Additional COVID-19 Death and 96 New Cases in Santa Barbara County

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Source: Santa Barbara County Public Health Department

Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) is reporting the twenty-ninth death of a resident who tested positive for COVID-19. The individual resided in the City of Santa Maria and was over 70 years of age. As of today, there are 2,896 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Santa Barbara County, 993 cases are at the Federal Prison in Lompoc, 1,903 are community cases, and 2,292 have fully recovered. PHD is reporting 34 new cases for Saturday, June 27, 54 new cases for Sunday June 28, and 96 new cases for Monday June 29, respectively.

“As we share this information with you, we know there are people across our community who have suffered tremendous loss. We offer our condolences to those mourning the passing of a loved one. Physical distancing and wearing face coverings to slow the spread of this virus and prevent future deaths are so important and are actions all of us can take every day. Each one of us has the power to protect those around us. I hope we all understand how powerful that can be.” said Van Do-Reynoso, Santa Barbara County Public Health Director.

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:

  • Stay home when possible.
  • Remain six feet away from others and wear a facial covering when engaging in tasks away from home.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water regularly.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick. Do not go to work or other places.

 

All local employers and business owners are urged to adhere closely to sector health and safety guidelines. Ensuring a safe environment for both employees and customers is critical to slowing the spread of COVID-19 and assuring that businesses remain safely open during this time. 

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.

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x01660 Jun 30, 2020 07:43 AM
Additional COVID-19 Death and 96 New Cases in Santa Barbara County

“Both for practical reasons and for mathematically verifiable moral reasons, authority and responsibility must be equal - else a balancing takes place as surely as current flows between points of unequal potential. To permit irresponsible authority is to sow disaster; to hold a man responsible for anything he does not control is to behave with blind idiocy. The unlimited democracies were unstable because their citizens were not responsible for the fashion in which they exerted their sovereign authority... other than through the tragic logic of history... No attempt was made to determine whether a voter was socially responsible to the extent of his literally unlimited authority. If he voted the impossible, the disastrous possible happened instead - and responsibility was then forced on him willy-nilly and destroyed both him and his foundationless temple.” -Robert Heinlein, Starship Troopers

MaryTN Jun 30, 2020 07:24 AM
Additional COVID-19 Death and 96 New Cases in Santa Barbara County

To all commenters stating that death rates have not increased to date, remember that death rates are a lagging indicator and therefore we will need to look 2-3 weeks out to assess the death rate occurring as a result of the current increase in positive tests.

a-1594208296 Jun 29, 2020 11:31 PM
Additional COVID-19 Death and 96 New Cases in Santa Barbara County

Monday, 7/29/20. From The New York Times: A "Nightmare Symptom" revealed. -------"Many severely ill patients have developed a terrifying condition that causes nightmarish visions and can have long-lasting consequences. Known as hospital delirium, the phenomenon, which was observed mostly in older people before the pandemic, has struck Covid-19 patients of all ages. Reports suggest that about two-thirds to three-quarters of virus patients who end up in intensive-care units, even for relatively short stays, have experienced the condition. Their hospitalization often provides the perfect combination of elements: long stints on ventilators, heavy sedatives, poor sleep, minimal social interaction. Delirium takes two forms — hyperactive, which leads to paranoid hallucinations and agitation, and hypoactive, which causes internalized visions and confusion. Some people experience both. Recovered virus patients have described thinking they were being abducted or burned alive. Even after their visions go away, the condition can slow the healing process and increase the risk of depression or post-traumatic stress. Older patients can also develop dementia sooner than they otherwise would have, and even die earlier."

Luvaduck Jun 30, 2020 11:47 AM
Additional COVID-19 Death and 96 New Cases in Santa Barbara County

I think it may have to do with a very admirable cultural trait among Hispanics: Inclusiveness of <all> members of the family. The very elderly, sick, physically or mentally disabled aren't farmed out unless absolutely necessary. Other members take shifts to care for them as necessary. They chose to live near each other, chose to congregate with each other, chose to support each other, even the "black sheep". They like to stand closer than many other cultures do, embrace freely. During a pandemic such as we are experiencing now, this works against their health and safety. Santa Maria demographics show this means that community is more vulnerable than many others.

sbdude Jun 29, 2020 10:32 PM
Additional COVID-19 Death and 96 New Cases in Santa Barbara County

The county's dashboard and status reports are nice but they don't have any info on where/how people are likely getting the infection. Did the people go to bars, and if so what bars? Did they attend a protest, go to the gym, go to church, etc.? If for example they discover 25% of the new infections went to a certain establishment or engaged in a certain activity, shouldn't this information be released to the public?

macpuzl Jun 29, 2020 10:06 PM
Additional COVID-19 Death and 96 New Cases in Santa Barbara County

If you're tired of assumptions and speculation: ================================================================================= https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/505142-health-officials-link-surge-in-coronavirus-cases-in-pittsburgh-area-to ================================================================================= https://thehill.com/changing-america/well-being/medical-advances/504043-black-lives-matter-protests-have-not-led-to ================================================================================= https://www.nber.org/papers/w27408.pdf

dw2000 Jun 30, 2020 12:14 PM
Additional COVID-19 Death and 96 New Cases in Santa Barbara County

And its funny because that same person is a known germaphobe who has more preventative measures in place than anybody. Less need to wear a mask when you literally test/screen everyone before they come in contact with you and have a team sanitizing everywhere around you constantly.

Shasta Guy Jun 29, 2020 09:30 PM
Additional COVID-19 Death and 96 New Cases in Santa Barbara County

No single news article summarizes the extent of the protests in California, but this Wikipedia link chronicles the attendance of the protests in the entire state. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Floyd_protests_in_California *** in some instances they give exact numbers, and in others estimates. If you assume “dozens” = 50, “hundreds” = 500, and “thousands” to be 5000, then I get a ballpark estimate of 120,000 to 130,000 people participating in protests around the first week of June. The rough breakdown would 60K in Northern California, and 70K for Southern California. That’s a lot of people in close proximity to each other while not taking all the prpoer precautions to keep the virus to themselves. To say the protests are not a factor in case surge since the 1st week of June is naive. Since the wiki entry summarizes protest counts by county it would be possible correlate them to the CA Covid County numbers.

sacjon Jun 30, 2020 05:40 PM
Additional COVID-19 Death and 96 New Cases in Santa Barbara County

420722 - you're so gleeful and proud of you irresponsible activities and flagrant disregard for others. I bet you would be so boastful using your real name. If you enjoy this way of life, make it known to all so we can avoid you and your place employment like..... well, like the plague.

420722 Jun 30, 2020 05:20 PM
Additional COVID-19 Death and 96 New Cases in Santa Barbara County

DW-Actually I do. I don’t hate Newsom because he’s a democrat. I hate that ANY elected officials think they can have this much power and authority. I am not a republican. Nice try though. You guys are boring me I’m off to a party.

Bene Jun 30, 2020 04:35 PM
Additional COVID-19 Death and 96 New Cases in Santa Barbara County

Your other posts seemed to deny protest related virus spread. This current post of yours I largely agree with, in that you concede protests contribute to virus spread. And, I agree we have no way of knowing that they would be the sole cause, in fact could not be the SOLE cause as we also opened up and have tourism etc. However, I don't share your confidence in contact tracing. Pretty sure lots of protesters and others aren't cooperating with that.

420722 Jun 30, 2020 03:57 PM
Additional COVID-19 Death and 96 New Cases in Santa Barbara County

Distanced? At a protest? Come on man we all saw the videos. Nobody was distanced. But it’s cool I’ll play your game and blame the bars. Now we have also to blame uncle bob for showing up 2 hours late to the bbq with no mask. Dictator Newsom said so. Wonder what he will blame next week after the holiday?

sacjon Jun 30, 2020 03:49 PM
Additional COVID-19 Death and 96 New Cases in Santa Barbara County

420722 - How many local 70 year olds did you see out protesting without masks on? My parents were out there, distanced and masked, like most of them. How to explain our local surge in cases? We had Memorial Day, re-opening restaurants, bars, etc (where people were in close proximity with no masks). Keep believing in your magic assumptions though. Yeah, if there was a spike in the same county, it could only have been the protests.... that's like saying I saw a clown light a fire in the woods, therefore clowns are the leading the cause of forest fires. Use your noggin a bit!

sacjon Jun 30, 2020 03:46 PM
Additional COVID-19 Death and 96 New Cases in Santa Barbara County

Bene - not proving a negative, they are concluding, through tracing, that the the majority of new cases were from sources other than the protests. I never said the protests didn't contribute, only that they were not the sole, or even the majority, cause of this new spike.

sacjon Jun 30, 2020 09:48 AM
Additional COVID-19 Death and 96 New Cases in Santa Barbara County

SHASTA - you're still not getting it are you? Just because a county had protests and also had a spike in cases, doesn't mean the protests caused the spike. It's simple logic and causation. The only studies I've found regarding the source of the spread conclude that the BLM protests were NOT the main source of the spikes. Read even one of the many articles I've posted. Try the Popular Science one, it's not as "liberal" as the other sources.

a-1594208296 Jun 30, 2020 08:03 AM
Additional COVID-19 Death and 96 New Cases in Santa Barbara County

What about the anti maskers Shazta? They protested too - and a lot in the southern states. Does the wikipedia article refer to a peer reviewed paper, or a piece run in a respected journal that shows the Covid transmission from these events? Does the wiki article show the contact tracer data? The answer is NO - so your arguments are fruitless.

Shasta Guy Jun 29, 2020 07:49 PM
Additional COVID-19 Death and 96 New Cases in Santa Barbara County

This is the State of California cases by county dashboard website https://public.tableau.com/views/COVID-19CasesDashboard_15931020425010/Cases?%3Aembed=y&%3AshowVizHome=no&%3Amobile=true *** One the left side you can select each county. Several counties prior to the week of the protests were flat or had slightly rising case counts. Then starting the week of the protests they had a significant change of slope. Some like a hockey stick. San Diego county is an example of that. Look at them yourself. Some counties are now dropping from their peaks. Don’t rely upon some big corporate or public media outlet to tell you that the protests were benign virus free events. These are the counties which showed post protest Week surges: Riverside, SanDiego, Orange, San Bernardino, Alameda, Fresno, Santa Clara, Contra Costa, Sacramento, Ventura, Stanislaus, Marin, Merced, San Luis Obispo. The daily death chart is posted below the daily positive case chart, and it hasn’t budged.

Shasta Guy Jun 29, 2020 08:04 PM
Additional COVID-19 Death and 96 New Cases in Santa Barbara County

Many counties did not have shoulder to shoulder shouting protests in their major cities, and they do not show surges starting the the 1st week of June. They also do not show surges that you could pin down on the opening of the state. The reopening did not raise all case rates equally in all counties. Look at the case counts yourself on the CA Covid 19 dashboard. You don’t need Fox, CNN, NBC, or NPR to look at those numbers.

a-1594208296 Jun 29, 2020 07:54 PM
Additional COVID-19 Death and 96 New Cases in Santa Barbara County

The death chart increases at the 14 day point after day point of reported infections. You forgot to correlate infections to the reopening. No reputable source has correlated the protests to the spike. Although I could believe some came from the protests, just as you should be open that some of it came due to reopening.

GeneralTree Jun 29, 2020 07:16 PM
Additional COVID-19 Death and 96 New Cases in Santa Barbara County

I'm pleased and happy to repeat the news that we have, in fact, caught and killed a large predator that supposedly injured some bathers. But, as you see, it's a beautiful day, the beaches are open and people are having a wonderful time. Amity, as you know, means "friendship".

Shasta Guy Jun 29, 2020 07:04 PM
Additional COVID-19 Death and 96 New Cases in Santa Barbara County

Not surprising at all. The post protest surge from the 1st week of June continues. San Diego County is reporting almost 4x the cases now than the 1st week June. Despite the surge in several counties, no comparable change in deaths. I think lots of younger people are getting the virus and recovering since we are now starting week #4 since the protests. The surge is taking hold of Ventura County: they have 4-5X the daily new cases since early June. Here’s the CA dashboard: ***. https://public.tableau.com/views/COVID-19CasesDashboard_15931020425010/Cases?%3Aembed=y&%3AshowVizHome=no&%3Amobile=true

macpuzl Jul 03, 2020 05:37 PM
Additional COVID-19 Death and 96 New Cases in Santa Barbara County

Again, there is no source with any credibility that currently holds that masks are anything but helpful. And if you understood how science works, you would understand why sometimes advice changes as more data comes in. I realize you're trying to sneak in FUD about masks by stealth, but it's still arrant BS.

Bene Jul 03, 2020 05:00 PM
Additional COVID-19 Death and 96 New Cases in Santa Barbara County

If you reread my post, it can be seen that I didn't say I thought any particular stance or expert was credible, I merely pointed out that there are PURPORTED "expert" opinions of all kinds to be found on the internet and the people who you were complaining about might not be able to tell which were the "better experts." BTW, there were a number of "better experts" who said masks are not of much use. Remember, that at first it was the consensus that masks were not useful? That got widely reversed, but even now "experts' and studies vary widely as to the extent that masks are useful, and several vocal pulmonologists say masks are dangerous for some patients. Lots of conflicting information, misinformation on the web by those who have "Dr." as a title. You are again making assertions and accusations that cannot be verified. Isn't this the behavior you have criticized in others?

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