Governor Orders Closure of Indoor Operations in Santa Barbara County

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Governor Gavin Newsom during an earlier COVID-19 press conference (courtesy photo)

By edhat staff

Governor Gavin Newsom has ordered the closure of indoor operations such as dine-in restaurants, for 19 counties including Santa Barbara and Ventura.

These indoor operations that must close for at least three weeks include restaurants, wineries and tasting rooms, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, zoos and museums and cardrooms Newsom said during his coronavirus briefing.

“This doesn’t mean restaurants are shut down,” Newsom said. “It means that we’re trying to take the activities, as many activities as we can -- these mixed activities, these concentrated activities — and move them outdoors, which is a way of mitigating the spread of this virus.”

The 19 counties affected have been included on the state's COVID-19 watch list for having elevated disease transmission, increasing hospitalization and limited hospital capacity.

The affected counties are Contra Costa, Fresno, Glenn, Imperial, Kern, Kings, Los Angeles, Merced, Orange, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Joaquin, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Solano, Stanislaus, Tulare, and Ventura.

Newsom stated the above counties should consider canceling firework shows if they haven't already, and supports the decision by Los Angeles and Ventura county officials for preemptively closing beaches. He stated he is not mandating the closure of beaches but will be modifying parking facility operations and closing them to traffic throughout southern California and parts of Monterey, Santa Cruz and farther north.

Santa Barbara and Goleta have already cancelled firework displays but decided to keep local beaches open, much to the dismay of residents who fear people from other counties will travel to the area for the holiday weekend. 

On Wednesday evening, the City of Santa Barbara announced they will close all of its beach parking lots for the 4th of July Weekend beginning on Friday, July 3rd through Sunday, July 5th in association with the State closing all beach parking. Public parking on Stearns Wharf and Harbor Main lots will remain open to support the liveaboards, marina and adjacent businesses.

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department reported emergency permits for food service will no longer be allowed in any of the businesses outlined by the Governor.

This guidance is to stay in place for a minimum of three weeks and is subject to extension based on epidemiologic indicators.

“We advise local businesses to prepare for these newly announced closures,” shared Public Health Officer Dr. Henning Ansorg. “We know that indoor settings with close crowds, as typically seen on holiday weekends, can create an unfavorable environment for the transmission of this virus. Please limit your exposure to people outside your home and wear your face covering when needed.”

Newsom stated California had seen a 43% increase in the coronavirus hospitalization rate and a nearly 50% increase in COVID-19 cases in the past 14 days, as well as 110 deaths within the past 24 hours.

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sbsunny Jul 01, 2020 09:40 PM
Governor Orders Closure of Indoor Operations in Santa Barbara County

A better example is Rhode Island. Rhode Island is the most densely populated state in the US and has completely reopened (implemented phase 3) and there has been no spike in cases. Their testing rate is one of the highest in the nation and their positive rate is only 1.5%. Take a look at their trend line going towards zero. They have been successful because they require masks to prevent spread of the disease.

Rhode Island (population of 1.06 million) reported 27 new cases on July 1. About 1,800 people were tested on July 1, for a positive rate of about 1.5%. 60 coronavirus patients were in the hospital, with 11 in the ICU on ventilators.

MT Jul 01, 2020 09:06 PM
Governor Orders Closure of Indoor Operations in Santa Barbara County

Despite all the new cases and the higher hospitalizations, the 7-day average death rate has not seen a significant increase since the end of May, and the US is still 1/4 of the peak in April.
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Eb4UeHUUwAAbPgD?format=jpg&name=large

PitMix Jul 02, 2020 07:42 AM
Governor Orders Closure of Indoor Operations in Santa Barbara County

Is there any info on why hospitalizations are increasing but death rates aren't? Is it a better understanding of how to treat the most critically ill with steroids, remsedivir, etc? The death rate in Ventura is about 3% of hospitalizations, is that acceptable for us?

Luvaduck Jul 02, 2020 07:10 AM
Governor Orders Closure of Indoor Operations in Santa Barbara County

It's a blood disease! Your circulatory system takes it all through your body. Age only makes death more likely, not damaged organs & lower immunity that you'll live with the rest of your life. Small term gain, long-term liability.

macpuzl Jul 02, 2020 02:09 AM
Governor Orders Closure of Indoor Operations in Santa Barbara County

Death rate is declining because the demographic epicenter of the pandemic has moved to a younger cohort, plus some treatments have been developed. But being "recovered" in the sense of not testing positive and not being dead doesn't mean a patient doesn't have debilitating damage that may last a lifetime. Plus, the surge in cases is threatening to overwhelm hospital capacity in Arizona and Texas, which will definitely result in more deaths.

Shasta Guy Jul 01, 2020 09:00 PM
Governor Orders Closure of Indoor Operations in Santa Barbara County

This is a very bad development for Santa Maria. The virus cases were already higher than the rest of the county indicating lack of adherence to the protocols necessary to minimize the spread. With such a large outbreak of cases, everyone there really needs to concentrate on physical distancing, social distancing, wearing masks, fastidious hand cleanliness, and limiting contact with non-household members.

ChemicalSuperFreak Jul 01, 2020 10:59 PM
Governor Orders Closure of Indoor Operations in Santa Barbara County

MAC: How did you get that number? Since (not including) 6/29 I see positives reported out of 779 new tests, which is 34.4% (268/779*100). I'm not sure this is great metric, since the number of tests reported each day fluctuates wildly and some days this positivity rate can be quite low (6% on the previous 6/26 report, and 4.4% on 6/25). I've found that a more stable number is just the % positive out of total test to date, which rose from 7.0 to 7.4 during the interval in question, and was 7.1 on the previous two dates (6/26 and 6/25).

a-1593658930 Jul 01, 2020 08:02 PM
Governor Orders Closure of Indoor Operations in Santa Barbara County

Sad truth is when more are already dead, there is fewer to die. Sweden or not, it applies to all places. That's the outcome we are trying to prevent: to prevent the natural course of death march. Take precautions to avoid the trap of the spiral

Shasta Guy Jul 01, 2020 06:24 PM
Governor Orders Closure of Indoor Operations in Santa Barbara County

I wouldn’t count that out. In Sweden which was vilified for not locking, the daily deaths are approaching 0. Daily deaths peaked in early April and have been in steady decline since. Now the daily deaths are about to burn out. https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/sweden/ Georgia looks like it’s also on the same trajectory. It looks like their daily deaths will approach 0 in less than a month’s time. https://dph.georgia.gov/covid-19-daily-status-report You can slowly peel off the bandage and prolong the agony or rip it off fast and get on with your life.

a-1593662717 Jul 01, 2020 09:05 PM
Governor Orders Closure of Indoor Operations in Santa Barbara County

Oh dear. California has 200,000 cases, and 6,000 deaths.
Sweden has 69,000 cases and 5,300 deaths.
Today, reported in Fortune Magazine:
"Sweden’s government has initiated a commission to investigate its controversial approach to the Covid-19 pandemic. Sweden has taken a different path compared to most European countries by keeping much of society open and by recommending social distancing and self-isolation rather than imposing a blanket lockdown. That strategy has resulted in a much higher death rate than in neighboring countries, according to Johns Hopkins University data."
The Sweden thing - not relevant.

Shasta Guy Jul 01, 2020 07:15 PM
Governor Orders Closure of Indoor Operations in Santa Barbara County

I understand the limitations of Worldometer, but the JHU site is terribly user unfriendly on my iPad. Most of the time both converge on to the results. For in the US I prefer going directly to the department of health for an individual state If I doubt the WoM data. There can be a lot of uncertainty in reporting the number of cases, but it’s the death count that matters to me. In Iran they can’t get their death curve to extinguish for unknown reasons.

macpuzl Jul 01, 2020 06:55 PM
Governor Orders Closure of Indoor Operations in Santa Barbara County

Worldometer is not a very reliable site as far as data quality. You'd be better off with a real medical site like Johns Hopkins University. Citations below from the Wikipedia article on them: ====================================================================================== "Worldometer has faced criticism over transparency of ownership, lack of citations to data sources, and unreliability of its COVID-19 statistics and rankings. The website reported that 18,000 people recovered from coronavirus in Spain on April 24, compared to the Spanish government figure of 3,105 recoveries for that day." ====================================================================================== "Edouard Mathieu, the data manager of Our World in Data, stated that "Their main focus seems to be having the latest number [of COVID-19 cases] wherever it comes from, whether it’s reliable or not, whether it’s well-sourced or not."" ====================================================================================== "Virginia Pitzer, a Yale University epidemiologist, said that the site is "legitimate", but flawed, inconsistent, and containing errors." ====================================================================================== "On the English Wikipedia, editors reached a consensus not to cite Worldometer for coronavirus statistics."

a-1593654232 Jul 01, 2020 06:43 PM
Governor Orders Closure of Indoor Operations in Santa Barbara County

Your Sweden example is laughable. Sweden is a poor micro model. Sweden's lax strategy on COVID resulted in far too many deaths as compared to their neighbors. Drink the koolaid. Travel from Sweden isn't welcome in European countries either.

sbdude Jul 01, 2020 06:42 PM
Governor Orders Closure of Indoor Operations in Santa Barbara County

I would be careful about using Sweden as an example. Compared to all the other Scandinavian countries combined (all of which practice strict social distancing and are ahead of Sweden in approaching zero deaths per day), Sweden has many times the number of cases, deaths, and deaths per million.

PitMix Jul 02, 2020 07:54 AM
Governor Orders Closure of Indoor Operations in Santa Barbara County

Everybody hates taxes, until they try to take away the services they want. Police and fire take up the majority of City spending, should we get rid of them? Street maintenance, water treatment, planning and development, parking garages, get rid of them? Really the argument seems to be that government agencies are inefficient but there are plenty of examples of inefficient and corrupt businesses and hardly anyone wants to get rid of them.

monkeyboy Jul 01, 2020 04:10 PM
Governor Orders Closure of Indoor Operations in Santa Barbara County

I don't care what they open or what they close. I will be safe at home, waiting for the statistics to tell me it's time to resume my normal activities. Turns out, my home rocks, we have a fat garden, building up a little home gym, enjoying many new hobbies and are catching up on years of DIY projects including fun play structures for the kids. The pandemic has made me realize how vapid my home town has become...no one can cook, no one can clean, no one can fix their own stuff, just whine about masks and their inability to eat at their favorite overpriced tourist trap.

monkeyboy Jul 02, 2020 04:56 PM
Governor Orders Closure of Indoor Operations in Santa Barbara County

To a the whiners on her about how insensitive I am for mentioning my home. I lived in studios most of my SB single life. It doesn't matter where you live, you can always put a tomato in a pot, patch a hole in the wall or take up sourdough baking. You don't need a house or yard to make your home a healthy place to wait out this virus.

a-1593705989 Jul 02, 2020 09:06 AM
Governor Orders Closure of Indoor Operations in Santa Barbara County

MONKEYBOY what an insensitive comment. Many people rent and live in smaller places some with tiny kitchens. Not everyone has the luxury of a larger home, garden, money to DIY and build their kids large playgrounds. Or the $$$. You're fortunate. Why not be humble and more empathetic towards those stuck in smaller places with little private outside space to hang out in during this pandemic? Reminds me of those critical of others while they sit in their large homes with libraries to work out of and pools to swim in while locked away.

a-1593702689 Jul 02, 2020 08:11 AM
Governor Orders Closure of Indoor Operations in Santa Barbara County

That's great, monkey boy and others staying at home; so am I, except for dog walking and food shopping BUT we need to remember that most people in Santa Barbara are renters, living in apartments, without a garden or, for many any outside space. ( And if the planning commission has its way, without any outside space in new apartment buildings.) it's very difficult to spend most of one's time, for such a long time, inside, especially now that it's summer. It must be close to hellish for families, jobless, with children.

mtndriver Jul 01, 2020 05:30 PM
Governor Orders Closure of Indoor Operations in Santa Barbara County

Don't assume that most of the folks in town are whining about masks and distancing, Monkeyboy. I think there are a lot of us who are doing just what you describe, and enjoying our home life more than we have in a long time, including cleaning and cooking and taking care of "deferred maintenance."

ChemicalSuperFreak Jul 01, 2020 03:24 PM
Governor Orders Closure of Indoor Operations in Santa Barbara County

It's concerning that while things are being shutdown in the midst of this surge in cases, the Santa Barbara Public Heath Department dispensed with weekend updates last month and now appears to have abandoned the daily updates as well. Their last status report was Monday.

macpuzl Jul 01, 2020 04:12 PM
Governor Orders Closure of Indoor Operations in Santa Barbara County

UPDATE: June 30, 2020 - The #SantaBarbaraCounty Public Health Department is transitioning data platforms related to #COVID19. Due to this transition the following will occur:
- No case report for today, June 30, 2020.
- Case reports will resume on July 1, 2020.

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