Concerning Increase in Positive COVID-19 Results in Isla Vista

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Dear UCSB Students: 

Our medical staff have observed a sharp increase in the number of positive COVID-19 test results in Isla Vista. Yesterday, 22 new positive results were reported in students living in Isla Vista, and this morning (Saturday, January 16th), 51 more have come in. The vast majority of these cases are among undergraduate students. To put these numbers in perspective, testing during Week 2 of this quarter yielded 2.5 times more positive results than testing during Week 10 of the fall quarter. Student Health has also observed that students are experiencing more serious symptoms than they were just a few weeks ago. 

This trend – not related to recent move-ins at on-campus apartments – reflects the increasing rate of infection that we are seeing throughout Santa Barbara County (SBC) and California. Yesterday, SBC Public Health Director Dr. Van Do-Reynoso shared that our county has the highest rate of spread in the state. We are sharing this information with you today because we want you to have it as soon as possible so that you are fully informed to make safer choices that protect the health of our community. 

Even if you are relatively young, in good health, and have no underlying medical conditions, please keep in mind that the risk to you might be lower, but it is not zero. There is great risk of being an asymptomatic carrier and transmitting the virus to others who are at high risk for serious illness in our community – Isla Vista is home to many children, families, and elderly people, including people with pre-existing conditions. The only way to protect our community’s wellbeing is for each one of us to take thoughtful action to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

We must continue to follow public health guidelines diligently until it is safe to resume in-person activities. Please continue to follow the guidance of the December 6, 2020 Regional Stay-At-Home Order  including:

  • 100% masking and physical distancing. All businesses remaining open will have additional modifications in addition to 100% masking and physical distancing.
  • No gatherings with members of other households (indoors or outdoors). This includes gathering in the streets, at parks including beaches, and moving from one place to another in large groups. Very few exceptions apply. 
 
With broad availability of effective vaccines on the horizon, we must not lose sight of our efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. We hope you find time to relax and reflect on the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. this holiday weekend. Thank you for your attention and cooperation.
 
Margaret Klawunn, Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
 
Vejas Skripkus, M.D.
Executive Director, Student Health & University Physician
 
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Voice of Reason Jan 20, 2021 12:12 PM
Concerning Increase in Positive COVID-19 Results in Isla Vista

I still have a tough time buying that. How exactly are you or someone whose isolating and at-risk come into contact with one of these students and risk exposure? Everyone in grocery stores is wearing masks and respectful of others. They shouldn't be going home to grandma and if they are that's a family issue. You're not going to get it walking your dog past them playing beer pong in the rose gardens, you're not going to get it passing them on State (whether they have a mask on or not).

surfergirl69 Jan 20, 2021 02:39 PM
Concerning Increase in Positive COVID-19 Results in Isla Vista

Voice of Reason is , once again, anything but a voice of reason. Obviously you know nothing about Isla Vista. First of all, it's not just students living here. Secondly, IV has become the UC campus since Covid. Students are in IV all day now instead of being on campus. It's also a foot traffic community. We don't drive to the store, we walk or bike, and students walk around town in groups. I'm older and live here. I have, on occasion, accidentally found myself in group of unmasked students as I exited a store. I have also come face to face with unmasked students around my apartment . Common areas..ie stairways, laundry rooms, parking lots, bike racks, etc. I will add that the great majority of students are respectful and hip to what is going on, and voluntarily have wanted to be part of the solution instead of being part of the problem. There are the ones though that don't care and have told me stupid stuff like.."it's unconstitutional to wear a mask". In groups of unmasked students, one student can easily infect 10 others. Then it spreads out into the community from there.

Voice of Reason Jan 20, 2021 03:04 PM
Concerning Increase in Positive COVID-19 Results in Isla Vista

Surfergirl, you won't get covid passing someone on the street outdoors unless they sneeze in your face, and that would have even pissed me off before covid. If the at-risk and elderly stayed home and sheltered in place this wouldn't be an issue. Oh, but they need to buy groceries and can't afford to get it delivered? Okay, so it makes more sense to try and force everyone to shelter in place, to force many others out of their jobs, to force
businesses to close so the minority at-risk can feel safe at the grocery store? This makes zero sense. Will it suck for those at-risk, yes! we're in pandemic and trying to save their life. But why make it collectively worse for everyone?

Ehdat Jan 20, 2021 03:18 PM
Concerning Increase in Positive COVID-19 Results in Isla Vista

The truth is that everyone is in the "at-risk" category. Except for the double vaccinated and covid survivors, but they too have some risk and can still spread the virus to others. It is science, and how viruses work.

LandShark Jan 20, 2021 10:57 AM
Concerning Increase in Positive COVID-19 Results in Isla Vista

On Sunday, when the sun was out and it was unseasonably warm, I went for a stroll along the cliffs at the end of Del Playa. There were hundreds of students on the beach, gathered in tight groups, and not a single mask in sight. We'll never beat the virus with irresponsible attitudes like that.

Voice of Reason Jan 20, 2021 12:15 PM
Concerning Increase in Positive COVID-19 Results in Isla Vista

We'll never beat the virus with irresponsible leadership whose only approach has been to try and force everyone into their homes by themselves for 10 plus months. That approach isn't working because 1) it isn't a tool at the governments disposal and 2) we are humans and it simply isn't possible for everyone to shelter in their homes for months on end.

SBTownie Jan 20, 2021 01:43 PM
Concerning Increase in Positive COVID-19 Results in Isla Vista

Do you ever get tired of pushing the completely illogical and inane claim that partial shutdowns somehow "force people to congregate in large groups without masks both indoors and outdoors" thing you can't let go of? Have you ever actually sat down and thought about how such a claim is, ironically, so opposite "the voice of reason"? For someone so dead certain of his ability to reason, you sure do find yourself trapped in a bizarre love affair with logical fallacy.

Voice of Reason Jan 20, 2021 02:31 PM
Concerning Increase in Positive COVID-19 Results in Isla Vista

Please show me where I said that partial shutdowns force people to congregate in large groups. I think I see why you're not getting it, you're reading comprehension isn't quite there. Banning outdoor dining certainly increases the number of private gatherings within private homes, where there is no oversight for sanitation, distancing, etc., and leads to an increase in cases (see Cailfornia over the past 30 days). That is not a logical fallacy. Here is an article from Oxnard University, Journal of Law and Biosciences, going into further detail, unless you think Oxford publishes pieces with logical fallacy's in them too? https://doi.org/10.1093/jlb/lsaa064

pstarSR Jan 20, 2021 06:36 PM
Concerning Increase in Positive COVID-19 Results in Isla Vista

VOR I’ll show you, you claimed that since we have shit down outside dining that people will, and I quote you “will now meet up and dine at homes...” like complete strangers will see someone on the street and say “hey since we can’t dine outside here. Come over to my house!” Yeaaa you basically said that.

ChemicalSuperFreak Jan 20, 2021 06:51 PM
Concerning Increase in Positive COVID-19 Results in Isla Vista

PSTARSR: Since we're bringing up old comments, how about this bigoted classic from you..."Solvang, the largest tourist attraction near us. Especially for chinese and other foreigners. Holy hell i thought we were free of idiots like this! Good grief" (https://www.edhat.com/news/solvang-openly-defies-state-covid-19-order)

ChemicalSuperFreak Jan 20, 2021 07:08 PM
Concerning Increase in Positive COVID-19 Results in Isla Vista

At 50.38% effectiveness (1), anyone with half a brain would agree with that statement. Not to mention that the SinoVac trials were halted in Brazil due to a "serious adverse event"(2).
(1) https://edition.cnn.com/2021/01/17/asia/sinovac-vaccine-asia-efficacy-intl-hnk/index.html
(2) https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-11-10/brazil-pauses-trial-of-china-vaccine-after-serious-adverse-event

a-1611203534 Jan 20, 2021 08:32 PM
Concerning Increase in Positive COVID-19 Results in Isla Vista

Oh, I'm not sure that's much of a worry. Up to now, over 50% used to be considered good performance for a vaccine, and theirs is much cheaper and easier to store and distribute, which is a real consideration for poorer countries that are in as much need of a vaccine as we are.

Voice of Reason Jan 22, 2021 03:49 PM
Concerning Increase in Positive COVID-19 Results in Isla Vista

1) no one is ever 100% correct and 2) nothing I posted below is a lie nor misinformation. 3) nor did i argue against mask wearing where appropriate or gathering in tight groups. Simply saying something is a lie, doesn't make it a lie.

a-1611721949 Jan 26, 2021 08:32 PM
Concerning Increase in Positive COVID-19 Results in Isla Vista

7:08 : You do realize that the adverse event in Brazil was a suicide, don’t you? There was also an adverse outcome in the Peru trials, but it was in the placebo group. You probably didn’t follow up once you heard what you wanted to hear about it.

sacjon Jan 20, 2021 11:17 AM
Concerning Increase in Positive COVID-19 Results in Isla Vista

Why on earth are they moving them back on campus? See this is the problem! If no one is taking this seriously, then of course the stay at home order won't "work." Time to enforce the rules. I'm sick of watching my kids stuck at home now even longer because we were unable to act like responsible adults as a community.

dukemunson Jan 20, 2021 01:33 PM
Concerning Increase in Positive COVID-19 Results in Isla Vista

They opened up their Freshman dorms to 1000 students last week. Normal freshman dorm capacity is 5000 (in normal times, almost all freshman are in doubles and triples...this represents everyone getting a single).

ChemicalSuperFreak Jan 20, 2021 01:44 PM
Concerning Increase in Positive COVID-19 Results in Isla Vista

SACJON: In a previous comment on a related article Duke wrote that this situation is "a non story. Bring them back." Duke said these numbers are "nothing more than a drop in the bucket." I'd hate to be in that bucket. Remember when Duke said we were just about to move from Red Tier to Yellow Tier and open up? A week later we got moved into Purple Tier.

dukemunson Jan 20, 2021 01:54 PM
Concerning Increase in Positive COVID-19 Results in Isla Vista

Ahh you are changing the parameters of our debate CSF. We were closer to Yellow than we were to Purple at that point. The numbers spiked and we went to Purple. But at the time of our debate you were wrong.

And yes...1000 additional students in a 5000 capacity dorm in Isla Vista is a drop in the bucket for Santa Barbara, it's not changing anything. Considering SB kids that came home from school are also going back to dorms at other UC schools, it really is a non story.

Did you ever get a chance to run the numbers on the broiler savings for UCSB...I was quite looking forward to those numbers!

dukemunson Jan 20, 2021 01:57 PM
Concerning Increase in Positive COVID-19 Results in Isla Vista

A friend of ours in Goleta just sent their kid back to the dorms at UC Davis. They are 5 people living in an apartment here...and he's going to be in a single in the dorms there. I really don't see this changing or moving the needle much (if at all). It's a drop in the bucket if you will.

sacjon Jan 20, 2021 03:06 PM
Concerning Increase in Positive COVID-19 Results in Isla Vista

DUKE - I gotta disagree. 1000 students in a dorm, even if only 1/5th capacity, is not a drop in the bucket. You know those 1000 freshman kids away from home for the first time in their lives are not all going to stay put in their rooms. That's 1000 more people who are much more likely to be out spreading the virus to neighbors and friends and family than if it were 1000 grouchy old men like us living in a room alone haha!

dukemunson Jan 20, 2021 03:17 PM
Concerning Increase in Positive COVID-19 Results in Isla Vista

Sac -

They are going to be out and about, that's true. But by the same token, X number of SB kids are returning to their dorms up north and down south...and those 18 to 19 year old Santa Barbarians that were in IV and out about downtown certainly weren't sitting at home in their rooms either...so it feels like a wash to me.

Considering the dorms have the capacity to house them and are actually testing them (and by extension our SB kids going to dorms are being housed and tested) it really feels like a wash to me. Not saying I'm not wrong (and I certainly am agreeing that I'm a semi old semi grouchy man who hasn't had enough alone moments since COVID started and my kids were back home with no school and reduced activities)...but I still stand by my "non-story" assertion.

citizenSB Jan 20, 2021 01:03 PM
Concerning Increase in Positive COVID-19 Results in Isla Vista

Westmont College only has 1,200 students, for the 12 days between 1/4/2021 to 1/16/2021 they had 11 infections, in the last 3 days they added 10 more. A much worse infection rate than 22 in one day out of 28,000 students living in Isla Vista.

sblocal1967 Jan 20, 2021 03:39 PM
Concerning Increase in Positive COVID-19 Results in Isla Vista

No one is pointing blame in the right place. We all know which subset of people traveled over the holidays to do large in home social gatherings to get infected and then came home to do more in home social gatherings to get more people infected. The fact is this subset of people just don't care. They get free healthcare and probably consider going to the hospital a vacation since they get waited on by nurses. If they cared about not dying, then they would be more careful like the rest of society. Because are society values political correctness more than the well being of our society we will continue to be locked down by the government while our Governors kids attend private school.

I am sure UCSB has an outbreak of the flu every year - it is not news. Just like college students get CV should not be news. Now id all of these students were actually filling up our hospitals and dying, then, yes, that would be news.

sacjon Jan 22, 2021 03:40 PM
Concerning Increase in Positive COVID-19 Results in Isla Vista

SBLOCAL- that's just filthy racism, get out of here with that crap! We don't want your kind in our society anymore. Haven't you got the message? Yeah, it was confusing the last four years, but racism is out of style. You're a disgusting human being.

sacjon Jan 22, 2021 03:44 PM
Concerning Increase in Positive COVID-19 Results in Isla Vista

SBLOCAL - now to prove your "theory" wrong. My social media was full over the holidays of stupid Caucasians among my extended family and friends that traveled all over during the holidays and participated in indoor, unmasked gatherings. Look at all the white people across our country gleefully gathering and flaunting their defiance of the stay at home orders in all states. To blame this on a "subset" (yeah, we know who you're talking about) is ignorant and wrong. You choose to see through your hate and not through the bare facts in front of your face. Pretty gross if you ask me.

sacjon Jan 22, 2021 04:21 PM
Concerning Increase in Positive COVID-19 Results in Isla Vista

SBLOCAL - "If they cared about not dying, then they would be more careful like the rest of society" - Ok, so how "careful" were those thousands of angry white people screaming about having to wear masks at the anti-mask rallies? How about those thousands of angry white people who tried to overthrow our government 2 weeks ago? How about those white republican congressmen and women who, while sheltering from the traitorous mob of, you guessed, angry white people, refused to wear masks and spread COVID to other law makers? How about all the angry stupid white bikers at Sturgis? Dude, I hate to break it to you, but white folks aren't exactly being "more careful."

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