Four COVID-19 Deaths Over Weekend

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By edhat staff

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department reported four COVID-19 deaths and 235 new cases from Saturday through Monday.

On Saturday there were 99 new cases and two deaths. One individual was between the ages of 50-69 years of age and one was between the ages of 30-49 years of age. Both individuals had underlying health conditions and one death was associated with an outbreak at a congregate-care site. One person resided in Santa Barbara and the other in south county unincorporated.

On Sunday there were 87 new cases and on Monday there were 49 new cases and two additional deaths. Both were over 70 years of age and had underlying health conditions. One death was associated with an outbreak at a congregate-care site. The individuals resided in the City of Goleta and the Unincorporated Area of Goleta.

There have now been 396 deaths within the county since the start of the pandemic last March.

Currently, there are 450 active cases. Of those, 82 are hospitalized including 17 in the intensive care unit (ICU).

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Shasta Guy Feb 22, 2021 10:32 PM
Four COVID-19 Deaths Over Weekend

Hopefully we are in the terminal phase here. Infections are plummeting across the county and the state. The obstacle now is efficient distribution of the vaccine.

ChemicalSuperFreak Feb 23, 2021 01:38 PM
Four COVID-19 Deaths Over Weekend

Cases have plummeted in large part because testing has plummeted. Yesterday (February 22) 1149 tests results were reported, and compared to 3703 tests on January 22 that's 31%. Let me remind you that a drop in testing below the state average incurs a penalty, which means the state adjusts the case rate upwards. Additionally, after dropping for a long stretch, the % positivity increased 10% during the past week, no doubt a result of people getting together for Super Bowl and the Lunar New Year.

dukemunson Feb 23, 2021 12:15 PM
Four COVID-19 Deaths Over Weekend

It looks like 2 weeks is the magic number on the interesting to know if it's a steady climb from getting the vaccine to maximum protection or if it takes most of that time to do anything...anyone got an answer on here?

a-1614110260 Feb 23, 2021 11:57 AM
Four COVID-19 Deaths Over Weekend

You're mistaken on when the vaccine becomes effective versus when it reaches maximum protection, but it fits your pattern of advocating freedumb.

Chip of SB Feb 23, 2021 09:06 AM
Four COVID-19 Deaths Over Weekend

Cases were plummeting before the vaccine started taking effect. Remember, the vaccine requires two doses weeks apart and does not become effective until weeks after the second dose. While the cases were plummeting, very few people had been vaccinated and we “opened up” the most we had in months. The question is, why have new cases fallen off? The most likely explanation seems to be natural immunity. It appears the virus got around in spite of all the efforts to stop it and now we are approaching herd immunity. If this is the case, the COVID will be gone in another couple of months regardless of “behavior” or vaccines.

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