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Ventura County passed the 6,000 mark for coronavirus cases on Wednesday as the death toll rose and hospitalized cases decreased, public health officials said.
The 94 new cases added Wednesday put the county at 6,049 total positive cases of the coronavirus. The new cases were among 1,524 tests results added, bringing the number of people tested in Ventura County up to 98,648, said Rigo Vargas, Ventura County’s director of public health.
The figures were shared as part of the county’s public briefing Wednesday afternoon.
One additional coronavirus death was reported Wednesday, raising the county’s death toll to 63. It was the third consecutive day a fatal coronavirus case was reported in Ventura County.
Meanwhile, the number of hospitalized cases overall and intensive care cases with COVID-19 both decreased Wednesday to 90 and 22 cases, respectively, from Tuesday’s figures of 94 hospitalized and 24 in intensive care units.
Steve Carroll, the emergency medical services administrator for Ventura County Public Health, noted an additional 30 patients in Ventura County hospitals were suspected of having coronavirus and were awaiting test results.
“The number of COVID-positive hospitalized patients has more than quadrupled in the last six weeks,” Carroll said.
County Executive Officer Mike Powers also cautioned against celebrating Wednesday’s lower numbers prematurely.
“It’s not one day’s numbers that matter; it’s the trend,” Powers said.
County remains on California watch list
Erin Slack, an epidemiologist with Ventura County Public Health, explained the ways in which the state tracks the spread of the virus.
The state has three thresholds through which it determines whether a county is seeing an increasing case count: the rate of positive cases per day, the number of people admitted to the hospital per day, and the number of intensive care unit beds available.
Ventura County is above the threshold in the first category of positive cases per day, placing it on a state watchlist. Ventura County has averaged a rate above the state limit of 100 cases per 100,000 residents, and would have to record fewer than 60 cases of coronavirus per day to meet that threshold, according to Slack.
“We are not allowed to reopen schools unless we stay off the monitoring list for at least 14 days,” Slack said.
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Ventura County had previously been on the state’s second watchlist regarding hospital admissions, when the county went from averaging 20 hospitalized coronavirus patients a day to 90 patients on average.
The recent stabilization and gradual decrease of hospitalized cases has allowed the county to be taken off the watchlist for now. To remain off the list, the number of hospitalized cases cannot grow more than 10% within the span of three days.
Slack also mentioned Ventura County has never been put on the state monitoring list for not having enough ICU beds and ventilators, though she said that may change in the future because of the state changing requirements to not account for neonatal care beds.
COVID-19 by county
More than 408,000 cases of coronavirus have been reported elsewhere in California outside Ventura County.
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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 email@example.com. You can also find him on Twitter @Jeremy_Childs.
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