Health Officials Report Dramatic Increase in COVID-19 Cases

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Santa Barbara County Public Health Officer Dr. Henning Ansorg during Tuesday's press conference
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Santa Barbara County Public Health officials are reporting a "dramatic increase" in COVID-19 cases due to unvaccinated residents.

During a press conference on Tuesday, officials stated the county's case rate increased by 400% in one month. 

Public Health Officer Dr. Henning Ansorg expressed frustration against those who choose not to get one of the COVID-19 vaccines when it's now easily accessible.

"I am saddened to report that Santa Barbara County is experiencing a dramatic increase in new COVID cases, hospitalizations, and deaths. I am particularly saddened and upset because all of this is 100% preventable," said Dr. Ansorg.

Public Health Director Dr. Van Do-Reynoso confirmed local numbers are increasing in a "very rapid manner in the span of two weeks."

Santa Barbara County active COVID-19 cases increased by 70% to 303 from a two-week average of 179. Additionally, hospitalizations increased by 71% and the testing positivity rate reached 5.3%.

Dr. Do-Reynoso also confirmed eight COVID-19 outbreaks across the county. One location is a homeless shelter in Santa Maria and the other is a school in the South County with 23 positive cases, mostly students.

If the state was still using the color-coded tier system, Santa Barbara County would be at the brink of the purple tier, she said.

Nearly 52% of the county's entire population is fully vaccinated and 61% of those that are eligible. Approximately 149,600 county residents are unvaccinated.

Dr. Ansorg confirmed 80% of new positive cases and all hospitalizations were unvaccinated people. Approximately 20% of new COVID-19 cases were among vaccinated people although none required hospitalization most had zero to minimal symptoms. 

While addressing "breakthrough" infections, Dr. Ansorg stated, "what we are seeing so far is that asymptomatic, vaccinated people do not seem to spread the virus."

Dr. Do-Reynoso stated the Public Health Department will consider reinstating the mask mandate if the numbers continue to consistently increase, but for now, they're content issuing advisories and encouraging vaccination.

On Tuesday morning, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced a change to its masking recommendations as it grows more concerned over the Delta variant of Covid-19, urging vaccinated people in certain areas of the country to resume wearing masks indoors in public areas.

People living in areas with "high" or "substantial" Covid-19 transmission should resume wearing masks indoors, said CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky. This is nearly two-thirds of counties in the United States. 

For those who are unvaccinated, the guidance remains the same, continue to wear a mask until receiving the vaccine. 

The CDC's latest guidance also recommends universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to schools, regardless of vaccination status.

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Babycakes Jul 28, 2021 08:25 AM
Health Officials Report Dramatic Increase in COVID-19 Cases

When no one in real life pays attention to you, you go on the internet and spend a TON of time and effort trying to get a tiny little feeling of validation.
When no one in real life pays attention to you, you go on the internet and spend a TON of time and effort trying to get a tiny little feeling of validation.
When no one in real life pays attention to you, you go on the internet and spend a TON of time and effort trying to get a tiny little feeling of validation.

Alexblue Jul 28, 2021 08:26 AM
Health Officials Report Dramatic Increase in COVID-19 Cases

“A war”.

Mmmhmm. So, who is the first person you will target with violence? Who are you planning on killing? Because if what you’re saying is not hyperbole, then you are talking about killing your fellow citizens.

SantaBarbaraObserver Jul 28, 2021 08:44 AM
Health Officials Report Dramatic Increase in COVID-19 Cases

Oh lookie! Another Boomer and their ME ME ME mantra. Boomer's are the worst generation in American history. The Hippies became Yuppies and they ate the country. They indebted the future generations for the next 100 years to pay for their greed and selfishness. They are literally the only generation in our history to leave the next generation worse off than they... The only one! And they're still sucking up every last resource while poisoning the well on their way into the grave... If only there was a way to accelerate that journey? Hmmm. I wonder what that could be? You're right Lotus, the vaccine is definitely not the right thing for you...

LooseCannon Jul 28, 2021 08:50 AM
Health Officials Report Dramatic Increase in COVID-19 Cases

We already have vaccine mandates for children attending schools. Why should COVID be any different?

Effective July 1, 2019:

Immunizations required to enter 7th grade:
Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis booster (Tdap)
Varicella (Chickenpox)

Immunizations required to enter Kindergarten:
Polio
Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis (DTaP)
Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR)
Hepatitis B
Varicella (Chickenpox)

Immunizations required to enter Child Care (depends on age when enrolling):
Polio
Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis (DTaP)
Haemophilus influenzae type b
Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR)
Hepatitis B
Varicella (Chickenpox)

SantaBarbaraObserver Jul 28, 2021 09:05 AM
Health Officials Report Dramatic Increase in COVID-19 Cases

The AntiVa logic: "I don't trust the government". While simultaneously stating "The Covid19 vaccine is not FDA approved! We have no idea what's in it!". While you really cant do anything about stupidity, trust that Mother Nature can and does manage these things with incredible efficiency... Sometimes you just have to let things play out.

Lotuseater Jul 28, 2021 09:17 AM
Health Officials Report Dramatic Increase in COVID-19 Cases

SBObserver: Agreed…My generation certainly has its share of problems. Fortunately; crying over things we do not have and constantly whining, complaining and freaking out over our parents and grandparents’ actions (Mommy and Daddy Issues)… is not one of them.

Andrea Smith Jul 28, 2021 09:46 AM
Health Officials Report Dramatic Increase in COVID-19 Cases

LOTUSEATER if you are going to bring up the past problems with the LIVE polio vaccine then get your facts straight. That was a LIVE vaccine, with live virus, nothing like the vaccines out now in fact the mRNA has NO virus in them at all. Some, not a huge number, of mothers contracted polio from changing baby diapers b/c the LIVE virus was shed through the poop. The immediately discontinued it and oped for a different vaccine. That is not the case with ANY of the current vaccines out there even ones with viral particles which are all DEAD and incapable of infecting you. You are so worried yet not at all concered about the long term damage you may suffer if you contract COVID and they've already said, If you are NOT VACCINATED you WILL be infected with Delta. I hope you have accepted that consequence.

Lotuseater Jul 29, 2021 05:49 AM
Health Officials Report Dramatic Increase in COVID-19 Cases

DW2000, FTR I answered your question to name some of the very good reasons for not wanting the vaccine.
I can’t find my response which leads me to believe that it was removed by an administrator.
Ironic considering one of the valid reasons I listed was censorship and lack of honest debate on the science

Lotuseater Jul 29, 2021 08:13 AM
Health Officials Report Dramatic Increase in COVID-19 Cases

Andrea: "You are so worried yet not at all concered...."

No, Andrea, I am not worried. I am resigned to the facts of life that there is little to nothing to be done to stop a .1m pathogen like Sars-CoV2 or any of its thousands of mutations that will surely come. I took the vaccine that was offered and live my life normally and whatever will be will be.
I got my facts straight and you don't know me but I have probably forgotten more about vaccines than the entire sum of your knowledge about them. I hadn't posted in about 10 years and thought I'd give it a whirl. Thank you and others here for reminding me why it is a waste of my time to engage on social media.

edney Jul 30, 2021 09:45 AM
Health Officials Report Dramatic Increase in COVID-19 Cases

Using CA and FLA as opposites, lets talk about Mother Natures incredible efficiency with COVID. FLA has a large recovered immunity population due to its hands off policies.
One could argue that the dumbest person in CA (FLA) would be someone who has been masked etc. since day one and is also anti vaccine. No exposure, not even a chance of recovered immunity. We are talking 10's of millions of people, so there are some out there...

First I will say that FLA has a much larger retiree cohort by % than CA, while CA has more people in poverty by %. For the sake of discussion I am waving a magic wand and saying the two states are equal for the time being

CA currently has a 10% lower death rate per capita than FLA 163 per 100K vs. 180 per 100K. (the pandemic is not yet over, but for the sake of discussion, lets assume the numbers will more or less stay the same for now)
FLA backers can say that going forward they have among the best recovered immunity in the US even if overall vaccination rates are 4% lower than in CA

The arguments made in favor and against doing it the FLA way is that FLA was wide open early. Beaches, schools, Disneyworld open. So FLA in effect traded 10% higher death rate for 100% of normal life. Whereas CA severely curtailed freedoms. No solo stand up paddling in the ocean. mask everywhere, school via Zoom. FLA freedom came at the cost of 13 people per 100K more than CA (adjusted below to 6.5 per 100,000)

What happened to Mother Nature in FLA? She only took a 10% higher death toll on FLA than on Mother Nature squelcher CA.

It was the virus. This virus is not a big killer, particularly of the young.
https://www.statista.com/statistics/1191568/reported-deaths-from-covid-by-age-us/
Nationwide stats for full duration of virus through July 21, 2021. TOTAL 601,124

Age Nationwide
0-17 337
18-29 2470
30-39 7074
40-49 18,810
So total US deaths under 50 were only 28,691
The following number is an amazing one for me
95% of all deaths, were in people over 50

So in order to do this right we will need to check CA vs FLA demographics closer.
41% of FLA is over 50
33% of CA is over 50

It looks like the if you adjust FLA number accordingly, its really only 5% higher death rate than CA for 100% more freedom

dukemunson Jul 30, 2021 04:21 PM
Health Officials Report Dramatic Increase in COVID-19 Cases

Edney - you actually need to do a deeper dive into the numbers. I did it about 2-3 months ago. Florida was actually doing better in ever single age demo compared to California. The only reason California’s total per capita is lower is that Florida has (proportionally) millions of additional people over 65 whole California has millions more (actually and proportionally) people under 18.

GeneralTree Jul 28, 2021 08:53 AM
Health Officials Report Dramatic Increase in COVID-19 Cases

Can't wait for mandatory vaccinations to be required for those who wish to return to work and go to school. Terrorist anti-vaxxers can either get vaccinated, or go live in the Pershing park quarantine area. Russia loves hearing our citizens whine about the vaccine.

Voice of Reason Jul 28, 2021 08:58 AM
Health Officials Report Dramatic Increase in COVID-19 Cases

GT, you are part of the problem and equally as bad for our country and community as those q-anon, faux news, Trumpiodiots, you're constantly, and I mean constantly, bringing up (even when completely unrelated to the topic at hand).

SBgal74 Jul 28, 2021 08:59 AM
Health Officials Report Dramatic Increase in COVID-19 Cases

“All hospitalizations are unvaccinated people” “this is all 100% preventable” “crisis of their own making”
What on earth is it going to take for people to get it? We’re trying to tell you the train is coming and you just won’t get off the tracks no matter how loud we scream. It’s unbelievable that people are so willing to risk death for NO good reason. Folks I believe it’s called “Invincible Ignorance”. Unfortunately that ignorance and clinging to unfounded conspiracies is going to perpetuate the development of worsening strains and drag this pandemic out for everyone.

Voice of Reason Jul 28, 2021 09:53 AM
Health Officials Report Dramatic Increase in COVID-19 Cases

That, as well as the politicians who create covid rules/restrictions then not follow them, are two of the reasons why so many don't believe covid is as dangerous as portrayed by fear mongering media and big tech (both of which don't care about your health and well being, only their profit$$$) and thus another reason for vaccine hesitancy. The trust in our political ruling class has been lost, and rightfully so.

sacjon Jul 28, 2021 04:03 PM
Health Officials Report Dramatic Increase in COVID-19 Cases

VOICE - You shouldn't make critical health decisions based on what politicians do or don't do as far as following the rules/restrictions. That's like taking medical advice from an episode of Family Guy.

Sad thing is, most the people who mimic or otherwise pay any credence to the actions/inactions of their favorite politicians when it comes to COVID are also the same people who describe themselves as "free thinkers" as they post "evidence" from YouTube.

Andrea Smith Jul 28, 2021 09:15 AM
Health Officials Report Dramatic Increase in COVID-19 Cases

Why is it so hard for people to understand that this isn't about vaccinated people being afraid of the unvaccinated. We are protected, they are not. THE POINT IS, the MORE THIS VIRUS SPREADS AROUND [and vaccinated can shed although less] THE MORE CHANCE OF A MUTATION THAT IS NOT COVERED BY THE VACCINES. And, the more the cases go up/hospitalizations, etc. the greater chance of further economically devastating lockdowns that not too many more businesses can withstand next time around. So stop being so selfish it's not all about you and if you think it is and are not community minded then please, go live somewhere by yourself where there is no one around you and you can do whatever you want. you can even order your supplies online now and not have to interact with anyone.

PitMix Jul 28, 2021 10:05 AM
Health Officials Report Dramatic Increase in COVID-19 Cases

I make my own decisions. I don't base them on what some politician or celebrity said or did. Fauci seems pretty trustworthy though. The head of the CDC that relaxed the mask mandate in June, not so much. That was really a bad decision.

GeneralTree Jul 28, 2021 11:08 AM
Health Officials Report Dramatic Increase in COVID-19 Cases

1) Fauci didn't lie. You must have gotten that from your right wing rags. A far right lie propagated by Rubio
2)Studies have found that mandating public use of face masks was associated with a reduction in the COVID-19 daily growth rate.
3) Why are your worried about someone else's political views when it is a public health issue?

Ahchooo Jul 28, 2021 01:58 PM
Health Officials Report Dramatic Increase in COVID-19 Cases

Changing one’s assessment and recommendations is not a lie. It’s sensible to change when conditions and knowledge change. And you must keep in mind that Fauci was constrained in what he could say during the previous administration. If he’d spoken as plainly as he wished, he might have lost his bully pulpit, and less science oriented spokespersons would have filled his spot. He could have threaded the needle differently, and maybe better, but he didn’t flat out lie. Even with the early advice about not needing masks, he said “What we’re telling people is…” and went on to say they needed the limited supply of masks for medical personnel. Then they realized how airborne the virus is, and he told us to make our own masks. As far as herd immunity threshold, I heard him say “We think …” which means, that’s what they thought when they didn’t know much. You need to learn how to listen.

Ahchooo Jul 28, 2021 03:35 PM
Health Officials Report Dramatic Increase in COVID-19 Cases

Find me where he said masks don’t work. Clearly he said masks are a necessity in a hospital setting, that’s why he wanted to save them for health care workers. I heard Fauci speak a lot, and I don’t really feel the need to defend him, as I don’t know him and he can fend for himself. But I believe you are not receiving his full sentences, only clips or rephrased versions. He very clearly said it was unclear how many people need to be immune to get to herd immunity, but generally they like to reach 75 to 85 percent. He was vague. He knows, and we all should understand, that he was guessing. Novel virus! Data still coming in! Variants emerging!

Voice of Reason Jul 28, 2021 03:55 PM
Health Officials Report Dramatic Increase in COVID-19 Cases

Achoo, you wrote "He knows, and we all should understand, that he was guessing." I want to be very clear on this one. If a politician, bureaucrat, leader, whatever, is GUESSING, they should not be MANDATING anything! Recommend based on their best guess, inform people what their best guess is, absolutely. Mandate and require compliance to a response based on a guess NO WAY!

sacjon Jul 28, 2021 03:56 PM
Health Officials Report Dramatic Increase in COVID-19 Cases

VOICE - none of those quotes say "masks don't work." Not being "perfect" or certain masks being "not really effective" is not the same as "masks don't work." English.

Also, former or the latter? Still waiting.... "the data doesn't support" or "there is no data to support?" Which is it? Your silence is thus far your concession.

Ahchooo Jul 28, 2021 04:48 PM
Health Officials Report Dramatic Increase in COVID-19 Cases

Fauci guessed on the percentage of the population that needed to be immune to achieve herd immunity. I doubt that’s an exact number, nor one that can be perfectly predicted, as it changes depending how contagious a variant is. He did not guess about masks. He, and others may have been wrong at the beginning when they said they thought the virus was mainly spread by droplets, not tiny aerosols, but being wrong is not lying. Scientists in other countries thought the same thing, until they figured it out.

sacjon Jul 28, 2021 04:54 PM
Health Officials Report Dramatic Increase in COVID-19 Cases

ACHOOO - In their eyes, if you're a liberal, a mistake or recalculation is a "lie." If your the former leader of the free world though, a flat out, verifiable and intentional misstatement of a fact is an "alternative fact" or even more baffling, "the truth."

The hypocrisy is mind blowing.

Voice of Reason Jul 28, 2021 05:00 PM
Health Officials Report Dramatic Increase in COVID-19 Cases

Still hanging on to that guy huh? Have you ever heard any politician from either side admit a mistake? I haven't. And no , I don't count Newsom saying he made a mistake at French Laundry or sending his kid to a maskless camp as a mistake, he got caught. I've been very bipartisan in my dislike/distrust of politicians, you seem to think one party is above all that.... you'd be very very wrong. It absolutely blows my mind that so many here want to give politicians and bureaucrats even more power over their lives.

dukemunson Jul 28, 2021 05:45 PM
Health Officials Report Dramatic Increase in COVID-19 Cases

Still mad about the trees???? Never met someone who loved Eugenias so much...

The problem with the polar extremes of both sides is they are convinced anyone that disagrees with them is "lying". It's sad and truly the problem plaguing this country. The middle ground is no mans land...you must have iron clad (and vocal!) conviction in extremely partisan ideologies.

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