CEO at Ventura County Medical Center Reports Facility Out of ICU Beds Due to COVID-19

Rebekah Sager
July 07, 2020 - 9:25 am



Ventura County Medical announced Tuesday they've initiated an emergency plan after the CEO at the Ventura County Medical Center reported that the facility has run out of ICU beds for COVID-19 patients. 

“We have some ICU overflow into the emergency room which is not unusual, but now we have exceeded that capacity,” Dr. John Fankhauser, CEO at Ventura County Medical Center said, according to KEYT. “We have this afternoon to make our plans to moving ICU patients into another wing in the hospital.”

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According to FOX 11, 200 farmworkers were tested for COVID-19 and 188 had the virus.  

Monday, VC health officials announced that there were only 25 ICU beds available in the rest of the county. 

On June 30, nearly 100 residents of a farmworker housing facility in Oxnard 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 were pending for another 100 people.

The VC Star reported that 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.

Ventura County Medical Center has opened another wing of the facility to treat COVID-19 patients, but remain unsure of staffing, according to FOX 11.