Santa Claus is still coming to town, but face-to-face visits will look different due to COVID-19.
Ventura County saw 165 new COVID-19 cases over the weekend, officials said Monday. No new deaths were reported.
The county’s total number of coronavirus cases now stands at 12,653, with 150 deaths attributed to complications of the virus, according to public health data. The first local case was reported on March 6.
Monday’s tally covers data collected Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The weekend report continued a trend of declining case numbers in recent weeks. A week earlier, the Monday report brought 265 new cases; two weeks earlier, there were 201. In July and early August, the weekend reports issued on Monday often topped 500 new cases.
Among nonfatal cases in Ventura County, 11,797 residents who contracted the virus have recovered. Another 706 people with active cases remained under quarantine.
The number of hospitalized patients rose slightly to 45, up from 42 reported on Friday. Of those patients, seven were being treated in an intensive care unit, down by four since Friday’s report. COVID-19 is the disease caused by the coronavirus.
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Ventura County remained on the state’s most restrictive tier Monday — the purple “widespread” category — under the four-tier system in use since Gov. Gavin Newsom released new reopening guidelines for California counties.
Local officials said they expect an update on state measures by Tuesday.
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Location of local COVID-19 cases
Most areas of the county saw new cases over the weekend. In descending order of total cases since early March, they are:
- Oxnard, 5,093 cases (+81 over the weekend)
- Simi Valley, 1,688 (+20)
- Ventura, 1,375 (+19)
- Thousand Oaks, 1,184 (+8). Of the city’s total, 331 cases have been in Newbury Park.
- Santa Paula, 843 (+13)
- Camarillo, 662 (+9)
- Fillmore, 500 (+2)
- Moorpark, 490 (+2)
- Port Hueneme, 384 (+5)
- Ojai, 128 (+2)
- Piru, 103 (+1)
- Oak Park, 79 (unchanged)
- Oak View, 69 (+2)
- Somis, 53 (+1)
- Bell Canyon, 2 (unchanged)
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The bulk of cases where the source has been identified — 4,806 as of Monday — were transmitted through contact with an infected person, officials reported. Another 2,591 cases were acquired in the community, while 17 have been traced to travel. Public health investigators were still looking into the source of 457 infections, and 4,782 cases have been classified as having an undetermined source, Monday’s report showed.
So far, 183,617 residents have been tested for the virus, in a county with a population of roughly 854,000.
For more information and resources, visit www.venturacountyrecovers.org
Map: COVID-19 by county
More than 795,000 cases of coronavirus have been reported elsewhere in California outside Ventura County.
The Star’s Data Central page has an interactive map tracking confirmed COVID-19 cases, recoveries and deaths across the state, country and world.
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Gretchen Wenner covers breaking news for the Ventura County Star. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org or 805-437-0270.
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