Concerning Increase in Positive COVID-19 Results in Isla Vista

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Source: UC Santa Barbara

Dear UCSB Students: 

Our medical staff have observed a sharp increase in the number of positive COVID-19 test results in Isla Vista. Yesterday, 22 new positive results were reported in students living in Isla Vista, and this morning (Saturday, January 16th), 51 more have come in. The vast majority of these cases are among undergraduate students. To put these numbers in perspective, testing during Week 2 of this quarter yielded 2.5 times more positive results than testing during Week 10 of the fall quarter. Student Health has also observed that students are experiencing more serious symptoms than they were just a few weeks ago. 

This trend – not related to recent move-ins at on-campus apartments – reflects the increasing rate of infection that we are seeing throughout Santa Barbara County (SBC) and California. Yesterday, SBC Public Health Director Dr. Van Do-Reynoso shared that our county has the highest rate of spread in the state. We are sharing this information with you today because we want you to have it as soon as possible so that you are fully informed to make safer choices that protect the health of our community. 

Even if you are relatively young, in good health, and have no underlying medical conditions, please keep in mind that the risk to you might be lower, but it is not zero. There is great risk of being an asymptomatic carrier and transmitting the virus to others who are at high risk for serious illness in our community – Isla Vista is home to many children, families, and elderly people, including people with pre-existing conditions. The only way to protect our community’s wellbeing is for each one of us to take thoughtful action to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

We must continue to follow public health guidelines diligently until it is safe to resume in-person activities. Please continue to follow the guidance of the December 6, 2020 Regional Stay-At-Home Order  including:

  • 100% masking and physical distancing. All businesses remaining open will have additional modifications in addition to 100% masking and physical distancing.
  • No gatherings with members of other households (indoors or outdoors). This includes gathering in the streets, at parks including beaches, and moving from one place to another in large groups. Very few exceptions apply. 
With broad availability of effective vaccines on the horizon, we must not lose sight of our efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. We hope you find time to relax and reflect on the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. this holiday weekend. Thank you for your attention and cooperation.
Margaret Klawunn, Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Vejas Skripkus, M.D.
Executive Director, Student Health & University Physician
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Voice of Reason Jan 21, 2021 11:57 AM
Concerning Increase in Positive COVID-19 Results in Isla Vista

There has been, like the scientific papers and articles from qualified medical professionals showing that the heavy restrictions not only don't work but cause more harm than good. But not being open minded, you gloss right over it and argue with the poster instead.

Voice of Reason Jan 22, 2021 03:40 PM
Concerning Increase in Positive COVID-19 Results in Isla Vista

No Ugly, these from Oxford and Stanford for example. Are they "scientific" enough?

Luvaduck Jan 21, 2021 08:21 AM
Concerning Increase in Positive COVID-19 Results in Isla Vista

Isla VIsta students don't stay in Isla Vista. Every morning there are unmasked bikers and runners without masks making the rounds of our residential area, probably because they think it's safer for them: Well, it's not safer for us! This community is quite a bit older, settled home-owners who are being extremely responsible including wearing maskes while walking their dogs, and activity that doesn't include open-mouthed panting.

Basicinfo805 Jan 22, 2021 05:31 PM
Concerning Increase in Positive COVID-19 Results in Isla Vista

The UCSB crowd can't help it. They're just not affected out there. They're not going to die from it (99.9% true). Yes, a bunch of them will come down with it, but it's likely to be a cough/flu-like deal and that's about it. For every one that actually went to get tested and tested positive, there are probably twenty or more that never even bother to get a test. They'll be speading it rampantly amongst themselves for a while. The big downside for the greater good is really what hurts - numbers staying high in our county and our businesses and PUBLIC schools not getting back in action.


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