County Reports 303 New COVID-19 Cases and 1 Death

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Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) is reporting the 61st death of an individual who tested positive for COVID-19. The individual was over 70 years old, resided in the city of Santa Maria and had underlying medical conditions. 

The death occurred during the last week of June. Deaths are reported, when a death certificate is processed that lists COVID-19 as a cause or a significant condition, and therefore may be delayed.

“We share in sadness with those who have lost loved ones to COVID-19. The best protection we have against COVID-19 continues to be to avoid gatherings with those you do not live with, stay at least six feet from others, wash your hands frequently, self-isolate if you are sick and wear a face covering. We can be safer in the community if we follow the directives issued by public health. Together we can slow the spread of COVID-19.” said Henning Ansorg, Santa Barbara County Public Health Officer.

Santa Barbara County reports 272 new cases over the weekend and 31 new cases today. The total positive case count is now 6,464 with 249 active cases. There are 82 hospitalizations including 23 in the intensive care unit (ICU).

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 or visit publichealthsbc.org.

Cottage Health-Specific Numbers

Below is a status update as of August 3, 2020. 

  • Cottage Health is caring for a total of 269 patients across all campuses.

  • 217 are acute care patients; 171 acute care beds remain available.  

  • Of the 217 acute care patients, 17 patients are on ventilators. 73 ventilators remain available (adult, pediatric and neonatal ventilators).

  • Of the 217 acute care patients, 29 are in isolation with COVID-19 symptoms; 29 are confirmed COVID-19 positive.

  • Of the 29 patients in isolation, 9 patients are in critical care.

  • From July 20–26:  
    3,730 COVID-19 laboratory tests were collected by Cottage Health.
    Results: 233 positive, 3,497 negative

  • From July 27 – August 2:  
    3,261 COVID-19 laboratory tests were collected by Cottage Health.
    Results: 124 positive, 2,802 negative, 335 pending

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ChemicalSuperFreak Aug 03, 2020 07:42 PM
County Reports 303 New COVID-19 Cases and 1 Death

There are just so many problems with all of these numbers that residents in Santa Barbara County should be very concerned. Aside from Friday's reveal of the overlooked 28 deceased COVID patients, day to day comparisons yield glaring errors. Comparing yesterday's positives with today's, and the increase is 30, not 31, as well as the fact that reopening metrics currently (as in for the past several hours) shows 20 COVID patients on ventilators, not 17. Really though, what has me puzzled is the criteria for how the county gets off the state's monitoring. Supposedly we need to have less than 100 new cases per 100,000 residents in 14 days. Ansborg said on Friday (as reported by EdHat and also in the PHD Friday breifing) that we dipped below 200 for the first time in a while. How are they calculating that, because I calculated 315.3 using the same criteria? The state has a website that shows how you calculate this number (https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/CountyMonitoringDataStep1.aspx). For the previous 14-days (7-18 through 7-31) we had 1408 new cases. Divide that by the county population (I'm using 446,499), then multiply by 100,000. Not even close to 200. I verified this formula using recent data from European countries so I know it works (https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en/cases-2019-ncov-eueea). Any smart people here want to help me out and verify this for me? Thanks.

JB86 Aug 04, 2020 02:45 AM
County Reports 303 New COVID-19 Cases and 1 Death

With all these numbers being produced every day, I don't understand why they don't include the ultimate metric, used in public health for 100 years, deaths per 100,000 population? This is a statistic that would allow people to compare and contrast the pandemic with past events, and understand the current situation realistically. I think this would be a lot more useful than the number of positive tests or hospitalizations.

mtndriver Aug 04, 2020 08:17 AM
County Reports 303 New COVID-19 Cases and 1 Death

JB86–On the Johns Hopkins coronavirus page, if you click on the US map link, each county in the country shows. That ratio is in the “info graphic” for each county, along with a lot of other demographic info. Great info in that map.

ChemicalSuperFreak Aug 04, 2020 02:47 PM
County Reports 303 New COVID-19 Cases and 1 Death

MTN: Yes, JH has deaths per 100,000, though it's not the same metric that is being used to keep us under monitoring, which is new cases over 14 days per 100,000. I'm not sure which rate JB86 was referring to, but the latter is the one most people around the world are currently watching because it's one of the measures of elevated disease transmission. While I like the JH page, it's slow to update. Current value for SBC COVID cases is 5 days old. Their values for SBC population, staffed beds, and ICU beds are also very low. Still, they are one of the first to track this and from the slow loading times on their website these days they're obviously still popular and their servers must be close to catching fire.

pstarSR Aug 05, 2020 02:54 PM
County Reports 303 New COVID-19 Cases and 1 Death

Honestly the only thing to pay attention to is its going up. Ratios, comparisons all that jazz will be for later when they tally up the real impact. But as of right now today and everyday till we get a handle on this, the vital information is and always will be the increase.

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