California Lifts Regional Stay at Home Order for All Regions

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Update by the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department

The California Department of Public Health issued guidance today lifting the Regional Stay at Home Order due to projected increasing ICU capacity. All California counties will return to the Blueprint for a Safer Economy and color-coded tiers. Santa Barbara County has returned to the Purple Tier and a Health Officer Order outlining the specific restrictions and allowances for Santa Barbara County businesses and residents will be issued. This Health Officer Order will take effect at 8 a.m. on January 26, 2020.

The Limited Stay at Home Order, which limits non-essential activities between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., expires with the Regional Stay At Home Order ending.

“We are pleased the Stay at Home Order has been lifted and that California as a whole is moving in the right direction with decreasing hospitalizations and case counts. Now more businesses will be able to open In Santa Barbara. This is so important for the health of our community. In reference to this virus however, we have more work to do. Our case rates remain high and our ICU capacity is still very low. Please stay the course. Avoid gatherings, wear your face covering, and stay 6 feet from those you do not live with. We are getting closer, but this is not yet over.” states Dr. Henning Ansorg, Public Health Officer for the County of Santa Barbara.

Santa Barbara County will continue to restrict gatherings of any size at this time. All businesses in Santa Barbara County, which are open or will be reopening, must follow all State guidance for their industry and self-certify that they are ready to reopen through completing the Online Self-Attestation.

Some additional businesses, which may reopen outdoors with modifications in the purple tier include personal care services, restaurants, gyms and fitness centers, movie theaters, museums, and zoos and aquariums. For more information about changes in the purple tier, visit https://publichealthsbc.org/purple-tier/


By edhat staff

The State of California ended the Regional Stay at Home Order for all regions on Monday morning allowing more businesses to reopen.

However, the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department is able to keep the county in lockdown if they choose. As of Monday morning, the department stated they are currently reviewing this new guidance, and any changes to businesses permitted to open will be reflected in a local Health Officer Order and shared broadly.

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) stated all regions, including San Joaquin Valley, Bay Area, and Southern California that have limited intensive care unit (ICU) availability can reopen. Four-week ICU capacity projections for these three regions are above 15%, the threshold that allows regions to exit the order. The Sacramento Region exited the order on January 12 and the Northern California region never entered the order.

This action allows all counties statewide to return to the rules and framework of the Blueprint for a Safer Economy and color-coded tiers that indicate which activities and businesses are open based on local case rates and test positivity. The majority of the counties are in the strictest purple tier. Tier updates are provided weekly on Tuesdays and individual counties could choose to impose stricter rules.

"Californians heard the urgent message to stay home as much as possible and accepted that challenge to slow the surge and save lives," said Dr. Tomás Aragón, CDPH director and state public health officer. "Together, we changed our activities knowing our short-term sacrifices would lead to longer-term gains. COVID-19 is still here and still deadly, so our work is not over, but it's important to recognize our collective actions saved lives and we are turning a critical corner." 

CDPH maintains that while there are positive signs the virus is spreading at a slower rate across the state, the COVID-19 pandemic is far from over. They assert it is still critical that Californians continue to wear masks when they leave their homes, maintain physical distance of at least 6 feet, wash their hands frequently, avoid gatherings and mixing with other households, follow all state and local health department guidelines and get the vaccine when it's their turn.

The state, in collaboration with local health departments and health care facilities statewide, took a long list of actions to support California's hospitals and slow the surge in cases and hospitalizations.

  • The Regional Stay at Home Order urged Californians to stay home except for essential activities, which helped lower disease transmission levels and reduce burden on the hospital system.
  • California deployed more than 4,100 medical professionals to facilities across the state to ease the burden on frontline health care workers.
  • The state provided assistance within hospitals in the form of personal protective equipment, ventilators and help with oxygen supply.
  • California also helped hospitals expand their capacity by opening 16 alternate care sites, lower-acuity facilities where COVID-19 patients get a bridge from hospital to home as they are recovering.
  • Public health leaders implemented a statewide order to make it easier to transfer patients from over-crowded hospitals to those with more space and staff.
  • The administration of vaccines to health care workers has meant that fewer health care workers are falling ill to the virus, which helps keep staffing levels more stable.

"California is slowly starting to emerge from the most dangerous surge of this pandemic yet, which is the light at the end of the tunnel we've been hoping for," said California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly. "Seven weeks ago, our hospitals and front-line medical workers were stretched to their limits, but Californians heard the urgent message to stay home when possible and our surge after the December holidays did not overwhelm the health care system to the degree we had feared."

Nearly all the counties exiting the Regional Stay at Home Order today are in the Purple or widespread (most restrictive) tier. Services and activities, such as outdoor dining and personal services, may resume immediately with required modifications, subject to any additional restrictions required by local jurisdictions. See the county map to find the status of activities open in each county.

Because case rates remain high across most of the state, the state's Hospital Surge Order remains in place to prevent hospitals from becoming overwhelmed. The Limited Stay at Home Order, which limits non-essential activities between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., expires with the Regional Stay At Home Order ending.

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giftedinSB Jan 26, 2021 12:45 PM
California Lifts Regional Stay at Home Order for All Regions

Very strange that Newsom lifted the stay at home order when many hospital ICUs are still at 0% capacity. I thought Newsom's decisions were going to be guided and backed by science - doesn't seem like that is the case at all. Even worse, he's chosen to withhold information from the public because we "wouldn't understand". RECALL NEWSOM NOW!!!

PitMix Jan 27, 2021 11:03 AM
California Lifts Regional Stay at Home Order for All Regions

0% is not really 0%, can mean beds reserved for Covid patients, beds with staffing for Covid patients, or just beds. They're using the new math. But cases and hospitalizations are down in the southern area so that is why they are lifting the statewide order.

sacjon Jan 26, 2021 12:10 PM
California Lifts Regional Stay at Home Order for All Regions

Well, my kid just lost out on a school field trip to the Channel Islands. I hope all your family gatherings were worth it. STAY HOME and stop keeping kids from getting the education they deserve! Lower the numbers, our kids get to go back to class. It's really that simple. The ONLY reason our kids are suffering is because not enough people care to sacrifice a little comfort for the good of the next generation of leaders. STOP BEING SELFISH!

sacjon Jan 27, 2021 05:55 PM
California Lifts Regional Stay at Home Order for All Regions

SBLOCAL - your ignorance is truly limitless, isn't it? When people get COVID they get sick. Some die. Most spread the disease to others. Many of those others die. Lots of them, even after recovering, get stuck with permanent damage to lungs, brain, heart, etc. Maybe you ought to go visit the ICU and tell those people in there that they're not "sick."

sacjon Jan 27, 2021 05:35 PM
California Lifts Regional Stay at Home Order for All Regions

SBLOCAL - a YouTube video of some guy ranting in Virginia is not really proof of" how people feel" in CA. Nevertheless, the districts were being pushed by the teacher's unions to keep the kids out of class back in the fall and I was extremely vocal about that. If that happens again, once CA gives schools the OK to re-open, then I will be again. I will do anything I can to get my kids in their classrooms this year...... WHEN the numbers go down, not today.

sacjon Jan 27, 2021 04:12 PM
California Lifts Regional Stay at Home Order for All Regions

SBLOCAL - Newsom opened the schools back in Oct/Nov and our local districts still refused to open up. At that point I was furious, DUKEMUNSON can attest to that! As for your weird hypothetical..... if for some reason our schools opened up today, I would not really feel comfortable to send my kids, but I'm not at the meetings shouting about keeping them closed. You're talking to the wrong person about that.

sacjon Jan 27, 2021 10:47 AM
California Lifts Regional Stay at Home Order for All Regions

SBLOCAL - Please don't lecture me about "reasoning" hahaha! Kids can spread the virus, even if they don't get sick. How do you not understand that? I know personally of kids bringing it home and multiple people in the house getting sick. I'm not pushing for a shut down of school. I'm pushing for them to open once it's deemed safe. If the CDC says my kids' schools are safe, not some schools in WI, but MY schools, then off they go.

sacjon Jan 27, 2021 10:42 AM
California Lifts Regional Stay at Home Order for All Regions

BABYCAKES - that's an interesting idea! Both my kids are suffering in different ways from this. Missing a proper education, missing out on competitive sports, socializing with kids other than the couple in their pods, etc. They're PISSED when they see people out and about not wearing masks and doing things they're not supposed to be doing during a pandemic, because they KNOW those people and their actions are contributing to the high numbers which are keeping them home.

sblocal1967 Jan 27, 2021 10:28 AM
California Lifts Regional Stay at Home Order for All Regions

Kids get the common flu and kids die from the common flu - with that reasoning I guess your kids, if you have them, should be home schooled so they have zero risk of getting anything. The probability of a healthy kid getting hospitalized from Covid is pretty much zero. The same way a government employee who is still getting paid should not be telling businesses to shut down. I do not want people who want kids to stay home under a tinfoil hat telling them they should not get able to go to school and play.

Voice of Reason Jan 26, 2021 05:34 PM
California Lifts Regional Stay at Home Order for All Regions

Yes Pit, you would call my referencing a CDC study my "beliefs" that contradict evidence. So if you don't believe the multiple state health departments (who have overseen a better response to covid than CA), the CDC, the WHO, Oxford and Stanford professors, Children's Hospital of Philly and a doctor of epidemiology at UCSF, what "evidence" that you believe in contradicts all these institutions and credentialed individuals?

Babycakes Jan 26, 2021 05:08 PM
California Lifts Regional Stay at Home Order for All Regions

Sacjons: Another way to look at it instead of your kids lost out on a trip is that they did not catch COVID while on that trip. Good chance they may have caught it as you've noted that so many folks are not taking care of "biz" and being selfish and don't care one bit if others get in the way. So, if there's any comfort, you're not alone in these uncertain times, and there are so many/many people trying to do the right thing, only to be hampered by the selfish. Maybe get one of your kids to post on Edhat and tell us how they feel about missing out on the trip to the islands....it just might make an impact on those who just don't care.

sacjon Jan 26, 2021 02:51 PM
California Lifts Regional Stay at Home Order for All Regions

VOR - look, I want my kids in class asap. If the CDC is saying it's OK, then that's good enough for me, but I'm not sure that's what they're saying, especially when we have the numbers we have. If the schools have the precautionary tools needed, and the CDC says yes, then I am 100% behind the push. I do worry though, that despite the CDC announcement, as you and Duke point out, our districts will cave to pressure from the union and loud parents. At that point, my tune will be changing.

sacjon Jan 26, 2021 02:25 PM
California Lifts Regional Stay at Home Order for All Regions

VOR - Your claim was that there is "Zero student to teacher transmission." Go read your own comment again. I simply pointed out the lack of context in your claim. I blame those who refuse to follow the rules and contribute to the increased numbers. I don't care who that is.

Voice of Reason Jan 26, 2021 02:14 PM
California Lifts Regional Stay at Home Order for All Regions

Sac, I wasn't claiming anything, just passing along FACTS from a recent and very relevant study by the CDC. "The percentage of positive COVID-19 test results ranged from 7% to 40% in the community, and confirmed COVID-19 cases within schools were few." so yes this study included periods where it was very prevalent in their respective communities. You are really on a mission to blame anyone and everyone except those who have the power to reopen schools.

sacjon Jan 26, 2021 01:51 PM
California Lifts Regional Stay at Home Order for All Regions

VOR - you missed some critical context in your "zero transmission" claim. That study was done in a small county in WI of under 75,000 residents, with under 7000 total covid cases, with a 7 day average of under 19K, while SB has over 25,000 7 day average. In other words, apples to oranges. Go ahead and keep citing other states, but right now, SB County is a national hotspot of Covid.

Voice of Reason Jan 26, 2021 01:41 PM
California Lifts Regional Stay at Home Order for All Regions

This was timely to our discussion (from the CDC)
https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/70/wr/mm7004e3.htm?s_cid=mm7004e3_w

Community % positive was 7% to 40%.
Only 191 total cases in 17 K-12 schools, only 7 (3.7%) linked to in-school transmission.
Zero student to teacher transmission.

letmego Jan 26, 2021 01:24 PM
California Lifts Regional Stay at Home Order for All Regions

There was an interesting article in the NY Times today about trying to get students back in schools. I felt it was well balanced. What I got from the article:

1. Generally, spread in schools is much less than in the community at large (if proper precautions are taken and if community case rate is controlled).
2. Spread in schools is not zero. There have been documented cases of spread within schools.
3. About 1/4 of US schools have been all remote, about half hybrid, and slightly less than 1/4 fully open.
4. The risk of spread in schools is related to community case rate. Case rates need to decrease to a certain level in order for schools to safely open.
5. There have been superspreader school events.

sacjon Jan 26, 2021 01:22 PM
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DUKE - I'm actually more confident with the secondary schools at this point. I have a couple close relatives that teach and are currently in-class here in town. They all are 100% for going back to school, but have seen multiple cases spread from kid to kid, then back to the parents. Once we get closer to red tier, I'll rejoin the fight to open up, but not sure right now is the safest.

Voice of Reason Jan 26, 2021 01:16 PM
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Sac, I take it you didn't read the articles I previously posted that showed the rate of transmission for teachers/children is less for those that are in school every day than those not in school. i.e. school is a SAFER PLACE TO BE. This is not misinformation or "fringe" science, one article was from the Children's Hospital of Philly. This has been backed up by data from all around the US and world, by the WHO, the director of the CDC and many many others. I appreciate your frustration, even anger for what they're doing to kids, but your blame on the community at large is missplaced. They are not the one that shut schools down and continue to keep them closed.

dukemunson Jan 26, 2021 12:58 PM
California Lifts Regional Stay at Home Order for All Regions

Sac - Like thousands of other SB county parents, I've got a kid in pre-school right now. I've got friends and family who have kids in school (a couple at Hope school, a couple at Private school and a couple at Montecito Union)...so...you don't know me but I'd certainly send my kids back to elementary school right now. High School and perhaps Junior High might be a different question...

sacjon Jan 26, 2021 12:50 PM
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VOR - You're either 1) saying that the governor and teachers unions are causing the high numbers or 2) despite the extremely high numbers, the governor and teachers unions should open all schools today. Which one? Both are wrong.

2 months ago I was ready to riot to get my kids back in class, when we had 20-30 new cases a day. Now, with the number of infected people (due to family gatherings and other indoor idiocy), I don't know anyone who would let there kids back in the class today. Who is responsible for the out of control numbers? Not the governor or teachers union.

Voice of Reason Jan 26, 2021 12:25 PM
California Lifts Regional Stay at Home Order for All Regions

Sac, stop thinking that anyone other than the governor and teachers unions are keeping kids out of school. It's like being held hostage and blaming the police for not getting let go because they didn't give into to the terrorist's demands.

Jones13 Jan 26, 2021 11:26 AM
California Lifts Regional Stay at Home Order for All Regions

It is about time. One step in the right direction at least. It is evident that the Governor and Public Health don't really know what they are doing and are failing. They should quit all this, let us educate ourselves with all the information available, and let us take responsibility for our own actions and precautions.

Hado_Ken_57 Jan 26, 2021 10:43 AM
California Lifts Regional Stay at Home Order for All Regions

Man, this is kinda stupid! I mean it's really good for small businesses who struggle during lockdown, but if we had an actual competent state government they probably wouldn't have to worry about it as much. So the governor keeps flip flopping back and forth from lockdown to open and the cases keep increasing no matter what!!! It's a political decision so people won't sign the recall petition, but guess what, it's not gonna work. A lot of people are fed up already.

sea dog Jan 26, 2021 08:47 AM
California Lifts Regional Stay at Home Order for All Regions

If they change the cycles on the PCR test from 40 to 20 - 2/3s of the positive tests at 40 would not be positive at 20 - The PCR test is the reason for positive people that have no symptoms ... They will not tell us how many cycles they are using now ??

ChemicalSuperFreak Jan 26, 2021 01:23 PM
California Lifts Regional Stay at Home Order for All Regions

VOR and SeaDog are correct. Lowering the number of cycles will mean that PCR will pick up fewer positives. This is cheating to artificially lower the number of cases, probably for political reasons. The sad part is people who might have low amounts of the virus won't know and will go on to make other people sick, possibly elderly relatives. Remember when Do-Reynoso begged healthy people to rush in and get COVID tests in order to cheat and lower our % positives and get the state to adjust the case rate down because we would be testing above the state average. Same thing.

sacjon Jan 26, 2021 10:21 AM
California Lifts Regional Stay at Home Order for All Regions

THOMAS JOHN - exactly. I see people praising the stay at home order being lifted so they can go out and "live their lives" again. It didn't stop anyone from doing what they want, other than eating outdoors and getting nails and hair done. People were still at the beach, wandering around downtown, going to visit friends and family, etc. Nothing has changed for anyone except the restaurateurs. That's good for them though. Outdoor dining should be allowed, as long as it is done safely. That's the problem though, hardly anyone was doing it right. Countless #s of restaurants jammed together tables within feet of each other with multiple households (unless multiple families are all roomies together) sitting together. Do it right this time!

Voice of Reason Jan 26, 2021 08:22 AM
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We should have never left the flatten the curve mentality. I don't who was whispering in Newsom's ear that they can mandate the virus away, whoever it was wasn't a doctor and they weren't whispering science. Most likely political advisors or Aunt Nancy had his ear whispering sweat nothings of political science.

Sail380 Jan 26, 2021 07:53 AM
California Lifts Regional Stay at Home Order for All Regions

The cycle will be repeated until we achieve herd immunity.. Go way back to the beginning of this when scientist said were all going to get it and lots of people will die. Masks were recommended to flatten the curve not eliminate the virus.

Thomas John Jan 26, 2021 07:39 AM
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I still wonder what percentage of the population paid any attention to any of the stay at home orders. From what the people I know and what my eyes saw going on around town I'd think there were very few people giving it any heed at all.

ChemicalSuperFreak Jan 25, 2021 11:54 PM
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VOR: Regional shutdown began on Dec. 4, when our 7-day average case rate was 17.7. Two weeks later (12/18), the case rate was 47.3. Six weeks later (1/15), the case rate was 102.7. This will never make sense to science-deniers, like @ 10:28 PM, who probably also hates math because it's racist.

yiannis93101 Jan 25, 2021 09:56 PM
California Lifts Regional Stay at Home Order for All Regions

For our non stop whining restaurants.....great news! You can open and serve outside now. Great timing too. You all can open tomorrow, when it’s a lovely 46 degrees outside. And Wednesday, make sure you’re open when we have that 100% chance of rain in the form of the atmospheric river......keep those outdoor heaters on, and give everyone a rain coat.....hope you’re all happy so we can have people spread cooties, again, and we’ll be told to close everything again for 7 weeks. I’m so tired of restaurants whining.

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