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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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?

Bene Jul 03, 2020 04:17 PM
Additional COVID-19 Death and 96 New Cases in Santa Barbara County

That is assuming your links are "the facts." Anyone can Google. The commenters you disagree with can post links too. Links don't give you instant credibility. The people you want to educate won't know who to believe based on the fact there are links--as both you and your "opponent" can both post links. If the "herd" as you put it are just followers, how will they know if your link or those "false commenters' links" are the best? There are "experts" who completely disagree about matters pertaining to Coronavirus, for example you can find links supporting or opposing shut down and mask use. I personally will never waste my time reading through the links of someone I don't know. It is time consuming and pointless when I can find better "links" myself if I want to verify information. It is helpful if posters know enough about what they have read to simply state a cogent point . Have a great weekend.

macpuzl Jul 03, 2020 02:44 PM
Additional COVID-19 Death and 96 New Cases in Santa Barbara County

Lots of people have a herd mentality, and form their opinions based on those around them, rather than on facts and data. There is a vocal group of commenters here who repeatedly post falsehoods and outright dangerous advice. Countering them with the facts is important.

Bene Jul 03, 2020 03:20 AM
Additional COVID-19 Death and 96 New Cases in Santa Barbara County

Macpuzl, my point is, these comment sections are not exactly a gathering of peers at a science conference. People should read these comment sections for the express purpose of getting other people's opinions, not to be getting medical, legal or scientific advice. In fact, EdHat, maybe a disclaimer would be useful in case there are people out there who come to read random strangers comments and Google- link choices to make their life decisions. Therefore, it is a waste of time to think people should take a lot of time to plod through a bunch of links given by a total stranger on the comment section-- when a useful comment would just sum up their point. If said useful comment triggers your interest in the topic, then best to proceed to do your own googling, and if you know some, confer with respected sources. And yes, McPuzl, epidemiological data interpreted by a trusted source is important--not sure why "looking at numerous articles" would mean excluding those with epidemiological data?

macpuzl Jul 02, 2020 12:16 AM
Additional COVID-19 Death and 96 New Cases in Santa Barbara County

Well, looking at numerous articles with no epidemiological data to form a "common sense" opinion and post it to the world without any supporting citations doesn't exactly foster much confidence unless you don't want to think. If you are embarrassed by not having any real data, that's fine. Everyone's entitled to an opinion, but facts determine what's real.

Bene Jul 01, 2020 08:43 PM
Additional COVID-19 Death and 96 New Cases in Santa Barbara County

Oh, it's hearsay to read multiple articles on a topic--i.e. diligent research? Your reply just makes no sense. If you think posting some link to a story you found on Google that backs up your ideas is the gold standard, I'll take a pass.

Bene Jul 01, 2020 05:31 PM
Additional COVID-19 Death and 96 New Cases in Santa Barbara County

Macpuzl, I don't ever read other people's links. If strongly interested in a topic I do my own research. I used to be a television reporter, and since I quit the business about a decade ago, journalism continues to become even more reflective of personal bias, and also politically driven. Many scientific publications reflect a similar trend. To get what I think is the real story, I never read just one or two stories written by one writer, but will read/watch material from many disparate sources. Logic and common sense are also useful tools. It can be humorous to watch the "war of the links," where people furiously post something that backs up their ideas and someone else then posts another link that disputes it. This could go on and on. If you want to paraphrase a cogent point, that would be great.

macpuzl Jun 30, 2020 06:57 PM
Additional COVID-19 Death and 96 New Cases in Santa Barbara County

Bene - Please read the links I've posted above in this thread, and you'll see how the conclusions were reached by epidemiologists that the BLM protests were not major contributors to the spikes. That way, you won't be relying on your assumptions and gut feelings to give you the answer you want.

sacjon Jun 30, 2020 05:31 PM
Additional COVID-19 Death and 96 New Cases in Santa Barbara County

Bene - Again, you're missing the point or you're not reading my comments. I never said these studies prove protests didn't contribute to the spike, of course they did. I've been saying only that they weren't the sole or majority cause, as many here have claimed. Try reading a little closer.

Bene Jun 30, 2020 05:26 PM
Additional COVID-19 Death and 96 New Cases in Santa Barbara County

Macpzl, I agree you can't trace a spike solely to the protests, as there are all kinds of other gatherings and tourism etc. that likely contribute. But you can't "prove" this either way through contact tracing. Lots of folks aren't gonna fess up or want to get involved. So you can't prove the spike wasn't from protests, and you can't prove that it was either. But logic should indicate that the spikes are comprised of multiple things, including all kinds of large gatherings and tourism. BTW, contact tracing is most useful in tracing spread from related groups of people, co-workers, etc. , not from tracing large randomly assembled groups, whose members would be unlikely to want to "finger" their event as a place they blame for contracting it.

macpuzl Jun 30, 2020 04:29 PM
Additional COVID-19 Death and 96 New Cases in Santa Barbara County

Bene - Except for the fact that the contact tracing and timing data show that the spike was primarily from the reopening, and not the BLM protests. You're missing the fact that the COVIDIOTS are arguing that it was primarily from the protests, and it wasn't.

Bene Jun 30, 2020 04:17 PM
Additional COVID-19 Death and 96 New Cases in Santa Barbara County

Sacjon, you are fighting with yourself here, mostly it seems. Why are you soooooo invested in "proving" that BLM protests could not have caused the spike? To be credible and "scientific" one needs to be a bit more objective. I have ZERO interest in the politics of transmission----but I have a life-long interest in fairness and reason. And it just isn't reasonable to think that ANY large gathering of people, close together, is not a "virus vector."

PdW Jun 30, 2020 10:35 AM
Additional COVID-19 Death and 96 New Cases in Santa Barbara County

That's intellectually dishonest. Any large gathering...be it church...the beach or the protests were causes of the spike. You can argue the degree, but regarding the protests...thousands of people in tight proximity screaming with scarves or masks that everyone agrees are just "mildly helpful" is obviously a cause. Not THE cause...but without question a cause.

sacjon Jun 29, 2020 07:34 PM
Additional COVID-19 Death and 96 New Cases in Santa Barbara County

BENE - not asking for stats, asking for support for the claim that the BLM protests caused this spike. Google the question and everything that comes up shows they did not. Then again, maybe as someone mentioned, Google is somehow biased and not showing non-liberal media.... yeah, the WHOLE world is crazy, not you! Hahah!

GeneralTree Jun 29, 2020 07:33 PM
Additional COVID-19 Death and 96 New Cases in Santa Barbara County

Beme 1. Because I have freedom of speech to ask and 2. Said poster continues to make the same claim without a source. 3. Educated people ask questions 4. I know he doesn't have valid sources. Does that answer your question or should I make a finger painting for you?

Bene Jun 29, 2020 07:26 PM
Additional COVID-19 Death and 96 New Cases in Santa Barbara County

General Tree, why ask anyone for their stats? There are conflicting, contradictory stats on EVERYTHING--especially everything to do with COVID. Best to look up your own stats. I have found stats to say the darndest things lately!

sacjon Jun 29, 2020 07:15 PM
Additional COVID-19 Death and 96 New Cases in Santa Barbara County

SHASTA - nope. On the contrary, science and research are showing the the BLM protests had little to do with the spread, rather the increase coming from indoor, unmasked activity. Here, take a look for yourself ------ https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/black-lives-matter-protests-haven-t-led-covid-19-spikes-n1232045 ------ https://www.popsci.com/story/health/black-lives-matter-protests-covid-19-transmission/ ------- https://www.kqed.org/science/1966378/no-coronavirus-spike-from-black-lives-matter-protests-experts-say ------- https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/24/us/coronavirus-cases-protests-black-lives-matter-trnd/index.html --------- https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/24/us/coronavirus-cases-protests-black-lives-matter-trnd/index.html -------- ___________ You've made the same, unfounded assertion as others, but, like all the others, you fail to cite any sources at all (reliable or not) to support the claim that the BLM protests caused the spike. Do you have any? Please share!

a-1593482392 Jun 29, 2020 06:59 PM
Additional COVID-19 Death and 96 New Cases in Santa Barbara County

Beaches and restaurants will close soon. Thanks to the Facebook epidemiologist for not wearing masks and having social gatherings. Is the in house 4chan statistician going to comment next? Wear a mask, social distance. SB was doing good, now we will be shut down again. Getting to the point that we are screwed. Haven't even made it out of the first wave.

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