Health Officials Discuss COVID-19 Vaccination Rates and CalOSHA Guidelines

By edhat staff

Santa Barbara County Public Health officials discussed COVID-19 vaccination rates in the county and new California Division Of Occupational Safety & Health (Cal/OSHA) updates during a press conference Friday.

Speaking during the final public COVID-19 press briefing, Public Health Director Dr. Van Do-Reynoso stated 65.8% of the eligible county residents have received one or more doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. 

“We have to pause and acknowledge that nearly one in three community members who are over twelve years of age, are not vaccinated,” said Dr. Do-Reynoso.

Breaking down the vaccination rate by age groups, residents 75-years-old and above had the highest proportion of vaccination at 74.5%. The 65 to 74-year-olds were 69.7% followed by 50-64 age group at 72.6%, almost 50% in both 30-49 and 16-29 age groups, and 22.7% in 12-15 year olds. 


As of this week there are 35 new COVID-19 cases and 3 deaths as well as 12 people hospitalized, 3 of which are in the intensive care unit (ICU).

“We now see that almost all patients who are requiring hospital care and ICU admissions are unvaccinated people,” said Public Health Officer Dr. Henning Ansorg.

Dr. Ansorg also warned of COVID-19’s Delta variant that’s spreading worldwide and accounting for 10% of all new infectious cases in the United States. He said the variant is more transmissible, ultimately being more dangerous.

One person infected with the Delta variant can possibly spread it to five or six people compared to just two or three people in previous variants. It’s also caused more hospitalizations in young people, which is why vaccination is highly encouraged as its effective against the Delta variant, Dr. Ansorg stated. 

Officials stated first and second dose vaccine appointments are widely available and are free throughout the county. Visit or for more information. 

On June 17, Cal/OSHA adopted revised workplace standards that include masking guidance for fully vaccinated persons in the workplace.

The revisions state fully vaccinated employees do not need to be offered testing or excluded from work after close contact unless they have COVID-19 symptoms, fully vaccinated employees do not need to wear face coverings except for certain situations during outbreaks and in settings where CDPH requires all persons to wear them, and employers must document the vaccination status of fully vaccinated employees if they do not wear face coverings indoors.

Dr. Do-Reynoso stated employers can either require employees to show proof of vaccination or they can provide self-attestation regarding their vaccination status.

Additionally, employees are not required to wear face coverings when outdoors regardless of vaccination status, employees are explicitly allowed to wear a face covering without fear of retaliation from employers, and physical distancing requirements have been eliminated except where an employer determines there is a hazard and for certain employees during major outbreaks.

Dr. Do-Reynoso also announced a new statewide website where vaccinated California residents can access a digital version of their vaccination card. Learn more here.

Edhat Staff

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  1. Here is some more “false information”
    The Moderna COVID‑19 Vaccine has not been approved or licensed by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), but has been authorized for emergency use by FDA, under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA), to prevent Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID‑19) for use in individuals 18 years of age and older. There is no FDA-approved vaccine to prevent COVID‑19.
    Oh wait, here is THEIR link for this:

  2. Not sure how long you’ve been reading and/or subscribing to Edhat, but this is not new.
    It’s just a small-town online site that I don’t think cares about Alexa and other rankings.
    Have a good eve or tomorrow!

  3. A little more info regarding the article above:
    35 cases = .008% of SB County Population
    3 deaths = .00067% of SB County Population
    Annual death rate of Santa Barbara County is .708%
    Just something you might want to consider

  4. Although touted on social media disinformation sites, ivermectin (note spelling) is a treatment for parasitic worms, and has nothing but deleterious effects on COVID patients. The orange moron received a monoclonal antibody treatment along with his other pamperings.

  5. People who are eligible to be vaccinated but decide not to are basically taking the stance of “What your country can do for you” instead of “What you can do for your country”. Selfish and narcissistic.

  6. There have been enough of these stories to scare people into getting vaxxed if information was the thing that would change peoples’ minds. In many human brains, somehow the very small and unknown risk that the vax could do something harmful outweighs the bigger and known risk of getting covid and getting very sick from it. I guess that is why a bunch of psychologists continue to make a good living.

  7. 3:58 – Just more of your COVID-fallacy Instagram-sourced FUD, totally misrepresenting Fauci’s remarks over the course of the pandemic. What are you going to tout next, the orange moron’s plan to send infected citizens to Guantanamo?

  8. Except it’s true, the major media conglomerates and big Pharma share many board members amongst each other. Remember, their #1 goal is profit. Not to look out for you, not to provide you with the “news”, and really couldn’t care less about your best interest or overall well-being, it’s all about their profit$$$$$.

  9. Who owns the “media” that you consume VOR? Do you know who owns and controls Sinclair, Fox, ClearChannel, OANN, NEWSMAX, Brietbart, WSJ, etc? Do you actually know who is controlling your “news” / info-tainment? I think you’re a bright guy but appears you do not actually know what is feeding your views… Nor does it seem that you understand the reasons that these entities want you mad and confused… But hey, keep typing away, its working right? You’re obviously a fun, happy person with a full social life.

  10. SBO, you make some large personal assumptions there. I don’t trust anything I read direct from the media (don’t watch) no matter the channel/source, I want to know exactly what someone said not an edited version masked as the opinion of the talking head on TV (i.e. anyone who believed “drink bleach” or “white supremacist’s are fine people” feel into that trap), or I’d read the actual study cited not their paraphrased opinion of it. Not sure why you think the media sources you listed are any different than all the others. “About 15 billionaires and six corporations own most of the U.S. media outlets. ” – this much concentration of power is never good.

  11. Lies, damn lies, and statistics.
    The Covid deaths are “excess” deaths, right? Above what our normal death rate would be.
    And focusing on one week really skews your results. At least give us the numbers for the last year.

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