134 New Covid-19 Cases and 4 Deaths

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By edhat staff

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department reports 134 new COVID-19 cases and four deaths.

Three of the individuals were 50-69 years of age and one was 70+. Three had underlying health issues and none were associated with outbreaks at congregate facilities. Two of the individuals resided in the City of Santa Barbara and two were from the City of Santa Maria.

There have been 279 deaths.

Currently, there are 2,002 active cases within the county. Of those, there are 203 hospitalizations including 58 in the intensive care unit (ICU).

The Public Health Department states there is 11.8% ICU availability within the county.

Sheriff's Office and County Jail Update

One Sheriff’s Deputy, one member of our professional staff, and one inmate have been found to be COVID-19 positive. This brings the total number of Sheriff’s employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 to 105, with 89 having recovered and returned to work.

One inmate was found to be COVID-19 positive during the intake process and has since been released. There are currently 15 active COVID-19 cases in the jail, 18 fewer than our previous press release. The total number of inmates who have tested positive for COVID-19 at the Main Jail is 161.  

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office Main Jail COVID-19 Related Cases

 

Positive Upon Intake

Contracted Within Facility

Total Cases

Active Cases Medically Monitored/Treated

4

11

15

Recovered

11

101

112

Released from Custody

17

16

33

Deceased

1

0

1

TOTAL

33

128

161

 
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dukemunson Jan 31, 2021 03:06 PM
134 New Covid-19 Cases and 4 Deaths

At the risk of beating a dead horse, interesting read on CNN. Another study showing schools being open helps MINIMIZE COVID spread.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.cnn.com/cnn/2021/01/26/politics/what-matters-january-26/index.html

dukemunson Jan 31, 2021 06:45 PM
134 New Covid-19 Cases and 4 Deaths

If ever there was a time for us all to collectively realize that The teachers union is obviously and actively working against the common good... its now!

MountainMan4865 Jan 31, 2021 06:42 PM
134 New Covid-19 Cases and 4 Deaths

This was posted on KTLA last week. Basically a study showing that if we allow kids to be exposed, and their symptoms have been shown to be minimal to nonexistent, that they will build up an immunity to it, and it will end up as more of a common cold than anything. https://ktla.com/news/nationworld/study-covid-19-may-eventually-be-no-worse-than-childhood-cold/

ChillinGrillin Jan 31, 2021 06:09 PM
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SBLocal1967: You don't feel for anything. "Conservatives" (if that's what you call the cultish freak show anymore) have lost any scrap of legitimacy as a guiding force of policy. I was a conservative, gun rights, pro-law enforcement voter for decades. Then this complete nonsense appeared based on following a known conman and bankrupt casino hustler no matter what he did. Complete and utter nonsense conspiracy theories. I have not heard ONE policy proposal or good idea come out of the GOP for years. I am done with them and I know for sure many other like-minded reasonable people are DONE with the treasonous bullshit.

dukemunson Jan 31, 2021 06:05 PM
134 New Covid-19 Cases and 4 Deaths

SB schools have seemingly pledged to open whenever we get to 25 per 100k... but yeah nothing from GUSD. Id say it’s shocking, but then again I’ve watched some of the school board meetings and...it’s not shocking at all. They truly seemed determined to not even consider or make plans to reopen any time soon. It’s probably going to require a mandate from the powers that be for Ms Jahungir to even start acting/planning...

LooseCannon Jan 31, 2021 06:04 PM
134 New Covid-19 Cases and 4 Deaths

There will be no in-school instruction this Spring. Not going to happen. Even if the teachers get vaccinated, they will refuse to go back into the classroom until their families are vaccinated, too, on the assumption that kids will shed virus in the classrooms, and teachers will take it home with them and infect their families. You just have to look at what is happening in Chicago and L.A. This is why I believe teachers should NOT be prioritized for the vaccine. We'll be lucky if the kids are back in school in the fall.

sacjon Jan 31, 2021 04:38 PM
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DUKE - I haven't heard a peep from GUSD, meaning they're probably going to kick the can down the road once the state allows them to open. I did read that for elementary schools, our numbers just need to be down to 25 per 100,000 and at least last week, we were at 49 per 100K. For Jr. high and High School, it's a little more rigorous, which I don't understand. They need us to be in the Red Tier for 5 consecutive days. I did hear from a friend that the DPHS Principal announced that the second they are allowed to open, the kids will be coming back. So, I just hope that same sentiment goes for the elementary school kids out here!

sacjon Jan 31, 2021 04:32 PM
134 New Covid-19 Cases and 4 Deaths

SBLOCAL - hahahahaha! So, Alabama and Mississippi have better education systems than "liberal" states ? Try again, that's absolutely absurd. Do you even try to research things before making wildly ridiculous claims? https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/rankings/education/prek-12

dukemunson Jan 31, 2021 03:51 PM
134 New Covid-19 Cases and 4 Deaths

I’m fairly resigned to august being the realistic restart for Goleta. There is no urgency or planning... we could (and should!) have had the Fall and then closed for an extended Christmas... instead this never ending limbo. I like your positivity and am dreaming we can put together something for the Spring (mid March to June anyone) but it’s hard to see how our school board can accomplish anything (beyond spend money and “feel deeply” about things).

sblocal1967 Jan 31, 2021 03:42 PM
134 New Covid-19 Cases and 4 Deaths

Dem run states do not care about kids getting educated. More uneducated people equals more people dependent on big government which equals more voters. CV is just an opportunity for Dems to grab more power. Rep run states have kids back in school because it is the right thing to do and not based on some political agenda. Just calling it as I see it. Really feel for the kids and the parents dealing with this BS

sacjon Jan 31, 2021 03:39 PM
134 New Covid-19 Cases and 4 Deaths

DUKE - that horse is neither dead, nor worth not beating. We need our kids in school ASAP. If they can do it safely tomorrow, do it. I'm terrified that the districts are going to move the goal posts even further. Kids need to be in class again. In SB, it is inexcusable for any campuses to not be set up to handle COVID precautions. We have the $$$ here, let's get it done!

Rinconer Jan 30, 2021 08:44 AM
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Thank you Mountain Man,
Both parties take money from the same corporations. The left/right argument pervades everywhere, while the real story, top vs. bottom, does not warrant a peep.

MountainMan4865 Jan 28, 2021 10:43 PM
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So genuinely grateful for honest and true conversation. I have been truly despondent with the divisiveness (intentional) that has taken over the conversation of friends and loved ones. If one does not align with the current CNN/NPR narrative, one is a white supremist, Qanon, Trumper. If one doesn't align with FOX/Infowars or any sort of topic that seems to be supported by mainstream right wing news you are a leftist, liberal socialist out to destroy the country... and murder babies. They're all fingers on the same puppet. It's all propaganda. If you truly wanted to understand, look at the information the 'other side' is being told. Same picture, different story. Both frightening. You think the people that protested at the White House were a bunch of gun totin' yokels? You should see the information they were being peddled. It makes much more sense if you understand the number of veterans, law enforcement and first responders that were in there, they have been told for months that their country is under attack, their constitution, their democracy - by media outlets, not just Herr Cheetoh. The "DNC" were being shown that the National Guard was called out to protect the inauguration, the "GOP" was shown that the National Guard was sent to sleep in a parking garage with a single bathroom afterward. It's not one or the other, but that's the corner they are trying to push us into to create the division.

ChemicalSuperFreak Jan 28, 2021 11:01 PM
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Thank you MountainMan for intellectually contributing to the conversation. The very old strategy of divide and conquer is alive and well. We are becoming weak as a society, rather than united. The enemy ceased to be the virus and quickly became each other. There's no spreadsheet in the world that can predict where we'll be in a short time, but I do believe it will not be a good place if this continues. We all have political differences, but if we cannot set that aside for even a second and come together to fight a package of molecules smaller than the eye can see, we are all doomed.

YELLOWFIN Jan 28, 2021 03:15 PM
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A message to Voice Of Reason: "Look what we're dealing with now, a populace that shrugs off things they don't understand as a "conspiracy" because it wasn't on Fox News while anything on Fox News is fact not to be questioned."

Voice of Reason Jan 28, 2021 04:26 PM
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Yellow, why do you automatically assume because I think CNN is a bunch of biased propaganda I don't also think Fox is a different bunch of biased propaganda? I don't have time to watch the news and you can't get nearly as much info from watching as reading. A few times a week I peruse both websites because you won't get the full story from either site. My disdain for the lying, two-faced crooks in the DNC who got a hall pass for 4 years because everyone was too focused on the orange man doesn't mean there aren't lying, two-faced, crooks in the GOP. They are both wolves, I think the DNC is worse because they're a wolves in sheep's clothing and have many convinced they're the righteous "for the people" party which is a load of BS because both parties are bought and paid for by the oligarchs/billionaires.

ChemicalSuperFreak Jan 28, 2021 03:30 PM
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Yellowfin, forget CNN and FoxNews. I trust neither. The problem is that few people are empowered by knowledge and cannot tell when they're being misled.

haskelslocal Jan 27, 2021 09:07 PM
134 New Covid-19 Cases and 4 Deaths

Looks like someone (blood processing lab) finally lowered the cycle count for PCR tests. About time. All those false positives and asymptomatic outcomes were horrifying!

ChemicalSuperFreak Jan 28, 2021 02:46 PM
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VOR, yes, this is troublesome. Some on Edhat are suggesting we do not count the numbers ourselves, or question anything from "authorities". That is a recipe for disaster. We are a nation of self-governance, that shouldn't end at educating the public at questioning data.

Voice of Reason Jan 28, 2021 02:30 PM
134 New Covid-19 Cases and 4 Deaths

Look what we're dealing with now, a populace that shrugs off things they don't understand as a "conspiracy" because it wasn't on CNN while anything on CNN is fact not to be questioned.

ChemicalSuperFreak Jan 28, 2021 02:22 PM
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I really appreciate your thoughts. Those are great observations and legitimate concerns, intelligently and succinctly stated. It troubles me that tools used for scientific research may have been exploited by those in power in order to manipulate the public. I often pass our lab’s thermocyclers and wish the public had a better understanding of how PCR works, and chemistry in general. I’m afraid that much of the public is poorly educated in STEM, despite all the recent efforts being made. Is the gap widening? It’s frightening to think of the prospect where a small few keep a large amount of knowledge and control the rest with fear. I was down in Chichen Itza, wandering the site. From the “football” stadium, where the winners were sacrificed to bring messages to the god, such as more rain for the crops, to the observatory, one thing was clear. Those with scientific knowledge, who could predict the solar calendar using data, who kept that celestial knowledge all for themselves, were feared and respected. Let’s not let that happen again.

haskelslocal Jan 28, 2021 12:27 PM
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Very true if your choice is to unfold bottom up. It's an intelligent approach and certainly a method that beneficially produces data to comb through. However, standing at the entry of a testing protocol that was not designed for diagnostic, health related outcomes just more simply demonstrates the construction of a process that was ad hoc and evolving from the get go.. Add to that the immense political and industrial pressures applied via powerful participants and your left with a system that's ripe for power-play positioning from those that will derive a profit from the underlying issue. Yet simply stated, the amplification of polymerase reaction of converted RNA strands utilizing a lab processing technique, which targets select structures within a sequence and then runs it at 35+ cycles such that it's amplified 35 billion times is beyond reasonable. It's been clearly demonstrated that doing so produces exponential artifacts that are entirely misleading. Thus, false positives are real. This novel experience has also not produced a statistically relevant base infection rate to even construct decent sensitivity/specificity numbers. Also, not focusing on prophylactics prior to or during acute illness episodes has systematically ignored our ability to work through the illness in process. That leaves us with only hope, as we're asked to wait for a preventive solution that "cures all". And this "cure by pill" method (i.e. vaccine) shows there are fundamental, logistic and potentially long term challenges that are not being considered. A solution today to add value immediately would be to ramp up and immediately (EUA) home use rapid testing kits so we can better target symptomatic carriers inside the envelop of all those potentially infected. That and focus more on empowering healthcare providers with whatever they need to adequately address and treat symptoms as they were educated and trained to do. Good day and all the best.

ChemicalSuperFreak Jan 27, 2021 10:08 PM
134 New Covid-19 Cases and 4 Deaths

Interesting hypothesis. Lowering the cycles will certainly miss some of those cases, but will miss pre-symptomatic cases as well, those that go one to get really sick and die. How would you test this hypothesis? One way might be to watch the hospitalization numbers and deaths. Those numbers should decrease as the case rate and % positive values drop. If the diagnostics have been manipulated to catch fewer positives, then hospitalizations, ICU beds occupied, ventilator use, and deaths should not decrease proportionally. There is already data for the first wave, in terms of how the hospitalizations and deaths waned as the case rates and positivity decreased. We should see a similar trend. If not....

MountainMan4865 Jan 31, 2021 06:36 PM
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Regionally? Zero. And zero cases.... wait, let me double check to see if the SBPH website updated yet - yep. Zero cases, zero deaths. Statewide - looks like 17 deaths. As far as cases or hospitalization.... it's a puzzle to extract the numbers. The State reports different numbers from different hospital systems separately, on different graphs.... look at the State Report - it's a downloaded PDF.

https://www.countyofsb.org/phd/epidemiology/seasonal-flu.sbc

ChemicalSuperFreak Jan 27, 2021 11:50 PM
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Hey Mountain, did you notice that EdHat updated the 3-day total of cases? We were correct. Thanks for helping me confirm that and get the article updated with the correct number of cases. (https://www.edhat.com/news/1129-new-cases-and-7-deaths-in-past-three-days)

MountainMan4865 Jan 27, 2021 10:53 PM
134 New Covid-19 Cases and 4 Deaths

In this coutny... I think there have been 4 deaths in the state, but I haven't checked this week.

a-1611816317 Jan 27, 2021 10:45 PM
134 New Covid-19 Cases and 4 Deaths

They're way, way down, thanks to physical distancing, mask wearing, and the few shutdowns we've done. It just shows how much more contagious SARS-CoV-2 is than influenza. But, of course, to people who get their opinions from social media, it's some sort of conspiracy.

SBTownie Jan 27, 2021 08:15 PM
134 New Covid-19 Cases and 4 Deaths

Excellent news to see our numbers down by so much. That was a rough few weeks back there. That day we had 779 cases was horrifying!

Sail380 Jan 27, 2021 06:57 PM
134 New Covid-19 Cases and 4 Deaths

Please share your facts about healthcare workers. All hospitals in Santa Barbara county? How many healthcare workers are there? Hard to get a percentage of infection without the total numbers of healthcare workers

a-1611876057 Jan 28, 2021 03:20 PM
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That figure was 1171 infected at some point in the pandemic, so approximately 5% of the estimated 20,000 healthcare workers in the county

Sail380 Jan 28, 2021 02:22 PM
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They ALL matter!! I was asking because of the poster who said 20 healthcare workers were positive.. I am curious about how many healthcare workers there are in Santa Barbara County? 20 workers equaling 5% seems like a low number of healthcare workers. I figured there were at least a few thousand if not more

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