Health and Wellness

COVID-19 testing ramps up in Ventura County



While some of California’s largest cities indicated recently that they would be cutting back on COVID-19 testing and focusing strictly on social distancing and patient care, local health authorities said that will not be the case in Ventura County. Instead, the county is ramping up testing capabilities from about 45 to 65 tests a day in the early days of […]

Public water not at risk

In response to the latest developments with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Las Virgines Municipal Water District ensures the public that its tap water is still safe to drink. District officials say they are taking preemptive action to keep supplies safe. District water goes through a treatment process that includes ozonation, filtration and chlorination, which eliminates all harmful bacteria and viruses […]

Clean that phone, please, for good hygiene



While many have adopted strict hand-washing regimens since the CDC began releasing guidelines for slowing the spread of the novel coronavirus in January, a study published last week in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests people need to be sanitizing more than just hands. The report says the virus can survive on cardboard for up to 24 hours and […]

Health officials advise not to test unnecessarily

Unless they’re having trouble breathing or keeping fluids down, local residents should not call 911 nor should they visit an emergency room seeking COVID-19 testing, Ventura County public health officials are saying. “Please do not call 911 to request testing for COVID-19 and please do not go to our emergency rooms unless you are seriously ill and require emergency care,” […]

Synagogue goes healthy

Valley Outreach Synagogue will host its third and final event in the Rabbi’s Health and Wellness Speaker Series at 7 p.m. Tues., March 17 at 26668 Agoura Road, Calabasas. Dustin Weissman, Psy.D., will present information on internet safety and addiction. The program is for all ages. The cost is $25 for adults and $5 for students. For more information, call […]

Sisters share the love on Rare Disease Day

Sibling copes with an unknown disorder


Feb. 29 is the rarest day on the calendar. Also rare are the multitude of diseases that many Americans suffer—harsh, debilitating afflictions for which there is no cure and little public sympathy. Julia Finch played a key role last week in bringing awareness to the end-of February Rare Disease Day and drawing attention to the uncommon and often misunderstood pantheon […]

What Medicare does and doesn’t cover

COMMENTARY /// Senior healthcare


Medicare helps pay for a wide variety of medical services and goods in hospitals, doctor’s offices and other healthcare settings. But it doesn’t cover everything, so it’s useful to know what is and isn’t covered. Services and goods are covered either under Medicare Part A or Part B. If you have both, you can get many Medicare covered services whether […]

Pastor husband gets the gift of hearing

To give back to the community, Decibel Hearing Services held an essay contest in December to give a pair of Oticon premium hearing aids to an individual in need living with hearing loss. After deliberation over the many worthy nominees, the Decibel team selected John Trusty as the winner of their 2019 Hear for the Holidays contest. Inspired by the […]

Good health, hard work make champions

On the downbeat

FANCY FOOTWORK—Stan Shepard, left, of Simi Valley dips Joyce Kopkin of Westlake Village during the Valentine’s Day Dance on Feb. 11 at the Camarillo Community Center. Dancing is said to improve strength and balance as well as reduce joint pain.


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