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Ventura County added 85 new COVID-19 cases and no new deaths on Friday, according to public health data.

The county now stands at 14,410 total cases and 166 deaths attributed to the virus. Friday’s new cases follow 78 new cases reported Thursday. No deaths have been reported since Wednesday.

Among nonfatal cases, Ventura County currently has 562 active cases under quarantine while 13,682 have recovered from the coronavirus, which causes the disease COVID-19.

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The number of hospitalized COVID-positive cases increased to 27 people on Friday from 25 on Thursday, while the amount receiving treatment within intensive care units remained the same at five.

Friday’s new cases were among the results of 1,149 people recently tested, bringing the total number of people tested to 215,853. Among the 85 positive cases added Friday, eight were from tests taken at least one week ago.

Public health officials tracking the spread of the virus have found 17 cases were caused during travel, 5,097 were acquired through contact with another infected person, 2,798 were transmitted in the community and 446 are under investigation. Investigators were unable to determine the cause of the virus in at least 5,756 local cases, officials said Friday.

Among the three health metrics measured by the state to determine a county’s reopening tier, Ventura County had two metrics qualify for the orange “moderate” tier and one for the red “substantial” tier.  Metrics are updated each Tuesday and account for the previous week.

This week, the two metrics qualifying for the orange tier were the test positivity rate of 2.6% and the “health equity” positivity rate of 2.9%. The health equity metric measures the test positivity rate of residents within the areas in the bottom 25% of the California Healthy Places Index to ensure it is not significantly disproportionate from the countywide positivity rate.

The metric within the red tier was the average daily case rate of 42 new cases per day. To qualify for the next reopening tier, Ventura County will have to average no more than 34 new cases a day for two consecutive weeks.

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Age, location of local COVID-19 cases

Oxnard, the county’s largest city, continues to have the highest number of confirmed cases with 5,731 residents testing positive as of Friday. Simi Valley had the next highest number with 2,047 infections detected. The two cities account for over half of all cases recorded in the county.

The number of cases in other areas, listed in descending order, are: Ventura, 1,547; Thousand Oaks at 1,345 cases, including 384 in Newbury Park; Santa Paula, 949; Camarillo, 748; Fillmore, 569; Moorpark, 545; Port Hueneme, 434; Ojai, 151; Piru, 105; Oak Park, 94; Oak View, 80; Somis, 61; and Bell Canyon, four. 

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Among residents ages 65 and older, the demographic deemed most at risk of fatal complications, 613 men and 781 women have tested positive.

Among residents ages 45 to 64, 1,849 men and 1,911 women have tested positive. For residents ages 25 to 44, 2,636 men and 2,539 women have tested positive. 

Among young adults ages 18 to 24, 1,124 men and 1,098 women have tested positive. There have been at least 1,814 juveniles testing positive for the virus: 912 male and 902 female.

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The ages of four male cases and four female cases were unknown as of Friday. Also unknown at this time are the genders of four juvenile cases, five cases from ages 18 to 24, 21 cases from ages 25 to 44, five cases from ages 45 to 64 and two cases from ages 65 and older.

For more information and resources, visit www.venturacountyrecovers.org

Map: COVID-19 by county

More than 913,000 cases of coronavirus have been reported elsewhere in California outside Ventura County.

The Star’s Data Central page has an interactive map tracking confirmed COVID-19 cases, recoveries and deaths across the state, country and world.

The map is updated automatically and shows a closeup of each California county, or zoom out to see numbers from around the nation and the world.

Not seeing the map? Click here to get to our interactive Data Central page: https://data.vcstar.com/coronavirus/.

Jeremy Childs is a breaking news and public safety reporter covering the night shift for the Ventura County Star. He can be reached by calling 805-437-0208 or emailing [email protected] You can also find him on Twitter @Jeremy_Childs.

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