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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Ahchooo Jul 29, 2021 01:23 PM
Health Officials Report Dramatic Increase in COVID-19 Cases

Thanks, MountainMan, for the Fauci video. That was apparently from January 2020? I wonder what he says about asymptomatic transmission now. I should note that “driving outbreaks” and being a risk to individuals are not the same thing. The question for me is: how significant is the risk, especially with the current variants.

Andrea Smith Jul 28, 2021 09:18 AM
Health Officials Report Dramatic Increase in COVID-19 Cases

This is another example of many during this pandemic showing people truly cannot self govern as they wish to without government intrusion. The unvaccinated were asked to wear masks and they didn't. Screaming about their "rights" without regard to everyone else's rights. So now, we have to go back to everyone wearing masks b/c ppl cannot be trusted to self govern and do what is right for the greater good as it was intended in this country. And these very same people screaming about "freedom" and "rights' now will complain when the government comes in to govern b/c they cannot, what a bunch of BS at this point not to mention extremely frustrating to deal with these incalcitrant anti social problematic people who should be quarantined away from the rest of the community as they apparently cannot live within a community and do what is right and properly self govern without the government having to come down on them. How stupid.

Voice of Reason Jul 28, 2021 09:29 AM
Health Officials Report Dramatic Increase in COVID-19 Cases

Andrea, you have a very narrow minded and skewed view of the situation spoon fed to you by those with a motive unrelated to public health and well being. Anyone who lumps everyone who hasn't received a vaccination into a single, predefined, partisan pile is part of the problem and only increases division and distrust. Like so many other issues, as much as the media and internet want to put you in column A or column B, is not possible to define the scope of the issues like that as they are incredibly nuanced and multi-faceted, especially for a county as large and incredibly diverse as ours. Further division and blame is not the solution.

sacjon Jul 28, 2021 11:05 AM
Health Officials Report Dramatic Increase in COVID-19 Cases

VOICE - would it help if she said "most of the unvaccinated people......?" We all know that most of those who are voluntarily unvaxxed are the same ones who refused to wear masks due to their "freedoms." You can't honestly say that's untrue.

Voice of Reason Jul 28, 2021 11:59 AM
Health Officials Report Dramatic Increase in COVID-19 Cases

You're making assumptions with zero supporting data, anecdotal information at best. Me supporting a persons right to choose to get this vaccination does not make me a anti-vaxxer, nor does it mean I didn't get it. At this point, the vaccine is widely available for free. Everyone at-risk should have gotten one by now, which, combined with improved therapeutic treatments and procedures, makes the current mortality rate of covid below other communicable diseases which the world isn't freaking out about (like TB, which still kills 1.5 million people per year +/-). I simply place a higher value on people being free to live their lives than I do on trying to eliminate what is now a extremely minuscule risk at the expense of it all.

PitMix Jul 28, 2021 12:04 PM
Health Officials Report Dramatic Increase in COVID-19 Cases

LA Times map says 53.5% of County residents are fully vaxxed. That means about 1/2 of the people you see in stores should be wearing masks. If only 1 out of 10, then there is something wrong with that picture.
https://www.latimes.com/projects/california-coronavirus-cases-tracking-outbreak/covid-19-vaccines-distribution/

sacjon Jul 28, 2021 12:08 PM
Health Officials Report Dramatic Increase in COVID-19 Cases

VOICE - You're completely ignoring my question. Who are all those people who refuse to wear masks? Are they vaccinated or proudly unvaccinated? Why do you dodge it? You say most are not the same, well prove it!

At least in our government, my claim is 100% accurate. See for yourself: "Most of the Republicans refusing to wear masks have declined to say if they are vaccinated or have openly confirmed that they are not. All Democrats in the House and Senate, meanwhile, have confirmed publicly that they are vaccinated." -----https://thehill.com/homenews/house/565286-tempers-flare-as-some-in-gop-ignore-new-house-mask-mandate

Now, we can argue all day whether our government is a reflection of our people (democracy and all that), or you can provide some proof that "the data doesn't support" my claim that most of the unvaccinated people out there are the same ones that are openly defying mask rules. It's a simple claim, yet you vehemently oppose it, saying the "data doesn't' support it."

OK, fine. Once again...... where is your "data?"

dukemunson Jul 28, 2021 12:25 PM
Health Officials Report Dramatic Increase in COVID-19 Cases

Sac - I haven't seen people openly defying mask rules, have you...and if so, where? There is no mask mandate at this point (just a recommendation), so I see a lot of people (liberals, conservatives, nothings and everything in betweens) not wearing masks because they don't have to.

Voice of Reason Jul 28, 2021 12:33 PM
Health Officials Report Dramatic Increase in COVID-19 Cases

If you're going to quote me do it accurately, don't tweak my words to change the meaning, then put it in quotes to try and support your point. I also don't trust one bit what any politician, red or blue, said about their personal vaccination status, they have lost all credibility.

sacjon Jul 28, 2021 12:53 PM
Health Officials Report Dramatic Increase in COVID-19 Cases

VOICE - answer the question, with "supporting data." It's all I've asked. Let me break it down:

I said: Most people who are voluntarily unvaxxed are also the same people out there refusing to wear masks.

You said: No, not true, the data doesn't support that.

I say, again: Show me the data.

I never said anything (initially at least) about party lines. You're changing it up here. Super simple: SHOW US THE DATA you keep talking about.

sacjon Jul 28, 2021 12:55 PM
Health Officials Report Dramatic Increase in COVID-19 Cases

VOICE - again, can't make this much easier for you, but here's my original claim:

"most of those who are voluntarily unvaxxed are the same ones who refused to wear masks due to their "freedoms.""

You said: "That is simply not true Sac, that data doesn't support it"

Bring on the data.

dukemunson Jul 28, 2021 01:11 PM
Health Officials Report Dramatic Increase in COVID-19 Cases

Sac - while the gap is closing, vaccine hesistancy/refusal is still primarily based on education and socio-economic status. Educated and Wealthy people are getting it…

https://www.shadac.org/news/HPSVax-06.21

Babycakes Jul 28, 2021 01:29 PM
Health Officials Report Dramatic Increase in COVID-19 Cases

Once again, VOR uses calm reasoning and facts whilst the Edhat know-all Intelligentsia resorts to the usual drivel. Instead of getting painted in a corner, VOR uses these peeps to wipe up aisle 7 over and over. Everyone knows that when the name-calling starts, the name-callers have lost the discussion ("Here's fact A, B, and C." .....then out comes the "you are an idiot" and "completely debunked by Disgraced Talking Head #3 on MSNBC" .....etc.). Something like that anyway.

Voice of Reason Jul 28, 2021 02:12 PM
Health Officials Report Dramatic Increase in COVID-19 Cases

Sac, there is no data to support your claim, it's purely anecdotal based on what you've seen on the TV and internet. Now you're asking me for data to support my claim that there is no data to support your claim? Do I have that right?

sacjon Jul 28, 2021 02:21 PM
Health Officials Report Dramatic Increase in COVID-19 Cases

VOICE - oh wow you're amazing. You say there's "no data to support your claim" yet you also say ""That is simply not true Sac, that data doesn't support it""

So.... what data where you talking about that doesn't support my claim? WHAT DATA are you relying on??

ANSWER: None. You've admitted there's no data. So, instead of pretending to be some "reason" wizard, just admit, as you pretty much already did, that you're just making stuff up and your claim was just as anecdotal and unprovable as mine. Just because you don't agree, doesn't mean "the data doesn't support" my claim.

I never purported to back my claim with data, just made the claim that is pretty common knowledge and I stand by: Most of the people who are out there refusing to get vaccinated are also the same ones refusing to wear masks.

Again, if I'm wrong, show me the proof. Oh yeah, you admitted you have none. Next!

sacjon Jul 28, 2021 02:31 PM
Health Officials Report Dramatic Increase in COVID-19 Cases

VOICE - "the data doesn't support your claim" is not the same as "there is no data to support your claim." It's a semantic nuance, but it's important. If you meant the latter, your concession is accepted.

edney Jul 29, 2021 08:37 AM
Health Officials Report Dramatic Increase in COVID-19 Cases

An assertion by a politician isn't a fact, and it's what is called anecdotal data which is the weakest "data" there is. Or are you saying all Democrats produced paperwork? in which case I'd like to see it.

We are living in backwards world where unvaccinated refuse to wear masks, while the vaccinated are double masking (when they know the cameras are on) on the floor of the Capitol building.

edney Jul 29, 2021 09:51 AM
Health Officials Report Dramatic Increase in COVID-19 Cases

You forgot to add the percentage of people who have recovered immunity. There is no reason for them to mask, and vaccination is supplemental.
LA County has 1.2 Million confirmed people in that group which is 10% of the population
http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/coronavirus/locations.htm.

This LA County Health link is useful http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/coronavirus/vaccine/vaccine-dashboard.htm

79% of seniors over 65 are fully vaccinated and 88.5% have had at least one dose.

62% of people over 16 are fully vaccinated and 71% have had at least one dose

Most of the people who have had one dose go on to become fully vaccinated within 4 weeks

edney Jul 29, 2021 10:44 AM
Health Officials Report Dramatic Increase in COVID-19 Cases

You forgot to add the percentage of people who have recovered immunity. There is no reason for them to mask, and vaccination is supplemental.
LA County has 1.2 Million confirmed people in that group which is 10% of the population
http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/coronavirus/locations.htm.

This LA County Health link is useful http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/coronavirus/vaccine/vaccine-dashboard.htm

79% of seniors over 65 are fully vaccinated and 88.5% have had at least one dose.

62% of people over 16 are fully vaccinated and 71% have had at least one dose

Most of the people who have had one dose go on to become fully vaccinated within 4 weeks

Voice of Reason Jul 29, 2021 10:12 AM
Health Officials Report Dramatic Increase in COVID-19 Cases

I think you have it very backwards Andrea, you should be trusting the people in your/our community and looking very skeptically at outsiders especially when they're trying to influence, or worse, control our behaviors. Outsiders = politicians, the media, big pharma, state and federal governments, big tech, mega-corporations, all of whom do not have a vested interest in our community nor do they have the best interest of our community at heart (they only want the profits or votes that can be extracted from us).

edney Jul 29, 2021 11:39 AM
Health Officials Report Dramatic Increase in COVID-19 Cases

Two downvotes for saying we should find out why hospital care workers and first responders are a vaccine reluctant group?
god forbid someone says we should investigate, answer the question, and address those concerns

Voice of Reason Jul 29, 2021 11:56 AM
Health Officials Report Dramatic Increase in COVID-19 Cases

This should be very telling Edney as it's a very good question. I brought up the same point when the CDC/NIH testified to congress that only 60% of their organizations were vaccinated. Can we revisit that? If such a significant % of the people who work for the CDC aren't vaccinated, what the heck are we doing? From what the CDC says publicly, the CDC employees should be jumping all over each other for the vax but....

Andrea Smith Jul 28, 2021 09:50 AM
Health Officials Report Dramatic Increase in COVID-19 Cases

When I was in school including COLLEGE we were REQUIRED to show proof of vaccination for diseases like measles, mumps polio, etc. so YES THEY CAN AND SHOULD mandate this at this point b/c obviously there are swaths of people who want freedom from government intrusion yet refuse to do what is right and asked of them voluntarily so, here we are.

edney Jul 28, 2021 11:24 AM
Health Officials Report Dramatic Increase in COVID-19 Cases

A writer here yesterday was derisive towards certain data and science and I don't understand why unless it is for personal reasons.
I think we can almost all agree that the new cases are in the unvaccinated population, but more specifically, the adult 20% of the population that are not vaccinated and who have not gained natural immunity by recovering from the virus. An ongoing study by Washington University shows people who have recovered from COVID have had durable, ongoing, strong immune repsonse up to 11 months now and counting. This study includes people from the population at large who had unaware they had ever contracted the virus because they were asymptomatic. The population with natural immunity is estimated to be at least 20% of the population and includes children under 12. This is important because there are 48M children, 15% of the population in the US under 12 years of age, and the vaccines are not approved for use in that age group yet so their immunity can only come via natural means. The hard part is we really don't know how many children under 12 have had the virus and showed zero or very mild symptoms.

So in south SB County we have around 65% vaccinated plus 15% Children who cannot yet be vaccinated, children that may or may not have natural immunity, but luckily if they do contract COVID they carry very low risk of serious complications.

That gives us 65% Vaccinated (some who also have natural antibodies) plus 15% children we can't do anything about (some of whom carry natural antibodies) leaving us 20% adults unvaccinated (some of whom have natural antibodies).
This will sound harsh, but the best thing that can happen to the vaccine rejectors is for them to get COVID. 99.5% or more of them won't die and they will have achieved natural immunity

AQUAHOLIC Jul 28, 2021 11:21 AM
Health Officials Report Dramatic Increase in COVID-19 Cases

Perhaps, if President Biden invited the Florida Retiree to the White House, where they gave a joint address, urging the citizenry to get vaccinated.... we just might get headed in the right direction.

edney Jul 29, 2021 11:30 AM
Health Officials Report Dramatic Increase in COVID-19 Cases

I don't think it would change much.
Biden has been clear about vaccinations but Blacks and Hispanics, blue collar union Whites- core constituencies of his- continue to lag significantly.

For sake of discussion, I'll stipulate that Trump has been less clear, (his latest words on this last week at a rally in AZ were "I'm vaccinated (in addition to his recovered immunity) and I recommend that you get vaccinated- but- I respect that is your decision to do what you think is right for you and your family"

I maintain vaccination results in certain demographics loyal to Trump politically are not likely to improve much even if Trump said "Go get vaccinated now, save lives, save family. Biden has said similar things to Blacks, Hispanics, blue collar White union workers and they've remained impervious.

80% voluntary compliance rate in humans for anything is a win.
90% compulsory compliance rate in humans is a loss because for the extra 10% gain gotten by coercion you've alienated far more than 20% of the people.
As much as I think the defund police and send a social worker movement is misguided, they do have their finger on the pulse of this: coercion breeds resentment, coercion gets heavier and heavier handed to force the resentful to comply breeding more resentment. People revolt and burn s***.

DBD Jul 29, 2021 11:45 AM
Health Officials Report Dramatic Increase in COVID-19 Cases

Marclek- I have seen a couple different videos with trump promoting the vaccines. He talks about 'tremendous vaccines', 'the best', 'the speed at which they were developed', etc. Maybe he should make an agreement with twitter to get his account back up in exchange for a PSA on vaccines? Would be a win-win.

a-1627502555 Jul 28, 2021 01:02 PM
Health Officials Report Dramatic Increase in COVID-19 Cases

EF International. A high school/college age campus located in SB with around 400 students, who live with local residents as well as "school residences". Privately owned language acquisition school, mainly foreign nationals. https://www.independent.com/2021/07/28/outbreak-at-santa-barbara-school/

Andrea Smith Jul 28, 2021 11:32 AM
Health Officials Report Dramatic Increase in COVID-19 Cases

After reading some of these comments, and given where we are today, I'm so done even communicating about this with some people. I certainly don't wish illness or death on anyone but at this point, I think what is done is done and everyone will have to accept consequences of their decisions. Covid may not kill you but it could leave you with long term damage including brain damage which cannot be reversed. You could also infect someone that will die or be severely ill from it. Vaccine is safe and any minute risk, which every vaccine has, us far far less of a concern than the risks of Covid not just to you but to others [you're not the only one who exists]. So, what is done is done, let the chips fall where they may.

Voice of Reason Jul 28, 2021 02:44 PM
Health Officials Report Dramatic Increase in COVID-19 Cases

Edney, that is exactly why the lockdown/shutdown approach to covid was and is the biggest public health failure in history. There is a reason it was never attempted before, there is a reason CDC's pandemic response plans to a major pandemic didn't involve things like shutting schools and small businesses down even in the worst case scenario (which involved 4 million + fatalities in the US). People have forgotten that the goal of flattening the curve was only to prevent our hospitals from being overwhelmed, that's it. It slowed things down but the area under the curve (number of people infected) remains the same. By trying to flatten the curve to zero (impossible) we've only delayed the inevitable. Had we taken a path of targeted protection, focusing on protecting and supporting those at risk of dying or having serious complications from covid, while the rest of the population went about their lives, knowing we're in a pandemic and taking responsible precautions to protect themselves, we'd be in a much better position today with a higher % of the population vaccinated or developed natural immunity from prior infection while also having fewer deaths due to having focused our efforts on protecting those truly at-risk. Everything our politicians/bureaucrats/CDC/etc. have done since then, including mask mandates, has been to cover up and distract from the absolute utter failure of shutting everything down.

a-1627501213 Jul 28, 2021 12:40 PM
Health Officials Report Dramatic Increase in COVID-19 Cases

Totally for vaccination, myself and all family and friends have complied, really sympathize with the medical folks and am not happy with those that endanger others without getting vaccinated. But calling our area and the rest of SOCAL "SUBSTANTIAL" spread means something very different than last year . If one checks the local SB Health Dept. Site and goes to "Case Rate per 100K People" chart https://experience.arcgis.com/experience/030e625c69a04378b2756de161f82ef6 the current rate is low (case rate 9, about equal to June of 20) compared to last year . Further checking on the site shows the numbers in the hospital, etc. . YES folks should get vaccinated, and those that aren't may get sick and infect others. But is this a crisis?

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