The Ojai Valley Community Hospital has provided the following information regarding the Coronavirus, including guidelines for testing:
What is Coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that can cause respiratory illness in humans. They get their name, “corona,” from the many crown-like spikes on the surface of the virus. Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) and the common cold are examples of coronaviruses that cause illness in humans.
Who is at Risk for Coronavirus?
The immediate risk of being exposed to this virus is still low for most Americans, but as the outbreak expands, that risk may
Those currently at an elevated risk include:
• Individuals who have recently traveled to international locations where community spread is occurring are at an elevated risk of exposure, with level of risk dependent on where they traveled. These locations include: China, Iran, Italy, Japan, South Korea, or locations with known community spread of COVID-19.
• Individuals who have recently traveled aboard a cruise ship.
• Individuals who have had close contact with persons positive for COVID-19 are at an elevated risk.
• Older adults, with risk increasing with age.
• People who are immune compromised or have chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, or lung disease.
What are the Symptoms of Coronavirus?
Patients with confirmed infection from the COVID-19 virus reported these symptoms:
• Difficulty Breathing
In 80% of patients, COVID-19 causes only mild cold symptoms. The elderly, and those with pre-existing medical conditions appear to be more vulnerable to the virus.
What is the Difference Between Coronavirus Screening and Testing?
Screening for COVID-19 includes a series of questions designed to determine a person’s risk level for contracting the virus. These questions evaluate a person’s recent travel history and the presence of certain symptoms that may be indicative of COVID-19. Screening may also include basic vital sign assessments such as body temperature readings.
The COVID-19 risk assessment parameters are determined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
Testing for COVID-19 is ONLY performed when an individual is exhibiting symptoms consistent with those of COVID-19 and is determined to be at an elevated risk based on CDC guidelines.
Testing includes a nasal swab performed by a healthcare professional. Following sample collection, tests are submitted to Ventura County Public Health for Testing.
Do I Need to be Tested for COVID-19?
ONLY those who have been screened by Ventura County Public Health or another healthcare professional and are determined, based on CDC guidelines, to be at elevated risk for COVID-19, should be tested.
If you or a loved one has a fever and/or signs of respiratory illness (e.g., cough, difficulty breathing) AND meet any of the
following conditions, STAY HOME and call your primary care physician, local emergency room, or urgent care for guidance:
• Contact with a known COVID-19 patient within 14 days of symptom onset OR
• Recent history of travel from affected geographic areas (China, Iran, Italy, Japan, South Korea) or other areas of concern (e.g., cruise ship travel, locations with community spread of COVID-19)
A registered PUI (Person Under Investigation) number issued to a patient by Ventura County Public Health is REQUIRED before testing will be performed on a patient. As a result, people who meet the criteria outlined above are strongly encouraged to STAY HOME and call their primary care physician, local emergency room or urgent care clinic for guidance.
What Should I Do If I Think I Need to be Tested?
If you think you should be tested for COVID-19, please STAY HOME and call your primary care physician, local emergency
room, or urgent care for guidance.
Community Memorial Hospital (Ventura) – 805-948-8100
Ojai Valley Community Hospital (Ojai) – 805-640-2260
Centers for Family Health Urgent Care, Camarillo – 805-383-4520
Centers for Family Health Urgent Care, Oxnard – 805-487-5585
Centers for Family Health Urgent Care, Santa Paula – 805-525-9595
Everyone who presents for testing is REQUIRED to have a registered PUI number issued by Ventura County Public Health before testing can be performed.
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Can I Get Tested for COVID-19 at Community Memorial Hospital, Ojai Valley Community Hospital, or The Centers
for Family Health Urgent Care Locations?
ONLY patients with registered PUI numbers issued by Ventura County Public Health will be tested for COVID-19. If you think
you need to be tested, please DO NOT visit any physician’s office, emergency room, clinic, or urgent care location without first calling ahead for guidance.
Are Enough Tests Available in Ventura County?
At this time, Ventura County has adequate tests for those who are symptomatic and meet the CDC criteria for testing.
How Can I Protect Myself from COVID-19?
The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19. There are simple everyday
preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at
least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
• Stay home when you are sick.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Should I Wear a Mask?
• CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases,
• Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.
The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home
or in a health care facility).
For more information, we encourage everyone to visit the County of Ventura’s COVID-19 website at
https://www.ventura.org/covid19/ or the CDC COVID-19 website at