What we know
- Over the past two weeks, Ventura County has recorded 1,697 new cases, failing one of the governor’s performance metrics. In that time, it has reported seven deaths.
- Ventura has the 16th highest number of coronavirus cases among the state's 58 counties and the 16th most deaths.
- The county has reported cases in 14 cities or communities. Oxnard has the most cases with 1,325.
- The number of patients at county hospitals has been steady. There are now 120 patients with a confirmed or suspected case.
- Nursing homes have been a focal point of the crisis. In Ventura County, 21 facilities have reported an outbreak.
The latest trends
Experts say the true number of people infected is unknown and likely much higher than official tallies.
Over the past week, the county has averaged 109 new cases and 0.6 new deaths per day. The number of confirmed infections is currently doubling every 15.2 days.
State and local officials are closely watching the latest figures as they weigh when and how to reopen. One metric is whether counties have kept the number of new cases reported over the last 14 days to less than 100 per 100,000 residents.
Ventura County currently fails that test. Over the last two weeks, officials have confirmed 1,697 new cases, which amounts to 200 per 100,000.
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Mapping the cases
Cases have been reported in 14 of Ventura County's cities and communities.
Explore the latest data statewide by visiting our comprehensive dashboard.
Hospitals and patients
Lockdown measures aim to slow the virus in hope of preventing hospitals from being overrun. To keep tabs on capacity, officials watch out for rapid increases in the number of confirmed COVID-19 patients. The state asks counties with more than 20 patients to keep recent increases under 10%.
Currently, 10 of the state's 58 counties fail the test. Ventura County meets the standard.
There are now 92 patients admitted to county hospitals with a confirmed case of COVID-19, according to the latest figures from the state. Of those, 30 are in an intensive-care unit.
Nursing homes have become a tragic focal point of the coronavirus outbreak. California's Department of Public Health has listed 21 skilled nursing and assisted-living facilities in Ventura County that currently have COVID-19 cases.
The state last updated the list on July 7. Officials withhold the precise number where there are 10 or fewer cases. The numbers reflect cumulative counts.
Learn more about those we've lost by reading Times obituaries of Californians who have died from coronavirus.
Reopenings and restrictions
County order: Stay at home order in place until further notice
Face coverings: Following statewide order which requires people to wear face coverings in public place and at essential businesses
Essential retail: Grocery stores, pharmacies, banks and post offices, etc. are open
Retail: Retailers and shopping malls reopened with modifications
Restaurants: Indoor dine-in closed, but outdoor dining open and delivery/takeout allowed
Bars: All bars, breweries and pubs closed. Indoor wineries and tasting rooms closed
Lifestyle: Gyms, golf courses, landscape gardening, hair salons, barbershops, tanning facilities, car washes, pet grooming, hotels, tribal casinos and nail salons reopened
Parks: Most county parks, campgrounds and RV parks reopened
Beaches: Open with modifications
Schools: School districts allowed to reopen following state guidelines
Government: Open only for essential functions
Houses of worship: Some houses of worship reopened at reduced capacity
Gatherings: All nonessential public gatherings are prohibited. Funerals are allowed with ten people