County Approves Sending Governor Letter to be Removed from SoCal Region

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Santa Barbara County Supervisor Chair Gregg Hart during Tuesday's meeting
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Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to send a letter to the Governor asking to be removed from the Southern California region in the recent Regional Stay at Home Order.

Santa Barbara is banding together with San Luis Obispo and Ventura Counties to propose its own "Central Coast" region. Ventura County Supervisors also approved sending a letter on Tuesday with San Luis Obispo supervisors still to vote on the action.

The current "Southern California" region created by the state includes Imperial, Inyo, Los Angeles, Mono, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties. This incorporates over 23 million people. San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbra, and Ventura counties include nearly 1.5 million people.

The current order forces the entire Southern California region to shut down when the collective intensive care unit (ICU) capacity reaches below 15%. As of Tuesday, this number was at 10.1% for the region.

Officials from the three neighboring counties expressed the current order is unfair as the Central Coast does not have the higher COVID-19 transmission rates and lack of ICU space that larger Southern California counties have. Being in this region will prevent the Central Coast from positively moving forward due to a high prevalence of the disease in larger areas.

During Tuesday's meeting, Santa Barbara County Public Health Director Van Do-Reynoso stated the counties will ask to exit the stay at home order after three weeks if the ICU capacity in the three counties exceeds 15% and is expected to stay on that course based on the four-week ICU bed capacity projection.

Do-Reynoso said all three counties have a history of collaboration and partnership and will coordinate joint prevention and treatment efforts to reduce COVID-19 case rates and testing positivity.

"We are confident that this is a regional approach and we will be working together across the three counties to propose this to discuss this feasibility with our state counterparts," said Do-Reynoso.

The Board listened to nearly fifty public comments from local residents and business orders asking to be removed from the stay at home order. 

The motion passed unanimously for the county to send a letter to the Governor.

Update to COVID-19 Numbers

During the same meeting, Do-Reynoso also gave an update on COVID-19 data and hospitalizations.

From November 23 to December 7, Santa Barbara County had a 12% increase in COVID-19 cases. There are now 643 active cases, an 87% increase. This is also a 44% increase from the last peak of cases at 444 in July with the all-time peak being 950 cases in May.

New COVID-19 cases are popping up all over the county with a 20% increase in Santa Maria and a 75% increase in Lompoc. Isla Vista has seen a significant decrease from 37 cases to just 18 cases. 

There are currently 54 hospitalizations, an 157% increase during this period, including 15 people in the ICU which is a 150% increase.

Do-Reynoso released more specific data on comorbidities for hospitalizations and deaths. Of the 922 total hospitalizations, 45.4% of people did not have comorbidities. Of those who did have one comorbidity, 31% had diabetes, 17.8% were obese, and 14.4% had serious heart conditions.

There have been 138 total deaths. Of those, 24 had the only cause of death listed on their death certificate as COVID-19 with 53 deaths including diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and/or obesity. The remaining 61 deaths had COVID-19 and other causes listed on the death certificate.

Half of all hospitalizations were people over 50 years of age with the Hispanic/Latinx population being disproportionately represented compared to population size. 

The common length of stay was up to five days with 16% of hospitalizations having a length of over 15 days.

More data can be found at https://publichealthsbc.org

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chico berkeley Dec 13, 2020 10:41 AM
County Approves Sending Governor Letter to be Removed from SoCal Region

Top 10 killers of people in the USA
Heart disease
Cancer
Unintentional injuries
Chronic lower respiratory disease
Stroke and cerebrovascular diseases
Alzheimer's disease
Diabetes
Influenza and pneumonia
Kidney disease
Suicide
7 out of 10 reasons people die are completely avoidable and have a much higher incidence of death than Covid.
These issues are much more important to all of our health than Covid,yet they are not considered worthy of the same heavy handed tactics.
The only conclusion is -CONTROL of general population and massive funding re-direction.
All of this is smoke and mirrors to deflect and obscure what is really going on in the world.
Divide and conquer.
In 9 mos this has taken control of everyone's life.
I'm truly sorry for the sick and dying because of Covid.
Read thru those top 10 reasons again and tell me Covid is any more or less important?
A wise man(lol) said."The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few,or the One."
It seems Spock would be considered a super spreader today.

PitMix Dec 10, 2020 07:35 AM
County Approves Sending Governor Letter to be Removed from SoCal Region

VOR, I noticed you didn't post ANY links to support your argument. Threats are not punishment, right? . " Believe it or not, there is a lot going on in our very town, let alone state, that you won't know about if you rely on articles from news outlets." Pretty much sums up your arguments. You've asserted so many Trumpian things that I will not believe what you say unless you back it up with links.

Carey2 Dec 09, 2020 02:33 PM
County Approves Sending Governor Letter to be Removed from SoCal Region

Oh, this is going to be fun.
I want to thank all those out there doing their necessary jobs.
Our heath workers to keep us healthy-
Our grocery workers to keep us feed-
Our police to keep us from mayhem-
Our utility workers supplying us with water, heat and electrical power.
What if they just quit because of the pandemic?

PitMix Dec 09, 2020 12:46 PM
County Approves Sending Governor Letter to be Removed from SoCal Region

No one is enforcing any of these shutdown edicts except for bars or houses holding big parties, so people complaining about them seem a little self-serving. The only story I can find about this recently is SF shutdown 11 bars since March. Feel free to live your lives as you see fit, but please stay away from me and the hospitals. https://abc7news.com/san-francisco-bar-shutdown-sf-covid-rollback-coronavirus-covid19/7877455/

Carey2 Dec 09, 2020 01:55 PM
County Approves Sending Governor Letter to be Removed from SoCal Region

I have been reading Edhat and these comments for a long time and decided to join the crew here.
Yes, I have some comments for all of you.
I have never considered the "Tri Counties" as part of LA or any of the others down there. We are a different tribe. In fact I was insulted when we were called "Central California, south coast".
That is what we are and should not be included with all those maniacs.
Want to get Newson to act? Get all three of the county supervisors to act at once and get that to all the media outlets. All the papers, TV stations and comment forums like this. The man is not stupid, just misinform and doesn't want to commit political suicide.

Voice of Reason Dec 09, 2020 01:33 PM
County Approves Sending Governor Letter to be Removed from SoCal Region

"The only story I can find"... a true keyboard warrior. Believe it or not, there is a lot going on in our very town, let alone state, that you won't know about if you rely on articles from news outlets. I work with many small businesses and there is absolutely enforcement going on. Enforcement and threats of revoking permits/licensing by misguided / drunk on power bureaucrats who have no idea the challenges of trying to run a small businesses is happing here in SB (while of course not refunding any of the fees the businesses had to pay in order to operate, but now aren't allowed to).

Marathoner Dec 09, 2020 09:27 AM
County Approves Sending Governor Letter to be Removed from SoCal Region

For the record, other counties reject being lumped in as one "SoCal" region and towns are even talking about seccessionist concepts like forming local health departments with their own rules. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/09/us/coronavirus-california-outdoor-dining-ban.html
Outdoors, socially distanced, healthy persons assuming the risk should be allowed to have a Christmas undeterred by Governor Grinch.

a-1607533835 Dec 09, 2020 09:10 AM
County Approves Sending Governor Letter to be Removed from SoCal Region

While it's frustrating, I can see this being a slippery slope. If the Gov allows our tri-counties to separate region than I'm sure Orange County will ask to be separated and other counties will ask to be separated. There's no pleasing everyone but making an exception for one opens the doors for all. If I was Gov I'd stick by the original decision and re-evaluate in 3 weeks as previously stated.

a-1607532297 Dec 09, 2020 08:44 AM
County Approves Sending Governor Letter to be Removed from SoCal Region

Let's be kind, and help one another. Fighting over the restrictions doesn't help anyone. It's simple. Wear a mask. Stay home, stop the spread. If we did this for one month we could open up. A 40 year old relative told me last March that he didn't care if the old folks died, he wanted access to bars and restaurants. One of his best friends, a 40 plus with no underlying conditions died last week. This is real.

a-1607661025 Dec 10, 2020 08:30 PM
County Approves Sending Governor Letter to be Removed from SoCal Region

Twitter citation? This is my family member who lives in Puerto Rico who didn't care if older family members got ill or died; his friend died in Colorado. A pandemic obviously crosses a lot of state lines but affects us all. No twitter in this reality, just sadness.

a-1607563974 Dec 09, 2020 05:32 PM
County Approves Sending Governor Letter to be Removed from SoCal Region

Twitter is a horrible source of information. You'd be better off reading tea leaves. A glance at the CDC or Johns Hopkins sites will show that rates are increasing in many states, but the relative incidence of infection and death is notably higher in states that resist restrictions, showing that the health mandates, when people adhere to them, are working. The problem is that too many people in all states are not complying.

Voice of Reason Dec 09, 2020 05:27 PM
County Approves Sending Governor Letter to be Removed from SoCal Region

@ 4:38 here is a nice chart that shows how some of the harshest restrictions in the CA only work when people comply
https://twitter.com/Dierenbach/status/1336751917423333378/photo/1 or maybe, just maybe, since cases and hospitalizations are spiking all over the US no matter what restrictions are in place, these measure aren't working at all?

Carey2 Dec 09, 2020 02:08 PM
County Approves Sending Governor Letter to be Removed from SoCal Region

I don't think that was VOR's point. There are many out there that don't know where their next meal is coming from or how they are going to pay the rent. This is a gold mine for low paying job employers. So, it's Russian Roulette, get sick, maybe or starve for sure.

Voice of Reason Dec 09, 2020 11:43 AM
County Approves Sending Governor Letter to be Removed from SoCal Region

Pit, it is simply not possible to close down a county the size of the US, to have 330 million people stay home, to stop the economic engine of the world for any period of time. Comments like that are devoid of any thought to the worldwide consequences of doing a full shutdown in the US. The resulting millions of deaths throughout the world due to poverty and famine would pale in comparison to covid deaths. To advocate for something like this is so extremely short-sighted and reeks of self preservation. when was the last time, if ever, you went 30 days with no savings and no paychecks?

PitMix Dec 09, 2020 10:34 AM
County Approves Sending Governor Letter to be Removed from SoCal Region

LCP, even if they fully reopened all of the businesses and didn't care how many people died, most of us would not go back to using them like we did before 3/2020. I talked to a restaurant owner whose rent was 18,000/mo who had not been able to turn a decent profit since the great recession of 2008. Finally his landlord dropped the recent this year which has allowed him to stay open. So without some help, small businesses are not going to survive this anyway. This is just the hard truth of this pandemic.

RHS Dec 09, 2020 08:29 AM
County Approves Sending Governor Letter to be Removed from SoCal Region

Before his death Friday from complications of COVID-19, Alabama state Sen. Larry Dixon, 78, asked his wife from his hospital bed to relay a warning.+
“Sweetheart, we messed up. We just dropped our guard. ... We’ve got to tell people this is real,” his friend Dr. David Thrasher, a pulmonologist, quoted him as saying.
Although Dixon, a Republican, had been conscientious about masks and social distancing, he met up with friends at a restaurant for what they called a “prayer meeting,” and three of them fell ill, Thrasher said.
LA Times Dec 9, 2020

a-1607567111 Dec 09, 2020 06:25 PM
County Approves Sending Governor Letter to be Removed from SoCal Region

My thoughts exactly, SACJON. And why would people disagree with you pointing this out? I fear that there is a sizeable population that ignores facts and simply votes on the basis of which side is speaking. They do not want to learn. This is a huge problem for democracy.

SBgal74 Dec 09, 2020 08:27 AM
County Approves Sending Governor Letter to be Removed from SoCal Region

This is a really tough situation for Santa Barbara County. We want to have our cake and eat it too! We want our restaurants to stay open so we can continue to enjoy dining out and they can thrive, we don’t want to be inundated with COVID carriers from LA looking to escape their stay at home order, we want our kids to stay in school if they’ve returned or go back ASAP, some don’t want anyone demanding they wear masks all the time, some don’t want to admit how serious this virus is despite the FACT that thousands of people continue to die every day. The ICU capacity is shrinking rapidly but you better believe we will WANT a bed in the ICU should we need one! Come on folks! With well over a hundred new cases every day in SB County what do you think is going to happen?? We are on a very dark path towards hospitals with No Vacancy. If you want to support the local businesses who are struggling, quit your bitching about the Governor and start putting your money where your big mouth is. Order Take Out, buy gift cards, keep shopping for gifts, support those who’ve lost their jobs. Put pressure on the obstructionists in the Senate (Mitch McConnell and friends) to pass the dang relief bill for workers who are impacted. YES, it’s the Republicans holding it up and anyone who wants to argue otherwise can go suck an egg. I’m so tired of this BS...

Marathoner Dec 09, 2020 09:45 AM
County Approves Sending Governor Letter to be Removed from SoCal Region

And from NPR, an interactive map showing that our county is way below those embattled with flooded ICU issues...how ridiculous to lump us with those counties...in thirty seconds this is apparent https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2020/12/09/944379919/new-data-reveal-which-hospitals-are-dangerously-full-is-yours

Alexblue Dec 09, 2020 06:21 PM
County Approves Sending Governor Letter to be Removed from SoCal Region

VOR, your claim that the people who "don't live in fear" of the virus are also people who understand how to and take action on mitigating the risks through best practices is actually laughable.

Your then saying that Aquaholic "may not be able to understand and mitigate the risks"...LOL, why not just call Aquaholic stupid and save yourself a bunch of typing.

Voice of Reason Dec 09, 2020 08:27 AM
County Approves Sending Governor Letter to be Removed from SoCal Region

Aquaholic, calling those that don't live in fear over a virus that that is particularly dangerous to only a very specific subset of our population, those that not only know the risks but how mitigate those risks when they go to work, go to a store, or to eat at an outdoor restaurant, calling them "willfully ignorant" is by no means accurate. The only ignorant people are the ones that still believe the best response is to let our governor micro-manage the lives and livelihoods of 40 million people. You may not be able to understand and mitigate the risks covid poses to our daily lives but most of us can. Please stay home, stay safe, and stop trying to control other people. Why can't the "tough love and sacrifice" be telling people like you to JUST STAY HOME?

AQUAHOLIC Dec 09, 2020 07:59 AM
County Approves Sending Governor Letter to be Removed from SoCal Region

It's hard to fathom why the willfully ignorant are hell bent on making the misery index exponentially worse, prolonging this nightmare by not adhering to a bit of tough love and sacrifice. We won't outrun or sidestep this virus, it doesn't care what we think or what we want. We could have been miles ahead of this, if we'd had a clear, science based message and good examples of behavior from Day One. Sadly, we still do not.
Covid-19 is not the only malady that might land one in the hospital. If that happens, I sure hope there is room, and enough healthy medical professionals available.

a-1607526568 Dec 09, 2020 07:09 AM
County Approves Sending Governor Letter to be Removed from SoCal Region

It's pointless. ICUs down south will hit full capacity today, and you know what will happen? Patients will start to be transferred up here. People will purposely drive here to get in a hospital. They're not going to let people suffer in hallways when there are open beds 2 hours up the road in SB! Our ICUs will be full within a week. Watch.

sacjon Dec 09, 2020 08:55 AM
County Approves Sending Governor Letter to be Removed from SoCal Region

7:09am - Our hospitals seem to be OK according to NPR. As of right now, looks like only 10% of hospital beds in the county are being used by COVID patients, with only 9% at Cottage. https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2020/12/09/944379919/new-data-reveal-which-hospitals-are-dangerously-full-is-yours

GeneralTree Dec 09, 2020 07:23 PM
County Approves Sending Governor Letter to be Removed from SoCal Region

LCP112233 - you really must not be following along. Look at the average cases per day per 100,000 between California and some of the red states. Are you counting on your fingers or something? Some much higher per 100,000 than CA. Let this be a teaching moment.

sacjon Dec 09, 2020 09:01 AM
County Approves Sending Governor Letter to be Removed from SoCal Region

420722 - come on now, chastising liberals for blaming Trump for things? You Republicans are still blaming Hilary and Obama for current problems. Trumps entire presidency was based on blaming predecessors and former candidates' emails. No one is innocent of playing the blame game, but there is definitely a winner. Hint: His lawyer blamed a man who's been dead since 2013 for the 2020 election......

sacjon Dec 09, 2020 08:52 AM
County Approves Sending Governor Letter to be Removed from SoCal Region

VOR - Just curious, are you saying there are less cases in Hawaii because of the nice weather? If so, aside from the whole being an island thing, how does that then explain our rising cases? We have had sunny and relatively warm days since last spring and yet our cases are going up.

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