Thursday Update: 243 Total Coronavirus Cases

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Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown displaying new signs for public spaces

By edhat staff

Santa Barbara County Public Health Officials (PHD) confirmed and additional 15 cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) on Thursday, bringing the county's total to 243.

Of the 243 total cases, 113 are recovering at home, 69 have fully recovered, 40 are hospitalized with 18 of those in the intensive care unit (ICU), 9 are pending, and 2 have died. As of Thursday, 37 healthcare workers contracted COVID-19 and are included in the total number of cases.

The 15 new cases include patients ranging in age from their 20s to 50s. PHD Director Dr. Van Do-Reynoso stated more demographic data of the cases will be available next week. Current details on each case are available here.

Of the 15 cases, 10 are inmates who contracted the infection from the outbreak at the Federal Corrections Institute in Lompoc. PHD Director Dr. Van Do-Reynoso confirmed they are in constant communication with officials at the Lompoc Prison and are consulting with officials on how to set up a medical center on prison grounds.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff Brown reminded community members not to gather during the holiday weekend. He stated new signs will be posted in public parks and beaches reminding people not to congregate and to stay at least 6 feet away from one another. 

Brown also emphasized the importance of recognizing domestic abuse and reporting it to authorities. "If you see or hear something, say something by calling 911," said Brown. More information about domestic violence and abuse resources can be found here.

Cottage Health Numbers

Below is a status update as of April 9, 2020.  

·         Cottage Health is caring for a total of 172 patients across all campuses.

·         129 are acute care patients; 244 acute care beds remain available.  

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

·         Of the 129 patients, 13 patients are on ventilators; 47 ventilators remain available (adult, pediatric and neonatal ventilators)

·         Of the 129 patients, 13 patients are in isolation with confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis.

·         Of the 13 patients in isolation, 8 patients are in critical care.

·         Cottage has collected 1,514 cumulative test samples: 116 resulted in positive, 1,276 resulted in negative, and 122 are pending

Ventura & SLO Counties

As of Thursday, San Luis Obispo County is reporting 104 confirmed cases. Of the 104 cases, 25 are recovering at home, 75 have fully recovered, 3 are hospitalized, and 1 person has died.

Ventura County is reporting 11 new cases with 274 total cases. Of the 274, 159 are under quarantine at home, 108 have recovered, 54 cases were ever hospitalized with 18 in the ICU, and there have been 7 deaths.

 Ventura County Public Health Officer Doctor Robert Levin has enhanced the Stay Well At Home Order to save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19 in the County of Ventura.

"The Stay Well At Home Order has been updated to further help save lives and protect our community. I am asking that everyone avoid leaving their homes for anything except the most urgent matters. And when you do leave, please make sure to cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face covering if you will be around others, maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from everyone else, and frequently wash your hands. If you are ill, please self-isolate and if you are a close contact of someone who is positive for COVID-19, please self-quarantine for 14 days," said Dr. Levin.

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Shasta Guy Apr 11, 2020 08:10 AM
Thursday Update: 243 Total Coronavirus Cases

Interesting results from a study in Germany. Out of a randomly selected group of 1000 people in a single town, 15% tested positive for Covid-19 suggesting there are many already infected either without showing any symptoms or did not develop the full blown illness. Maybe more of us have had this already, but we were without symptoms or what we had was so mild we didn’t know it was Covid-19. We simply won’t know until there is substantial antibody testing. ***

SantaBarbaraObserver Apr 11, 2020 09:20 AM
Thursday Update: 243 Total Coronavirus Cases

Shasta, there was a virus going around in Dec,Jan, Feb, that had the symptoms you describe, many people had it. I did. It was not Covid19, it was a rather innocuous virus with the symptoms you describe. If it had been Covid19, almost everyone in SB would have been infected, and many, many, many people would have ended up in the ER. Just think about the virility and contagiousness of Covid19 for bit before you get stuck on your theory... How many people did you come in contact with during that timeframe? 1000's? Thankfully, it was not Covid19.

a-1586577146 Apr 10, 2020 08:52 PM
Thursday Update: 243 Total Coronavirus Cases

So many folks out today - I'm required at work, so I do get out, but I see a lot of people (granted with masks recently) but it sure doesn't seem people are taking the stay inside advice very seriously.

Chip of SB Apr 11, 2020 08:01 PM
Thursday Update: 243 Total Coronavirus Cases

People are sick and tired of being cooped up and will not tolerate it any longer. Traffic on the freeway is increasing every day, and more and more people are going out and about. This trend will continue to accelerate until life returns to normal. I would expect businesses to start opening again within another week or two. Continuing with "social isolation" is untenable. The government will not be able to prop up the economy much longer, and even if it could there is no way to compel compliance that is compatible with our constitution and legal traditions.

a-1586573102 Apr 10, 2020 07:45 PM
Thursday Update: 243 Total Coronavirus Cases

Washington (AFP) - A new study examining air samples from hospital wards with COVID-19 patients has found the virus can travel up to 13 feet (four meters) -- twice the distance current guidelines say people should leave between themselves in public.
The preliminary results of the investigation by Chinese researchers were published Friday in Emerging Infectious Diseases, a journal of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
They add to a growing debate on how the disease is transmitted, with the scientists themselves cautioning that the small quantities of virus they found at this distance are not necessarily infectious.

macpuzl Apr 10, 2020 07:18 PM
Thursday Update: 243 Total Coronavirus Cases

The new narrative being pushed by the cons is that the epidemiological models were wrong, and that the flattening of the curve is all because of some mythical herd immunity built up from an earlier stealthy presence of the virus in the populace, during which time it was somehow miraculously less deadly. Dimly recalled, normal winter coughs and colds are now, in hindsight, oddly reminiscent of mild COVID-19 symptoms (which are pretty broad).

Shasta Guy Apr 10, 2020 05:56 PM
Thursday Update: 243 Total Coronavirus Cases

Let’s compare NYC and SF with respect to today’s reported numbers and normalized to the population of each city. ***********Positive Covid-19 tests & Deaths. *********** NYC: 87,028 pos & 5,150 deaths. ********** SF: 787 pos & 13 deaths. ********** Population Metro NYC: 18,804,000. *********** Population SF: 883,000. ************ NYC cases & deaths per million: 4,628 & 27. ************* SF cases & deaths per million: 891 & 15. ******** With respect to positive cases there might be something different going on in SF.

Potif Apr 11, 2020 02:17 AM
Thursday Update: 243 Total Coronavirus Cases

Not able to look up the correct New York City population (Internet problems), but perhaps this plays into the statistics... A whole lot of people who (normally) work in San Francisco, don’t live there, and may not be counted in the San Francisco totals. There are MANY much smaller ‘bedroom’ cities and communities all around San Francisco that they may not be including, who are actually people who were infected in San Francisco.

Pugluvr1912 Apr 10, 2020 02:32 PM
Thursday Update: 243 Total Coronavirus Cases

New York is literally digging trenches to bury some of their dead. Please take this seriously, or Santa Barbara could start doing the same

Coolio Apr 10, 2020 01:35 PM
Thursday Update: 243 Total Coronavirus Cases

I know someone in Norcal who was having symptoms in mid March. He wanted to get tested but the doctor told him to just self-isolate. He recovered but recently started having kidney issues (blood in urine). He contacted his doctor again and doctor had him get tested and he tested positive. Doctor told him this disease can cause serious kidney problems. The disease also attacks the kidneys, not just the lungs in many who test positive which I was not aware. Scary stuff!

LooseCannon Apr 10, 2020 12:07 PM
Thursday Update: 243 Total Coronavirus Cases

The big electronic sign on the 101 near La Cumbre says all beach parking and state parks are closed. Can anyone confirm this? Parking at Hendry's, Ledbetter, etc.? Is this draconian action just intended for the Easter weekend or it is indefinite? Anyone know?

Pugluvr1912 Apr 10, 2020 02:43 PM
Thursday Update: 243 Total Coronavirus Cases

New signs have been posted at county parks and beaches reminding visitors of the state’s social distancing order, which strictly prohibits gatherings of 10 or more people. Even in small groups, the mandate says, keep six feet of distance between yourself and others. Sheriff Brown said rangers and lifeguards will be keeping an eye on things, and violators could be fined up to $1,000

a-1586552092 Apr 10, 2020 01:54 PM
Thursday Update: 243 Total Coronavirus Cases

LOOSE - I think only state beaches and parks are closed. I know they're cracking down this weekend as people tend to have large, outdoor gatherings for Easter. I'll be at the beach walking and enjoying the air and weather. It's easy to do if you keep 10 feet away from others.

LCP112233 Apr 10, 2020 12:48 PM
Thursday Update: 243 Total Coronavirus Cases

State parking lots are indeed closed. But you can park outside and walk in as long as you keep in mind the social distancing. At El Capitan State Beach the parking lot was closed, but we were able to walk in. There was a ranger at the gate, and park rangers as well as game wardens on the beaches making sure everyone was abiding by the new rules.

Pugluvr1912 Apr 10, 2020 12:48 PM
Thursday Update: 243 Total Coronavirus Cases

It’s indefinite I think. And I don’t see it as draconian. We have to keep the community safe. All the state and national parks are closed, that I know for sure.

Chip of SB Apr 10, 2020 12:43 PM
Thursday Update: 243 Total Coronavirus Cases

I have always found that sign to be rather Orwellian. Providing information relevant to freeways would be one thing. Unfortunately, the sign usually says "be a good citizen, obey your government" in so many words. If parking lots for public spaces are closed, I would just park in a nearby neighborhood or similar and walk in. We own the state parks and beaches, and we are free to visit them no matter what the George Orwell freeway sign says.

Shasta Guy Apr 10, 2020 11:55 AM
Thursday Update: 243 Total Coronavirus Cases

It sounds like some of you did not read the article before posting. From the article: *** The Stanford researchers tested 3,200 volunteers at three testing sites in the Bay Area. They are expected to publish the conclusions of their study in several weeks *** This is a Stanford University study of Bay Area people, and the results will be fascinating.

Potif Apr 11, 2020 03:17 AM
Thursday Update: 243 Total Coronavirus Cases

BIGONE — Have you been tested for the virus, or for antibodies to it? What some have described as having had it have listed as ‘proof’ are the same symptoms as those who have had a flu. That is part of the problem, since the symptoms are so similar. And, a person can develop BACTERIAL pneumonia as a secondary infection with the flu, and can usually be treated with antibiotics. But COVID-19 causes VIRAL PNEUMONIA. With NO sure-fire cure or treatment. I wish my internet was working better, as there is a YouTube video I’d give a link to by a doctor, that explains more about if. One of the things I remember that he said is... IF you get to a point where you need to be placed on a ventilator with COVID-19, you probably only have a 30% chance of survival. And also, if you have been infected and have a bad case of it, it causes enough damage, that you will most likely have lung issues for the rest of your life. I’m a retired nurse, and the last thing I want to do is to even be exposed to someone even ‘carrying’ the COVID-19 virus. Yes I am an older person, and have an autoimmune disease... but young, otherwise healthy people have died from it. And/or... perhaps face a life with diminished lung function. And, there was also a comment from someone who said his friend was told by his doctor that the blood in his urine may also be related to serious kidney damage from the COVID-19. That was after he had apparently ‘recovered’ from what he had called in earlier for, and been told by to self-isolate as he did have symptoms of COVID-19 ... THAT makes it even more SCARY. And, worth everything everyone is doing... what is for now... being asked to do. Some other countries aren’t just asking anymore.

Potif Apr 11, 2020 02:32 AM
Thursday Update: 243 Total Coronavirus Cases

XANTUS — That doesn’t take into consideration, the people who work in San Francisco, and we’re infected there, and... then went to their homes in one of the MANY ‘bedroom’ cities, or communities... and were either hospitalized, and/or died. San Francisco isn’t as dense in population as New York. They have high-rises, but nothing compared to New York. And, most people who work in San Francisco don’t also live there. Unlike New York City. I know that some do commute to New York City, but doubt if the percentage is quite the same as San Francisco.

macpuzl Apr 10, 2020 11:06 PM
Thursday Update: 243 Total Coronavirus Cases

Xantus - Your nonsensical reasoning is equivalent to that of the antivaxxers who claim that we should stop vaccinating for measles because so few people come down with it.

Xantus Apr 10, 2020 08:36 PM
Thursday Update: 243 Total Coronavirus Cases

3 deaths.. three. in San Francisco. yes sure total reason to shut down everything.

the people who can actually handle the uncertainty of life would like to get back to their lives now.

macpuzl Apr 10, 2020 07:04 PM
Thursday Update: 243 Total Coronavirus Cases

I'm not 1:57, but what's ridiculous in your posts are the flights of biased fancy you manage to build from a flimsy baseline of false assumptions.

Pugluvr1912 Apr 10, 2020 01:23 PM
Thursday Update: 243 Total Coronavirus Cases

Shasta Guy Apr 10, 2020 01:19 PM
Thursday Update: 243 Total Coronavirus Cases

No fretting here whatsoever. I admire people with the psychic ability to reject something before the researchers have published the data. No new hypothesis is bogus, only unproven. When Stanford, and a complimentary study being performed at USC, publishes their results we’ll see what they have to say. San Francisco is the closest thing CA has to NYC (people packed like sardines, lots of close quarter public transportation, and etc), yet the virus statistics are so completely different. Yes, CA started stay at home, social distancing before NYC, but that may not explain the super low numbers in the city of SF (only 700 positive tests with 10 fatalities). Let’s see what the Stanford Study says about what’s going up there before jumping to conclusions.

EastBeach Apr 10, 2020 01:11 PM
Thursday Update: 243 Total Coronavirus Cases

I think this reports the story nicely with more details and caveats ....

bigone Apr 10, 2020 01:00 PM
Thursday Update: 243 Total Coronavirus Cases

Shasta, don't fret too much about those quoting fake news media outlets to dispute your beliefs, like the SLATE article someone mentioned in this thread. Not too burst anyone's bubble, but SLATE is rated "Far Left" in bias. How in the heck can ANYONE believe these type of "news" and "journalism" outlets any longer since their claims have been debunked so many times over at least the past four years? They are shameful op-eds supporting their agendas, nothing more. I choose to believe that many people have contracted COVID-19 and have fully recovered; based on my and others experiences with this virus, these are facts. No one is claiming complete immunity, but it is time to start considering re-opening small businesses by practicing safe measures. This virus will probably never fully disappear, like regular colds and influenza, and will probable mutate as well. If people think it will, or that a serum will be developed to prevent it, we might as well just live in our own personal caves our entire lives until we die of other causes. Jeez, we still haven't found a serum to stop SARS yet. IMHO, to treat everyone you meet or come in proximity with like a leper is insane, as is keeping our economy shut down much longer. My wife and I had COVID-19 early on - end of story for those who choose to believe travel to and from China last fall could not have possibly brought the virus to the United States far earlier than it was identified.


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