Fourteen New COVID-19 Cases Reported

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By edhat staff

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) reports fourteen new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total to 1,387 as of Thursday. Three cases previously reported were determined not to be cases and removed.

Of the new cases, 6 were located in Santa Maria, 4 in the city of Lompoc, 2 in Santa Barbara, 1 in the Goleta Valley/Gaviota, and 1 in the Lompoc Prison. 

From the grand total of 1,387 positive cases, 893 are related to the outbreak in the Lompoc Prison with 494 in the community. Of the community cases, 401 are fully recovered, 50 are quarantined at home, 26 are in the hospital with 11 in the intensive care unit (ICU), and 9 are pending information. Of the cases in the Lompoc Prison, 95 have fully recovered.

PHD is reporting 10,393 tests have been performed with 8,914 negative results and 92 inconclusive. 

Cottage Health Numbers

Below is a status update as of May 14, 2020.  

  • Cottage Health is caring for a total of 236 patients across all campuses.
  • 173 are acute care patients; 200 acute care beds remain available.  
  • In surge planning, capacity is identified for adding 270 acute care beds.
  • Of the 173 acute care patients, 12 patients are on ventilators.  (65 ventilators remain available (adult, pediatric and neonatal ventilators).
  • Of the 173 acute care patients, 6 are in isolation with COVID-19 symptoms;  (5 are confirmed COVID-19 positive.)
  • Of 6 patients in isolation, 3 patients are in critical care.

From May 4-10:  

  • 1,504 COVID-19 laboratory tests were ordered and collected by Cottage Health. 
  • Results: 25 positive, 1,452 negative, 27 pending. 
  • Results take up to 4 days.

SLO and Ventura Counties

San Luis Obispo County is reporting 237 total cases. Of those, 188 have recovered, 45 are quarantined at home, 3 are hospitalized with 2 in the ICU, and there has been 1 death.

In Ventura County, there is a total of 748 cases. Of those, 488 have recovered, 235 are quarantined at home, 23 are hospitalized with 12 in the ICU, and there have been 25 deaths. 

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LCP112233 May 15, 2020 01:24 PM
Fourteen New COVID-19 Cases Reported

Can't help but notice that sexual transmission (via breathing heavily on each other) is never discussed. There's a lot of that going around. Just sayin'.

ChemicalSuperFreak May 15, 2020 06:22 PM
Fourteen New COVID-19 Cases Reported

ZOMG! I had to read that twice, because first time through I though the guy got semen in his eyes!!!

ginger1 May 15, 2020 05:50 PM
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Actually, the virus was indeed found in a sample of semen. The story stopped there apparently there is no proof COVID is sexually transmitted (or at least not yet, or perhaps "they" are just not sayin') And there's this from last night on NBC News (I'll post the link if Ed wants, but it's pretty easy to access.) Ready?...........................***Virologist hospitalized with coronavirus believes he got it through his eyes*** "We tend to pay attention to the nose and mouth," Dr. Joseph Fair said. "But you know, droplets landing on your eyes are just as infectious." Geez, I hope not because wearing a mask over your eyes would make driving really tough.

bigone May 15, 2020 12:44 PM
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SBO, one thing you say here @ 10:29 is something has been bothering me about this whole pandemic and response to it. A lot of the warnings, precautions, rules, shutdowns - whatever else you want to include or call them - are based not necessarily on the fear of dying from the virus or contracting it -it is fear of our "lawsuit happy" state and country. I wonder how Fauci and our overlords include that into their lockdown equations? How can any of these politicians and legislators make rational decisions, worrying that if someone gets sick or dies, or even contracts the virus without getting sick, and they think they might be sued or held responsible in some way? I can't remember if it was sponsored by Senate or House, but there was a Republican-sponsored bill floating around a week or so ago that would prevent or block lawsuits being filed against businesses by customers or employees from suing them if they got the virus. I don't know what happened to it and maybe it's still viable, but it seemed a very good idea to me.

a-1589574359 May 15, 2020 01:25 PM
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It would be pretty difficult to prove you got the virus from a specific bathroom and not some other place or person. And stop saying all the bathrooms are closed! Many of the park bathrooms are open.

SantaBarbaraObserver May 15, 2020 01:16 PM
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Bigone. You are correct that a large number of decisions are being made based on the risks of litigation. The City of Santa Barbara for instance... Why else do you think the restrooms were shuttered? Until there are federally set standards (OSHA style) for how a business should deal with this situation, there can be no blanket release of liability. And there-in lies the problem... The CDC issued guidelines a couple of weeks ago, the White House rejected them. Not on science mind you, but on the whims of the POTUS. We are still waiting for those... So the City punts to the County who punts to the Feds who are basing their guidelines on the whims of politics and of course, the idiot-in-chief. Mr Grab-em-by-the-pussy-and-bath-yourself-in-orange-tanning-solution-while-spraying-your-insides-with-bleach. The Senate, led by the devil himself, is pushing for blanket protections. But as of last check that was only for large entities<500 employees. The small ones are not of his concern. He advocates bankruptcy is the right path for them...

a-1589572733 May 15, 2020 12:58 PM
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Big One, None of them seemed to be worried about any of that during the pandemics of 1957, 1968, 2009. I've lived through all 3 previous pandemics and what I see is the major difference is the 24/7 media and politicians fear-mongering.

NostraChumash May 15, 2020 10:24 AM
Fourteen New COVID-19 Cases Reported

Everyone is at risk, not just the aged or infirm.
There is no way to predict the severity of the individual, to cry "open up", is moot..
People ARE going to suffer & die..maybe you, maybe me.
No person is being deprived of anything at all, since there are no
"promises" to begin with.
The constitution is an invalid document that has zero bearing on reality, but it does allow a jumping off point for those who believe it.

sblocal1967 May 15, 2020 09:51 AM
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If a hundred young/healthy people go into the bar where someone has CV and then they will all likely get CV - most likely 75 will show no signs, 20 will get mildly sick, 4 will be hurting for a couple days, 1 might need go to the hospital to get some care, 0 will require hospitalization/ICU care.

If a hundred people with underlining health conditions go into a bar where someone has CV - then you will have a major problem as most of the people will require hospitalization and potential ICU care and some one may die.

Sure the issue is what happens when these 100 people in the bar start interacting with other people - some of which may have underlining health conditions. In this case if you have an underlining health condition I highly recommend you limit who you interact with and take extra caution.

Life is not fair for people with underlining health conditions. It is what it is. I for one am going to be much more vigilant with my long term health to minimize being in this situation many years from now. Post 9/11 we saw a major change in security which caused many inconveniences - but we did not shut the economy down. I see the same happening with CV. People who were able to do things before will not due to health risk. However, that does not mean that EVERYONE should stop what they are doing. Everyone needs to assume the other person near them has CV and just deal with it. If you do not care about getting it -then that is on you. Just make sure you have good health insurance.

Sam The Dog May 15, 2020 11:14 AM
Fourteen New COVID-19 Cases Reported

@ 10:43, yes, but that R0 is with out even the most basic of preventive measures, like washing hands, face touching, and how we cough/sneeze. I will find and post a study I found where if just a nominal % of people traveling through major airports washed their hands more the spread of the virus would have been significantly reduced. Will find and post later.

a-1589564583 May 15, 2020 10:43 AM
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STD - If 1 infected person goes into a crowd of 100 and they infect 2 people. Those 2 people will then infect 4 more, and so on. That's the bigger issue here.

SantaBarbaraObserver May 15, 2020 10:29 AM
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Sblocal1967, Your math is incorrect. The figures you cite are based on a sample size of millions. The 100 number you use could easily turn into 50 or more deaths at a single location and still only represent a .001 figure used in your sample data. So its a crap shoot. The biggest issue is that as it stands for the re-opening of small business is that the health and safety liability is on the business owner. Let that sink in a minute while you race to open up small businesses. How do you protect against the other deadly virus that is killing America? The lawyers...

Sam The Dog May 15, 2020 10:24 AM
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You're not factoring in covid's R0 factor of 2- 2.5. If 100 people go to a bar with 1 infected person most of them WON'T get it unless the 1 infected person goes around kissing everyone, coughing in theirs faces, etc. the R0 of 2-2.5 means that 1 person would probably infect 2-3 people. And that was before everything we've been through. How many people now wash their hands more, touch their face less, and are more cognizant of how they sneeze or cough?

a-1589560748 May 15, 2020 09:39 AM
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The whole point Of social distancing was to flatten the curve and not overrun the hospitals. Well... the hospitals (nationwide) are less busy then ever! Covid-19 is here to stay... So there are going to be a few cases today, tomorrow and throughout the summer and fall and 2021... so we can hide forever or realize that the whole point of social distancing was to slow it... not to stop it. So it’s been slowed and now is the time to immediately restart life. Masks are great and maybe rethink packed arenas and night clubs... but 99% of businesses can and should immediately Open and 99% of life should immediately resume. Somehow everyone lost sight of the whole point of the shelter in place...

a-1589560200 May 15, 2020 09:30 AM
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These reported numbers are confusing. In one place it is stated that "From a grand total of 1387 positive cases ... 26 are in the hospital with 11 in the intensive care unit (ICU) ..." And then it states that, of the total patients in all Cottage Hospitals, only 6 are in isolation with COVID-19 symptoms; (5 are confirmed COVID-19 positive.)
Is it 26 or is it 6? In either case, given the population of the County, these do not seem to be high numbers.

a-1589564431 May 15, 2020 10:40 AM
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The County numbers are the total for the County, including the numbers at Cottage. The Cottage Health system is breaking down their total numbers further. There are more hospitals in the county than Cottage so it's just a piece of the data.

Shasta Guy May 15, 2020 07:55 AM
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Georgia is three weeks into their measured lifting of the lockdown, and both cases and deaths continue to drop. Hopefully this trend holds. *** *

mm1970 May 15, 2020 09:04 AM
Fourteen New COVID-19 Cases Reported

Georgia's data is not exactly accurate, due to how they are doing the accounting.

ChemicalSuperFreak May 15, 2020 01:20 PM
Fourteen New COVID-19 Cases Reported

Oops! I've been saying from the very beginning that antibody test cannot be trusted. ( and (

Kruppe May 15, 2020 07:41 AM
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Keep an eye on Wisconsin. All those yokels flooding the bars are going to be in trouble in a few weeks. How about some balance and caution? The state government is going to have their hands full. The burned hand teaches best.

a-1589520239 May 14, 2020 10:23 PM
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Unless the politicians and the so-called "experts" let us open up our businesses, end all the useless regulations, get back to normalcy ..... there will be violence happening soon. We are getting very close to that. How long do you think the people of Los Angeles will tolerate Garcetti's new 90 day lockdown there? Even cops across the country are starting to say that they fear violence will begin to happen, and are publicly stating that just because a governor or a politician tells them they have to violate the Constitution by enforcing regulations that violate a citizen's rights, they will not do so. It;s going to be interesting to see what happens regarding the new mask enforcement at the SBA. People are fed up with these lockdowns. They have not worked, they won't work, and the virus is not going away. How long would you like to be told what to do by a politician regarding what you can and can't do, including making a living? A month, six months, a year, until a cure is found, until everyone in the world is tested and comes up negative? When the "experts", Newsom, our city council, Do-Reynoso, Angsorg and Fauci says it's OK?

a-1589560909 May 15, 2020 09:41 AM
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The numbers HAVE worked for Santa Barbara City where mask-wearing is prevalent. No one has a "right" to knowingly infect others; and wearing a mask does help protect others --- and others wearing masks help protect you. They DO work, the masks --- and we elect politicians to be our government, our leaders. But it will be interesting to see how well LA obeys this latest order. Most of us walking outside in Santa Barbara, including me, walking my dog, do not wear masks since I, at least, do not expect to see/talk with any other human; I hate masks, but recognize they are important in stores or gatherings of other people.

PdW May 15, 2020 09:41 AM
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It’s amazing how many times the “wait two weeks” crowd has told people to wait two weeks... the hospitals aren’t overrun... hiding is doing nothing...

a-1589520990 May 14, 2020 10:36 PM
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Wait two weeks and see the results of the yahoos crowding the bars in Wisconsin tonight, thanks to their state Supreme Court lifting the governor’s lockdown.

a-1589517053 May 14, 2020 09:30 PM
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Open questions: In the U.S. the ratio of deaths / cases is about 6%. In Los Angeles the ratio is 4.8%. In Santa Barbara however, this ratio is 0.8%, almost a factor of 10 lower than the national average. What can explain this? Do we have much better covid treatment in SB? Are we counting cases and deaths differently here? Are our deaths going to increase suddenly until they come closer to Los Angeles or the national average? Do we have a large false positive test result rate here?

a-1589516804 May 14, 2020 09:26 PM
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Maybe this is another step in human evolution, where we replace speech with electronics and synthbreather packs. I'll miss your kiss upon my lips.

ChemicalSuperFreak May 14, 2020 09:01 PM
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I think it would be helpful if the County could at least report if the new positive cases travelled outside of the County in the 14 days prior to their positive diagnosis. Are these cases travel related, or is this still being spread within the County. That would go a long way to convincing the State that we are safe to open.

Ahchooo May 15, 2020 09:15 AM
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Chemical didn’t suggest closing the county. Some of are are just curious where the infections are coming from. Contact tracing can yield useful information.

a-1589515649 May 14, 2020 09:07 PM
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What are you going to do, close all the roads in the county? You're reaching. Doesn't matter - it's only going to get worse.

a-1589514197 May 14, 2020 08:43 PM
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The droplets from simply talking can be enough to spread the coronavirus. By using lasers, scientists found that one minute of talking loudly can produce more than 1,000 virus-containing droplets that could linger in the air for more than eight minutes, according to a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.

420722 May 14, 2020 08:17 PM
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I wonder how long it will take the governor to answer the county’s letter. People need to be able open their businesses asap before they don’t have a business to open back up. Let’s go dammit!

a-1589512255 May 14, 2020 08:10 PM
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Umm, all the 14 new cases today were in the community- NOT the prison; County needs to focus on reducing the community cases before whining about the prison.

a-1589524002 May 14, 2020 11:26 PM
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Compared to the prison, the community numbers are nothing, especially in South County. How many in the North are community spread because of the prison? How many are health care workers that you expect may get sick? Remove those numbers and the City of Santa Barbara is excellent shape. No reason to continue to have so many restrictions. If you are compromised feel free to stay safe at home. No one is telling you to go be in crowds. If you are a business owner and worried require people in your business to follow common sense guidelines. If you’re worried about getting sick don’t patronize business that don’t have precautions in place. It’s not that hard.

ChemicalSuperFreak May 14, 2020 08:23 PM
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No the Cottage numbers are part of the County's daily total. I've recording the number of tests/day reported by the County, and the only way they make sense is if you have Cottage's 200+/day plus the two other county sites of about 150/day. The average of tests reported per day for the entire county has been around 500/day this past week.

a-1589508525 May 14, 2020 07:08 PM
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The Federal Prison needs to be a separate report and NOT connected to to the S.B. County report or we'll never reach any phase to reopen.

a-1589560436 May 15, 2020 09:33 AM
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But the prison staff go home at the end of their shifts, probably to Lompoc City or to surrounding towns. Hard to see how it can be considered a separate federal entity. It's obviously badly-run. SLO has a state prison (and a jail) and their county stats are way below ours.

Bird May 15, 2020 09:31 AM
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Thank you, @12:04, for this reminder. Maybe some who are planning to go to the parks and beaches with friends will read and remember!

a-1589526277 May 15, 2020 12:04 AM
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MAY 14, 2020 11:33 PM. Yes. **You get it.** A lot of people aren't getting the message regarding the negative one day and then positive the next day reality. More extensive publishing of testimonials given by survivors of Covid-19 has shown that, at first, a good many of these survivors felt just fine and many even tested negative. Then, within a very short time after testing negative, and regardless of age or pre-existing health conditions, the virus quite rapidly took hold of them and their downward spiral began. One thing everyone must learn to acknowledge-----this virus is highly, highly contagious. And, if you contract it, it can be horribly painful. It is a terrible, terrible way to die. If, by chance, you do survive, there is evidence that your body health may remain negatively affected permanently as a result of the virus. Said time and time again, but it bears repeating: This is not The Flu. The Sars-CoV-2 is a whole 'nother ball game.

a-1589524416 May 14, 2020 11:33 PM
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Why test everyone when it could be negative today and positive tomorrow? Seems like a waste of time. To get real numbers wouldn’t everyone need to be quarantined for two weeks with no outside contact prior to testing?

a-1589524151 May 14, 2020 11:29 PM
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@10:31 That is exactly what should have happened from the very beginning. A field hospital in prison grounds and sequestered staff in a hotel nearby. If the federal government would have handled their prisons this way SB would have minimal cases.

a-1589520701 May 14, 2020 10:31 PM
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That’s not going to happen unless the staff at the prison all live onsite so as not infect people outside the prison.

a-1589514745 May 14, 2020 08:52 PM
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The county needs to be able to test more than 500 per day, or we'll never reach any phase to reopen.

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