Public Health Claims COVID-19 Case Increase is "Astronomical"
By edhat staff
The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) claimed the recent increase in COVID-19 cases is "astounding" and "astronomical."
PHD Director Dr. Van Do-Reynoso made the statements during the Board of Supervisor meeting on Tuesday morning.
The county's case rate is 68 per 100,000 population with 16.8% testing positivity. The intensive care unit (ICU) availability four weeks ago in the county 38.4%, it dropped to just below 15% on December 24, and on January 5 it decreased to 0%
These metrics are anticipated to get worse until at least the end of January mainly due to resident's holiday travel and gatherings.
The occupations that continue to be the most affected according to contact tracing are retired/unemployed residents, people under 18 years of age, and people who work in clerical/administrative settings.
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) projects the county's data will not meet the criteria to move out of the lockdown order in the next four weeks.
PHF is offering 1,173 COVID-19 tests per day at various sites throughout the county. There is a walk-up, no appointment needed test in Isla Vista available on Fridays and Saturdays as well as a mobile testing unit at the CenCal Health parking lot. (Click here for more information on testing)
PHD has received 2,800 COVID-19 vaccine doses and administered 40% of these in three days. Community providers, including hospitals and clinics, received 13,975 vaccine doses and administered 53% within three weeks.
Those who have questions about the vaccine and if they are eligible are urged to call 2-1-1 where they will be referred to a public health representative.
On Tuesday evening PHD reported 470 new COVID-19 cases and eight deaths.
Seven individuals were 70+ years of age and one was between 50-69 years of age. Six had underlying medical issues and three deaths were associated with an outbreak at congregate facilities.
Three individuals resided in Santa Maria, one in South County Unincorporated, one in Santa Barbara, one in Lompoc, one in Orcutt, and one in North County Unincorporated.
There have been 207 total deaths.
There are currently 2,895 active cases with 211 people in the hospital, including 57 in the ICU.
More information can be found at https://publichealthsbc.org