Active COVID-19 Cases Rise to 414

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The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) reported 224 new COVID-19 cases increasing the number of active cases to 414.

This marks the highest number of active cases since July 8 when 444 active cases were recorded.

The total case number for the county is now 4,635 including 32 total deaths. 

There are currently 87 hospitalizations including 27 people in the intensive care unit (ICU). 

The City of Santa Maria remains to be the largest number of COVID-19 positive cases in the county. The city has 2,036 total cases including 227 cases that are currently active.

More statistics can be found here.

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Potif Jul 17, 2020 07:01 PM
Active COVID-19 Cases Rise to 414

It isn’t all about dying from Covid19. Even survivors may have lifelong health issues that will haunt them the rest of their lives... sadly. http://globalnews.ca/news/7111094/coronavirus-scientists-health-problems/

ChemicalSuperFreak Jul 18, 2020 02:30 AM
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POTIF: Good point. Viral infections can damage organs (Hep B), give you cancer (HPV), etc. Viruses have all kinds of ways to integrate their genetic information into your genome.

ChemicalSuperFreak Jul 17, 2020 07:13 PM
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POTIF: Good point. Viral infections can damage organs (Hep B), give you cancer (HPV), etc. Viruses have all kinds of ways to integrate their genetic information into your genome.

a-1595025755 Jul 17, 2020 03:42 PM
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We know one local "covid death" was a hospice patient. Florida just claimed a young person was a "covid death". When asked if he had pre-existing illnesses, the immediate response was no, because he died from a motorcycle accident. Shocking how local officials have misreported this entire election year flu., from the very beginning white coat scare fest up until today. Cui bono?

PitMix Jul 20, 2020 12:44 PM
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Yeah, Florida is the state that is trying to maximize their covid deaths under their extremist governor. Not. I googled this and no major news network is carrying this story. The sites that have it are called cbn and newsbreak, things like that. But I suppose if your point is that government agencies make mistakes, I can agree with that.

CrystalSpiritLuvr Jul 17, 2020 01:17 PM
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Some commentators don't understand the basics of exponential growth. Would you say the fire department is wasting their time on spot fires if most burn themselves out? Unfortunately the best case scenario is that all of our efforts appear to not have been needed, which will only fan the anti-science naysayers.

Chip of SB Jul 17, 2020 11:24 AM
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I have noticed a lot of talk about the importance of hand washing. Why is that? The CDC’s website says touching surfaces is not thought to be a major transmission mechanism, but they admit also admit they don’t really know. If touching of the face with dirty hands presents a risk of transmission, then mask wearing greatly increases that risk because it causes people to touch their faces much more than normal.

PitMix Jul 20, 2020 12:46 PM
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No strategy is perfect unless you can stay at home indefinitely without going out to get food or anything else. But each strategy might help so why not employ them? Does it really not a make any sense to you that washing your hands and wearing a mask during a pandemic might be a good idea?

Mesarats Jul 17, 2020 10:12 AM
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Below are the diagnostic codes related to COVID-19. Also know they can change or updated when more information is available

Emergency use ICD codes for COVID-19 disease outbreak

The COVID-19 disease outbreak has been declared a public health emergency of international concern.

An emergency ICD-10 code of ‘U07.1 COVID-19, virus identified’ is assigned to a disease diagnosis of COVID-19 confirmed by laboratory testing.
An emergency ICD-10 code of ‘U07.2 COVID-19, virus not identified’ is assigned to a clinical or epidemiological diagnosis of COVID-19 where laboratory confirmation is inconclusive or not available.
Both U07.1 and U07.2 may be used for mortality coding as cause of death. See the International guidelines for certification and classification (coding) of COVID-19 as cause of death following the link below.
In ICD-11, the code for the confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 is RA01.0 and the code for the clinical diagnosis (suspected or probable) of COVID-19 is RA01.1.
International guidelines for certification and classification (coding) of COVID-19 as cause of death
pdf, 1.53Mb
This document provides instructions for coding and certification of deaths due to COVID-19. The instructions align with the WHO definition of deaths caused by COVID-19 and ICD, and ensure feasibility in all settings.
The coding guidelines are very technical and only include some template cases. Questions may arise in daily work due to the inexorable richness of medical language and practice in certification. Support can be provided through the closest WHO-FIC Collaborating Centre (https://www.who.int/classifications/network/collaborating/en/) or [email protected]

The guidelines for certifiers aim at physicians and show best practice. Certifiers should receive their instructions as a separate document, without the coding guidelines.

SBLetsGetAlong Jul 17, 2020 07:09 AM
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They don’t post the recovered as a headline.
They post “Active Cases Increase”
Biased reporting meant to frighten people.
If you’re going to report only when things get “bad” and not when things get better, that’s biased.
The majority of people do not read the graphs or charts as seen by the frightened public.
99.91% of SB does not have Covid is what the graph states, yet our businesses are closed, over 30% of our restaurants will declare bankruptcy, schools are closed people are unemployed, struggling to put food on their table because they are afraid of the headlines.
Be fair and honest stop scaring the crap out of people. Especially in S County where the cases are even lower.

SBLetsGetAlong Jul 16, 2020 08:48 PM
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444 out of 445,000 people Do the math, we’re not NYC, we are doing great.
And no reply to the entire gymnastic team being declared as Covid positive despite no symptoms and no testing!
Either way 444 out of 445,000
And over half are N County
Pat yourselves on the back, we’re doing great.
Everyone keep up the hand washing, good hygiene and other methods.
And don’t yell at the occasional person in the store without a mask.
Per SBPHD it takes more than 10 minutes of constant exposure to a maskless person with Covid for you to even start worrying. Remember that person has to have Covid.
And the SBPHD says that 444,599 of you do not have Covid. So chances are 5ga5 occasional maskless person does not have Covid.
99.91% of SB is Covid free per SBPHD. Lookup the numbers yourself.

LooseCannon Jul 16, 2020 07:07 PM
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What happened to KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON? 3 deaths in Santa Barbara out of 544 confirmed cases. I think more people have died in fatal crashes on San Marcos Pass over the last year. PANIC!!! FREAK OUT!!! SHUT THE BEACHES AND PARKS, CLOSE ALL BUSINESSES, SHELTER IN PLACE. Spend millions of dollars on ventilators for the anticipated surge (oh, we did that already! They weren't needed). Buy a department store (in the works). LIFE AS WE KNEW IT MUST CEASE TO EXIST!!! Good God.

reloadSB Jul 17, 2020 10:32 PM
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If they're like Florida, they can start counting the fatal crashes on the 154 as Covid-19 deaths.

LooseCannon Jul 17, 2020 08:01 AM
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Are you seriously telling me that there isn’t an equivalent property in Santa Maria or Lompoc to serve as a countywide COVID hospital? It sounds like a sweet deal for Macerich, the real-estate investment firm that owns the property and is no doubt delighted to find a new tenant for the Sears building. And convenient for physicians living in nearby Hope Ranch and Montecito, too. Judging from the current numbers, the surge is mostly happening in Santa Maria. Why are we planning to bring them here? The patients’ in-laws and friends will be driving down to Santa Barbara, bringing the virus with them, and contributing to community spread. That should be fun. (If the county intends to requisition the building, I’d be more in favor of it being used to shelter the homeless and get them off the streets.)

a-1594968829 Jul 16, 2020 11:53 PM
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They are not “buying a department store”, unfortunately (if they did, they could turn it into low income housing after the pandemic). They are leasing the old Sears and good for them for planning ahead. If they didn’t, you would be screaming because they weren’t prepared...

SBLetsGetAlong Jul 16, 2020 07:00 PM
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I know for a fact they are assuming people have Covid, ask about the local gymnastic team where one person tested positive but SBPHD assumed the rest of the team had Covid even though no one had symptoms and no testing.
Why are the Active cases jumping up and down. Well they’re making assumptions that people have Covid with no testing.
Great to be safe, BAD to politicize and make press releases on increasing cases with no testing. Even worse to not print a retraction or notification that cases went down.
And the Active cases do not coincide with the “proposed timeline” of holidays like Memorial Day and July 4th. Look at July 8, 444 Active cases 4 days after 5h3 holiday, not two weeks as they propose.
Look be safe, stop trying to politicize the numbers and scare tactics by only posting increased cases. Post the people who healed, or does the news and govt not care about the people getting better.
And out of 445,000 residents today 414 people are assumed to have have Covid. Meaning that 99.91% of SB does NOT have Covid even after Memorial Day & 4th of July. Even though people are complaining about the “non mask” wearers.
99.91% does not have Covid. I’m excited about that, are you?

Per SBPHD Active Cases recent history
7/16 - 414 Active Cases (Press release “ ACTIVE COVID-19 CASES RISE TO 414”)
7/15 - 334 ( no press release of the Decrease from the day before)
7/14 - 371 (Press release “Active Cases Increase”)
7/13 - 329
7/10 - 345
7/9 - 360
7/8 - 444
7/7 - 432
7/6 - 389
7/2 - 374

ChemicalSuperFreak Jul 17, 2020 12:02 AM
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SBLETSGETALONG: "Why are the Active cases jumping up and down. Well they’re making assumptions that people have Covid with no testing." No, the "Active cases" are not jumping up and down because of assumptions of that nature. If the active cases decrease from one day to another, it's because a number of those active cases, who have been ill for a time, are at some point recovered (or die), and they just move those numbers into the recovered column (or deaths). This is why the number of "total cases" continues to grow, and reflects the addition of the new active cases, and active cases who have been later deemed recovered (or died).

a-1594968629 Jul 16, 2020 11:50 PM
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The County Health Dept. link DOES “post the people who healed”. The column is titled “recovered by region”. Santa Barbara has 491 in that column and Santa Maria has 1792.

Shasta Guy Jul 16, 2020 06:41 PM
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44 cases is a lot for the city of SB. Social/Physical Distancing + Mask + Fastidious Hand Cleanliness is critical now. The virus sets the terms and you must choose to accept them.

ChemicalSuperFreak Jul 18, 2020 06:38 PM
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SBCARNUT: Just curious. What sort of numbers would have you worried? I think Shasta Guy was pointing out that 44 new cases in one day for the City of Santa Barbara is a lot. Since July 1, there have been 278 new cases (in SB City) with an average of 23 new cases/day and a standard deviation of +/- 14. 44 is well outside the standard deviation, so that should give anyone who is seriously looking the data something to worry about.

Bene Jul 17, 2020 06:15 PM
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I wish that more people would think that cleanliness and hand washing etc. are important, even if we didn't have this virus going around! I also wouldn't be surprised if someday this virus takes a back seat and another one just as bad arises. I'm definitely hanging on to my masks indefinitely.

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