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The County reports 104 new cases, 2 new deaths
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In an effort to boost testing capacity amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Ventura County fairs will become the county’s newest test-through test site.
The high-volume fairgrounds site will be able to collect up to 1,500 samples a day and is currently open Aug. 10, Patrick Maynard, director of Ventura County Office of Emergency Services said Wednesday during a public briefing by county officials.
Already, the county has modified the Moorpark and Oxnard-run sites where staff have doubled, more service lanes have been added and new technology has been implemented to help simplify the results notification process.
Maynard said more than 65,000 tests have been conducted on drive-up test sites since they opened two months ago. He addressed recent efforts at Moorpark and Oxnard to reduce testing waiting times, which have increased in recent weeks due to increased demand.
“With these changes, waiting times at test sites have been reduced to minutes instead of hours, and changeover times for test results average from two to three days,”
County Executive Officer Mike Powers highlighted the impact of fast test results on contact tracking when providing public information.
“Once we know someone is positive, public health can earlier contact people, inform them, find out their contacts so they can share that information and folks can identify themselves and stop t the spread, “Powers said.
All driving test sites are free to the public and do not require a referral from the doctor’s office. Tests are conducted on a first-come, first-served basis from 10 am to 7 pm
The Oxnard collection site is open Friday through Tuesday, while other sites are open during the week. More information can be found at www.venturacountyrecovers.org.
County is approaching 7,000 cases
Wednesday’s grant also saw the rise of 104 new coronavirus cases and two new deaths, marking the third consecutive day that the county has recorded fatal cases from the virus.
Both deaths were in elderly individuals with coexisting health issues, according to Rigoberto Vargas, director of public health for Ventura County. The death toll is now 73.
“These individuals, had they not tested positive for COVID and their doctors would not have indicated that on their death record, their family members … may still have those residents living among them. , “said Vargas.
Wednesday’s 104 new cases were among 636 test results processed, bringing the total number of positive cases to 6,997, according to Vargas. The number of hospital cases dropped to 75 people on Wednesday from 86 reported Tuesday, although the number being treated in intensive care units has risen to 25 out of 22.
Ventura County remains on the state monitoring list due to its high number of new cases. The reopening of businesses, schools and more will not be allowed to move forward unless the county enters the list.
In order to be removed from the list, new cases cannot exceed an average of 100 cases per 100,000 residents over 14 days. For Ventura County, this would require a maximum of 850 new cases within two weeks, or a rate of no more than 60 new cases reported per day.
Vargas said the county currently averages about 180 cases per 100,000 residents, nearly double the limit of the state watch list.
Map: COVID-19 by county
More than 468,000 cases of coronavirus have been reported elsewhere in California outside of Ventura County.
The Star Central Data page has an interactive tracking map confirmed in COVID-19 cases, recoveries and deaths across the state, country and world.
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Jeremy Childs is a breakup reporter and public safety reporter covering the night shift to the Ventura County Star. It can be reached by calling 805-437-0208 or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find her on Twitter @Jeremy_Childs.
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