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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-1591039241 Mar 01, 2020 11:03 AM
Public Health Monitoring COVID-19 Transmissions in CA

Johns Hopkins Med, current/updated coronavirus cases worldwide (dramatic changes in recent days): https://gisanddata.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6

Shasta Guy Mar 01, 2020 10:46 AM
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We just need to keep watch on the Bay Area and see what they do when a few dozen cases pop up. Will their schools shut down, do businesses stay open, and what happens in the grocery stores. They’ll California’s field test. When the virus hits a community then public reaction has been swift. Hopefully we’ll stay calm, cool, and collected here.

a-1591039241 Mar 01, 2020 10:41 AM
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(1) Soap up hands. (2) Rub palm to palm. (3) Rub between fingers. (4) Rub both thumbs AND "V" between thumb and finger. (5) Rub back of each hand AND each wrist. (6) Rub fingertips of each hand. (7) Pat dry with paper towel. (8) Turn tap off using paper towel. Wash your hands as a purposeful activity. Vit C if smoker 25 micrograms of Vit D per day for immunity Sleep is important to help immune function

a-1591039241 Mar 01, 2020 10:28 AM
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Our firefighters, police/deputies, please be prepared for possible coronavirus calls. 25 firefighters and 2 police officers in Kirkland near Seattle are quarantined now. These were from 10 calls to Life Care Center last week, where there are infected elderly residents. Kirkland Fire Station 21 on Forbes Creek Drive has also been quarantined. There is a "stop".

EastBeach Mar 01, 2020 12:29 PM
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Your plea is more important than you think ... here in the US, the burden of public health emergencies are handled primarily by local health authorities. Laurie Garret (Pulitzer prize winning science journalist who has written extensively about infectious diseases) had some interesting things to say about that, and the virus in general, on this week's episode of WNYC's On the Media (Feb 28, 2020 episode).

Shasta Guy Mar 01, 2020 07:53 AM
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According to the San Francisco Chronicle, there is now a second case in Santa Clara county. The person is an acquaintance of the first case. The paywall only allowed viewing of the headline and first paragraph.

Shasta Guy Mar 01, 2020 08:07 AM
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Here’s a link about it from a different source. *** https://abc7news.com/5976313/ *** From the article: “ The patient is an adult woman who is a household contact of the third Santa Clara County case, and is "not hospitalized or ill," officials said.”. She’s a perfect example of a symptomless person going about her life not knowing she’s probably spreading the virus. If you have compromised health or advanced in age, plan accordingly.

ChillinGrillin Mar 01, 2020 12:03 AM
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To stay safe we should listen to the guy who wanted to nuke a hurricane and said the French should drop literal tons of water on Notre Dame. He knows a lot about science, bigly fantastic, phenomenal. Mike Pence is on top of it, the former governor of the state that ranks 40th in healthcare quality. What a complete joke.

a-1591039241 Feb 29, 2020 09:55 PM
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Democrat Congresswoman Richardson claims Trump cut CDC budget by 80%. Politifact check: PolitiFact couldn’t find any news articles that verified Richardson’s claim. It’s possible that Richardson misquoted the headline from this Washington Post story: "CDC to cut by 80 percent efforts to prevent global disease outbreak." The story says the CDC is downsizing one of its specific efforts – its epidemic prevention activities – because money is running out. The epidemic prevention programs "train front-line workers in outbreak detection and work to strengthen laboratory and emergency response systems in countries where disease risks are greatest," the Post reported. The CDC is cutting its efforts in 39 out of 49 countries. It’s unclear if Richardson misread the Washington Post headline. Nonetheless, PolitiFact believes this opportunity is as good as any to remind folks to read stories before making judgements about news based on headlines.....

jqb Feb 29, 2020 10:23 PM
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"Democrat Congresswoman Richardson claims Trump cut CDC budget by 80%. " -- So what? No one here claimed that. But Trump did cut the CDC budget: https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/trump-cut-cdcs-budget-democrats-claim-analysis/story?id=69233170 " The president introduced his fiscal year 2021 budget proposal on Feb. 10, just 11 days after the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a public health emergency of international concerns. The spending plan included a 16 percent reduction in CDC funding from the 2020 spending levels. In fact, all of Trump’s budget proposals have called for cuts to CDC funding, but Congress has intervened each time by passing spending bills with year-over-year increases for the CDC that Trump then signed into law."

jqb Feb 29, 2020 09:33 PM
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"elderly will be disproportionately affected because they typically get flu shots far more than the rest of the population" -- er, wut? Your claims are baseless and completely detached from reality.

a-1591039241 Feb 29, 2020 08:59 PM
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It’s already here they just don’t have tests yet but will next week. It’s like a bad flu epidemic but elderly will be disproportionately affected because they typically get flu shots far more than the rest of the population. Vax is 1-1.5yrs away.

jqb Feb 29, 2020 03:30 PM
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https://twitter.com/azbrodsky/status/1233842494993031169?s=20 "A friendly reminder: people who will be high-risk patients if we get coronavirus can hear you when you reassure everyone we're the only ones who might die."

jqb Feb 29, 2020 03:16 PM
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For coronavirus news junkies, here's a good source of (overly?) detailed information. There's stuff here that I hadn't seen before, like the high-risk Pope battling an apparent cold, and the unconfirmed anonymous reports of North Korea executing people who test positive (that's certainly not beyond Trump's love interest): https://twitter.com/Laurie_Garrett

a-1591039241 Feb 29, 2020 01:25 PM
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"Pedialyte" is nothing more than sugar, salt and water sold at premium prices. Plenty of home made recipes for the same brew, if one feels they must "restore electrolytes", which is basically sodium - you know aka table salt. Pick your own preferences for salt, sugar and water and know at least what is going into this "magic" elixir. Flavoring and coloring are the only other added-value to the commercial "electrolyte" drinks to justify the additional price. Stay hydrated - good old tap water is just fine. Your normal food intake will "restore your electrolytes", if you are self-treating any passing cold or flu at home.

Shasta Guy Feb 29, 2020 06:47 PM
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Severely ill people can have trouble with taking in and keeping down normal food. Getting them to drink pedialyte-Gatorade-Powerade and etc between bouts of throwing up can be one of the only ways to get eletrolytes in them. If you can’t get that done at home then you’re off to the hospital for IV fluids in many cases.

jqb Feb 29, 2020 02:44 PM
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Also zinc, which is an ingredient of Pedialyte: "As part of oral rehydration therapy, the WHO recommends supplemental zinc (10 to 20 mg daily) for ten to fourteen days, to reduce the severity and duration of the illness and make recurrent illness in the following two to three months less likely. Preparations are available as a zinc sulfate solution for adults, a modified solution for children and in tablet form." https://lifeirl.com/products/abbott-nutrition-pedialyte-nutritional-supplement-r-l51752-1-pound

jqb Feb 29, 2020 02:37 PM
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The osmolarity matters. If you're going to DIY, follow the guidelines mentioned here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oral_rehydration_therapy: "A basic oral rehydration therapy solution can also be prepared when packets of oral rehydration salts are not available. A WHO publication for physicians recommends a homemade ORS consisting of one liter water with one teaspoon salt (3 grams) and two tablespoons sugar (18 grams) added[17] (approximately the "taste of tears"[18]). Rehydration Project recommends adding the same amount of sugar but only one-half a teaspoon of salt, stating that this more dilute approach is less risky with very little loss of effectiveness.[19] Both agree that drinks with too much sugar or salt can make dehydration worse.[17][19] The molar ratio of sugar to salt should be 1:1 and the solution should not be hyperosmolar.[20] The Rehydration Project states, "Making the mixture a little diluted (with more than 1 litre of clean water) is not harmful."[21]"

a-1591039241 Feb 29, 2020 02:30 PM
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According to Canoe.com, the ingredients in pedialyte are: "Active ingredients (mg/100 mL): 2500 mg of dextrose, 205 mg of sodium chloride, 204 mg of potassium citrate, and 86 mg of sodium citrate. Nonmedicinal ingredients: water and citric acid." In other words, water, sugar and salt and 10% potassium, which is found in vegetables, fruit, seafood, and dairy products. Perhaps a potassium tablet with sugar and salt in water would be cheaper than commercial products and one could avoid added chemicals for color and flavoring.

a-1591039241 Feb 29, 2020 12:50 PM
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LA Times today covers something important and not talked about: the expensive and uneven U.S. health care system and the lack of medical leave available to most workers in the U.S. Countries that have both universal health care systems and medical leave have the means to effectively help people that are sick, and those that are at home still receive some income. That is not the case for many people here.

jqb Feb 29, 2020 03:53 PM
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Excellent realistic balanced article on how the U.S. health care system can respond and is responding: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/29/health/coronavirus-preparation-united-states.html

jqb Feb 29, 2020 01:36 PM
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The U.S. has less than 1 million hospital beds and almost all of them are full ... a consequence of a for-profit medical system that forces efficiency, resulting in a brittle system that can't handle sudden large influxes.

EastBeach Feb 29, 2020 01:20 PM
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I read that too ... Made me think of a co-worker who's office-mate was sick last week. The office-mate insisted he wasn't sick but was coughing & sneezing (w/o covering his mouth/face - so inconsiderate!). On the second day, he looked/sounded horrible and we caught him sleeping while sitting upright in his chair (how does one do that?). I decided to help my co-worker (she didn't want to say anything) and told the guy he should go home and rest before he got the office sick. He did stay home the next day. But guess what? This guy has said in the past he won't stay home when sick because he doesn't want to use up his "PTO". Those of you who get Paid Time Off but no sick leave know what I'm talking about.

a-1591039241 Feb 29, 2020 01:12 PM
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Most countries don't have the aggressive trial lawyers medical malpractice industry that one finds in the US, if you want to compare alternate health care delivery systems. This eliminates the extraneous and costly "defensive medicine" US doctors are forced to practice allowing the health care dollar to be better targeted. French, Swiss and Italian medical malpractice systems would be the first systems when starting these health care delivery comparison studies. Move on to Scandinavian, Canadian, UK systems. Compare how many billable procedures US systems undertake for similar types of conditions, when there are no material differences in outcomes, or even superior outcomes, in each of these countries.

jqb Feb 29, 2020 11:28 AM
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https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/1st-coronavirus-death-u-s-officials-say-n1145931 First COVID-19 death in the U.S. , in Washington state. Video of President's press conference. Before he speaks, someone else falsely claims that once you have recovered, you won't get it again ... there is already at least one case of that happening: https://edition.cnn.com/asia/live-news/coronavirus-outbreak-02-27-20-intl-hnk/h_8adfa7d440622ec4a812da0cf5726e91

Bodyboarder73 Feb 29, 2020 10:00 PM
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I'm not worried about it is all I'm saying. Exchange your info. All I did was state an opinion. It doesn't mean I'm right. It just means that's what I think. Maybe I'm wrong and we are all going to die from this virus. But I doubt it. I'll see you next year this time. Just remember that I'm probably right.

jqb Feb 29, 2020 07:36 PM
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Your refusal to defend your claims and instead attack me with ridiculous charges is extreme cowardice and dishonesty. You indict yourself. You have nothing to contribute, and I won't waste more time on you.

macpuzl Feb 29, 2020 07:29 PM
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No, BB73, you are delusional, and you've shown it on many subjects in the past. If it "will pass when it gets hotter outside", how do you explain the fact that it's spreading in parts of the world where it's tropical or summer, like Singapore?

jqb Feb 29, 2020 07:12 PM
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Still waiting to know "what's the basis of your statement, other than ignorance and "feels"?" You claimed "This will pass when it gets hotter outside" -- how do you know? You said "Besides, the yearly flu kills far more every year" -- how do you know how many this virus will kill per year? You said " I doubt we will see those kind of numbers" -- how do you know? As I pointed out, previous pandemics reached those levels. Being honest, factual and intelligent is not being paranoid or stressing out. If you don't want to engage factual claims or defend your own claims then you should go away and surf. Doing what you're doing IS trolling.

Bodyboarder73 Feb 29, 2020 06:26 PM
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All I'm saying is to relax. We can panic if it gets to become serious. All we can do is just be smart and stay grounded. It's npt worth stressing out about. That's hardly trolling. It's just my opinion.

jqb Feb 29, 2020 05:45 PM
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But you have time to troll and to mislead. We saw those numbers in the 1958 and 1967 pandemics, so what's the basis of your statement, other than ignorance and "feels"? It's not paranoia, it's about being factual and honest.

jqb Feb 29, 2020 07:16 PM
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"I'm not gonna worry about it." -- No one said you had to worry about it. You're free to hop on a plane to Wuhan, if that's what you want to do. But what you are doing instead is coming here and dissing people who are concerned and are exchanging information. There's a word for that.

jqb Feb 29, 2020 10:46 AM
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"the yearly flu kills far more every year" -- we don't yet know how many people this will kill this year; it has just started spreading. It could well be in the millions, far more than the yearly flu.

a-1591039241 Feb 29, 2020 09:55 AM
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How to safely remove disposable gloves (and not infect local area in the process). Video is 4 minutes: https://www.procpr.org/training_video/glove-removal-and-disposal

a-1591039241 Feb 29, 2020 09:43 AM
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SHASTA GUY, yes on Gatorade. Most people who get coronavirus will be told to quarantine themselves at home for at least 14 days. There is no treatment for coronavirus, yet. Your reference is someone who was hospitalized, and the medical treatment was Gatorade, nothing else, the patient reported. For my home health kit for coronavirus, I have Pedialyte w/zinc (no Gatorade). I have aspirin for fever, but might not use because you want your fever to fight the virus (unless the fever goes over 102). Hospitals have their own set of germs, so avoid if possible. Get lots of sleep, stay warm, keep hydrated, keep your area clean (and don't reinfect yourself?), have a package of cough drops for some localized relief. Of course, if you get seriously ill with pneumonia/high fever, medical intervention is required.

Shasta Guy Feb 29, 2020 10:36 AM
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My son got the actual flu in December. We kept him hydrated with electrolytes using sports drinks. We were fastidious in our care of him and no one else in our house caught it. A month later my college aged daughter got a nasty vomit + diarrhea thing and we did the same thing for her. The primary goal is to prevent dehydration which can escalate into many other bad things. Sports drinks + fever reducers + hospital class hygiene will get most anyone through this thing. I’m beginning to think that the combination of excessive smoking and air pollution contributed to the severity of the virus in China. Much cleaner air and healthier living here may mean it won’t be as bad for us, I hope.

a-1591039241 Feb 29, 2020 09:25 AM
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This update yesterday on this Edhat thread, Cottage Hospital: "Effective March 1, new security measures will include photo identification for visitors." Does that really have to do with coronavirus measures, or something else--crime?

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