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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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a-1590420143 Mar 30, 2020 11:11 AM
Six Coronavirus Patients in Intensive Care Unit

The only thing of importance here - did Public Health chase down EVERYONE these patients have been in touch with? We don't need to know names, only that they've been quarantined. That's how Wuhan put a fast stop to the spread.

PitMix Mar 30, 2020 03:37 PM
Six Coronavirus Patients in Intensive Care Unit

Tracing contacts is only useful at the beginning of pandemics. Now we are at the quarantining and distancing stage to try and flatten the curve. Just assume everyone else has it, and you don't want to get it. Act accordingly.

sacjon Mar 30, 2020 10:23 AM
Six Coronavirus Patients in Intensive Care Unit

It would be REALLY helpful to know if any of the infected, anywhere in the US, were practicing social distancing, and to what extent? I mean, are people doing all this distancing and cleaning and then still getting it? I'd like to know if everything I'm doing is actually helping or not.

a-1590420143 Mar 30, 2020 07:59 AM
Six Coronavirus Patients in Intensive Care Unit

Hiding behind HIPAA in the name of privacy is a lie. You know that form you sign when you go to the doctor? It asks if it's okay to share your information. Of course, they add your other doctors but they also releases it to anyone that you approve of. So it.s pretty simple. Add a paragraph now to the form that is crisis specific. Nobody is looking for granular detail about a person. It's just basic facts to track, understand and prepare. Health officials know this. They're dodging.

mrtrump Mar 29, 2020 06:11 PM
Six Coronavirus Patients in Intensive Care Unit

80% of deaths nationwide are in NYC, New Jersey, Detroit, New Orleans and Washington State. 15% of the nation's population, 80% of deaths. SB County has 64 cases. That's 1 case per 6640 persons. In NYC it's 1 case per 400 persons. It's the overcrowded slums like NYC that are the problem, not low density communities like SB County.

Cadillackid Mar 29, 2020 01:26 AM
Six Coronavirus Patients in Intensive Care Unit

Does anyone think that public transportation is a bad idea yet? Cases are going up rapidly, seriously people HOW DO YOU THINK THIS IS HAPPENING!!!! people are not careful and when it comes to things like buses not stopping the DAMN BUS LINES that’s exactly how it’s spreading! Let’s stop being fools everyone! Stay at home!!! If there is a stat at home government order where the hell are you all going???

EastBeach Mar 28, 2020 06:22 PM
Six Coronavirus Patients in Intensive Care Unit

Like last weekend, I went for a bike ride for exercise. On State Street, Rite Aid, many of the frozen dessert and smoothie places, and some restaurants doing takeout were open. Otherwise it was a ghost street again. Again there were relatively few people at the oceanfront (Shoreline Beach Cafe was open for takeout) and fewer at the Ledbetter BBQ pits than last weekend but some tight groups of people. Both Wilcox and Elings had fewer people as well - though the sheep are still flagrantly violating social distancing :) Mission Park (aka Rose Garden) had a lot fewer people and not as much bunching . APS was closed at the Mission due to road work. So I walked my bike past the Mission dam/waterworks to get up to Mission Ridge to continue home. Overall not much traffic or people out with good signs of distancing.

EastBeach Mar 29, 2020 12:44 PM
Six Coronavirus Patients in Intensive Care Unit

SG: Not a bad kind of tornado to have :) I need to clean up my garage to make a little quarantine area for incoming packages & mail, dry goods from the grocery, etc.

Shasta Guy Mar 28, 2020 07:22 PM
Six Coronavirus Patients in Intensive Care Unit

Eastbeach: Thanks for your reports. I didn’t go anywhere today except to the garage to finally organize all the stuff my two college students brought back with them when they had to come home. It was like a tornado struck only on the inside.

Shasta Guy Mar 28, 2020 03:13 PM
Six Coronavirus Patients in Intensive Care Unit

It’s been 15 days since my sister-in-law and niece returned from Madrid. Miraculously they are symptom free after being quarantined behind a plastic wall in half of their house. I’m so glad they were able to get out of Spain which has become a death trap since then as ~5,100 people died in the past 15 days.

PitMix Mar 30, 2020 03:41 PM
Six Coronavirus Patients in Intensive Care Unit

Spain population 47M. Number of confirmed cases 88K. Number of deaths 7.7K. This "death trap" has a fatality rate so far of 9% of cases or 0.016% of population. Hyperbole much?

Sam The Dog Mar 28, 2020 08:29 PM
Six Coronavirus Patients in Intensive Care Unit

Glad your family made it home safe, but using words like "death trap" is not accurate and only helps to spread panic. Vigilance yes, panic no.

SBTownie Mar 28, 2020 01:42 PM
Six Coronavirus Patients in Intensive Care Unit

The disconnect between what is actually going on on the ground and PH is deeply concerning. The shortage of tests, and moreover, the INSANE PROCESSING TIMES really beggar belief. This country and this state and our medical system are pathetic.

MyHonorStudentB Mar 28, 2020 11:12 AM
Six Coronavirus Patients in Intensive Care Unit

Did SBDPH really fail to alert the community to the North COunty TB case?SBNATURAL I agree with your main point, but I would like to see alink to substantiate that thanks.

SBNatural Mar 28, 2020 10:07 AM
Six Coronavirus Patients in Intensive Care Unit

We can only hope PH officials will scatterplot map cases, not just towns. If one is to take action, we need not just "Santa Barbara" but where in Santa Barbara. Hopefully PH has recovered from its stupidity with Santa Maria drug-resistant TB, where it declined to notify the community because of fears that it would stigmatize ethnicities. If we have more concerns about "social justice" than health, then health officials please resign and become social advocates. The public needs clear, transparent information - and no, that does not mean ethnicities. We just want facts. If you recall back a month or so, that is how South Korea got a handle on this beast - citizens were informed of the geo hotspots.

SBNatural Mar 28, 2020 10:01 AM
Six Coronavirus Patients in Intensive Care Unit

So if you did into some stats on the OG SARS, you will find "frequent handwashing" is fifty-some percent at preventing infection, mask is 60 some percent, and combo is 91 percent effective. How did they know about "frequent handwashing"? Dunno. But that is what you find. So while there is nothing to get panicked about, if you have a mask, use it, disinfect it if you resuse. And don't hog N95s which our healthcare providers need. So while the characteristics of the SARS Cov-2 may be slightly different...It never hurts to wear a mask, be it N95, N99 or surgical. With the infectiousness preceeding symptoms, so it seems, one is protecting others and oneself by doing "something" that reduces droplet/aerolsol spread. Just take care in face/mask handling and learn to do it right.

a-1590420143 Mar 28, 2020 09:02 AM
Six Coronavirus Patients in Intensive Care Unit

Is there a test to confirm if a person has already had Coronavirus, and consequently has immunity for up to 12 months? Rep Cassidy ftom Louisiana who is also a physician made remarks worth serious consideration. One is offering paid jobs to those with the immunity to assist medical professionals in various capacities. He also suggested tracking and profiling consenting proven survivors for at least 12 months to be better informed for next wave. PUblic Health has failed us. After Katrina, the messaging was loud and clear: “If you expect the government to save you, you’re a fool.” Personal awareness and preparedness is a personal responsibility.

Kruppe Mar 28, 2020 08:16 AM
Six Coronavirus Patients in Intensive Care Unit

How about a bit more information and transparency regarding the victims? What is their general travel history? Where did they contract the virus? Where have they been recently? How many associated people are under observation? Of course the victims are just that...victims. But the public deserves to know the truth. SB County PHD has completely let us down. Why aren't reporters asking these pertinent questions? Is anybody competent anymore?

Kruppe Mar 28, 2020 12:37 PM
Six Coronavirus Patients in Intensive Care Unit

I am not advocating releasing private information. How hard is it to say: Person 1 traveled from SF where he/she came in contact with a COVID carrier. 3 people associated with Person 1 are under observation in SB. Facts and useful information can be presented without revealing identities.

Shasta Guy Mar 28, 2020 08:43 AM
Six Coronavirus Patients in Intensive Care Unit

The victims deserve to recover in privacy and peace. The personal information of the victims shouldn’t be the source of your entertainment. What if you were one of them? Would you want some stranger prying about why you ended up in the hospital With this disease? Show some compassion, let them recover in privacy. How they got the virus simply does not matter.

a-1590420143 Mar 27, 2020 10:36 PM
Six Coronavirus Patients in Intensive Care Unit

This says 5 people are hospitalized but 9 in critical condition. Which is it? Or are they saying 5 known cases are hospitalized plus another 9 in critical awaiting testing?

Shasta Guy Mar 27, 2020 09:56 PM
Six Coronavirus Patients in Intensive Care Unit

As reported here on Edhat, here is the progression of reported cases in SB County. 3/15: 1st case *** 3/17: 2 cases *** 3/19: 3 cases *** 3/19: 9 cases *** 3/22: 18 cases *** 3/24: 24 cases *** 3/26: 26 cases *** 3/26: 32 cases *** 3/27: 47 cases. These are the official PHD numbers, so take them at face value, or triple them if that makes you feel better.

Shasta Guy Mar 27, 2020 09:26 PM
Six Coronavirus Patients in Intensive Care Unit

My family is basically on lockdown in the house. We talked about it tonight again. I still go to work because we are an essential government supplier. I enter the building, I wash my hands immediately, then I go to my office. If I touch another object outside of my office I immediately wash my hands. Today I made isopropyl alcohol sanitizing stations for locations deeper in the building where it’s difficult to wash hands. I wash my hands before going to the car and driving home. I wash my hands again and change clothes. I just realized today my hands are super dry and cracking from all the washing. Keep your kids at home. Don’t let them play frisbee, BBall, or any activity that exchanges an object with someone else. I think we are a week away, maybe less, from an explosion of cases in this town.

Luvaduck Mar 30, 2020 09:01 AM
Six Coronavirus Patients in Intensive Care Unit

Neutrogena makes a "Norwegian Formula" hand cream easily portable, 2 oz. tube. Good for hands after use in very drying substances such as plaster, mud. It has the consistency of pipe paste but rubbed in, it's fine. Vasaline & gloves overnight help, too.

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