One Death and 35 New COVID-19 Cases

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By edhat staff

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) is reporting an additional death and 35 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday.

The resident was over 70 years of age, had underlying health conditions, and lived in the City of Lompoc and the communities of Mission Hills and Vandenberg Village. This was the county's 91st death.

Deaths are reported when a death certificate is processed listing COVID-19 as a cause or a significant condition. The process can take several days and up to 2 months to finalize if pending Coroner verification.

There are now 7,951 total COVID-19 cases with 228 being active. Of the active cases 52 are hospitalized with 22 in the intensive care unit (ICU).

More data can be found here:

Cottage Health Specific Numbers

Below is a status update as of August 27, 2020. 

  • Cottage Health is caring for a total of 273 patients across all campuses.
  • 222 are acute care patients; 166 acute care beds remain available.  
  • Of the 222 acute care patients, 7 patients are on ventilators.
    83 ventilators remain available (adult, pediatric and neonatal ventilators).
  • Of the 222 acute care patients, 20 are in isolation with COVID-19 symptoms;
    18 are confirmed COVID-19 positive.
  • Of the 20 patients in isolation, 6 patients are in critical care.
  • From August 10–16:  
    2,591 COVID-19 laboratory tests were collected by Cottage Health.
    Results: 117 positive, 2,474 negative
  • From August 17–23:  
    2,292 COVID-19 laboratory tests were collected by Cottage Health.
    Results: 97 positive, 1,988 negative, 207 pending
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ChemicalSuperFreak Aug 27, 2020 05:40 PM
One Death and 35 New COVID-19 Cases

35 new cases sounds like a small number, until you look at the number of tests reported today, which is a third of that reported yesterday. Compared to yesterday, the % of positives actually doubled.

a-1598625285 Aug 28, 2020 07:34 AM
One Death and 35 New COVID-19 Cases

It seems to me that if it was easy to take a test and the results returned more quickly, it would be a big step in isolating positive cases sooner, and slowing down the spread. I have heard of drive-thru testing and 48 hour results turnaround in other cities (Seattle, NYC).

kkastner0 Aug 28, 2020 09:49 AM
One Death and 35 New COVID-19 Cases

There is a private company offering tests at the Ventura County Fairgrounds (not to be confused with the free County testing being done there as well) that offers results within 1 hour.

a-1598633818 Aug 28, 2020 09:56 AM
One Death and 35 New COVID-19 Cases

A friend told us that he recently traveled to Germany and had a test done in the arrival airport prior to being allowed into the country. He said the results were reported in 15 minutes. If that's true, one has to wonder why we can't do the same type of testing in the US.

ChemicalSuperFreak Aug 28, 2020 01:01 PM
One Death and 35 New COVID-19 Cases

That 15-minute test that your friend got in Germany detects the nucleocapsid protein from SARS-CoV-2. Abbot just got and FDA EUA for this very inexpensive and quick test. The problem is that it's really designed for symptomatic patients, and only good for a number of days from onset. There are truly a lot of limitations with this test, but I suppose it's a valiant effort and better than nothing. Just don't pretend that if Trump ordered everyone have this test tomorrow you'd eradicate SARS-CoV-2 overnight. That's shortsighted. First, it's going to miss a lot of cases. Second, you still have an issue with people who enter this country without passing through border control checkpoints. You can read more about Abbott's version of the test and its performance here:

buckwheat Aug 28, 2020 12:40 PM
One Death and 35 New COVID-19 Cases

The reason why we can't do what Germany does is because our leadership, i.e., Trump, doesn't care enough about the citizenry to try to prevent the spread of the virus!

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