Cluster of COVID-19 Cases in Isla Vista Fraternity and Sorority Houses

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Source: UCSB Alerts

This emergency notification is being sent because the University and the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (SBCPHD) have identified two separate clusters of positive COVID-19 cases in privately-owned fraternity and sorority houses in the Isla Vista community. Thirteen individuals residing in the two separate houses have tested positive for COVID-19. The impacted individuals have been self-isolating since being tested. The houses have been placed in quarantine on the orders of SBCPHD, and public health officials are leading contract tracing and outreach efforts.

Your health and safety are our top priority, and the university is working closely with public health officials to determine whether there are members of the campus community who need to be advised about their contact with these individuals. 

We have set up a COVID-19 Call Center for medical, testing, housing, registration, and other questions related to our COVID-19 response. It is operational weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at (805) 893-3113. You may also reach them at [email protected](link sends e-mail).

Our protocols are consistent with California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and CDC recommendations: screening, isolating, and testing individuals who have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 infection. By following statewide and national protocols, we are ensuring that we enact scientifically proven methods of responding in the most effective manner. 

The most important individual actions that all members of our community can take are:

  • PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING IN THE COMMUNITY. Avoid crowded places and social gatherings. Gatherings in Santa Barbara County are currently prohibited by order of the Health Officer. Minimize unnecessary contact with others.
  • Keep your distance from others. It is recommended to be at least 6 feet from people in close spaces (cafes, elevators, library, etc.).
  • Wear face coverings in common and public indoor spaces and outdoors when distancing is not possible.
  • Wash your hands for more than 20 seconds with soap and water.
  • IF YOU ARE SICK, STAY HOME. Expect to be home for two weeks.
  • Have a plan in case you get sick. Include the following items in your plan:
    • How are you going to isolate yourself (how long, where)? 
    • Who are you to contact if you have symptoms (doctor phone number, Student Health, friend, family member)? 
    • If you are in isolation and have a need, who will you contact?
  • Stay calm. We understand this is a stressful situation for everybody, but remember that we can work together to get this pandemic under control.

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surfergirl69 Oct 20, 2020 01:17 PM
Cluster of COVID-19 Cases in Isla Vista Fraternity and Sorority Houses

Regarding "personal freedoms"...think about all the laws that take away personal freedoms. Can you drink and drive ? No ! Major arrest and cost. Shoot guns anywhere ? No! Drive 60 mph in residential area ? No ! etc, etc. Freedoms are taken away to protect lives and/or major injury, Then there are laws that take away personal freedoms and they don't protect people from death/injury; like open-container laws, panhandling laws, sleeping/camping laws...and, it's against the law to run around naked !!
Now enter the Covid-19 pandemic. Deadly, to 17,000 people in California alone, so far. It has been shown that wearing masks and social distancing is the best defense we have at this time against the spread of this sometimes deadly disease. Yet, some people feel it's too much trouble for them. For those folks...dig this...during WWII, lots of people in this country had to give up their cars for a while. There was food , gas, and other rationing . Lot's of huge sacrifices were made, yet people did it and and were proud to do so, for our country as a whole.

And if that doesn't mean anything, it's a State and local law to wear masks out in public if you can't stay six feet away from someone :
https://covid19.ca.gov/masks-and-ppe/
https://publichealthsbc.org/individual-health/

That goes also for the packs of students without masks on the sidewalks and outside stores.
Why aren't the State and County laws aren't being enforced for this deadly pandemic ???

sacjon Oct 20, 2020 03:59 PM
Cluster of COVID-19 Cases in Isla Vista Fraternity and Sorority Houses

VOICE - again, my opinion. Further, saying what we should have done is not "misinformation," so please quit with that. What IS misinformation, and should be prevented from posting, is saying that just because people still get COVID while wearing masks, that masks are ineffective. That is just not true. If wearing a masks is even 1% effective in slowing the spread, we should ALL wear one. It is a pretty small request to wear a mask when you're unable to be 6' away from someone else in a confined area.

What is your point though, anyway? You don't like wearing a mask, yet you do (thank you, I guess?) so what is it you want? You want us to know they're not 100% effective? Pretty sure we all know it. Want us to stop saying "shoulda woulda coulda" about wearing masks? Fine, if it makes you feel better, I'll stop repeating what the CDC has said many times.

Voice of Reason Oct 20, 2020 12:40 PM
Cluster of COVID-19 Cases in Isla Vista Fraternity and Sorority Houses

Sacjon, specifically this: "if we all just wore the damn masks, we could have gotten it under control sooner." that is false for the reasons stated in my post. While I do wear a mask when I have to because I'm not an a-hole, improper usage will increase your risk of catching covid or other virusus / bacterial infections. The study I cited would actually back this up. Imagine this, your healthy and walking around with your mask on, touching doors, handles, whatever, then you adjust your mask, or take it off to put on later. Well now you've potentially transferred a respiratory virus from your hand, to this mask (which doesn't filter out the virus), which you're now breathing in and out of = the virus is now in your nose/lungs. It's like how can I increase the chances of getting a virus? Put it on this piece of cloth I breathe in and out of! Image you weren't wearing a mask, touching everything, them maybe even your cheek, much less risk of contamination. Just like the CDC said from the very beginning, and for all prior respiratory illnesses (until it became a symbol), 1) stay home when sick, 2) wash your hands often, 3) avoid touching your face. No masks needed.

Voice of Reason Oct 20, 2020 12:19 PM
Cluster of COVID-19 Cases in Isla Vista Fraternity and Sorority Houses

Sacjon, stop spreading misinformation. While masks provide a narrow benefit when used appropriately (which no one does because that involves not touching your mask), specifically it assists in preventing asymptomatic people from spreading the virus to people they're in close contact with (defined as indoors, closer than 6 feet, for longer than 15 minutes), the idea that if everyone always wore masks we'd have the virus under control is completely false. Just as it isn't possible to lockdown for a month and have the virus disappear. The CDC and WHO never ever recommended masks for those not sick, even recommended against them, for all other respiratory viruses prior to and even during covid. This narrative only changed when politics and "image" got involved. Now masks are simply virtue signally 95% of the time. Just look at every state and country and their covid cases overtime, mask use did not lead to a reduction in cases. "well not everyone was wearing a mask" you will probably argue, well this CDC study shows that 85% of the covid positive patients always (71%), or often (14%) wore a mask. https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/mm6936a5.htm

sacjon Oct 20, 2020 11:16 AM
Cluster of COVID-19 Cases in Isla Vista Fraternity and Sorority Houses

M-CUBED - I think theoretically you might be right. If we completely shut down EVERYTHING and stayed in our homes, going absolutely nowhere, the virus could have died off. However, this just wasn't/isn't feasible, especially in this country where people value their freedoms to the extent they're willing to kill fellow Americans for just the perception that they might be infringing on them. The CDC has said though, multiple times, if we all just wore the damn masks, we could have gotten it under control sooner. Again though, we live in a country where perceived personal "freedoms" are held higher than the public good. People pushed back against "oppression" and some have gone so far as to try to commit treason (overthrowing the MI and other states' governments). We're a country of simple folk who feel their "rights" are more important than their own kids being safe.

ChemicalSuperFreak Oct 19, 2020 09:57 PM
Cluster of COVID-19 Cases in Isla Vista Fraternity and Sorority Houses

M-CUBED, I totally agree on all fronts. Either shutdown completely and snuff this thing out, or just allow nature to take its course. The former would require worldwide agreement and cooperation to work, otherwise after our 3 weeks of martial law and zero infections we'd be subject to reinfection without closing ourselves off to the rest of the world indefinitely, which is basically impossible. This in-between situation has only caused frustration and economic damage. As for the vaccine, good luck with that because I'm also not going to offer myself up to experimentation.

TheKid5 Oct 19, 2020 11:12 AM
Cluster of COVID-19 Cases in Isla Vista Fraternity and Sorority Houses

Just one question I would like answered by those who think that Trump has done such a great job to contain Covid-19 in our country-We have about 4% of the world's population and between 20% and 25% of the worlds known Covid-19 cases and deaths. We have about 5 to 6 times the infection and death rate that our population indicates we should have. Why is this happening in one of the so-called most advanced countries in the entire world?

a-1603172935 Oct 19, 2020 10:48 PM
Cluster of COVID-19 Cases in Isla Vista Fraternity and Sorority Houses

While we don't have the world's best medical care, at least as far as access, why would anyone believe our death rate could be reasonably compared to most third world countries, and thus conclude we have fewer deaths than our due? Seems a little simplistic and naive.

ChemicalSuperFreak Oct 19, 2020 08:09 PM
Cluster of COVID-19 Cases in Isla Vista Fraternity and Sorority Houses

THEKID5: You made a mistake with respect to deaths. We have 4.2% of the world's population and only 1.5% of the world's known SARS-CoV-2 deaths. Therefore, we have 1/3 the death rate that our population indicates we should have. In fact, the US ranks 8th worldwide in deaths/million people.

Voice of Reason Oct 19, 2020 11:39 AM
Cluster of COVID-19 Cases in Isla Vista Fraternity and Sorority Houses

I don't think anyone thinks he has done a great job, no one could have done a great job with how hyper-partisan our nation is right now. (i.e. on side tries to limit travel from China, the other goes to Chinatown and proclaims how safe it is and to come on down). The smart, science based response went out the window when we abandoned 15 days to flatten the curve and stopped focusing on hospital capacity. If you look not at the number of cases, but the mortality rates and hospitalization rates from before July and after July it would appear as if we're battling two different viruses. One was very serous and deadly, the other wouldn't even meet the CDC's definition of pandemic.

dukemunson Oct 19, 2020 07:05 PM
Cluster of COVID-19 Cases in Isla Vista Fraternity and Sorority Houses

Trump sucks... but that’s also ridiculously simplistic and dumb. We actually report deaths (and cause thereof) in America... that’s obviously not universal. The real Chinese death toll will never be known... let alone most other countries in the world.

jimbo212 Oct 19, 2020 04:00 PM
Cluster of COVID-19 Cases in Isla Vista Fraternity and Sorority Houses

SACJON. This is incorrect: "we are the ONLY country where this was treated as a hoax or at best, a mild flu". The president of Brazil also dismissed it as a mild flu. Now Brazil has the second most COVID deaths in the world, just behind the US.

Babycakes Oct 18, 2020 10:47 AM
Cluster of COVID-19 Cases in Isla Vista Fraternity and Sorority Houses

Hoax or not (I don't believe for a second it's a hoax), you gotta wonder though. After seven months or so, the hoax president, without taking any precautions, no mask, joking it up, denying, hanging out with lots of people not wearing masks...basically living in a toxic Covid cloud for all that time gets Covid. Then, you have your careful, calculated Salud Carajal, taking every precautions, following all the rules, mask, hand washing, keeping distance, avoiding crowds, and pretty much living in a bubble....gets Covid. I guess my point is, that if you're going to get Covid, you're gonna get it no matter what. Trump and Salud: Covid Survivors. One is a rotten egg, and the other is a hero.

sacjon Oct 18, 2020 10:20 AM
Cluster of COVID-19 Cases in Isla Vista Fraternity and Sorority Houses

ANDREA - the US could never "dodge" COVID no matter who was in office. That's not what people are upset about. It's that, once it was here (which it would inevitably be), it was ignored, called a "hoax," lied about and those who tried to take it seriously were ridiculed and even physically attacked. Our cases spiked higher than any country on earth. Why? Because we are the ONLY country where this was treated as a hoax or at best, a mild flu. That is why people are pissed off at our leadership.

LooseCannon Oct 18, 2020 07:28 AM
Cluster of COVID-19 Cases in Isla Vista Fraternity and Sorority Houses

Great! A bunch of frat boys and sorority girls are going to skew our community stats so we lurch towards lockdown...

UCSB should shut down all the Greek houses until the pandemic is over. What were they thinking? This was completely predictable.

sacjon Oct 19, 2020 09:42 AM
Cluster of COVID-19 Cases in Isla Vista Fraternity and Sorority Houses

OOPS - Again, you're missing the point. Not just their parents are at risk. EVERYONE they come into contact with/have contacted while asymptomatic is at risk. These greek homes have cleaners and some have their own chefs. These students go out and about in the community. EVERYONE they contact is at risk of infection and spreading it. Stop minimizing what even Trump acknowledged (not sure now) as a deadly and dangerous virus.

sacjon Oct 18, 2020 10:35 AM
Cluster of COVID-19 Cases in Isla Vista Fraternity and Sorority Houses

VOICE - I never said lockdown, I'm actually heading out to watch some live sports now, all observers wearing masks. No, I simply tried to correct OOPS' outdated "theory" that just because they're young, it doesn't matter if they get COVID. Not true. They could have already infected many at risk/elderly people without even knowing it. It DOES matter when young people get this. Never said lockdown, just take this crap seriously. That's all, I'm out!

Voice of Reason Oct 18, 2020 10:26 AM
Cluster of COVID-19 Cases in Isla Vista Fraternity and Sorority Houses

Sacjon, you still don't get it. Isolating the at risk and elderly means these kids don't go home and hug their grandma. My kids haven't hugged my parents since this started and they're in elementary school (technically not even in school). The young and healthy who will shake off this virus like a cold are exactly the ones who should be out and about. At risk and elderly, stay home, stay safe, no problem. You really think it's feasible for everyone to lockdown until a vaccine is developed? Lockdowns and restrictive measures do not eliminate the virus. If all the young and healthy catch it now, while the at risk stay safe, we'll have a lot less problems later and be able to move past covid quicker.

sacjon Oct 18, 2020 10:11 AM
Cluster of COVID-19 Cases in Isla Vista Fraternity and Sorority Houses

OOPS - you still don't get it do you? Yeah, these kids will probably be fine, but what about their parents, grandparents, house cleaners, etc who they can infect? You do realize young people, while less likely to develop complications, are still contagious, right? They can still kill plenty of other people around them. Do you care at all?

surfergirl69 Oct 18, 2020 03:21 AM
Cluster of COVID-19 Cases in Isla Vista Fraternity and Sorority Houses

Well, hard to figure.....Before Covid : live music =tons of cops...open container=tons of cops.... keg party=tons of cops. Now that there is a life-threatening disease and oodles of students in packs...in public/on sidewalks and w/o masks..........seems to be no problem with the cops ?? BTW, the cops only do what they are told to do by UCSB, the County, and Park dept. I don't get it ??? And most importantly.... much RESPECT and HONOR to the majority of students who DO wear masks and realize that they want to be part of the SOLUTION....NOT part of the PROBLEM .

pstarSR Oct 18, 2020 11:01 AM
Cluster of COVID-19 Cases in Isla Vista Fraternity and Sorority Houses

I cant post the link, but it was the a report about Arizona and the cases recorded when the mask mandate went into effect, compared to when restrictions were lifted. it showed the spikes from non mask use and restrictions on social distancing being lifted. like I said I cant link it persay, but a quick google search will bring it up.

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