Coronavirus Patients Reach 99 with 11 in the ICU

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Update by Public Health Department
March 31, 2020
 

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) is confirming eleven (11) additional cases of COVID-19 today. This makes 99 total confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Santa Barbara County. Due to the volume of confirmed cases being reported, PHD will begin reporting cases in aggregate. Below are more details about the 11 cases announced Tuesday, March 31:

Ages of new confirmed cases reported:

0-17

0

18-29

1

30-49

7

50-69

2

70+

1

Locations of new cases reported:

South County Unincorporated Area includes communities of Montecito, Summerland and the City of Carpinteria

 0

City of Santa Barbara and the unincorporated area of Mission Canyon              

​ 0

City of Goleta                                                                                                               

 0

Community of Isla Vista

 1

Unincorporated Area of the Goleta Valley and Gaviota

 2

Santa Ynez Valley including the Cities of Solvang & Buellton, and the communities of Santa Ynez, Los Alamos, Los Olivos and Ballard  

 0

City of Lompoc and the communities of Mission Hills and Vandenberg Village

5

City of Santa Maria  

1

Community of Orcutt

1

Unincorporated Areas of Sisquoc, Casmalia, Garey, Cuyama, New Cuyama, and the City of Guadalupe

2

Although PHD has released the cities and areas where confirmed COVID-19 cases have occurred, it is critical that residents in all areas of the county stay at home and practice social distancing when performing essential tasks outside their home.

Of the 99 cases, 57 are recovering at home, 13 persons are recovering in a hospital,11 of which are in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 22 have fully recovered, and 7 are pending an update.

PHD is prioritizing investigations for cases with exposures in healthcare and other congregate settings to identify persons who may have been exposed. Mandated social distancing measures are in place to slow the spread of the virus.

(For a full list of ages and locations of confirmed patients, visit https://publichealthsbc.org/)


By edhat staff
March 30, 2020

As of Monday evening, the total number of coronavirus (COVID-19) patients increased to 88 including 10 patients in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) confirmed 20 new cases since Sunday evening. The ages of the new cases range from teens to over 70. Overall there are 14 people hospitalized with 10 patients in the ICU. There are 49 patients recovering at home, 19 fully recovered, and 6 are pending an update.

"The Increase of numbers is very typical of a virus that spreads quickly from person to person. We expected a doubling of cases within three days and that is almost exactly what we are seeing." said Dr. Henning Ansorg, Santa Barbara County Public Health Officer.

Below are the full details of the 20 new cases:

  • Case #69­—in their 60s and resides in Santa Maria
  • Case #70—in their 50s and resides in Santa Maria
  • Case #71—in their 40s and resides in Santa Maria
  • Case #72—in their 50s and resides in Orcutt
  • Case #73—in their 60s and resides in Santa Maria
  • Case #74—in their 40s and resides in the Lompoc Area, including the communities of Mission Hills and Vandenberg Village
  • Case #75—over 70 years old and resides in North County unincorporated areas including Sisquoc, Casmalia, Garey, Cuyama, New Cuyama, and Guadalupe
  • Case #76—in their 40s and resides in Santa Maria
  • Case #77—between the ages of 10-19 and resides in the Lompoc Area, including the communities of Mission Hills and Vandenberg Village
  • Case #78—in their 50s and resides in the Lompoc Area, including the communities of Mission Hills and Vandenberg Village
  • Case #79—in their 60s and resides in Santa Maria
  • Case #80—in their 60s and resides in Santa Maria
  • Case #81—over 70 years old and resides in North County unincorporated areas including Sisquoc, Casmalia, Garey, Cuyama, New Cuyama, and Guadalupe
  • Case #82—over 70 years old and resides in North County unincorporated areas including Sisquoc, Casmalia, Garey, Cuyama, New Cuyama, and Guadalupe
  • Case #83—in their 50s and resides in Santa Maria
  • Case #84—in their 20s and resides in North County unincorporated areas including Sisquoc, Casmalia, Garey, Cuyama, New Cuyama, and Guadalupe
  • Case #85—in their 50s and resides in North County unincorporated areas including Sisquoc, Casmalia, Garey, Cuyama, New Cuyama, and Guadalupe
  • Case #86—in their 60s  and resides in North County unincorporated areas including Sisquoc, Casmalia, Garey, Cuyama, New Cuyama, and Guadalupe
  • Case #87—in their 50s and resides in Santa Barbara
  • Case #88—in their 20s and resides in Santa Maria

There are currently 5 cases in Lompoc, 6 in Orcutt, 26 in Santa Barbara, 29 in Santa Maria, 2 in Goleta, 2 in Santa Ynez Valley, 9 in Montecito/Summerland.Carpinteria, 1 in Gaviota, and 8 in the unincorporated areas of North County. 

Dr. Ansorg went on to state the increase in numbers of local infections corresponds with the patterns seen in the rest of the nation and even worldwide. The only definitive factor that makes a substantive difference is how much community members stay physically isolated from one another, he said.

Additionally, Dr. Ansorg went on to scold residents who are not taking this seriously after witnessing people in his own neighborhood hosting large gatherings. 

"If you are meeting up with local family or friends, I urge you to discontinue these behaviors. Discontinue gatherings immediately, they are not safe at this time and can lead to the unintentional spread of illness," said Dr. Ansorg.

Due to the infectious nature of COVID-19, PHD states they have been planning over the weekend and came up with scenarios of what to expect for the near future as it relates to illnesses, hospitalizations and healthcare needs in Santa Barbara County. This information has yet to be provided.

In Ventura County, there have been 4 deaths with 28 hospitalizations. Overall the county has 126 cases with 106 of them active.

San Luis Obispo is reporting 77 cases with 7 hospitalizations and 43 active cases. 

The full press conference is available here

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Minibeast Mar 31, 2020 11:23 PM
Coronavirus Patients Reach 99 with 11 in the ICU

This evening (3/31/20) I watched an interview with Dr. David Price, Weill Cornell Medical Center of NYC. He is on the front lines, caring for Covid-19 patients. He said "Shortness of breath." Shortness of breath is when you should go to the hospital. If you're experiencing fever and cough and sore throat, you are okay to stay home and isolate yourself from your family/housemates and ride this thing out. IF you have shortness of breath>>>>>>>> get to the hospital ASAP. He said people don't need to be tested just to "know that they have the virus." If you have fever, cough, aches, sore throat then stay home and you will recover in about five days. In 7-10 days you should be okay to interact with others. And, yes, you will have developed an immunity to this virus by the end of about two weeks. Wash your hands. Don't touch your face. He believes this virus is mainly transmitted person-to-person, through either prolonged close-quarters contact OR via surfaces. And by surfaces he means touching people and door handles or surfaces or objects which may transmit the infection. "Be a hand Nazi," Dr. Price said. Sanitize your hands, wash your hands and do NOT touch your eyes, nose, mouth. Wash/sanitize your hands before you leave the house. Wash/sanitize your hands when you get back. He also said the only reason to wear a mask --- if you're not a health practitioner working with sick patients --- is to remind yourself not to touch your face. Exercising out of doors is okay, IF you practice physical distancing. Dr. Price said we will all be practicing "social distancing" (I agree with Gov. Newsome-----we should change that to "physical distancing") for six months up to a year into the future. Time to come to grips with this new reality. Wash your hands. Keep your distance from others. Wave, smile and be safe.

EastBeach Apr 01, 2020 11:37 AM
Coronavirus Patients Reach 99 with 11 in the ICU

MINI - Thanks for sharing that. I previewed the first 10 minutes of his Zoom call but will check out the rest later. At this point I think I'm more of a "dry hands Nazi" (obviously a little moisturizer will take care of that).

x01660 Apr 01, 2020 05:57 PM
Coronavirus Patients Reach 99 with 11 in the ICU

It isn't about being "positive" Its about reality. When are people gonna wake up to this fact? Doctors and scientists have been warning people for almost a month now. But we were too afraid of "social distancing" and being inconvenienced. And now that ish is real, we have some people asserting "facts" and others trying to downplay the severity of the issue and talking about "nasty attitudes". And yes, 420722, I'm addressing you directly. The frustration comes from people not listening because of their own complexes and selfishness. Now we got some jackass saying "the curve will be reduced by 90% in 6 days" and you talking about "being positive". This shit is real, yo. And like I said in another post, its PAINFULLY aware the people that have never suffered or gone without. People that have been privileged their entire life and are trying to normalize this situation. THIS ISNT A NORMAL situation, and your "everything is ok" mentality is gonna get people killed. This is serious. Treat it as such.

a-1585774808 Apr 01, 2020 02:00 PM
Coronavirus Patients Reach 99 with 11 in the ICU

What is with this 'South County Unincorporated' zone that includes the incorporated city of Carpinteria? Come on Public Health! Be more granular in your reporting!

lutra Apr 01, 2020 05:07 PM
Coronavirus Patients Reach 99 with 11 in the ICU

The CDC is currently seriously considering recommending wearing masks to the general public (https://www.politico.com/states/california/story/2020/03/31/fauci-mask-wearing-recommendation-under-very-serious-consideration-1269746). I think they recognize that mask-wearing is/could be helpful, but they are hesitant to recommend it because we currently don't have enough of them to go around. This NY Times article (https://news.yahoo.com/more-americans-probably-wear-masks-141420450.html) talks about a review of the SARS outbreak in 2003 that examined the effectiveness of the various methods of stopping virus transmission. Frequent hand washing was 55% effective, gloves were ~55% effective, masks were 68% effective, all methods combined (hand washing, gloves, masks, gowns) were 91% effective. A good point that the article made is that if everyone is wearing a mask, then that removes the stigma of wearing one. It also means that someone who *is* sick will already be wearing a mask. All that being said, the shortage of masks still remains...

shorebird Apr 01, 2020 05:48 PM
Coronavirus Patients Reach 99 with 11 in the ICU

The number of cases would be valid if people with symptoms of COVID 19 were not still being refused testing. Shortness of breath, when it happens, deteriorates very quickly. Like standing too close to the edge at the Grand Canyon. When you get to the point of falling over, symptoms accelerate rapidly. And the person with low oxygen levels can’t think well enough to comprehend what is happening. All we can do, at that point, is wave bye bye.

Get over it Apr 01, 2020 08:38 PM
Coronavirus Patients Reach 99 with 11 in the ICU

Why does everyone feel the need to be tested? Just so you can say you had it? If you're sick enough to need medical attention, you WILL be tested and admitted. Every time someone has to be tested, it puts a burden on our healthcare workers and their supplies. Stop with the selfish, political BS and let's all get a grip. Our President and/or Governors may not be perfect, but If you can do better, PLEASE run for office!

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