Public Health Reports 32nd Death Related to COVID-19

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Source: Santa Barbara County Public Health Department

Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) is reporting the thirty-second death of an individual who tested positive for COVID-19 whose permanent residence was out of the county.  The individual was in their fifties. This is an ongoing investigation and further details will be provided when available. As of today, there are 4,412 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Santa Barbara County, 1000 cases are at the Federal Prison in Lompoc, 3,412 are community cases, 334 are active community cases and 4,046 have fully recovered.

“Our hearts go out to the family and friends grieving the loss of their loved one.” said Henning Ansorg, Santa Barbara County Public Health Officer.

Although most cases of COVID-19 exhibit mild or moderate symptoms, PHD recommends additional measures to prevent exposure among vulnerable people, including the elderly and those with underlying health conditions (such as diabetes, cancer, immunodeficiency, asthma, COPD and others). PHD recommends that residents:

  • Stay home when possible.
  • Remain six feet away from others and wear a facial covering when engaging in tasks away from home.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water regularly.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick. Do not go to work or other places.

All local employers and business owners are urged to adhere closely to sector health and safety guidelines. Ensuring a safe environment for both employees and customers is critical to slowing the spread of COVID-19 and assuring that businesses remain safely open during this time. 

For general questions about COVID-19 and precautions currently recommended by Santa Barbara County Public Health, residents may call the Santa Barbara County Call Center at (833)-688-5551. 

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MountainMan4865 Jul 15, 2020 07:58 PM
Public Health Reports 32nd Death Related to COVID-19

So is this going to be counted in our county count? Their county of residence? or both? I don't mean to sound cold, but there seems to be a lot of duplicity in the counting, especially in Arizona.

LooseCannon Jul 15, 2020 08:37 PM
Public Health Reports 32nd Death Related to COVID-19

I think the counting is completely unreliable and ideological. Team Trump is the worst. But I don't have much confidence in Team Newsom either. They're cooking the books on both sides in advance of the presidential election and it's going to get worse, not better. I think there are some epidemiologists and public health officials who are enjoying all the attention and wish to prolong the crisis in tandem with some cynical politicians who want to give Trump a black eye. Which he deserves. But it is on the backs of business owners, the unemployed and parents who are shouldering the responsibility of educating their kids. I can see people unseating Trump, but also getting rid of local Democratic politicians who are just a little bit too draconian when it comes to enforcing anti-viral protocols. The recession hasn't even started. When it happens, people are going to be in a really foul mood, seeking scapegoats.

LooseCannon Jul 15, 2020 08:48 PM
Public Health Reports 32nd Death Related to COVID-19

The permanent residence of this unfortunate individual was out of county, so why are we reporting it and including it in our numbers? One of the earliest countywide deaths was an individual who contracted COVID while receiving palliative care in a hospice. On death's door.bWhy are inflating the morbidity rates? What ia your agenda?

haskelslocal Jul 16, 2020 09:20 AM
Public Health Reports 32nd Death Related to COVID-19

Godspeed to the family. The pre-admittance that this tragic death is being counted with an asterisk demonstrates the complexities and difficulties that arise in any tally, no matter where it is across the country. And that overstating amounts (if this gets counted twice) is akin to a false negative, which tends to be harmless because the societal outcome generated tends to be positive. (Crook in neighborhood. Shelter in place. There was no crook. It's going to rain so bring an umbrella. No rain. You're sick. You weren't sick but took care of yourself anyway.) On another note, think about how difficult it is to complete an accurate death certificate which is the end all for determining cause of death. You can do a practice test at ...https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/training/improving_cause_of_death_reporting/ to get an idea of not only how challenging it is to create a logic tree, but also how incomplete the data becomes when the vast amount of those creating inputs are creating their own rules. It's also a philosophical gymnastics exercise that many medical examiner egos choose not to contemplate. Then look at the CDC Covid Data Tracker County Map which begins to breakdown disease counts per 100k in all US counties. This is an excellent reporting tool for garnering knowledge on health trends. Look at some of the hotspots, especially NY counties in and above NYC. These areas were grossly exaggerated beyond other similar counties. Why? Of course, there are many reasons to establish a standard, things like crowded buildings, inadequate response capacity, , urban challenges, culture, etc., but there's also a ton that goes unexplained. For instance, some counties admitted early on they were counting everything as Covid. They gave examples of not wanting to put first responders in harms way so, if a person passed at home? Covid because they couldn't risk sending the EMT. If under stress in a burdened ER? Covid. Anyway, there is so much to consider on how there could be improved ways to report and account for health issues from the moment something arises to when sadly, someone is deceased.

PitMix Jul 16, 2020 09:34 AM
Public Health Reports 32nd Death Related to COVID-19

Seems reasonable that this person would be counted in: hospitalized, ICU, died, if that is all true. Death cert will be issued by SB County. I can't see any reason why they would be counted in any other place than here.

SBLetsGetAlong Jul 16, 2020 11:35 AM
Public Health Reports 32nd Death Related to COVID-19

Anyone else see the news report on Edhat yesterday “Active Cases Increase”
Today no news report that Active Cases are down by almost 10%
Down to 344 from 371 in a day.
Does the news and govt not care about people getting better, they only care about people getting sick?
And that’s 344 sick people out of 445,000 residents.
For this our govt, our local govt is shutting down everything and keeping schools closed.

PitMix Jul 16, 2020 02:44 PM
Public Health Reports 32nd Death Related to COVID-19

This is a disease with a 7 -14 day incubation period. The point has been made here previously that it makes more sense to look at a 7 day rolling average because the smooth out the spikes and dips in the data that is due to the uneven testing results and weekend lack of coverage. What does the average tell you?

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