Ventura County Updates
Ventura County Office of Emergency Services operates the official Ventura County incident information website containing all current information on the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation in Ventura County.
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COVID-19 Testing Sites: 8/24/20 – https://www.oxnard.org/8-24-20-updated-covid-19-testing-sites-english-and-spanish/
- COVID-19 testing is available at no cost.
- Average result turn around in 4 days or less.
Ventura County Public Health Order: 05/7/2020 – County of Ventura Moves to Stage 2 Reopening | VC Public Health Officer Order May 7 2020
- City of Oxnard: Support for Stage 2 Businesses
- County of Ventura – Business Guidance: www.vcreopens.com
Ventura County Public Health Order: 04/2/2020 – New public health comments about masks | Face Mask Flyer
Ventura County Public Health Order: 03/31/2020
Modified Stay Well At Home Public Health Order (English) | Español
Evictions Under the COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act
- 9/1/20: Read more about the details of the COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act regarding eviction moratorium updates through January 31, 2021.
- 9/23/20: On September 23, 2020, Governor Newsom signed Executive Order N-80-20. The Order extends to March 31, 2021 the time frame for local governments to provide commercial eviction protections due to COVID-19.
- The City’s order 20-01 is effective until March 31, 2021, tracking EO N-80-20.
- A copy of the City of Oxnard Executive Order 20-01 staying evictions is available here: PDF
Ventura County Reopens
Ventura County is following the State of California’s road map to reopening. To learn more about what stage we are in and review the reopening guidelines, visit www.vcreopens.com.
“Stay Well at Home” Order
On March 20, 2020, Ventura County Public Health Officer Dr. Robert Levin issued a “Stay Well at Home” emergency order; found here in both English and Spanish. To provide additional clarity on the order, the County developed a “Stay Well at Home” resource with a Frequently Asked Questions section.
The County’s latest press releases connected with COVID-19, in both English and Spanish, can be found here.
City of Oxnard – Director Orders
- For a complete list of Director Orders issued during the coronavirus emergency, visit: https://www.oxnard.org/coronavirus-director-orders/
Essential Critical Infrastructure Worker
In accordance with Governor Newsom’s Executive Order N-33-20, the State Public Health Officer has designated this list to help state, local, tribal and industry partners as they work to protect communities, while ensuring continuity of functions critical to public health and safety, as well as economic and national security. More information is available at: www.oxnard.org/code.
City Service Updates
In the City of Oxnard, the health and safety of our community is a priority. It is with careful thought and planning that the City proclaimed a local State of Emergency on Sunday March 13, 2020 in response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). The declaration allows critical services and operations to continue while reinforcing best practices identified by the CDC and County Health Officials. This declaration does not relate to any illness within City limits, it is simply a tool to enable the City to coordinate an effective response and allow for access to state and federal funds.
We continue to prioritize the health and safety of our community and are working closely with County Health Officials to ensure our community receives credible information and guidance during this time. This page has been developed to share the latest updates and information connected with City services during this dynamic situation.
Oxnard utility customers can pay their bills using the following options:
|Mail:||214 South C Street, Oxnard CA 93030.|
|In Person:||City is closed to the public until further notice.|
|At 7-Eleven Stores:||Pay in cash at a 7-Eleven near you.
(See back of your bill for information.)
|Night Drop:||214 South C Street, Oxnard
Exterior payment box is located adjacent to the double glass doors facing the parking lot.
|Telephone:||(805) 385-7816 Interactive Voice Response (IVR) for payment via Visa, MasterCard or checking account.|
|Online:||Visa or MasterCard via City website Online Services.|
Oxnard Water is committed to providing its customers with safe, reliable, and quality water services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The City’s water supply meets all stringent state and federal drinking water requirements.
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) has no impact on the quality or supply of your tap water. Your tap water is safe and available to drink.
As a reminder: please do not flush wipes down the drain or toilet. “Flushable” wipes do not disintegrate, creating serious problems in our sewer system. Rather than flushing, please dispose of these products in the trash.
For more information and resources on the COVID-19 and Oxnard Water visit our Water Division.
California Employee Development Department Information
The California Employee Development Department has announced support services to both employers and employees affected by COVID-19 in California.
Assistance for Employees
- Individuals who are unable to work due to having or being exposed to COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional) can file a Disability Insurance (DI) claim.
- Disability Insurance provides short-term benefit payments to eligible workers who have full or partial loss of wages due to a non-work-related illness, injury, or pregnancy. Benefit amounts are approximately 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income) and range from $50 – $1,300 a week.
- Californians who are unable to work because they are caring for an ill or quarantined family member with COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional) can file a Paid Family Leave (PFL) claim.
- Paid Family Leave provides up to six weeks of benefit payments to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages because they need time off work to care for a seriously ill family member or to bond with a new child. Benefit amounts are approximately 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income) and range from $50 – $1,300 a week.
Unemployment or Reduced Work Hours Due to COVID-19
- If your child’s school is closed, and you have to miss work to be there for them, you may be eligible for Unemployment Insurance benefits. Eligibility considerations include if you have no other care options and if you are unable to continue working your normal hours remotely. File an Unemployment Insurance claim and our EDD representatives will decide if you are eligible.
- If your employer has reduced your hours or shut down operations due to COVID-19, you can file an Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim. UI provides partial wage replacement benefit payments to workers who lose their job or have their hours reduced, through no fault of their own. Workers who are temporarily unemployed due to COVID-19 and expected to return to work with their employer within a few weeks are not required to actively seek work each week. However, they must remain able and available and ready to work during their unemployment for each week of benefits claimed and meet all other eligibility criteria. Eligible individuals can receive benefits that range from $40-$450 per week.
- The Governor’s Executive Order waives the one-week unpaid waiting period, so you can collect UI benefits for the first week you are out of work. If you are eligible, the EDD processes and issues payments within a few weeks of receiving a claim.
Assistance for Employers
Due to COVID-19, the state of California has been declared an SBA disaster area, which allows for small businesses to apply for financial assistance through the SBA disaster loan program.
The application link is now open at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela for any California business wishing to apply for a disaster loan related to economic damage from the COVID-19 health crisis.
California IBank is another source for emergency loans, via Pacific Coast Small Business Development Corp.
Employers experiencing a slowdown in their businesses or services as a result of the Coronavirus impact on the economy may apply for the UI Work Sharing Program. This program allows employers to seek an alternative to layoffs -retaining their trained employees by reducing their hours and wages that can be partially offset with UI benefits. Workers of employers who are approved to participate in the Work Sharing Program receive the percentage of their weekly Unemployment Insurance benefit amount based on the percentage of hours and wages reduced, not to exceed 60 percent.
Visit the Work Sharing Program to learn more about its benefits for employers and employees, and how to apply.
California Public Utilities Commission
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has ordered energy, water, sewer, and communications companies under its jurisdiction to halt customer disconnections due to non-payment; this includes all cell phone companies. This action is to protect people from being shut off from non-payment because they are unable to report to work due to illness, quarantine, or social distancing and applies retroactively to March 4, 2020 when Governor Newsom declared a state of emergency.
Copies of letters sent to the utility companies and all other updates on matters concerning COVID-19 in CPUC’s jurisdiction can be found here.