COVID-19 Cases Continue to Rise Significantly Among Unvaccinated Residents

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COVID-19 Cases Continue to Rise Significantly Among Unvaccinated Residents
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Source: Santa Barbara County Public Health Department

COVID-19 cases have reached critically high levels in Santa Barbara County as the local case rate has reached 9.8 cases per 100,000 residents and a positivity rate of 6.9%. With these metrics, Santa Barbara County would be in the purple tier in the now retired tiered framework. These metrics mean that we have widespread community transmission of the delta variant. Over 400 active cases have been detected locally, a 55% increase from the previous 2-week average. As of July 20, over 86% of new cases occurred in unvaccinated community members.
 
 
New cases of COVID-19 have dramatically increased in July and the demographics of those contracting the virus have shifted. Cases in the past month have trended younger with persons 18-29 years of age making up the majority of cases. More cases are now being detected in the southern part of the county which is a contrast from earlier in the pandemic when the majority of new infections occurred in north county. 
 
The Public Health Department strongly advises all community members to follow these strategies:
  • Wear a mask in all indoor spaces outside your home.
  • Stay home if you are ill, even if you have been vaccinated. 
  • Avoid crowded events. 
  • Get vaccinated if you have not done so already.
"As we enter this new phase of the pandemic, the landscape has changed dramatically from last year's summer surge", shared Van Do-Reynoso, County Public Health Director. "We have the safe, effective solution to stop this surge in its tracks.  We need every eligible member of this community to act and get vaccinated as soon as possible. There are still 149,688 persons eligible to be vaccinated in Santa Barbara County, who have not been vaccinated."
 
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Hokey-Pokey Jul 31, 2021 05:08 AM
COVID-19 Cases Continue to Rise Significantly Among Unvaccinated Residents

@GregOreo, please hurry up and catch a bad case of covid and come sit in the nice isolation ICU hooked up to a vent. This way you can learn the difference between fairy tale phony conspiracy theories and real disease with lasting impacts. But. If you don't believe in science then please stop using all modern medicine. Thank you for saving us all money. And time.

MountainMan4865 Jul 30, 2021 10:47 PM
COVID-19 Cases Continue to Rise Significantly Among Unvaccinated Residents

Yah, I saw that new death, but it wasn't updated in the County Health Dept. chart. The total is still 459, and they don't seem to have updated since the end of June. The last death that was noted on the chart was reported on July 19th and from the week of May 22. Since then, the chart has not been updated, and the 1 death reported today, was actually retracted, but on the daily status report, not on the official "Summary" report. There was another on July 23rd, but that, too, has not been added to the chart.

mtndriver Aug 02, 2021 11:19 AM
COVID-19 Cases Continue to Rise Significantly Among Unvaccinated Residents

Mountainman, this is a correction of something you posted the other day, about the PCR test being withdrawn by CDC as of September. Lots of outlets correcting the misinterpretation:

https://www.factcheck.org/2021/07/scicheck-viral-posts-misrepresent-cdc-announcement-on-covid-19-pcr-test/

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