New COVID-19 Cases Continue to Rise Throughout County

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Public Health Department Director Van Do-Reynoso during Friday's press conference
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Santa Barbara County racked up 960 new COVID-19 cases within the past week as officials plead with residents to stop gathering.

During Friday's press conference, Public Health Director Van Do-Reynoso had a stern message for the community stating she is concerned about how widespread the virus is within the county . "Do not let this holiday season be the last one some people have with their loved ones," she said.

The data clearly shows the sharp rise of new cases is directly related to gatherings, Thanksgiving travel, and most recently the watching of sporting events, specifically Monday Night Football, said Do-Reynoso.

The county's case rate increase four times since November, around the same level as when it peaked in July, and active cases have increased eightfold to the highest number ever experienced in this pandemic. The county is also experiencing the highest number of COVID-19 hospitalizations since August. 

Do-Reynoso stated in the first week of December there were eleven outbreaks in congregate living facilities and ten outbreaks at businesses.  

County Remains Hopeful to Move Out of SoCal Region

Earlier this week, the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to join San Luis Obispo and Ventura counties in sending Governor Gavin Newsom a letter asking for the tri-county area to be removed from the Southern California Region as part of the new Regional Stay at Home Order.

Officials have requested that if the collective three counties maintain more than 15% intensive care unit (ICU) capacity after the stay at home order that ends on December 28, the new "Central Coast Region" would revert back to the state's original color-coded framework for a safe reopening. 

Supervisor Gregg Hart stated Friday they have not heard back from the state but they remain hopeful and optimistic the Governor will respond favorably.

Representative Salud Carbajal was also in attendance during Friday's press conference and expressed his support for the formation of the new region. He also provided an update on the federal stimulus package stating he's part of a bipartisan caucus that plans on finalizing a stimulus package next week.

Rep. Carbajal and his wife both contracted COVID-19 by someone living in his building while in Washington D.C. Their initial tests produced negative results but they followed the advice of healthcare professionals and quarantined to be safe. Several days later Carbajal developed symptoms and both were retested producing positive results. 

To this day Carbajal said he still gets bouts of fatigue and body aches, but "we were the lucky ones," he said. "

Vaccine Distribution

Santa Barbara County is expecting 3,900 doses of Pfizer's vaccine to arrive next week with 6,600 doses of Moderna's vaccine to arrive following its approval, said Jan Koegler, Manager of the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program.

The county is following the state's guidance for priority distribution and all hospitals are expected to vaccinate their staff within the next two weeks.

More vaccines are expected to arrive in January and February.

Additional data on vaccine distribution and tiers can be found at https://publichealthsbc.org/covid-19-vaccine-information/.

Current COVID-19 Numbers

There were 960 new COVID-19 cases from December 5-11 and two additional deaths bringing the total to 140.

One individual was 50-69 years of age, with underlying health conditions, and resided in the community of Orcutt. The second death was 70+ years of age, resided in the community of Orcutt, and did not have any underlying health conditions. Neither death was associated with an outbreak at a congregate living facility.

There were 59 new cases reported Friday, 643 are active, or infectious, within the county. Of those, 64 are hospitalized including 13 in the ICU.

Santa Barbara County's ICU availability is 31.90% where the Southern California ICU availability is 6.20%.

Ventura County reported 379 new cases on Friday with 5,099 cases still active and 9.2% ICU availability.

San Luis Obispo County reported 185 new cases on Friday with 1,191 cases still active and 87% ICU availability.

More information about Santa Barbara county's data can be found at https://publichealthsbc.org.

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MountainMan4865 Dec 11, 2020 06:40 PM
New COVID-19 Cases Continue to Rise Throughout County

Wait - I'm confused. How can you add 960 new cases over the last week, but only have 643 active cases? Also, it appears we lost 8 ICU beds. According to the County website - there were 99 and now it's 91 "staffed ICU beds" What happened?

ChemicalSuperFreak Dec 11, 2020 06:52 PM
New COVID-19 Cases Continue to Rise Throughout County

Nice catch! I noticed the loss of the 8 ICU beds too. There were 14 new healthcare workers that tested positive as well. Perhaps some of those 14 are now unable to staff those 8 ICU beds? Another possibility is they sent the ICU staff to help out in a neighboring county, as we're doing pretty good here considering. Also curious is that only 73 tests were reported today, 69 of them conclusive, and 58 positive (since yesterday, by my count).

MountainMan4865 Dec 11, 2020 07:11 PM
New COVID-19 Cases Continue to Rise Throughout County

Um... yes.
As of this afternoon - There are
651 total hospital beds available
420 are occupied
64 of the beds occupied are for Covid patients.

There are (now) 91 total ICU beds available
56 are occupied
13 of the beds occupied are for Covid patients.

There are 131 ventilators available
19 are in use
7 of those in use are for Covid patients.

Lots of other things going on. Wonder how many of those other beds/ICU beds/ ventilators are being used for the overdoses and suicide attempts, as the Cottage Hospital psychiatric beds are completely full and are having to turn people away who feel they need to be there.....

ChemicalSuperFreak Dec 11, 2020 07:28 PM
New COVID-19 Cases Continue to Rise Throughout County

MountainMan, the seasonal influence of hospitalizations is debated, but there's evidence to suggest that hospitalizations peak in the colder months, particularly with respiratory illnesses such as asthma, and pulmonary embolisms (of all things). As far a psychiatric illnesses, I wouldn't at all be surprised if incidences rise with decreased sunlight and loneliness/isolation some people feel around the holidays, particularly this year.

MountainMan4865 Dec 11, 2020 07:37 PM
New COVID-19 Cases Continue to Rise Throughout County

I wasn't commenting on the number of ICU beds in use - as you noted yourself - we went from 99 possible ICU beds to 91. Just curious what happened. More curious about having 960 new cases over the last week, but only 643 'active' cases as of today.

Basicinfo805 Dec 11, 2020 07:08 PM
New COVID-19 Cases Continue to Rise Throughout County

Yeah "mountain man" there are always regular ICU admissions going on. If you want I can elaborate with some example diagnoses, but covid is not the only thing happening there.

MountainMan4865 Dec 11, 2020 10:49 PM
New COVID-19 Cases Continue to Rise Throughout County

Even if we have the minimal 7 day waiting period, and not the 10 day waiting period... if you add 960 cases to what ever case load was already there... guess I'm just not mathing well.

On the up side - there are zero cases of the flu in town! So that's a plus.

a-1607778406 Dec 12, 2020 05:06 AM
New COVID-19 Cases Continue to Rise Throughout County

This is due to the waiting period for results of testing and reporting. Your results could take 7 days or so depending on backload. Then reporting it to the county takes time. So the day the county announces it could be after the 10 day quarantine period. They’re essentially being announced as a new case but they’re not an active case. They only impact one of the numbers.

NonBidenary Dec 12, 2020 07:45 AM
New COVID-19 Cases Continue to Rise Throughout County

Remember to stay absolutely terrified, everyone. Do not live your lives. Do not leave your houses. Do not speak to people, do not smile at them (through your mask, of course) and above all, do as you are told by the governor, who cares about your well being. I heard he gave up his salary in solidarity with all the business owners he has told are not allowed to work. He’s a swell guy. This is 100% about the virus.

Alexblue Dec 12, 2020 03:40 PM
New COVID-19 Cases Continue to Rise Throughout County

Nonwhatever, it/s really weird to me why people choose to see the world in such extremes. No one is asking anyone to do any of the stupid stuff you've listed. But, keep on keeping on with your paranoia and conspiracy theories.

Andrea Smith Dec 12, 2020 01:25 PM
New COVID-19 Cases Continue to Rise Throughout County

My neighbors, one of whom is a nurse, had a nice gathering yesterday, drinking, inside, outside, quite a few people. No masks. Cops won't do anything but sheriff will.

Andrea Smith Dec 12, 2020 01:27 PM
New COVID-19 Cases Continue to Rise Throughout County

Also with lots of noise, disturbing and irritating me while I had to work FROM HOME rather than my office, for the precise reason that people like this refuse to do what we need to do. Selfish and inconsiderate, not to mention downright moronic.

Voice of Reason Dec 13, 2020 10:50 AM
New COVID-19 Cases Continue to Rise Throughout County

Andrea, you sound like a really pleasant neighboor... These people are not the ones forcing you to work from home, the governor is. Blaming other people is exactly what he wants you to do, he’s moved away from rational data driven decisions and now is just trying to scare the population to submit and by blaming other citizens it distracts from his failed mandates. After 9 months it should be very clear trying to shutdown businesses and livelihoods and force people into submission isn’t a workable solution as we live in a country where individual freedoms are highly valued. Only in the most dire of circumstances should they be stripped away and while serious, covid isn’t it. You many feel it is but it is not your or anyone else place to force others to feel that same way.

SBsurferlife Dec 12, 2020 03:00 PM
New COVID-19 Cases Continue to Rise Throughout County

I was in line at the grocery store today when I overheard two middle-aged men loudly discussing the BBQ they are throwing on W. Pedregosa Street this afternoon. One even took a call from another buddy and I proceeded hear him say, "ya everyone is coming, when you get off work pick up some beer, we'll all be there for [insert name]'s birthday." This is why our numbers continue to grow.

Andrea Smith Dec 12, 2020 11:50 PM
New COVID-19 Cases Continue to Rise Throughout County

There is flu. What are you talking about? Yes, it is lower than usual, because of masking and distancing. The flu is not nearly as contagious or virulent as COVID. So masking and distancing go a longer way w/ flu spread, yet there is still the flu just lower rates than usual. Not so with COVID which is virulent and highly contagious, unlike the flu.

a-1607854235 Dec 13, 2020 02:10 AM
New COVID-19 Cases Continue to Rise Throughout County

9:42 PM :

I don't think you understand the severity of the pandemic.
Do you think 300,000 deaths in the USA alone are faked?
International death totals are faked?
Other countries are in on the conspiracy?
Too little thinking behind such a comment.

AQUAHOLIC Dec 12, 2020 07:26 PM
New COVID-19 Cases Continue to Rise Throughout County

There have always been those humans who play by the 'rules', are of honest & solid character, who believe in restraint, sacrifice for the greater good, show respect and care for their fellow man.... generally just 'doing the right thing' in a polite society.

Then there are those who believe the 'rules' are for everyone else, not them. They're looking out for numero uno... and no, that's not you or I.

It's been that way for eons.

This was the message my Parents always hammered home to me, and I am grateful for that early lesson and example.

Voice of Reason Dec 13, 2020 10:38 AM
New COVID-19 Cases Continue to Rise Throughout County

“Doing the right thing” to you means thousands go without work, without a paycheck, and small business owners have their life’s work destroyed. It may be easy for you to “do the right thing” when your paycheck keeps coming in, for many many others that isn’t the case and would strongly disagree that it is “the right thing”. Do you realize how incredibly selfish you sound, chastising others for trying to save themselves?

ChemicalSuperFreak Dec 13, 2020 11:05 AM
New COVID-19 Cases Continue to Rise Throughout County

VOICE, I read that a bit differently. At least the second part made me think of Gavin Newsom: "Then there are those who believe the 'rules' are for everyone else, not them. They're looking out for numero uno... and no, that's not you or I."

a-1607830507 Dec 12, 2020 07:35 PM
New COVID-19 Cases Continue to Rise Throughout County

We're adding almost a quarter-million cases a day, with over 3,000 deaths a day, and some fools still think it's just a mild flu. There's just no word for such abject ignorance.

Andrea Smith Dec 12, 2020 11:47 PM
New COVID-19 Cases Continue to Rise Throughout County

The casino just announced 17 employees tested positive. But according to them, they didn't spread it. I just saw an ad for the casino - the tag line was "Welcome To Freedom". No one seems to be addressing spread there.

Shasta Guy Dec 13, 2020 09:18 AM
New COVID-19 Cases Continue to Rise Throughout County

It’s a casedemic. California’s cases are now 3X the summer peak but deaths are still on par with the summer peak, but we still have a couple weeks to see where deaths will peak at. Had the Spanish Flu occurred today, the equivalent US deaths would have totaled 2,000,000. The Spanish Flu indiscriminately killed the young, the old, the compromised, and the healthy. This virus tends to target elderly with compromised health. I think this summer we should have let the young and healthy get the virus and recover to get closer towards herd immunity. Instead the virus will rip through every demographic without any hindrance.

macpuzl Dec 13, 2020 06:51 PM
New COVID-19 Cases Continue to Rise Throughout County

Reaching herd immunity with a virus this deadly in the absence of a vaccine means accepting lots of death and permanent disability, so it's not done that way, if at all possible, in a society where the lives and health of the general population matter.

Fact-checking the herd immunity strategy: https://www.factcheck.org/2020/11/paul-misleads-on-natural-infection-and-covid-19-vaccines/

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