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USA TODAY

Ventura County added 76 new COVID-19 cases and one new death on Friday, according to public health data.

The county now stands at 12,943 total cases and 153 deaths attributed to the virus. Friday’s death was in a 45-year-old woman with coexisting health issues, county officials said.

Prior to Friday’s death, the most recent deaths were reported Wednesday with a 60-year-old man and an 87-year-old woman, both of whom had other health problems. The doubling time for Ventura County is 154.9 days as of Thursday.

Among nonfatal cases, Ventura County currently has 720 active cases under quarantine while 12,070 have recovered from the coronavirus, which causes the disease COVID-19.

Editor’s note: The Star is making this story free to readers due to public health