Two Additional Coronavirus Cases Brings Total to 26

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Santa Barbara County Public Health officials confirmed two additional cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) during a press conference Wednesday. This brings the total number of positive cases to 26 within the county.

For the first time, the Public Health Department (PHD) released the cities where the confirmed cases are located. Officials previously cited patient privacy and refused to release data other than general age ranges and north or south county locations.

Currently, there are 6 cases in Santa Maria, 5 cases in Orcutt, 10 cases in Santa Barbara, and 5 cases in the Montecito/Summerland/Carpinteria area. There are no confirmed cases in Goleta. 

The 8 latest cases announced on Tuesday and Wednesday are as follows:

  • Case #19—in their 60s and resides in South County
  • Case #20—in their 60s and resides in South County
  • Case #21—in their 40s and resides in South County
  • Case #22—in their 20s and resides in South County
  • Case #23—in their 20s and resides in North County
  • Case #24—in their 60s and resides in South County
  • Case #25—in their 20s and resides in South County
  • Case #26—in their 50s and resides in South County

Based on the numbers and demographics provided, ages 18 - 39 make up 35%, ages 40-60 make up 61%, and ages 70+ are 4%. 

Of the total 26 confirmed cases, 19 are recovering at home, 1 is hospitalized, and 6 have fully recovered.

PHD is conducting an investigation to determine how each individual contracted COVID-19 as well as identifying persons with whom they may have had close contact. However, the majority of cases are believed to be through community transmission. 

Officials believe there are many more cases out there and stressed yet again the importance for residents in all areas of the county to stay home and practice social distancing when performing essential tasks outside their home. 

Santa Barbara County Animal Services had good news to report. Since the self-isolation orders there have been 50 animal adoptions in the three shelter sites as well as 47 of the 77 adoptable dogs are with a foster family.

The full press conference is available below:

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lutra Mar 26, 2020 02:38 PM
Two Additional Coronavirus Cases Brings Total to 26

SB county public health now lists 2 in the hospital (go to https://publichealthsbc.org and click on "Status Reports"). But they only update once per day, so their data isn't current. In the US, we now have more cases than China (or at least what China has reported). We really need to just consider that anyone we encounter has it, maintain the proper distance, and stay home if we don't need to do anything essential.

Shasta Guy Mar 26, 2020 11:28 AM
Two Additional Coronavirus Cases Brings Total to 26

There are two metrics for understanding how pervasive the virus is in the community. The first one is the number of people going to the hospital with respiratory distress, and the second is deaths from the virus. Does anyone have an insight for what’s going on at both Cottage Hospitals or in SM? Are emergency rooms at capacity with respiratory distress patients? What is capacity left of hospital beds? Those figures will tell us when we are saturated with the virus.

a-1586389569 Mar 26, 2020 01:42 PM
Two Additional Coronavirus Cases Brings Total to 26

Actually, we have 3 patients at SB Cottage that are positive and many others that probably have it but are pending results. Several are in critical condition. It is here guys and very real!

JoeSixPack Mar 26, 2020 11:42 AM
Two Additional Coronavirus Cases Brings Total to 26

SHASTA, Only One Hospitalization So Far from 26 Confirmed Coronavirus Cases in Santa Barbara Countyhttps://www.noozhawk.com/article/only_one_hospitalization_from_26_known_coronavirus_cases_so_far

JoeSixPack Mar 26, 2020 11:25 AM
Two Additional Coronavirus Cases Brings Total to 26

Respectfully to all, because of the dearth of COVID-19 testing available, the current lists of infection/death totals have a minimum of value. An analogy to this is called flying blind... No one can tell you with any certainty the current spread of the virus. Our country, county, city, state and hospitals were woefully unprepared for this event. Take care everybody- and continue to isolate until some accuracy can be established.

Voran Mar 26, 2020 10:00 AM
Two Additional Coronavirus Cases Brings Total to 26

People working in essential services should be allowed to protect themselves. Trader Joe's employees are forbidden to wear masks which would protect them and their customers. It's time for all of us to be responsible.

SBZZ Mar 26, 2020 09:52 AM
Two Additional Coronavirus Cases Brings Total to 26

Bizarre that the authorities would withhold the cases info on a city level. But someone please explain to me why this is “critical info”? Does one think that lower/higher cases across cites means it is safer/riskier in those locations? Does this info change ones approach towards implementing the health protective measures recommended by the authorities?

Sam The Dog Mar 26, 2020 09:01 AM
Two Additional Coronavirus Cases Brings Total to 26

One hospitalization in the county and we're already running low on supplies? I'm all for being safe out there but I get the feeling we're taking this a little too far.

Sbliquidation805 Mar 26, 2020 08:31 AM
Two Additional Coronavirus Cases Brings Total to 26

This number doesn’t mean anything anyways if people can’t get tested. There are 100’s of people infected.... we just don’t have it “confirmed”

Shasta Guy Mar 26, 2020 07:59 AM
Two Additional Coronavirus Cases Brings Total to 26

The infected have all gone to the same grocery stores, gas stations, pharmacies, and, other essential locations that you’ve been going to. It does not matter if they live across town or across the street from you. All that matters is that you be ultra cautious in how you interact with people and objects when you are out of the house. Pump gas then touch your face without decontaminating you’re hand and you invite the virus. The real battle is your personal behavior. If we cannot battles this with social distancing, then we will eventually not be allowed out of our houses at all just like China, Italy, and Israel. Assume every object and person outside of your house has the virus and act accordingly.

macpuzl Mar 25, 2020 10:13 PM
Two Additional Coronavirus Cases Brings Total to 26

Great interactive graphic on the BBC (but sourced from Johns Hopkins), showing the number of confirmed cases by day from 18 February to the present: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-52033863

EastBeach Mar 25, 2020 11:00 PM
Two Additional Coronavirus Cases Brings Total to 26

That's a great time lapse graphic. I've been watching the daily John Hopkins Dashboard but this time lapse shows how reported cases in the U.S. have been accelerating since the day after St. Patrick's Day.

sacjon Mar 25, 2020 08:56 PM
Two Additional Coronavirus Cases Brings Total to 26

I wonder why Goleta isn't listed? Is it lumped in with SB? There is at least one case in Goleta according to KEYT. https://keyt.com/health/2020/03/24/goleta-resident-describes-experience-with-covid-19/

d8vanilla Mar 25, 2020 08:54 PM
Two Additional Coronavirus Cases Brings Total to 26

Correction::::Actually, SB is almost there.... They still don't have the breakdown for South County... south of SB, Summerland, Carpinteria or Montecito .... I just don't see any good reason, not to do the breakdowns by City....

d8vanilla Mar 25, 2020 08:51 PM
Two Additional Coronavirus Cases Brings Total to 26

And, I totally agree with KRUPPE , and I've been complaining about that since the beginning !!! Santa Barbara finally caught up with Ventura, which has been listing the cases per City, for weeks. This is critical information. Thank you City of SB for finally getting with the program.

mtndriver Mar 26, 2020 05:15 PM
Two Additional Coronavirus Cases Brings Total to 26

Community transmission does NOT mean it came from a surface, it means it came from an unidentified source in the community. More likely a person than a surface. If the source cannot be specifically identified, it is considered community transmission.

a-1586389569 Mar 25, 2020 10:42 PM
Two Additional Coronavirus Cases Brings Total to 26

Especially since they stated the cases are believed to be community transmitted. Doesn’t that mean through an infected surface and not person to person such as a family member? It is not surprising they lumped Montecito, Summerland and Carp together. It probably means they are in Montecito. They never publish unpleasant news about Montecito...

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