Supervisor Lavagnino Quarantines for COVID-19 as County Numbers Decrease
By edhat staff
Santa Barbara County Board Supervisor Steve Lavagnino is quarantining due to COVID-19 while the county's numbers continue to decrease.
Lavagnino stated a staff member has tested positive and he is quarantining in Santa Maria and will continue to attend meetings remotely.
Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) Director Van Do-Reynoso also provided an update on the virus in the county during the meeting.
Over the past week the county continues to see a decreasing trend in many regions, including Santa Maria and Lompoc. Although there is a slight uptick in Goleta, Isla Vista, Santa Ynez Valley, and the north county unincorporated.
Hospitalizations have decreased by 44%, med surges by 30% and intensive care stays by 71% said Do-Reynoso.
For the week of September 6-12, the county received a 6.7 rating in new cases and 4.3% testing positivity making the county eligible for the red tier. However, the focus will be on next week's numbers as the county will need to stay in the red tier for two consecutive weeks before officially moving down.
If the numbers remain the same, Santa Barbara County would be eligible to move into the red tier on September 29. From there it would need to be officially assigned for the next 14 days before K-12 schools could reopen.
The state has approved twenty elementary schools to reopen within the county and are reviewing more applications.
More data on our current status can be found here: https://publichealthsbc.org
[Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Supervisor Lavagnino tested positive for COVID-19]