Public Health Monitoring COVID-19 Transmissions in CA

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Update by City of Santa Barbara
February 28, 2020

Local Information on Coronavirus

The City of Santa Barbara is coordinating with the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department to receive the latest updates and emergency procedures on the coronavirus from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC). 

As you may be aware, the CDC recently confirmed two possible cases of person-to-person transmission of COVID-19 in California in the general public. These individuals reside in Northern California and are receiving medical care in Sacramento County. The individuals had no known exposure to the virus through travel or close contact with a known infected individual. The CDC has sent a team to support the California Public Health Department to investigate these cases. 


Update by Santa Barbara Unified 
February 28, 2020
 

Santa Barbara Unified School District officials are closely monitoring the Coronavirus situation and are following the guidelines set forth by the county and state Public Health Departments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC.) We will continue to update our families and staff through our website, Parentsquare and other communication channels. The Santa Barbara County’s Public Health Department has local information HERE  and has established a hotline with recorded information in English and Spanish at 805-681-4373.

Los funcionarios del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara continúan monitoreando de cerca la situación del coronavirus y siguiendo las recomendaciones del Departamento de Salud Pública del condado y el estado, y de los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC, por sus siglas en inglés).  Mantendremos informadas a nuestras familias y miembros del personal por medio de nuestra página web, ParentSquare y otros medios de comunicación. El Departamento de Salud Pública del condado de Santa Bárbara tiene información local en su sitio web, y ha creado la siguiente línea telefónica directa con información grabada en inglés y en español: 805-681-4373.


Source: Public Health Department
February 27, 2020
 

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed [Wednesday] a possible first case of person-to-person transmission of COVID-19 in California in the general public. The individual is a resident of Solano County and is receiving medical care in Sacramento County. The individual had no known exposure to the virus through travel or close contact with a known infected individual. There are no cases of COVID-19 in Santa Barbara County at this time.

California has a strong health care system and public health infrastructure. California has prepared for the potential spread of diseases, such as H1N1, in the past and is prepared and actively responding to the potential community spread of COVID-19. Contact tracing in this case has already begun.

The health risk from novel coronavirus to the public remains low at this time. While COVID-19 has a high transmission rate, it has a low mortality rate. From the international data we have, of those who have tested positive for COVID-19, approximately 80 percent do not exhibit symptoms that would require hospitalization. There have been no confirmed deaths related to COVID-19 in the United States to date. California is carefully assessing the situation as it evolves.

Locally in Santa Barbara County, the Public Health Department (PHD) is working closely with its healthcare partners to assure screening, testing, and care for potential COVID-19 patients is available across the county. The PHD is providing ongoing guidance and alerts to healthcare partners in coordination with the California Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Healthcare partners, including EMS providers, are participating in weekly teleconferences with the PHD to assure that procedures are in place at each facility to safely screen patients and protect healthcare workers and the community.

“Public Health has been working diligently to prepare for the possibility of a COVID-19 case in our county. The health of our Santa Barbara County community is our top priority and although we’ve seen a possible case of community transmission in our state, the risk to our County community remains low at this time,” shared Van Do-Reynoso, Director for the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department. “We will continue to keep community members and local health care providers informed as we know more.”

As in any public health emergency, the California Department of Public Health's Emergency Operations Center has been actively coordinating response efforts across the state and preparing for possible community transmission. California continues to prepare and respond in coordination with federal and local partners. This would be the first known instance of person-to-person transmission in the general public in the United States. Previously known instances of person-to-person transmission in the United States include one instance in Chicago, Illinois, and one in San Benito County, California. Both cases were after close, prolonged interaction with a family member who returned from Wuhan, China and had tested positive for COVID-19.

As of today, including this new case, California has had 7 travel-related cases, one close contact case, and now one community transmission. As with any virus, especially during the flu season, there are a number of steps you can take to protect your health and those around you:

• Washing hands with soap and water.
• Avoiding touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoiding close contact with people who are sick are all ways to reduce the risk of infection with a number of different viruses.
• Staying away from work, school or other people if you become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough.

For more information about COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019), please visit the SBCPHD website.

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a-1585874424 Feb 29, 2020 08:54 AM
Public Health Monitoring COVID-19 Transmissions in CA

Interesting how we are divided even in our response to a threatened epidemic/pandemic. About half say take precautions/be aware/ here are steps to take, etc. while about half say this is just another flu/wash your hands/it's just old folks in danger, etc. Hope this is just a temporary phase before we all can agree on something again.

jqb Feb 29, 2020 09:31 PM
Public Health Monitoring COVID-19 Transmissions in CA

"uses this still evolving flu incidence as evidence of political incompetence and we and it is all one man's fault" -- This is, of course, a lie, as is almost everything that we hear from byzarro world. The COVID-19 (not flu) incidence has nothing at all to do with it; what is offered as evidence of incompetence is the actual evidence of incompetence--like eliminating the government positions responsible for handling pandemics, reducing the CDC budget, putting in charge a guy who doesn't believe in evolution and had a horrible record of botched health management in the state he governed, and on and on. Why do people reflexively defend the "one man", wave away the evidence, and accuse the people who point out the evidence of being partisans when it is his defenders who are so clearly partisan? They have vastly different standards for the other party--wearing tan suits and using dijon mustard is enough to indict a President from that party. Anyway, here's yet another piece of this evidence: https://twitter.com/chrislhayes/status/1233149899446857729?s=20 "So here's what appears to be chain of events: The Trump administration repatriated infected Americans over the objections of the CDC. HHS then sent federal workers to interact with the infected population without adequate training or protection. Then those workers went out into the public with no monitoring or testing regime in place. And now the first US-contracted case has appeared right near one of the airforce bases where this all happened. When someone at HHS raised alarms about all this s/he was criticized for hurting morale and then ordered to another position or be fired. This is real real real bad."

a-1585874424 Feb 29, 2020 09:22 AM
Public Health Monitoring COVID-19 Transmissions in CA

You missed the group that uses this still evolving flu incidence as evidence of political incompetence and we and it is all one man's fault. In fact the two groups you do mention are in the same camp, in contrast to the one group you did not mention - the we are all gonna die Orangeman Bad group. Washing your hands and don't touch eyes, mouth or nose hopefully will remain common denominator tie that binds.

a-1585874424 Feb 29, 2020 08:44 AM
Public Health Monitoring COVID-19 Transmissions in CA

Corona-virus Hysteria is a mutation emanating from the original Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS), first noticed in 2016.. TDS jumped to Russia Hysteria, then to Climate Change Hysteria, on to Impeachment Hysteria, and now Corona Hysteria; but strangely they all carry the exact same original DNA. Test for TDS first, take two and then call me in the morning.

Shasta Guy Feb 29, 2020 08:06 AM
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Here’s another article from the “let’s all calm down dept.”. *** https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/02/live-from-hong-kong-to-date-in-2020-influenza-the-flu-accounts-for-more-than-50-times-the-number-of-deaths-as-the-coronavirus-in-hong-kong/ *** After brewing for a month in Hong Kong, the Coronavirus is NOT as bad as the regular flu.

jqb Feb 29, 2020 10:57 AM
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The Gateway pundit is known as the dumbest man on the internet: https://www.wonkette.com/jim-hoft-finally-officially-designated-as-the-dumbest-man-on-the-internet-with-reed-irvine-award

Shasta Guy Feb 29, 2020 07:42 AM
Public Health Monitoring COVID-19 Transmissions in CA

Here’s the story from someone who got the virus on the cruise ship then transferred toTravis AFB only to be taken to another airbase in the Midwest for recovery. *** https://www.stamfordadvocate.com/opinion/article/I-have-the-coronavirus-So-far-it-isn-t-that-bad-15093664.php *** It sounds like the best plan is to have Gatorade on hand to prevent dehydration.

jqb Feb 29, 2020 12:39 PM
Public Health Monitoring COVID-19 Transmissions in CA

Here's another personal account of someone who contracted the virus. He's only 21: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/feb/29/to-hell-and-back-my-three-weeks-suffering-from-coronavirus

jqb Feb 29, 2020 11:15 AM
Public Health Monitoring COVID-19 Transmissions in CA

It "isn't so bad" for a guy in a hospital being paid immense attention to. And it's one anecdote ... most people don't die, so we would certainly expect someone who didn't die to tell about it. It's also selection bias ... no one who dies writes a story about it. Being prepared is wise.

a-1585874424 Feb 28, 2020 09:21 PM
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A dog in Hong Kong has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus that’s killed at least 2,859 humans across the world over the last two months, World Health Organization officials said Friday 2/28.

a-1585874424 Feb 29, 2020 08:27 AM
Public Health Monitoring COVID-19 Transmissions in CA

Here is more complete comment on this (from USA Today): 'The pet dog of a coronavirus patient in Hong Kong tested "weak" positive for COVID-19 and has been put in quarantine, a government spokesman said Friday. It was not immediately clear if the animal tested positive due to "environmental contamination" of the dog's mouth and nose, according to a statement from the territory's Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department.' So let's not continue to spread sensationalized stories at times like these.

a-1585874424 Feb 29, 2020 08:26 AM
Public Health Monitoring COVID-19 Transmissions in CA

Regular flu affects 39 million every year just in the US, and only half the population even bothers getting flu shots. Some perspective please, Why the need for yet another ginned-up hysteria? We did better when we worried about fire, brimestone, the Devil and sin as our ever-present mortal punishments. Ah, the good old days. Now we have substituted those "religious" fears with the Russians, rising sea levels, corona virus, and TDS. Says something about human nature doesn't it? is there an innate need to fear an unknown?

jqb Feb 29, 2020 02:52 AM
Public Health Monitoring COVID-19 Transmissions in CA

Oh, and the virus found in the dog is the same organism without mutations, as far as we know. Mutation is random and undirected so the virus is not going to mutate just so it can jump to a dog ... that's not how evolution works. Rather, either the virus can already infect dogs, or after a considerable period of humans hosting the virus and being in the vicinity of dogs, with humans carrying instances of the virus with many different random mutations, one of those mutations could be able to live in dogs and then would jump to them. That's how the coronavirus jumped from some animal to humans, and why it didn't jump sooner and why we aren't constantly getting hit by new viruses ... we get hit when some random mutation is just right to survive in humans, and the odds of such a mutation occurring are fortunately very low.

jqb Feb 29, 2020 02:41 AM
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Also, I've very well informed so I know about the dog and the rest of what you mentioned. It's not yet clear that dogs can contract or carry the virus; the virus may have just contacted the dog's nose from its owner or their environment: "Hong Kong scientists aren’t sure if the dog is actually infected or if it picked up the virus from a contaminated surface, she said."

jqb Feb 29, 2020 02:37 AM
Public Health Monitoring COVID-19 Transmissions in CA

You're new here chillin, so you don't know that responses are above the comments they are responding to (yeah, weird). I was talking about the "Millenials face mortality" comment from our byzarre byzantine very right wing commenter.

sbmh2015 Feb 28, 2020 10:48 PM
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There is absolutely nothing wrong with being informed and cautious. This virus is on every continent except Antarctica. It is still spreading and as the US tests more, we will see more cases.

sbmh2015 Feb 28, 2020 09:08 PM
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4 new cases on West coast announced since 4 p.m. today. One in Santa Clara County (unknown origin), school employee in Oregon (unknown origin) symptoms since Feb 19th but testing just confirmed and 2 in Washington. 1 in Washington traveled in South Korea and 2nd is a student (unknown origin). With more testing being done at State vs Federal level, expect more cases. Please listen to the medical experts. The press conference from Santa Clara County officials held today was excellent. Very informative, calm and measured. It's available online. Take care

a-1585874424 Feb 28, 2020 09:03 PM
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Willing to bet, that our first case will come out of UCSB. Thank You to the powers that may be, for taking our college and the gorgeous property that we gave you , that started out as a University to help Californians get an education. Now allowing Non US citizens to get an education that they are taking back to there country of origin? All the while, selling out to get bigger paychecks, pensions and patents? We’re just educating other countries, as they take there education from UCSB back to there own countries. It won’t help the United States, it just makes us less relevant. That was a mistake that we as Americans will pay for dearly. Good luck with that.

SBCountyLocal Feb 28, 2020 08:36 PM
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Oregon's 1st case is a school employee. School is closed. Santa Barbara is a tourist destination. It will be likely be hard hit and we can expect a severe recession. Now is the time to plan.

Get over it Feb 28, 2020 07:40 PM
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Wow. How have we come to this? So, hopefully, everyone already knows and does all of these precautions. I mean, who doesn't wash their hands when they get home from the store? This is such an inflated panic. Lets everyone rush and get food and water, because its the black plague!! First, you should already have that stuff! We live in earthquake/wild fire country. Second, unless you're elderly or ill, what are you worried about? A cold/flu? Seriously, we're not talking about ebola here.. The media and ourselves blow everything up, every time. no matter what it is. So lame.

jqb Feb 28, 2020 07:18 PM
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Here's a very interesting and informative article (or, as they say in byzarro world, "Fake news from the lib/Democrat Deep State trying to take down Trump!"): https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2020/02/covid-vaccine/607000/

a-1585874424 Feb 28, 2020 06:38 PM
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New England Journal of Medicine Editorial: "In another article in the Journal, Guan et al. report mortality of 1.4% among 1099 patients with laboratory-confirmed Covid-19; these patients had a wide spectrum of disease severity. If one assumes that the number of asymptomatic or minimally symptomatic cases is several times as high as the number of reported cases, the case fatality rate may be considerably less than 1%. This suggests that the overall clinical consequences of Covid-19 may ultimately be more akin to those of a severe seasonal influenza (which has a case fatality rate of approximately 0.1%) or a pandemic influenza (similar to those in 1957 and 1968) rather than a disease similar to SARS or MERS, which have had case fatality rates of 9 to 10% and 36%, respectively."

jqb Feb 28, 2020 07:32 PM
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"a pandemic influenza (similar to those in 1957 and 1968)" According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, the Asian flu of 1957 killed 1-2 million, and the Hong Kong flu of 1968 killed 1-4 million.

a-1585874424 Feb 28, 2020 06:39 PM
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NEJM: ........This suggests that the overall clinical consequences of Covid-19 may ultimately be more akin to those of a severe seasonal influenza (which has a case fatality rate of approximately 0.1%) or a pandemic influenza (similar to those in 1957 and 1968)........

Shasta Guy Feb 28, 2020 06:37 PM
Public Health Monitoring COVID-19 Transmissions in CA

This is the time to prepare so that you can minimize trips later. If a whole bunch of cases develop this weekend in the Bay Area like Northern Italy causing shelves to empty, it will panic the whole state. You just need a few things, not a pallet’s worth from Costco.

a-1585874424 Feb 28, 2020 06:15 PM
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Social Distancing! The reason to stock up on certain products now isn't so much to avoid potential shortages in the event of an outbreak but to practice what experts call social distancing. Basically, you want to avoid crowds to minimize your risk of catching the disease. If coronavirus is spreading locally, the last place you want to be is in line at a crowded grocery store or drugstore.

Shasta Guy Feb 28, 2020 03:13 PM
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A Solano county case of unknown origin, now a Santa Clara county case of unknown Origen. That effectively bookends the Bay Area north and south. It’s going to get pretty exciting in this state. Based on the nasty cold I have now, the Coronavirus might be an improvement for me.

Shasta Guy Feb 28, 2020 02:45 PM
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A new case in California, a woman in Santa Clara *** https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/coronavirus-cases-surge-across-europe-hong-kong-dog-tests-positive-live-updates ***

winter Feb 28, 2020 01:41 PM
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Just got back from the grocery....glad to report, no panic buying.. Most folks just buying dinner. Did notice, the store had put canned tuna, peanut butter, on the display...end of aisle, instead of the usual cereal, cookies !

ChemicalSuperFreak Feb 28, 2020 03:18 PM
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The face/eye protection is key, as N95 masks alone are not enough. The micrometer sized droplets released by sick people who cough or sneeze can also enter your bloodstream though an unprotected eye.

a-1585874424 Feb 28, 2020 11:56 AM
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Stock up on canned and frozen foods, handy wipes, medicines. Seeing there are 8,000 people in California alone currently being "monitored" for the virus - I'm going to assume the infection is now in the wild. Prepare for work and school closures.

a-1585874424 Feb 28, 2020 10:27 AM
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Stephen Morse, a professor of epidemiology at Columbia University Medical Center, says what we know from other coronaviruses is that most household cleansers — such as bleach wipes or alcohol — will kill them. Even wiping down surfaces with soap and water should do the trick, he says, because this coronavirus has a lipid envelope around it — like a coat that keeps the RNA inside the viral particle. And soap is a detergent that can break down lipids. "We use them to take grease and oil, which is a lipid, off our dishes," he notes.

a-1585874424 Feb 28, 2020 10:18 AM
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How to Protect Yourself From the Coronavirus. The WHO and CDC recommend you take simple steps to keep yourself and your family safe and healthy during the outbreak: (1) Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds whenever you return home, after coughing or sneezing, after caring for the sick, before eating, after using the toilet, and after handling animals or animal waste. If you cannot wash your hands, use alcohol or an alcohol-based sanitizer. (2) When coughing or sneezing, use the crook of your arm to cover your mouth or use a tissue. Throw the tissue in a closed bin, and then wash your hands. (3) Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. (4) Avoid close contact with people who are sick. The CDC believes the virus can spread within 6 feet, so keep at least that much distance between yourself and someone showing symptoms. (5) Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

a-1585874424 Feb 28, 2020 09:18 AM
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Cleaning day: buttons on dishwasher, washing machine, microwave. Steering wheel in car and door handles inside and outside; glove compartment handle. Toilet handle. Front and back house door handles, inside and outside. Knobs on stove. Handles: cups, spoons, knives, forks, utensils. Handles on brooms/mops. Take tissues to store and use on payment pad, carts. Use tissue on anything at stores or banks that require your touch. Handle tissue carefully and throw away immediately.

jqb Feb 28, 2020 01:09 PM
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2019-nCoV (aka SARS-CoV-2) is not a "flu bug", and the disease it causes, COVID-19, is not the flu. They both attack the respiratory system so they have some common symptoms.

a-1585874424 Feb 28, 2020 11:09 AM
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I have always used a paper towel to open the bathroom door at a public place & if none, then the bottom of my shirt. Now, if the door handle is the long, flat, ADA type, you can use your elbow or wrist.

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