Two More Deaths and 28 New Cases of COVID-19
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.
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY COVID-19 REOPENING METRICS DASHBOARD
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.