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First Los Robles coronavirus patient back at home recovering

FREE Mother of two beats the disease


Every experience offers a lesson, as Oak Park resident Karen Stauffer can attest. The 57-year-old Hollywood talent scout and nanny is at home recovering from a five-day stay at Los Robles Hospital where she was treated for coronavirus. She survived her ordeal, but her journey back to health has been a difficult one. Her advice to the community? Stay at […]

Community finds a way

Love and kindness prevail during difficult times

Sheriff keeps eye on coronavirus violators

More boots on the ground


As coronavirus continues to spread through local communities, police are taking extra steps to keep the population safe. Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said his department is modifying how it interacts with the community in order to protect both the deputies and the citizens they serve. Precautions with the public are being taken and more deputies are being called […]

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Meals on Wheels a driving force during time of crisis


As the coronavirus continues its grip, Westlake-based Meals on Wheels has moved into high gear with its local food service delivery. The nonprofit organization that delivers ready-to-eat meals to eastern Conejo Valley residents is overseen by Oak Park local Jon Tamiyasu, who began his involvement as a volunteer driver over 13 years ago. He’s been the Meals on Wheel president […]

Hospitals hustle to respond



With 41 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Ventura County as of Wednesday, only six requiring hospitalization, area hospitals have not yet had trouble meeting the demand for isolation beds and machinery such as ventilators to treat the respiratory illness caused by coronavirus. But a surge is coming, health authorities warn, and planning is underway. “I think we realize it’s just a […]

Agencies give mixed signals on trail closure



Disneyland closed this month in response to the coronavirus pandemic, and judging by the crowds at Wildwood Regional Park this weekend, everyone decided to hike to Paradise Falls instead. Popular trails and open space areas in the Conejo and Las Virgenes valleys saw unprecedented crowds as the state of California’s response to the COVID-19 crisis forced the closure of malls, […]

Police: DNA links suspect in Oak Park trail attack to 2017 rape


DNA taken from a man who was arrested this month on suspicion of attacking a teenage girl in Oak Park matches the DNA found at the scene of an unsolved 2017 burglary and rape in Thousand Oaks, authorities said. Edgar Rodriguez Ruelas, 37, was arrested March 6 on suspicion of attempted kidnapping. Police say he tried to grab a 16-year-old […]

A letter from the publishers

To ensure all of our readers can remain informed of critical local news and information concerning the outbreak of COVID-19 in our communities, we’ve made the decision to provide free access (registration required) to all five Acorn websites, including The Acorn at www.theacorn.com until the crisis subsides. We will also continue free home delivery. But in an effort to encourage […]

Social distancing do’s and don’ts

Ventura County suffers first COVID death

FREE Deceased was in their 70s, had prior conditions, public health says


An individual in their 70s with underlying health conditions is the first Ventura County resident to die from COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus, county public health announced today. The announcement comes as the total of number of confirmed COVID cases in the county reached 30, according to figures provided by Ventura County Public Health. Those infected […]


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