COVID-19 Cases Increase in Younger Population
By edhat staff
Santa Barbara County Public Health officials stated a small uptick in COVID-19 cases is taking place among college students in their 20s.
During Friday afternoon's press conference, Public Health Director Dr. Van Do-Reynoso stated the county's COVID-19 case rate has significantly declined since January, however, in the past week the case numbers have not increased and the adjusted case rate has increased.
If the data continues on this trajectory, the county will not be eligible to advance into the less-restrictive orange tier.
Dr. Do-Reynoso confirmed the small uptick in cases may be the result of reopening activities as the department's data team is seeing the pandemic shift to younger unvaccinated people who may be expanding social activities.
In the past week, there was a higher than average increase in COVID-19 infections for people in their 20's as well as college students and those who work in office environments.
Public Health Officer Dr. Henning Ansorg stated he's concerned because the continuous decline has now stalled. He explained there are more variants of the virus in the county which means the virus is spreading faster. "The more people that are vaccinated, the less the virus will spread," he said.
For vaccinations, the county has currently received 194,360 doses and 82.9% of those have been administered with the rest committed to upcoming appointments.
At the recent community vaccination clinic in Lompoc, there were 9,450 vaccines administered. Appointments are now available for the upcoming clinic in Santa Maria from April 5-11. The community clinic in Santa Barbara will start on April 12 and appointments can be made beginning April 8. All appointments can be made at publichealthsbc.org.
For those who have already been vaccinated, Dr. Do-Reynoso says it's "very very important" to hang on to your vaccination card as there may be activities nationally and statewide that only vaccinated people can participate in. If you lost your card, it's best to seek a replacement from the place where you were vaccinated.