14 Local Schools Allowed to Reopen
By edhat staff
The Santa Barbara County of Public Health Department (PHD) announced 14 local K-6 schools are allowed to reopen amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
PHD Director Van Do-Reynoso gave a presentation to the County Board of Supervisors Tuesday morning on the county's progress in dealing with COVID-19.
Based on the state's approval, fourteen local elementary schools are allowed to reopen for in-person learning with restrictions, three more are being reviewed by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), five schools are working with PHD before sending to the state for approval, and two new submissions were just received. Below are the schools in these categories
Schools Allowed to Reopen
1. Howard School
2. Knox School
3. Laguna Blanca
4. Waldorf School
5. Coastline Christian Academy
6. SYV Family School
7. Santa Ynez Valley Christian Academy
8. Pacific Christian School
9. Montessori Center School
10. Valley Christian Academy
11. Crane School
12. St. Raphael School
13. St. Mary of the Assumption
Schools Being Reviewed by CDPH
1. Cold Spring School District
2. Montecito Union School District
Schools Working with PHD
1. Dunn School
2. Our Lady of Mount Carmel School
3. Blochman Union School District
4. Notre Dame School
5. St Louis de Montford
New Application Submissions Received by PHD
1. SYV Charter School
2. La Purisima Conception
Community Members Encouraged to Get Tested
Do-Reynoso also addressed a question from Supervisor Das Williams regarding COVID-19 testing availability in the county and the recent messaging urging community members to get tested.
She stated early on in the pandemic, there was a shortage of testing and processing supplies and their department followed guidelines set by CDPH and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). At that time testing was prioritized for "tier one" community members including those exhibiting symptoms, those hospitalized, and essential workers.
"I think that message has fluctuated because of again, the supply chain issues. Now that the state has increased their supply and our county has plenty of supply, and as well as the processing, the turnaround time has greatly improved," said Do-Reynoso.
She went on to state that earlier in the summer the turnaround COVID-19 processing time anywhere from 7 to 10 days and for August, PHD was seeing turnaround times for 2 to 3 days and some within one day. Now they are encouraging anyone who is needing to get tested to seek testing at county-sponsored sites, personal physician, or state-sponsored locations.
"The other piece is that we are encouraging people to get tested primarily because one, the availability. Two because of the quick turnaround time and results, and three you may be asymptomatic and you may have been exposed but not be aware. And so now that the opportunity is available we are encouraging people to get tested," said Do-Reynoso.
Santa Barbara County remains in the highest "widespread tier" that's colored purple for failing to lower its case rate. The county will need to achieve 7 or less new COVID-19 cases per day during a seven-day average. The current number is 9.1. The county is already meeting the testing positivity rate at 4.8%
Moving down to the "substantial tier" that's colored red would allow the county re-open indoor business operations at 10-25% capacity that are currently outdoor only. Santa Barbara County's data will be reevaluated by the state next Monday.
In the past week, the majority of Santa Barbara county has seen a downward trend in new cases, except Isla Vista and Goleta. Over the past two weeks, total cases increased by 7%, hospitalizations decreased by 30%, and intensive care stays decreased by 56%.
As of Monday, the total number of COVID-19 cases is 8,718 with 162 of those being active. PHD reported one death of an individual who tested positive for COVID-19. The Santa Barbara County resident was 50-69 years of age, resided in the City of Santa Maria, had underlying medical conditions and was not associated with a congregate living facility.
As of late Tuesday afternoon, PHD released the latest numbers including an additional death. The Santa Barbara County resident was 50-69 years of age, resided in the City of Santa Maria, had underlying medical conditions and was associated with an outbreak at a congregate living facility.
The death toll has now reached 107, a 1.2% death rate.
There were 26 new COVID-19 cases added on Tuesday bringing the total to 8,741 with 149 of those being active.
There are currently 32 people hospitalized including 8 in the ICU.
More data can be found at https://publichealthsbc.org
[Editor's Note: This "Current Numbers" section has been updated with Tuesday's COVID-19 data released by PHD.]