Ninth COVID-19 Related Death in County
By edhat staff
The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) reports the ninth COVID-19 related death and eighteen additional cases.
The individual who passed resided in the City of Santa Barbara and un-incorporated Mission Canyon area and was in their 40’s with underlying health conditions. As of today, there are 544 confirmed cases of COVID-19, of which 442 have fully recovered.
We are saddened by the loss of this individual and extend our deepest condolences to their friends and family. As we continue to battle the spread of COVID-19, we ask community members to continue doing their part by wearing facial coverings while in public and continuing to practice social distancing,” said Van Do-Reynoso, PhD, Director of Public Health.
Thirty-seven (37) people are recovering at home, Thirty-seven (37) are recovering in a hospital, eleven (11) of whom are in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU), and nineteen (19) are pending an update. Nine (9) deaths have been reported.
Please visit Santa Barbara County’s coronavirus web page for other preparedness resources and updates at https://publichealthsbc.org/.
For general questions about COVID-19 and precautions currently recommended by Santa Barbara County Public Health, residents may call the 2-1-1 Call Center 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by dialing 2-1-1 if calling from within the county; or (800) 400-1572 if calling from outside the area.
Cottage Health Numbers
Below is a status update as of May 5, 2020.
· Cottage Health is caring for a total of 238 patients across all campuses.
· 172 are acute care patients; 201 acute care beds remain available.
· In surge planning, capacity is identified for adding 270 acute care beds.
· Of the 172 patients, 14 patients are on ventilators; 61 ventilators remain available (adult, pediatric and neonatal ventilators).
· Of the 172 patients, 17 are in isolation with COVID-19 symptoms; 13 are confirmed COVID-19 positive.
· Of 17 patients in isolation, 7 patients are in critical care.
· Cottage has collected 4,395 cumulative test samples: 231 resulted in positive, 4,063 resulted in negative, and 101 are pending. In most of these tests, patients did not require hospital admission.
On May 4, Cottage began a gradual return to scheduled non-emergency essential procedures and surgeries, starting at half capacity. As a precaution, patients are being tested for COVID-19 prior to procedures. Hospital teams will closely monitor COVID-19 status in the community, testing availability, hospital capacity and supply inventory, with ability to scale back procedures if the situation changes.
Our staff is well-prepared to provide safe care. Community members should feel safe to seek emergency care and other essential medical care to ensure their ongoing health.
SLO and Ventura Counties
As of Tuesday, San Luis Obispo County is reporting 202 cases. Of those, 156 have recovered, 40 are under quarantine at home, 5 are in the hospital with three in the ICU, and there has been 1 death.
Ventura County is reporting a total of 595 cases. Of those, 416 are recovered, 160 are under quarantine at home, 22 are hospitalized with 11 in the ICU, and there have been 19 deaths. Ventura County has conducted 11,854 tests.