Additional Cases of COVID-19 Delta Variant in Santa Barbara County

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Source: Santa Barbara County Public Health Department

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department has been notified by the UC Santa Barbara Virology Laboratory of two additional COVID-19 cases resulting from the Delta variant. The Delta variant is labeled as a variant of concern by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and is known to have increased transmissibility. Two cases resulting from the Delta variant had previously been identified through variant surveillance in late April 2021. County health officials are conducting thorough investigations on both new cases at this time.

"These cases serve as a reminder that even as our progress continues towards the end, our community is still in a pandemic," shared Van Do-Reynoso, County Public Health Director. "We have a tried and true method of preventing severe illness and hospitalization from the COVID-19 Delta variant, and that is getting vaccinated.  If you are eligible and have not yet been vaccinated, we urge you to get your first shot as soon as possible." 

The COVID-19 vaccines available broadly in the United States are highly effective, and free of cost to every eligible community member. Persons that have received their first dose of a two-dose vaccine are urged to receive their second dose in order to gain optimal protection. A person is not considered fully vaccinated until two weeks after their final dose. 

"As we approach the upcoming holiday weekend, we advise all community members, whether vaccinated or not, to remain vigilant and practice the safety precautions that have led us in the right direction," said Dr. Henning Ansorg, County Health Officer. "Stay home if you are ill, wear a mask in crowded indoor settings, keep events outdoors when possible, and practice good hand hygiene." 

County Public Health will continue monitoring for the Delta variant and providing timely guidance as needed. For COVID-19 updates, along with information about testing and vaccination sites, please visit https://publichealthsbc.org

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letmego Jul 05, 2021 10:55 AM
Additional Cases of COVID-19 Delta Variant in Santa Barbara County

"I am of no risk to others as they have had every opportunity to get the vaccine if they choose to do so"

That's not actually true. Children under 12 are not yet eligible. Data out of Israel is showing that efficacy fades a bit. Pfizer is saying that most people will need a booster.

In essence, I still wear a mask indoors in public, because not everyone in my household is vaccinated, nor eligible.

Channelfog Jul 06, 2021 11:56 AM
Additional Cases of COVID-19 Delta Variant in Santa Barbara County

Given that an immune compromised woman in Israel had Covid for 7 months during which time the virus mutated 30 times, how many experimental "boosters" will folks be expected to endure? And for how long? Forever? We decline thank you.

SantaBarbaraObserver Jul 05, 2021 07:11 AM
Additional Cases of COVID-19 Delta Variant in Santa Barbara County

It is truly amazing that the same people who are so adamant that the GUVMENT is out to get you, that the PHArMa Co's are EviL and controlling, are the same people who are shouting that the vaccine isnt FDA approved and therefore, dangerous!!!! Um... If only these people had the cognitive ability, critical thinking skills and self awareness to see the irony in their failed logic and life choices... If only.

Babycakes Jul 05, 2021 09:17 AM
Additional Cases of COVID-19 Delta Variant in Santa Barbara County

SBO: If you truly believe what you are saying, then you just need to accept that the people who you are so frustrated with do not, as you say, have the cognitive ability, critical thinking skills and self awareness to see the irony in their failed logic and life choices. Basically, there is nothing that you can say or do that will change this. Like you can't make a horse a cat, so there's no point in being so frustrated that it ruins your everyday life. Move on, and be the better person that you are, and not worry so much about "the other guy." It really is that simple, and you can free yourself and those around you from useless commentary on how "they" need to change.

a-1625470382 Jul 05, 2021 12:33 AM
Additional Cases of COVID-19 Delta Variant in Santa Barbara County

Spreading the lies about animal testing over and over does not make them true.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/factcheck/2021/05/20/fact-check-pfizer-moderna-j-j-tested-covid-19-vaccines-animals/5162426001/

https://www.reuters.com/article/factcheck-covid-vaccine-animal/fact-check-covid-19-vaccines-did-not-skip-animal-trials-because-of-animal-deaths-idUSL2N2NJ1IK

https://healthfeedback.org/claimreview/covid-19-vaccines-were-tested-in-animals-and-clinical-trials-before-receiving-authorization-vaccinated-people-arent-dying-at-a-higher-rate-than-unvaccinated-people/

https://apnews.com/article/fact-checking-afs:Content:9792931264

https://fullfact.org/online/covid-vaccine-animal-testing/

a-1625465469 Jul 04, 2021 11:11 PM
Additional Cases of COVID-19 Delta Variant in Santa Barbara County

You certainly are carrying on. Months of use, preceded by months of clinical testing, have shown the vaccines to be both very safe and very effective. Side effects are overwhelmingly rare and treatable. Claiming otherwise is just ignorant antivax FUD.

NonBidenary Jul 02, 2021 08:25 PM
Additional Cases of COVID-19 Delta Variant in Santa Barbara County

For all of you fearmongers who are saying/hoping that Delta is going to be a thing here because it was in India, remember that when it hit India, **they weren’t vaccinated**. At all. Even in the United States, we’re over 50% vaccinated in California we’re over 60% vaccinated. Stop being scared!

a-1625595212 Jul 06, 2021 11:13 AM
Additional Cases of COVID-19 Delta Variant in Santa Barbara County

There is a lambda variant, and it appears to be of significant concern. Better brush up on your Greek alphabet, because with all the idiots refusing to be vaccinated, volunteering to be petri dishes, we're going to be seeing a lot more variants.

proletariat Jul 04, 2021 10:06 AM
Additional Cases of COVID-19 Delta Variant in Santa Barbara County

Nnbidenary, you realize we need a much higher vaccination rate to achieve herd immunity right? People here are still dying from covid, and the delta variant will just make it worse by infecting more people.
Of course, for vaccinated people, there’s nothing much to worry about, all we can do is watch this tragedy play out as vaccine misinformation continues to muddy the waters and keep people more scared of the vaccine than the disease.
(I feel that a lot of people are displacing their mistrust for the system we live in onto the vaccine, and that makes me very sad. It’s not just vaccine misinformation, it’s also misinformation on how and why things are so effed up)

Great username by the way :)

ConservativeSB Jul 04, 2021 03:38 PM
Additional Cases of COVID-19 Delta Variant in Santa Barbara County

ALEXBLUE- You were VERY close. "I choose not to get vaccinated because I KNOW I'm fine."
My body, my choice
5 deaths in 2 1/2 months. Lompoc gangs have killed more people in that time span. All 5 deaths were over 70.
The mRNA vaccine methodology has NEVER hit the market anywhere in the history of the world. I'll take my 99.999% chances with zero regrets.

Alexblue Jul 04, 2021 11:34 AM
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ConservativeSB, at this point SB County is 61% percent vaccinated.

Therefore, if you contract Covid 19 or any of the variants, you are a risk to four out of ten people that you come across in SB County. The fact that people may choose to not get vaccinated, like you, doesn't mean that they are not risk. They are choosing to be at risk and they are also choosing to put others at risk.

Just like you. So just be honest about what you're doing--here, I'll re-write it for you.

"I choose not to get vaccinated because I think I'm fine. IDGAF about anyone else."

proletariat Jul 04, 2021 09:57 AM
Additional Cases of COVID-19 Delta Variant in Santa Barbara County

I wouldn’t say “no risk to others”, as there’s a pretty hefty percentage of the local population that hasn’t been vaccinated, including some that aren’t eligible for it at all.

Measles is also a “nearly zero threat” to you, but people have started dying from it again. Sadly, the vaccination rate went down because some misinformed parents chose keep their children from getting vaccinated.

proletariat Jul 04, 2021 09:39 AM
Additional Cases of COVID-19 Delta Variant in Santa Barbara County

Yup, with so many people vaccinated, it’s inevitable that people dying for other reasons will also be infected. Especially the older portion of the population, who were more aggressively vaccinated and more likely to die in general.

I’m sure many of those people died with a watch on their wrist, but none of them died *because*they were wearing a watch.

mtndriver Jul 03, 2021 08:04 PM
Additional Cases of COVID-19 Delta Variant in Santa Barbara County

7925 at 7:05 on Friday 7/2: did you read the article? Because what it points to is not that it's more risky to be vaccinated. I was struck by the headline, too, and so I read the article. It doesn't in any way imply people should avoid being vaccinated--rather the reverse. It explains the phenomenon with statistical analysis. And it's also talking about a very small sample of people who died recently in the UK. It's very clear that the people who are being infected now are people who have not been vaccinated, and especially in places where the rate of vaccination is low, so they aren't being protected by the fact that the virus is unable to circulate in populations where the rate of vaccination is high, so the pool of people transmitting the virus is low.

MarcelK Jul 03, 2021 07:43 PM
Additional Cases of COVID-19 Delta Variant in Santa Barbara County

"When a variant is discovered that is killing healthy people in their 30s"

All the variants have killed healthy people in their 30s.

"the same risk analysis I choose to do today"

Let's see this risk analysis.

"I am of no risk to others as they have had every opportunity to get the vaccine if they choose to do so"

Whether you are a risk to others is not a matter of whether they could have taken measures to avoid the risk (and not everyone can). I think that even a conservative ideologue is capable of realizing this. In fact, if you didn't realize it, you would not have written that in such a squirrelly way.

But I appreciate it when these sorts of statements and outlooks are explicitly linked to conservative ideology.

MarcelK Jul 03, 2021 07:35 PM
Additional Cases of COVID-19 Delta Variant in Santa Barbara County

Also, EastBeach, Emily Brunson is just one Associate Professor of Anthropology whose statement has been ripped out of context with no supporting data provided for her "most likely" statistical claim. It's pure argument from authority and cherry-picking. We can be pretty sure that Dr. Brunson disagrees with almost everything MM has said here about the virus and vaccines.

EastBeach Jul 03, 2021 06:10 PM
Additional Cases of COVID-19 Delta Variant in Santa Barbara County

Mountain Man's quote of Emily Brunson needs to be viewed in the context of time. She made that statement in August 2020 ... well before the first Covid vaccine became available in the US around December 2020. Dr. Brunson had no way of knowing at that time the GOP, conservative Governors, and right-wing media would make vaccination (a public health issue) into such a divisive and self-serving political issue. So ... Dr. Brunson's characterization of anti-vaxxers as "highly educated" is today arguably no longer accurate (at least when it comes to Covid vaccines). But her point about the need to understand "concerns" beyond health issues (e.g. propaganda) is likely more important than ever.

GeneralTree Jul 03, 2021 02:15 PM
Additional Cases of COVID-19 Delta Variant in Santa Barbara County

The GOP has become a domestic terror organization.
Republicans are the most resistant; nearly 3 in 10 say they don’t want one. The share is greater among rural, Republican men, 35% of whom don’t want to get a vaccine.

GeneralTree Jul 03, 2021 02:09 PM
Additional Cases of COVID-19 Delta Variant in Santa Barbara County

Mountainman you are providing false information. The lower educated are the ones not likely to get vaccinated.Pause
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TOPLINE As Covid-19 vaccine hesitancy continues to be an obstacle to President Joe Biden’s push for 70% of U.S. adults to receive at least one vaccine dose by July 4, new polling analysis from the Kaiser Family Foundation shows that certain groups—including younger Americans and Republicans—are among the most likely to be declining the shot.
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37% of Americans are still unvaccinated against[+]GETTY

KEY FACTS
The KFF poll, conducted May 18-25, found that the highest share of unvaccinated respondents were 30-49 years old (41%), followed by 29% ages 18-29 and 20% ages 50-64, while only 9% of those unvaccinated were 65 and older.

Nearly half of unvaccinated respondents were Republicans (49% versus 29% Democrats), as opposed to 31% of vaccinated respondents who identified as Republicans and 59% Democrats.

Both unvaccinated and vaccinated respondents were disproportionately likely to be white (56% unvaccinated versus 64% vaccinated), based in the suburbs (56% unvaccinated versus 52% vaccinated) and have health insurance (76% unvaccinated versus 88% vaccinated).

Unvaccinated respondents were more likely to have lower education levels (46% attended only high school or less) and lower income levels (42% earn less than $40,000 per year) than their vaccinated counterparts, who are nearly twice as likely to have earned a college degree or more.

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