Nearly 100 Residents of Farmworkers Housing Facility Test Positive for COVID-19

Rebekah Sager
June 30, 2020 - 5:52 am

    Nearly 100 residents of a farmworker housing facility in Oxnard have tested positive for COVID-19. 

    According to Ventura County health officials, the 95 residents are between 20 and 30 years old. The Ventura County Star reports that test results are pending for another 100 people.

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    Ventura County's latest COVID-19 update reports 404 new cases over the weekend and 70 patients were hospitalized Monday, including 27 being treated in an intensive care unit.

    According to the VC Star, Ventura County has about 36,000 farmworkers. 

    The Farm Bureau of Ventura County estimates that the county grows over $2 billion worth of crops each year.

    Monday the LA County Board of Supervisors announced that Los Angeles County beaches will be closed over the Fourth of July weekend due to the surge in coronavirus cases, and California Governer Newsom added more counties to the state's watchlist which already included Los Angeles County. Orange County was added to the list that also already includes San Bernardino and Riverside counties. Los Angeles County is already one of the now 19 counties on the list. 

    According to the California Department of Health, "LA County is experiencing the possibility of elevated disease transmission. Drivers of this include having a high case rate that is highly related to high testing capacity and volume countywide."