Public Health Worried About COVID-19 Increase

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Santa Barbara County Public Health Director Van Do-Reynoso during Friday's press conference
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By edhat staff

Santa Barbara Public Health Officials stated they are worried about the increase of COVID-19 cases that could possibly move the county back to a more restrictive tier.

Public Health Director Van Do-Reynoso stated the county's case rate has been steadily increasing and she's worried this could push the county into the "widespread" purple tier forcing more businesses to close down. 

San Luis Obispo and Ventura counties were assigned a purple tier marking this week due to spikes in COVID-19 case rates. Although Santa Barbara County remains in the less restrictive red tier this week, Do-Reynoso states there's a possibility the county could be assigned to the purple tier this coming Tuesday.

Eleven counties in California reverted to more restrictive tiers as COVID-19 spikes and outbreaks continue throughout the state, nation, and globe. 

Do-Reynoso stated while Halloween gatherings probably played a role, the biggest cause of increased cases is due to general gatherings and relaxation of safety measures. 

She said a good teachable moment of this is the high schoolers from St. Joseph's who attended a party resulting in COVID-19 positive cases that closed the school for two weeks. What started as just two cases jumped to twenty cases within the span of one week, and these were just the symptomatic cases where it's likely there are more asymptomatic cases linked to this gathering, said Do-Reynoso. 

Health Officer Dr. Henning Ansorg urged community members not to travel at all for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday and not to gather with anyone outside your immediate household. The current health officer order includes a strict no gathering mandate of any size and will be extended until the end of the year in hopes to prevent an increase of cases.

Santa Barbara County should also expect to receive doses of the newly approved COVID-19 vaccine by the end of December or early January said Dr. Ansorg. While the logistics are still being hammered out he said it's most likely that healthcare workers and first responders would be the first recipients followed by elderly people in congregate living settings.

West Coast Travel Advisory

On Friday, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced Oregon and Washington's governors collaborated on a joint travel advisory discouraging nonessential travel and recommending visitors and residents returning from other states to quarantine for 14 days.

This recommendation does not apply to individuals of essential travel, which includes travel for work, study, critical infrastructure support, economic services, health, immediate medical care, and safety.

“California just surpassed a sobering threshold — one million COVID-19 cases — with no signs of the virus slowing down,” Newsom said in a statement. “Increased cases are adding pressure on our hospital systems and threatening the lives of seniors, essential workers and vulnerable Californians. Travel increases the risk of spreading COVID-19, and we must all collectively increase our efforts at this time to keep the virus at bay and save lives.”

In addition to urging individuals arriving from other states or countries to self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival, the states’ travel advisories recommend individuals limit their interactions to their immediate household. 

How to Celebrate Thanksgiving

In addition to urging individuals arriving from other states or countries to self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival, the states’ travel advisories recommend individuals limit their interactions to their immediate household. 

The State of California has issued a travel advisory and guidance which indicates a recommendation that those traveling outside California practice self-quarantine upon their return. Travel and mixing households increase the chance of contracting and spreading the virus that causes COVID-19. The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department does not recommend travel during the pandemic.

“Mixing households for holiday gatherings can be a very dangerous activity this year during the significant surge in COVID-19 cases we are currently experiencing nationwide. Please avoid gathering with people that do not live in your household and be diligent about wearing face coverings when you leave your home. These actions will save lives,” said Henning Ansorg M.D., Santa Barbara County Health Officer.

The current Santa Barbara County Health Officer Order does not allow for gatherings of any size, very limited exceptions apply. Visit our local holiday guidance webpage for information about lower-risk holiday activities. As you plan for your holiday, please take the following tips into consideration:

  • Based on your plans, evaluate your risk for contracting the virus.
  • Consider a virtual holiday meal where you connect with loved ones by video chat.
  • Honestly assess any risks posed by various methods of travel, such as traveling on an airplane, train, or bus.
  • Be open and transparent with family and friends about concerns, illnesses, and expectations.

Santa Barbara County Numbers

As of Friday, Santa Barbara County has had 10,415 cases of COVID-19. Currently there are 216 active cases with 14 hospitalizations including two in the intensive care unit. 

There have been 131 deaths.

There were 76 new cases added on Friday alone. Sixteen of those were from the City of Santa Maria, 10 from the City of Santa Barbara, and 9 from the unincorporated areas of Goleta Valley.

More data can be found at

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Justavoice Nov 15, 2020 09:19 AM
Public Health Worried About COVID-19 Increase

Why do we blame trump in California when we have a selfish governor having mixed house hold parties at gucci dinner spots and spent 1 billion of our tax dollars on masks bought from china, of which we havent seen. He is the real dictator but since he is democratic no one will acknowledge that. He promised contact tracing 6 months ago. He also has created over 200 executive orders.
This narrative that we’re all in it together is such a load of bs. Go to montecito and check behind there gates. They are not with us they are still having parties and traveling all over the world. Its a class war. Wake up sheeple

GeneralTree Nov 15, 2020 03:36 PM
Public Health Worried About COVID-19 Increase

Trumpet hasn't atteneded a Covid task force meeting in 5 months. He's been in dereliction of duty since he LOST to Biden. He can't seem to man up. Some focus on Newsom as being a dictator - while things are still pretty much opening up here, other states are closing down again. We are in the middle of a humanitarian disaster. Why would you fault Newsom for buying masks from China when Trump was doing the same thing. In fact, Trump purchased One-point-eight million face masks and gowns, 10.3 million gloves and many other things - millions and millions of different items. I just read a tweet from a nurse saying that as she watches patients dying of Covid - they are still denying that Covid is real. Wake up. It's like watching a slow train wreck.

a-1605476474 Nov 15, 2020 01:41 PM
Public Health Worried About COVID-19 Increase

Some people certainly live in an alternate universe. Come with us now to the Twilight Zone, as we travel into a comic book universe; a zone where the stubborn facts of science melt away before unverifiable claims, stuporous fantasy, and outright magic. We'll encounter the classic formula for conspiracy theories, which mixes non-scientific mumbo-jumbo with allegations that governments are hiding the truth, in that fertile mental terrain where fear and distrust of authority meet superstitious folklore.

Voice of Reason Nov 15, 2020 01:15 PM
Public Health Worried About COVID-19 Increase

You're absolutely right Just A Voice. People forget we are a republic and have incorrect expectations of what the federal government can and cant do. Our issues here in CA lie squarely on the shoulders of Govenor and state legislature. The federal government has provided all the reouseuces our state needed but was squandered on Newsomes uncosntituational (fact check: true based on recent court decision) power trip and political agenda. Trump had been the exact opposite of a dictator during this crisis while Newsome proudly stepped into that role.

GeneralTree Nov 14, 2020 09:20 PM
Public Health Worried About COVID-19 Increase

No matter how bad it gets, BEVMO will still be open. Had no problem getting beer in the spring, but toilet paper, hand sanitizer and hand soap was a different story.

a-1605511481 Nov 15, 2020 11:24 PM
Public Health Worried About COVID-19 Increase

Dang it, I must agree. Cafe Stella made a deliver market place that sold pantry items and basic meals and even beyond them, and then, I got used to cheap and commercial crinkly crunchy toilet paper. Thank goodness they sold booze at that time. (I don't eat there any longer, a quality/value thing.)

a-1605391427 Nov 14, 2020 02:03 PM
Public Health Worried About COVID-19 Increase

Just an observation: all of the people in California who are telling us when we can work, when we cannot work, when we can go to school, when we cannot go to school, when we can meet, when we cannot meet, have the luxury of working full time throughout the pandemic and also have full retirement and health benefits. All of these salaries and benefits are paid for by the (sometimes forced-out-of-work) taxpayers.

letmego Nov 16, 2020 09:14 AM
Public Health Worried About COVID-19 Increase

This just goes to show that we should be paying people to stay home. If you can't work, or it's not safe to open your business, the country and states should pay people to stay home to stop the spread. Those of us who are still working at home and getting paid can take one for the team.

Voice of Reason Nov 15, 2020 01:10 PM
Public Health Worried About COVID-19 Increase

Completely agree. If your work has been unaffected and can work from home you don't get a say in how we reopen. Just stay home if you dont like it, that is a luxury many do not have.

Andrea Smith Nov 14, 2020 02:57 PM
Public Health Worried About COVID-19 Increase

I am fortunate that I still have a job and can work from home. You know what? I would prefer to work in my office. I have to deal with a-holes next door who have nothing better to do than make tons of noise, have parties/gatherings, disturbing me - yet these are the types of ppl who are contributing to the spread while not doing what they are supposed to do and forcing me to continue to have to work from home. Same goes with "all the people" you refer to. They have these same struggles and we are all asking to please, do what we need you to do so we can get out of this mess that YOU are causing!

cielochick Nov 14, 2020 02:21 PM
Public Health Worried About COVID-19 Increase

“Luxury of working”....they also have kids doing remote learning, elderly parents they worry about, experiencing disease & death in patients and colleagues firsthand, and taking on a bit more daily risk. A little more gratitude would be nice. We’re kind of all in this mess together.

Andrea Smith Nov 14, 2020 09:02 AM
Public Health Worried About COVID-19 Increase

My neighbors had a "gathering" party on Halloween until 1 a.m. Aside from the selfishness kept us up too. They had another one Thursday starting at 8 a.m. The female is a nurse at Cottage too, or in training. Last I knew except seems like they are both unemployed now. From what I can see. While the rest of us get stuck working from home, closing our businesses, etc. This pandemic has shown me the true nature of some people and it's disheartening.

cielochick Nov 13, 2020 07:34 PM
Public Health Worried About COVID-19 Increase

1 month till vaccine? Kinda doubt it. Be nice, but based on prior hem & hawing on testing, the roll out of vaccines seems highly unlikely. Giving mixed messages...don’t see your kin and the cure will be here shortly.....

ChemicalSuperFreak Nov 13, 2020 07:48 PM
Public Health Worried About COVID-19 Increase

Maybe with Pfizer, which has a bigger annual budget than NIH. I'm in no rush for a vaccine, as I'm doing fine with my regular routine and haven't had a the flu since 2003. But if an experimental vaccine sound interesting, go for it, but please just avoid the vaccine from Sinovac Biotech.

GeneralTree Nov 14, 2020 10:31 AM
Public Health Worried About COVID-19 Increase

When the bodies of parents and grandparents are piling up in freezer trucks due to the hospitals overflowing - who is going to drive the kids to school?

SBTownie Nov 13, 2020 08:48 PM
Public Health Worried About COVID-19 Increase

My understanding from reading the state website on tiers is that schools that are already open do not have to close down - but those that have not yet reopened, cannot, if the tier changes to purple. I don't really get it, but that's what it is.

420722 Nov 13, 2020 07:18 PM
Public Health Worried About COVID-19 Increase

How long are business owners going to put up with these openings and closings? They cannot keep playing with people’s livelihoods like this.

PitMix Nov 16, 2020 01:04 PM
Public Health Worried About COVID-19 Increase

Welcome back 420! How long are those same business owners going to tolerate people being sick and dying? They should be mad as hell and not take it anymore!

ChemicalSuperFreak Nov 13, 2020 07:04 PM
Public Health Worried About COVID-19 Increase

Without the 7-day lag, we'd be in the Purple tier right now. This week's 7-day average of unadjusted case rates, from Monday to Friday, are: 7.5, 7.6, 7.8, 7.8, 9.0. It will take another week before you start to see those up on the dashboard due to the 7-day lag. They can adjust these numbers to some extent during the 7-day lag depending on additional circumstances, such as if: 1) they made a mistake in assigning a positive; 2) testing rates deviate from the median testing rates of all counties in the state; and 3) the person testing positive does not have documentation showing residence within the county (yes, that's a loophole) or resides in an ICE facility, prison or state hospital. In practice, these adjustments are small and have limits, and based on the state's formula they won't help with a case rate of 9.0.

ChemicalSuperFreak Nov 14, 2020 11:53 AM
Public Health Worried About COVID-19 Increase

420722: Not sure about the narrative, but the hospitals have increased the number of general beds, ICU beds, and ventilators in the past week. Gearing up like that indicates to me that they're expecting actual CV hospitalizations to rise.

a-1605337885 Nov 13, 2020 11:11 PM
Public Health Worried About COVID-19 Increase

Given this site's threading of posts, I don't get it.
Care to specify about the CCP quote? And who is your "fan"?! I'm not following this...

ChemicalSuperFreak Nov 13, 2020 07:43 PM
Public Health Worried About COVID-19 Increase

@ 7:34 PM: The politician that was the major cause of this? I can't believe you're actually quoting the Chinese Communist Party leaders who said that the US engineered the virus and released it in China in order to infect the world? I have very progressive friends that wouldn't even go there.

ChemicalSuperFreak Nov 13, 2020 07:08 PM
Public Health Worried About COVID-19 Increase

Yes, it sucks, but those are the rules. Hopefully this will be the death knell for incumbent politicians in this state. People can only take so much.

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