Santa Barbara County Reaches 11,602 COVID-19 Cases

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The Public Health Department reports Santa Barbara County reached 11,602 COVID-19 cases as of Monday.

There was one additional death reported. The individual was between the ages of 50-69 years old, did not have underlying medical conditions and resided in the City of Santa Maria. The death was not associated with an outbreak at a congregate living facility.

The county's death toll is now 136.

Of the total cases, there are currently 410 that are active and infectious. Of those, there are 33 hospitalizations including 7 in the intensive care unit.

In the past week, there have been nearly 600 new cases reported averaging 75 new cases per day. This past Saturday alone, 149 new cases were reported by the Public Health Department.

Due to the testing and reporting time lag, new cases due to the Thanksgiving holiday may take up to a week to appear in data counts.

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GeneralTree Nov 30, 2020 04:46 PM
Santa Barbara County Reaches 11,602 COVID-19 Cases

Play stupid games - win a trip to the ICU. I've been trying to warn people for months - but some populists minds just want to continue spewing anti-science jargon.

Voice of Reason Nov 30, 2020 05:04 PM
Santa Barbara County Reaches 11,602 COVID-19 Cases

General, you're quick to call anyone who disagrees with your position "anti-science". Can you please show me one state, even one county, that saw a sustained decrease in cases after maskmadates and heavy restrictions went into effect? Can you please show me the science the LA Public Heath Department used to shut down outdoor dinning? Can you please show me the science that says schools should be closed? Can you please show me the science that the lockdowns and heavy restrictions are less detrimental to public health than covid itself? (hint: you can't).

sacjon Nov 30, 2020 05:11 PM
Santa Barbara County Reaches 11,602 COVID-19 Cases

VOR - so you think CA went into the red tier (and almost made it to purple) DESPITE the mask requirements, distancing and other safety precautions? I'll agree the science was actually in favor of schools re-opening (districts chose otherwise), but you can't say nothing that we've been doing the past months had no effect on the decrease we saw before this latest spike.

Voice of Reason Nov 30, 2020 05:19 PM
Santa Barbara County Reaches 11,602 COVID-19 Cases

Sac, you're correct for the most part. People's behavior changed early on (i.e. wash hands, limit large groups, stay home when sick, mind your sneezing/coughing) that, combined with the natural seasonality of virus, is why CA went into the red tier (which is a completely arbitrary threshold from politicians not scientists). If the purple tier restrictions worked we shouldn't be spiking. Most of the spread is in the home with small gatherings, why would shutting down businesses and outdoor dining be the response when we have data these aren't vectors? How many times are you going to fall for our politicians taking credit for their restrictions when numbers fall then blaming a small group of non-compliers when cases increase? Is everyone who is turning up positive a non-complier?

Thomas John Nov 30, 2020 05:40 PM
Santa Barbara County Reaches 11,602 COVID-19 Cases

Just look at IHME predictions. It's what the current white house uses and has different outcomes based on levels of restrictions (Masks - no masks). So yes, there is data supporting this.

Basicinfo805 Nov 30, 2020 06:48 PM
Santa Barbara County Reaches 11,602 COVID-19 Cases

Predictions aren't data. And we have had some very dire predictions for 8 months that haven't materialized. Remember the doomsday calls back in march? I do.

a-1606794224 Nov 30, 2020 07:43 PM
Santa Barbara County Reaches 11,602 COVID-19 Cases

5:04 PM - You've seen it all before, but ignored it:
Links to peer-reviewed papers at the bottom of the page:

a-1606796797 Nov 30, 2020 08:26 PM
Santa Barbara County Reaches 11,602 COVID-19 Cases

@ 6:48: And what do we have now, other than dire? We have better therapies now, so fewer of the serious cases die, but we are overwhelming our hospitals, and that will mean no therapy at all, and doomsday will have arrived.

GeneralTree Nov 30, 2020 08:39 PM
Santa Barbara County Reaches 11,602 COVID-19 Cases

Voice of Treason -I know you have a hard time discussing basic science without a far right agenda, so you should probably just scroll on by. I prefer discussions with other educated people.

SBAtlien Nov 30, 2020 10:41 PM
Santa Barbara County Reaches 11,602 COVID-19 Cases

@VOR, appreciate your request to provide distinct arbitrary metrics in support of science that no one can provide in any free state, county or city where self reporting is optional and many are asymptomatic. You raise a moot point that is taught in 2nd grade science experiments—variables play a part in the scientific method. Peace be with you and I hope your trips to Ralph’s without a mask works out. Maybe you can volunteer on the ICU floor at cottage or down in LA hospitals. Help there is always appreciated,

Or just sit on edhat as a couch scientist and public health expert to ramble and argue.

Of wait I just did the same thing.

GeneralTree Dec 01, 2020 07:44 AM
Santa Barbara County Reaches 11,602 COVID-19 Cases

420722 - The fact that you inferred that the person in the discussion be agreeable to my own opinion shows your lack of reading retention. Having something educated to say vs. being agreeable are two very different things. You've proved my point about discussions with educated people.

a-1606843415 Dec 01, 2020 09:23 AM
Santa Barbara County Reaches 11,602 COVID-19 Cases

"Voice of Reason" (?) All the infection curves went down after the lockdown. It's a highly contagious virus, spread by spittle from infectious people, with 40% asymptomatic. Unfortunately current U.S. government leaders trumpeted a policy that the virus was a "hoax" and not dangerous, and approximately 50% followed. That half, with no masks and no social distancing, led to the continuance of the viral spread.

Andrea Smith Dec 01, 2020 09:33 AM
Santa Barbara County Reaches 11,602 COVID-19 Cases

VOR I get what you are saying, I wondered the same thing about these spikes while we are distancing and wearing masks. But there is one variable you are ignoring, and that is the fact that people have gotten complacent due to battle weariness. My neighbors had a party on Halloween until 1 a.m., inside, maskless, and one of them is a nurse. People are starting to let their guard down because we were doing so well, and there were far fewer cases BECAUSE we were following the mandates, etc. out of fear. The fear factor went down and the battle weariness went up - and now, here we are with these spikes which are directly attributable to that. Plus, look at the traveling that went on despite being advised against unnecessary travel, and the gatherings. They have to clamp down now in anticipation of more cases now because of that, which will overwhelm the medical system and medical workers who are already worn out. So, you can't just ignore that variable which is a huge part of this next spike which will now put us back into a lockdown, guaranteed.

letmego Dec 01, 2020 10:37 AM
Santa Barbara County Reaches 11,602 COVID-19 Cases

ANDREA SMITH is wise, along with others. There is plenty of evidence that lockdowns and mask mandates work - of course, you can choose to ignore the evidence if you like. Also, what is needed is for people to actually COMPLY. Most of the spread has been coming from indoor parties, offices, etc. This is because people are weary.

Some of the same parents who are complaining that we should open schools ("because kids are gathering anyway") are the parents who...are allowing their kids to gather.

In reality, lockdowns and mask mandates and closing businesses often makes daily life painful enough for people to say "oh, shoot, well maybe I need to be smarter than this and not gather indoors without masks."

Andrea Smith Nov 30, 2020 04:58 PM
Santa Barbara County Reaches 11,602 COVID-19 Cases

Newsom already warned today we could go back into full lockdown. Any time they "warn" us it usually happens within a week. I suspect after this holiday - given how many on State Street had no masks - our numbers are going to spike in about a week or so.

sacjon Nov 30, 2020 05:06 PM
Santa Barbara County Reaches 11,602 COVID-19 Cases

Andrea - I'm worried you're right. I have a sneaking suspicion we will see a significant increase in numbers over the next week. As for a shut-down, I bet he announces it tomorrow. That's what happens when people choose to ignore health and safety. Choices have consequences. This isn't like disagreeing over political opinions. There is no "opinion" about a global pandemic. You choose to either take the relatively minimal, albeit inconvenient, precautions, or you choose to ignore them and put yourself and your family at risk.

Voice of Reason Nov 30, 2020 05:13 PM
Santa Barbara County Reaches 11,602 COVID-19 Cases

Andrea, you will not catch covid by walking past someone outside on the street unless someone contagious sneezed/coughed directly into your face. Downtown, most people are wearing a mask outside, and everyone is wearing them inside. If masks worked as well as people on this board think they did, cases wouldn't be spiking everywhere. The science behind masks as it relates to covid-19 is psychology not epidemiology. Do you think surgeons would preform a surgery if they had a viral infection? No, they wouldn't because they know a paper or cloth mask, even those used during surgery, won't stop a virus. Stay home if you chose, stay safe if you venture out, wash your hands, don't live in fear and don't let the government micro manage your life (they do a crummy enough job managing their own issues)

Voice of Reason Nov 30, 2020 05:20 PM
Santa Barbara County Reaches 11,602 COVID-19 Cases

Sac you're clearly a keyboard warrior who hasn't missed a paycheck this entire time.
shutting down someone's business they worked years to build, who employ workers who live pay check to paycheck and now will go without one, is hardly "minimal" or "inconvenient".

sacjon Nov 30, 2020 05:31 PM
Santa Barbara County Reaches 11,602 COVID-19 Cases

VOR - You clearly have no capacity for basic comprehension. I'm talking about choices. The relatively minimal precautions people like you are freaking out against and CHOOSING to ignore - masks, distancing, staying away from family during the holidays, etc etc. Closing businesses are not "choices," no one had a say in that. So read my comment again with my explanation in mind. It's amazing (and embarrassing for you) that I have to spoon feed you simple reasoning.

Andrea Smith Nov 30, 2020 05:50 PM
Santa Barbara County Reaches 11,602 COVID-19 Cases

VOR when I see people standing and talking with no masks, and kids running around with no masks touching everything, then yes I am concerned. As you pointed out, these shutdowns are seriously impacting people financially especially small businesses. So why can't people hunker down and do what needs to be done so we can get out of this?

ChemicalSuperFreak Nov 30, 2020 08:49 PM
Santa Barbara County Reaches 11,602 COVID-19 Cases

Voice, masks do help considerably, but I agree with you that they don't work as well as people on this board are suggesting. I've posted plenty of peer-reviewed primary research on how masks are only 90-95% effective when used properly. Take our local healthcare workers for example. As of today, 586 of them have tested positive, despite safety training, masks, face shields, gloves and tons of sanitizers. If you are in proximity of an infected individual, there is a significant chance of being infected yourself unless you're in a BSL-4 suit.

Voice of Reason Nov 30, 2020 10:00 PM
Santa Barbara County Reaches 11,602 COVID-19 Cases

Andrea, if you’re concerned about people standing and talking without masks, outside, and kids running around touching everything, YOU should hunker down. Lockdowns only delay, they don’t eliminate, so why force everyone else to hunker down and wait for what? A vaccine that might not even stop someone from being contagious? By the way, masks wont help kids touching everything, adults don’t even follow proper mask protocol let alone a little kid.

Voice of Reason Nov 30, 2020 10:07 PM
Santa Barbara County Reaches 11,602 COVID-19 Cases

Chem I do agree masks are effective in certain situations, like being inside within 6’ of someone. The people walking their dogs by themselves with masks is an extreme I can’t wrap my head around (at least now, 9 months into this, there was a time I wiped down my groceries too).

a-1606838689 Dec 01, 2020 08:04 AM
Santa Barbara County Reaches 11,602 COVID-19 Cases

Show some proof that masks work. There are plenty of studies now that show masks do not work... and a couple of studies showing those who wear masks have a higher rate of contracting the virus. Let your immune system do the job it was designed for.

a-1606843806 Dec 01, 2020 09:30 AM
Santa Barbara County Reaches 11,602 COVID-19 Cases

How about listening to the U.S. government website. Masks work. Countries that use them and protect their populations lower and stop the spread.

letmego Dec 01, 2020 10:40 AM
Santa Barbara County Reaches 11,602 COVID-19 Cases

VOR, you cannot possibly know what everyone is doing when they aren't in your view. Those people who are maskless downtown (I don't go to state st, so I cannot speak to how many people are maskless) ...are often also gathering indoors without masks.

You clearly are determined to ignore all of the scientific evidence (that grows by the day) on the effectiveness of masks in reducing the spread of COVID (namely, we can avoid lockdowns if people will just mask up). It's been linked here repeatedly. So, you can just stop now.

letmego Dec 01, 2020 10:46 AM
Santa Barbara County Reaches 11,602 COVID-19 Cases

We don't actually know how the Health care workers got COVID - whether it was at work, at care homes, or at home with family. Additionally, infection rates of HCWs have been relatively flat compared to our overall infection rates. May - 13, June - 78, July-171, Aug-72, Sept-60, Oct-53, Nov-73.

420722 Dec 01, 2020 01:30 PM
Santa Barbara County Reaches 11,602 COVID-19 Cases

Letmego, did you seriously just tell VOR he/she can’t possible know what everyone is doing out of sight and then proceed to tell him that YOU know what said people are doing even though you can’t see it either? Classic, absolutely classic. Mind blown. 2020 will go down as the stupidest backassward year ever!

420722 Nov 30, 2020 06:24 PM
Santa Barbara County Reaches 11,602 COVID-19 Cases

New fearporn... show the overall number of cases in big bold letters to scare the sheep. VOR, the fact that anyone would disagree with your 5:20 comment is just sad. I can’t believe the county has businesses shut down because of “private gatherings”. This is a total joke. Lockdowns don’t work but they are leading to bigger problems we’ve only just begun to see.

420722 Nov 30, 2020 06:54 PM
Santa Barbara County Reaches 11,602 COVID-19 Cases

So cases are continuing to climb and are pre-planned (I mean expected) to skyrocket in the near future all while businesses have been at their strictest modifications or even closed altogether for over 2 weeks now. There is no science behind these business lockdowns, it is wrong and cruel and unnecessarily ruining the lives of healthy and hardworking individuals.

a-1606793752 Nov 30, 2020 07:35 PM
Santa Barbara County Reaches 11,602 COVID-19 Cases

We open up, deaths increase. We shut down, deaths decrease. How many times do we have to repeat that loop before the conspiracy nincompoops get a clue? Weren't you saying this would all disappear with warm weather? Then with the election? Then with cool weather? Lunacy!

420722 Nov 30, 2020 09:10 PM
Santa Barbara County Reaches 11,602 COVID-19 Cases

7:35 I never said this would disappear with warm or cool weather? Where do you come up with stuff like that? Nice try though and deaths did not increase while we were in the red, cases started going up recently (and quite magically) even in the most remote counties of California with teeny tiny populations that don’t see much tourism. Odd right? Why are they in the purple? We’ve had 100+ deaths out of a population of nearly 500,000 and almost all of them were elderly and sick to boot. There is NO need for this 3rd shutdown.

a-1606804604 Nov 30, 2020 10:36 PM
Santa Barbara County Reaches 11,602 COVID-19 Cases

I don't think you understand the severity of the pandemic.
Do you think 270,000 deaths in the USA alone are faked?
International death totals are faked?
Other countries are in on the conspiracy?
Too little thinking behind such a comment.

ChemicalSuperFreak Nov 30, 2020 09:01 PM
Santa Barbara County Reaches 11,602 COVID-19 Cases

As of today, the 7-day average case rate is 16.7, and the 7-day average for testing % positivity is 3.8. (These numbers are current, and you won't see them posted to the dashboard because of the lag) The numbers are bad, but still a far cry from when the case rate was nearly 30 and the the positivity was over 16%. I saw a lot of traffic streaming into SB this weekend, so people clearly traveled to spend time with family and friends and we'll see the effect of that in a week or two. If you look at statewide testing, it hit an all time high just prior to Thanksgiving, which makes me hopeful that people used testing before making their decisions for Thanksgiving. Newsom has already hinted at a state-wide lockdown, so if we get back to those early numbers you can bet he'll do it.

PitMix Dec 01, 2020 07:16 AM
Santa Barbara County Reaches 11,602 COVID-19 Cases

It seems like the same people having the same discussion. How exciting. I feel sorry for the medical staff working themselves to the bone, and dying (1,700 of them) because of our lack of consensus on this issue. I feel sorry for the families of the 270,000 people that suffered the ultimate loss in this pandemic, and the many more patients that will have lasting effects from the disease such as heart and lung problems. None of the anti-mask pro-school daycare anti-dining limit people seem to acknowledge any of this.

Voice of Reason Dec 01, 2020 08:40 AM
Santa Barbara County Reaches 11,602 COVID-19 Cases

Stop lumping people into either boat A or boat B Pit. There are many common sense solutions and responses to covid-19, based on science and real data, that don't involve the drastic and arbitrary measures taken by our state, who still can't get public schools open even though throughout the pandemic the director of the CDC has said they are the safest place for children to be. Do you get that Pit? Our state, counties, and school districts refuse to open what the CDC says is the safest place children can be. Whose lives (or livelihoods) are they putting first to deny our kids access to literally the SAFEST PLACE THEY CAN BE? This is completely backwards and permeates our states decision making. Cannabis and booze an "essential service", are you f-ing kidding me? Everyone acknowledges the devastation this has caused, even the "anti-maskers" but what you're not acknowledging is that this is not a temporary thing, as we deal with this long-term it isn't for some inexperienced politician to decided what's best for an individual, what risks are acceptable for them to take. LA supervisors just banned outdoor dining with zero data showing outdoor restaurants are vectors, with one of the supervisors going out to eat at an outdoor restaurant after voting to close them because they weren't safe. What scares me most are how so many have become so scared and incapable of their own decision making they've welcomed this government overreach, literally welcomed it into their homes to make decisions for them because they're now unable to make those decisions on their own.

PitMix Dec 01, 2020 10:36 AM
Santa Barbara County Reaches 11,602 COVID-19 Cases

Voice of Something, teachers have died after being in the classroom. They appreciate you throwing them to the mercies of the virus. Trump's CDC has lost any trust they might have had. Won't get it back for a while. You don't seem to care about reason, but try listening to the facts for a change.

Andrea Smith Dec 01, 2020 09:36 AM
Santa Barbara County Reaches 11,602 COVID-19 Cases

OOPS it's not about current hospitalizations it's about anticipated due to these spikes, which will happen in 1-3 weeks from now! Why can't people understand this after all this time!!!

a-1606844259 Dec 01, 2020 09:37 AM
Santa Barbara County Reaches 11,602 COVID-19 Cases

"Just" 33 in the hospital, huh? Not worth taking precautions to avoid more folks joining them? Unless you happen to be the one in the hospital or a family member not able to visit a critically ill family member. If 2,000 American soldiers were dying every day in a foreign war, wouldn't we care? And what's with the, "they're old and sick" b.s. . Folks over 65 are 1/3 of the U.S. population. So people over 65 don't matter any more? Sick and heartless.

Voice of Reason Dec 01, 2020 09:56 AM
Santa Barbara County Reaches 11,602 COVID-19 Cases

I've hear about enough of the "wait two weeks".... that has been said over and over again this entire pandemic. Florida still rocking it, two weeks later, two weeks after that, two weeks after that, and if you take out the initial deaths here in CA and FL from the failure to isolate the at-risk and nursing homes, there is only a nominal difference between the two and certainly not worth destroying the state and keeping kids out of school.

oops Dec 01, 2020 10:22 AM
Santa Barbara County Reaches 11,602 COVID-19 Cases

AS, you seem to believe their predictions- they haven't been right since this mess started. How many school aged children have died in SB county - ZERO! yet the schools are shut down....

PitMix Dec 01, 2020 10:44 AM
Santa Barbara County Reaches 11,602 COVID-19 Cases

100 kids dead from virus as of 9/25. I guess you don't care about them?


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