1,303 New COVID-19 Cases Reported

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The Public Health Department reports 1,303 new COVID-19 cases over the holiday weekend from Friday through Monday.

There were 456 cases reported alone on Monday including six deaths.

All decedents were over the age of 70, five had underlying health conditions and were associated with an outbreak at a congregate facility. Two resided in Santa Barbara, one in Goleta, one in Orcutt, one in the unincorporated areas of South County, and one in the Santa Ynez Valley. 

There have been a total of 166 deaths.

Deaths are reported when a death certificate is processed listing COVID-19 as a cause or a significant condition. The process can take several days and up to 2 months to finalize if pending Coroner verification.

There have now been 18,686 cases of COVID-19 throughout the county with 1,949 currently active. Of those 157 are hospitalized including 48 in the intensive care unit (ICU), as of Monday.

The Southern California ICU availability remains at 0% while the Santa Barbara County ICU availability is at 0.7%, as of Sunday.

Cottage Health alone reported their adult critical care availability at 13.3% capacity on Monday. They currently have 79 patients in isolation with COVID-19 symptoms, 71 are confirmed positive. Of the 79 patients, 23 are in critical care.

Public Health officials have previously stated it may take up to two weeks for infections to show up in the data following the Christmas and New Year holidays.

Learn more at publichealthsbc.org.


[Editor's Note: The article has been updated to include the data from Monday]

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MountainMan4865 Jan 05, 2021 08:00 PM
1,303 New COVID-19 Cases Reported

Thank god the County had the forward thinking to reserve the Sears building for the overflow!!! I'm going to town tomorrow and will check out the progress there.

LooseCannon Jan 05, 2021 04:42 PM
1,303 New COVID-19 Cases Reported

So I heard that residents of Casa Dorinda got the shot.

How about Friendship Manor? Any word?

Or do you have to be wealthy and politically-connected to get to the top of the line?

Voice of Reason Jan 05, 2021 12:45 PM
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For those that think opening up is all about the money and not about health please read at least the abstract of the study below written by professors from Duke, Johns Hopkins, and Harvard. They estimate there will be an additional 890,000 deaths over the next 15 years resulting from the economic recession and high unemployment our response to Covid-19 has caused. These lives matter too. https://www.nber.org/system/files/working_papers/w28304/w28304.pdf

a-1609882476 Jan 05, 2021 01:34 PM
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Yes, you should always get your medical advice from the National Bureau of Economic Research. No money motive there; only your health matters.

Voice of Reason Jan 05, 2021 01:29 PM
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Yes Pit, the 890,000 are additional deaths as a result of the increased unemployment/poverty due to the covid response that would not have occurred otherwise.

PitMix Jan 05, 2021 01:07 PM
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VOR, are these additional deaths above the regular deaths we have due to poverty, inadequate access to health care, income inequality, and everything else that is part of our crony capitalist system? Does your study quantify those deaths first before they tack on the 900,000 extra? Mostly we are okay with these "regular" deaths so why the concern now?

Voice of Reason Jan 05, 2021 11:26 AM
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Censorship Ed is at it again:

I agree Pit. You and rest should isolate and distance until vaccinated (though apparently you still need to mask, distance and isolate after being vaccinated so there's that). Me and others that choose should be free to live our lives and run our businesses without the government arbitrarily closing things down (i.e. not based on data or science targeting where the spread is occurring). Keep up with the fear mongering though Pit, NO WHERE did I mention any activity that could construed as a "super spreader event". Except maybe the recent shutdown of outdoor dinning, which forced many more people to gather in homes instead (without all the precautions), resulting in a "super spreader event".

sacjon Jan 05, 2021 05:36 PM
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VOR - Fail of the day. First of all, I never said anything about "facts that contradict your opinion..." not sure who did but wasn't me.

Second - Your concern that because restaurants are closed, people will turn to throwing indoor gatherings makes no sense. People aren't eating at restaurants for a large social experience, but rather for a meal with generally a small group. Closing bars would be the bigger concern for throwing parties/gatherings as an alternative, but that's not what you seem to be saying.

Third (and most important) - you keep saying that all those who are worried or elderly or at risk should stay home and let the rest of us be "free." I'm saying, once again with no coherent response from you or others, how do those you are telling to stay home avoid risk of infection when they need necessities (meds, groceries, doctor's appts, etc)? Are you proposing we raise taxes to pay for their delivery services? Even with delivery services, if you and all your "free" buddies are out there spreading the virus (that's how it works), then you're still jeopardizing those who you are telling to stay home by increasing risk of infection among delivery people. OK, so you say there are still outbreaks at nursing homes. So what? So now even those you are telling to stay home shouldn't bother? Or, are you admitting the problem with locking down only a portion of the population? That is, even if only some are locked down, the virus will still get in through visitors and staff, much the same way grocery delivery would still be risky if everyone is out spreading the virus so they can be "free." Which is it? You truly have lost any semblance of "reason" on this one.

Voice of Reason Jan 05, 2021 05:20 PM
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Way to deflect from my facts Sac, you did say "Facts that contradict your opinion mean nothing to you" deflect much? Who said all their friends are coming over to have a party? How about just a few friends over to watch football, another family over for dinner, double date to watch a movie? You must not have any friends if you think that is a "huge, unfounded presumption". You also haven't been watching the news in LA showing the parties their cracking down on with hundreds of people, underground raves/parties, etc. The fact that your questioning that makes me thing you're just arguing, most will agree that its a rather reasonable assumption, which turns to fact when it happens.

Regarding your second part, I'm not sure what you're waiting for as you restated the solution, which we're not doing in CA because some how, there are STILL outbreaks in nursing homes.

sacjon Jan 05, 2021 04:52 PM
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VOR - this reasoning relies on a huge, unfounded presumption that, if people are unable to go out to dine in restaurants, then they'll all start throwing indoor parties. It makes no sense. Dining out is usually a small group (eg, family or couple) experience. It does not make sense to fear that, given the inability to have a meal in a restaurant, these families and/or couples will just invite all their friends over for a party instead. Just think about it.

Also, still waiting for your solution to only at-risk and elderly being on lockdown.....

Voice of Reason Jan 05, 2021 04:38 PM
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Facts, like the one from Gov. Cuomo : "Nearly three-quarters of the state’s coronavirus infections have come from private gatherings, or “living room spread,” while only 1.4% of them could be traced to restaurants and bars" (and that's WITH indoor operations!) Is Gov. Cuomo "ludicrous" too? (yes, but that a separate discussion) After 10 months people are going to gather, period, so please tell me is it better for them to gather in a private living room or a restaurant with health and safety protocols in place? I think a dose of your own medicine will do you some good as you're ignoring all facts that refute your position. I will read with an open mind any facts you have to show the efficacy of what's going on in CA. I'll wait...

a-1609892173 Jan 05, 2021 04:16 PM
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Specifically, your ludicrous claim in regard to shutting down restaurants. More generically, your position on the efficacy of shutdowns, even the watered-down versions that are all that we've tried. Facts that contradict your opinion mean nothing to you.

giftedinSB Jan 05, 2021 01:22 PM
1,303 New COVID-19 Cases Reported

Oh, they are. I was at D'Angelo's bakery last week and there was some lady chit-chatting with the cashier and said, "I'm just up here from L.A. because I was bored and needed to get out of the house." She also was not wearing her mask properly - it was pulled down so that it was barely covering her mouth.

SBTownie Jan 05, 2021 09:04 AM
1,303 New COVID-19 Cases Reported

I am upset that businesses are suffering and are not being adequately provided for by the government. I understand people feeling like they have to make the impossible decision of keeping their business going even if it means flauting regulation. I believe the government is to blame for foisting this on citizens. The PPP was wonderful. We need an extension.

However, there are many people who are not living as if there is a lockdown. On my street, neighbors come and go all day, kids are hanging out with their friends without masks, they are getting dropped off by people after riding in cars with non-family members, most are attending school full or part-time or about to return on Januar 11, young adults in their 20s and 30s are clearly hanging out with friends as they're going places at night (not like you can be out hiking or something at night, so where else are they going in their cars for 3 hours at night). In the community, the gyms are open. Stop by any gym around 6pm and you'll see an army of young people carrying gym bags heading inside. Yes, inside. People are traveling. A bagger at Whole Foods yesterday was telling the checker how fun it was that his family flew in for Christmas from New York City. We walk our dog near the mission and the rose garden is packed with multi-household events and gatherings every day of the week. When I do go out for provisions, the roads are as busy as ever. Seriously, what lockdown? Probably 50% of the population is living like there is no tomorrow.

MountainMan4865 Jan 05, 2021 09:08 PM
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Can you show me someone that the PPP helped, localy?. Truly? Unemployment, not counted....

AQUAHOLIC Jan 05, 2021 10:59 AM
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If you're a Facebook user, you have likely seen too many "friends" proudly posting photos of their holiday gatherings, hikes, travels and other social outings.... As you've said SBTOWNIE, "living like there is no tomorrow".
Sadly, there may not be a tomorrow for some of their friends and family members, or collaterally, some of us.

suzycSB Jan 05, 2021 07:39 AM
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Do we know when these tests were taken? Are these people who tested positive two weeks ago or 2 days ago? That would also be useful to know, although I imagine very hard to track. Just curious how long it takes to report the numbers.

MountainMan4865 Jan 05, 2021 09:00 PM
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SUZY - That's an excellent point, we don't know. Same with the reported deaths. According to their own statement it could be weeks or more before they are reported... depends on a lot of factors. The six deaths reported yesterday... some could have happened yesterday, some could have happened six months ago.

a-1609884199 Jan 05, 2021 02:03 PM
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SUZYCSB - You can get some idea of the timing from the graph under the CASES tab at the Santa Barbara County Community Data Dashboard at <https://arcg.is/O1GGy>

It shows both by Episode Date and by Report Date, so you get an idea of the lag.

Voice of Reason Jan 04, 2021 10:32 PM
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CA - masked up and closed down. Cases last 7 days per 100k: 97.1 (second highest in US)

FL - no masks and open since end of Sept. (even Disneyland). Cases last 7 days per 100k: 60.5 (middle of the pack)

CA has about twice the deaths per capita over the last 7 days as FL.

I’ve been posting these weekly for about a month now, is it still “cherry picking data”?

How long do we keep trying to force something that isn’t working for covid but certainly is causing significant collateral damage? Stay home, if you choose, go out, if you choose, the choice should be yours. Stay safe.

Voice of Reason Jan 05, 2021 09:38 PM
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Sac, for a very small fraction of the cost of the record breaking stimulus bills, unemployment benefits, loss of productivity, we could have delivered free food for a year to anyone that wanted and employed thousands while doing so. The virus would have spread among those not at risk, comparable to a bad flu season. Yes people will die, it’s not possible to prevent all death, it is a pandemic, a natural disaster. It would have maintained more people’s faith in our government, in our public health departments, while reducing overall death and maintaining the lively hoods of millions. Instead, we’ll...

sacjon Jan 05, 2021 01:48 PM
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420722 - you're willfully contributing to the spread of COVID because you're bored? Holy cow that's the most selfish thing I've heard in a while. Don't you have kids or spouse? Enjoy the close family time this is providing. Like SBTOWNIE says, go outside, improve yourself, do something. What on earth do you do at "private gatherings" that are so much more enlightening and rewarding than spending time with your own family? Sitting around drinking and BSing with friends? Do it on Zoom, my friends and I haven't seen each other since March and we still "meet" on zoom, group texts etc. I'm sorry being home with your family is boring you to the point of spreading a deadly virus, but that sounds like a YOU problem, not the government's. Good lord, I can't believe this.

SBTownie Jan 05, 2021 01:13 PM
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SacJon is exactly right. This false idea endlessly being promoted that the "vulnerable should shelter" while the rest get on with it neglects to take into account that most people cannot actually truly shelter. They cannot not leave their house for 1.5 years. They must venture into the community for food, healthcare, medicine, and various other essentials.

And 420722, I miss my friends and social interaction very much, too, but wow. There is nothing else to do? It's called home improvement, self improvement, exercise, hiking, the beach, going for a drive, walking the dog, learning a new skill, reading a book, watching a movie, learning a language, completed a long-neglected task, gardening, detailing the car, calling a friend for a catch-up, facetiming with a family member, etc. It's pretty hyperbolic to say there is nothing else to do. I don't disagree it sucks to not be able to see friends regularly but you're not going to die from that. You could, however, die of COVID. Or kill someone by passing it on.

420722 Jan 05, 2021 01:06 PM
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Sbtownie- you answered your own question in the second paragraph of your 9:04 am comment. That is what people are doing now that they can’t meet up to eat outside at a restaurant or walk through the zoo or museum. I am now having double the amount of private gatherings since there is nothing else to do. Sorry, the government doesn’t get to tell me who I can and can’t see, that’s why we have prisons.

sacjon Jan 05, 2021 11:38 AM
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VOR - this logic still doesn't account for the contagious factor. If you lock down only the at risk and elderly, the virus will still be there among the "free" and will spread. How do you propose the at risk and elderly get groceries, go to the doctor, get medication from the pharmacies, etc etc? Do we all chip in to pay for home delivery services? Even that creates risk of exposure. How do you propose we lock down only a part of society AND guarantee their safety in obtaining life's necessities?

Voice of Reason Jan 05, 2021 11:32 AM
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SBTownie, same thing I have from the beginning. Those at risk, older, or simply want to should stay home and stay safe. Everyone else should be free to go out, patron businesses, all with reasonable (and proven to work) precautions in place.

Voice of Reason Jan 05, 2021 11:31 AM
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Pstar, are you looking at the charts? New cases today are over 4x FL with only 2x the population. My numbers were straight from the CDC and over the past month, CA is way worse than FL. Even if they were similar, and were both increasing in unison, that is an excellent example of why we don't need such damaging restrictions --- because they aren't working! If they were working, we wouldn't be talking about this and we'd be back to normal soon.

pstarSR Jan 05, 2021 11:22 AM
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https://news.google.com/covid19/map?hl=en-US&mid=%2Fm%2F09c7w0&gl=US&ceid=US%3Aen

go read this, PLEAAAAASSE and see the charts. then see the data. per 1 mil people florida is ABOVE california in cases, ABOVE US. let alone they are the 3rd worst state. why would you use them as an example? blows my mind.
NOW look at the little graph, the graphic showing the TRENDING data. both california and florida are CLIMBING RAPPIDLY. again why are you championing for us to follow floridas failed progress on this.

pstarSR Jan 05, 2021 11:17 AM
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VOR I have missed more paychecks than I can HOPE to try and find again. You sir have no place to assume anything of anyone here. Ok, seriously I cant believe Im having to explain this part, Closing outside dinning is causing different households to mingle? Where on earth do you go out to dinner, and then decide " oh here's a family I HAVE NEVER meet, lets go eat dinner with them! at their HOUSE!" no one EVER has done this, EVER. stop spreading false information. Stop making numbers fit your narrative.

Voice of Reason Jan 05, 2021 10:06 AM
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Radio Barn and Townie, the numbers are direct from the CDC and using their per/100k numbers adjusts for the varying population. Your explanation on the # of test is not accurate. You have things way backwards if you think Florida has been doing worse than CA this past month. You're also completely missing the point, long-term lockdowns don't work, and people not following them is one of the main reasons. To even think that a long-term lockdown is potential solution for humans is crazy and tells all of us you haven't missed a paycheck this entire time, aren't worried where you next meal is coming from, or if you'll have a place to live next month. Do i really need to explain to you how if outdoor dinning isn't an option, friends and family from different households will meet at home instead of an outdoor restaurants, which has been proved very safe with all the protocols in place?

SBTownie Jan 05, 2021 09:08 AM
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VOR, how does shutting outdoor dining "force people to gather in homes?" And for the record, I was personally infected with a nasty cold after having an outdoor lunch with a friend who infuriatingly showed up sick a few years ago. People meeting their friends at outdoor dining locations isn't safe. It would be a lot safer and feasible if one household were allowed to dine outdoors as a unit without meeting up with other households, but there is no way to enforce this and thus all of it has to be closed. I think a huge error was made when they basically told people you can't get sick outdoors. Sure, odds are less. But you can absolutely get sick from meeting your friend and eating and drinking for 2 hours 4 feet away from them.

radiobarn Jan 05, 2021 08:55 AM
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Voice, your numbers are accurate but totally misleading. Yesterday Cali tested 314,000, Florida tested 33,000. Cali had 27,000 positive, Florida 10,000 - if Florida had tested even 9 times the 33,000, close to what Cali did, that would extrapolate to 90,000. Pare that 90,000 down if you want, but it's still much higher than Cali. Cali, with almost twice the population, has 26,600 deaths, Florida 22,500. Simple math shows that Florida is out of control. My figures from John Hopkins University.

PitMix Jan 05, 2021 08:45 AM
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VOR, feel free to live your life and attend superspreader events. Most of the rest of us will be isolating and distancing until we get vaccinated. The economy will not rebound until that time. Those are the hard facts that your posts will not change. Still think you would really like Florida.

Voice of Reason Jan 05, 2021 08:36 AM
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PStar, we locked down in March/April very hard for several weeks. That is about the extent you can ask society to not see family and friends, to have businesses shutdown, livelihoods destroyed. There is a very good reason why long-term lockdowns were not part of any pandemic response plan, not in the US, not in Europe, not with the CDC and not with the WHO. There is a point where many rational people will simply say NO. Continued lockdowns (and/or heavy restrictions) are a policy of poor leadership. If a governor can just issue a mandate and expect everyone to comply why are there police? Why do countries have militaries? We could just mandate peace and everyone will listen? You are a failed leader if your response is to mandate people stay home and away from family and friends for 10+ months, even worse is when you arbitrarily allow a packed Target or Best Buy, but not a gym, yoga studio or salon with basic precautions in place, to ban outdoor dinning while people can fly across the state 12'' from a stranger taking their mask off to eat. Lockdowns (or the very heavy restrictions we're currently under for the nitpickers) are a short-term solution to delay, it will not eliminate and it is not a long-term solution. Unfortunately, due to the fear mongering media, social media, and the worst case of DoSomeThingitis by many politicians ever seen, we completely overreacted and wasted what "lockdown ammo" we had way to early.

pstarSR Jan 05, 2021 08:04 AM
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Heres a simple explanation for how lockdowns will work. NOT how they are working now. because they are not.

lockdowns work when everyone follows the rules.
lockdowns DONT work when a portion of the community does NOT follow the guildines.
Just because YOU follow the guidlines, and your friends do. the jackass neighbor does NOT and this will cause our cases to continue to spike.
When people are still traveling on airplanes, ignoring maks. this till continue. the lockdowns are NOT happening how they should and they havent since the start of this. the people you should all be pissed at are the ones NOT following the rules.

and yes, I see people not wearing masks every god damn day. I work with 10 mask deniers that still to this day will not wear one. the anger is pointed at the wrong location. if you want the lockdowns to stop and the virus to go away.... wear the mask, social distance, dont travel. and stop being an asshat.

Thomas John Jan 05, 2021 07:35 AM
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Sea Dog, I think the notion/rumor that 2020 had less overall deaths than 2019 has been pretty much discredited. https://www.reuters.com/article/uk-factcheck-chart-us-death-figures-2020/fact-check-chart-does-not-present-accurate-us-deaths-figure-for-2020-idUSKBN2872MV

sea dog Jan 05, 2021 06:58 AM
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The shutdown is not 'pointless' - Before we get socialism, the middle class must be crushed. We had less deaths overall in 2019 than 2020. This is unusual as our population is increasing so the overall deaths should increase ?

420722 Jan 04, 2021 11:08 PM
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That’s funny mac I know several people out of work wondering if they will even have a business to open when the governor either gets recalled or changes his tune. They most definitely ARE on lockdown and it’s clear more than ever now that locking them out of their businesses was pointless.

macpuzl Jan 04, 2021 10:47 PM
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It's not working because there is no shutdown, and even the slight restrictions in place are being largely ignored. And it's true, you do nothing to help.

macpuzl Jan 04, 2021 10:41 PM
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You still haven't clued in to the fact that the behavior you push for is what's causing the surges. Non-pharmaceutical interventions, wearing masks, physical distancing, and shutdowns are the only things that work until the vaccine can be deployed on a large scale.

ChemicalSuperFreak Jan 04, 2021 10:22 PM
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The current 7-day averages for case rate and % positivity are 69.0 and 15.2%, respectively. These numbers are as of today, and won't appear on the dashboard for a few more days, but I'm posting them since this is certainly a record day for cases. To put things in perspective, our worst case rate value was 29.5 on July 6, and our worst % positivity was 12.0% on August 7. It's still quite remarkable that the county's healthcare system hasn't collapsed under this surge. They're adding staffed adult ICU beds back the past few days, and are now up to 79. We once had 150 ICU beds listed, back in August, so it's nice to know that 79 is not the maximum---though I'm not sure how many of the 150 were strictly adult. I wish I could share my plots with you guys, since there seems to be a demand for more detailed analysis. I can tell you that the doubling time for new cases (in days) has exploded since New Year's Day, with the following trend: 75 days (Jan. 1), 21 days (Jan. 2), 17 days (Jan. 3), and 11 days (Jan. 4). I wouldn't be shocked if we hit 1,000 cases/day soon.

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