Wednesday Update: 228 Total Coronavirus Cases
By edhat staff
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.