Jeremy Childs, Ventura County Star
Published 8:18 p.m. PT March 27, 2020
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The number of positive coronavirus cases in Ventura County jumped to 83 on Friday, with three people now dead from the virus, according to public health officials.
The spike is the largest increase in a single day yet, adding 22 cases from Thursday’s total of 61. The number of deaths tripled from the previous count, which was first reported on Sunday.
All three victims killed by the virus were in their 70s and had preexisting health problems, according to county spokeswoman Ashley Bautista.
The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients decreased 11 patients on Friday, down from 15 reported on Thursday.
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The rise in positive cases reflects the increased testing taking place in the county. As of Friday, 1,543 people have been tested in Ventura County, an increase of 255 from Thursday’s total of 1,288 tests.
Ventura County coronavirus locations and ages
Cases of coronavirus have been recorded all across Ventura County in both cities and unincorporated areas. Among the residents who have tested positive for the virus are a retired couple in Thousand Oaks, a Moorpark College student and a talent scout in Oak Park.
Simi Valley still had the most positive cases as of Friday with 15, followed by Camarillo with 14 cases. Other cities with double-digit case counts include Oxnard at 11 cases and both Thousand Oaks and Ventura each at 10 cases.
The remaining areas represent less than one-quarter of the coronavirus cases in the county: Moorpark has seven cases, Westlake Village has five cases, Oak Park has three cases, Ojai and Santa Paula each have two cases and Lake Sherwood, Somis, Port Hueneme and Oak View each have one case.
No cases have been reported as of Friday in Fillmore, Newbury Park or Piru, county officials said.
Positive cases have been found in all age demographics in Ventura County, though twice as many cases have tested positive above the age of 44.
Among residents age 65 and over, the population deemed most at risk of severe complications from the virus, 24 cases have been recorded, including the three who have died.
Next, 34 cases have been recorded in adults between the ages of 45 and 64, and 17 cases in adults between the ages of 25 and 44. Young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 have had seven cases, and one positive case has been reported with a patient under the age of 18.
County health officials advise those who seek testing for coronavirus to call their doctor first, as they will conduct a risk assessment by phone and recommend whether testing is necessary or not.
Those without a primary care physician can visit www.vcemergency.com/clinics for information about health clinics and urgent care facilities in the county.
Last week, state and county officials issued stay-at-home orders to slow down the spread of the virus. The order requires all businesses deemed non-essential to close indefinitely. Essential businesses, such as grocery stores and pharmacies, are allowed to stay open.
Members of the public are allowed to travel outdoors as long as they adhere to social distancing practices and keep six feet apart from other individuals.
More information can be found by visiting www.vcemergency.com.
California coronavirus cases by county
Over 4,000 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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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 firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find him on Twitter @Jeremy_Childs.
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