Public Health Monitoring COVID-19 Transmissions in CA

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Update by City of Santa Barbara
February 28, 2020

Local Information on Coronavirus

The City of Santa Barbara is coordinating with the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department to receive the latest updates and emergency procedures on the coronavirus from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC). 

As you may be aware, the CDC recently confirmed two possible cases of person-to-person transmission of COVID-19 in California in the general public. These individuals reside in Northern California and are receiving medical care in Sacramento County. The individuals had no known exposure to the virus through travel or close contact with a known infected individual. The CDC has sent a team to support the California Public Health Department to investigate these cases. 


Update by Santa Barbara Unified 
February 28, 2020
 

Santa Barbara Unified School District officials are closely monitoring the Coronavirus situation and are following the guidelines set forth by the county and state Public Health Departments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC.) We will continue to update our families and staff through our website, Parentsquare and other communication channels. The Santa Barbara County’s Public Health Department has local information HERE  and has established a hotline with recorded information in English and Spanish at 805-681-4373.

Los funcionarios del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Bárbara continúan monitoreando de cerca la situación del coronavirus y siguiendo las recomendaciones del Departamento de Salud Pública del condado y el estado, y de los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC, por sus siglas en inglés).  Mantendremos informadas a nuestras familias y miembros del personal por medio de nuestra página web, ParentSquare y otros medios de comunicación. El Departamento de Salud Pública del condado de Santa Bárbara tiene información local en su sitio web, y ha creado la siguiente línea telefónica directa con información grabada en inglés y en español: 805-681-4373.


Source: Public Health Department
February 27, 2020
 

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed [Wednesday] a possible first case of person-to-person transmission of COVID-19 in California in the general public. The individual is a resident of Solano County and is receiving medical care in Sacramento County. The individual had no known exposure to the virus through travel or close contact with a known infected individual. There are no cases of COVID-19 in Santa Barbara County at this time.

California has a strong health care system and public health infrastructure. California has prepared for the potential spread of diseases, such as H1N1, in the past and is prepared and actively responding to the potential community spread of COVID-19. Contact tracing in this case has already begun.

The health risk from novel coronavirus to the public remains low at this time. While COVID-19 has a high transmission rate, it has a low mortality rate. From the international data we have, of those who have tested positive for COVID-19, approximately 80 percent do not exhibit symptoms that would require hospitalization. There have been no confirmed deaths related to COVID-19 in the United States to date. California is carefully assessing the situation as it evolves.

Locally in Santa Barbara County, the Public Health Department (PHD) is working closely with its healthcare partners to assure screening, testing, and care for potential COVID-19 patients is available across the county. The PHD is providing ongoing guidance and alerts to healthcare partners in coordination with the California Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Healthcare partners, including EMS providers, are participating in weekly teleconferences with the PHD to assure that procedures are in place at each facility to safely screen patients and protect healthcare workers and the community.

“Public Health has been working diligently to prepare for the possibility of a COVID-19 case in our county. The health of our Santa Barbara County community is our top priority and although we’ve seen a possible case of community transmission in our state, the risk to our County community remains low at this time,” shared Van Do-Reynoso, Director for the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department. “We will continue to keep community members and local health care providers informed as we know more.”

As in any public health emergency, the California Department of Public Health's Emergency Operations Center has been actively coordinating response efforts across the state and preparing for possible community transmission. California continues to prepare and respond in coordination with federal and local partners. This would be the first known instance of person-to-person transmission in the general public in the United States. Previously known instances of person-to-person transmission in the United States include one instance in Chicago, Illinois, and one in San Benito County, California. Both cases were after close, prolonged interaction with a family member who returned from Wuhan, China and had tested positive for COVID-19.

As of today, including this new case, California has had 7 travel-related cases, one close contact case, and now one community transmission. As with any virus, especially during the flu season, there are a number of steps you can take to protect your health and those around you:

• Washing hands with soap and water.
• Avoiding touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoiding close contact with people who are sick are all ways to reduce the risk of infection with a number of different viruses.
• Staying away from work, school or other people if you become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough.

For more information about COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019), please visit the SBCPHD website.

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a-1594306289 Mar 02, 2020 06:18 PM
Public Health Monitoring COVID-19 Transmissions in CA

Anyone have advice on grocery delivery in the SB city area. I’m over 65 and I already have a chest cold, so I’m trying not to go out around people while I’m coughing. I am looking for the best way to get basics - bread, eggs, juice, vegetables and such. I tried Instacart but I wasn’t that happy, I also didn’t like having to sign the Uber driver’s sticky phone. And as near as I can tell, no service delivers Trader Joe’s. Has anyone found a service they like? Thanks!

MountainMan4865 Mar 02, 2020 06:35 PM
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Just did a quick search - came up with this site http://sbshopanddelivery.com/ I would have been surprised if there wasn't some local company providing this service.

Get over it Mar 02, 2020 06:13 PM
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Calm down, folks. It's going to be okay... https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/coronavirus-is-a-deadly-threat-%e2%80%94-but-fear-and-panic-are-more-dangerous-global-health-chief-says/ar-BB10EaAQ?li=BBnb7Kz

jqb Mar 02, 2020 11:06 PM
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Yes, good article. I reported before that the mortality rate for 70-79 is 8% and for 80 and over is 14% ... this shows it as closer to 15%. But this is important: "Your prognosis also depends on the treatment you get. In turn, that depends on what is available and the stage of the epidemic. If the epidemic takes off, then healthcare systems could get swamped with cases - there are only so many intensive care units or ventilators available in any given area. " ... so it's hard to extrapolate mortality rates for us from the current stats which are mostly from Wuhan. But if you need a ventilator, you're in pretty dire straits. Some people don't die but end up with irreversible damage. At least one patient received a lung transplant, which is rather extreme.

jqb Mar 02, 2020 06:30 PM
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It says right in the headline "Coronavirus is a deadly threat" so no, it's not going to be ok. Of course people should stay calm and not panic, but all this "calm down, folks" and "get over it" is arrogant and rude and does not help AT ALL. The article quotes the World Health Organization director as saying "Stigma, to be honest, is more dangerous than the virus itself" -- certainly stigma is a very bad thing, and attacking people for being concerned is a form of stigmatization. And he says "“It’s fine to be concerned and worried" -- again, that's not the same as saying that it's going to be ok. It's possible to understand that it's not going to be ok, that it's a deadly threat, to worry and be concerned, and at the same time to remain calm and not panic.

jqb Mar 02, 2020 01:09 PM
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https://foreignpolicy.com/2020/01/25/wuhan-coronavirus-safety-china/ "As China’s epidemic continues to spread, things may seem scary. Here are 10 simple precautions that can protect you from contracting the coronavirus."

jqb Mar 02, 2020 01:28 PM
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You might want to attend this ... it could be educational. https://artsandlectures.ucsb.edu/Details.aspx?PerfNum=4305 "The future is being transformed by climate change, faster and more dramatically than we realized. Politics, technology, cities, business, even our sense of history, human rights and justice will all be changed by this massive force. But how? To what degree? Author of the critically-hailed bestseller The Uninhabitable Earth and deputy editor and climate change columnist at New York magazine, David Wallace-Wells tells the epic story of our time. He asks key questions and reminds us that everything is within our control, so long as we resist complacency. This, he says, is the moment to truly engage with what climate change really means."

PitMix Mar 02, 2020 10:09 AM
Public Health Monitoring COVID-19 Transmissions in CA

The info I have read indicates that children are not a risk from this. The people at risk seem to be older with underlying health problems. If you are healthy and less than 60, your biggest risk is being trampled by people being panicked to act crazily.

jqb Mar 02, 2020 01:33 PM
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This is not a flu. While it's important to get a flu shot, the flu shot does not and cannot give you immunity to COVID-19, any more than it can give you immunity to the measles -- this is basic biology, regarding how the immune system and vaccines work.

a-1594306289 Mar 02, 2020 01:22 PM
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That has been curious - this flu so far is reported to not affect children. Wondering also if those who have been impacted did or did not have a flu shot this year. What other co-factors will we learn about once this sorts out in a few more months.

a-1594306289 Mar 02, 2020 07:11 AM
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Our S.B. and Goleta firefighters, police/deputies, please be prepared for possible coronavirus calls. More than 25 firefighters and 2 police officers in Kirkland near Seattle are quarantined now.

a-1594306289 Mar 02, 2020 07:05 AM
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S.B. County, begin today, protect all fire fighters, EMTs/ambulance personnel, police, deputies, front office medical personnel at hospitals/doctors offices. Be smart.

a-1594306289 Mar 02, 2020 07:02 AM
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Follow: https://twitter.com/ai6yrham?lang=en . "...we're going to run out of nurses, EMTs, paramedics, and firefighters on the West Coast if we keep this up. UC Davis Medical Center quarantine of 124 health care workers incl 36 nurses..."

a-1594306289 Mar 02, 2020 06:40 AM
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Who pays for mandatory quarantine and treatment? Payment of tests/care for COVID19: “Under §70.13 CDC Director can authorize payment for care & treatment, although it's secondary to any state, local, or private insurance obligations”. What the chance Director will authorize it? Unclear. https://twitter.com/DrEricDing

a-1594306289 Mar 01, 2020 10:14 PM
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NPR reports: ...."Already this flu season (which generally begins in the U.S. in October and peaks during winter months), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more than 15 million people in the U.S. have gotten sick with flu. More than 150,000 Americans have been hospitalized, and more than 8,000 people have died from their infection. And, this isn't even a particularly bad flu year. "Last year, we had 34,000 deaths from flu," says epidemiologist Brandon Brown of the University of California, Riverside. On average, the flu is responsible for somewhere between 12,000 and 61,000 deaths each year. "And this is just in the United States," Brown says....."

Sam The Dog Mar 02, 2020 12:24 PM
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"It is important to remember that early on in an epidemic, there is a 'tip of the iceberg' phenomenon where we overestimate more severe cases and mild or asymptomatic cases go unrecognized, so the mortality seems higher than the reality," Todd Ellerin, director of infectious diseases and vice chairman of the department of medicine at South Shore Hospital, wrote in a post on the Harvard Health Blog. The coronavirus has a fatality rate of about 3.4%, but health experts predict it could be lower as more cases come to light

jqb Mar 02, 2020 12:23 PM
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Here's the businessinsider article referred to, since the dog's comment containing the link was deleted: https://www.businessinsider.com/what-having-swine-flu-taught-me-about-the-coronavirus-2020-2

jqb Mar 02, 2020 12:13 PM
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There isn't anything in that businessinsider article that I disagree with, but I read the whole thing, and I read it honestly. For instance, "I am, of course, lucky to have survived a virus ... the "coronavirus is more deadly than swine flu ... While it would be remiss to downplay the severity of an illness like swine flu or the coronavirus ...". The article contradicts everything you claim. As for panic, I have never advocated panic ... I simply provide facts.

jqb Mar 02, 2020 12:03 PM
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https://twitter.com/Laurie_Garrett/status/1234569020428476418?s=20 "Complicating interpretation of #COVID19 is our record breaking #Flu epidemic, filling jospitals." In other news, there are now 5 deaths in the U.S.: https://twitter.com/HelenBranswell/status/1234563286823264264?s=20 and "The National Association of Science Writers calls on the Trump Administration to allow government experts to speak freely about the outbreak of the coronavirus disease COVID-19 and the nation’s public health response." https://twitter.com/sciencecohen/status/1234546157168123912?s=20

jqb Mar 02, 2020 11:45 AM
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This page from a reliable source--the sort of people whose thoughts matter--indicates that case-fatality rate is 2.3%: http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspective/2020/02/study-72000-covid-19-patients-finds-23-death-rate However, this page (I don't know how reliable it is) notes how hard it is to estimate the mortality rate while an outbreak is in progress. It calculates that the rate may be closer to 6%. And it notes that during the SARS outbreak, the World Health Organization estimated the rate to be 4%, whereas the rate turned out to be 9.6%: https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/coronavirus-death-rate/ (the top page at this site has some interesting constantly updated global statistics on population, government spending, etc.)

jqb Mar 02, 2020 11:24 AM
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Those facts about the flu season aren't disputed, but have nothing to do with COVID-19, which is *a totally different disease* ... except that the flu going around complicates detection and diagnosis of COVID-19, and having the flu AND COVID-19 greatly enhances one's risk for serious and possibly fatal complications, which is why people are strongly advised to get their flu shot (but for some reason some people think that such warnings are a "Democrat plot to make Trump look bad").

jqb Mar 01, 2020 09:15 PM
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Having this man in charge is a huge danger to us all. It's not just me saying this ... see the comment thread on this tweet. Pence, who lies at the drop of a hat, is playing politics, doing damage control, and burying information ... the first thing he did is muzzle all the health professionals. Here just fabricates nonsense about "testing" or "screening" (he intentionally conflates the two) 47,000 people: https://twitter.com/Acyn/status/1234137222439260160?s=20

Shasta Guy Mar 01, 2020 08:54 PM
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We just did our regular shopping run. TJs on DLV was wiped out of TP, most basic canned goods, most types of pasta, nearly all types of pasta sauce. We got our normal stuff and a couple prepper items for the cupboard. Grocery Outlet on DLV is currently well stocked with canned goods and TP. Lots of freezer items at both places.

jqb Mar 01, 2020 06:53 PM
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https://twitter.com/Laurie_Garrett/status/1234161642151301120?s=20 "According to this #SARSCoV2 genetic analysis the viral strain in Washington State traces to a Chinese strain from Fujian, likely arriving in Seattle area before January 15. If this is true, #COVID19 has been in the area, undetected, for 6 weeks. https://nextstrain.org/ncov?f_division=Washington"

jqb Mar 01, 2020 07:18 PM
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That would be a consequence of lack of testing. Much more testing is needed. Better late than never: https://twitter.com/NYTScience/status/1234228623164481540?s=20 "The C.D.C. has insisted on using its own tests to diagnose coronavirus infections, delaying results and limiting health workers’ ability to detect more infections early on. Now, F.D.A. has overruled that policy."

Shasta Guy Mar 01, 2020 07:04 PM
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With an incubation period of up to two weeks, many may have developed the mild form thinking they just had an ordinary cold not knowing they might have had the Coronavirus. It could be that only the ones who developed the serious form got tested, but the mild cases are slipping under the radar.

Shasta Guy Mar 01, 2020 06:25 PM
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Three new cases in Santa Clara County today. It looks like the kernels in the popcorn popper are beginning to pop. *** https://www.kron4.com/news/three-more-cases-of-coronavirus-reported-in-santa-clara-county/

Shasta Guy Mar 01, 2020 04:19 PM
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A couple new cases in the Bay Area. Alameda County just declared a state of emergency. 124 health care workers which includes at least 36 nurses, are self quarantined at home in Solano County after being exposed to the Solano County infected person. We only have two hospitals here, so we’ll be in bad shape quickly if a medical staff exposure + self quarantine happens here.

a-1594306289 Mar 01, 2020 01:29 PM
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Worthy of fact-checking. Every congressional election year a new flu: * 2004 - SARS * 2008 - AVIAN * 2010 - SWINE * 2012 - MERS * 2014 - EBOLA * 2016 - ZIKA * 2018 - EBOLA * 2020 - CORONA

jqb Mar 01, 2020 09:27 PM
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The first alerts about Y2K came as early as 1984; companies worked for decades fixing the related bugs, accelerating that effort as the date drew near. It had nothing to do with an "election year". The consequences were insignificant only because hundreds of billions of dollars had been spent to fix the problems before the date when they would have been triggered. And the bit about "Every congressional election year a new flu" isn't worthy of fact-checking because it's completely fabricated ... odd years are shifted to be even to fit the absurd framing, most of these diseases are not influenza, Ebola was first identified in 1976 and there have been numerous outbreaks up to the present day, etc. None of this as anything at all to do with elections.

a-1594306289 Mar 01, 2020 01:21 PM
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Who knew that compulsive cleaners would have the last laugh! If that's you, congratulations! Disinfect: buttons on dishwasher, washing machine, and microwave. Steering wheel in car and door handles inside and outside; glove compartment handle. Toilet handle. Front and back house door handles, inside and outside. Knobs on stove. Handles: cups, spoons, knives, forks, utensils. Handles on brooms/mops. Take tissues to store and use on payment pad, carts. Use tissue on anything at stores or banks that require your touch. Handle tissue carefully and throw away immediately.

a-1594306289 Mar 01, 2020 01:08 PM
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EASTBEACH, thanks for Laurie Garrett info. I saw her interviewed on MSNBC last week and have been following her coronavirus insights for several weeks here: https://twitter.com/Laurie_Garrett

EastBeach Mar 01, 2020 01:28 PM
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She's been a voice of practical reason in this sea of political exhortations for sure. Though I'm concerned many people won't have the skills to process straight-dope info.

a-1594306289 Mar 01, 2020 12:58 PM
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Canned veggies, meats, fruits are good so that you don't have to shop often. Stock up on certain products now isn't so much to avoid potential shortages in the event of an outbreak but to practice what experts call social distancing. Basically, you want to avoid crowds to minimize your risk. When/if coronavirus spreads locally, the last place you want to be is in line at a crowded grocery store or drugstore.

a-1594306289 Mar 01, 2020 12:51 PM
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(1) Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds whenever you return home, after coughing or sneezing, after caring for the sick, before eating, after using the toilet, and after handling animals or animal waste. If you cannot wash your hands, use alcohol or an alcohol-based sanitizer. (2) When coughing or sneezing, use the crook of your arm to cover your mouth or use a tissue. Throw the tissue in a closed bin, and then wash your hands. (3) Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. (4) Avoid close contact with people who are sick. The CDC believes the virus can spread within 6 feet, so keep at least that much distance between yourself and someone showing symptoms. (5) Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Shasta Guy Mar 01, 2020 11:17 AM
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Video from a Costco in Sunnyvale in Silicon Valley *** https://twitter.com/RGVirtual/status/1234141088555778049 *** It looks like the panic shopping at Costco has begun. Incredible. If you are not prepared by now it’s going to get tough from now on.

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