Active COVID-19 Cases Decrease to 274

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By edhat staff

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) reports an increase of 232 COVID-19 cases over the weekend while the number of active cases decreases to 274.

On Friday PHD reported 414 active cases within the county showing a 66% decline. Hospitalizations slightly declined over the weekend from 87 to 82 with 27 in the intensive care unit (ICU) down to 25.

The total number of cases is now 4,991 and there have been 32 deaths.

The majority of cases are being reported in the City of Santa Maria which has 44% of all the county's cases.

Further COVID-19 data can be viewed here.

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Lucky 777 Jul 21, 2020 09:41 AM
Active COVID-19 Cases Decrease to 274

I had a test done 3 weeks ago at the Sansum urgent care and the result (thankfully negative) were back in 15 minutes. In-house, not sent off to a lab. What we ALL want to see is the equivalent of a home pregnancy test, completely anonymous, widely available.

SBLetsGetAlong Jul 21, 2020 08:55 AM
Active COVID-19 Cases Decrease to 274

About time the headlines reflect the positive Thank you.
And that’s a huge drop from over 400 a week ago, hospitalization remains stable, two people are no longer in ICU, and deaths have remained steady.
Despite 4th of July and “family BBQs” & tourists, despite Memorial Day Weekend, Despite LA & Ventura beach closings, despite the two hot weekends in the beginning of May.
So how many “holidays” do we need to get through with a steady Active Case rate before we go to the next phase?
why is SB closed?
Since March 4,991 positive cases out of 445,000 residents 1.12%
32 deaths out of 445,000 people.
64,908 tests given.
7.6% positive testing rate. Below the 10% threshold
Why are the schools closed? Science and statistics do not support the closures.

MountainMan4865 Jul 20, 2020 11:40 PM
Active COVID-19 Cases Decrease to 274

Out of curiousity.... How is it determined that a case is no longer 'active'? And what determines and 'active' case for that matter? I assume in the hospital, but just positive with a cough? Positive and sent home from the hospital to recoup with people constantly checking in on you? If one tests positive, but has no symptoms, is that an active case? - and if so, for how long?

haskelslocal Jul 21, 2020 09:27 AM
Active COVID-19 Cases Decrease to 274

If this were true at one point it is no longer. There are not enough test kits, not enough reagents and ridiculous strains on processing facilities to administer this. Recommendation is to not second test let alone third. A date is set 10 days out from your assumed infection date and on that "release" date you are free to roam.

haskelslocal Jul 21, 2020 09:21 AM
Active COVID-19 Cases Decrease to 274

Things are not what they seem when it comes to count, management of count, questioning of test recipients, follow up with recipients, follow up with positive patients, setting statistically relevant dates for recommended release from voluntary quarantine, ability to take follow up tests, exit strategy. It's events such as this where the proverbial "full transparency" myth bares its ugly head. Like with cars, most people either do not care to know or are better off just not knowing what takes place under the hood. So to answer your questions? No matter what's written on paper and what an administrator may say, at this point? On all levels County is totally winging it.

mtndriver Jul 21, 2020 08:33 AM
Active COVID-19 Cases Decrease to 274

I think three negative tests are required to be considered recovered? That was the case early on. But with the way testing is slowing down, it could take a week or more after each test to get results. It’s a total mess. In most first world countries, test results are back in a couple days. Also, patient should have had no symptoms for several weeks. But some people who are considered recovered continue to have symptoms for months. Everyone whose test is positive is considered Infected, but most just stay at home, hopefully well isolated. We need a uniform national strategy led by science, but T does not want that. Every country that has been successful has had a single national policy and accurate, rapid testing. And, of course, leaders willing to take responsibility, even if not politically expedient.

Candle Jul 20, 2020 07:25 PM
Active COVID-19 Cases Decrease to 274

Something doesn't seem right with the active case number. Only 274 active with 107 of those in the hospital? The county has reported 1249 cases in the last two weeks, 1000 of those are no longer active?

Candle Jul 21, 2020 06:57 AM
Active COVID-19 Cases Decrease to 274

Until someone who has COVID gets a negative test it should be considered active. It seems like the county may be

MT Jul 20, 2020 11:34 PM
Active COVID-19 Cases Decrease to 274

With it taking weeks to get test results, people are recovering before they get a COVID-positive result. Just goes to show you that “positive cases” just aren’t as scary as the media and our positions make it out to be.

ChemicalSuperFreak Jul 20, 2020 11:33 PM
Active COVID-19 Cases Decrease to 274

It seems like they're kicking them loose as fast as they can. Does that mean the cases aren't really that bad? Are they bad but stabilize quickly with fluids and antibiotics (to prevent secondary infections), then sent home to minimize exposure to hospital workers? There are so many questions about how the messaging about this recent surge fits with these numbers and all the new guidelines and shutdowns.

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