Community Specialist 2nd Class.  by Kimberly Rivers kimberly@vcreporter.com On March 29, Kimberly Wyss, U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman Third Class, from Ventura, prepares to assist the first patients who will board the U.S. Navy Ship Mercy docked to serve in Los Angeles.  The ship will be serving non-COVID-19 patients from the area to make room in hospitals for the anticipated surge...

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COUNTY STRENGTHENS PUBLIC SAFETY ORDERS | Orders will be extended to May 15.

Pictured: Dr. Robert Levin, health officer with Ventura County Public Health speaking at a press conference in February in Camarillo.  by Kimberly Rivers kimberly@vcreporter.com Online update April 14: At the April 14 meeting of the Ventura County Board of Supervisors Dr. Robert Levin, health officer with Ventura County Public Health, reported that a new order would be issued in the next few days, before April 19 and would encompass all the current orders, and extend them to May 15, 2020.  On April 9, Ventura County Public Health Officer Robert Levin issued an order adding new requirements to orders previously...

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KINDNESS CORNER | Nourishing frontline workers

Pictured: Staff at St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital in Camarillo enjoy meals from Urbane Cafe sponsored by Law Offices of Hiepler and Hiepler. Photo submitted.  by Kimberly Rivers kimberly@vcreporter.com The mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, friends and loved ones who are working in all positions at area hospitals are getting some extra support and nourishment from local restaurants, who in turn are getting support to keep their kitchens open.  The Oxnard-based Law Offices of Hiepler and Hiepler have sponsored 800 meals from the local Urbane Café for staff at St. John’s Regional Medical Center and St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital....

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COVID-19 NEWS AND UPDATES | April 16, 2020

by Kimberly Rivers kimberly@vcreporter.com Insurance companies ordered to refund premiums On April 13, California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara issued orders that require insurance companies, including those providing personal auto insurance, to issue appropriate refunds of premiums for March and April if the insured driver was impacted by the stay at home orders.  “With Californians driving fewer miles and many businesses closed due to the COVID-19 emergency, consumers need relief from premiums that no longer reflect their present-day risk of accident or loss,” said Lara. “Today’s mandatory action will put money back in people’s pockets when they need it most.”  The order...

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POWER TO SPEAK | The real reason for the U.S.’s slow response to the pandemic

It is ironic that we are ready to spend trillions of dollars overcoming the emergencies, but have little interest in solving the existing problems caused by decades of neglect. by Jamshid Damooei, Ph.D. Our response to the coronavirus pandemic started with denial of the severity of the problem and advanced to an ongoing struggle to bring together the available resources as we face escalating challenges every day. We hear that there are a wide variety of infrastructure inadequacies that include an insufficient number of hospital beds and a struggle to stretch the available medical and emergency personnel. It is...

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