Author: Kimberly Rivers

COVID-19 News and Updates | April 2, 2020

Guidelines for safe use of forest trails and other public lands: Open spaces and public lands are being closed due to large numbers of people continuing to gather, violating social distancing orders. Help keep trails open by following these guidelines • Feeling sick or have any symptoms? Stay home. • Stay close to home when visiting trails. • Avoid already crowded trailheads and parking lots. Overcrowding is the #1 reason for trail closures; this will help keep our trails open. • Avoid unnecessary risk. First responders and hospitals are overburdened. Always maintain at least six feet from other trail users and stick...

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TELEPHONE TOWN HALL | Wed., April 1, 2020, 5:30 p.m.

Support for businesses affected by COVID-19 A town hall telephone call for the public to get important information and ask questions with elected officials and experts will take place on Wed., April 1, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. The call is hosted by Senator Hannah Beth- Jackson, Assemblymember Monique Limón, and Congressman Salud Carbajal. COVID-19 Teleconference Town Hall: Support for Small Businesses Wednesday, April 1 at 5:30 p.m. Call: Toll free 877-226-8216 Access code: 36403080 If you are unable to attend, you will be able to listen to a recording by visiting Sen. Jackson’s website.  If you have any questions...

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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 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 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 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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