Santa Barbara County Publishes Reopening In Safe Environment Guide

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Santa Barbara County is taking steps to safely reopen society and our economy within the framework of Governor Newsom’s Resilience Roadmap. To support implementation of the roadmap for phased reopening, a localized supplemental guide has been produced. 

The Santa Barbara County RISE Guide, or Reopening In Safe Environment, was developed by medical and public health experts and supported by feedback from many sectors of the community to create a science-based framework for residents, businesses and organizations by which to reopen in a staged manner, while prioritizing public health and protecting our most vulnerable populations.

It’s important to note this guide is a living document that will change to reflect additional input, changing conditions and new information. It is designed to evolve and adapt to meet the needs of public health as well as economic well-being.  The guide provides recommended parameters for safely loosening or tightening restrictions, and will be used when greater local discretion is allowed by the state. 

“Governor Newsom makes the decision on when we move through the stages of reopening California, but it’s critically important that we are ready and prepared to safely reopen Santa Barbara County,” said County Supervisor Gregg Hart, Chair of the Board. 

The RISE Guide outlines the steps for reopening that can be safely taken in our community, balanced with the importance of resuming individual and economic activities as the COVID-19 epidemic evolves. The reopening approach is broken down into four phases, each with public health criteria for moving to and from phases:

·       Stage 1: Safety & Preparedness

·       Stage 2: Lower Risk Workplaces

·       Stage 3: Higher Risk Workplaces

·       Stage 4: End of Stay-at-Home Order

The County Public Health Officer, Dr. Henning Ansorg, is responsible for determining guidelines on how the county will reopen and when restrictions are loosened or tightened, depending on discretion allowed by the Governor.

“We set out to create a broad public health strategic plan with specific guidelines to limit the spread of COVID-19, and establish tools and approaches to minimize future outbreaks that are also consistent with the Governor’s framework and phases for reopening,” said Ansorg. 

The expert panel was tasked with developing a framework for reopening decisions. The panel consists of epidemiologists, physicians and public health experts from Marian and Cottage hospitals; University of California, Santa Barbara; and the Public Health Department.

“As a representative panel of medical experts, we considered the capacity and resources necessary to effectively manage the spread of COVID-19 in Santa Barbara County, as well as the risks surrounding likelihood of transmission through a phased reopening of the community,” said Dr. Melissa Smith, who is chairing the expert panel. “We also wanted to ensure vulnerable populations and workers are protected in this transition to reopening.”

Development of the guidelines included engagement with more than 25 roundtable meetings that included city leaders, local elected officials, chambers of commerce, industry sectors, faith-based communities, representatives of essential workers, and organizations that regularly work with minority and underserved populations. These stakeholders – more than 350 in all – provided valuable insight on the practicalities of what reopening means across diverse communities and uncovered ideas for how to reopen safely across a broad range of community settings. 

The Public Health Officer will make the final determination on the guidelines that will be presented to the County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, May 19 and go into effect once the Governor lifts his order. The RISE Guide is available for public review and feedback at ReadySBC.org.

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TheKid5 May 19, 2020 11:29 AM
Santa Barbara County Publishes Reopening In Safe Environment Guide

For the San Luis Obispo city government to limit tourism and possibly save lives is a lousy idea. Santa Barbara should follow the "Open Wide and Roll the Dice Plan" of our distinguished mayor, Kamikaze Cathy and let the good times and hearses roll!

a-1589768178 May 17, 2020 07:16 PM
Santa Barbara County Publishes Reopening In Safe Environment Guide

80% of SB tourists come from So. California. This is where California's Corona virus hotspots are. Santa Barbara immediately wants to open to tourism. Not a good move for residents. we will simply be importing those that are asymptomatic and those that are symptomatic into what they think is a safe County.

TheKid5 May 19, 2020 11:38 AM
Santa Barbara County Publishes Reopening In Safe Environment Guide

You are 100% correct! Though we have had few local cases, the threat that comes with an "open city" comes from tourists from areas all around Santa Barbara that have not been as fortunate as we have in the number of Covid-19 cases. Once the virus is freed in a crowded establishment, it will come back with a vengeance. Mayor Murillo should not be allowed to make life or death decisions for our people.

a-1589725359 May 17, 2020 07:22 AM
Santa Barbara County Publishes Reopening In Safe Environment Guide

What is the plan to remove homeless panhandlers from both sides of Las Positas off ramps. Yesterday, I saw on guy way down on the southbound offramp gathering 'sticks' right next to where the cars line up to exit. There was a tent pitched on that slope a new weeks ago.....must still be there. No 6 foot separation there. No mask. At the intersection, a woman was panhandling talking to herself or with people in their cars. No mask. No 6 ft. separation. I had children in my car....had to make sure all the windows were shut tight. A new camp is over at the intersection on the northbound offramp. City police? Highway patrol? Mayor? Someone?

GeneralTree May 15, 2020 08:35 PM
Santa Barbara County Publishes Reopening In Safe Environment Guide

I don't see physicians in this list of people who are telling others to put themselves and their children in danger. You think they would have hired an epidemiologist as a consultant.
"Development of the guidelines included engagement with more than 25 roundtable meetings that included city leaders, local elected officials, chambers of commerce, industry sectors, faith-based communities, representatives of essential workers, and organizations that regularly work with minority and underserved populations. "

ChemicalSuperFreak May 15, 2020 09:45 PM
Santa Barbara County Publishes Reopening In Safe Environment Guide

TREE: Two paragraphs before what you quoted out of context is the following: "The panel consists of EPIDEMIOLOGISTS, PHYSICIANS and PUBLIC HEALTH EXPERTS...", then skip to next paragraph...."As a representative panel of MEDICAL EXPERTS,.."

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