Public Health Echo Governor's Timeline As Cases Reach 313
Governor Gavin Newsom speaking during Tuesday's press conference (Photo: Livestream)
By edhat staff
The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) announced 29 additional confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) on Tuesday evening. This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 313.
There are currently 133 cases confirmed in their homes, 124 have made full recoveries, 40 are hospitalized with 15 of those in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 14 are pending information, and there have been 2 deaths. From the 313 total there have been 38 healthcare workers who tested positive. More information on ages and locations can be found here.
Of the 29 new cases, 13 are related to the outbreak at the Lompoc Federal Prison. There are currently 67 inmates who have tested positive with 12 hospitalizations, 2 of those in the ICU. Additionally, 24 prison staff members have tested positive with 1 of those cases in the hospital. PHD continues to work with officials at the Lompoc Federal Prison to establish a field hospital on the prison grounds.
California's Six Indicators
The latest numbers were released following California Governor Gavin Newsom's Tuesday afternoon press conference outlining six indicators that are needed before easing the stay-at-home order.
“While Californians have stepped up in a big way to flatten the curve and buy us time to prepare to fight the virus, at some point in the future we will need to modify our stay-at-home order,” said Governor Newsom. “As we contemplate reopening parts of our state, we must be guided by science and data, and we must understand that things will look different than before.”
Newsom stated that until residents build immunity, actions will be aligned to ensure the ability to care for the sick within hospitals, prevent infection in people who are at high risk for severe disease, build the capacity to protect the health and well-being of the public, and reduce social, emotional and economic disruptions.
California’s six indicators for modifying the stay-at-home order are:
- The ability to monitor and protect our communities through testing, contact tracing, isolating, and supporting those who are positive or exposed;
- The ability to prevent infection in people who are at risk for more severe COVID-19;
- The ability of the hospital and health systems to handle surges;
- The ability to develop therapeutics to meet the demand;
- The ability for businesses, schools, and child care facilities to support physical distancing; and
- The ability to determine when to reinstitute certain measures, such as the stay-at-home orders, if necessary.
The Governor said there is not a precise timeline for modifying the stay-at-home order, but that these six indicators will serve as the framework for making that decision. He also noted that things will look different as California makes modifications. For example, restaurants will have fewer tables and classrooms will be reconfigured.
PHD Officer Dr. Henning Ansorg stated Santa Barbara County will follow the state's guidance while taking local needs into consideration. Ultimately they're looking for a plateau of hospitalizations and ICU cases. The decline of cases needs to be sustained and ongoing for a few weeks. They'll have a better understanding at the end of April, he said.
Rate of Testing
Santa Barbara has conducted over 3,200 tests and has a testing rate of 0.77% which is close to the national average of 0.87% while positive tests are between 8.5-8.8%. The uptick reflects the outbreak in the Lompoc prison, said Dr. Stewart Comer, PHD Lab Director.
All hospitals in Santa Barbara County now have access to rapid testing for Tier 1 patients experiencing symptoms. Tier 1 patients include healthcare workers, first responders, elderly, and people living in congregate settings such as an assisted living community. Rapid testing takes less than 12 hours for a result. Two hospitals in the area also have access to testing that produces results in less than 3 hours.
Cottage Health Numbers
Below is a status update as of April 14, 2020.
· Cottage Health is caring for a total of 204 patients across all campuses.
· 157 are acute care patients; 216 acute care beds remain available.
· In surge planning, capacity is identified for adding 270 acute care beds.
· Of the 157 patients, 11 patients are on ventilators; 53 ventilators remain available (adult, pediatric and neonatal ventilators)
· Of the 157 patients, 20 are in isolation with COVID-19 symptoms; 16 are confirmed COVID-19 positive.
· Of 20 patients in isolation, 9 patients are in critical care.
· Cottage has collected 1,811 cumulative test samples: 146 resulted in positive, 1,585 resulted in negative, and 80 are pending. In most of these tests, patients did not require hospital admission.
Ventura and SLO Counties
As of Tuesday, Ventura County reports 33 new cases for a total of 350 cases. Of the 350 cases, 136 have recovered, and 23 are currently hospitalized with 8 in the ICU. There have been 13 deaths ranging in age from 51 to 89, all had preexisting conditions.
San Luis Obispo County is reporting 120 cases. Of those, 101 have fully recovered, 15 are recovering at home, 3 are hospitalized, and 1 person has died.