Santa Barbara County Extends Order Requiring Use of Face Covering Indoors

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Source: Santa Barbara County Public Health Department

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department has extended the Health Officer Order which requires the use of masks in indoor public settings. This order requires all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, to wear face coverings when indoors in public settings, with limited exceptions. This Order 2021-10.8 is effective at 5 p.m., on January 2, 2022 and continues until 5 p.m., on February 1, 2022 or until it is extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended. 

As of December 20, 2021, the COVID-19 community transmission level is categorized as “High” in California and Santa Barbara County by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). As of December 25, 2021, the County has a case rate of 33.5 per 100,000 and a test positivity of 9.5%. The CDC continues to recommend fully vaccinated individuals wear a face covering in public indoor settings in areas with Substantial or High community transmission rates.

An update to the previous framework has been outlined by local health officials to consider rescinding the indoor mask mandate. The county case rate should be 7.0 cases per 100,000 people or lower for three consecutive weeks. In addition to this, hospitalizations should be low and stable for at least 3 days. Local health officials will consider these metrics, along with any other relevant factors, including the spread of new variants. 

“We are heading into the winter season facing a very different virus compared to last year. Already Omicron makes up over 60% of new infections in Santa Barbara County.” shared Dr. Henning Ansorg, County Health Officer. “We need a layered approach of protective measures to reduce transmission and severe illness. In addition to vaccination including the booster, wearing a well-fitted mask in public indoor spaces does give additional protection to the wearer and limits transmission of COVID to others. We are asking everyone to help reduce unnecessary illness and suffering by following this health order.”

Additionally, CDPH updated requirements for attending mega events, like concerts and sporting events. Prior to attending an event, attendees will now require either proof of vaccination, a negative antigen COVID-19 test within one day of the event, or a negative PCR test within two days of the event. 

This Health Officer Order is consistent with the guidance from the CDC as well as the California Department of Public Health who issued a mask mandate per state Health Officer Order, which recommends that fully vaccinated people wear masks while in indoor public settings. The full Health Officer Order can be read here: https://publichealthsbc.org/health-officer-orders/.  

Visit https://publichealthsbc.org/vaccine to learn where you can find a vaccination site near you or call 2-1-1. 

 

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2-1-1 Call Center: Dial 211 if calling from within the county; or call (800) 400-1572 if calling from outside the area.

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Chip of SB Dec 31, 2021 03:31 PM
Santa Barbara County Extends Order Requiring Use of Face Covering Indoors

Here is a good example showing that being vaccinated does not prevent contracting and transmitting covid. A quarter of the 100% vaccinated crew on the USS Milwaukee has been infected in a covid outbreak, sidelining the ship. There have been similar reports of covid outbreaks among fully vaccinated people on cruise liners.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/uss-milwaukee-first-navy-ship-to-have-deployment-paused-in-2021-because-of-covid-outbreak/ar-AASbPMz

a-1641011381 Dec 31, 2021 08:29 PM
Santa Barbara County Extends Order Requiring Use of Face Covering Indoors

Wrong. Vaccination keeps you from getting very sick which means you have a lower viral load in your lesser amount of snot. Omicron viral load additionally drops off much faster than the other 4 primary variants and, as absolutely related, omicron variant doesn't get you are clinically ill as the others.

CoVID vaccinations work on all the variants, perhaps not equally well and not everyone's immune system responds in exactly the same fashion. But they absolutely keep you from getting very sick and dying from covid. Your masks can't promise that. Not even close.

ZeroHawk Jan 03, 2022 10:09 AM
Santa Barbara County Extends Order Requiring Use of Face Covering Indoors

chip are you that clueless? you must not read anything unless it comes from some republican "scientist" eh?
you can still catch covid, but it's nothing more than a slight cold to those with the vax. you can still spread it without a mask. seriously dude, why do people on edhat have to point out the obvious science and logic to you about this? kinda ridiculous at this point. you can go against common sense, but you risk your health and safety and others around you. is it worth it?

Luvaduck Jan 01, 2022 10:30 AM
Santa Barbara County Extends Order Requiring Use of Face Covering Indoors

What percentage are able? Some are single-parent and have to work to make a living; some don't speak the language; some had a meagre education themselves and struggle with "reading, writing, arithmetic" , some have substance issues, some haven't the required patience and organization. Don't kid yourself; not everyone is able to teach children, especially if the children are exceptionally bright or have learning disibilities.

ZeroHawk Jan 03, 2022 10:13 AM
Santa Barbara County Extends Order Requiring Use of Face Covering Indoors

Right back atcha GT. Folks like you and Chip seem to think every scientist and virologist directing vax or masks are part of some weird conspiracy and it's just people like you two and your thinking that keep this virus afloat.
also GT, i'm calling you out. Do you have kids in our schools? No you do not. This isn't even your fight or discussion. In fact, both of my teens are at SMHS, they are vaxed, all of their class mates and teachers are vaxed and wear masks. So what do you know? Not much clearly if you think kids at school aren't vaxed.
Homeschooling? Once again you show us all that you have no clue what you're talking about. They did remote learning for over a year, if you h ad kids in school you would know this. So in short, keep your comments to yourself about OUR kids in our schools when this doesn't even relate to you.

a-1640994385 Dec 31, 2021 03:46 PM
Santa Barbara County Extends Order Requiring Use of Face Covering Indoors

What disinfochip is trying so mightily, but poorly, to express is that the omicron variant is highly contagious, and that we should all be using every technique in our arsenal, both with vaccination and nonpharmaceutical interventions like masking and physical distancing, to keep ourselves and those around us safe.

Chip of SB Jan 01, 2022 04:45 PM
Santa Barbara County Extends Order Requiring Use of Face Covering Indoors

4:50, I think a seatbelt is more comparable to a covid vaccine. When you crash, your seatbelt will make the crash less severe and when you get covid, the vaccine will likely make your symptoms less severe. However, when you get covid it will not be any less severe because you we’re wearing your mask when you got it.

a-1641002847 Dec 31, 2021 06:07 PM
Santa Barbara County Extends Order Requiring Use of Face Covering Indoors

Vaccination provides significant protection against serious disease and death. It’s unfortunate that it doesn’t prevent infection, though for some variants it lessens the likelihood of infection, and reduces the risk of an infected person spreading the disease to others (lower viral load).
Masks also are no guarantee, but they reduce the amount of spit people spread.

a-1641007324 Dec 31, 2021 07:22 PM
Santa Barbara County Extends Order Requiring Use of Face Covering Indoors

We're all getting tired of this, it is obvious. The variants keep coming. Let's try to get along, do our best, get vaccinated, and use masks when reasonable.. No matter what, we are all in this together and all of us can help lighten the infection rate. This too will pass. Happy New Year, may it bring blessings, peace and and end to the pandemic.

JB86 Dec 31, 2021 09:55 PM
Santa Barbara County Extends Order Requiring Use of Face Covering Indoors

Interestingly, the LA County Health Director just recommended that students and teaching staff upgrade masking to N95, surgical masks or equivalent. Why was this not the recommendation from the start? Maybe the shortage in early 2020, but it has been TWO YEARS. Anyone who has worked in industrial hygiene knows that cloth masks are of minimal benefit against hazardous materials other than dust, biologics or otherwise. No wonder the credibility of our public leaders is in the tank.

JB86 Jan 01, 2022 12:00 AM
Santa Barbara County Extends Order Requiring Use of Face Covering Indoors

Right, agree with the cost issue, though the USG has wasted billions on unhelpful things the past two years. But how many people even know about 'multilayer cloth masks with an electrostatic component'? I read three newspapers and on-line news every day and don't recall mention of such by any public health official. If I missed that, I'm guessing a few million other people did too, especially non-english speakers.

a-1641161870 Jan 02, 2022 02:17 PM
Santa Barbara County Extends Order Requiring Use of Face Covering Indoors

JB86 Why not upgraded masks from the "start"? Simple reason - in March 2020 N95's were rare, as were all masks and safety equipment. Also at the time, little testing, most tests inaccurate, no antigen testing, and no vaccinations. In March 20 we had a government which followed the mantra, "it will all go away." Which of course it didn't it got worse, way worse. We've come a long way this year in securing equipment, vaccines and accurate testing. Easy to forget how the progress we've made has changed how we approach pandemic safety.

SBLetsGetAlong Jan 01, 2022 07:27 AM
Santa Barbara County Extends Order Requiring Use of Face Covering Indoors

attached is the CDC update on Omicron so you can read the CDC data directly and see that the majority of Omicron cases are in vaccinated people.

https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/acip/meetings/downloads/slides-2021-12-16/06-COVID-Scobie-508.pdf

CDC Update on Omicron
- 79% fully vaccinated;
- 32% with booster dose
- Pfizer vaccine — 33% protection against infection

Fauci admits over counting children Covid cases. That also applies to all age groups and deaths per Alameda County & Cook County, IL (which stated this well over a year ago)
https://www.bitchute.com/video/rwjxBJ0EwlLw/

Per South African health officials Omicron hospitalization rate is one-tenth that of Delta. The variant appears to present milder symptoms than the Delta or Alpha variants. Only 1.7 percent of identified COVID-19 cases led to hospitalization.

Per Biden as of November 2019 230,000 Americans died of Covid.
Per our latest death toll, over 800,000 have died. Meaning more people died 2021 despite vaccines, masks & lockdowns.

Are the mandates really helping? Not according to the death toll & case rates.

Go to CDC, FDA, etc direct. Don’t get your important life saving info from mass or social media.

pstarSR Jan 02, 2022 09:20 AM
Santa Barbara County Extends Order Requiring Use of Face Covering Indoors

incase you want the UN EDITED details. man when people negate things to push what they want. its pretty sad. " get your data from the direct? yet edit it an manipulate that data to meet your requirement. kick rocks

"as of december 8th, of the 43 cases with full details"

out of 43 cases in 22 states. thats where those stats came from. 43 cases, in 22 states.
79% is 33, of those 33 32% had boosters. thats 10%, and 13 had NO shots. and for SOME reason you only state pfizer, yet we have more than one maker. pfizer, moderna.....

luckily the poster gave the link so you could see where they edited the post info.

because honestly if you look at this data, you SHOULD be masking.... as this variant is way more contagious. get the shot, and mask up. get the booster and do your part in stopping this from mutating AGAIN

JB86 Jan 01, 2022 09:24 PM
Santa Barbara County Extends Order Requiring Use of Face Covering Indoors

Why not 'crack down? Because it is becoming obvious that masks aren't stopping the virus. 44 states do not have mask mandates, and the infection results are all over the map, with some better and some worse than CA. The vaccines were hugely beneficial, but the remaining progress will come from natural immunity. Rigorous masking may slow the process, but eventually most people will just have to get the infection to be protected in the future. Not a popular idea, but I think that is what is happening.

dukemunson Jan 01, 2022 09:30 PM
Santa Barbara County Extends Order Requiring Use of Face Covering Indoors

Crack down on athletic clubs? If you are truly worried about covid, getting on a treadmill next to someone else who is running on a treadmill in a room with other people working out and sweat everywhere should terrify you whether they are gaitered or cloth masked up. Seriously! Stop mask policing and make your own choices that work for you… because insisting on someone running on a treadmill next to you wear a mask is just plain crazy.

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