61 New COVID-19 Cases and 2 Deaths

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By edhat staff

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department is reporting 61 new COVID-19 cases over the weekend and 2 additional deaths.

The deaths were in the City of Santa Maria. One individual was between the ages of 30-49 and one individual was between the ages of 50-69. Both had underlying medical conditions and neither was associated with an outbreak at a congregate living facility.

There have now been 122 COVID-19 related deaths within the county. There are 9 hospitalizations with two in the intensive care unit (ICU).

There have now been 9,820 positive cases with 118 cases currently active. 

More details can be found at https://publichealthsbc.org/status-reports/


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dukemunson Oct 29, 2020 01:17 PM
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Good article (if somewhat dated at 3.5 months old). What jumped out to me was the below quote, which is exactly what I'm talking about!

One of the most useful numbers to determine isn’t the sheer number of cases, but rather the percentage of tests that come back positive, or simply the percent positive.

According to Johns Hopkins University, positive COVID-19 tests in the United States surged to nearly 22 percent at the end of March when testing wasn’t as widely available and was being reserved for hospitalized patients.

Those numbers dipped to around 4 percent in June as more people were being tested — such as essential workers with asymptomatic infections — but as of Wednesday had a 7-day average of 8.7 percent.

Dr. Amesh Adalja, an infectious disease expert and senior scholar at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Maryland, says, for example, if testing in an area shows 10 percent of people have the virus, then the infection is now “out of control.”

dukemunson Oct 29, 2020 01:21 PM
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And you are right...these are some of the numbers scientists are looking at...your just missing the thought/idea that they are then using those numbers to actually figure things out. In essence...you've shown that you can read numbers. You don't have any idea what to do with those numbers...but you are able to look at numbers and letters and discern the difference, and that's great...I'm working with my 3 year old on that very concept...it's not easy!!

a-1604010233 Oct 29, 2020 03:23 PM
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1:17 pm: Yes! You should look at the test result positives! But not at the guesses at positives in the untested population, as you keep blathering to try to water down the severity of the pandemic.

dukemunson Oct 29, 2020 03:42 PM
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The "guesses" are all scientific models designed to understand a pandemic...does that not register in any capacity?

But let's explore and dive in! We have an interesting and instructive local example: The Lompoc Correctional facility. In it, there were 1026 cases and 3 deaths. This obviously makes sense (well to everyone but you), because you had a controlled environment and everyone was tested. The number of .3% is in line with projections for the demographic.

I'd be curious to see how would you look at that number? Perhaps convicted felons are immune (like the North Koreans) to Covid-19?

We are in a pandemic. It's dangerous and terrible and life altering. It's 10 times as dangerous as the flu (as per Dr. Fauci). But say that...say the truth...don't change or exaggerate it...and yeah dont water it down either...just say the truth...it's a good maxim to live by.

Voice of Reason Oct 29, 2020 04:12 PM
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Hold on Duke, let's not misconstrue that Pitmix / Fauci quote. He did not say covid is 10 times as dangerous as the flu. -- A 1% mortality rate “means it is 10-times more lethal than the seasonal flu,” Fauci said. “I think that’s something people can get their arms around and understand.” -- He did not say Covid has a 1% mortality rate, he was just using that as an example he uses to better help laymen understand. So the 0.3% would mean covid is 3 x as deadly as the flu. Deadly, yes, so deadly we need to close schools for 8+ months, force businesses into bankruptcy, launch unemployment into the stratosphere, and forever widen the income and execution gap, I say hell no. Especially when that .3% number drops for the young (as bad or not even as bad as the flu) and increases for the old (wow that's dangerous, better focus our resources protecting them).

dukemunson Oct 29, 2020 04:41 PM
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The projections at this point (population wide) say .6%

That number goes up exponentially for over 70 year olds and down exponentially for kids.

MountainMan4865 Oct 27, 2020 04:27 PM
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On the other hand - Friday, there were 129 cases and 17 hospitalizations with 3 in the ICU. As of today, with the additional 61 new cases.... 118 cases and 9 hospitalizations - 2 in the ICU. So a significant number (72?) dropped off the case load over the weekend.

macpuzl Oct 27, 2020 04:46 PM
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A worthwhile article comparing SARS, COVID-19, and influenza pandemic mortality:


letmego Oct 28, 2020 09:32 AM
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There have been at least 21 deaths of people without underlying conditions. I have been keeping a spreadsheet of deaths as reported by the PHD.

99 yes, 21 no, 6 unknown (not reported)

ChemicalSuperFreak Oct 28, 2020 10:23 AM
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These days, almost everyone has a qualifying underlying health condition due to the general poor health of our population. Lots of people are overweight, for example.

sblocal1967 Oct 28, 2020 12:02 PM
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Does anyone know if there are stats on the types of underlying health conditions people have/had who have been hospitalized or died with Covid? And what % do/did not underlying health conditions.
I am assuming there would be similarities with people who get hit hard with the common flu.

PitMix Oct 28, 2020 04:08 PM
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Table 3 of https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/vsrr/covid_weekly/index.htm#Comorbidities

Dr. Fauci says covid is at least 10 times more deadly than the worst flu virus since the 1918 pandemic.

Voice of Reason Oct 28, 2020 04:58 PM
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Last time I checked in 2020 the flu had killed more people under the age of 18 than Covid. The stats show for the young, the flu is more dangerous. This is the opposite for the elderly as covid is much earlier than the flu. The elderly get both ends of the short stick as the flu is also very dangerous for them.

dukemunson Oct 28, 2020 05:20 PM
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Do you mean this quote?

A 1% mortality rate “means it is 10-times more lethal than the seasonal flu,” Fauci said. “I think that’s something people can get their arms around and understand.”

GeneralTree Oct 28, 2020 09:31 PM
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Death rates increase when hospitals become overwhelmed as they have to choose who to treat. With a "do nothing" strategy we stand to lose a million people by this time next year. The low information populists pushing phony public health info are criminals and should be treated as such.

PitMix Oct 29, 2020 09:03 AM
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Utah is already implementing the dreaded "death panels" that repubs warned us about in the 90s when they were trying to offer universal healthcare. But this time it is the repubs implementing them, so it is okay, I guess. Don't tell anyone about your underlying health conditions when you go to the hospital or they might put you on the soylent green list.

Voice of Reason Oct 29, 2020 01:27 PM
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Glad you brought up Utah. Their hospitalizations per million are lower than NJ's currently and they still do not have a statewide mask mandate. A lot of panic porn out there right now regarding Utah's covid hospitalizations, be careful what you read in the media (disclaimer: the media is not a news organization but a FOR PROFIT enterprise with the #1 goal of making money. Do you think a headline that reads "everting is OK" or "Utah hospitals could start rationing health care" would make them more money via clicks, ads and viewers? )

a-1604023257 Oct 29, 2020 07:00 PM
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1:27: What a bizarre attitude. The fact that Utah's hospitals are being overwhelmed by the pandemic, and they may have to start triage on incoming patients isn't newsworthy? Just be glad you don't live in a state that resisted public health advice for so long, and instead in one took steps to keep its citizens safer. Assuming you even live in California, and not Russia.

dukemunson Oct 29, 2020 08:13 PM
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As per the cdc’s latest model (it’s ugly if you are over 70!!)

0-19 years: 0.00003
20-49 years: 0.0002
50-69 years: 0.005
70+ years: 0.054

a-1604028352 Oct 29, 2020 08:25 PM
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Without giving the units you're working with for numerator and denominator to come up with those numbers, that's a pretty meaningless post! Are they furlongs per fortnight?

dukemunson Oct 29, 2020 08:43 PM
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Good point!!!!

It’s the CDC’s Infection Fatality Ratio

So if you are 70+, the CDC believes that if you catch Covid (on average) you have a 5.4% chance of dying from this thing (and on the other end, if you are 0-19 they are predicting you have a .003% chance). The CDC is averaging it out at .5% over all who get infected, which is a tad lower than the WHO (along with a few of the European and Asian models I’ve seen, which mostly say .55 to .65%).

a-1604029745 Oct 29, 2020 08:49 PM
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How do they come up with the denominator (the number infected) without knowing how many people are infected, since not everyone has been tested, and various studies have come up with wildly different estimates of the prevalence of the disease in the general population?

a-1604030650 Oct 29, 2020 09:04 PM
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Also, given that the infection incidence is so variable from location to location, say comparing here to the White House, and also varies greatly over time, since this seems to be a super-spreader driven virus, rather than straight Rnought, how can anyone come up with a valid "vanilla" number that applies to the whole country?

ChemicalSuperFreak Oct 29, 2020 09:01 PM
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@ 8:25 PM: It reminds me of being a TA in grad school and all the careless students who turned in unitless numbers or plots without labeled axes. They usually ended up failing the course. I think these are mortality rates, prior to being converted into percentages. The units would then be "deaths/infections".

dukemunson Oct 29, 2020 09:07 PM
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percent testing positive is the big indicator as it lets you make some quite reasonable assumptions on how many untested people are positive (the general sentiment being that when that number crosses 10%, containment in that area is going to be tough as it’s raging).

ChemicalSuperFreak Oct 29, 2020 09:15 PM
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@ 8:49 PM: For the purposes of these numbers, they actually do know the number of "infected". These appear to be mortality rates, which are derived by observing the outcomes from a given number of "infected" individuals. For example, you have 1000 people over the age of 70 who have tested positive for CV. 54 of these people eventually die, presumably from CV, and 946 of them recover completely. The mortality rate would be: Mortality = (deaths)/(deaths + recoveries) = (54)/(54 + 946) = 0.054 deaths/"infection". It's important to note that "infection" here are those which have had a concluded outcome, either died or recovered. It's important not to use derive a mortality rate based exclusively on positive tests, since the outcome of a positive test is ambiguous unless otherwise stated. However, in terms of infections among the general public, all of the CV test currently being approved via the FDA's EUA are using a 5% prevalence among the general population.

a-1604032307 Oct 29, 2020 09:31 PM
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But percent testing positive varies by time and place. Such a number would only be valid for a certain local area, and only valid for an earlier time, since it would depend on cases having resolved (per 9:15 pm), which takes at least a couple of weeks.

In a rapidly changing pandemic environment, that doesn't seem to be a particulary good number to use for decision making.

dukemunson Oct 29, 2020 09:46 PM
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Yes, it varies by place... But that’s quite useful! And you don’t have to wait for things to resolve. If % testing positive crosses a certain threshold you can implement a localized response. So say you get A spike in New Jersey, it doesn’t necessitate the closure of a school in Goleta kind of thing.

dukemunson Oct 29, 2020 09:53 PM
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In my defense I did post that earlier with appropriate labeling... I do not count the copy and paste function on the iPhone as one of my friends (And on a side note: yes I did fail several courses in college.. though I think those were more attendance related than unit labeling related... not 100% sure... It was a wild sophomore year!!!).

a-1604033733 Oct 29, 2020 09:55 PM
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But your response would be weeks late. Again, it seems like more concrete metrics would be preferable.

dukemunson Oct 29, 2020 10:01 PM
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I don’t follow... why weeks? The state Tests are all coming back within 24-36 hours now... those are going straight to the cdc. So it’s not their only metric... But the CDC is finding out quite quickly and it’s a useful number to know and have (what percent are testing positive). Part of the test is background data as they are trying to learn as much from every test as possible...

dukemunson Oct 29, 2020 10:06 PM
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And the 24-36 hours is for the low priority (but free!) tests that you can take at the revolving testing spots in sb, Goleta, Buellton, Oxnard, arroyo grande and Pismo...

dukemunson Oct 29, 2020 10:14 PM
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The CDC’s infection mortality rate? Those numbers apply to anyone who gets sick...They are the CDC’s best guess using he latest data from around the world as to what your chance of living/dying from Covid if you catch it... broken down by age.

a-1604036575 Oct 29, 2020 10:42 PM
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But they apply well only to a given time and place, and since you have to wait for cases to resolve, they apply to a time weeks past, since current, unresolved cases aren't used. Are you now saying you're switching to fatality/case ratio? That's a much higher number.

Test results only show cases. That is, people who are known to have the virus. It doesn't necessarily say much about the prevalence of the virus in the population, especially when you have poor testing coverage.

a-1604036743 Oct 29, 2020 10:45 PM
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And how can your number be anywhere near valid worldwide, when it's so dependent on time and location?


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