565 New COVID-19 Cases This Weekend
By edhat staff
The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) reports 565 new COVID-19 cases and one additional death between Saturday and Monday.
The individual who passed away resided in the Santa Ynez Valley, was over 70 years old and had underlying medical conditions. The death was not associated with an outbreak at a congregate facility.
This brings the countywide death toll to 148.
There are now 14,935 total cases since the pandemic began. Of those, 1,109 are currently active, meaning infectious.
Hospitalization rates continue to increase as there are now 102 hospitalizations including 21 people in the intensive care unit (ICU) with the infectious virus.
The Southern California Region remains at 0% for ICU availability as the state adjusts the percentage downward if counties have a higher-than-expected ratio of COVID-19 patients occupying ICU spaces. Santa Barbara County has 38.10% ICU availability.
On Monday afternoon Governor Gavin Newsom provided an update regarding the regional stay-at-home order that is scheduled to be reassessed on December 28. He stated the end date will most likely be extended for the Southern California and San Joaquin regions that both have 0% ICU availability.
“We are likely — I think it’s pretty self-evident — going to need to extend those regional dates,” said Newsom.
Dr. Mark Ghaly, California's Health and Human Services Secretary, said the state will make a decision on whether to lengthen the two region's orders this weekend or early next week. Based on how the virus progresses, he stated they will be looking at ICU capacity projections four weeks from the day the original order could potentially be lifted.
"If you’re looking at the 28th of December, you’re looking at, what are ICU projections around the 25th of January," he said.
More data can be found at https://publichealthsbc.org/status-reports/.