Santa Barbara County Officially Moves Into Lower Tier for Increased Business Reopening

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Board of Supervisors Meeting on Tuesday morning
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Update by edhat staff
12:30 p.m., September 29, 2020

The State of California confirmed Tuesday afternoon that Santa Barbara County has officially moved down into the red-colored "Substantial Tier 2."

Dr. Mark Ghaly, Secretary of the state's Health and Human Services Department, confirmed Santa Barbara County was one of the ten counties that met the requirements to move down to the next tier allowing further business reopenings.

The new health officer order posted by the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department can be viewed here.

Santa Barbara County joins San Luis Obispo County in the red tier while Ventura is still in the purple "Widespread Tier 1" with more restrictions.

By edhat staff
10:00 a.m., September 29, 2020

Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) officials anticipate a lower-tier assignment today allowing more businesses to reopen for indoor operations.

During Tuesday's Board of Supervisors meeting, PHD Director Van Do-Reynoso stated the county is expected to move into the red-colored "Substantial Tier 2." California Governor Gavin Newsom will make the formal announcement at noon where PHD will release an updated health officer to be in effect at 8:00 a.m. Wednesday.

Once official, the county will allow the gradual reopening of indoor operations. Gyms and fitness centers can resume indoor operations at 10% capacity; museums, zoos, aquariums, worship centeres, movie theatres, and restaurants at 25% capacity or max 100 people; retail stores and shopping centers at 50% capacity; and nail salons and personal care services such as tattoo parlours and massages can now operate indoors.

Bars, breweries, distilleries, and family entertainment centers are will not be allowed to operate indoors.

The substantial red tier requires 4-7 new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population and 5-8% testing positivity rate. Based on PHD's calculations the county has achieved a 4.8 case rate that's adjusted to 4.5 due to testing above the state's requirements and a 3.2% positivity rate.

Van Do-Reynoso stated that for the first time during this rating period there is a unanimous decrease in COVID-19 cases in all trends throughout the county. In the last two weeks, hospitalizations have decreased by 30%, med surge by 19%, and intensive care unit stays by 50%.

Governor Newsom is expected to make the official announcement at noon and will also announce new equity metrics. The goal is to ensure testing positivity rates in every county's most disadvantaged neighborhoods do not significantly lag behind the overall county test positivity rate.

This means for a county to move to less restrictive tiers, they will continue to be evaluated on overall testing and positivity rates. In addition to the lowest quartile test positivity rate it must meet the specified threshold for less restrictive tier. This is expected to be effective on October 6.

Supervisor Das Williams summed up the full report by saying, "let's not blow it." He referenced home parties and gatherings as one of the biggest virus spreaders in the community and urged people to find creative ways to celebrate the upcoming holidays.

Do-Reynoso stated official guidelines will be released this Friday on how to safely celebrate Halloween as PHD fears celebrations could result in a spike of cases.

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Lorax Sep 30, 2020 07:24 AM
Santa Barbara County Officially Moves Into Lower Tier for Increased Business Reopening

Well said Bosco,
Schools have already been open for weeks. 20+ private schools, daycare centers, camps, etc. The majority of children are in some form of indoor group setting. It's only the public schools that can't get their Sh*t together. That's why we need change. Put kids and families over politics!
Vote the incumbents Capps, Moten-Sims, Reid out now. Are ballots have arrived for voting
Vote for change that's needed with these 3 for Santa Barbara Unified School District Board
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Brian Campbell
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NostraChumash Sep 30, 2020 09:40 AM
Santa Barbara County Officially Moves Into Lower Tier for Increased Business Reopening

What are ya gonna do when poo REALLY hits the fan?
This virus is a test to discover who & how of survival diring tough times.
I would bet good money that 7 out of 10 people in SB alone..won't survive a greater tragedy..& it's always does.
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sandy1 Oct 02, 2020 06:26 AM
Santa Barbara County Officially Moves Into Lower Tier for Increased Business Reopening

From the California Department of Public Health website:

For a county with a population of greater than 106,000, the county must:

Equity Metric. Ensure that the test positivity rates in its most disadvantaged neighborhoods, as defined as being in the lowest quartile of the Healthy Places Index census tracts, do not significantly lag behind its overall county test positivity rate, as described in detail below.
Targeted Investments. Submit a plan that (1) defines its disproportionately impacted populations, (2) specifies the percent of its COVID-19 cases in these populations, and (3) shows that it plans to invest Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity for Prevention and Control of Emerging Infectious Diseases (Strategy 5: Use Laboratory Data to Enhance Investigation, Response, and Prevention) grant funds at least at that percentage to interrupt disease transmission in these populations. The targeted investments can include spending on augmenting testing, disease investigation, contact tracing, isolation/quarantine support, and education and outreach efforts for workers. Effective for the October 13th tier assignment, this plan must be submitted before a county may progress to a less restrictive tier. Due to data limitations in small populations, the equity metric described above cannot be reliably applied to smaller counties, as described below.
Is this what Newsom’s reopening task force has been working on? Critical Race Theory disguised as pandemic response? Unbelievable !


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