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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.

COVID-19 update: Ventura County records 80 new cases, no new deaths on Thursday

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.

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