Santa Barbara County Remains in Purple Tier

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Santa Barbara County remains in the Purple Tier with a lower adjusted case rate, California announced Tuesday.

The county's adjusted case rate is 16.9 per 100,000 population and testing positivity of 6%. This lowered adjusted case rate allows schools serving TK through 6th grade, with approved safety plans, to return to in-person learning as early as Wednesday.

As local metrics continue to trend downward, the need for more testing could improve weekly adjusted case rate leading to further reopening in the near future, the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) said in a press release.

In order to keep schools open, PHD states parents and schools will need to ensure daily screening of kids, keeping them home when not feeling well, limiting gathering with people outside of their households, maintaining social distancing outside of their home, wearing face coverings, and following isolation and quarantine guidance when a family member or close contact tests positive.

“COVID-19 is largely transmitted in the community and not in a TK-6 school setting. When everyone does their part to follow the safety guidelines and protocols, our children can return to school in a safe environment for themselves and for school staff,” said PHD Health Officer Dr. Henning Ansorg.

Dr. Ansorg continued to state testing is critical to allow some students to return to in-person learning as more than 50% of transmissions happen unknowingly because the infected person does not have any symptoms yet and is already spreading the virus.

In order for the county to move into the Red Tier, testing volume must remain high to lower the case rate. Community testing sites are available throughout the county. Many sites are open until 7 p.m., allow walk-ins and have no wait times. Turnaround times for tests have also decreased.  More information on testing locations can be found here: https://publichealthsbc.org/testing/

Tuesday's Numbers

On Tuesday, PHD reported two COVID-19 deaths and 64 new cases. The individuals were 50-69 and 70+ years of age. Both individuals had underlying health conditions and neither death was associated with an outbreak at a congregate-care site. The individuals resided in the city of Santa Barbara and the unincorporated area of Goleta.

There have now been 398 deaths.

There are currently 435 active cases in the county. Of those, 76 are hospitalized including 17 in the ICU.

For information about the COVID-19 vaccine, please visit https://publichealthsbc.org/vaccine  or reach the County Call Center for vaccine information by calling 2-1-1 and selecting option 4. This line is available 7 days a week between 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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PitMix Feb 25, 2021 07:23 AM
Santa Barbara County Remains in Purple Tier

"When everyone does their part to follow the safety guidelines and protocols, our children can return to school in a safe environment for themselves and for school staff,”--- because we know we can trust everyone in our community to do their part and be 100% logical and honest. Just like they've been doing all along in this pandemic. Right?

letmego Feb 25, 2021 12:02 PM
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DUKE - SB schools, in many cases are too large (number of students) and not large enough (classrooms, outdoor space) to be open full time, every day. Now, maybe 5x half days would be more efficient? I don't know. Goleta has fewer students and smaller ratios. In any event, I am personally thrilled to have my children be able to attend school 2x a week. I'll take what I can get. I'm fine with baby steps.

dukemunson Feb 25, 2021 11:57 AM
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Pit - you obviously have the capacity to read. As such, if they are estimating 5.5 million years of life lost due to “virtual learning” in 2020... which was what 7 months of school loss? Do you honestly not see the correlating harm of “only” 3 more virtual months followed by a 2.5 month summer...?

dukemunson Feb 25, 2021 09:17 AM
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Pitmix - yes literally every article posted and referenced! They ALL outline the economic and health disaster (short and long term) of school closures! Keeping closed FOR ANOTHER 6 months is insane and (again as per all science!) having massive detrimental effects to kids lives and society at large. That has been central to all of the medical staffs briefings! We have to get back now for a 3 month session before Summer...we just have to! And honestly there should be talk about shortening summer break by at least 2-3 weeks. This is having a spectacularly outsized and disastrous effect on our kids.

Here’s a link to a study thats estimating that school closures in 2020 will cause over 5.5 million years of lost life... how many millions of additional years are you willing to steal from our youth pitmix???? Because advocating for staying closed for another 6 months is just that...

GUSD is going back 5 days per week... SB should to. They obviously made no effort to erect outside classroom options... so... once again... shame on them (and shame on the millions of dollars they wasted of reopening funds).

PitMix Feb 25, 2021 09:00 AM
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Duke, the only people that should be allowed to make the decision on this are the medical staff that have been under intense pressure since last March. Reopening means going to a hybrid model, right? Are you saying that great harm will be done if the schools don't go to a hybrid model for the last 3 months of the school year and then reopen when everyone has been vaccinated in September? Care to post a scientific link supporting that?

dukemunson Feb 25, 2021 08:00 AM
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“Your out of your element Donnie!!” (Err pitmix).

As per the the WHO:

"School closure should be implemented as a last resort, be temporary and only at a local level in areas with intense transmission."

- Teachers "are more likely to be infected" outside schools than inside.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/medicalxpress.com/news/2021-01-school-closures-resort-variants.amp

You see (well you won’t) the consensus is that schools need to be open basically no matter what... and should have been open almost no matter what. You your school admin cronies have caused irreparable harm... you have ignored all science and logic... and all from a nakedly self centered position.

SBTownie Feb 24, 2021 11:40 AM
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Since I [mostly] stopped coming to this website to argue with everyone, I have noticed a distinct upswing in my mental state. Food for thought.

dukemunson Feb 24, 2021 11:55 AM
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Sbtownie - You got to find what works for you! For me it’s been a spending that extra dollar to get the six packs of great land or chief peak AND the prospect of school opening March 8 (I’ll believe it when I see it)! Edhat debate is a nice little diversion when work is slow (or when my arch nemesis pitmix is “contributing”)!

sbdude Feb 24, 2021 09:01 AM
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Not only have 400 souls passed away, but thousands have had to endure lengthy and hugely expensive hospitalizations due to Covid. Not to mention the tens of thousands who have had to take 1 - 2 weeks off of work. The economic hit of all of this can't be underestimated. And people who think just going back to the behaviors we all had pre-pandemic ( full school, no masks, travel everywhere, eating inside in restaurants, etc.) will be all right are fooling themselves. How'd Sweden do with that strategy compared to the rest of Scandinavia?

dukemunson Feb 24, 2021 11:13 AM
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Letmego - No...they didn't "only" keep schools open. Many countries limited bar hours, mandated masks, and closed restaurants for short periods of time...but they did not only keep schools open. They prioritized schools over most other things (like restaurants and bars)...but that's obviously not the only thing they kept open.

dukemunson Feb 24, 2021 10:07 AM
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SBdude - perhaps you don’t realize it, but the rest of Scandinavia (and the world) kept schools open as long as possible... and reopened them as soon as possible. You are right that Sweden took a different path with masks, travel, bars and night clubs open, etc... but all of Scandinavia kept their kids in school. Pretty much Everyone around the world realized the importance of keeping schools open... not only for the education benefit but for the physical, mental and emotional benefit to all. America (and especially California) pretty much stands alone in this regard... to the detriment of us all!

Shasta Guy Feb 24, 2021 07:28 AM
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Florida and California have had substantially similar outcomes, even though the Florida did not lockdown but California did. It’s time to open up with individuals and businesses taking the precautions they feel they need to do to stay safe.

dukemunson Feb 24, 2021 06:14 PM
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But... you know that....and Direct deposit from the school district is nice!!! Your life got better/easier... and you were underpaid anyways so... keep it closed...

dukemunson Feb 24, 2021 06:09 PM
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What was your refutation again? Any and all looks at the cdc and The Who state the desperate need and benefit for schools to open. Your single quote was not only refuted within the article multiple times, but doesn’t mean what it appears you think it does. Your thinking here is horrible... and has caused damage to society at large. Everyone and every government entity agrees school needs to reopen NOW! I get it... there are school admins on edhat that would punt on schools ever opening! But you’ve caused irreparable harm to our kids... you won’t recognize or accept or admit that... but you have. Give a reason why school should be closed ... you won’t... you can’t!!! But try... you will quickly realize it doesn’t hold up in any capacity and that it’s truly a reprehensible thought process that is causing long term damage.

dukemunson Feb 24, 2021 05:25 PM
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456pm : No... you are completely wrong! The cdc and the WHO are adamant that schools need to open ASAP. And they need to be open in spite of almost any level of transmission. Considering there is no discernible uptick in transmission if school is in session or not, keeping schools closed is obviously illogical, cruel, crazy and just plain wrong. Your thinking/influence is what has cost us a full year of school.

Here’s from noozhawk last week:

The National Center for Biotechnology Information, an organization that is funded by the federal government and is a branch of the National Institutes of Health, shared a November Journal of the American Medical Association report that included actuarial findings regarding future adverse affects of U.S. school closures.

This decision analytical model found that missed instruction during 2020 could be associated with an estimated 5.53 million years of total life lost. This loss in life expectancy was likely to be greater than would have been observed if leaving primary schools open had led to an expansion of the first wave of the pandemic.

https://www.noozhawk.com/article/suzanne_nicastro_time_to_tell_truth_about_public_school_closures_20210216

So thanks anonymous poster!! While I’m not quite ready to blame you for all 5.53 million years of lost life... your instance on denying science logic and reason IS reprehensible.

sacjon Feb 24, 2021 04:59 PM
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VOR - "There are many many facets at play here, not just schools." - EXACTLY. And that is EXACTLY why your claim that closed schools cause an increase in transmission rate is so completely fallacious. Good, glad we got that sorted out.

a-1614214614 Feb 24, 2021 04:56 PM
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4:53 - You're reading into it what you want to see. That's in the case of schools already open when case rates worsen. The guidance from the CDC on reopening schools is as stated in the quoted sentence at 4:40 PM.

dukemunson Feb 24, 2021 04:53 PM
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“K-12 schools should be the last settings to close after all other mitigation measures in the community have been employed, and the first to reopen when they can do so safely. This implies that schools should be prioritized for reopening and remaining open for in-person instruction over nonessential businesses and activities.“

Did you meander any further?!! It literally talks about dealing with school being open under larger outbreaks and how school should be open above almost anything And everything else!

Voice of Reason Feb 24, 2021 04:49 PM
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You're all over the place today Sac. I was commenting on a very specific item relating to schools which you kept twisting around and now you're trying to rope in summer drops and winter surges. There are many many facets at play here, not just schools.

a-1614213600 Feb 24, 2021 04:40 PM
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4:24 pm
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/indicators.html

"Given the likely association between levels of community transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and risk of SARS-CoV-2 exposure in schools, a first step in determining when and how to reopen safely involves assessing the level of community transmission. School administrators, working with local public health officials, should assess the level of risk in the community and the likelihood of a case in a school facility, the likelihood that a case would lead to an outbreak, and the consequences of in-school transmission."

sacjon Feb 24, 2021 04:25 PM
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VOR - dial down this..... you say the overall transmission rate will be higher with the schools open. OK, fine, so how do you explain the dropping numbers over the summer and now over the winter after the holidays?

Again though, just because the CDC says (and I agree) that schools are a low risk/low transmission place), does not logically translate to the claim that opening schools will reduce the rate or that closing them will increase the rate. It's painfully simple, you just refuse to accept the concepts of basic logic and causation.

Simple - post hoc. Look it up.

dukemunson Feb 24, 2021 04:24 PM
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419pm - You haven’t gone the cdc website for awhile!!! They are advocating for schools opening ... pretty much irregardless of transmission rates. Their recommendations on school cleaning policies changes as rate goes up... but as per the CDC and WHO... schools need to be open (almost) no matter what the spread is. Id recommend you take a gander back to their website...

a-1614212380 Feb 24, 2021 04:19 PM
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4:15 - Could it perhaps be linked to the one phrase in the CDC guidance that you keep ignoring? It's the caveat that school openings should be based on community transmission rates.

dukemunson Feb 24, 2021 04:15 PM
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Fair enough! But (last thing)... is there truly nothing to be made of those CDC studies I linked this morning showing less spread in schools than in the community at large where those school districts are?

Voice of Reason Feb 24, 2021 04:15 PM
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Sac. we're not going to get anywhere when you keep taking portions of my comment and extrapolating a different meaning than my actual comment. Closing schools will increase the overall transmission rate of an entire community by preventing a sub-set of the community from being part of what the CDC has shown is a lower transmission rate group (in school). I am not saying that closing schools will increase the transmission rate for the portion of the community that was never going to be in school anyway (that may or may not be the case, IDK, but isn't what I've been saying), just that the overall transmission rate for the community (i.e. average across all sections) will be higher with schools closed. There is a subtle difference here that you're missing, I think you should dial down the argumentativeness and dial up the reading comprehension.

sacjon Feb 24, 2021 04:09 PM
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DUKE - I'm not saying schools being closed caused the numbers to go down. You and VOR keep trying to use "causation" when you can't do it. I only mentioned the summer because it goes against the claim that closed schools cause an increase in numbers. Saying that schools being closed CAUSES an increase in numbers is logically incorrect. You can't determine that. Just like I can't say closed schools in the summer caused the numbers to go down, which I never said. See what I mean?

dukemunson Feb 24, 2021 04:02 PM
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Ok...but then you can't say schools being closed over the Summer caused the numbers to go down. And I think you are being slightly too dismissive of the fact that there has been virtually no discernable transmission in school. That is 7 hours per day where kids aren't getting each other sick. But yeah, we are all searching for answers to why Florida keeping everything open is virtually identical to (whatever the hell you want to call what we're doing) California. Maybe strip clubs and nightclubs help limit COVID...?

sacjon Feb 24, 2021 03:57 PM
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DUKE - schools have a low transmission rate, that is all. You can't take that fact and infer all sorts of other scenarios. Well, you can, but it's not good logic. You can't say that because there is a low transmission rate in school, that opening schools will reduce the rate. It's called post hoc fallacy.

dukemunson Feb 24, 2021 03:57 PM
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It's an interesting point Sac - There is an ebb and flow to this that is tough to figure...it's truly perplexing! Things were lower in the summer, which is odd as there were tons of people traveling all over the country, beaches were packed and there were massive protests with tens of thousands of people screaming and yelling right next to each other! Why does Florida have similar numbers to here when you can hit disneyland, then a movie theater, then a bar, then a strip club, then a nightclub and then wake up and hit a mega church to atone for all of the aforementioned?

Thank god for the new consensus that schools MUST open! I remember telling you back in the Fall that it was going to take a mandate for the schools to open up...looking like we finally made it! How confident are you in a March 8 GUSD return actually happening?

sacjon Feb 24, 2021 03:49 PM
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VOR - no man, this is so simple. YOU are the one twisting it. You said: Closing schools increases the transmission rates. Right? Now you acknowledge that's not necessarily true. Also, opening schools does not reduce the rate in the community. Show me where the CDC says that. You have FAILED over and over again to back your claim, instead pivoting and burying acknowledgments among nonsensical rambling.

FINALLY, why do you continue to ignore the facts that are actually in front of us? Why did the numbers go down across the country during the summer when NO SCHOOLS were open?

dukemunson Feb 24, 2021 03:45 PM
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Sac - The logic that schools are at least as safe of a place (if not more so) is that in school kids are being encouraged/mandated to wash hands, distance and only be with smaller (and the same) group of kids. Kids need and seek out social interaction. So, a huge swathe of kids that aren't in school are hanging out with tons of other people and kids in settings in which they aren't washing hands or distancing. In essence schools is providing a spot where hand washing and distancing is being encouraged and reinforced and minimizing those interactions that are happening outside of school with no supervision. Less gatherings are taking place outside of school when school is in session...which helps to limit spread. Add in the physical, mental and emotional toll that school closures are having on kids (and society at large)...and it's absolutely insane that schools were closed for as long as they were.

Voice of Reason Feb 24, 2021 03:40 PM
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Sac you're ability to twist words around while simultaneously leaving out relevant parts rivals a politicians Twitter feed. Also, this not my theory, it is information provided by the CDC that I am repeating here.

sacjon Feb 24, 2021 03:35 PM
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LETMEGO - sadly, yes. Lots of parents of distant learning kids are allowing their kids to run around freely, increasing their exposure chances. That's lame. But, once the schools allow in person, those same kids will still be out and about, if not more. So, VOR's argument that opening schools will reduce transmission rates is just whacky. Not sure where that logic comes from!

sacjon Feb 24, 2021 03:33 PM
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VOR - "So no, closing schools would not increase the rate of transmission for the portion of community not in (or not previously in) school" yup, thanks.

Now, your theory that schools are a "safe zone," that is just absurd. That's basically saying kids are less likely to catch it in schools than they are at home doing distance learning. That's just wildly nuts.

Voice of Reason Feb 24, 2021 03:15 PM
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I understand the meaning and this isn't an example of that Achoo, Sac your twisting my words again, let me edit your comment: The CDC states that the transmission rate for [for teachers and students] in schools that are open for in person learning is low[er than the larger community where the school is located], therefore, [keeping schools] clos[ed] increases [the overall] the rate of transmission [for the community over that of if the schools had been open]. So no, closing schools would not increase the rate of transmission for the portion of community not in (or not previously in) school, but it would increase the rate of transmission for the overall community as you're now preventing a sub-set of the community from accessing this lower transmission area.

dukemunson Feb 24, 2021 02:39 PM
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I think we can all (except for the school admins on here) agree that there was no reason or cause to keep schools closed in the FALL. The CDC, the WHO, virtually every government agrees that schools HAVE to be the absolute last thing (other than grocery/medical) to close. Our school board and teachers union though did everything possible to make make sure that schools were the last thing to open! So there was no reason or cause to close school...but they sure have had an effect!

letmego Feb 24, 2021 02:38 PM
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SAC, your kids may be that way with their friends, but IG tells me that is not the case overall. Lots of kids hanging out with friends, no masks to be seen. And even a big teenager birthday party at one point...given by a family that has very LOUDLY proclaimed that kids need to be in schools and "kids are hanging out anyway".

sacjon Feb 24, 2021 01:52 PM
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VOR - Trying to help you out here so let me break it down. This is your claim:

The CDC states that the transmission rate in schools that are open for in person learning is low, therefore, closing schools increases the rate of transmission.

Now do you see how that is just not a logical conclusion? It's glaringly faulty. If you continue to stand by it, you need to change your name.

sacjon Feb 24, 2021 01:47 PM
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VOR - take the "reason" out of your name, because your logic sucks. I see, and agree, that the CDC says the transmission rate is lower in schools. BUT..... what you keep ignoring and refusing to explain is how that means closing schools causes an increase in transmission. Just because schools are low risk and have a low transmission rate, DOES NOT MEAN that closing them increased the rate. How do you not understand what you are saying? Heck, even DUKE agreed with me and restated his claim about closing schools increasing the numbers.

No, you can't take CDC statements and infer something from them that defies the simplest logic. You said closing schools increases the rate, and that the CDC states that fact. It does not, because it is NOT a fact. It's a faulty inference at best. ACTUAL facts show the opposite of what you say. Why do you keep ignoring those real facts and rely solely on an illogical inference?

Voice of Reason Feb 24, 2021 01:37 PM
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Sac, I've already cited where the CDC has said schools are safer with less transmission than the general community. I've been trying all morning to get you to realize that this answers your demand for CDC citations but you flat out refuse to pull your head out of the sand.

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