260 COVID-19 Cases Added This Weekend

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By edhat staff

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) has added 260 COVID-19 cases since Friday as hospitalizations decrease.

The county's grand total is now 5,836 while the active case count is 308 as of Monday.

PHD is reporting 79 hospitalizations including 24 people in the intensive care unit (ICU). This number is down from Friday where there were 85 hospitalizations with 26 ICU cases.

More numbers can be found here.

Specific Numbers to Cottage Health

Below is a status update as of July 27, 2020. 

  • Cottage Health is caring for a total of 239 patients across all campuses.

  • 187 are acute care patients; 201 acute care beds remain available.  

  • Of the 187 acute care patients, 12 patients are on ventilators. 78 ventilators remain available (adult, pediatric and neonatal ventilators).

  • Of the 187 acute care patients, 33 are in isolation with COVID-19 symptoms; 30 are confirmed COVID-19 positive.

  • Of the 33 patients in isolation, 8 patients are in critical care.

  • From July 13-19:  
    4,256 COVID-19 laboratory tests were collected by Cottage Health.
    Results: 260 positive, 3,994 negative, 2 pending

  • From July 20-26:  
    3,730 COVID-19 laboratory tests were collected by Cottage Health.
    Results: 202 positive, 2,984 negative, 544 pending

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ChrisL Jul 29, 2020 06:12 AM
260 COVID-19 Cases Added This Weekend

Spreading garbage like your anti-teacher, anti-union rant only shows how little you know. Maybe if you covered your freakin face we would not have to hear your poisonous rhetoric?

PitMix Jul 28, 2020 02:04 PM
260 COVID-19 Cases Added This Weekend

Anyone remember the effort by COLABians to split off North County into Mission County? Does it seem like a better idea now? Although they still don't have the tax base to pay for the services they require, but maybe they would let the oil companies go crazy and that would raise the money they need.

jimbo212 Jul 28, 2020 10:08 AM
260 COVID-19 Cases Added This Weekend

Just an idea... is the amount of money that our community has lost, and is continuing to lose, by being in this pandemic lockdown greater than the cost of increasing wages for laborers and other under-privileged workers so they don't need to live in dense housing, and aren't forced to come to work if they are sick? It seems to me that increasing their wages would reduce the transmission of the trump virus and would allow our economy to reopen sooner. I don't know if the numbers make sense economically, but it's something to think about..

Thomas John Jul 28, 2020 07:23 AM
260 COVID-19 Cases Added This Weekend

How about they produce products with better conditions for the workers? Saying 'don't eat food from there" is a weak argument.

Abc109 Jul 27, 2020 11:10 PM
260 COVID-19 Cases Added This Weekend

I'm not saying the above reasons aren't valid, but I am wondering if there is data on the demographics in Santa Maria of those testing positive. Is there evidence and data to support the assumptions that the higher rate of infection is due to agricultural workers? If so, I'd like to see it. This may not actually be the case. It's only an assumption unless and until the County actually provides some answers.

MountainMan4865 Jul 27, 2020 10:45 PM
260 COVID-19 Cases Added This Weekend

M-Cubed & ABC 109 - stop eating produce. That's your answer. Lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, artichokes, avocados, oranges, lemons, tangerines, limes, carrots, green beans, radishes, onions, garlic, maters, zuchinni, squash, brussel sprouts, strawberries, melons, pumpkins, asparagus, arugula, celery.... You want Santa Maria to stop representing - hope you're not a part of the demand.

a-1595912382 Jul 27, 2020 09:59 PM
260 COVID-19 Cases Added This Weekend

Legal immigration also supplies "cheap labor" - willing seller meets willing buyer and necessary immigration permits are allowed to satisfy US labor needs.

a-1595912220 Jul 27, 2020 09:57 PM
260 COVID-19 Cases Added This Weekend

The weakest link are the teachers unions and teacher union members who need a flood of new students every year to fill California's failing classrooms, and sanctuary cities like Santa Maria who protect them once arrived. Teachers union members are by far the biggest beneficiary of illegal immigration - billions of dollars of taxpayer benefit every year since SCOTUS mandated free K-12 regardless of illegal immigration status. . Surprised, right? Follow the money.

MT Jul 27, 2020 09:40 PM
260 COVID-19 Cases Added This Weekend

Supply and demand. Endless supply of cheap labor drives the market rate for labor down. Close the boarder and watch the cheap labor dry up. Businesses will have to start paying more to get the manpower they need. Housing prices will stabilize. Occupation density will go down. Problem solved.

Abc109 Jul 27, 2020 09:30 PM
260 COVID-19 Cases Added This Weekend

Seriously, is there a way we can petition to get Santa Maria OFF of the county COVID-19 rolls for the rest of Santa Barbara County (much like SB petitioned the governor to remove the Lompoc Prison cases)? They are seriously ruining it for everyone else in the county.

LooseCannon Jul 27, 2020 09:28 PM
260 COVID-19 Cases Added This Weekend

The "weakest link" is Plantation California, the oblivious rich people who don't pay their agricultural and manual workers enough to enable them to live in uncrowded homes and work at jobs where their health and well-being is respected. Seriously, people, if we didn't treat our senior citizens like trash, warehousing them in unregulated homes; paid our working classes and immigrant laborers a decent wage; and stop criminalizing black, Latino, and working-class people, we'd have this COVID crisis cracked!!!

a-1595900795 Jul 27, 2020 06:46 PM
260 COVID-19 Cases Added This Weekend

Typically acute care is versus long term care, though there can also be long-term acute care. Acute care deals mainly with the reason you came into the hospital in the first place - recovery - long term care is for chronic conditions. Long term acute care is when the stay will be much longer but still needs a degree of supervision in a hospital setting, rather than a long term care setting which is found off site in a specially designated facility. ICU is short term, often post op, isolated and sanitized equipment heavy, constant monitoring of vital signs with visual access by nursing staff. Critical care is similar and may be more devoted to cardiac care and specific cardiac equipment. Critical care and ICU can be interchangeable. Isolation for "covid" is just that- an isolated setting to limit any transfer of the infecting agent, to others along with special protocol for staff. But depending on the symptoms it may not need to have the heavy equipment one finds necessary in ICU. Obviously the number of staff goes up with the increasing care demands, as well as expertise to manage the equipment. Another care level is for what is termed a "bio-mort", someone who has officially met the objective criteria for death, but their organs are kept infused short term, until removed for a concurrent organ transplants to a waiting recipient.

SBLetsGetAlong Jul 27, 2020 06:24 PM
260 COVID-19 Cases Added This Weekend

So we’re at about “6%” positive rate of the weekly tests given. Below the 10% benchmark that forces business closures.
So why are barber shops and restaurants still outside in the cold?

BRD Jul 27, 2020 07:10 PM
260 COVID-19 Cases Added This Weekend

I think that cottage is only SB, Goleta, and Santa Ynez so those numbers don’t include Santa Maria. The governor took local control away for deciding if it makes sense to treat the entire county as one for Covid risk.

sandy1 Jul 27, 2020 07:55 PM
260 COVID-19 Cases Added This Weekend

Acute, anything requiring timely treatment. Critical Care, Without immediate intervention your going to die . Intensive Care , Advanced intervention where you may or may not die. If you survive you will graduate to the appropriate Stepdown Ward. My nutshell version. lol

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