Public Health Recommends Masks Indoors in Santa Barbara County

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Source: Santa Barbara County Public Health Department

The County of Santa Barbara Recommends Masking Indoors for Everyone, as a Precaution Against Increased Circulation of COVID-19.  As of July 16, Santa Barbara's reported daily case rate is now 3.6 per 100,000 and rising. With cases of COVID-19 rising locally and increased circulation of the highly transmissible Delta variant, the County of Santa Barbara recommends that everyone, regardless of vaccination status, wear masks indoors in public places as an extra precautionary measure for those who are fully vaccinated, and to ensure easy verification that all unvaccinated people are masked in those settings.

As of July, the Delta variants comprised 50 percent of all specimens sequenced in California, and continues to rise. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) noted that Delta variants are now responsible for 58 percent of new infections across the country.

Fully vaccinated people are well-protected from infections and serious illness due to known COVID-19 variants including Delta variants, and vaccinating as many people as possible, as soon as possible, continues to be our best defense against severe COVID-19 infection, and the harm it can do to our region. Vaccines are safe, effective, free, and widely available to everyone 12 and older.

Out of an abundance of caution, people are recommended to wear masks indoors in settings like grocery or retail stores, theaters, and family entertainment centers, even if they are fully vaccinated as an added layer of protection for unvaccinated residents. Businesses are urged to adopt universal masking requirements for customers entering indoor areas of their businesses to provide better protection to their employees and customers. Workplaces must comply with Cal/OSHA requirements and fully vaccinated employees are encouraged to wear masks indoors if their employer has not confirmed the vaccination status of those around them.

“It remains critically important that we continue to practice safety guidelines such as staying home if feeling ill, wear a mask in public indoor settings, avoid crowded events, and practice good hand hygiene,” said Dr. Henning Ansorg, County Health Officer. For masks to work properly, they need to completely cover your nose and mouth and fit snugly against the sides of your face and around your nose.

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department will revisit this recommendation in the coming weeks as they continue to monitor transmission rates, hospitalizations, deaths, and increasing vaccination rates throughout the region. Santa Barbara data can be monitored here.

“We have a method of preventing severe illness and hospitalization from the COVID-19 Delta variant which we know is effective, and that is getting vaccinated,” said Santa Barbara Public Health Director Dr. Van Do-Reynoso. “It remains critical for protection against infection, especially with circulating variants.”

People are considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. People with only one vaccine dose of Pfizer or Moderna not fully protected. Completion of the vaccine series is necessary to provide full protection.

Visit our website to learn where you can find a vaccination site near you or call 2-1-1. If you missed your second dose, please find a vaccination clinic near you.

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pstarSR Jul 19, 2021 06:38 PM
Public Health Recommends Masks Indoors in Santa Barbara County

Science supports it, you dont. Thats different.

Even vaccinated can get sick and pass it. Lets not give this virus mutation fuel! Think!

If we dont stop the spread it will mutate into something we all need to be concerned with. Stop putting your head in the sand

OpossumBoy Jul 20, 2021 07:26 AM
Public Health Recommends Masks Indoors in Santa Barbara County

Everything pstarsr said is true. The fully vaccinated can get COVID, and even if asymptomatic, will have several days during which they shed the virus. The vaccinated don’t get seriously ill, that’s all.

LooseCannon Jul 21, 2021 04:42 PM
Public Health Recommends Masks Indoors in Santa Barbara County

The CDC says science does not support a mask mandate for vaccinated people.

So who I am supposed to believe: The CDC, or OPOSSUMBOY or PSTARSR?

I'll go with the former, thanks.

Fauci says 99.5% hospitalized people with COVID are the unvaccinated.

WE NEED A VACCINE MANDATE, NOT A MASK MANDATE.

That's how we get to herd immunity.

The City of Santa Barbara should follow San Francisco and Pasadena in requiring city workers to get the vaccine. And private businesses should follow suit.

MarcelK Jul 21, 2021 11:32 AM
Public Health Recommends Masks Indoors in Santa Barbara County

"Lol of course Newsom ordered this."

False.

"He just isn’t letting any press out about his name attached to it, as it’ll affect the recall."

False.

"Come on."

Yes, come on, stop being a fundamentally dishonest person.

monkeyboy Jul 19, 2021 04:47 PM
Public Health Recommends Masks Indoors in Santa Barbara County

Interesting juxtaposition today. Went to Santa Cruz Market, every single person masked but me. Went to Whole Foods Market, not a single mask in the store other than my one checker. At some point, we just have to admit that some people are not going to get vaccinated for any reason, even if you drive the shot right to their street with a mobile clinic. Time to let people take responsibility for their own actions and let those who have taken precautions live our normal lives again. Covid is never going away and these mask mandates and whipsaw regulations are just not sustainable forever.

sbmh2015 Jul 19, 2021 06:06 PM
Public Health Recommends Masks Indoors in Santa Barbara County

What about the children that aren't eligible for vaccination yet ? Should we forget about them ? The unvaccinated are choosing to put those children directly at risk ... We are being asked to mask up because of these irresponsible people choosing to endanger all of us. It's disgusting

dukemunson Jul 19, 2021 07:21 PM
Public Health Recommends Masks Indoors in Santa Barbara County

Children aren’t really at risk though… the flu is literally more deadly for them. So they are doing this to protect the anti Vaxxers, which seems nutty and backwards and the recipe for this being a forever thing.

a-1626750417 Jul 19, 2021 08:06 PM
Public Health Recommends Masks Indoors in Santa Barbara County

Pediatricians recommend masking for children older than 2 years:

https://services.aap.org/en/news-room/news-releases/aap/2021/american-academy-of-pediatrics-updates-recommendations-for-opening-schools-in-fall-2021/

dukemunson Jul 19, 2021 08:17 PM
Public Health Recommends Masks Indoors in Santa Barbara County

806pm - …while in school to guarantee all schools open because having schools open is of paramount importance and it was a disaster for society as a whole that they closed last year and as such is worth any and all headache… which yeah includes everyone wearing a mask because it’s just easier to enforce. If you actually read the article you see how important they view school openings and how horrible they view the closing (and the people cheerleading the closing of) schools over the last 18 months. Which didn’t happen to be you right…?

biguglystick Jul 20, 2021 11:18 AM
Public Health Recommends Masks Indoors in Santa Barbara County

Duke, clearly you haven't been seeing the statistics that the elderly are no longer the majority of Covid cases, and that younger and younger people, including children, are getting it now because of the more contagious Delta variant.

Voice of Reason Jul 21, 2021 11:48 AM
Public Health Recommends Masks Indoors in Santa Barbara County

Marcelk, from your article "Dying at such a young age from COVID-19 is extremely rare. Of the more than 18,600 people who have succumbed to it in Georgia, only 11 were children, state Public Health Department records show. Nationwide, 335 of the roughly 600,000 people who have died from COVID-19 were under 18" 335 out of 600,000 is 0.056%. There are many other significantly greater risks to our children's lives out there, including other communicable diseases.

dukemunson Jul 21, 2021 12:32 PM
Public Health Recommends Masks Indoors in Santa Barbara County

1206pn - But then you can take it the other way too… do you take your kids in a car, let alone a car on the freeway? Exponentially more kids will die in car accidents this year than of Covid… so why are you still driving…?

dukemunson Jul 20, 2021 07:46 AM
Public Health Recommends Masks Indoors in Santa Barbara County

Actually it’s just reality:

https://www.advisory.com/en/daily-briefing/2021/06/23/vaccination-rates

The 18-30 age group and low income housesholds are the ones wildly lagging. Sure the far right evangelicals are also behind, but in terms of actual numbers it’s the younger demographic and the lower income demographic that is not getting the vaccine. That’s obviously not as fun to point as the high profile evangelicals that are against…but it’s reality. Here’a the cdc link on it:

https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/70/wr/mm7022e1.htm

Byzantium Jul 19, 2021 05:15 PM
Public Health Recommends Masks Indoors in Santa Barbara County

Cases of "covid" don't matter any more than cases of athletes foot. They need a better marker, because mere "cases" has now been reduced to meaninglessness. Science and data over the past year has now shown that.

gcheadley Jul 19, 2021 05:21 PM
Public Health Recommends Masks Indoors in Santa Barbara County

Part of me says, "I'm vaccinated, so nothing to worry about", but the other part thinks, it's not out of the realm of probability to pass it on to an unvaccinated person, and even though they are probably only operating on about 2% of brain capacity, do they deserve to die for their selfish ignorant decision to not get vaccinated? Probably not.

a-1626742154 Jul 19, 2021 05:49 PM
Public Health Recommends Masks Indoors in Santa Barbara County

This recommendation is about being indoors, where you can't always do that. If you're smart, you'll mask up, if only because you could spread the mild case you get to someone somewhere else who is immunosuppressed or otherwise vulnerable.

LooseCannon Jul 19, 2021 05:59 PM
Public Health Recommends Masks Indoors in Santa Barbara County

Your argument isn't supported by science. If you're vaccinated, and in the unlikely event that you catch COVID, your viral load will be so small you can't transmit it to others. If you do get COVID, after vaccination, you will probably be asymptomatic or have very minor, non-life-threatening symptoms.

The science doesn't support a mask mandate for fully vaccinated individuals. We have had to endure this nonsense for over 18 months now, and enough is enough.

As a healthy adult, I didn't mind wearing a mask to protect the elderly, the sick, the obese, and the immuno-compromised in the height of the pandemic when there was no medical solution.

Vaccines have now been widely available for several months. I am not going to wear a mask now because there are a bunch of irrational, stupid people who refuse to get vaccinated. F+ck them. They're on their own. I don't give a damn about them and they don't give a damn about us.

LooseCannon Jul 19, 2021 06:16 PM
Public Health Recommends Masks Indoors in Santa Barbara County

If you're vaccinated, you're protected against any serious adverse consequences of COVID, whether it's the Delta variant or not. Everyone has now had an opportunity to get vaccinated, except for 12 and under. They aren't at much risk, anyway, even unvaccinated, and should be under parental supervision, wearing masks. The people who haven't got vaccinated are selfish bastards who are putting their lives at risk and the rest of the community. The rest of us cannot be expected to tolerate their intransigence any longer.

I am 100% in favor of businesses requiring proof of vaccination for maskless entry. If you have no proof, you don't get in. That's the way to solve this problem, not this completely idiotic, asinine and counterproductive universal mandate.

a-1626745173 Jul 19, 2021 06:39 PM
Public Health Recommends Masks Indoors in Santa Barbara County

The mandates are helpful to businesses in that they can refer to the rule, and not be put in the position of having to card people at the door. I sure don’t want to have to wait while someone checks my vaccination status before I can enter the grocery store. Easier to wear a mask.

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