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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.

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The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 decreased Friday to 39 patients, while the number of patients receiving treatment in intensive care units increased to 10.

Friday’s new cases were among the results of 1,003 people recently tested, bringing the total number of people tested to 187,527.

In terms of schools reopening, Our Lady of Assumption School in Ventura was approved to reopen by local and state officials as of Friday, according to information provided by county public health spokesperson Ashley Bautista. This means a total of 28 private schools have been approved to reopen for in-person learning through the elementary school waiver process.

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Moorpark Unified School District pushed back its start date to Oct. 19 due to upcoming parent conferences under a modified class schedule, according to district Superintendent Kelli Hays.

Conejo Valley Unified School District’s waiver application, the only local application that is pending, has been sent to the state for approval.

Governor adds equity requirement for reopening

On Thursday, Gov. Gavin Newsom added a third health metric to the reopening guidelines for California counties. The new health equity metric requires the test positivity rate in disadvantaged neighborhoods to not differ significantly from the overall test positivity rate in the county. The state defines these neighborhoods as falling in the lowest 25% of the California Healthy Places Index.

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The new metric is not expected to hinder Ventura County’s reopening projections. According to the County of Ventura, current test positivity rates for these neighborhoods are under 5.2%, qualifying for the third reopening tier, color-coded orange and dubbed “moderate” infection spread.

Since the introduction of reopening guidelines for California counties, Ventura County has been listed in the purple or “widespread” tier, which has the greatest number of restrictions. State officials rejected Ventura County’s bid to qualify for reopening using other criteria, County Executive Officer Mike Powers said last week.

Ventura County will remain on the tier for at least one more week. It will be able to begin lifting restrictions and move onto the next tier as early as Oct. 6 once its average daily new COVID-19 cases reach approximately 60 per day for two consecutive weeks. Ventura County achieved the daily case rate for one week and will qualify for the red or “substantial” tier if it maintains the case rate by next Tuesday.

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Public health officials tracking the spread of the virus have found 17 cases were caused during travel, 4,865 were acquired through contact with another infected person, 2,626 were transmitted in the community and 477 are under investigation. Investigators were unable to determine the cause of the virus in at least 4,958 local cases, officials said Friday.

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Age, location of local COVID-19 cases

Oxnard, the county’s largest city, continues to have the highest number of confirmed cases with 5,233 residents testing positive as of Friday. Simi Valley had the next highest number with 1,730 infections detected. The two cities account for over half of all cases recorded in the county.

The number of cases in other areas, listed in descending order, are: Ventura, 1,409; Thousand Oaks at 1,201 cases, including 338 in Newbury Park; Santa Paula, 852; Camarillo, 672; Fillmore, 516; Moorpark, 492; Port Hueneme, 401; Ojai, 129; Piru, 102; Oak Park, 80; Oak View, 71; Somis, 53; and Bell Canyon, two. 

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Among residents ages 65 and older, the demographic deemed most at risk of fatal complications, 547 men and 689 women have tested positive.

Among residents ages 45 to 64, 1,668 men and 1,715 women have tested positive. For residents ages 25 to 44, 2,361 men and 2,276 women have tested positive. 

Among young adults ages 18 to 24, 1,029 men and 1,004 women have tested positive. There have been 1,609 juveniles testing positive for the virus: 810 male and 799 female.

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The ages of four male cases and seven female cases were unknown as of Friday. Also unknown at this time are the genders of four juvenile cases, five cases from ages 18 to 24, 19 cases from ages 25 to 44, five cases from ages 45 to 64 and two cases from ages 65 and older.

For more information and resources, visit www.venturacountyrecovers.org

Map: COVID-19 by county

More than 811,000 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.

The map is updated automatically and shows a closeup of each California county, or zoom out to see numbers from around the nation and the world.

Not seeing the map? Click here to get to our interactive Data Central page: https://data.vcstar.com/coronavirus/.

Staff writer Shivani Patel contributed to this report.

Jeremy Childs is a breaking news and public safety reporter covering the night shift for the Ventura County Star. He can be reached by calling 805-437-0208 or emailing [email protected] You can also find him on Twitter @Jeremy_Childs.

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