Gatherings Keep County in Red Tier
By edhat staff
Santa Barbara County remains "solidly" in the red tier with case rates preventing fewer restrictions, mostly due to gatherings.
During a press conference on Friday afternoon, Public Health Director Van Do-Reynoso stated the case rate metric is holding the county back from moving into the less restrictive orange tier. Santa Barbara County's case rate is currently at 4.6 and needs to be at 3.9 or lower to qualify for orange. All other metrics meet the necessary requirements.
The majority of positive cases are due to "community close contact transmission," most of which end up being gatherings.
While officials were proud of Isla Vista community members for safely celebrating Halloween, they expressed their frustration with high school students in Orcutt who gathered at a party and spread COVID-19 shutting down one school.
There are two known COVID-19 positive students which prompted St. Joseph's High School to close in-person learning for two weeks and Righetti High School sports practices to temporarily cease.
The Public Health Department will release guidelines next week on how to safely celebrate Thanksgiving.
The total COVID-19 cases within the county are now at 10,128 with 136 still active. Of those, there are 12 hospitalizations including two in the intensive care unit (ICU)
This week there have been 3 deaths related to COVID-19.
One individual was over 70 years old, did not have underlying medical conditions and resided in the unincorporated area of Sisquoc, Casmalia, Garey, Cuyama, New Cuyama, and the City of Guadalupe. The death was not associated with an outbreak in a congregate facility.
One individual was between the ages of 50-69, had underlying medical conditions and lived in the region of the City of Santa Barbara and unincorporated area of Mission Canyon. The death was not associated with an outbreak at a congregate living facility.
One individual was a resident of the community of Orcutt, was over 70 years old with underlying medical conditions and was associated with an outbreak at a congregate facility.
The total death count is now 131.
More data can be found at https://publichealthsbc.org/status-reports/