Nine COVID-19 Deaths Over Weekend

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By edhat staff

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department reported nine COVID-19 deaths and 689 new cases from Saturday through Monday.

On Saturday, there were two deaths. Both individuals were over 70 years of age and both had underlying medical conditions. Neither death was associated with an outbreak at a congregate facility. One person resided in Santa Barbara and the other in the Goleta Valley/Gaviota.

On Monday there were seven deaths. Six individuals were over 70 years of age and one was between 30-49 years old. Five had underlying medical conditions. One death was associated with an outbreak at a congregate facility.

Two people resided in Santa Barbara, two in Santa Maria, one in Goleta, one in south county unincorporated, and one in Orcutt.

There have now been 298 deaths in the county from COVID-19 of various ages and backgrounds.

There are currently 1,288 active cases. Of those, 170 are hospitalized including 47 in the intensive care unit (ICU). Santa Barbara County's ICU availability is 17.10%.

More data can be found at

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sandy1 Feb 02, 2021 01:18 PM
Nine COVID-19 Deaths Over Weekend

The qualifying groups to receive the vaccine at this 02/02 noon time are Healthcare workers and people ages 75 and older. The current appointments available are expected to fill up quickly. When more appointments are known, you will receive another email alert. More information can be found on the public health website here. If you need assistance in scheduling appointments, you can call 2-1-1 and press option “4.”

Pharmacies with current limited availability for appointments:
Sav-On Pharmacy, 2320 South Broadway, Santa Maria 93455
Schedule Link:

Sav-On Pharmacy, 1120 East Clark Avenue, Orcutt 93455
Schedule Link:

Vons Pharmacy, 729 North H Street, Lompoc 93436
Schedule Link:

Sav-On Pharmacy, 1500 North H Street, Lompoc 93436
Schedule Link:

mtndriver Feb 01, 2021 07:45 PM
Nine COVID-19 Deaths Over Weekend

So now I'm hearing from friends in their 60s around the state that they have been vaccinated, and a couple of neighbors under 70 are going to LA to get their shots this week--no jumping the line, they signed up with their ages and addresses here in SB and still got appointments. It's pretty tempting when it seems like there isn't even enough vaccine in SB to give two doses to all the health care workers. Why is our county not getting more? There are almost half million of us here....

ChemicalSuperFreak Feb 02, 2021 04:38 PM
Nine COVID-19 Deaths Over Weekend

@2:59 PM: That very well may be the case and I wouldn't really be surprised. Those reports of pharmacists getting extra doses from the vials may have been because the pharmacies were lucky enough to have those low dead volume syringes already on hand.

a-1612306781 Feb 02, 2021 02:59 PM
Nine COVID-19 Deaths Over Weekend

The federal vaccine kits sent out with the vaccine doses contained the wasteful syringes from the beginning.

ChemicalSuperFreak Feb 02, 2021 02:49 PM
Nine COVID-19 Deaths Over Weekend

Sorry Pit, I don't know the models of the syringes they're using, but I can tell you that those low dead volume syringes are not commonplace. It wouldn't surprise me if those types of syringes were initially delivered with some of the vaccine, they ran short of them and were forced to substitute less efficient syringes with the shipment. I'm sure manufacturers are trying to increase production of these syringes but, as I pointed out earlier, another solution is to increase the volume of the vaccine in each vial to compensate for those few lost microliters. That requires FDA approval, which hopefully won't take long. I should note that technically it's not the problem of extracting the extra doses from the vial, as literally any syringe can do that. The problem is the injection ("to be delivered") volume will be short of what is required because some of the liquid will be trapped in spaces between the plunger and needle tip (aka dead volume) after the plunger is fully depressed if you're using a low efficiency syringe.

PitMix Feb 02, 2021 07:31 AM
Nine COVID-19 Deaths Over Weekend

CSF, do you know anything about the syringes the government (Trump Warp Speed) contracted for and provide with the vaccines? There are stories that they cannot extract a 6th dose from the vials even if there is enough vaccine for another dose.

SBSand Feb 02, 2021 07:14 AM
Nine COVID-19 Deaths Over Weekend

More details about the criteria - yes you have to show something that confirms residency in the county :( We are NOT doing that here.

From the website:
You will need to show proof that you are an LA County resident and that you are age 65 or older

Examples include:

Proof of age:

Driving license
California ID card or REAL ID card (from the DMV)
MediCare card
Social Security card
Military ID
Medical document/records from medical provider, clinic, or doctor
Membership card for a seniors only organization
Consular ID (Matricula Consular)
Any official document that includes name and date of birth
Proof that you live in LA County (must show your name and address):

Driver’s license
California ID card or REAL ID card (from the DMV)
Library card
Post- marked letter
Utility bill
Vehicle registration
Vehicle insurance
Voter registration confirmation
Rent receipt or lease or letter from landlord
School or employment document
Court document
Tax, Bank or insurance document
Post Office change of address confirmation
Letter or document from a Faith-based organization, shelter, non-profit institution with the name/address of issuing organization
Membership card – Union, YMCA, store club card, fitness center, community or neighborhood association, apartment building association

SBSand Feb 02, 2021 07:12 AM
Nine COVID-19 Deaths Over Weekend looks like the sign-up site for Dodger stadium. Locally the focus is still on 75 and older, and Healthcare workers. There just isn't enough vaccine to extend past that yet and there are thousands of people on both of those lists that are still trying to get their appt for their 1st vaccine. It may be weeks before SB is able to start giving them to people between 65-75 years old.

a-1612251461 Feb 01, 2021 11:37 PM
Nine COVID-19 Deaths Over Weekend

MTNDRIVER - Hmmm....wondering where they signed up in L A.... Everything we’ve seen makes it seem you have to show I.D. With an L A County address....

ChemicalSuperFreak Feb 01, 2021 07:52 PM
Nine COVID-19 Deaths Over Weekend

MTNDRIVER, I've heard that producing the vaccine is not the issue, but bottlenecks do exist in distribution. One proposal is to increase the volume of vaccine in each vial, so that each allocation of vaccines has the potential to vaccinate more people.

sacjon Feb 01, 2021 06:17 PM
Nine COVID-19 Deaths Over Weekend

It would be nice if they included how many new cases per 100K each day, since that is what schools are relying on for re-opening. It would be nice to see how close we are to elementary (25 per 100K per day) and secondary (Red Tier - 7 or less per 100K) re-opening. These kids need something to hope for!

bosco Feb 02, 2021 01:07 PM
Nine COVID-19 Deaths Over Weekend

These are available on SBCPH. Just like they have been since day one of Pandemic.

sacjon Feb 01, 2021 07:07 PM
Nine COVID-19 Deaths Over Weekend

CHEM - this is great, thanks! It's good to see this so I can encourage my kids with some glimmer of hope.

ChemicalSuperFreak Feb 01, 2021 06:47 PM
Nine COVID-19 Deaths Over Weekend

Hi Sacjon, the case rate for all of SB County is falling quickly, though not as fast as it could given the new surge in IV cases during the past 3 days. The new daily cases in IV for those 3 days comprise about 10% of the total daily cases for the entire county. Overall the downward trend looks promising. Here are the daily case rates (per 100,000) for the past 7 days. As always, these are the 7-day averages and are current (no 7-day delay).

1/26: 72.6
1/27: 66.6
1/28: 62.7
1/29: 67.7
1/30: 57.1
1/31: 54.7
2/1: 52.6

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