Author: Kimberly Rivers

VC COVID-19 UPDATES | Ongoing reporting

Pictured: Free nasal swab, or PCR testing is now available to all Ventura County residents to determine if they have the live novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19.  This page will be updated as new information becomes available regarding novel coronavirus in Ventura County. The most recent, up to date information will be at the top of the page. Friday, May 15 – Yesterday Ventura County reported 23 new cases, and is reporting a total of 25 deaths associated with COVID-19.  County report, 7 p.m. Thursday, May 14:  23 new cases 748 total cases 488 recovered cases 23 hospitalized 12...

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MAY DAY PROTESTS IN VENTURA, OXNARD | Local residents for reopening, rent relief

Pictured: Protesters calling for the stay at home orders and business closures to be listed on May 1, 2020 in Ventura. Photo by Kimberly Rivers.  by Kimberly Rivers kimberly@vcreporter.com  On Friday, May 1, thousands of people across the United States came out to protest stay-at-home orders and voice their frustrations over how the restrictions undertaken to stop the spread of the coronavirus have affected their way of life. Ventura County residents were among them, gathering in Ventura and Oxnard to express concerns over the lockdown, economic impacts and more.  Residents rally for reopening at Ventura County Government Center Several...

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LIMITED REOPENING | Low risk businesses to be opened, with curbside pickup

by Kimberly Rivers kimberly@vcreporter.com On Monday, May 4, Governor Gavin Newsom reported that some areas of the state may be eligible for limited reopening in certain retail businesses with curbside pickup as soon as Friday, May 8.  Whether a business opens is based on the county meeting certain requirements that demonstrate effective local response in containing the spread of the coronavirus.  Newsom mentioned certain retail businesses that have been identified as “low risk” by the state and identified for limited reopening: bookstores, clothing stores, florists and sporting goods stores. Mike Powers, CEO of Ventura County told the Ventura County...

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FREE TESTING NOW AVAILABLE | Nine COVID-19 testing centers in County

Pictured: Viral tests for the coronavirus require a nasal swab. by Kimberly Rivers kimberly@vcreporter.com  On May 4, as part of an effort to increase the number of residents tested for the coronavirus, Ventura County opened up free testing centers at several locations across the county to residents who meet particular criteria.  The testing centers will conduct a virtual PCR test performed using a nasal swab. Anyone with symptoms is encouraged to call; screening questions will be asked by phone. Testing is free, and no insurance or physician referral is required. To get tested, first call in for the phone...

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VC COVID-19 NEWS AND UPDATES | May 7, 2020

Pictured: Bing, a neutered Siberian Husky is one of 75 dogs at Ventura County Animal Services that can now be adopted after a temporary stoppage of adoptions due to the coronavirus.  County providing childcare for essential workers Child Development Resources of Ventura County has received targeted state funding to provide financial assistance for childcare for essential workers including healthcare workers, caregivers, first responders, farmworkers, social workers, and at risk population including children receiving child protective services at the risk of abuse, neglect and children whose families are experiencing homelessness. To determine if your child qualifies call 805-485-7878 ext. 470....

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