2020-03-19 E-Edition

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Amid the despair, hope for brighter days

Community locks down while fear moves in

Sit-down restaurants ordered to close, businesses going dark

All social life and nonessential business operations in the Conejo Las Virgenes area ground to a halt on Thurs., March 12, the day the stock market suffered its worst one-day plunge in more than 30 years as coronavirus fear gripped the nation. If there was any activity still being held in the community from Black Thursday forward, it was more […]

Health officials ramp up virus testing

Exam kits remain in short supply locally

A lack of supplies—not capability—is preventing more individuals from being tested for COVID-19 in Ventura County, public health officials said this week. Even as the county prepared to open its seventh drive-thru testing location, healthcare professionals were struggling to find enough kits and swabs to do the required tests, forcing clinics to turn away any person who isn’t showing symptoms […]

School’s out, and that’s a problem

The Las Virgenes Unified School District last week became the first public school district in the region to shut down due to the coronavirus. The district’s 15 campuses will be shuttered through March 27. Oak Park Unified schools will be closed through March 20, although it’s believed that date likely will be extended. There have been no documented cases of […]

Community pulls together during perilous times

Well, here we are. In this community we love very much, the global pandemic has landed a punch to the gut and left us all gasping. The impact was felt in a flash, from immediate long lines at the grocery—to no lines waiting at your favorite restaurant. The signs are everywhere. Eerily empty stores, uncommonly light freeway traffic and, sadly, […]


Trying to get by

So, things are not as crazy as I, the matriarch of this asylum, was expecting. My daughter is a teacher of English language learners at a local elementary school, and she has her own first-grader from roughly 9 a.m. to roughly 2:30 p.m. with a few breaks. My husband and I, who are mostly retired, are wrangling the 2-year-old during […]

At least let the tracks stay open

I think it would be so helpful if the high schools left their tracks open to the public during the virus. Now that schools are closed, there is no security threat to the kids, and since no one can go to the gym anymore, it would be nice to at least be able to run the track. Melissa DeGrawOak Park

Let’s keep the libraries going

With all the schools closed, we really need all the free resources for staying comfortable and entertained that are available. I was very sorry to read that the Thousand Oaks and other libraries closed, and came up with an idea to change that. Why not operate them as drive-in libraries during the time of coronavirus measures? Residents could phone in […]