Santa Barbara County Public Health Director Steps Down

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Dr. Van Do-Reynoso speaking during a virtual press conference in 2020 regarding the COVID-19 pandemic (edhat file photo)
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By edhat staff

Dr. Van Do-Reynoso will step down as Director of the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department this coming August. She will accept a new position at CenCal Health as its Chief Customer Experience Officer.

Do-Reynoso was previously the Public Health Director of Madera County and took the job in Santa Barbara in August of 2017. Not long after her start date, she became a steady force as the community suffered through the Thomas Fire in 2017, the Montecito Debris Flow in 2018, and the eruption of a global pandemic in 2020. 

Do-Reynoso became a familiar face and calming voice of reassurance during sometimes daily press conferences as the COVID-19 pandemic unfolded throughout the world and our community. She led the department in COVID-19 precautions, guidelines, testing, then vaccinations. 

CenCal Health is a publicly-funded health care program designed for the low-income residents of Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties.

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a-1655766196 Jun 20, 2022 04:03 PM
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From the CenCal webpage:

We are Non-Profit Community-Based Health Care Organization

We contract with the State to administer Medi-Cal benefits through local care providers in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties. CenCal Health is a public entity that is governed by our Board of Directors.

ChillinGrillin Jun 20, 2022 04:23 PM
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@4:10PM: Yeah, don't you remember when the Whiskey-Tango January 6th Nobel laureates were injecting taking ivermectin meant to kill parasites in horses? I know we've had a lot of stupid nonsense in the last few years but that was pretty memorable.

a-1655769479 Jun 20, 2022 04:57 PM
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Regardless of its efficacy for covid, Ivermectin been used in HUMANS for decades improving the lives of billions of PEOPLE. By calling it "horse medicine" you're perpetuating propaganda, weird for someone whose constantly calling out... propaganda. I guess not so weird in today's world of double standards and 'rules for thee but not for me'.

a-1655770502 Jun 20, 2022 05:15 PM
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Nice dodge. That doesn't change the fact that idiots numerous and diverse, mostly motivated by their politics if not sheer stupidity, were trying to characterize Ivermectin as a safe and effective treatment for COVID. It was neither.

a-1655770840 Jun 20, 2022 05:20 PM
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That "rules for..." argument is really insane. You're essentially saying, for example, that if Clorox is good for disinfecting inanimate surfaces, it should be fine for injection. Just moronic nonsense - but considering the source (or the horse?), that's par for the course.

pstarSR Jun 20, 2022 06:53 PM
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is it used for livestock? is a horse livestock? did people buy it from vets? is it designed for use against parasites?
all of the above = YES, no propaganda here

is covid a parasite? NO. can this be used to fight covid? NO
regardless of its "efficacy" against the ONLY THING WE ARE TALKING ABOUT?

ChillinGrillin Jun 20, 2022 07:41 PM
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Stunning, these troglodytes are still chiming in with the snake oil. Good job trying to split hairs there 4:57, but there are differences between medications made for humans and ones made for animals. Most importantly, the regulation, quality, and lack of impurities in human-grade drugs. C'mon, man! I'm not an internet pharmacist like you and I even knew that. I don't want to be unpleasant to you, but once it gets to justifying horse medicine it crosses a safety line.

a-1655803767 Jun 21, 2022 02:29 AM
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Cencal Health is a non-profit:
https://www.cencalhealth.org/explore-cencal-health/

I can barely imagine her relief in changing jobs! I'm grateful to every public health employee.

Voice of Reason Jun 21, 2022 09:22 AM
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PSTAR, Aspirin is commonly used in dogs and other animals. So by your logic, it is a dog medicine and many here apparently take dog medicine on regular basis. - that's why its
prop·a·gan·da: (noun) information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view.

a-1655835549 Jun 21, 2022 11:19 AM
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Ooh! Looks like the know-nothing social media circus is getting ready to declare that aspirin cures COVID! Either that, or our regular group of idiots is getting desperate for lame comebacks.

ChillinGrillin Jun 21, 2022 01:45 PM
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VOR: Geniuses were taking veterinary-grade anti-parasite drugs because they found it hard to get human-grade prescriptions from doctors. Improper prescriptions are grounds for malpractice suits, the kryptonite of modern medical practices. Even if they did find a random clueless doctor to prescribe human-grade ivermectin or other drugs for parasites, you can OD on it and it has serious side effects.

Voice of Reason Jun 21, 2022 02:24 PM
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Chillin, you need to talk to someone in the medical field to correct you misunderstandings about the doctor patient relationship and what tools/methods doctors have in treating their patients, including prescribing medications for both on and off label use.

Chip of SB Jun 21, 2022 04:19 PM
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For those opposed to prescribing drugs for off-label use, is there any situation where you believe it would be appropriate for doctors to do that? Or do you believe that off-label use of drugs should be off limits?

ChillinGrillin Jun 21, 2022 04:46 PM
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Chip: Off-label drug use isn't the issue here. The issue is taking something completely ill-suited to an illness because Internet posts, an orange man, or the president of Brazil says to based on no research or medical knowledge whatsoever. Taking drugs meant to fight parasites for Covid fails a basic cost-benefit analysis: significant risks of side effects for zero benefits.

Voice of Reason Jun 21, 2022 04:52 PM
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I'm willing to bet 1) those who sound opposed to it here aren't really opposed to it, they just got stuck back peddling trying to make my comment about Ivermectin treating covid when it wasn't, and 2) that many themselves have taken prescribed drugs for off-label use (it's rather common).

a-1655873706 Jun 21, 2022 09:55 PM
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There's peddling, there's pedaling, and there's back-pedaling. Some people can't figure out which is which. They seem to have have the same cognitive problems with most topics they try to subvert.

a-1655768375 Jun 20, 2022 04:39 PM
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4:09 - Why should anyone push back on good public health policies and just plain common sense? Her integrity and fortitude in the face of the politically weaponized voices of public stupidity were remarkable.

edney Jun 20, 2022 04:25 PM
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Have you wondered why the Unicorn OB/GYN announced should would not be seeing CenCal patients 15 days before retiring?
Probably because CenCal takes forever to reimburse the Doctors... but it is a "non-profit" yea team!
Their mission statement paraphrased:
Yeah, we are a "non profit" but we pay out some extremely high salaries and although we are "non profit" there is never any money left over at the end of the year because we just hand out bonuses.

a-1655771391 Jun 20, 2022 05:29 PM
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It's clear commenter 4:10 has poor knowledge of medicine.
Do you think all doctors but a few proven quacks were lying?
Ivermectin does nothing against COVID, and has serious side effects.
One must be very gullible to parrot such nonsense.
That, or just willfully ignorant.

Voice of Reason Jun 21, 2022 09:15 AM
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Ivermectin may not work against covid but it certainly does not have serious side effects and has been used for decades to improve the lives of hundreds of millions, if not billions of people, particularly in poorer areas / 3rd world nations more prone to parasitic infections. After that comment @5:29 you're in no position to call out others "poor knowledge of medicine" or that someone is being "just willfully ignorant" as you say, because you showed us loud and clear you have one, if not both, of those traits.

ChillinGrillin Jun 21, 2022 01:51 PM
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VOR: You have absolutely no idea what you're talking about.
From the FDA:
"You can also overdose on ivermectin, which can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, hypotension (low blood pressure), allergic reactions (itching and hives), dizziness, ataxia (problems with balance), seizures, coma and even death."

Voice of Reason Jun 21, 2022 02:19 PM
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Chillin, yea and? Most over the counter medicines can cause similar issues, or worse when overdosed on. Do you know what happens when you give kids Asiprin? You and @9:15 completely missed the comment, which was correcting @5:29's misinformation. Which was about side effects, not overdoses Chillin. Think before you type.

a-1655846813 Jun 21, 2022 02:26 PM
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You seem to be showing irritability and confusion. Have you dosed on Ivermectin recently?

From the Mayo Clinic web page on Ivermectin side effects:

Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:

More common
Difficulty in moving
muscle pain or stiffness
pain in the joints
swollen, painful, or tender lymph glands in the armpit

Less common
Black, tarry stools
bloating or swelling of the face, arms, hands, lower legs, or feet
chest pain
chills
cold sweats
cough
dizziness or lightheadedness
dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up from lying or sitting position
eye or eyelid irritation, pain, redness, or swelling
fast, pounding, or irregular heartbeat or pulse
feeling of constant movement of self or surroundings
fever
painful or difficult urination
rapid weight gain
sensation of spinning
shakiness in the legs, arms, hands, or feet
sore throat
sores, ulcers, or white spots on the lips or in the mouth
swollen glands
tingling of the hands or feet
trembling or shaking of the hands or feet
trouble breathing
unusual bleeding or bruising
unusual sleepiness
unusual tiredness or weakness
unusual weight gain or loss

Rare
Agitation
back pain
bloody eye
blurred vision
change in consciousness
confusion
decreased awareness or responsiveness
difficulty in standing or walking
hallucinations
headache
irritability
loss of bladder control
loss of bowel control
loss of consciousness
mood or mental changes
redness of the eye
seizures
stiff neck
unusual dullness or feeling of sluggishness
vomiting

Incidence not known
Blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin
burning, dry, or itching eyes
change in consciousness
confusion about identity, place, and time
dark urine
diarrhea
discharge, excessive tearing
light-colored stools
loss of consciousness
red skin lesion often with a purple center
sensitivity of the eye to light
swelling of the eyelids
tearing
upper right abdominal or stomach pain
yellow eyes and skin

Get emergency help immediately if any of the following symptoms of overdose occur:

Symptoms of overdose

Confusion about identity, place, and time
decreased awareness or responsiveness
severe sleepiness
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

Less common
Constipation
lack or loss of strength
loss of appetite
stomach pain
swelling or puffiness of the face

Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Voice of Reason Jun 21, 2022 03:56 PM
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@2:26. Now do any other prescription medicine, or the... covid vaccines..... also you're moving the goalposts as 5:29 clearly framed it a "serious side effects". The disingenuousness here is astounding.

ChillinGrillin Jun 21, 2022 04:57 PM
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VOR: Dude...most of those side effects are really serious. Did you take too much Ivermectin? Do you feel a sudden irrational urge to eat hay or gallop in a field? Hi ho silver, awayyyy

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