COVID-19 VARIANT DATA UPDATED FOR SANTA BARBARA COUNTY

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Source: Santa Barbara County Public Health Department

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department has partnered closely with Cottage Health and UC Santa Barbara as they have continued a research project to better understand what variants are circulating in our county. In addition to these local efforts, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have an ongoing surveillance effort to monitor variants statewide and nationwide. Through the work of these surveillance and research projects, local data has been collected to determine which variants are present in our community, including any variants of concern or variants of interest as labeled by the CDC.

Previously the variant section of the Dashboard exclusively presented results from the research project with UC Santa Barbara and Cottage Health. This section now includes routine surveillance for variants conducted by CDPH and CDC in addition to the ongoing Cottage/UC Santa Barbara project. The new data has a larger sample size and is more representative of the entire county.

A total of 858 samples were identified as COVID-19 variants by the different variant surveillance projects. These samples were collected from patients between March 2020 through May 2021.

Analysis of the available variant data revealed the following:

  • 2% of samples (n=12) were identified as the P.1 variant, originally detected in Japan and Brazil and classified as a variant of concern. Statewide approximately 3% of variants identified are P.1.
  • No samples of B.1.351, originally detected in South Africa and classified as a variant of concern, were found.
  • Less than 1% of samples (n=2) were B.1.617/ B.1.617.1/ B.1.617.2/ B.1.617.3, originally detected in India and classified as a variant of interest. These samples were tested due to clinical concerns after travel from India.
  • 55% of samples (n=471) were identified as B.1.427/B.1.429, also known as U.S. West Coast Variants.

“Identifying the variants that have circulated in our community reminds us how imperative it is to use all the tools at our disposal to prevent their continued spread, including getting vaccinated,” shared Dr. Henning Ansorg, Health Officer for Santa Barbara County. “The COVID-19 vaccines we have available are safe and effective against variants of concern. If you choose a vaccine that requires two doses, I urge you to complete the full vaccine series and get both doses because only the completed vaccine series will provide full protection against these variants.”

Available data from all variant surveillance efforts can be found under the “Variant Surveillance” tab on the Santa Barbara County Community Data Dashboard

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LooseCannon Jun 04, 2021 06:18 PM
COVID-19 VARIANT DATA UPDATED FOR SANTA BARBARA COUNTY

When do we move into the yellow tier and get rid of these stupid masks? Are they actually going to honor the June 15th deadline? Let's move on already. I'm fully vaccinated. All adults have had plenty of opportunity to be vaccinated. If anyone refuses to get vaccinated, that's their funeral, as far as I'm concerned.

LooseCannon Jun 04, 2021 06:21 PM
COVID-19 VARIANT DATA UPDATED FOR SANTA BARBARA COUNTY

I suspect we're already in the yellow tier, but they don't want to announce it, because the consequences would conflict with the arbitrary June 15 deadline, which may or may not be honored.

a-1622838343 Jun 04, 2021 01:25 PM
COVID-19 VARIANT DATA UPDATED FOR SANTA BARBARA COUNTY

Pandemic protocols so reduced the incidence of influenza that a couple of its variants may have gone extinct:

https://www.statnews.com/2021/06/02/pandemic-upside-flu-virus-became-less-diverse-simplifying-task-of-making-flu-shots/

ChemicalSuperFreak Jun 04, 2021 02:47 AM
COVID-19 VARIANT DATA UPDATED FOR SANTA BARBARA COUNTY

And 30 weeks later, still no sign of the flu. Not one positive case of A or B flu in the entire county. We've got wild-type COVID and we've got 31 flavors of V.O.C's...but not a single case of the flu.

ChemicalSuperFreak Jun 04, 2021 04:23 PM
COVID-19 VARIANT DATA UPDATED FOR SANTA BARBARA COUNTY

Quack all you want. We were right about Fauci's dishonesty, the Wuhan lab-origin of COVID-19, and many other things you were (and still are) consistently wrong about. All of this is now being covered by mainstream news outlets. It is healthy to ask questions and demand transparency from our government, "independent" scientific agencies, world organizations and even commercial entities---particularly big pharma. To close your eyes and just believe is just succumbing to ignorance. Rather than quacking, maybe you should be going "Baaaaaaaaaa".

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