Public Health Adds 67 New COVID-19 Cases Thursday

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The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) added 67 new COVID-19 positive cases to the county total on Thursday.

An adjustment was made to remove 22 previous cases due to duplication, negative results and/or the case was found to be out of the jurisdiction.

The grand total is now 3,868 cases, with 359 of those currently active in the community and 1 active case in the Lompoc Federal Prison. There are now 80 hospitalizations with 23 in the intensive care unit. 

More data can be found here.

Specific COVID-19 Numbers at Cottage Health

Below is a status update as of July 9, 2020. 

  • Cottage Health is caring for a total of 294 patients across all campuses.

  • 230 are acute care patients; 143 acute care beds remain available.  

  • In surge planning, capacity is identified for adding 270 acute care beds.

  • Of the 230 acute care patients, 14 patients are on ventilators.
    72 ventilators remain available (adult, pediatric and neonatal ventilators).

  • Of the 230 acute care patients, 29 are in isolation with COVID-19 symptoms;
    27 are confirmed COVID-19 positive.

  • Of the 29 patients in isolation, 10 patients are in critical care.

  • From June 22-28:  
    2,955 COVID-19 laboratory tests were collected by Cottage Health.
    Results: 139 positive, 2,813 negative, 3 pending

  • From June 29-July 5:  
    3,658 COVID-19 laboratory tests were collected by Cottage Health.
    Results: 188 positive, 2,618 negative, 852 pending

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LooseCannon Jul 10, 2020 06:22 PM
Public Health Adds 67 New COVID-19 Cases Thursday

Prediction: As Labor Day rolls around, scary statistics will be released. The beaches will be closed. And then a couple of days later, the scary figures will be adjusted downwards. (Er, yeah, kinda half-kidding. I am concerned about the recent spike in cases. Obviously, the result of closing the beaches. I walked around on Memorial Day weekend and over 4 July and noticed lots of parties in apartment buildings, for example on Garden Street. Not a good sign. People getting drunk in small, poorly-ventilated apartments. They would have been safer at the beach. These eggheads in charge of public health just don't understand human behavior. While some folks are misanthropes who are only too happy to shelter at home by themselves with a pint of Ben & Jerry's, most of us are sociable. Better to give us the opportunity to socialize outdoors, eh, rather than spread contagion indoors? But I have to give it to them, the eggheads, they're good at manufacturing statistics to suit their agenda.)

Crystalandmaui Jul 10, 2020 08:03 AM
Public Health Adds 67 New COVID-19 Cases Thursday

More ways to stay safe, don’t eat inside a restaurant, order from a store for pick up or delivery, carry a hand sanitizer always wear a mask and stay 12 feet away from someone. Clean off your packages or leave them alone for 24 hours. Stay clean always. This has always been a way to stay safe from any virus ever.

Potif Jul 10, 2020 04:56 AM
Public Health Adds 67 New COVID-19 Cases Thursday

Does anyone know the statistics of the ages of those who have died from Covid19 in Santa Barbara County? They only have been reporting the ages of those infected with it that I can find.

letmego Jul 10, 2020 09:44 AM
Public Health Adds 67 New COVID-19 Cases Thursday

I decided to go back through the reports and figure it out. There are a few missing - 1 from the prison where no age was listed (on 4/18), and 3 that are from Santa Maria and probably from the care center there. 70s (16), 60s (7), 50s (1), 40s (1)

ChemicalSuperFreak Jul 09, 2020 05:50 PM
Public Health Adds 67 New COVID-19 Cases Thursday

Yesterday we had 444 active cases, with 72 in the hospital (16.2%) and 21 in the ICU (4.7%). Today we have fewer active cases (360) which is great, but now 80 are in the hospital (22.2%) and 23 are now in the ICU (6.4%). John Hopkins reports that SBC has 84 ICU beds. Two days ago 21.4% of those ICU beds were occupied by COVID patients, yesterday 25% of those ICU beds were occupied by COVID patients, and today 27.4% are filled with COVID patients. Two days ago the PHD issued a report concerning hospital bed availability, which was estimated at 33% unoccupied, and this number is now shrinking at an alarming rate. As I've written elsewhere on EdHat, watch these numbers closely if you're concerned about a looming shutdown. These are the numbers health officials are most worried about and will dictate their decision making.

LnOfan Jul 10, 2020 06:51 AM
Public Health Adds 67 New COVID-19 Cases Thursday

It would be great to hear more often from the Mayor and the City Council on the seriousness of the virus. There is so much misinformation ‘guiding’ people that is not helpful. A complete shutdown is not possible, but more education in ways of slowing the spread is possible. It was great to hear from the Doctors at Cottage hospital last week.

bigman Jul 09, 2020 10:30 PM
Public Health Adds 67 New COVID-19 Cases Thursday

If I understand your comment correctly, from April 5/May numbers the spread rate is higher. Which would make sense considering restaurants and other stores that were previously closed are now open. If I read between the lines it appears that in order to stop the spread we have to go back into lockdown which is not sustainable. So what's the solution here???

@chelsea Jul 09, 2020 07:11 PM
Public Health Adds 67 New COVID-19 Cases Thursday

Estimate on 07/05 of R-effective for Santa Barbara Co is: 1.39 up from .88 (stable) 05/11. Per CalCAT. At 1.39 Community Spread of COVID-19 is likely increasing rapidly. This is really bad . Latest Estimate on 04/08 of R-effective for Santa Barbara is: 1.03 . Spread of COVID-19 is likely stable. This is encouraging .

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