At-Home Covid-19 Antigen Test Kits Arrive In Santa Barbara County

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Source: Santa Barbara County Public Health Department

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department has requested over 200,000 at-home COVID-19 antigen test kits from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), a federal healthcare partner. As of January 21, nearly 57,000 test kits have been delivered and will be distributed via community partners countywide. The remaining kits are expected to arrive in the coming weeks.

“Through the receipt of these initial test kit shipments, we are on the road to community members having regular access to free, at-home test kits,” shared County Public Health Director Van Do-Reynoso. “It is only through the many partners that have agreed to assist in test kit distribution that we are able to ensure equity of access for all of our Santa Barbara County communities.”

Approximately 35 community partners, including those serving populations at greatest risk from adverse outcomes related to COVID-19 have been allocated test kits. Partners include community-based organizations, cities, agricultural and public housing providers, service providers for persons experiencing homelessness, and more.

Community distribution events will begin taking place as test kits are given to partners in the next few days. Sites open to the public will be listed at https://publichealthsbc.org/testing. The 2-1-1 Call Center will be available to direct persons who do not have access to the internet as sites are opened.

County Public Health will host a one-day distribution event open to the public in Santa Maria this Saturday, January 22, 2022 from 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. If supplies run out before 4 p.m., the event will end early. The event will take place at the Santa Maria Health Care Center located at 2115 Centerpointe Pkwy, Santa Maria, CA 93455.

For information about current testing opportunities, vaccination events, and COVID-19 response locally, visit https://publichealthsbc.org or call 2-1-1. 

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Shasta Guy Jan 24, 2022 10:41 PM
At-Home Covid-19 Antigen Test Kits Arrive In Santa Barbara County

Per the State of California’s “Tracking Covid 19” website, this current wave of positive cases peaked about Jan 8 and is crashing fast when the data is plotted as “episode date”. It peaked at about a 3X the case rate relative to the previous peak. Despite that massive increase in case load the death rate did not have a corresponding spike. Look for yourself. Hopefully everyone fully recovers who developed symptoms.

https://covid19.ca.gov/state-dashboard/#location-santa_barbara

OGSB Jan 24, 2022 07:09 PM
At-Home Covid-19 Antigen Test Kits Arrive In Santa Barbara County

Luv- Actually, If getting stuff delivered possibly by someone who is unvaxxed worries you or is too costly, I think they do add a surcharge. I would be or my kids would be more than happy to run those errands for you! We're all fully vaxxed and careful as can be. Ed has my contact info and my permission to give it to you if you're interested.

a-1643080879 Jan 24, 2022 07:21 PM
At-Home Covid-19 Antigen Test Kits Arrive In Santa Barbara County

Bless your hearts, OG!

Zoomers to Boomers seems to still be up and running too:
https://www.zoomerstoboomers.com/santa-barbara

"We have assembled a team of young people looking to help local communities and deliver groceries to our neighbors who are elderly or immunocompromised. We have some flexibility with grocery stores at which we shop so please let us know and we will do the best we can. Please note that during the pandemic, it's possible that certain items will be out of stock. We will do the best we can for you. See more details about your city's delivery policies here.
You can reimburse us for your groceries at the time of delivery by Venmo, check, or cash. No delivery fee or tips are necessary. We are happy to help.

Shasta Guy Jan 22, 2022 09:36 AM
At-Home Covid-19 Antigen Test Kits Arrive In Santa Barbara County

Maybe it’s time to stop testing. I know several people now who tested positive and never developed symptoms and no one around them tested positive. Hopefully this is Covid’s last hurrah and all the extreme paranoia that goes with it.

Chip of SB Jan 25, 2022 12:45 PM
At-Home Covid-19 Antigen Test Kits Arrive In Santa Barbara County

Zero, of course the virus itself doesn’t care about politics, but the virus has been politicized from day one. Rules and restrictions crafted to attempt to address covid became a polarizing issue and red states and blue states took nearly opposite approaches. One side forbid any perceived infraction on individual liberty, and the other jettisoned any pretense that individual liberty exists. While these two extreme viewpoints garner the most attention, there is a less vocal population in between the extremes. The recent election in Virginia provides a bit of a sneak preview of what this quiet but very important segment of the population is feeling right now. It is becoming increasingly clear that the “silent majority” is on track to make some big changes to how the government responds to covid in November.

ZeroHawk Jan 25, 2022 12:31 PM
At-Home Covid-19 Antigen Test Kits Arrive In Santa Barbara County

CHIP, again with this? Why must you politicize this? A virus doesn't care if you're left or right or centrist or this or that. It doesn't matter. The entire globe is tired of it. Yeah you repubs keep holding onto November. Again, politicizing a virus outbreak. Tell ya what dude, it won't matter if the repubs have the house. The virus is still here. Do you understand? I kinda think you don't as myself and countless others have to explain common and basic things to you just about every single day....and you seem to not understand basic grammar and english because you blow the same damned horn again the next day....to everyones bewilderment.

ZeroHawk Jan 25, 2022 12:31 PM
At-Home Covid-19 Antigen Test Kits Arrive In Santa Barbara County

CHIP, again with this? Why must you politicize this? A virus doesn't care if you're left or right or centrist or this or that. It doesn't matter. The entire globe is tired of it. Yeah you repubs keep holding onto November. Again, politicizing a virus outbreak. Tell ya what dude, it won't matter if the repubs have the house. The virus is still here. Do you understand? I kinda think you don't as myself and countless others have to explain common and basic things to you just about every single day....and you seem to not understand basic grammar and english because you blow the same damned horn again the next day....to everyones bewilderment.

sacjon Jan 25, 2022 11:45 AM
At-Home Covid-19 Antigen Test Kits Arrive In Santa Barbara County

CHIP - we're ALL tired of COVID and the rules. It's hard on everyone. That said, most of us realize that they're necessary to avoid losing loved ones or their own lives or suffer long term issues. Let's hope they can be adult enough about it to not vote in those who promise to "end covid rules" or other such nonsense.

Chip of SB Jan 25, 2022 11:02 AM
At-Home Covid-19 Antigen Test Kits Arrive In Santa Barbara County

If a self identified “liberal” like Bill Maher has come to the outlook he expressed in his recent performance, see link in my post below, then what are the implications? It’s not as easy to lump everyone who is fed up with covid restrictions into simple stereotypes anymore. It seems like a lot of people are quietly fed up with masks and rules but are afraid to say so publicly. The enthusiastic applause from Bill’s audience certainly suggests that is the case. However, those who share Bill’s perspective are likely to express their frustration when they vote this November. The times they are a changin...

OGSB Jan 24, 2022 07:00 PM
At-Home Covid-19 Antigen Test Kits Arrive In Santa Barbara County

Sac- Yeah I get that, but this is a local site for local stuff seen by locals...
In general across America, yeah there's a chance. The weird dude that doesn't wear a mask right at Albertsons or the handful of anti-vaxers in SB isn't creating a new variant. that's all.

Chip of SB Jan 24, 2022 06:40 PM
At-Home Covid-19 Antigen Test Kits Arrive In Santa Barbara County

Bill Maher just came out with a new performance addressing covid. His piece includes some good humor and it represents the emerging new outlook on covid.

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2022/01/22/bill_maher_i_dont_want_to_live_in_your_mask_paranoid_world_anymore.html

sacjon Jan 24, 2022 06:21 PM
At-Home Covid-19 Antigen Test Kits Arrive In Santa Barbara County

OGSB - "The fear of Santa Barbara.... creating a new Covid mutation" was never mentioned or feared by anyone at anytime I don't think. When people say "we still need to curb spread" to avoid creating variants, they're talking about society in general.

sacjon Jan 24, 2022 04:14 PM
At-Home Covid-19 Antigen Test Kits Arrive In Santa Barbara County

CHIP - "Given these facts, what is the point of all the restrictions?" to reduce the likelihood of infection as much as possible. Mind blowing, eh?

"A vaccine mandate that has little effectiveness in slowing Omnicron transmission?" - maybe, but it's HIGHLY effective at reducing severe reactions/hospitalizations/death from covid. People having mild symptoms is not the concern. The concern here is people dying alone in hospitals with tubes jammed down their lungs. The vax significantly reduces that.

But yeah.... let's just do nothing, right?

Shasta Guy Jan 24, 2022 01:10 PM
At-Home Covid-19 Antigen Test Kits Arrive In Santa Barbara County

GT I actually have kids in school. Many friends of them tested positive and are out due to the mandatory quarantine period. The vast majority are symptomless. The few with symptoms were very mild ones which resemble a mild cold. One vaxxed person got sick enough to have to stay home with flu like symptoms.

I hope the people you know recover fully and quickly.

Omicron seems to have breezed through all defenses, and fortunately it appears to be mild.

a-1642963159 Jan 23, 2022 10:39 AM
At-Home Covid-19 Antigen Test Kits Arrive In Santa Barbara County

Shasta, we still need to curb spread in order to prevent or slow the creation of further detrimental variants. Odds of a new variant are determined by how long the virus survives, collectively. The fewer people we spread to via testing for positivity and quarantining regardless of symptomatic status, and also the more of us that are vaccinated thus preventing severe disease from running rampant in our individual bodies, the sooner we will get out of this mess. Stopping testing does nothing to that goal.

Luvaduck Jan 22, 2022 03:46 PM
At-Home Covid-19 Antigen Test Kits Arrive In Santa Barbara County

Maybe the middle-aged guys who wear masks under their nose will finally stop trying to commit manslaughter of those of us who live alone and regardless of suseptability have to pick up medications at drugstores and food at grocery stores. They run around with no underwear and their pants open. Not impressive, just disgusting.

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