Friday Update: 373 Total Coronavirus Cases
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By edhat staff
An additional 19 confirmed coronavirus cases were announced Friday, bringing Santa Barbara County's grand total to 373.
Santa Barbara County Public Health Officials stated of the 373 cases, 157 people are recovering at home, 152 people have fully recovered, 43 people are hospitalized with 14 of them in the intensive care unit (ICU), and there have been 3 deaths.
During the press conference Supervisor Gregg Hart urged community members to express their frustration with social distancing in a constructive way when asked how the county would handle protests that have popped up throughout the nation.
"The idea of a mass demonstration is extremely irresponsible behavior and should be discouraged in no uncertain terms," said Hart.
He encouraged the community to use their voice by calling in for public comment to express their views during the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday.
Of the new cases that ranged in age from under 17 years old to over 70 years old, six of the cases are related to the outbreak at the Lompoc Prison. Currently, there are 80 inmates and 30 staff members infected.
Public Health stated they are continuing to support the Bureau of Prisons in the management and mitigation at the Lompoc facility. Their three-pronged approach remains the same as previously reported on edhat. First they're assisting with monitoring symptomatic staff members, second they're tracking the outbreak and using modeling to draft estimates and projections while consulting with prison leadership, third they're working to develop an onsite medical facility.
Ventura and SLO Counties
San Luis Obispo County announced Friday the Executive Order to Shelter at Home will remain in effect until May 16, 2020. It will be reviewed again in 14 days.
“Our goal is to be ready when the Governor lifts the State’s Order and transitions all authority back to local officials,” SLO County Emergency Services Director Wade Horton said. “With our order in place concurrent with the State’s order, we still have some local control over what we can do. If we lift our order, we are completely under the State’s authority.”
SLO County officials are reporting 127 confirmed cases. Of those, 107 have fully recovered, 16 are recovering at home, 3 are hospitalized, and there has been 1 death.
Ventura County is reporting 396 total cases. Of those, 198 have fully recovered, 188 are under quarantine at home, 21 are hospitalized with 8 of those in the ICU, and there have been 13 deaths. Of all the cities in Ventura County, Simi Valley and Oxnard have been the areas with the biggest number of cases.
As of 5:00 p.m. Friday, Ventura County reopened its parks, however, playgrounds, tennis courts, community centers, campgrounds and golf courses will remain closed.
“Our parks and open spaces are wonderful places for our community members to enjoy. This is one step on the road to reopening. We are so grateful for the sacrifices made by so many during this time. We appreciate that those steps helped save lives and helped lead us to a place where we can now reopen these great facilities. We thank our community members for continuing to follow the guidance by the Public Health Department so that we can continue to reopen even more facilities throughout our County,” said Mike Powers, County of Ventura CEO.
Cottage Health Numbers
Below is a status update as of April 17, 2020.
· Cottage Health is caring for a total of 196 patients across all campuses.
· 147 are acute care patients; 226 acute care beds remain available.
· In surge planning, capacity is identified for adding 270 acute care beds.
· Of the 147 patients, 11 patients are on ventilators; 54 ventilators remain available (adult, pediatric and neonatal ventilators)
· Of the 147 patients, 17 are in isolation with COVID-19 symptoms; 14 are confirmed COVID-19 positive.
· Of 17 patients in isolation, 9 patients are in critical care.
· Cottage has collected 2,033 cumulative test samples: 165 resulted in positive, 1,789 resulted in negative, and 79 are pending. In most of these tests, patients did not require hospital admission.