Two More Deaths and 28 New Cases of COVID-19

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Source: Santa Barbara County Public Health Department
June 2, 2020

Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) is reporting the thirteenth and fourteenth deaths among individuals who tested positive for COVID-19. One individual resided in the City of Lompoc and was in their 70’s with underlying health conditions. The other individual was a person incarcerated at the Federal Prison in Lompoc and was in their 50’s with no underlying health conditions. As of today, there are 1,697 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Santa Barbara County, 979 cases are at the Federal Prison in Lompoc, and 718 are community cases, and 1,559 have fully recovered.

“We are saddened by the loss of both of these individuals and express our condolences to their loved ones and communities. As we continue to battle the spread of COVID-19, we ask community members to continue doing their part by wearing facial coverings while in public and continued physical distancing,” said Henning Ansorg MD, Santa Barbara County Public Health Officer.

Although most cases of COVID-19 exhibit mild or moderate symptoms, PHD recommends additional measures to prevent exposure among vulnerable people, including the elderly and those with underlying health conditions (such as diabetes, cancer, immunodeficiency, asthma, COPD and others). PHD recommends that residents, especially those who are vulnerable:

  • Stay home when possible
  • When engaging in tasks away from home, remain six feet away from others and wear a facial covering.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water regularly.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

For general questions about COVID-19 and precautions currently recommended by Santa Barbara County Public Health, residents may call the Santa Barbara County Call Center at (833)-688-5551.  The Call Center is open weekdays (except for holidays) from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.


Source: Santa Barbara County Public Health Department

On May 20, 2020 Santa Barbara County’s Attestation and Reopening Plan was approved by the State of California. The Attestation included the County’s ability to reopen while keeping COVID-19 cases low enough to be swiftly contained.  Today, Santa Barbara County Public Health is releasing a dashboard to the public that keeps track of the metrics that Santa Barbara County agreed to maintain in order to stay open and to continue to reopen in the coming weeks.

Highlights of the dashboard include the following:

  • A hospital stabilization metric to demonstrate whether the County meets the 7-day average of less than 5% daily percent change
  • A testing results metric that demonstrate that the testing positivity over the past 7 days is less than 8%
  • A testing capacity metric demonstrating a minimum daily testing of 1.5 per 1000 residents
  • A hospital capacity metric demonstrating a local capacity to accommodate a minimum surge of 35%
  • Personal Protective Gear Metric that shows the availability of disinfectant supplies and protective gear for Stage One Essential Workers
  • Separate case rate details for the Federal Corrections Institution in Lompoc

Data metrics coming soon include:

  • A containment capacity metric demonstrating at least 15 contact tracers per 100,000 residents and availability of temporary housing units to shelter at least 15% of county residents experiencing homelessness in case of an outbreak amount the population
  • Vulnerable populations metrics with coordination criteria and that demonstrates that skilled nursing facilities have more than 14-day supply of PPE on hand for staff

The dashboard provides recent data and is recalculated daily.  It is not meant to track the progress of the virus over the course of the pandemic but rather provide a snapshot of the most recent data.

To view the dashboard, please visit Santa Barbara County’s Coronavirus Website. For general questions about COVID-19 and guidance, residents may call the Santa Barbara County Call Center at (833) 688-5551.

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mark snyder Jun 04, 2020 05:46 PM
Two More Deaths and 28 New Cases of COVID-19

OSAGE BEACH, Mo. -- No additional cases of the new coronavirus have been reported stemming from the crowded pool parties at Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks over the Memorial Day weekend, the state's top health official said.
Camden County Health Department reported Friday that a person from Boone County who had attended the parties tested positive for the virus.

Shasta Guy Jun 04, 2020 08:12 AM
Two More Deaths and 28 New Cases of COVID-19

@7:49 am: 1100 cases for LA county is not necessarily a spike. You need to provide a link to show the relevance of that figure to the case trend for LA county. I’d do it myself but I’m off to work. I believe there is a website run by the state that has the virus trend for every county. By the 4th of July we’ll find out if all the protests lead to spikes in cases in the big cities.

biguglystick Jun 03, 2020 11:51 AM
Two More Deaths and 28 New Cases of COVID-19

We will see a spike. Just watch. Everyone flocking to stores, restaurants and hair salons? NO thank you. Stay safe, everyone, this thing is still happening. Riots and Trump didn't cancel the virus.

sacjon Jun 04, 2020 01:06 PM
Two More Deaths and 28 New Cases of COVID-19

MTNDRIVER - thanks for the "reality check," but I was referring to the previous weekends during the heatwave where tons of people were flocking to the beaches and prompted the closure of the Orange Co. beaches. Remember that? Yeah, that's what I was talking about.

a-1591226453 Jun 03, 2020 04:20 PM
Two More Deaths and 28 New Cases of COVID-19

SACJON and 1:31pm: Perhaps not a "spike" in the way you're thinking, but since 2-3 weeks ago, daily new cases in California are trending upward. The data doesn't lie.

a-1591216278 Jun 03, 2020 01:31 PM
Two More Deaths and 28 New Cases of COVID-19

SACJON everyone said we'd see a spike after the lockdown protests too - did that happen? Not sure why the same people crying and screaming about those protests now are changing their tune. Not that much time has passed and the virus is still around and still as contagious with the same symptoms.

sacjon Jun 03, 2020 01:25 PM
Two More Deaths and 28 New Cases of COVID-19

BIGUGLY - everyone was saying we'd see a spike after that weekend where everyone flocked to the beaches a month ago. No spike. Maybe, just maybe, this is not as bad as we all thought. I'm still social distancing, wearing a mask, and not letting my kids play with groups of more than 1 kid at a time under our supervision, but I think it might be time to start relaxing a little. I can't keep my kids away from school, sports, friends much longer. It's time to live, carefully and safely, but live nonetheless!

a-1591205911 Jun 03, 2020 10:38 AM
Two More Deaths and 28 New Cases of COVID-19

The dashboard at that link tells 10000x more of a story than these press releases in paragraph form. We are talking about numbers, SBCPHD, no need for the narrative. Yesterday was the biggest increase in total cases we have seen in over 2 weeks. Expect a spike. With all the traveling and naughty mask behavior going on the past week, it is more important now than ever to wear your mask vigilantly in public.

goletaspring Jun 03, 2020 07:19 AM
Two More Deaths and 28 New Cases of COVID-19

It's not 2 new cases, it was 2 deaths, and 28 new cases. New cases seem to be continually drifting up... people are not being as vigilant and that combined with the protests is going to be telling in the next few weeks :( Even though they admit we don't meet the state standards for opening up, the BOS is twisting themselves in knots with excuses on why we still qualify... I guess we'll have to see how that goes.

DBD Jun 03, 2020 04:56 PM
Two More Deaths and 28 New Cases of COVID-19

Active cases is what i have been following. From what i can gather on the graph, the number of confirmed infected people who could be out n about in our towns is down 65% from two weeks ago. 391 vs 134. Anyone else reading it like this?

420722 Jun 02, 2020 11:22 PM
Two More Deaths and 28 New Cases of COVID-19

Only 2 cases for Santa Barbara. That is not a spike. Santa Maria has been a hot spot for this flu the whole time so that’s not new news either.

Potif Jun 05, 2020 06:08 PM
Two More Deaths and 28 New Cases of COVID-19

420722 — Among other things, Covid19 can cause embolisms (clots). It also attacks the lining of the blood vessels, and has shown to damage liver, heart, and kidneys. Even in people with ‘mild’ cases. Doesn’t sound like the flu to me.

420722 Jun 03, 2020 01:48 AM
Two More Deaths and 28 New Cases of COVID-19

Same exact symptoms. If it walks like a flu, talks like a flu...although it may be caused by a different virus, both are infectious respiratory illness. Now back in the bunker you go.

ChemicalSuperFreak Jun 02, 2020 11:34 PM
Two More Deaths and 28 New Cases of COVID-19

2 cases today, yes, but 15 in the last week for Santa Barbara. Spike? Maybe. Also, coronavirus is not influenza. I'm on your side as far as opening up, but let's just be honest about these numbers and language.

a-1591155725 Jun 02, 2020 08:42 PM
Two More Deaths and 28 New Cases of COVID-19

Big spike. No one seems to give an F that healthy people can die to. As long as they can get their hair cut and go to the gym, they don't care at all. Following their blind leader.

a-1591246914 Jun 03, 2020 10:01 PM
Two More Deaths and 28 New Cases of COVID-19

You need more facts before commenting. 99.xx% of healthy people do not die from this. They won't even know they have it. Being out and about is still MUCH healthier than locked at home 24/7.

LnOfan Jun 03, 2020 10:24 PM
Two More Deaths and 28 New Cases of COVID-19

Covid is still around...Many of the protesters photographed were wearing masks. There are many variables to take in, but hopefully wearing masks during the protest will help prevent a steep spike in CV-19 during these times when protests are much needed.

a-1591247052 Jun 03, 2020 10:04 PM
Two More Deaths and 28 New Cases of COVID-19

There will be an uptick on paper, because that is what those reporting it want you to think. In reality, it is not anywhere as bad as the reports sound. Notice how it is hardly in the news now - the protests have taken over. Something to make you look the other way while something else is happening.

Get over it Jun 02, 2020 07:56 PM
Two More Deaths and 28 New Cases of COVID-19

The same people who were adamantly against going out of their house are just fine with protesting. Between opening up and all this, there has to be an uptick. It will be blamed on Businesses though.

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