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If a resident sees an Asian longhorned beetle, they should try to capture it in a jar or a plastic bag and store it in the freezer. (Courtesy Fairfax County government)

It has not yet been detected in Fairfax County, but the county government is asking local residents to be on the lookout for the Asian longhorned beetle, which has been found in other areas of the country and is very destructive to hardwood trees.

This beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis) has blue feet, a black body and white spots on its back. It is seen as a major problem as it has no natural predators in the U.S.

“We are very aware of this potential threat to the urban forest in Fairfax County and we are alerting the public to keep their eyes peeled for this beetle,” said Joan Allen, chief of the Forest Pest Branch, Urban Forest Management Division, of the county government.

“Thus far, the beetle has been found in the New York City metro area, Chicago, New Jersey, Toronto, Worcester, Mass., and most recently in Hollywood, S.C.,” Allen said.

When checking trees, residents should look for oozing sap, an accumulation of coarse sawdust around the base of trees, and uniformly round holes that are about 3/8th of an inch in diameter on the trunk or branches.

If a resident sees an Asian longhorned beetle, they should try to capture it in a jar or a plastic bag and store it in the freezer and contact Fairfax County Urban Forest Management Division at 703-324-1770, TTY 711 or email

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Ventura County Reports 373 New Coronavirus Cases; Health Officials Order Closure Of Gyms, Salons, Places Of Worship

VENTURA (CBSLA) — Ventura County reported 373 newly confirmed coronavirus cases over the weekend, bringing countywide totals to 4,619 cases and 53 virus-related deaths.

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The news comes the same day Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered the closure of indoor businesses across the state with stricter mandates in county’s on the state’s watchlist — including Ventura — in an effort to slow the spread of the illness.

In light of the statewide mandate, health officials expanded indoor closures in Ventura County to include gyms and fitness centers, places of worship, indoor protests, offices for non-critical infrastructure sectors, personal care services, hair salons and barber shops and indoor malls.

State orders closures of several industries unless they can operate outside or by pick-up. #venturacounty #covid19

— Ventura County (@CountyVentura) July 13, 2020

Brewpubs, breweries, bars and pubs that do not serve food either outdoors or to go will also have to remain closed in the county.

“Today’s order is effective immediately and the closures will remain in effect until the State Public Health Officer determines it is appropriate to modify the order based on public health conditions,” the county said in a statement.

The county also reported 95 people were hospitalized Monday with 29 being treated in intensive care units with 2,132 active cases under quarantine and 2,434 recoveries.

Ventura County has tested 90,889 people.

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