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Update by Santa Barbara County Public Health Department
5:45 p.m., March 29, 2020
 

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) is confirming four (4) additional cases of COVID-19 today. This makes 68 total confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Santa Barbara County. Below are more details about the four (4) cases announced Sunday, March 29:

  • Case #65­—in their 70s and resides in the South County Unincorporated Areas, which include communities of Montecito, Toro Canyon, Summerland and the City of Carpinteria

  • Case #66—in their 60s and resides in the North County Unincorporated Areas which include New Cuyama, Sisquoc, Casmalia, Garey, and City of Guadalupe

  • Case #67—in their 40s and in the North County Unincorporated Areas which include New Cuyama, Sisquoc, Casmalia, Garey, and City of Guadalupe

  • Case #68—in their 20s and resides in the City of Santa Maria

 

Although PHD has released the cities and areas where confirmed COVID-19 cases have occurred, it is critical that residents in all areas of the county stay at home and practice social distancing when performing essential tasks outside their home.

Of the 68 cases, 45 are recovering at home, eight (8) persons are recovering in a hospital, six (6) of which are in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU), fourteen (14) have fully recovered, and one (1) is pending an update.

PHD is prioritizing thorough investigations for cases with exposures in healthcare and other congregate settings to identify persons who may have been exposed. Mandated social distancing measures are in place to slow the spread of the virus.


Update by Santa Barbara County Public Health Department
5:00 p.m., March 28, 2020

Coronavirus Cases Jumps to 64 Overnight

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) is confirming 17 additional cases of COVID-19 today. This makes 64 total confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Santa Barbara County at this time. Below are more details about the 17 new cases:

  • Case #48—in their 20s and resides in the South County Unincorporated Area
  • Case #49—in their 50s and resides in Santa Maria
  • Case #50—in their 40s and resides in Santa Maria
  • Case #51—in their 40s and resides in Santa Maria
  • Case #52—in their 70s and resides in Santa Barbara
  • Case #53—in their 40s and resides in Santa Maria
  • Case #54—in their 60s and resides in Santa Maria
  • Case #55—in their 60s and resides in Santa Maria
  • Case #56—in their 20s and resides in the South County Unincorporated Area
  • Case #57—in their 60s and resides in Santa Maria
  • Case #58—in their 50s and resides in Santa Barbara
  • Case #59—in their 70s and resides in Santa Maria
  • Case #60—in their 60s and resides in Santa Barbara
  • Case #61—in their 40s and resides in Santa Maria
  • Case #62—in their 50s and resides in Santa Barbara
  • Case #63—in their 50s and resides in Santa Barbara
  • Case #64—in their 20s and resides in Lompoc

Although PHD has released the cities and areas where confirmed COVID-19 cases have occurred, it is critical that residents in all areas of the county stay at home and practice social distancing when performing essential tasks outside their home.

Of the 64 cases, 47 are recovering at home, six (6) persons are recovering in a hospital, three (3) of which is in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU), and eleven (11) have fully recovered. PHD is prioritizing thorough investigations for cases with exposures in healthcare and other congregate settings to identify persons who may have been exposed. Mandated social distancing measures are in place to slow the spread of the virus.

 


By edhat staff
5:30 pm, March 27, 2020

As of Friday afternoon, five people are hospitalized with two of them in the intensive care unit (ICU) as the total number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases increases to 47 in Santa Barbara County.

Public Health officials confirm a patient under 10-years-old is among the fifteen newly confirmed cases. Due to privacy restrictions, officials only stated the ages of the recent positive cases range from less than 10-years-old to 70's. 

From the total 47 positive cases, 31 are recovering at home, 5 are hospitalized with 2 in ICU, and 11 are fully recovered. Of the fifteen new cases, 2 are in Santa Maria, 1 in the unincorporated area of Gaviota/Goleta, 2 in Goleta, 9 in Santa Barbara, and 1 in the unincorporated area of Montecito/Summerland/Carpinteria.

Below are more details about the fifteen (15) cases announced Friday, March 27:

• Case #33—in their 40s and resides in Santa Barbara
• Case #34—in their 50s and resides in Santa Maria
• Case #35—between ages 10-19 and resides in Goleta
• Case #36—in their 50s and resides in Santa Barbara
• Case #37—in their 70s and resides in the Unincorporated areas of the Goleta Valley and Gaviota
• Case #38—in their 40s and resides in Santa Maria
• Case #39—in their 50s and resides in Santa Barbara
• Case #40—in their 50s and resides in Santa Barbara
• Case #41—in their 30s and resides in Santa Barbara
• Case #42—in their 50s and resides in Santa Barbara
• Case #43—in their 20s and resides in Santa Barbara
• Case #44—in their 20s and resides in Goleta
• Case #45—is younger than 10 years old and resides in Santa Barbara
• Case #46—in their 50s and resides in the Unincorporated areas, including communities of Montecito, Summerland, and the City of Carpinteria
• Case #47—in their 50s and resides in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara County Public Health Department Director Van Do-Reynoso stated they expect to see these numbers increase in the days to come and urged residents to continue to stay home as much as possible and limit outings to essential tasks only.

"We are experiencing a significant uptick in new confirmed cases in the county. This is an expected development given the high infection rate. Fortunately, there are no fatalities," said Dr. Henning Ansorg, Santa Barbara County Public Health Officer.

Dr. Ansorg continued to state the turnaround time for COVID-19 testing has improved significantly, sometimes less than 24 hours in high priority situations. He clarified a high priority case as someone who has the potential to spread the virus, such as a nurse who works with a vulnerable population.

In response to a potential surge of patients at local hospitals, Do-Reynoso stating they are currently in communication with community and hospital partners putting together rough estimates and will have a model to share early next week. 

Cottage Health System CEO Ron Werft sent a letter to staff confirming 23 patients were awaiting COVID-19 test results. Of those patients, nine are in critical condition and four negative-pressure social isolation units are established to handle COVID-19 cases, reports Nick Welsh of The Independent.

“We have now moved to high-level surge planning and made the decision today to use every opportunity inside the walls of our hospital to convert space for patient care,” wrote Werft.

It is unclear how many of those patients, if any, were included in the 15 new cases announced today. During the press conference, officials stated they were unaware of Cottage Health's numbers as the Public Health Department only reports confirmed cases. 

As of Friday evening, Ventura County reported 83 positive COVID-19 cases and 3 deaths. The three deaths were patients in their 70's with pre-existing health conditions. Ventura County has tested 1,543 people to date.

San Luis Obispo County reports 59 cases with 0 deaths as of Friday morning.

The full press conference is available here.


[Editor's Note: This article has been edited with specific demographics of the new cases in Santa Barbara and updated numbers from Ventura County. ]

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Potif Mar 27, 2020 09:57 PM
Six Coronavirus Patients in Intensive Care Unit

Even nurses are taught to use lotion a lot, because of the extra hand washing. That’s because when the skin is dry it often cracks. Those cracks become an entryway for bacteria infection, and an additional area for a virus to hide. At least, after you get home, use lotion ;)

a-1590964410 Mar 27, 2020 08:06 PM
Six Coronavirus Patients in Intensive Care Unit

It seems as if people aren't taking shelter in place seriously. So many people about and so many businesses remaining open. I understand the severe economic impact. But they should close for a few weeks. And owners and employees should be able to confidently look forward to some Federal and State economic aide.

Luvaduck Mar 30, 2020 09:14 AM
Six Coronavirus Patients in Intensive Care Unit

Maybe that's why the stats on the County site show 20 y-o's, but living in group 2-400 sq. ft. apts. would isolate them as a group. Staying inside <together> would be like living in a submarine, so going out together would be like going out in a family group. no way to judge, so best not to.

Potif Mar 28, 2020 03:10 PM
Six Coronavirus Patients in Intensive Care Unit

Hawaii in enforcing a 14 day quarantine on EVERYONE going there. Visitors, and returning residents. Doesn’t sound like a great holiday. All the beaches are closed, and the police are watching.

macpuzl Mar 28, 2020 02:23 PM
Six Coronavirus Patients in Intensive Care Unit

X01660 - Glad to hear you're still hanging in there. I tried emailing you a while back, but suspect you were already gone from that venue. You and your mother keep safe and healthy!

x01660 Mar 28, 2020 01:54 PM
Six Coronavirus Patients in Intensive Care Unit

I'm a millennial, and lived in a van for 2 years while working 3 jobs. I'm not privileged or rich. What I am is someone who served in the military, has lived in a 3rd world country for a large part of my childhood, and who has perspective that MOST under 30's (who haven't suffered or gone without) dont. As in I had to move back in with my mother, to help her pay her mortgage in the form of rent. So when I see people freaking out because they can't buy 100 packs of toilet paper, complaining that they can't go get their weekly group latte, or are being told to do somethi g they dont like, I think back to when I didn't know when my next meal or shower would be. And the entitlement is super frustrating to deal with. Even you, LOOSECANNON, mentioned that you've gone bike riding with your daughter, and you went to the beach. So now you and your daughter are out, as are all the other people with their daughters. And that's the point. We need to minimize as much as possible. Stay home!!

biguglystick Mar 28, 2020 11:36 AM
Six Coronavirus Patients in Intensive Care Unit

You are entirely right about the class divide. The wealthy among us, (of which there are many here) are just fine. The rest of us need to go out every now and then to get supplies because our freezer is too small to stock and maybe we don't have laundry machines at home. It's a huge risk. As for milenials, I'm a Gen-Xer too, and driving past SBCC the other day I could see a bunch of kids partying down at the apartments just across the street. They were drinking and playing games and there were a bunch of them, NO social distancing, so yeah, it IS happening. Maybe they feel invincible still because they are young.

LooseCannon Mar 28, 2020 09:47 AM
Six Coronavirus Patients in Intensive Care Unit

X01660, I am in favor of social distancing, good hygiene, and responsible behaviour. I am a Gen Xer, and feel sorry for Millennials because you're collectively taking it on the chin. I see more gray-haired people nonchalantly walking around this town, oblivious of social distancing rules, than younger people. Some folk are just reacting to imagery of a bunch of twits in Fort Lauderdale frolicking on the beach. Thankfully, I do not see this kind of idiotic behaviour here. There are 4 Millennials living in the house next to me, and I know from interacting with them that they are responsible people. I am in favor of rational behaviour and social policies that make sense. We are told that it is acceptable, indeed even a positive thing, to exercise outdoors as long as we socially distance (exercise is good for mental health and physically boosts the immune system), yet the park service closes the entire Los Padres system, including the day use areas where picnic tables are 20 or 30 feet apart, while single-lane trails in the mountains, like Jesusita, Tunnel, Romero, etc., remain open, where it is impossible to maintain this distance. Why? It doesn't make sense. Sometimes it seems that social policies are being enacted for purely punitive reasons. There is also a huge class divide. What sort of sacrifices are wealthy people making, hunkered down in their McMansions, with big backyards, their fridges and pantries chocker-block with food they're hoarding? I live in a one-room studio, have a dorm-size fridge with a freezer compartment that holds a tray for 12 ice cubes, and I need to go out to do laundry because I don't have a washer-dryer where I live. People like me, and many are much worse off, don't need privileged people barking at them, nor do they deserve a punitive approach. KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON.

pstarSR Mar 28, 2020 09:45 AM
Six Coronavirus Patients in Intensive Care Unit

yea people are not taking it seriously. i see groups of 5+ at he new dog park at de la vina and state. everyday. while i was buying parts for essential wok i saw people shopping like it was a normal day. buying trim handles for cabinets and landscape plants. my comments are not hysterical. they are spoken from physical observation.

x01660 Mar 28, 2020 09:30 AM
Six Coronavirus Patients in Intensive Care Unit

Address me directly, LOOSECANNON. No need to be coy. We'll see how the numbers are in a week or so, and then you'll be eating your words. The bottom line is that people ARE out, doing things that aren't "essential" And a lot of it has to do with the fact that young people (myself included) haven't ever had an EXISTENTIAL threat to their way of life before (World Wars, Vietnam, etc). So they're handling this siutation with typical American arrogance; That we can do what we want, when we want, how we want. Sorry, but viruses don't discriminate, nor do they assign privilege. Whether you're on Skid Row or the PM of the UK, you can catch this, and your chances of getting really sick or dying is appreciable. Pull your head outta your 4th point of contact, open your eyes to the reality of what's happening, AND STAY IN YOUR HOUSE UNLESS FOR CRITICAL STUFF!!!

LooseCannon Mar 28, 2020 02:39 AM
Six Coronavirus Patients in Intensive Care Unit

I think people are taking it very seriously. I have been driving to work every day, doing errands (buying groceries, doing laundry--yes, some of us have to go to the laundrette, etc.), riding my bike in Santa Barbara and Goleta with my daughter, and going for walks on the beaches. State Street is deserted, the playgrounds are closed with caution tape, and people are observing social distancing rules. Occasionally, you will see married couples and families together, but if they're living under one roof, sharing beds, etc., of course they're going to be in closer contact. My observations differ completely from some of the hysterical comments on here, which seem to be based on what someone has "read about" or seen on Instagram.

a-1590964410 Mar 27, 2020 10:29 PM
Six Coronavirus Patients in Intensive Care Unit

I had to go to the grocery store and drove around a bit downtown to see what was happening as I was curious and haven't left the house in a week. I was surprised to see how many people are still out and about, sometimes hanging out in groups of 4 - 5 talking, families eating ice cream sitting together around tables, etc etc. You can read other stories of people still having their kids play on playgrounds, the list goes on. A lot of people are not taking it seriously enough.

EastBeach Mar 27, 2020 10:08 PM
Six Coronavirus Patients in Intensive Care Unit

I'm out and about only when I need to go to work (we're critical infrastructure), buy food, or get exercise. It's amazing how many people are buying cheap tickets to the Caribbean, Florida, Hawaii, etc. Many will just bring back the virus to their home towns.

x01660 Mar 27, 2020 09:06 PM
Six Coronavirus Patients in Intensive Care Unit

Have you SEEN the replies from some people on here? Or looked at some of the live webcams that are out? Or Instagram? PLENTY of people, and YOUNG people out and about. Get real. No "checking of privilege" needed. It is a problem. STAY IN YOUR GOSH DARN MOTHER TRUCKING HOMES!!!!!

a-1590964410 Mar 27, 2020 07:38 PM
Six Coronavirus Patients in Intensive Care Unit

PHD and Cottage are in total disconnect. Talk to anyone that works at the hospital and it feels like a war zone. There are no testing kits and patients waiting days for results. PHD is living in a totally different world. This article confirms it. Listen to the CEO of the hospital, it's not the rosy picture PHD is trying to portray.

a-1590964410 Mar 27, 2020 07:55 PM
Six Coronavirus Patients in Intensive Care Unit

PHD is shockingly secret despite the daily brief. What for? waste of time if you cannot do your job well and make stupid decisions. The decision not to release location info early on alone tells a lot about their backward thinking. They failed to understand what qualifies for a pandemic. Santa Barbara needs better people there to handle this before its too late. There are no more excuses.

a-1590964410 Mar 27, 2020 06:50 PM
Six Coronavirus Patients in Intensive Care Unit

Santa Barbara PHD is doing a poor job. First, they didn't want to give out location info. They were unaware of the cottage cases? Did you ask about it and out them in your statistics across the whole county. Daily news conference is a joke. Now the pending cases are not there either. Incompetent people at PHD as far as I can see., play as it goes.

a-1590964410 Mar 28, 2020 12:18 AM
Six Coronavirus Patients in Intensive Care Unit

Everbody knows the basic tricks dealing with virus, hand washing, etc. There is no need for the to repeat 10000 times. That's not what counts as their main job, How about coordinating with the cottage hospital, get accurate idea of spread, get testing quicker, ... PHD Santa Barbara is doing a poor job. New leadership is needed before its too late. Act now. They are not pushing enough, trying harder enough to get testing faster and more efficient. The statistics is a joke and they know it is but don't feel ashamed to toss it out there, because they think they are doing a job. Shame on them!

oceandrew Mar 27, 2020 09:37 PM
Six Coronavirus Patients in Intensive Care Unit

It seems clear you have a limited understanding of what's going on and are scared spitless. Quite understandable under the circumstances. But please don't panic. Knowing where in the county the infection is popping up isn't going to help you regain control of your current situation. Given that there are barely any tests to be had assume everyone is an asymptomatic carrier. And unless one of these carriers coughs or sneezes on you (remember they are asymptomatic so no way of knowing if they are infected or not) and you are within 6 ft of them you're NOT going to be contaminated. Just keep washing your hands after going out and don't touch your face if you do. Knowing where in the county the sick people are doesn't change your situation, or level of fear. Only you can do that. And until tests are available for EVERYONE (as Trump lied they would be) there is no way of knowing who's a carrier and who isn't.

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