Health and Wellness

Oxnard company chosen to test COVID vaccine



CEO Nicholas Focil and his team at FOMAT Medical Research, an Oxnard-based healthcare research organization, know they are beginning work that is nothing short of historic. The company is one of a handful of firms selected to perform COVID-19 clinical trials for both the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Biomedical Advanced Research […]

Healing takes cuddles

Warmkins for Healing Hugs Club at Calabasas High School raises funding for specially heated therapeutic stuffed animals for people in need. So far, the club has visited patients at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and also delivered Warmkins to seniors in the community who have been affected by the pandemic. Over the past school year, the club has raised over $600 […]

State, county in talks over ICU benchmarks



One of the six requirements for counties to get off the state’s COVID watchlist and reopen is the ability to demonstrate that they have a sufficient number of intensive care unit beds for patients who need the most medical attention. Despite Ventura County never having more than 25 COVID patients in the ICU at one time since July 18, the […]

Gesture of good will

Red Cross seeking blood donations during pandemic

Volunteers also needed for fire, disaster services


During major emergencies, the Ventura County chapter of the American Red Cross is there to help families cope, access community resources and get back on their feet. The humanitarian organization was present during the Thomas fire, the Borderline shooting and the Woolsey fire. The agency continues to work today to help locals cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. “We are fortunate […]


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