429 New COVID-19 Cases and 8 Deaths

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By edhat staff

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) is reporting 429 new COVID-19 cases and 8 deaths on Wednesday.

Six individuals were over 70 and two were 30-49 years of age. Five of the Individuals had underlying medical conditions and three of the deaths were associated with an outbreak at a congregate facility. The regions of residence include five from the City of Santa Maria, and one each from the City of Goleta, North County Unincorporated and the City of Santa Barbara.

There are now 2,007 active cases within the county including 167 hospitalizations with 55 patients in the intensive care unit (ICU).

The Southern California Region and Santa Barbara County ICU availability are both at 0%.

Cottage Health is reporting 20% capacity available for adult critical care with 85 patients in isolation with COVID-19 symptoms, 81 of those are confirmed to be COVID-19 positive.

On Wednesday Ventura County reported 1,520 new cases and 8 additional deaths ranging in age from 47 to 102. They have 420 hospitalizations including 81 in the ICU.

San Luis Obispo County reported 290 new cases on Wednesday with 2,835 active cases that include 39 hospitalizations with 14 in the ICU.

Detailed data and trends can be found on the community dashboard

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bosco Jan 07, 2021 02:32 PM
429 New COVID-19 Cases and 8 Deaths

No, that is idiotic and has no merit in science. You will not get COVID from to-go orders. My god, we have been dealing with this since March and people still don't seem to understand how it spreads. INDOOR GATHERINGS. No wonder we are still in this mess.

PitMix Jan 08, 2021 12:23 PM
429 New COVID-19 Cases and 8 Deaths

Translation, I didn't google this topic and didn't know that there is some small possibility of getting the virus from takeout. And I like to point the finger at others as being idiots, while 3 fingers are pointing back at me. I will try to do better in the future.

Thomas John Jan 07, 2021 07:39 PM
429 New COVID-19 Cases and 8 Deaths

Well, you can get it from take out. Not super probably though. But you can't say its 'idiotic and has no merit in science"


bft4me Jan 07, 2021 12:48 PM
429 New COVID-19 Cases and 8 Deaths

Has anyone considered the possibility that some transmission is occurring from the to-go orders from our restaurants?

ChemicalSuperFreak Jan 06, 2021 10:55 PM
429 New COVID-19 Cases and 8 Deaths

The good news is the ICU capacity has been increasing for SB County, and the "actual" staffed adult ICU bed availability is now at 11%. While the "adjusted" ICU capacity is effectively 0%, if you end up needing an ICU bed tonight, there are 9 available somewhere within our county. The panic is certainly justified as these beds will soon be filled, so don't be stupid and follow the health orders/advice.

a-1610057207 Jan 07, 2021 02:06 PM
429 New COVID-19 Cases and 8 Deaths

Well, given what a fool we got for president, that's not a convincing statement, although Newsom is no fool.

PitMix Jan 07, 2021 01:25 PM
429 New COVID-19 Cases and 8 Deaths

If he's the governor, how foolish could he be? I know some real fools and they are not anywhere close to his level of success. But really you just mean that you didn't vote for him and disagree with his policies. I guess you will storming the state capitol next?

Alexblue Jan 07, 2021 07:56 AM
429 New COVID-19 Cases and 8 Deaths

Wait, you were calling people who listened to Newsom a bunch of scared sheep. So now you feel differently? Because no one could have anticipated that the virus would spread to Santa Barbara? Some scientist.

winter Jan 06, 2021 09:28 PM
429 New COVID-19 Cases and 8 Deaths

I probably will do a Zoom.....just hard...I am trained in Hospice care...always want to be there.
There are a lot of private caregivers, like myself, that left their families, they help, because of Covid.
The family usually will take over, with 24 hour nursing agency assistance....just the loved one has built years of trust, friendship, with us.

Jence Jan 06, 2021 08:42 PM
429 New COVID-19 Cases and 8 Deaths

With all due respect Winter, if it’s only a social call is it really worth putting their lives, potentially their family members’ lives and yours (with self-admitted underlying conditions) at risk? It would be a tragic guilt trip should, God forbid, those vulnerable folks contracted COVID via you; even if you thought you were negative and later tested positive. Can you Zoom with them and maybe have lunch delivered to them? Just a thought. BTW, thanks for being compassionate and taking care of those who can’t do so for themselves anymore.

winter Jan 06, 2021 08:31 PM
429 New COVID-19 Cases and 8 Deaths

That was a rude comment !
I have a cancer patient, asking for me...haven't seen them since March...helped them for 2 years...the family wants me to come...just want to be safe.
Please don't judge...

winter Jan 06, 2021 08:10 PM
429 New COVID-19 Cases and 8 Deaths

I take care of seniors....caregiver....stopped working in March.....underlying conditions.
Want to go visit them...2 families...just want to be safe.

winter Jan 06, 2021 07:41 PM
429 New COVID-19 Cases and 8 Deaths

FYI, called for a Covid test today.....had one in March....negative.
No symptoms....
Earliest appointment, January 16 !
I know if I had symptoms..would call my doctor directly....

gcheadley Jan 07, 2021 09:57 AM
429 New COVID-19 Cases and 8 Deaths

WINTER - Go to lhi.care to schedule your free covid test. Next available at CenCal Health on Calle Real is Jan 11, next available period is tomorrow in Buellton.

Sail380 Jan 07, 2021 08:52 AM
429 New COVID-19 Cases and 8 Deaths

I understand getting tested for work, I'm also on the testing schedule. Quite different than wanting a test to visit. Getting a test to just to go visit is not a guarantee of being virus free when you visit. Lots of chances to get infected between the test and the visit.

ChemicalSuperFreak Jan 06, 2021 10:40 PM
429 New COVID-19 Cases and 8 Deaths

Sail, I'm required to have a weekly test for work. Doesn't matter if I have symptoms. I also file a daily digital health assessment before I can come to work. It's a liability thing, and some of us who do essential work need to comply if we want to keep working.

Sail380 Jan 06, 2021 07:56 PM
429 New COVID-19 Cases and 8 Deaths

Not trying to pry to much. Why test if you don’t have symptoms? I understand getting one for upcoming medical procedures. Just don’t understand getting one to get one.

a-1609989522 Jan 06, 2021 07:18 PM
429 New COVID-19 Cases and 8 Deaths

3 of 8 deaths were people with NO underlying conditions. If you feel safe because you are healthy, you are a fool.

sacjon Jan 08, 2021 01:47 PM
429 New COVID-19 Cases and 8 Deaths

CSF - No, I'm referring to underlying genetic factors of which you're not aware. How do you know to protect yourself as an at-risk person if you have some genetic factor that would put you at a high risk of death, but have no idea you possess it?

ChemicalSuperFreak Jan 07, 2021 11:26 PM
429 New COVID-19 Cases and 8 Deaths

SACJON: "Underlying conditions" with respect to COVID include cardiovascular disease, diabetes, asthma, hypertension, and cancer---ALL of which have a genetic component. End of story.

sacjon Jan 07, 2021 11:28 AM
429 New COVID-19 Cases and 8 Deaths

CSFreak - No, for the purposes of COVID risk, you can't call genetic factors "underlying conditions" when you're also saying that at-risk people should be more careful. That implies you know that you're at risk. When the whole basis for the anti-lockdown argument is that healthy people are OK and only at-risk and elderly should be locked down, this makes no sense.

shorebird Jan 07, 2021 09:49 AM
429 New COVID-19 Cases and 8 Deaths

An underlying condition as a factor doesn’t even have to be something that is considered an illness.

Over time we may find out that people with normally occurring variants are present are more susceptible. This would be the case if people with blood types A,B AB or RH+ or RH- are found to be at higher.

There are billions of genes. Diversity in the gene pool helps the species.

a-1609991948 Jan 06, 2021 07:59 PM
429 New COVID-19 Cases and 8 Deaths

Exactly. There are genetic factors which can predispose one to a very nasty case of COVID, and nobody can yet say what all of them are, let alone be aware if they have them.

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