419 New COVID-19 Cases in Past Four Days

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By edhat staff

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department reports 419 new COVID-19 cases and 8 deaths in the past four days.

On Saturday there were 154 new cases and five deaths. Four individuals were over 70 years of age and one individual was between the ages of 50-69 years old. All five individuals had underlying medical conditions and all five deaths were associated with an outbreak at a congregate facility. One person resided in Santa Maria and four in Santa Barbara.

On Sunday there were 135 new cases, 70 on Monday, and 60 on Tuesday. There were an additional four deaths reported on Tuesday as well. All four individuals were over 70 years of age, three had underlying health conditions, and none of the deaths were associated with an outbreak at a congregate-care site. The individuals lived in Goleta, Orcutt, and Santa Maria.


There have now been 376 of deaths in Santa Barbara County since the start of the pandemic.

There are currently 597 active cases including 106 hospitalizations with 21 in the intensive care unit (ICU). Santa Barbara County's ICU availability is now 43.4%

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Beginning today, February 16, 2021, the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department has opened vaccine eligibility to residents 65 years of age and older.

This expanded eligibility means that local health care providers, pharmacies, hospitals, and Public Health vaccination sites can open appointments to those 65+ once vaccines become available to them. Vaccine supplies are still very limited and health care providers are simultaneously ensuring those that received a first dose will also be able to receive a second dose. Appointments will be very limited initially but will become more available as more vaccine is expected to become available in the near future.

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MountainMan4865 Feb 16, 2021 07:56 PM
419 New COVID-19 Cases in Past Four Days

I am so sorry for you and your family's experience and loss. Sadly, I'm not surprised. I've heard a lot of local stories that mirror this. I just don't understand - what is the benefit of declaring a Covid death over another or actual cause?

Cadillackid Feb 17, 2021 09:32 AM
419 New COVID-19 Cases in Past Four Days

Well the last thing we got from the hospital is that it wasn’t, so what do they just make things up and then change their minds?

a-1613576838 Feb 17, 2021 07:47 AM
419 New COVID-19 Cases in Past Four Days

How do you have 100% certainty that COVID wasn't a factor in her death? I would probably leave this up to the doctors treating her.

Cadillackid Feb 16, 2021 08:15 PM
419 New COVID-19 Cases in Past Four Days

Thank you, initially she went in for something else we sort of already knew this might have been her time to go, but it WAS ABSOLUTELY NOT COVID, I am just so happy that my wife’s family fought till the end for her, she was the life of the party and things will never be the same :( RIP

Cadillackid Feb 16, 2021 05:31 PM
419 New COVID-19 Cases in Past Four Days

Cottage hospital doctors tried very hard to claim my wife’s grandmothers unfortunate death as a covid 19 death, her family urged records and fought because the entire time she was admitted she never once tested positive for covid until her death on Friday, when asked for records of last covid 19 tests they had nothing to show or prove, when the family wanted more answers they would decline to answer legitimate questions, when they pressed the fact that not a single answer made sense and started to pressure with legal actions, only after almost 4 days cottage hospital personnel finally admitted that it was staff error and apologized, this is F****** BULLS***!!! They can shove that apology where the sun don’t shine because I cannot imagine how many people they have done this to, and gotten away with it, these poor innocent souls are sometime stolen from their finally wishes all because the health system is just a wealthy greedy son of a bitch, having millions probably billions is not enough? sorry not sorry

Cadillackid Feb 17, 2021 09:30 AM
419 New COVID-19 Cases in Past Four Days

Sorry, no she never tested positive and we do know what exactly happened, I just don’t need to explain exact what it was, she definitely was on her last days (from her illness) but definitely did not have covid, we got final results that it was hospital staff error for trying to mark her death as a covid death, I am not trying to shade others at what point did I ever say that? General tree is known to make very stupid remarks and it’s annoying he or she should be banned from Edhat, my point is on my first post I made it very clear I am not going to repeat myself, just reminds me how silly the public is when given obvious straight forward information, smh

a-1613555347 Feb 17, 2021 01:49 AM
419 New COVID-19 Cases in Past Four Days

I'm sorry for your loss, may she rest in peace.
Can you stop the abusive behavior and explain for us regular people what your complaint is?
Parsing your writing, she did test positive on Friday. Can you clarify that point?
It seems your complaints are not knowing her diagnosis and being kept away from her because the hospital said she had Covid but didn't prove it?

GeneralTree Feb 16, 2021 09:50 PM
419 New COVID-19 Cases in Past Four Days

In fact, so nice of you to take the time out of your mourning to shade the loved ones of others who did die from COVID-19 - choking, scared and alone.

Seabird Feb 16, 2021 08:42 PM
419 New COVID-19 Cases in Past Four Days

Perhaps this Villegas person is an attorney. A Covid ambulance chaser, if you will. It's the only reason I can think for asking such an insensitive question.

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