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Posted on: April 16, 2020

Coronavirus Resources and Information

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Coronavirus Resources and Information

Status as of Thursday, April 16

What You Need to Know About the Coronavirus

On March 13, the City of Santa Paula proclaimed a Local State of Emergency regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and in preparation for the inevitable moment when cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in the city. As of April 16, 2020, there are four cases of COVID-19 within the city limits of Santa Paula according to Ventura County Public Health. We remain committed to sharing information with Santa Paula residents and will continue to update this webpage with the latest information and resources.

The City of Santa Paula enforces the Stay Well at Home order issued by the Ventura County Public Health Officer on March 20, which orders all residents of the County of Ventura to stay inside their residences and limit all non-essential movement outside of their homes. The County order is in alignment with the March 19 State of California Executive Order and provides more details specific to the community in this region. It is effective March 20, 2020, at 11:59 pm through April 19, 2020, 11:59 pm.

On March 19, the California State Public Health Officer and Director of the California Department of Public Health directed all individuals living in the State of California to stay home or at their place of residence except for essential needs. Essential services will remain open, and government programs and services will continue to be provided. Visit the California COVID-19 Response webpage for details and to read the full Executive Order.

For the most up-to-date information on health recommendations related to coronavirus, please continue to also refer to the CDC website, the California Department of Public Health website, and the Ventura County Department of Public Health website.

Santa Paula Unified School District

As of April 1st, 2020, all Ventura County School Districts agreed to keep school campuses closed through the end of the school year in support of the coronavirus mitigation effort. The decision was made in consultation with Ventura County Public Health Officer Dr. Robert Levin.  The decision comes after recommendations from California Governor Gavin Newsom and California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond for schools to continue providing distance learning in lieu of in-class instruction for the remainder of the current semester.  With this recent news, our District will continue to develop the best distance learning educational program to meet the needs of our students.   For the most up-to-date information please refer to the Santa Paula Unified School District Website.

City Facilities and Programs

City Hall is still here to help you, but we’re reducing in-person interactions. Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, it is in the interest of public health and safety that Santa Paula City offices are closed to the public (with modified service) until further notice, effective Friday, March 20, 2020.

Click here to view a listing of the most up-to-date information about the status of city services and facilities.

Recent Press Releases from the City

Stay Well at Home Order Reminder and Updates (April 10, 2020)

Sanitation Wipes Notice Press Release (March 24, 2020) (English)

Sanitation Wipes Notice Press Release (March 24, 2020) (Spanish)

City Implements “Stay Well at Home” Orders, Confirms Two Cases of Coronavirus in Santa Paula (March 20, 2020)

New Community Update on COVID-19 for the City of Santa Paula (March 16, 2020) (English)

New Community Update on COVID-19 for the City of Santa Paula (March 16, 2020) (Spanish)

Declaration of Emergency Press Release (March 13, 2020)

Santa Paula Declaration of Emergency Document 

Ventura County Public Health Updates

The County of Ventura, in a collaboration with the County Executive Office, the Farmworker Resource Program and the Agricultural Commissioner’s Office, has provided Agricultural Essential Worker Cards to be used during the COVID-19 Pandemic. The cards are printed in English and Spanish, allow for employment information to be added, and identify the card holder as an essential worker for critical infrastructure.

Find out more here (English) 
Find out more here (Spanish)

Ventura County Public Health Officer Doctor Robert Levin has enhanced the Stay Well At Home order to save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19 in the County of Ventura. The Order supplements the Health Officer’s Orders dated March 17, 20 and 31, 2020. All prior Orders issued by the Health Officer remain in effect except where modified by the provisions of the latest Order.

On April 2, Ventura County Public Health shared new public health comments on masks. The Ventura County Public Health Officer no longer advises against wearing them in public and now supports those residents who wish to cover their nose and mouth when leaving home for essential travel to doctor appointments, grocery shopping or pharmacy visits.

For the latest information from Ventura County Public Health, please visit the Newsroom on their Coronavirus Information webpage.

To view the latest data on the COVID-19 cases in Ventura County, please click here to be routed to the Ventura County Office of Emergency Services Dashboard.

Frequently Asked Questions

Click here to view a list of Frequently Asked Questions.

Resources and Helpful Information

World Health Organization

As discussed previously, it is important to vet the sources to ensure timely and accurate information. The World Health Organization can be an excellent resource. The WHO maintains an educational portal called “Open WHO” that has several classes on pandemics and outbreaks, including a course titled “Emerging respiratory viruses, including COVID-19: methods for detection, prevention, response and control” that is free for anyone to enroll. Click here to be directed to their website.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Another good resource is the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC works to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same. Their website highlights helpful information on what you should know, situation updates and information for communities, schools and businesses. Click here to be directed to these resources.


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