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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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.

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

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!

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!

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?

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!

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.

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."

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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 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 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.

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?

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.

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 07:49 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.

a-1593485664 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.

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.

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.

a-1593529394 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.

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.

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