Guest: Patrick Maynard - August 14, 2020
On this episode of Solutions News, we explore the landscape of Covid-19 testing in the US, with a spotlight on Ventura County and their effective approach to widespread testing and timely notifications. Our Guest is Director of the Ventura County Sherif's Office of Emergency Services, Patrick Maynard. He tells us about the evolution of Ventura County's testing program, and explains the different types of tests available. We also travel to a surprising location that's done a good job including surveillance testing for Covid in their approach, and has so far done a much better job at controlling spread then other places. (Produced by Kristy Jansen)
The OES, as it's called for short, is a key unit within the sheriff's office that interfaces with the public during fires, floods, power outages and — yes — pandemics. Many residents have utilized the OES' vcemergency.com website or signed up for the county's emergency alerts.
Maynard has worked for the OES since 2011, when he started as the alert and warning coordinator. For the past seven years, he has overseen the agency's operations, training and finance functions.
The new OES leader is no stranger to local disaster. Maynard has been on hand for wildfires, mudslides, oil spills and the Borderline mass shooting. He is bright, strategic, collaborative and extremely hardworking — everything you want in an emergency manager and leader."
Patrick has exhibited tremendous leadership during numerous major incidents affecting the residents of Ventura County during the past nine years. He has the skillset to handle any major emergency and has forged the necessary relationships to activate all of the right resources to solve a problem.
Maynard has taken the helm during a critical time when one of the greatest challenges confronts Ventura County residents: the coronavirus pandemic.
Patrick Maynard, our guest on Aug. 14, 2020