COVID-19 Outbreaks at Two Skilled Nursing Facilities
By edhat staff
The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) announced COVID-19 outbreaks at two local skilled nursing facilities and thirty new cases over the weekend.
PHD Director Dr. Van Do-Reynoso confirmed Country Oaks in Santa Maria has 10 cases, five residents and five staff members, while Valle Verde has one confirmed case. According to state guidelines, one COVID-19 positive case is considered an outbreak due to the vulnerability of residents and the congregate living situation.
By the end of June, all 14 skilled nursing facilities in the county will complete baseline COVID-19 testing for all residents, approximately 1,000, and all staff members, approximately 2,000.
As of Monday, there are a total of 1,817 cases within Santa Barbara County. Of those, 984 are from the outbreak at the Federal Prison in Lompoc and 833 are community cases. There have been 15 deaths.
Of the community cases, there are 91 people quarantined at home, 43 hospitalized with 9 in the intensive care unit (ICU), and 31 pending information.
From the 833 community cases, 528 are located in the Santa Maria area. Dr. Do-Reynoso confirmed an in-depth profile including a retrospective survey of all Santa Maria cases will be made publicly available this week.
On Friday, Governor Newsom announced counties will be able to decide if they're ready to move into Phase 3 which includes the reopening of gyms, bars, and schools.
PHD Officer Dr. Henning Ansorg stated there has been a slight increase in hospitalizations and cases since reopening more businesses during Memorial Day weekend, but so far it is manageable.
It's too soon to tell how the recent protests have had an effect on COVID-19 cases, but Dr. Ansorg stated he's quite optimistic. On Wednesday he will review the data and decide if Santa Barbara is ready to reopen new business sectors on Friday.