Coronavirus Patients Reach 99 with 11 in the ICU

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Update by Public Health Department
March 31, 2020
 

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) is confirming eleven (11) additional cases of COVID-19 today. This makes 99 total confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Santa Barbara County. Due to the volume of confirmed cases being reported, PHD will begin reporting cases in aggregate. Below are more details about the 11 cases announced Tuesday, March 31:

Ages of new confirmed cases reported:

0-17

0

18-29

1

30-49

7

50-69

2

70+

1

Locations of new cases reported:

South County Unincorporated Area includes communities of Montecito, Summerland and the City of Carpinteria

 0

City of Santa Barbara and the unincorporated area of Mission Canyon              

​ 0

City of Goleta                                                                                                               

 0

Community of Isla Vista

 1

Unincorporated Area of the Goleta Valley and Gaviota

 2

Santa Ynez Valley including the Cities of Solvang & Buellton, and the communities of Santa Ynez, Los Alamos, Los Olivos and Ballard  

 0

City of Lompoc and the communities of Mission Hills and Vandenberg Village

5

City of Santa Maria  

1

Community of Orcutt

1

Unincorporated Areas of Sisquoc, Casmalia, Garey, Cuyama, New Cuyama, and the City of Guadalupe

2

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 99 cases, 57 are recovering at home, 13 persons are recovering in a hospital,11 of which are in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 22 have fully recovered, and 7 are pending an update.

PHD is prioritizing 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.

(For a full list of ages and locations of confirmed patients, visit https://publichealthsbc.org/)


By edhat staff
March 30, 2020

As of Monday evening, the total number of coronavirus (COVID-19) patients increased to 88 including 10 patients in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) confirmed 20 new cases since Sunday evening. The ages of the new cases range from teens to over 70. Overall there are 14 people hospitalized with 10 patients in the ICU. There are 49 patients recovering at home, 19 fully recovered, and 6 are pending an update.

"The Increase of numbers is very typical of a virus that spreads quickly from person to person. We expected a doubling of cases within three days and that is almost exactly what we are seeing." said Dr. Henning Ansorg, Santa Barbara County Public Health Officer.

Below are the full details of the 20 new cases:

  • Case #69­—in their 60s and resides in Santa Maria
  • Case #70—in their 50s and resides in Santa Maria
  • Case #71—in their 40s and resides in Santa Maria
  • Case #72—in their 50s and resides in Orcutt
  • Case #73—in their 60s and resides in Santa Maria
  • Case #74—in their 40s and resides in the Lompoc Area, including the communities of Mission Hills and Vandenberg Village
  • Case #75—over 70 years old and resides in North County unincorporated areas including Sisquoc, Casmalia, Garey, Cuyama, New Cuyama, and Guadalupe
  • Case #76—in their 40s and resides in Santa Maria
  • Case #77—between the ages of 10-19 and resides in the Lompoc Area, including the communities of Mission Hills and Vandenberg Village
  • Case #78—in their 50s and resides in the Lompoc Area, including the communities of Mission Hills and Vandenberg Village
  • Case #79—in their 60s and resides in Santa Maria
  • Case #80—in their 60s and resides in Santa Maria
  • Case #81—over 70 years old and resides in North County unincorporated areas including Sisquoc, Casmalia, Garey, Cuyama, New Cuyama, and Guadalupe
  • Case #82—over 70 years old and resides in North County unincorporated areas including Sisquoc, Casmalia, Garey, Cuyama, New Cuyama, and Guadalupe
  • Case #83—in their 50s and resides in Santa Maria
  • Case #84—in their 20s and resides in North County unincorporated areas including Sisquoc, Casmalia, Garey, Cuyama, New Cuyama, and Guadalupe
  • Case #85—in their 50s and resides in North County unincorporated areas including Sisquoc, Casmalia, Garey, Cuyama, New Cuyama, and Guadalupe
  • Case #86—in their 60s  and resides in North County unincorporated areas including Sisquoc, Casmalia, Garey, Cuyama, New Cuyama, and Guadalupe
  • Case #87—in their 50s and resides in Santa Barbara
  • Case #88—in their 20s and resides in Santa Maria

There are currently 5 cases in Lompoc, 6 in Orcutt, 26 in Santa Barbara, 29 in Santa Maria, 2 in Goleta, 2 in Santa Ynez Valley, 9 in Montecito/Summerland.Carpinteria, 1 in Gaviota, and 8 in the unincorporated areas of North County. 

Dr. Ansorg went on to state the increase in numbers of local infections corresponds with the patterns seen in the rest of the nation and even worldwide. The only definitive factor that makes a substantive difference is how much community members stay physically isolated from one another, he said.

Additionally, Dr. Ansorg went on to scold residents who are not taking this seriously after witnessing people in his own neighborhood hosting large gatherings. 

"If you are meeting up with local family or friends, I urge you to discontinue these behaviors. Discontinue gatherings immediately, they are not safe at this time and can lead to the unintentional spread of illness," said Dr. Ansorg.

Due to the infectious nature of COVID-19, PHD states they have been planning over the weekend and came up with scenarios of what to expect for the near future as it relates to illnesses, hospitalizations and healthcare needs in Santa Barbara County. This information has yet to be provided.

In Ventura County, there have been 4 deaths with 28 hospitalizations. Overall the county has 126 cases with 106 of them active.

San Luis Obispo is reporting 77 cases with 7 hospitalizations and 43 active cases. 

The full press conference is available here

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a-1585659179 Mar 31, 2020 05:52 AM
Coronavirus Patients Reach 99 with 11 in the ICU

They are prepared to handle a lot and have changed many areas of the hospital to isolation units but have only about 50 vents, definitely need more as things progress! They are trying hard to keep employees healthy by screening them all at each entrance, partnering with local hotels for them to lodge at and helping with childcare.

a-1585674808 Mar 31, 2020 10:13 AM
Coronavirus Patients Reach 99 with 11 in the ICU

Geez, that is not a lot. If ICU patients also double every 3 days, that buys us less than 12 days until we are out of ventilators in Santa Barbara, assuming all ICU patients need one and that the 49 actually arrive functioning.

sbmh2015 Mar 30, 2020 06:49 PM
Coronavirus Patients Reach 99 with 11 in the ICU

Can someone from Edhat check the numbers ? 49 recovering at home, 14 in hospital and 19 recovered isn't 88; it's 82. I'll write to SBC public health too.

a-1585659233 Mar 31, 2020 05:53 AM
Coronavirus Patients Reach 99 with 11 in the ICU

Overall there are 14 people hospitalized with 10 patients in the ICU. There are 49 patients recovering at home, 19 fully recovered, and 6 are pending an update. That equals 88

a-1585622616 Mar 30, 2020 07:43 PM
Coronavirus Patients Reach 99 with 11 in the ICU

I wonder where the hospitalized patients are? I think everyone assumes they are at Cottage downtown, maybe they are, or maybe they are in Goleta. But I would hope cases are being treated in North County as well to lessen the burden.

EastBeach Mar 31, 2020 01:29 AM
Coronavirus Patients Reach 99 with 11 in the ICU

Dr. Ansorg said a doubling of cases every three days. IF THAT KEEPS UP, it's a classic base 2 exponential that increments the exponent by one every three days ... 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, 128, 256, 512, 1024, 2048, 4096, 8192 .... and so on. Every digital engineer recognizes that math. I hope that curve won't sustain and flattens out!

Shasta Guy Mar 31, 2020 06:18 AM
Coronavirus Patients Reach 99 with 11 in the ICU

The last two weeks were our dry run for staying at home and social distancing. Those who ignored it will be the ones getting sick now. The number of the infected should explode in our community in the next two weeks. Do not let your guard down. Treat every object outside of your control as something that will make you sick if you touch your face. Give wide berth to people outside of your home. If your hear a cough or a sneeze from the direction you were going to go to, turn around and go the other way. Hopefully in a few weeks we’ll be able to hug all our friends again.

Potif Apr 02, 2020 09:04 PM
Coronavirus Patients Reach 99 with 11 in the ICU

Hope you’re doing well with all your hand washing ;) Hope you’re following your wife’s (and my) advice about lotion. Hope she has some without a ‘feminine’ scent... LOL If not, it may help with people avoiding you!!! Be well :)

SBRoses Mar 31, 2020 08:21 AM
Coronavirus Patients Reach 99 with 11 in the ICU

Seems like all the new cases have come from North County according to this list? What is going on there? Did they just get a batch of tests back and SB is still waiting, or is the bulk of this shifting north?

a-1585674544 Mar 31, 2020 10:09 AM
Coronavirus Patients Reach 99 with 11 in the ICU

Nothing is "shifting" anywhere, this is only the beginning. It will explode in South County too, not enough people are taking social distancing seriously. Give it a week or two.

Hillary Hauser Mar 31, 2020 09:52 AM
Coronavirus Patients Reach 99 with 11 in the ICU

Question: are Public Health Officials tracing every contact made by the unfortunate patients? Wuhan achieved fast flattening of curve by going after EVERY person in contact with someone with Covid-19. If Public Health can't reveal because of Hippo oath, then can we encourage patients to "come out" as did Tom Hanks, Jackson Brown, Chris Cuomo and other celebrities - so that we can all check to see if we might have been exposed? Secrecy by Public Health is NOT a good practice in a pandemic!

a-1585674476 Mar 31, 2020 10:07 AM
Coronavirus Patients Reach 99 with 11 in the ICU

At this point that doesn't matter, because we are ALL supposed to be staying in and practicing social distancing when we must go out. Tracing contact is a huge time commitment for even one person - and how far do you take it? Figure out who has been in contact with someone who has been in contact with someone who has been in contact with someone who has it? (No that's not a typo, tracing gets complicated really fast!) If you take it even just 3 degrees of contact deep, and each person has been in contact with 10 other people, that's 10x10x10 = 1000 people to track down, just to tell them to stay inside and quarantine (like they should already be doing). For each patient. It's just about impossible at this point, and a bad use of resources in my opinion.

sacjon Mar 31, 2020 10:44 AM
Coronavirus Patients Reach 99 with 11 in the ICU

10:07 - Maybe tracing contacts is useless now, but at least letting us know where the person has been recently could give us some fair warning as to where to stay away from. If they said they were in Costco 2 days ago, trying on sweaters or smelling fruits, for example, then we'd know it's probably not safe to be doing that. I don't know, but ANYTHING to give us tips or warnings about bad places would help. It's impossible to avoid ALL outdoor activity as most of us still need to get groceries, etc. Any help would be great!

a-1585673592 Mar 31, 2020 09:53 AM
Coronavirus Patients Reach 99 with 11 in the ICU

Selecting who gets ventilators based on age or disability or religion or color of skin, or social status, is against the law. Civil rights kick in here.

x01660 Mar 31, 2020 09:59 AM
Coronavirus Patients Reach 99 with 11 in the ICU

I'm playing Devil's advocate; in an emergency, who gets the ventillator? Is it first come, first serve? In the military, and in all field medicine, you have triage. When supplies are low or minimal, you have to decide who is most likely to make it, and that's who you prioritize. So does the Combat Medic work on the guy who's leg is blown off below the knee, or the guy with a hole through his chest? It seems hyperbolic, but the supply situation is just that right now. And unfortunately in triage, some of the decisions violate the letter of the law of our civil rights.
THIS IS WHY YOU NEED TO STAY HOME!!!!!

a-1585675044 Mar 31, 2020 10:17 AM
Coronavirus Patients Reach 99 with 11 in the ICU

9:53: You must have gone to college or something. Civil rights, schmizzle rights. It's jungle law now....protect yourself, protect your family, and protect your property. Above all, remain calm.

x01660 Mar 31, 2020 10:34 AM
Coronavirus Patients Reach 99 with 11 in the ICU

Also, and this is a BIG one; you mentioned your civil "rights". Do you know what the co-requesite of "rights" are? Responsibility. You CANNOT have rights without responsibility. Such as, in the case of this pandemic, your social and civic RESPONSIBILITY to abide by health directives in times of a public health crisis. Then you can discuss your civil "rights" as it comes to life saving measures, as provided by said society.

surfbum Mar 31, 2020 09:26 PM
Coronavirus Patients Reach 99 with 11 in the ICU

The guy with the hole in his chest will probably die. The one with the leg blown off has a better chance of surviving. So in this game of musical chairs, who loses their seat?

Shasta Guy Mar 31, 2020 09:36 PM
Coronavirus Patients Reach 99 with 11 in the ICU

I believe it was in Italy last week that because of the severe shortage of respirators, only those under 60 were getting them. They had to ration them only for younger people. Such desperate times.

x01660 Apr 01, 2020 09:46 AM
Coronavirus Patients Reach 99 with 11 in the ICU

And that's exactly my point. So now lets translate that to the current situation; does the medical team in the hospital put the 75 year old, chronic smoker with COPD who came FIRST to the hospital on the ventilator, or their 18 year old, (previously) perfectly healthy grandchild that BROUGHT THE VIRUS HOME, that ended up in the same hospital 2 days later? Who makes that decision and then has to live with it? Not our civil rights activists or SJWs.... But doctors and nurses and other health care professionals. THIS IS WHY YOU NEED TO LISTEN TO PUBLIC HEALTH DIRECTIVES AND THE THE FRICK HOME!!!!!! These aren't hypotheticals anymore. And its REALLY apparent the people that have NEVER suffered or gone without. As Cypher from the Matrix would say" Buckle up, Dorothy, 'cause Kansas is going bye-bye..."

a-1585678119 Mar 31, 2020 11:08 AM
Coronavirus Patients Reach 99 with 11 in the ICU

Heh, all this numbers are useless. I don't know what kind of symptoms you need to have to get tested. I have mild symptoms which are in line with COVID-19, Sansum declined to test me, just told me to stay home for 2 weeks. Tests for everyone, huh?

sacjon Mar 31, 2020 11:12 AM
Coronavirus Patients Reach 99 with 11 in the ICU

11:08 - If you have symptoms PLEASE stay home. If there are others in your house, please stay in a separate room. Assume you have it, and stay away from everyone so it doesn't spread.

a-1585701603 Mar 31, 2020 05:40 PM
Coronavirus Patients Reach 99 with 11 in the ICU

And my reply to you got deleted. Great. Point of this message is not that I want to get instructed what to do, but that I might be a carrier, however local healthcare denies to test me. Media and the president lie about "tests available to everyone". IT can be deleted again, but truth must be heard. Real numbers are much higher, it is not possible to get tested unless you have serious case or a politician/celebrity.

PitMix Mar 31, 2020 11:28 AM
Coronavirus Patients Reach 99 with 11 in the ICU

As someone else said, the testing situation is so pathetic that the number of confirmed cases is meaningless to the levels that are actually out there in the community. But maybe it is possible to estimate the infections based on the hospitalizations? In China approximately 20% of the infecteds were severe or critical requiring hospitalization. So if we have 14 people hospitalized and that is 20% of the cases, the number of community cases would be 14/0.2 or 70. That is at least consistent with the reported number of cases. Because it takes some time for people to become sick enough to go to the hospital, this number may rise rapidly.

Potif Mar 31, 2020 10:52 PM
Coronavirus Patients Reach 99 with 11 in the ICU

I know it helps to get the test, and get a negative result. But, without continuing precautions, you can still be infected with the virus AFTER you have the test done. Still need to be cautious, and aware of possible symptoms.

Minibeast Mar 31, 2020 12:36 PM
Coronavirus Patients Reach 99 with 11 in the ICU

Trevor Noah interviewed CA Governor Gavin Newsom. 16 hours ago. We are **so lucky** to have our intelligent, capable, calm Governor. Newsom talks about renaming it "physical distancing" and what happened with ventilators shipped to CA. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=trgb5TftaRE

yacht rocked Mar 31, 2020 08:11 PM
Coronavirus Patients Reach 99 with 11 in the ICU

You may be more at risk of catching the virus if you ask to be tested and then wait in a crowded room with other potential patients than if you just stay home. This is a great time to stay the hell away from Cottage, Sansum, or any other virus focal point.

Kruppe Mar 31, 2020 08:34 PM
Coronavirus Patients Reach 99 with 11 in the ICU

I saw a bunch of IV girls this morning, a fairly big group of 6-8 walking around El-Collegio without a care in the world, literally arm in arm. When will these idiots learn? Youth is wasted on the young.

PitMix Apr 01, 2020 11:31 AM
Coronavirus Patients Reach 99 with 11 in the ICU

Instinct for self preservation doesn't develop in young brains until age 25 or so. That's why young men are willing to go to war for us. Silly to expect mature behavior in most youngsters- be grateful for the ones that are acting maturely.

x01660 Apr 01, 2020 01:18 PM
Coronavirus Patients Reach 99 with 11 in the ICU

That's a bold statement; I'd LOVE to see some citations for that "fact". As I've mentioned in pervious posts, the age of the people is a correlation (and a strong one at that), but NOT the cause. The cause is the fact that MOST mainstream, young people in this country have never had their way of life threatened before. Its always "someone else will take care of it". Older people have lived through WWII and Korea, and got drafted into Vietnam. But since then, the US has been on top. And attitudes of young people that only READ about strife (if they're taught at all, but a discussion about the efficacy of the American education system is a WHOLE other conversation), but never lived it is shaped by that fact. So they're taking this situation with that same arrogance. Their bubble is being popped, and we ALL pay the consequences.

Shasta Guy Mar 31, 2020 09:22 PM
Coronavirus Patients Reach 99 with 11 in the ICU

My grandfather survived the Spanish Flu in 1918, he lost everything in the crash of 1929, and before all that he was on a Navy ship headed for trenches in France in WWI, but the war ended during the crossing. I always thought such events would never happen again, but we’re living them again real-time.

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