Health Officer Order Issued to Align with State's Mandate for Face Coverings
By edhat staff
County Health Officer Dr. Henning Ansor. has issued Health Officer Order No. 2020-10.1 ordering individuals in the County of Santa Barbara to wear face coverings when in high-risk situations that may contribute to the spread of COVID-19.
This Order will be effective starting 5:00 p.m. on Thursday continuing until 5:00 p.m. on August 20, 2020 or until it is extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended in writing by the County of Santa Barbara Health Officer.
The intent of this Order is to provide clarity on when face coverings should be worn and to be aligned with the California Department of Public Health’s mandated guidelines.
The new order stipulates the following:
This Order does not apply to persons younger than two years old.
Masks with one-way valves cannot be used to comply with this Order. These types of masks permit respiratory droplets to easily escape which places others at risk.
All individuals, unless an exception applies, must wear a face covering: a)When inside of or in line to enter any and all businesses b) When using public transportation, a private car service, or a ride-sharing vehicle. Drivers must wear a face covering while driving or operating vehicles regardless of whether a member of the public is in the vehicle. c)All businesses must require employees, contractors, owners, and volunteers to wear a face covering at the workplace and at off-site work locations.
Exceptions, guidelines, and information relative to this order can be found in the full Health officer Order located here.
The Public Health Department (PHD) added 162 new COVID-19 cases bringing the county's total to 5,444.
Active cases are now 361 as the health department clarified the confusion over active cases.
"Active cases are identified cases that are still considered infectious. Not all new cases are considered active due in part to the delays our team has seen in receiving some lab results," PHD said on Twitter.
There are currently 86 hospitalizations overall including 27 in the intensive care unit (ICU).
Cottage Health Specific Numbers
Below is a status update as of July 23, 2020.
Cottage Health is caring for a total of 276 patients across all campuses.
204 are acute care patients; 169 acute care beds remain available.
In surge planning, capacity is identified for adding 270 acute care beds.
Of the 204 acute care patients, 15 patients are on ventilators. 75 ventilators remain available (adult, pediatric and neonatal ventilators).
Of the 204 acute care patients, 29 are in isolation with COVID-19 symptoms; 27 are confirmed COVID-19 positive.
Of the 29 patients in isolation, 8 patients are in critical care.
From July 6-12:
3,811 COVID-19 laboratory tests were collected by Cottage Health.
Results: 243 positive, 3,567 negative, 1 pending
From July 12-19:
4,269 COVID-19 laboratory tests were collected by Cottage Health.
Results: 194 positive, 2,635 negative, 1,440 pending