Monday Update: 526 COVID Cases

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The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) confirms 12 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total to 526.

Of the total, 404 have fully recovered, 65 are quarantined at home, 39 are hospitalized with 13 in the intensive care unit (ICU), and there have been 8 deaths. More information about the locations and ages of the cases can be found here.

During Monday's press conference, County Supervisor Gregg Hart confirmed the county is on track to comply with Governor Newsom's reopening of low-risk businesses on Friday. The Business Recovery and Reopening Task Force will meet this week to make sure local businesses are prepared to follow the restrictions under this new timetable announced today.

Tomorrow, the first community testing site will open in Santa Maria with locations in Lompoc and Santa Barbara to open later this week. Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms is encouraged to contact their health provider or make an appointment. More information can be found here.

Cottage Health Numbers

Below is a status update as of May 4, 2020.  

·         Cottage Health is caring for a total of 213 patients across all campuses.

·         159 are acute care patients; 214 acute care beds remain available.  

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

·         Of the 159 patients, 16 patients are on ventilators; 59 ventilators remain available (adult, pediatric and neonatal ventilators)

·         Of the 159 patients, 18 are in isolation with COVID-19 symptoms; 7 are confirmed COVID-19 positive.

·         Of 18 patients in isolation, 7 patients are in critical care.

·         Cottage has collected 4,162 cumulative test samples: 223 resulted in positive, 3,885 resulted in negative, and 54 are pending. In most of these tests, patients did not require hospital admission.

SLO and Ventura Counties

As of Monday, San Luis Obispo County reports 202 confirmed cases. Of those 156 have recovered, 40 are quarantined at home, 5 are hospitalized with 3 in the ICU, and there has been 1 death.

Ventura County reports a total of 577 cases. Of those, 402 have recovered, 156 are quarantined at home, 23 are hospitalized with 10 in the ICU, and there have been 19 deaths.

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lutra May 04, 2020 09:45 PM
Monday Update: 526 COVID Cases

I wanted to visualize the trend in my local area better, so I charted the number of COVID-19 cases for the SB/Goleta/Noleta area using the numbers from the SB County Public Health Department website (https://publichealthsbc.org). The Y-column is total cases, including both active and recovered. I think there may be errors in the SB County data in March because the numbers go down in some instances. Either that, or they reassigned cases to different regions at some point. Before March 25th, they didn't split out cases by region. The number in SB isn't too large compared to other counties, but the curve isn't flat either. Take what you will from this chart, but I thought it was interesting. Here is the chart: https://imgur.com/a/Jk93RKA

HOUSER01 May 05, 2020 10:10 AM
Monday Update: 526 COVID Cases

Get ready to do some re-charting, as they are about to open up testing to anyone, and so numbers (I imagine) will be drastically different in the next week or so.

a-1588692133 May 05, 2020 08:22 AM
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Nice graph. The health department's data are presented in pieces in separate pages. It's pain in the neck to see a trend in a meaningful graph. I'm not of a fan of the department's average barebone work. In Santa Barbara city area, the curve is flat in the sense that we don't have much a curve to start with, a month ago. Social distancing is very helpful. But at the end of the day, do we have confidence community transmission isn't here? With testing so inadequate and transmission routes unknown, the health department has a blind eye and the steady low case numbers say nothing about what's out there and danger of opening up. I wish the department does more proactive work on data.

ChemicalSuperFreak May 05, 2020 02:05 AM
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It's too bad we have to use the term "flattening" to describe things these days. I wish more people had more education in mathematics, calculus in this case, because the concept of inflection points (2nd derivative = 0) and "flattening" (first derivative = 0) would be less prone to subjectively based arguments.

lutra May 04, 2020 10:11 PM
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If there are lower numbers of new cases, then the curve (of total cases) gets flatter. If you look at new cases only, you want the curve to go down.

macpuzl May 04, 2020 10:03 PM
Monday Update: 526 COVID Cases

You're never going to flatten a graph of total cases, both active and recovered, until there are zero new cases, and that graph will never curve down from flat. What's meaningful, and what you want to watch, is a graph of new cases by time. We're lucky in that good adherence to social distancing has kept our numbers small, so the fluctuations in new cases from day to day really jump around. Once the idiot ochlocrats mess up social distancing, the number of new cases will climb dramatically after about 14 days.

420722 May 04, 2020 08:41 PM
Monday Update: 526 COVID Cases

Cases picked up? Not they didn’t, on Monday April 20 there was 22 new cases. They’ve gone down.

ChemicalSuperFreak May 05, 2020 06:05 PM
Monday Update: 526 COVID Cases

420722: Today a ninth person the City of Santa Barbara just died of SARS-CoV-2, and we added 18 new cases. Today is Tuesday, so what's your excuse now???

ChemicalSuperFreak May 05, 2020 12:00 PM
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420722: Nice try, but the numbers were going up before the weekend, as the 2, 4, 8, 11, 10 numbers represent Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu and Fri, respectively.

420722 May 05, 2020 07:20 AM
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CSF: last time someone mentioned they noticed the numbers go up after the weekend YOU said it yourself that it was due to backlog and it “happens all the time”.

ChemicalSuperFreak May 05, 2020 01:03 AM
Monday Update: 526 COVID Cases

420722: Sure, that's true if you take the granular approach and pick just two data points, April 20 and May 4. But we've had much lower numbers in between, with the last several days having new case numbers as follows (past 6 days): 2, 4, 8, 11, 10, and 12. That's concerning. With last weekend's inundation of local beaches (mostly by outsiders) and a median of 5 days incubation, we may just be seeing the results that little experiment beginning to manifest.

420722 May 04, 2020 09:26 PM
Monday Update: 526 COVID Cases

We were “social distancing” on Monday April 20 and there were 22 new cases. Now two Monday’s later and there only 12. That is DOWN if one knows how to count. But you obviously are ignoring that fact for your own weird reason. Phase 3 here we come!

a-1588652279 May 04, 2020 09:17 PM
Monday Update: 526 COVID Cases

Yes they've gone down during social distancing and staying home - because of that - but in the last few days since more ppl milled about we had another albeit small spike - likely b/c many places are still closed.

GeneralTree May 04, 2020 08:16 PM
Monday Update: 526 COVID Cases

Let me assure you - these cases will all start doubling every few days. Bye protesters.

a-1588645747 May 04, 2020 07:29 PM
Monday Update: 526 COVID Cases

A [fairly] young new couple moved in next door to me - maybe in their 30s or so. The first night they moved in they had another couple/few people over - and tonight again they have someone over and they are hanging out having a good old time on their back patio while we are trying to slow the spread. Any one of them could b asymptomatic and now have added more vectors to spread this. Amazing how selfish people are, while those of us are following what we are asked to do even though it's uncomfortable and not fun. And while they have their fun - if someone gets infected that person may not have so much fun. So that's why the cases keep spreading and it makes me fee resentful to think, after all this sacrifice to stay in, limit contact people like this are keeping this spreading around.

macpuzl May 05, 2020 12:48 PM
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STD - Then just look at total deaths, and compare to all the countries around them. You're a master at only seeing what you want to see, and ignoring all facts to the contrary. Repeating reactionary shibboleths does not make them true, regardless of Goebbels' observations.

Sam The Dog May 05, 2020 12:36 PM
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As you already know Mac, comparing deaths to postive tests is not indicative of anything when you're only testing the very sick.

macpuzl May 05, 2020 12:26 PM
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STD - Sweden's tally at this point: 23,216 positive with 2,854 deaths No much of a shining star.

Sam The Dog May 05, 2020 10:20 AM
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If they were hanging around outside, even less of a cause for your concern.

a-1588698939 May 05, 2020 10:15 AM
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SAM THE DOG where did I say they were inside? They were OUTSIDE and ppl coughing. And, even if they were inside - if you have shared walls and you can clearly hear then maybe they should be quieter about their selfishness. No one else in our close quarters neighborhood is doing this.

a-1588698632 May 05, 2020 10:10 AM
Monday Update: 526 COVID Cases

SAM THE DOG where did I say they were inside? They were OUTSIDE and ppl coughing. And, even if they were inside - if you have shared walls and you can clearly hear then maybe they should be quieter about their selfishness. No one else in our close quarters neighborhood is doing this.

a-1588698485 May 05, 2020 10:08 AM
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SAM THE DOG when ppl are hanging out outside and broadcasting their selfishness - when no one else in the neighborhood is - it's all of our business. And yes - one person they had over one night WAS coughing and we all could hear it. All of us here have outside areas, decks, patios and these are the only ones hanging out very obviously, very much in everyone's faces. So yeah - that then gives us the right to comment. If they don't want others to know - keep it on the down low.

a-1588698483 May 05, 2020 10:08 AM
Monday Update: 526 COVID Cases

SAM THE DOG when ppl are hanging out outside and broadcasting their selfishness - when no one else in the neighborhood is - it's all of our business. And yes - one person they had over one night WAS coughing and we all could hear it. All of us here have outside areas, decks, patios and these are the only ones hanging out very obviously, very much in everyone's faces. So yeah - that then gives us the right to comment. If they don't want others to know - keep it on the down low.

Sam The Dog May 05, 2020 08:56 AM
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And Sweden seems to be the shining star right now and they didn't put any draconian lock down measures in place so I put it back on you @8:42 it is not "either-or" it is not "either" people stay at home "or" people will die.

a-1588693360 May 05, 2020 08:42 AM
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It's not "either -- or". People need to die in order for others to put food on their tables. Many countries have been in lockdown but helped their people through it with income support and more, while at the same time protecting the health of the community.

Sam The Dog May 05, 2020 08:32 AM
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God forbid someone try's to put food on their kids table and keep a roof of their heads.

Sam The Dog May 05, 2020 08:32 AM
Monday Update: 526 COVID Cases

I hope I don't have a busybody like you near me. You have no idea how they're conducting themselves inside, social distancing, washing hands, etc. You don't need to wear PPE or avoid all interaction to stop the spread. With very basic steps, such as washing your hands regularly, not sneezing/coughing around others and if so into a tissue, not touching your face, etc., basic steps that the scientific experts have been repeating since the beginning, you can prevent the spread. You don't know what they are doing inside that home and you shouldn't, it's their private space.

a-1588652458 May 04, 2020 09:20 PM
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I've also seen ppl have their personal trainers come out to their homes for sessions. Imagine - the personal trainer depending on how many people he or she is seeing [illegally and btw stealing business from people who are acting lawfully] - goes to one house then another - another potential vector of spread.

a-1588652125 May 04, 2020 09:15 PM
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Oh don't worry we are staying far away as they are likely contaminated. HOwever other innocent people out there don't know - and they could be spreading it to others all over the place. Selfish and irresponsible members of society.

a-1588652121 May 04, 2020 09:15 PM
Monday Update: 526 COVID Cases

Oh don't worry we are staying far away as they are likely contaminated. HOwever other innocent people out there don't know - and they could be spreading it to others all over the place. Selfish and irresponsible members of society.

a-1588648337 May 04, 2020 08:12 PM
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Or A-1588648241 you could just do us all a favor and go test your chances - I don't mind speeding up darwinism.

a-1588647024 May 04, 2020 07:50 PM
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You don't like it - stay indoors away from them.
Chances are better they are not asymptomatic (as you say) vs having the virus.

a-1588643450 May 04, 2020 06:50 PM
Monday Update: 526 COVID Cases

I wish PHD comes with a more convincing, at least another way to call this a win. Summarizing daily statistics with such low but persistent case numbers doesn't say much either way. They should get out of the offices and collect data.

comment349 May 05, 2020 05:51 AM
Monday Update: 526 COVID Cases

I was wanting to know the location of only the new cases for the day and did not see that.

mtndriver May 04, 2020 08:50 PM
Monday Update: 526 COVID Cases

Comment349--Follow the link in the article to the PHD page, the breakdown by location and age is there.

a-1588641973 May 04, 2020 06:26 PM
Monday Update: 526 COVID Cases

PHD should provide information about community transmission. We got days with no cases, the days with 2 or 3, then none. I assume PHD gather info on how people were infected. The information they provide day after day is close to be useless except that we know Santa Barbara isn't a hot spot. What does the low case say about spread of virus here? Are we good now? How about testing some public places where people gather, shopping areas for example? This low rate burner doesn't support opening up or shutting down.

a-1588643009 May 04, 2020 06:43 PM
Monday Update: 526 COVID Cases

The cases picked up because the weather was nice and people started getting careless. Give it a few days and it will double, then continue doubling.

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