All three of the Tri-Counties are now allowed to reopen places of worship, hair salons and barber shops, as of amendments to state guidelines on May 25 and 26. The new guidance comes almost a week after the region was approved, almost uniformly, to go into accelerated reopening. More industries can reopen, including dine-in restaurants Read More →
Many medical offices in the Tri-Counties never closed during the coronavirus pandemic. As essential parts of their communities, they needed to stay open to serve patients with non-COVID-19 matters, such as helping people recover from surgeries or keep their eye sight. Many practices whittled down the number of people they were seeing to only the Read More →
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Medical providers in the Tri-Counties have received almost $114.5 million in funding through the CARES Act and the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act. More than a thousand medical providers on the Central Coast have received funding from the Health Resources and Human Services Administration because of their roles in fighting COVID-19. Of Read More →
The decision of how fast to reopen the regional economy presents difficult choices for elected officials. Nowhere is it more complex than in Ventura County, where management of COVID-19 incidents has been commendable and, so far, the first steps toward opening have been reasonably well executed. Moreover, Ventura County’s economy, which has labored to find Read More →
Story updated at 10:30 a.m. May 22: San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties officially got the state’s approval to move into Stage 2 of reopening on May 20. Tens of thousands of businesses and 1.4 million residents are roughly on the same path to ending the lockdown orders imposed in early March due Read More →
San Luis Obispo and Ventura counties meet the new rules Gov. Gavin Newsom released May 18 for when counties are ready to reopen but Santa Barbara County does not. In order to move forward with reopening, counties have to meet several criteria, including: • Stable hospitalizations of COVID-19 individuals on a seven-day average of daily Read More →