Wednesday Update: 228 Total Coronavirus Cases

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Wednesday Update: 228 Total Coronavirus Cases
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On Wednesday, Santa Barbara County Public Health (PHD) announced 10 new cases drawing the total confirmed COVID-19 count to 228 within the county.

SBC Public Health Numbers

The ages of the 10 new cases range from their 30s to over 70. Of the 228 total confirmed patients, 112 are recovering at home, 69 have fully recovered, 37 are hospitalized with 17 of those in the intensive care unit (ICU), 8 are pending, and there have been 2 deaths. The full set of data on each patient can be found here.

Santa Barbara County Public Health Officer Dr. Henning Ansorg stated that as we continue to see an increase of confirmed cases throughout the county, it is following a linear pathway and has not evolved into an exponential pattern, which he was initially worried about.

"The fact that our numbers are increasing along such a linear path is reassuring and is a direct result of our community's concerted effort to slow down the spread of the novel-coronavirus and flatten the curve of cases," said Dr. Ansorg. "With this development, I now can comfortably state that we as a county are meeting our ongoing goal with our efforts to limit the spread as much as possible in our geographic area."

Dr. Ansorg reminded the community not to waiver and continue to wear a face covering, stay home, practice social distancing and good hygiene.

Clarification of Penn Modeling

Chair of the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors Gregg Hart and Santa Barbara County Health Department Director Dr. Van Do-Reynoso clarified questions regarding the Penn Model used at Tuesday's Supervisor meeting

"The most important take away [from the model presentation] was to show the powerful effectiveness physical distancing can have on stopping the spread of the virus, flattening the infection curve, and reducing the patient surge to our medical system," said County Supervisor Gregg Hart.

He continued to emphasize the graphs were intended to illustrate how different levels of physical distancing can dramatically flatten the infection curve and potentially match up the capacity with our medical system. The graphs show a direct connection between what each of us is doing to stop the spread of the virus and the lives that will be saved if we continue and even get better at social distancing.

"This is very good news," said Hart. "The more we reduce infections, the better our medical system can treat patients. It's that simple."

Dr. Do-Reynoso also emphasized the nature of models is not for rigid predictions but instead as planning tools. Based on the model, it's clear how much social distancing impacts the capacity of healthcare facilities, and that's what they're planning for. She stated the model will produce different dates as real-time data is continuously updated. 

Cottage Health Numbers

Below is a status update as of April 8, 2020. 

·         Cottage is caring for 135 patients; 238 beds remain available.  

·         In surge planning, capacity is identified for adding 270 acute care beds.

·         Of the 135 patients, 13 patients are on ventilators; 47 ventilators remain available (adult, pediatric and neonatal ventilators)

·         Of the 135 patients, 14 patients are in isolation with confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis.

·         Of the 14 patients in isolation, 7 patients are in critical care.

·         Cottage has collected 1,428 cumulative test samples: 111 resulted in positive, 1,219 resulted in negative, and 98 are pending

Ventura and SLO Counties

As of Wednesday evening, Ventura County is reporting 20 new cases for a total of 263 confirmed cases. Of the 263, there are 96 recovered cases, 52 that were ever hospitalized with 17 of those currently in the ICU, 160 under home quarantine, and 7 deaths. Of the 7 deaths, 5 were people in their 70s and 2 were in their 80s, all with preexisting health conditions.

In San Luis Obispo County, there are 102 confirmed cases with 25 recovering at home, 73 fully recovered, 3 in the ICU, and 1 death.

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ChemicalSuperFreak Apr 08, 2020 06:06 PM
Wednesday Update: 228 Total Coronavirus Cases

The following infected individual appears to have been conveniently left off the list of new cases in the county, presumably because the student took their items and left town. Being positive, anywhere in this town, for any length of time, should count in my opinion. This part of a letter that Chancellor Henry Yang sent out to the UCSB community today:
April 7, 2020
Dear Members of Our Campus Community,
I am writing to share that our campus has been informed of what seems to be the first case of COVID-19 among our student population. A student who left campus on Tuesday, March 17, for spring break has reported testing positive for COVID-19. During the break, the student reported experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19. Following two weeks of self-quarantine and over a week with no symptoms, the student returned to campus on Friday, April 3, for about two hours in order to remove personal belongings from their room in Santa Cruz Residence Hall. After returning home, the student received notice that they tested positive.
The student’s visit to campus on April 3 was brief, and they reported not interacting with or coming into contact with anyone from our campus. The student, whose roommates left campus prior to spring break, reported spending time in their residence only, wearing a face covering, diligently practicing social distancing, washing and sanitizing hands frequently, and touching only their own personal belongings. We are cleaning and sanitizing both the student’s room and the common areas, and we have contacted public health officials.

ChemicalSuperFreak Apr 09, 2020 01:36 PM
Wednesday Update: 228 Total Coronavirus Cases

Because the residence hall is within Isla Vista (IV), and the total count of confirmed cases in IV didn't change upon this announcement.

ChemicalSuperFreak Apr 08, 2020 07:25 PM
Wednesday Update: 228 Total Coronavirus Cases

My problem is that the time frame described doesn't add up. Including Mar. 17 and Apr. 3, the student is gone from the residence hall for 18 days, yet it's described in that 18 days that they leave and become sick, spend two weeks quarantined AND one week without symptoms. Just the quarantine and week without symptoms is 21 days, which is more days than they were supposedly out of the residence hall. That's just the start of my problem with this letter. Clearly there's a concern on the part of the university about the activities of this possibly still infectious student or they wouldn't be sanitizing, contacting public health officials, and sending out the email. It appears they're bracing for the possibility this infected student may have infected others in the community, hence my opinion that this case should be added to the total. Most people on Edhat, and the country in general, state they want more testing, and that officials have failed on that, and now we have a positive that you don't should be counted?

Get over it Apr 08, 2020 06:49 PM
Wednesday Update: 228 Total Coronavirus Cases

conveniently left off the list? Is this a contest or something? Oh no, the is only 228 people when there should be 229!! Out of the entire county thanks to everyone's compliance and sacrifice.


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