Public Health Reports Three Additional COVID-19 Cases
By edhat staff
The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) reported three additional COVID-19 cases during a press conference on Wednesday bringing the total to 1,517.
All three cases were located within the community and not the outbreak at the Federal Prison in Lompoc.
Of the total 1,517 cases, 547 are within the community and approximately 80% of those have fully recovered. There are currently 28 hospitalizations with 10 in the intensive care unit (ICU). More details on each case can be found at publichealthsbc.org.
Santa Barbara County Supervisor Gregg Hart confirmed the attestation papers were sent to Governor Gavin Newsom's office and PHD hopes to be approved within the next few days. Once approved, an amended Health Officer Order will be issued for some businesses to reopen or offer expanded services.
A new website was created to assist businesses in this preparation. It includes the modifications that will be needed, an industry-specific checklist, and a form that must be submitted to the PHD. Customers will know which businesses have properly followed the guidelines by an approval sticker that will be placed in their window.
Additionally, Hart confirmed the Governor has revised the state budget to make sure smaller counties receive federal funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Previously, Santa Barbara fell short from the requirements needed to receive federal funding but under the Governor's amendment the county is projected to receive approximately $45 million to make up the budget deficit of lost revenue and COVID-19 expenses.
Cottage Health Numbesrs
Cottage Health is providing a detailed review of their current numbers. All COVID-19 related cases are reflected in the total numbers above. Below is a status update as of May 20, 2020.
- Cottage Health is caring for a total of 233 patients across all campuses.
- 179 are acute care patients; 194 acute care beds remain available.
- In surge planning, capacity is identified for adding 270 acute care beds.
- Of the 179 acute care patients, 11 patients are on ventilators. 66 ventilators remain available (adult, pediatric and neonatal ventilators).
- Of the 179 acute care patients, 6 are in isolation with COVID-19 symptoms; 5 are confirmed COVID-19 positive.
- Of 6 patients in isolation, 3 patients are in critical care.
From May 11-17:
- 1,528 COVID-19 laboratory tests were ordered and collected by Cottage Health.
- Results: 21 positive, 1,457 negative, 50 pending.
- Results take up to 4 days.
SLO & Ventura Counties Approved for Accelerated Reopening
San Luis Obispo County is officially the 29th California county to meet the State’s criteria to move faster through Stage 2 of California's Resilience Roadmap.
“Today, we take an important step forward under the State’s Resilience Roadmap,” said Wade Horton, County Administrative Officer and Emergency Services Director.
Now that San Luis Obispo County has met certain State criteria in containing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), in-store shopping and dining in restaurants can start with some modifications. (NOTE: Per the State’s COVID-19 Industry Guidance for Dine-In Restaurants, the State approval does not include the opening of bars, brew pubs, breweries or wineries, except for those with sit-down, dine-in meal service. Those without sit-down, dine-in meal service can continue
with curbside sales.)
The County of Ventura is the first and largest Southern California County to receive approval from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to move forward on an accelerated Stage 2 path to reopening. With this approval, Ventura County restaurants can now offer dine-in options and all retail businesses with exterior facing entrances are permitted to have customers inside of their stores.
“So happy for our County, businesses and employees. A long way to go, but this is a major milestone. The attestation reflects a validation of our collective community and County efforts to protect our community’s health and to support our local businesses,” said Mike Powers, County CEO. “COVID-19 has had devasting impacts on both community health and our economy. We want businesses to be able to reopen and we believe they can and will do so safely.”