176 optimistic coronavirus exams at Ventura farmworker advanced

An outbreak of COVID-19 has left at the very least 176 residents and workers members contaminated at a farmworker housing facility in Ventura County. Of the 216 exams administered to individuals affiliated with the ability, greater than 80% returned optimistic.

The contaminated residents — all males, principally of their 20s and 30s — both have gentle signs or are asymptomatic. None have been hospitalized for COVID-19, stated Rigoberto Vargas, the Ventura County public well being director.

The county had recorded a complete of two,926 confirmed cases as of Tuesday night.

The outbreak on the farmworkers’ housing advanced occurred at Villa Las Brisas, which offers agriculture employers with non permanent housing for his or her staff. The advanced’s dorm-style rooms every typically home as much as 9 individuals, Vargas stated. Residents may congregate in a standard consuming space, recreation room or barbecue space.

However as issues concerning the coronavirus rose, the housing facility carried out a number of preventive measures. Complete capability was diminished from 441 residents to 205, with 4 or 5 individuals in every room. Meal hours had been staggered to scale back numbers within the eating corridor.

The county additionally took steps to curtail the unfold of the virus. Its agricultural commissioner allotted 1 million masks to farming sites. County officers despatched fliers that described COVID-19 signs to farmworkers, and so they wrote guidelines employers could follow to stop unfold. Physicians visited farms to reply questions concerning the virus and to coach staff about preventive strategies.

For a number of months, the measures labored: Farmworkers accounted for a mean of solely 2% of complete optimistic circumstances, a county assertion stated.

However on June 17, two residents at Villa Las Brisas examined optimistic for the coronavirus. Vargas was uncertain how the boys had caught it.

The housing advanced took motion: The 2 people had been quarantined. Group eating was changed with catering. Twenty-five residents who labored for a similar contractor as the 2 COVID-positive males had been additionally examined.

However then there have been 12 new circumstances.

Quickly, the 14 COVID-positive residents had been moved to an off-site motel. However inside per week, extra farmworkers from three unbiased contractors reported COVID-19 signs, stated an announcement from Alejandro Castilla, housing program supervisor at Villa Las Brisas.

“Our property supervisor instantly contacted Ventura County well being officers,” he stated.

That’s when the county carried out “the complete, on-site testing of all the 200″ individuals, which yielded the excessive variety of optimistic outcomes, Vargas stated.

Aside from the 14 residents who had been moved to the motel, all different contaminated residents stay on the Villa Las Brisas housing advanced. Well being staff attend to sick residents instantly of their rooms. The entire residents who examined damaging for COVID-19 had been offered various off-site housing.

The housing advanced has carried out contact tracing, together with a evaluate of well being protocols, Castilla stated, including, “So far, the county has not required any modifications to our security or hygiene protocols.”