Expanded COVID-19 Testing Shows Increase in Positive Results
By edhat staff
The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) reports 70 new COVID-19 cases during a press conference on Wednesday afternoon.
Of the 70 new cases, 65 are related to the outbreak at the Federal Penitentiary in Lompoc. PHD Director Dr. Van Do-Reynoso confirmed the significant rise in numbers at the prison is due to increased testing as prison staff work to test 100% of its population to slow the spread of transmission.
Inmates who test negative are separate from those who test positive. However, the majority of inmates who test positive have mild to no symptoms, stated Dr. Do-Reynoso.
The county is now reporting 613 total cases, 172 are related to the outbreak in the Lompoc prison while 441 are in the community. Of the 441 confirmed community cases, 355 have fully recovered, 43 are quarantined at home, 24 are hospitalized with 10 in the intensive care unit (ICU). There have been 9 deaths. Further details on each case can be found here.
The state-operated community testing site that opened in Santa Maria on Tuesday completed 116 tests for residents, the results are pending.
A testing site at the Earl Warren Showgrounds in Santa Barbara is scheduled to open on Thursday and another site at the Anderson Recreation Center in Lompoc is scheduled to open on Friday. All three sites will be open for the next 60 days.
These sites will help PHD to quickly identify positive cases that can be isolated to limit infection.
Community members are encouraged to take advantage of this local testing option. Tests are administered regardless of language, insurance or immigration status, and can be billed to your insurance or provided at no cost.
Testing is by appointment only and Santa Barbara County residents can make a request online at https://lhi.care/covidtesting or by calling 888-634-1123.
Due to the outbreak in the prison and an increase in community testing, PHD is reevaluating the way they present data and will implement changes in the coming days.
Cottage Health Numbers
Below is a status update as of May 6, 2020.
· Cottage Health is caring for a total of 225 patients across all campuses.
· 169 are acute care patients; 204 acute care beds remain available.
· In surge planning, capacity is identified for adding 270 acute care beds.
· Of the 169 patients, 17 patients are on ventilators; 58 ventilators remain available (adult, pediatric and neonatal ventilators).
· Of the 169 patients, 18 are in isolation with COVID-19 symptoms; 13 are confirmed COVID-19 positive.
· Of 18 patients in isolation, 7 patients are in critical care.
· Cottage has collected 4,633 cumulative test samples: 234 resulted in positive, 4,311 resulted in negative, and 88 are pending. In most of these tests, patients did not require hospital admission.
SLO & Ventura Counties
As of Wednesday, San Luis Obispo county reports 208 total cases. Of those, 160 have recovered, 48 are quarantined at home, 5 are hospitalized with 3 in the ICU, and there has been 1 death.
Ventura County reports 608 total cases. Of those, 419 have recovered, 170 are quarantined at home, 23 are hospitalized with 11 in the ICU, and there have been 19 deaths.