Sunday evening, Ventura County suffered its first death in relation to COVID-19. Ventura County Public Information Officer Ashley Bautista stated that the deceased was a person in their 70s and had preexisting conditions, but was unable to provide any other information at the time.
This news comes as COVID-19 cases in Ventura County continued to rise over the weekend, from 19 on Friday night to 30 by Sunday night, with close to half of the new cases occurring in Simi Valley residents.
In terms of city-by-city growth, cases in Simi Valley doubled while cases in Ventura tripled. Additionally, the first cases of COVID-19 in Ojai and Westlake Village were discovered over the weekend.
On the other hand, there was no shift in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Camarillo, Oxnard, Santa Paula and Oak Park over the weekend, remaining at four, three, two and one case, respectively.
Meanwhile, cases of COVID-19 have continued to grow across Southern California as well. Ventura County tied for the fifth highest increase in cases with San Luis Obispo County. Ventura County neighbors, Los Angeles County, Santa Barbara County and Kern County, saw widely different growth of COVID-19 cases. LA County grew by 117 confirmed cases, rocketing from 292 on Friday night to 409 by Sunday night, while Santa Barbara County saw a more moderate growth with nine cases. Kern County, on the other hand, saw no new cases at all, remaining stagnant with four confirmed cases of COVID-19.
State-wide, cases of COVID-19 grew over the weekend as well. Friday night, the California Department of Public Health reported 1006 confirmed cases of the disease, but by Sunday night, that figure had grown to 1468.
Finally, Moorpark College saw its first confirmed case of COVID-19 in a student, which also represents the first case for the VCCCD. More information on that case is available here. In terms of the data used in this story, the information was provided by Ventura County Public Health through VC Emergency.