396 New Confirmed Cases of COVID-19

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The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department reports 396 new cases of COVID-19 on the final day of 2020.

There are currently 1,456 active cases within the community. Of those, 135 are hospitalized including 34 are in the intensive care unit (ICU).

There were 3 deaths reported on Thursday.  The individuals resided in the regions of Santa Barbara and unincorporated Mission Canyon, Lompoc and the communities of Mission Hills and Vandenberg Village, and the City of Santa Maria. Two individuals were over 70 years of age and one was between 50-69 years old. Two individuals had underlying medical conditions and one death was associated with an outbreak at a congregate facility. 

There was an additional death reported on Wednesday. The individual was over 70 years old with underlying medical conditions and resided in the Unincorporated areas of the Goleta Valley. The death was associated with an outbreak at a congregate facility.

There have now been 160 deaths in 2020 directly related to the COVID-19 virus. 

The Public Health Department continues to state that the majority of infections, and subsequently the deaths, are due to people ignoring the rules and gathering outside of their household. This allows the virus to spread which is then contracted by someone who cannot fight it off, and dies.

Santa Barbara County's ICU availability is 4.4%, meaning there is a nominal amount of space available for the inevitable amount of people who will get sick in the coming weeks due to unprohibited gatherings during the Christmas and New Year holidays.

Public health officials, doctors, and scientists vigorously urge everyone to stay home, wear a mask, and wash their hands to prevent spreading and catching this contagious and deadly virus.

For more information on data visit https://publichealthsbc.org/status-reports/

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Happy2BeSB Dec 31, 2020 08:31 PM
396 New Confirmed Cases of COVID-19

Best wishes to everyone suffering right now. For those who are doing well, please stay home as much as possible. Healthcare workers are thanklessly working their tails off; we need to protect their physical and mental well-being. The new, more easily transmissible strain is already in our state and likely has been for some time. With sub-optimal vaccine rollout, we have to be even more careful, or else we won't be able to keep it in check. The longer we allow the virus to keep spreading, the higher the risk of a worse mutation developing that render our current vaccines less effective.

If you're able, please donate to local food banks and other organizations that help ease the suffering of those struggling in our community.

yacht rocked Dec 31, 2020 08:36 PM
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I requested SB Public Health Dept report daily vaccination metrics. It would be nice to have some sense of vaccination progress instead of crickets. The CDC is reporting the overall State's progress here: https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#vaccinations

ChemicalSuperFreak Dec 31, 2020 09:11 PM
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The silver lining is that all these new cases have pushed down the morality rate for SB County, as fewer people recently testing positive are dying. On November 1st the mortality was 1.45%. Today it's only 1.07%. That's even better when you consider that the number of asymptomatic cases has also decreased. The percentage of people without symptoms was 10.3% on November 1st. Today it's only 8.3%. So more people testing positive today are reporting symptoms than 2 months ago, yet a smaller percentage are dying compared to 2 months ago. Regardless of the cause, it's important to point out some of these positive developments because they shouldn't be overlooked when staring at such frightening daily case numbers.

GeneralTree Dec 31, 2020 11:36 PM
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CSF - Yes these are definitely positive things. From what I've been reading, at least partly attributed to better treatments for Covid and a standardized approach to treating patients. Not quite as positive and attributable to the lower mortality rate is that more younger people are contracting it. I was wishing for the disease to mutate into oblivion like SARS did. Maybe that will still happen. The vaccine distribution beginning is also positive and will make a big impact in the upcoming year. Thanks for sharing these numbers. Happy New Year. What a ride 2020 has been.

ChemicalSuperFreak Jan 01, 2021 03:19 PM
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OAITW, First, if you read carefully you'll see that I clearly wrote "Regardless of the cause", which signals that I am not assigning causation. I'm not sure where you got the causation from when all I did was point out trends in the data. Second, I don't think you understand how the formula works. Mortality should be calculated by dividing the number of dead by the sum of the number of dead and recovered (mortality = (dead)/(dead + recovered)). Some people also calculate it by a more imprecise method, which is the number of dead divided by the total cases (mortality = (dead)/(total cases)). Either way, it should be obvious that anything that increases the denominator in those formulas (dead + recovered, or total cases) will decrease the mortality. Therefore the more recovered you have, or the more total cases, the lower the mortality. I hope that clears it up for you.

420722 Dec 31, 2020 09:30 PM
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CSF-thank you once again for a dose of truth and for being positive instead of a doomsdayer! A rare find these days.
Happy New Year.

ChemicalSuperFreak Dec 31, 2020 11:29 PM
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420722, I take the virus seriously, but there's a sad contingent of commenters that feed on negativity and seem to enjoy scaring people. This group deserves some pushback from time to time and I'm glad the are at least a few rational people left who haven't succumb to the hysteria. A very Happy New Year to you as well!

a-1609486429 Dec 31, 2020 11:33 PM
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9:30 & 11:29 PM :

I don't think you understand the severity of the pandemic.
Do you think 346,000 deaths in the USA alone are faked?
International death totals are faked?
Other countries are in on the conspiracy?
Too little thinking behind such a comment.
So little empathy.

Ahchooo Jan 01, 2021 09:04 AM
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11:33 PM:
I understand the severity, but can also enjoy the tiny bits of good news. I’m not getting complacent.

Alexblue Jan 01, 2021 11:25 AM
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Hey, Freak, so people being frightened by the prospect of dying with a tube in their lungs are a "death cult"?

So you think that's rational pushback?

Get over yourself.

a-1609560437 Jan 01, 2021 08:07 PM
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The scene: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcbR1J_4ICg

These days it's just food for conspiracy play.

fitz Jan 01, 2021 09:52 AM
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Here's a first. One public 'stub' road off a major public road in our community has been commandeered by a group. We are now in day 3. They have at least six 5th wheels parked on both sides of the public road; there is no room for access for any other vehicles. ( There is no access for emergency vehicles.) They have a bounce house set up on the front lawn. Why would the sheriffs/ CHP/public health allow this? Wouldnt' you need a permit to take over a public road?

a-1609560169 Jan 01, 2021 08:02 PM
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Why mention this if all you want to do is create strife? Some might take you seriously if you provided a drop of evidence. If you are concerned, contact the public health department and law enforcement, maybe the news too.

sblocal1967 Jan 01, 2021 09:02 PM
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Public Health says majority of cases are due to people commingling in the community without taking proper precaution. I would assume elderly and unhealthy people are not doing this - if they are, then stupid is as stupid does. Most of the people I see out an about are younger people who typically do not have elderly roommates. So, how are these elderly/unhealthy people getting Covid? Are you telling me they are are at home and then allowing people to come into their homes to spread the virus? I am asking this not be snarky - I truly would like to know WTF is going on.

PitMix Jan 01, 2021 10:34 PM
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Elderly have care givers that live in crowded homes and have a hard time quarantining and distancing. Not so hard to figure out why they are getting sick.

Ahchooo Jan 02, 2021 11:57 AM
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I am also curious about exactly how people are infected. Did these elderly people think they were keeping safe? Where was the weak link? I’d love to see contact tracing information.

sblocal1967 Jan 02, 2021 05:24 PM
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OK now I see - because there are a bunch of people living together in close quarters who do not have the common sense to NOT get Covid to begin with our Governor thinks we should shut down our economy and deprive kids of in person education so as to not alienate this subset of society. This still smells like political correctness and voter pandering.

a-1609638571 Jan 02, 2021 05:49 PM
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And the way you do not get COVID in the first place is by staying home and closing nonessential businesses and places where people gather for long periods of time like schools, churches, and restaurants.

dukemunson Jan 02, 2021 05:57 PM
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Nope!! As per the cdc and public health, studies are showing less transmission in places with school in place. We’re choosing to make SB worse, Less intelligent and less safe by keeping schools closed. But yeah...keep doing your part to make everything worse by anonymously posting comments like that which completely disregard science!

LooseCannon Jan 02, 2021 05:58 PM
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Restaurants were open all summer long, and there was no spike in COVID cases. On the contrary, there was a decrease in the number of cases. In NY, when they reopened schools, there was no increase in the infection rate that could be attributed to in-school attendance. I can't speak to faith-based activities, being an atheist, but my impression is that some religious institutions were holding services responsibly, wearing masks and socially distancing.

What caused the spike was people congregating indoors in private homes. In my opinion, the lockdown forces people indoors, whether they are more likely to congregate unwisely, letting their guard down vis-a-vis mask-wearing and social distancing and generally acting less responsibly than they would, say, at a restaurant, where their actions are visible to many observers and more likely to draw criticism.

Voice of Reason Jan 02, 2021 06:32 PM
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I agree Loose Cannon. The measures our state took to combat covid actually made things worse, with so much collateral damage as well.

a-1609641723 Jan 02, 2021 06:42 PM
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5:24 5:57 5:58 and 6:32 PM -
9:30 & 11:29 PM :

I don't think you understand the severity of the pandemic.
Do you think 349,000 deaths in the USA alone are faked?
International death totals are faked?
Other countries are in on the conspiracy?
Too little thinking behind such comments.
So little understanding.

LooseCannon Jan 02, 2021 06:59 PM
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Since I left a comment at 5:58pm, I assume that this rant is directed, in part, towards me.

So to answer your litany. Yes, I do understand the severity of the pandemic; I don't think deaths are faked; I don't think there's a conspiracy.

I don't think it's necessary to close all restaurants, shut down vast sectors of the economy, and deprive our children of in-school learning--these edicts seem to be based on hysteria, rather than science.

A-1609641723. Instead of formulating an argument, or marshalling evidence to support yourself, you get all emotional and impugn the motives of people with real, valid concerns. You are a bad witness for the prosecution. But a good example of a hysteric.

a-1609643842 Jan 02, 2021 07:17 PM
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https://www.usnews.com/news/health-news/articles/2020-12-02/shut-them-down-why-schools-might-not-be-safe-during-covid-19

LooseCannon Jan 02, 2021 07:29 PM
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Yes, I read the article from US News & World Report. Yawn. I'm more of a NY Times/Guardian reader and NPR listener myself, but that's beside the point. I'd rather go on the basis of the recommendation by our local health authorities, who gave the green light for in-school learning, rather than some dubious outfit teaching people "financial literacy," whatever that means. Anyway, the vaccine is here now and teachers are going to be offered it very soon, so then there'll be no excuse for the lack of proper in-school instruction. Open the schools already. No excuses.

a-1609645361 Jan 02, 2021 07:42 PM
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Vaccination is key. Otherwise, breaking the healthcare protocols on gatherings is just throwing lighted matches into gasoline.

dukemunson Jan 02, 2021 08:24 PM
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Just an incredibly poorly written article (yes yes I know I will use the wrong there their and they’re 11 times in the next 4 posts) that basis their conclusions on 2 super spreader outbreaks that occurred over the Summer...in India. It’s an interesting comp... though I’m not sure the Delhi school district and the Goleta school district is a great comp. Other than though... fun link that led to some other fun links... silly through and through and directly in contradiction with up to date cdc recommendations... but fun none the less! And at least it wasn’t a copy and paste, so... that’s a plus!

a-1609654846 Jan 02, 2021 10:20 PM
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8:24 PM : You must have read an article from your alternate universe. Those who actually follow the link will see otherwise, though. A direct link to the COVID monitoring project is here: <https://experience.arcgis.com/experience/fb52d598982f41faac714b5ebe32e7d1>

dukemunson Jan 03, 2021 07:14 AM
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I followed the link to your us news and world report opinion piece... which based their conclusion on a few classrooms in India (I guess in your universe that’s a direct comp to Goleta). This next link shows that (drumroll) kids can get covid! Which... yeah... of course! No one is debating that. What you somehow continually perpetually willfully bizarrely keep missing is that the CDC and SB public health flat out says that having kids in school leads to less transmission. Will some kids test positive at school.. yes! But, and again this as per public health and the cdc in the last 2 weeks, more people will test positive if school is out of session. Send something refuting that...because everything you say and send doesn’t address the fact that our numbers are going up, and that the people paid (and trained/educated) to tackle this problem Want schools open as it would help stop the spread! I get it, you are a teacher or school admin who wants to remain the only group that refuses to go back to work. And hey, I get it...of course! Getting paid to do less/have an easier time that’s tangibly better for yourself and your family is a pretty basic and fundamental instinct. But you are doing our kids, our families AND EVERY SINGLE PERSON IN SB a disservice. Add in the failing grades, the tangible concerns of mental health issues, the crushing burden on working families and... well... there is a reason there is near universal agreement that (even in lockdowns) schools must open as soon as possible. And while I can’t speak for the Elementary schools in Jaipur, this is obviously and absolutely true in sb/Goleta right now.

LooseCannon Jan 02, 2021 07:36 PM
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They're vaccinating prisoners now, according to today's New York Times. Glad that the most productive members of our society are being prioritized.

Seriously, though, I'm assuming this has more to do with the political clout of the union representing correctional officers than any concern for the miscreants behind bars.

Kind of feel bad for anyone who loses a loved one in their family because some perp got the shot before us law-abiding citizens.

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