Public Health Remains Vigilant in Assessing COVID-19 Delta Variant

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Source: Santa Barbara County Public Health Department

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department remains vigilant in the assessment of the increase in COVID-19 cases and the impact of the Delta variant within the county. The Delta variant is labeled as a variant of concern by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and is known to have increased transmissibility. 

“As we now approach the two week period following the 4th of July holiday weekend, we are seeing the expected increase in cases due to extensive traveling and mingling,” said Henning Ansorg, County Health Officer.  “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.” For now, Santa Barbara County will be following the State guidance on masking.  

Breakthrough cases, which refer to those who have contracted the virus despite being fully vaccinated, are happening now with the Delta variant.  However, those who are vaccinated do not get more serious disease symptoms which require hospitalization. “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.  If you are eligible and have not yet been vaccinated, it is critical to get your first shot as soon as possible,” states Van Do-Reynoso, County Public Health Director.

The COVID-19 vaccines available broadly in the United States are highly effective, and free of cost to every eligible community member. Persons that have received their first dose of a two-dose vaccine are urged to receive their second dose in order to gain optimal protection against Delta.

For COVID-19 updates, along with information about testing and vaccination sites, please visit https://publichealthsbc.org.


Public Health Officer Urges Community to Stay COVID-19 Vigilant

By Dr. Henning Ansorg, M.D., FACP, Health Officer County of Santa Barbara, Department of Public Health

If you and your family are fully vaccinated, congratulations! You have taken a huge step in protecting yourselves from serious COVID-19 illness.

Breakthrough cases, which refers to those who have contracted the virus despite being fully vaccinated, are happening now with the Delta variant.

Fortunately, vaccinated persons do not get more serious disease and do not require hospitalization. Whereas virtually every hospitalized person with COVID is unvaccinated and most of them state they regret not getting vaccinated and urge their families and friends to do so as soon as possible.

What should you do to protect yourself?

If you are vaccinated or not, don’t let your guard down. If you are indoors in public places, wear a mask. Avoid crowds and sick people. Remember to wash your hands frequently.

COVID is a preventable disease. Getting vaccinated is the best way to prevent getting seriously ill from the delta variant.

Everyone 12 years of age and older are approved to receive the vaccine.

Santa Barbara County, offers many locations to obtain the free vaccine. Walk-ins are welcome.

Please visit:  www.myturn.ca.gov/  to make an appointment, or visit:   https://publichealthsbc.org/vaccine/  for more information.

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Zara Agnes Jul 17, 2021 05:10 PM
Public Health Remains Vigilant in Assessing COVID-19 Delta Variant

If the Santa Barbara County supervisors and two unelected public health officials (one of whom is not even a medical doctor) reinstitute lockdowns/curfews/masks, they will face major pushback in this county, including removal from public office and employment.

Channelfog Jul 16, 2021 02:00 PM
Public Health Remains Vigilant in Assessing COVID-19 Delta Variant

Public officials tell the public what they want to hear whether or not it is true or makes sense. Corona Virus mutates too fast and variably for vaccination success. Period. An eternal series of experimental boosters and or masks, distance, hygiene and a healthy lifestyle, is where we are. I chose the latter and eschew the former. Gotta love biotech labs and the fruits that they grace society with.

Chip of SB Jul 16, 2021 02:25 PM
Public Health Remains Vigilant in Assessing COVID-19 Delta Variant

You mean that fully debunked right wing conspiracy theory that covid originated in the wuhan bat coronavirus laboratory next door to wet market? I have to say, it’s really amazing how effective our public officials in conjunction with our big social media companies were in suppressing the lab leak story as long as they did.

a-1626481397 Jul 16, 2021 05:23 PM
Public Health Remains Vigilant in Assessing COVID-19 Delta Variant

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33064680/

Key quote:

"Furthermore, the SARS-CoV-2 low mutation rate suggests that a vaccine, as well as the immunity developed in recovered patients, could provide long-lasting protection compared to vaccines against influenza, which are rendered obsolete as the virus mutates."

Bmklou Jul 17, 2021 08:30 AM
Public Health Remains Vigilant in Assessing COVID-19 Delta Variant

How about an AHA-LIGHTBULB moment: for those who feel sick and/or are sick stay home- If you are "tested" + , self-quarantine! For those who are covid-centric, keep wearing your masks! But for those of us who are healthy and/or feel our immune systems are doing their jobs, keep on living your lives!!!

MarcelK Jul 17, 2021 10:09 AM
Public Health Remains Vigilant in Assessing COVID-19 Delta Variant

The origin of the virus is still unknown and there is not sufficient evidence to conclusively support either the lab leak or wet market hypothesis (there is, however, adequate evidence to rule out an intentionally created virus). Much of the reason for the lack of evidence is China's lack of openness. Another cause for the uncertainty and dispute is that tRump employed xenophobia against the Chinese to obscure his own responsibility, which led many people to reactively push back against the lab leak hypothesis since so much of what came out of the mouths of tRump and his supporters were blatant lies. However, this is an example of the "fallacy fallacy"--the erroneous notion that the conclusion of fallacious argument must be false. https://effectiviology.com/fallacy-fallacy/

dukemunson Jul 17, 2021 11:14 AM
Public Health Remains Vigilant in Assessing COVID-19 Delta Variant

Actually a lot of it was also the passionate hate of anything/everything Trump… which encompassed anything and everything he said. He was a horrible president (and seemingly horribly person) but the far left (in responding to Trump) went insanely far and were passionately and righteously 100% against and everything he said. It was racist to attribute any blame on China. We’ll never know the exact and true origins because China did everything possible for many months to hide anything and everything they could…but that in itself is worth a ton of blame.

a-1626474245 Jul 16, 2021 03:24 PM
Public Health Remains Vigilant in Assessing COVID-19 Delta Variant

Getting vaccinated is the key to protecting yourself and those around you.

https://www.npr.org/2021/07/16/1017002907/u-s-covid-deaths-are-rising-again-experts-call-it-a-pandemic-of-the-unvaccinated

https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/07/16/world/covid-variant-vaccine-updates

ChemicalSuperFreak Jul 16, 2021 05:04 PM
Public Health Remains Vigilant in Assessing COVID-19 Delta Variant

Are we returning back to square one less than a year after the vaccines debuted and we were supposed to return to normal? I hope not. Is it time to return to the traditional approach to vaccine design? Perhaps. Should we be working on a universal vaccine rather than focusing exclusively on the spike protein? Absolutely!

Since the delta variant is relatively new to the US, it’s best to look at countries that have been dealing with high numbers of difficult variants for some weeks now. That would be Israel and England. It’s quite clear that the vaccines are just not showing the same effectiveness against the delta variant as they did against the wild-type virus and its early variants. Israel is putting the effectiveness against the delta variant at 64% (Ref. 1). With regard to other difficult variants such as the South African variant (B.1.351), an Israeli study published in Nature Medicine (Ref. 2) states, “a significantly higher proportion of B.1.351 was observed in dose2 cases versus unvaccinated controls (McNemar OR of 8:1; one-sided exact McNemar test, P = 0.02).” This means that vaccinated people were eight times more likely to have been infected with the South African variant than unvaccinated people. Public Health England has been tracking the delta variant for some time, and has published several technical briefings over the past month (Ref. 3). Of the number of people who have died of the delta variant in England, 35.8% were unvaccinated while 45.9% were fully vaccinated and 17.5% had at least one shot (0.8% were unknown).

It would be interesting to see the numbers for those who obtained natural immunity, as they would be producing polyclonal antibodies that target several epitopes against COVID. This is the basis for a “universal” vaccine that should afford much better protection than the current formulations, which target only a portion of the spike protein. I think rather than pushing a third dose of the same old same old, vaccine makers should work on developing a universal vaccine using a traditional approach of using transgenic hosts (such as plants) to express several epitopes, then purify out these proteins for use in vaccines. This would allow for broader coverage and minimize the concerning side-effects observed in the RNA/DNA vaccines.

Ref 1) https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/06/science/Israel-Pfizer-covid-vaccine.html

Ref 2) https://www.nature.com/articles/s41591-021-01413-7

Ref. 3) https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/investigation-of-novel-sars-cov-2-variant-variant-of-concern-20201201

a-1626485337 Jul 16, 2021 06:28 PM
Public Health Remains Vigilant in Assessing COVID-19 Delta Variant

Just more FUD from Dok Elmer. The three approved vaccines have strong efficacy against all the variants so far, especially against illness and death, rather than just asymptomatic infection. Vaccinated individuals show antibody titers up to 1000x those seen in people who have merely been infected, but not vaccinated, because natural immunity is so variable from person to person.

Heed the advice of the healthcare experts rather than random sociopathic commenters on social media. Vaccination is the answer to protecting you and those around you.

LooseCannon Jul 16, 2021 06:28 PM
Public Health Remains Vigilant in Assessing COVID-19 Delta Variant

CHEMICALSUPERFREAK:

The people dying in the ICUs are all unvaccinated. Those of us who have got vaccinated are extremely unlikely to become deathly ill, even if we catch the Delta variant.

The unvaccinated adults and teens, at this point, are stupid, belligerent, and selfish. By refusing immunization, they are enabling variants., attenuating this crisis. They are The Problem.

Punitive measures need to be taken. I am tired of coddling these fools. They have demonstrated, over and over again, that they are anti-social sociopaths. We need to make their lives miserable by restricting their movements and activities.

GeneralTree Jul 16, 2021 07:04 PM
Public Health Remains Vigilant in Assessing COVID-19 Delta Variant

Regarding the Israeli Study:
"This suggests the vaccine is less effective against the South African variant, compared with the original coronavirus and a variant first identified in Britain that has come to comprise nearly all COVID-19 cases in Israel, the researchers said."

However, the researchers note in their conclusion that they "can only cautiously speculate" on the vaccine's effectiveness against the South African strain due to the small sample size of the study (which has not yet been peer reviewed) and the fact that it "was not intended to deduce vaccine effectiveness against either variant".

"Our results emphasise the importance of tracking viral variants in a rigorous framework and of increasing vaccination, which we conclude is the safest and most effective means of preventing the onwards spread of [the South African strain] and other possible future variants of concern."

GeneralTree Jul 16, 2021 07:23 PM
Public Health Remains Vigilant in Assessing COVID-19 Delta Variant

England Study - fact check:
“It is important to understand the whole context to avoid misunderstanding data,” said Dr Shamaila Anwar, science communicator at Team Halo (teamhalo.org/).

Speaking to Reuters, she noted the importance of accounting for the demographics of vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals, especially as Britain’s inoculation programme has prioritised those who are older or clinically vulnerable.

Anwar added that data currently shows the number of infections is “much less” in the vaccinated population, which indicates that “vaccination is working”.
https://www.reuters.com/article/fact-check-covid-england/fact-check-englands-covid-19-death-statistics-do-not-suggest-vaccines-arent-working-idUSL2N2OJ1ET

a-1626489632 Jul 16, 2021 07:40 PM
Public Health Remains Vigilant in Assessing COVID-19 Delta Variant

Mr. FUD isn't interested in what's factual, he's just trying to scare people away from vaccination. He'll take random facts out of context from studies that do not support his conclusions and add his own twist, trusting that most readers won't follow the links.

a-1626587055 Jul 17, 2021 10:44 PM
Public Health Remains Vigilant in Assessing COVID-19 Delta Variant

Really, just stop with the invermectin lies from social media, although now you at least spell it correctly. It has shown no clinical efficacy, and a large scale trial was recently stopped after a very short period because of adverse outcomes. It's primarily a veterinary drug, also used on humans as a last resort for parasitic worm infestations.

a-1626587694 Jul 17, 2021 10:54 PM
Public Health Remains Vigilant in Assessing COVID-19 Delta Variant

Studies show ivermectin is not any good against COVID:

https://www.mcgill.ca/oss/article/covid-19-critical-thinking/ivermectin-convalescent-plasma-and-hydroxychloroquine-one-year-rotten-apples

And, since you're telling lies about India:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/tn-drops-ivermectin-as-covid-19-drug/article34561235.ece

a-1626589646 Jul 17, 2021 11:27 PM
Public Health Remains Vigilant in Assessing COVID-19 Delta Variant

I guess you didn't read the report, which specifically stated that it was a small sample size and not meant to measure vaccine efficacy. But you keep spreading lies, as it's apparently something you have a compulsion for.

a-1626589934 Jul 17, 2021 11:32 PM
Public Health Remains Vigilant in Assessing COVID-19 Delta Variant

To quote from your article, which has since been retracted by the authors, by the way:

"Many studies included were not peer reviewed and a wide range of doses were evaluated. Currently, WHO recommends the use of ivermectin only inside clinical trials. A network of large clinical trials is in progress to validate the results seen to date."

Those trials were the ones recently cancelled.

I'm sure you can find lots of articles on twitter. That doesn't imply any connection to reality.

yin yang Jul 18, 2021 01:46 AM
Public Health Remains Vigilant in Assessing COVID-19 Delta Variant

This is still going on?! I haven't read the deleted posts. Ivermectin was covered by major news organizations, reporting on medical research.
I read about it in an article about Brazil's doctors and street medics and pharmacies touting Covid cure kits.
If only it had helped...
(I know of Ivermectin as I, among so many others, had horses when we were kids, and throughout our lives.)

LooseCannon Jul 16, 2021 06:00 PM
Public Health Remains Vigilant in Assessing COVID-19 Delta Variant

Time to consider Macron's approach in France. Punish the people who are refusing to get vaccinated, not the people who have got the shots. If not an explicit mandate, make it very hard for them to do anything and go anywhere. I am 100% in favor of a vaccine passport.

LooseCannon Jul 17, 2021 06:57 AM
Public Health Remains Vigilant in Assessing COVID-19 Delta Variant

CHANNELFOG:

Let me disperse some of the brain fog clouding up you reasoning faculties.

So far, the rate of mutation is not eliminating vaccine efficacy. All of the main vaccines have proven to be highly effective against the delta variant.

I am not suggesting that people be forced to get vaccinated, wear armbands, march into gas chambers, etc. This is hyperbolic nonsense.

The people who are refusing the vaccines are enabling variants, putting themselves and others at risk.

They want their "sovereignty" respected? Fine. Go to school unvaccinated? No. Travel on a plane, rail or bus? No. Check into a hotel? No. Go to a concert? No. A sports event? No. Measures like these are already taking force in Europe. I don't see fascism there. I see it right here in the United States.

Private businesses have every right to refuse service to anyone who refuses to wear a mask (when there is a mask mandate); presumably, they have an equal right to deny goods and services to people who can't show proof of vaccination.

To those of you who are in thrall to stupid conspiracy theories and have no faith in science, I say, fine, go live in the cave of your stupidity, ignorance and intransigence. When the virus comes to get you, don't come crying to the rest of us, looking for assistance from a community you have spurned.

I am looking at LA, and the re-imposition of the mask mandate and I am dreading the return of it here. That is an infringement on my sovereignty. I hope the public authorities shift the focus away from universal mandates, which make us all miserable, and focus laser-like on making the lives of the intransigent anti-vaccers miserable instead.

biguglystick Jul 17, 2021 09:16 AM
Public Health Remains Vigilant in Assessing COVID-19 Delta Variant

LOOSECANNON, I am in favor of this too. I'm so sick of stupid people, far right cultists and conspiracy nuts ruining it for everyone else. Bring it on! Let's get tough on the fight against this virus. Isreal did a vaccine passport. It clearly worked well.

LooseCannon Jul 17, 2021 09:40 AM
Public Health Remains Vigilant in Assessing COVID-19 Delta Variant

We need a new No More Mr. Nice Guy approach to this problem. This nonsense has gone on long enough. My patience with the vaccine hesitant, conspiracy theorists and anti-vacc'ers has come to an end. The gentle persuasion approach clearly isn't working. There need to be sanctions, punishments and exclusions in place for the refuseniks.

Chip of SB Jul 17, 2021 10:18 AM
Public Health Remains Vigilant in Assessing COVID-19 Delta Variant

Absolutely LooseCannon. Covid is the final nail in the coffin for our antiquated concept of civil rights and limited government. We need to take the shackles off of our government and empower our courageous leaders like Chairman Newsom to take the steps they deem necessary to keep us safe whether we consent or not.

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