Santa Barbara Remains in Red Tier as COVID-19 Case Rates Increase

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By edhat staff

Santa Barbara County will remain in the red "substantial tier" as 43 new COVID-19 cases are added on Tuesday.

The county has been in the red tier for four weeks and has not met all criteria for the orange "moderate tier." Testing positivity percent and the Health Equity metric do meet the criteria for the orange tier, but the adjusted case rate remains high and does not meet the criteria. The county must remain in the red tier for at least two additional weeks and achieve at least two consecutive weeks of meeting all orange tier criteria to officially progress forward.

“We remain hopeful about our ability to achieve forward progress into the next tier but we need every region of our county to be diligent in wearing masks, practicing physical distancing, and very importantly avoiding gatherings within anyone outside your household,” said Van Do-Reynoso, Public Health Director.

On Tuesday the Public Health Department reported 43 new COVID-19 cases with the majority found in Isla Vista, Santa Maria, and Lompoc. 

The total case rate is now 9,863 with 141 currently active. There are 11 hospitalizations including 3 in the intensive care unit (ICU).

There were four deaths reported. Two from the City of Santa Maria, both over 70 years of age, one from Orcutt 50-69 years of age, and one from the North County unincorporated area 30 – 49 years of age. Three had underlying health conditions and three were associated with an outbreak at a congregate care facility. There have now been 126 total deaths. 

Graphs depicting the updated state metrics for Santa Barbara County can be viewed here and daily status reports can be found here.

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Basicinfo805 Oct 29, 2020 06:24 PM
Santa Barbara Remains in Red Tier as COVID-19 Case Rates Increase

Yeah, exactly like Chem said it's the college kids just LIVING together. They do what they do and they're spreading this virus around. A lot of them that are here aren't worried at all for themselves. And I would bet there's a segment of the SBCC and UCSB student population that's LOVING this situation, where classes, exams, and grades are being watered down: the "Bar" to graduate with a degree has actively been lowered by UCSB, that's a fact. And probably all the UC's. They can get whatever passing or even better grades they want with less effort I bet. So, no, it's not about "classes". There are none right now.

ChemicalSuperFreak Oct 29, 2020 06:24 PM
Santa Barbara Remains in Red Tier as COVID-19 Case Rates Increase

VOICE: That sounds like potentially good news. Do you have the research articles to share with me? Also, you're saying that the higher estimates for HIT do not take into consideration some of the current preventative steps? How do you expect accounting for these steps would lower the HIT? I'm not following.

Voice of Reason Oct 29, 2020 05:13 PM
Santa Barbara Remains in Red Tier as COVID-19 Case Rates Increase

Chem, there is a lot preliminary research out there that is showing HIT for Covid to be much lower, like sub-50%. What I think is missing from the higher assumptions are all the other preventative steps we're taking to reduce transmission vs. HIT based only on enough people having already been exposed.

ChemicalSuperFreak Oct 29, 2020 04:54 PM
Santa Barbara Remains in Red Tier as COVID-19 Case Rates Increase

It is distance learning only. UCSB is remote teaching all courses this fall quarter, and I think it's the same with the current SBCC semester. UCSB will continue teaching remotely though winter quarter, at the least. UCSB has closed all university housing, with a handful of exceptions, so the dorms are a ghost town. The problem is that no one can control private housing in Isla Vista, so the ClubEd students are happy to pay $1000 to share a room with another person, and the landlords are only too happy to take their parents' money. This is why we've had 91 positive tests in IV during the past 7 days.

pstarSR Oct 29, 2020 04:24 PM
Santa Barbara Remains in Red Tier as COVID-19 Case Rates Increase

although I agree, it wont change the fact that these "people" are not adhering to the guidelines. so either they do it here, or they do it at home ( where ever that is ). either way, they will skirt the guidelines and say its because they have the right to endanger others. Pretty crappy cause I just read an article today stating that since we cant seem to wear masks, social distance, or follow the guidelines on gatherings. we will be stuck in this limbo for probably another year.

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