72 New COVID-19 Cases Through Weekend

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The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department reports 72 new COVID-19 cases from Saturday through Monday.

The grand total of cases within the county is 9,319 with 122 still infectious.

There are currently 23 people hospitalized with COVID-19 including 5 in the intensive care unit (ICU).

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

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ChemicalSuperFreak Oct 05, 2020 05:23 PM
72 New COVID-19 Cases Through Weekend

JIMBO: Seriously? You must not be paying close attention. I've been pointing out issues with the data for months and months. For starters, take a look at any given day and add up the numbers of new cases in the column that shows them by region. Now subtract the number of Cumulative Positives (under Testing) for the previous day with the number of Cumulative Positives for the current day. The arithmetic difference between these to numbers should be equal to the new cases from all the regions, but it rarely is. Want more? Okay, a few weeks ago the PHD begged people to come in and get tested, because our low testing rate was causing the state of California to introduce a penalty and adjust upward the new cases/per day/ per 100,000 people. Then people, here on EdHat, claimed they couldn't get a test despite trying. Sure enough, the average testing rate dropped and they were reporting fewer new tests/day meaning we were really going to be penalized, right? Wrong, the state actually adjusted the new cases/day/100,000 lower than the true 7-day average. How does that work? Everything from our local, state, and national public health officials is arbitrary and totally inconsistent. I've even called our local public health epidemiology center to get answers, and...well, that's a story for another time. I'll just say that the conversation didn't inspire confidence because they couldn't even tell me the population for SB County they were using. Took some time but apparently they're using some number from the "finance office" or something like that and couldn't really explain why.

Byzantium Oct 05, 2020 10:02 PM
72 New COVID-19 Cases Through Weekend

CSF: Government employees care about getting paid; but not much else. We used to call them civil servants, but no more. Now they are union members.

ChillinGrillin Oct 06, 2020 10:41 AM
72 New COVID-19 Cases Through Weekend

Glad to see the peanut gallery is mobilized on here to nitpick the statistics. Surely anonymous posters on the internet are more credible than public health officials.

Maybe if there weren't so many faulty test kits, a scrap of contact tracing, and anything resembling an effort from the Feds, local health departments would be better at their jobs. Instead we have an idiot president who compared the pandemic to WW2 then shifted all responsibilities to local and state levels. Byzantium's ignorant drivel isn't worth a response.

letmego Oct 06, 2020 02:11 PM
72 New COVID-19 Cases Through Weekend

"Now subtract the number of Cumulative Positives (under Testing) for the previous day with the number of Cumulative Positives for the current day. The arithmetic difference between these to numbers should be equal to the new cases from all the regions, but it rarely is."

That's because of later corrections. Sometimes there is an "undetermined" row (where they don't know the locale). Sometimes there are duplicates that they have to later remove. Sometimes the location of the case is incorrectly identified. The PHD has actually discussed that in the past (I don't remember where).

So what they do is correct the data on the day that they find it, but don't always go back the 1 or 2 or 10 days to correct the original. (If you look at Los Angeles County data, you'll see the same).

PitMix Oct 06, 2020 02:46 PM
72 New COVID-19 Cases Through Weekend

Byzan, are you one of them to have such an intimate knowledge of how they act? What are you basing this assertion on? I know a few government employees and they do a good job for the public. So my experience is counter to your speculation.

ChemicalSuperFreak Oct 07, 2020 12:09 PM
72 New COVID-19 Cases Through Weekend

LETMEGO: You fail to understand that the Daily Cases, under the Geographic Area, is a COLUMN. You can move numbers from one ROW (say, "Pending" or "Location 1)) to another ROW ("Location 2"), but that would not change the total for that column. Here's another example you'll have trouble explaining away. One time they had 334 deaths listed in one of the rows for a particular location, when the county total at the time was 60. Clearly, they meant 34. This is because someone is hand typing in these numbers, rather than writing simple script that can scrape the data from whatever source/database their using. I believe many of issues with the data stem from human error. The bottom line is these errors and inconsistencies are simply unforgivable.

ChemicalSuperFreak Oct 07, 2020 12:19 PM
72 New COVID-19 Cases Through Weekend

CHILLIN: Why do some of you hate people who are using their intelligence to question things? "Glad to see the peanut gallery is mobilized on here to nitpick the statistics." Or, "Where would we be without our armchair experts?" Progressives/Marxists fear intellectual people and independent thinkers because they seek the truth. One of the first steps in a Marxist revolution is to blame the smart people and, eventually, to purge them from society so that revolutionaries can easily control the rest of the population. As a scientist, I question everything and respect others who do likewise.

a-1602117887 Oct 07, 2020 05:44 PM
72 New COVID-19 Cases Through Weekend

12:19 PM - Is that supposed to be sarcasm? The Republicans have been denigrating science and education, and courting the ignorant, for decades, and now we're seeing the effects. All their policies are geared toward convincing the fools of the world that it's to their benefit to let the rich rape the country to get richer, and anything else is socialist.

pstarSR Oct 05, 2020 06:10 PM
72 New COVID-19 Cases Through Weekend

Thats was stopped after the moderation update. I havent been able to read
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Edhat Staff Oct 06, 2020 02:34 PM
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GeneralTree Oct 05, 2020 06:32 PM
72 New COVID-19 Cases Through Weekend

Our numbers are doing pretty good. We just have to hope now that no one from the virus infested White House come to visit.

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