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COVID-19 can make people feel sick and flustered. Graphic by: Avea Baker

Opinion: Why does it seem like everyone is getting COVID-19 again?

Avea Baker and Halle Gentry June 16, 2022

Why has there been such a drastic increase in COVID-19 cases? Ever since prom, there has been a drastic increase in COVID-19 cases at Ventura High School. Although I’m sure cases were spiking before...

As COVID-19 numbers rise, public attention on the virus at both the national and local level unjustly declines. Students are faced with vital decisions such as whether to mask or not. Photo by: Brody Daw

Opinion: COVID-19 is not hindsight 20/20

Alejandro Hernandez and Brody Daw May 25, 2022

The COVID-19 pandemic is not over yet The COVID-19 pandemic has largely been pushed to the sidelines. It’s like as soon as mask mandates were lifted so were concerns about the pandemic, which is still...

VHS Biology teacher Nathan Donnelly said, “I think that too much of the decision [to lift the mask mandate] has been made because of political pressure. The decision should be made based on data available at any given time.” Graphic by: Alejandro Hernandez

What does the future hold for face masks?

Alejandro Hernandez March 11, 2022

Will VHS students/staff continue to wear masks? With the mask mandate meeting its end on March 11, the Ventura High School community will no longer be required to wear masks. This leads to another question,...

VHS Principal Marissa Cervantes said, Ventura High School will follow the District’s communications and guidelines on this matter. Masks will be strongly recommended but not required indoors on our campus beginning March 14. As always masks will be available to anyone who would like one. Mask are provided in classrooms, office and health office. Photo by: Alejandro Hernandez

School mask mandates come to an end

Alejandro Hernandez, Sophia Denzler, and Brody Daw March 4, 2022

Masks will no longer be required at Ventura High School Beginning March 14, 2022, both students and staff will no longer be required to wear face masks, however, they are still to be strongly recommended....

Sophomore Angelica Matehuala said, “I personally would not feel too comfortable in a classroom that’s unmasked. There are already people who don’t wear them [masks] properly and even that makes me feel a little uneasy.” Graphic by: Alejandro Hernandez

What happened to mask mandates?

Alejandro Hernandez February 17, 2022

The statewide mask mandate has been lifted for vaccinated Californians, but what does this mean for VHS? On Feb. 16, the state of California ended indoor mask mandates for vaccinated people. This posed...

Senior Martie Pecht said, “[COVID-19] Misinformation is very harmful and can be very deadly so I think people should be penalized for it.” Photo by: Olive Kranzler

Opinion: Social media platforms need to stop COVID-19 misinformation

Alejandro Hernandez and Olive Kranzler February 10, 2022

The virus of ignorance that spreads online In today’s day and age, most of our information comes from online sources. The validity of facts online has often been misleading, but what about when it comes...

(From left to right) Seniors Ian Mcweeney and Serena Ropersmith. This was taken during the 2018 Senior Ball. Photo by: Jezel Mercado

Senior Ball is being kicked around by COVID-19

Jocelyn Wood January 21, 2022

 The Ventura High Senior Ball will be postponed out of safety concerns for students. The annual Ventura High Senior Ball event has been postponed to February due to the nationwide COVID-19 surge.  Originally...

Sophomore Hollis Costa said, I have heard of flurona, it sounds really gnarly. Graphic by: Alejandro Hernandez.

Flurona complicates the COVID-19 pandemic

Alejandro Hernandez and Ava Mohror January 19, 2022

Combination of flu and COVID-19 cause concern among VHS students and staff Flurona, the state of having both Influenza and COVID-19 at the same time. There is one confirmed case of the recent phenomena...

Senior Benjamin Burchett said, “Boosters shouldn’t be mandatory for people. The vaccine was enough for now.” Graphic by: Alejandro Hernandez

Will VHS students get the COVID-19 booster?

Alejandro Hernandez December 17, 2021

COVID-19 vaccine boosters have been approved for people 16 and over, but what do VHS students think? With the approval of COVID-19 vaccine boosters for teenagers aged 16 and over, a new question is raised....

When VHS students were asked if they believed peoples perceptions were altered because of politics 96% of students responded yes. While 4% answered no, the poll put up on The Cougar Presss Instagram. Graphic by Brody Daw

Vaccines, the ongoing debate

Brody Daw October 8, 2021

The political debate on the topic of vaccinations and Ventura students' opinions. The COVID-19 vaccination has been a controversial political topic discussed by many in the medical and non-medical world....

Currently, Ventura County is in the orange tier. We have made a huge improvement and many establishments are able to open indoors and in-person. Infographic by: Elise Sisk

Newsom lifts California stay at home order

Elise Sisk May 7, 2021

Was it really the best choice? On Tue. April 6th, Ventura County entered the coveted Orange Tier. This means a lot of businesses are able to reopen with indoor capacity. More people are getting vaccinated...

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