Santa Barbara County Doesn't Qualify for Orange Tier
By edhat staff
Santa Barbara County is not eligible to move into the orange tier due to an uptick in COVID-19 cases, says Public Health.
Even though state officials announced today the metrics are widening yet again due to 4 million of the most at-risk Californians being vaccinated, Santa Barbara County came up short. Other Southern California counties such as Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, San Bernardino, and Riverside all moved into the orange tier.
During Tuesday's Board of Supervisors meeting, Public Health Director Dr. Van Do-Reynoso stated the county has a 6.8 adjusted case rate per 100,000 population and it needs a 5.9 or lower for two consecutive weeks to qualify for the less restrictive orange tier.
Last week Santa Barbara County had a 5.3 adjusted case rate. "We will have some work ahead of us," she said.
The Public Health Department is attributing the slight uptick as a result of reopening and loosening restrictions. Dr. Do-Reynoso said the pandemic is shifting nationally towards younger unvaccinated people who appear to be more mobile and social. Locally there has been an increase in cases for people in their 20's who are college students or work in offices. Regionally the increase is seen in Santa Barbara, Goleta, unincorporated areas of Goleta, and unincorporated north county.
On Monday, the Public Health Department announced anyone age 16 or older are now eligible to receive the vaccine at public health vaccination sites due to a large volume of vaccine availability. More appointments will open up for those 16 and older at clinics and pharmacies on April 15.
Approximately 17.3% of Santa Barbara County is fully vaccinated with 30% receiving at least one dose of the two-dose vaccine.
The Public Health Department administered 8,314 first vaccine doses in Lompoc last week and they plan to administer 9,150 doses in Santa Maria this week and 7,530 doses in Santa Barbara next week. Click here to make an appointment.
California as a whole had administered over 20 million vaccines, has stable hospitalization rates, and has the lowest testing positivity rate in the U.S., said Governor Gavin Newsom. In a statement on Monday Newsom said they plan to fully reopen the state by June 15.
Visit publichealthsbc.org for more information.