Friday Update: 506 Confirmed COVID19 Cases

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By edhat staff

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) reports an additional ten confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the county today. The total number of confirmed cases is 506 of which 389 have fully recovered.

Of the 10 new cases, 7 are located in Santa Maria, 2 in the City of Santa Barbara, and 1 in the unincorporated Goleta Valley area.

Overall, there are 60 people quarantined at home, 36 are recovering in a hospital with 14 in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU), and 13 are pending an update. Eight deaths have been reported. More information regarding each case can be found at

Beaches Remain Open

County Supervisor Gregg Hart reminded residents to continue practicing strict social distancing, even while at the beach, during a press conference on Friday.

"Going to the beach cannot be business as usual. The virus can spread rapidly if too many people gather at one place," he said.

Sheriff's Deputies on horseback and ATVs are expected to patrol beaches throughout the county to make sure people are distancing properly. California Highway Patrol will be ticketing illegal parking violations near the beaches. Lifeguards and parks department employees will also be educating the public at local beaches and parks. 

"We understand that outdoor exercise and recreational activities are important for overall health," said Public Health Officer Dr. Henning Ansorg. "As a community, we need to make sure these activities do not pose an unwanted risk of spreading the virus. For the most part, county residents have shown this is possible."

Concerning the use of facial coverings or masks, Dr. Ansorg stated it's recommended to have use one when going into a store, however, there is not enough scientific evidence to make it mandatory at all times. Social distancing and good hand washing hygiene have been proven to be the most effective, he said.

New Testing Sites & Contract Tracing

Earlier in the day, PHD announced residents can now make appointments to be screened and possibly tested at COVID-19 Community Based Testing Sites

The testing is done by appointment only for residents who have been previously screened and will take place at sites in Santa Maria, Lompoc, and Santa Barbara.

The county can conduct 100 to 130 tests per site, per day, for five days a week. PHD's target goal is 500 to 600 tests a day which should be feasible when factoring in the testing capacity at local hospitals and clinics, said Dr. Ansorg. 

PHD is currently working to train up to 100 people for various jobs related to contact tracing and disease investigation. 

When an individual tests positive for COVID-19, they will receive a call from the PHD nursing staff to investigate disease tracing. The positive patient will be notified of their test result and will be asked to identify anyone they have been in contact with. In most instances, the identity of the positive patient will be withheld unless there's a situation where the person was in a congregate setting. 

The positive patient, and anyone else they were in contact with, will be educated on the risks and symptoms of COVID-19. They will need to self-isolate for 14 days and will be retested following that period. 

Cottage Health Numbers

Below is a status update as of May 1, 2020.  

·         Cottage Health is caring for a total of 200 patients across all campuses.

·         151 are acute care patients; 222 acute care beds remain available.  

·         In surge planning, capacity is identified for adding 270 acute care beds.

·         Of the 151 patients, 10 patients are on ventilators; 65 ventilators remain available (adult, pediatric and neonatal ventilators)

·         Of the 151 patients, 14 are in isolation with COVID-19 symptoms; 9 are confirmed COVID-19 positive.

·         Of 14 patients in isolation, 5 patients are in critical care.

·         Cottage has collected 3,736 cumulative test samples: 214 resulted in positive, 3,375 resulted in negative, and 147 are pending. In most of these tests, patients did not require hospital admission.

SLO & Ventura Counties

As of Friday, Ventura County is reporting 544 total cases. Of those, 385 have recovered, 141 are quarantined at home, 25 are hospitalized with 11 in the ICU, and there have been 18 deaths.

In San Luis Obispo County, there are 188 confirmed cases. Of those, 147 have recovered, 33 are quarantined at home, 7 are hospitalized with 2 in the ICU, and there has been 1 death.

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a-1588440483 May 02, 2020 10:28 AM
Friday Update: 506 Confirmed COVID19 Cases

Why are there virtually few stories about the experience of recovery? All the scientific data gathering but literally nothing by way of data analysis. Every single person should be picked and prodded, questioned and examined for all the details of the recovery experience. But no. Here we are 2 months in and it remains the big black hole of nothing. Can you imagine? All the effort taken for closing down society and the authorities in charge just lump all who've tested positive as just, you know, people who were sick now done. Next! There's not even a reporter (apparently) willing to investigate. Oh, that's right, HIPPA compliance. We can't tell you anything.

ChemicalSuperFreak May 02, 2020 05:57 PM
Friday Update: 506 Confirmed COVID19 Cases

SBROSES: Excellent points. Viral infections can potentially integrate genetic material into our genomes (transposons) as well as transform cells toward malignancy (HPV and cervical cancer). People who recover from COVID-19 may be genetically different post-infection.

SBRoses May 02, 2020 12:10 PM
Friday Update: 506 Confirmed COVID19 Cases

ck of data is part of why it's not a great idea to rush toward "herd immunity." There is very little we know about long-term effects. Some of the data will not truly be available for years, or even decades. For example - exposure in utero during first and second trimester. We have had some babies born to women infected during third trimester and we're now in territory in Asia where babies could have been infected during the second, but we know very little. Some initial data does not look good: What we do know is exposure to viral infection, fever, or inflammatory events in utero IS correlated with lifetime risk of developing ASD, schizophrenia, etc. We know SARS - which has a similar expression profile to COVID - caused longterm fertility damage in some men, and other outcomes like depression and even suicide were correlated with having suffered. That data is harder to collect if you do not have fertility analysis pre-infection, but we should not overlook this given that we know COVID targets the testes (along with other organs). What if we’re telling young people this is no big deal for them - then 5 years from now young men go on to try to have families and find they’re infertile. It’s not impossible. Right now it is very hard to qualify that people are just "getting better and then are fine," which is the narrative being pushed by many. Yes, I hope that is true - but we really don't know that at all. It’s already clear this is not the “respiratory illness” we were first led to believe. Significant inflammatory involvement, vascular issues, clotting problems, etc. come to light every day - this is not a cough and cold. We need to follow and track as many survivors as possible and look at a number of things over a period of time before we truly understand the effects of COVID.

a-1588442381 May 02, 2020 10:59 AM
Friday Update: 506 Confirmed COVID19 Cases

Thank you for providing this link. Yes, this is a great report by Nick Masuda and exactly what I was curious about in regards to gathering information. But as you've implied, the information being gathered isn't focused on results. Adams, Hart and Williams are all right but it's a goose chase to go down any of those roads. For the numbers tested and thus probably symptomatic, give us the experience. For new case exposure, give us the proximity of potential hot spots or exposure scenarios. And for each of you supervisors, quit with all the political channel bickering. Enough already.

Xantus May 02, 2020 10:37 AM
Friday Update: 506 Confirmed COVID19 Cases

actually the SBPHD... DID .. interview most of the positive cases. == == it's just not the kind of questions you are hoping to have answered ;)

Lucky 777 May 02, 2020 09:00 AM
Friday Update: 506 Confirmed COVID19 Cases

Nice to see Sheriff's Deputies on horseback will be patrolling the beaches. The Mounted Patrol has very little to do these days, they make an impact.

salsa guy May 02, 2020 08:44 AM
Friday Update: 506 Confirmed COVID19 Cases

Is there a “pandemic” in SB county? County population ~440,000; 8 deaths=.002%; 506 reported cases (as of Friday) =>.02%. COVID19 has been around since January, going on 90 days, where’s the pandemic in SB county. If you become ill with COVID19 you will have symptoms within 14 days. The numbers do not support a pandemic call out in SB county. That said let’s continue with social distancing, frequent handwashing and using good old fashioned common sense, but let’s start a move to some kind of normalcy and stop scaring the shit out of people! MPOV

a-1588429362 May 02, 2020 07:22 AM
Friday Update: 506 Confirmed COVID19 Cases

And then we have the nutcases wrapped in their flags cruising up and down State St. Young Mr. Cole is out there telling us what to do. He couldn't even finish City College. That woman who organized it is an evangelical loony from Hillsdale College. Makes sense. No face masks or distancing for them.

Bene May 02, 2020 05:42 PM
Friday Update: 506 Confirmed COVID19 Cases

Are you saying that left leaning individuals were not also involved in this? Wasn't CAUSE also out there lobbying to end restrictions? I didn't attend, so I don't know first hand. I do think that leaving politics out of this could be most helpful. Those who refuse to follow social distancing are not helping our community --regardless of their politics.

a-1588444890 May 02, 2020 11:41 AM
Friday Update: 506 Confirmed COVID19 Cases


a-1588444563 May 02, 2020 11:36 AM
Friday Update: 506 Confirmed COVID19 Cases

Uhhhh.... But it is in this one, buddy.

a-1588436637 May 02, 2020 09:23 AM
Friday Update: 506 Confirmed COVID19 Cases

You left out the part where Dr. Ansorg said "but will help prevent people — including those who have not yet developed symptions — from spreading the virus."

Xantus May 02, 2020 09:13 AM
Friday Update: 506 Confirmed COVID19 Cases

"Concerning the use of facial coverings or masks, Dr. Ansorg stated it's recommended to have use one when going into a store, however, there is not enough scientific evidence to make it mandatory at all times. " == How does that 'not jibe' .. the city only requires them inside essentials.

ChemicalSuperFreak May 02, 2020 12:34 AM
Friday Update: 506 Confirmed COVID19 Cases

Here are some studies on homemade masks ( and a comparison of N95 vs surgical masks ( TL;DR: Homemade masks aren't very good, but better than nothing, while N95 and surgical masks are equally effective in containing the spread of influenza.

Ahchooo May 01, 2020 08:47 PM
Friday Update: 506 Confirmed COVID19 Cases

I would be very interested to learn about the new cases. Are these individuals in professions, like grocery clerk or health care, where they are unavoidably exposed to many people day after day? What was the level of their exposure? (I wish them all well, regardless.)

ChemicalSuperFreak May 01, 2020 09:50 PM
Friday Update: 506 Confirmed COVID19 Cases

All 10 were below the age of 49, so probably not in a care facility or hospice. (

Shasta Guy May 01, 2020 07:55 PM
Friday Update: 506 Confirmed COVID19 Cases

First Modoc, now two more Northern California counties are ending the lockdown on their own: Yuba and Sutter. ***

Shasta Guy May 01, 2020 10:49 PM
Friday Update: 506 Confirmed COVID19 Cases

They are right in the middle of the Central Valley just north of Sacramento. The main towns are on old Highway 99 as opposed to I-5. Lots of agriculture. It’s California’s equivalent of the Midwest, including swarms of mosquitoes in the summer.

a-1588397983 May 01, 2020 10:39 PM
Friday Update: 506 Confirmed COVID19 Cases

I don't know about Yuba and Sutter counties, but Modoc is very isolated. The lifestyle up there is social distance by default.

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