Santa Barbara County Reaches 11,602 COVID-19 Cases

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By edhat staff

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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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?

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

Did you even read the article Pit? HEADLINE: Child deaths tied to covid-19 remain remarkably low, months into U.S. pandemic Other LINES: Covid-19 has become the nation’s third-leading cause of death this year, but 18 states had not seen a single fatality among people under 20. AND: Children are much more likely to die of homicides (there were 1,865 in 2016, according to government data), drowning (995) or even fires and burns (340). AND: the flu, which killed an estimated 24,000 to 62,000 people last winter, but 188 people age 17 and below. [more died from the flu last year but we kept schools open] AND: “It seems notable that this pandemic, which has had so much of a toll in mortality and morbidity, does seem to spare kids in a dramatic way,” AND: " this is for the most part a very mild infection in children " But by all mean keep schools closed because... SCIENCE! [as in political-science when the teachers unions get too much power over elected officials and public school administrators who put the unions interests ahead of the children's]

Voice of Reason Dec 01, 2020 11:35 AM
Santa Barbara County Reaches 11,602 COVID-19 Cases

Per CDC, a total of 522 children between the ages of five and 14 died of suicide in 2017. In that same age group, only 42 children have died with covid-19 so far this year. Whose "best interests" do the school boards really have in mind?

sacjon Dec 01, 2020 11:49 AM
Santa Barbara County Reaches 11,602 COVID-19 Cases

VOR - Of those 42 kids who died from Covid, how many of their friends and families also died (or are suffering life long complications) due to being infected by the kids? See... this is what you keep forgetting. The concern isn't so much about the kids getting sick as it is the staff and families who are in contact with infected kids. If you have kids and have been listening to the board meetings, you'd know this is the main concern. Again, you seem to conveniently forget what makes covid so dangerous - its ability to spread undetected.

Voice of Reason Dec 01, 2020 12:24 PM
Santa Barbara County Reaches 11,602 COVID-19 Cases

Sac are you intentionally not following my posts or the words from the all mighty Faucci and the CDC? This entire time they've been saying, based on the data, that kids rarely spread the virus. So those 42 kids who got it most likely caught it from their friends and family. Sad none the less. Does the CA constitution require that public schools educate our children or to provide employment for adults? It is literally in our constitution that the State of CA provide primary education to our children and that is not happening because the teachers unions spend a lot of money on politics (I believe they're single largest donor to the Democratic party). Why would we ever consider elementary schools "non essential", yet every other "essential" worker has to go to work, during a pandemic, if they want to get a paycheck? Our children's lives should be held up above everyone else! Instead, they're forced into the home to stare at a screen all day because the will of the teachers union is more important that our kids lives. Crazy world we're in...

PitMix Dec 01, 2020 01:06 PM
Santa Barbara County Reaches 11,602 COVID-19 Cases

Just to confirm, 100 dead kids as of 9/25 from a preventable disease is acceptable to you as long as it doesn't impact your lives? How did we come to be so deficient in empathy? Like the Pope says, stuck in 'their own little world of interests'.

sacjon Dec 01, 2020 01:37 PM
Santa Barbara County Reaches 11,602 COVID-19 Cases

VOR - 1) Show me the science that says kids can't spread the virus to their families. 2) You're not reading any of my posts - I am 100% for kids going back to school with safety precautions in place.

Voice of Reason Dec 01, 2020 01:49 PM
Santa Barbara County Reaches 11,602 COVID-19 Cases

How about Facci and the Director of the CDC Dr. Redfield saying it? That's science right? Scroll to Dr. Redfield in the transcripts below. It has also been repeated many times over the past 6 months by Faucci and others, but if you haven't heard them saying covid doesn't spread in schools you need to diversify your news sources because this has been common knowledge to many of us for a while.

Voice of Reason Dec 01, 2020 01:58 PM
Santa Barbara County Reaches 11,602 COVID-19 Cases

Just to confirm Pit, having more kids die from other reasons as a result of schools remaining closed is acceptable to you but it isn't acceptable for a smaller amount of kids to die from covid? You're ignoring all the very serious, even fatal consequences of keeping kids out of school. Beyond the initial 15 days to slow the spread (which was about a month or two too early for CA) schools should have never been closed. Science told them they needed to open, political science kept them closed.

sacjon Dec 01, 2020 02:51 PM
Santa Barbara County Reaches 11,602 COVID-19 Cases

VOR - I've heard many times that children don't spread it as fast as adults, fine. But that's not the same as saying it never can spread in schools. That's flat wrong. Kids can get it and can spread it. That's a fact. Further, you've again missed my point. I'm not talking about spread in the schools, I'm talking about kids getting it at school or wherever and bringing it home to spread to their families. Maybe not as easily as adults spreading it at a bar, but to say kinds can't spread covid is wrong. Doesn't matter where those 42 kids got it, the fact is that they could spread it. That goes back to your original post saying "only 42 kids" died of covid. AGAIN...... how about the families of those kids? How many of them caught it? Died from it? You keep deflecting to the old argument, that I agree with, that it doesn't spread as fast in schools. Yeah, but when it does, it doesn't matter that only a few kids got it, it matters that they spread it.

Finally, it's not up to me to prove your point. Show me where Faucci says kids can't spread Covid. That is what I'm rebutting and you're failing to support.

Voice of Reason Dec 01, 2020 03:11 PM
Santa Barbara County Reaches 11,602 COVID-19 Cases

If you're trying to tie me up on my word selection "Can't spread in schools" fine, you got me! though I don't recall using such a definitive word as "can't", there is nothing certain about a virus. What they have found is that in areas schools have been open they haven't traced a "spread" back to the school. Teachers or students who tested positive contracted the virus outside of school and didn't spread it at school.

sacjon Dec 01, 2020 03:32 PM
Santa Barbara County Reaches 11,602 COVID-19 Cases

VOR - "if you haven't heard them saying covid doesn't spread in schools you need to diversify your news sources because this has been common knowledge to many of us for a while." - your comment at 1:49 today

Voice of Reason Dec 01, 2020 04:07 PM
Santa Barbara County Reaches 11,602 COVID-19 Cases

Thanks Sac, not to split hairs but doesn't and can't mean two different things. I think we both agree, schools should have started in-person back in September/October and that would have been what's best, what's safest, for the children. Schools still being closed is due to a combination of the following: incompetent leadership, politics, and putting the teachers unions demands above the students needs. If the schools districts are no longer operating with the children's interest above all else, we need a major change to the system (i.e. school choice).

PitMix Dec 01, 2020 10:18 PM
Santa Barbara County Reaches 11,602 COVID-19 Cases

VOR, care to explain how outdated data on child mortality for various reasons has anything to do with preventable child deaths from the pandemic in 2020? You do know the difference between apples and oranges, right?

Andrea Smith Dec 01, 2020 09:42 AM
Santa Barbara County Reaches 11,602 COVID-19 Cases

Folks, this is a virus. It doesn't care what you think. In my opinion, we were doing really well for awhile there due to the intense heat wave we had. Viruses don't do well in extreme heat and sun. I think that really helped us. Then, people thought oh look numbers are down, I'm sick of this and boom, complacency set in, then came the colder drier weather which viruses love and it's a recipe for disaster. Take it seriously folks, all it takes is one slip up and you are infected and likely infecting others some who may not survive. You can rage against the machine all you want but the virus can and will win if we aren't careful and persistent.

macpuzl Dec 01, 2020 02:02 PM
Santa Barbara County Reaches 11,602 COVID-19 Cases

Trying to introduce the inveterate COVIDIOTS here to common sense, let alone science, is like the proverbial mud wrestle with a pig. The stink just won't wash off these guys.

PitMix Dec 01, 2020 04:20 PM
Santa Barbara County Reaches 11,602 COVID-19 Cases

Mostly the anti-science people here aren't getting what they want so the right things are happening. Hopefully the vaccines will be rolled out, most of us will get them by June, and we can go back to arguing with the climate change deniers.

Voice of Reason Dec 01, 2020 05:41 PM
Santa Barbara County Reaches 11,602 COVID-19 Cases

Later this week, possibly as soon as tomorrow, New York State (heaviest restrictions in continental US, mask mandates, schools closed) will surpass Florida (no restrictions, no masks, schools open) in hospitalizations per capita. Let that sink is as our kids won't be going to school tomorrow and small businesses throughout the state are wondering if they'll be able to survive winter. Oh but "anti-science"....

macpuzl Dec 01, 2020 07:24 PM
Santa Barbara County Reaches 11,602 COVID-19 Cases

Let's indulge VOR's soothsaying.

All data are from the CDC, and are hospitalizations or deaths per 100K population per day, rolling 7 day average to smooth out the bumps. Florida hasn't submitted reports for a while, so they lag a bit behind. Latest report from each locale used here, even though that biases the results in Florida's favor.

New York State--19.4

Of course, VOR chose Florida because their governor has the habit of putting his finger on the scales with regard to COVID reporting by their health department. Death statistics for New York state and New York City are tabulated separately by the CDC.

New York State--0.382
New York City---0.1157

Why not pick a state more representative of VOR's recommended freedumb approach like South Dakota? Because it doesn't give VOR the desired result?

Let's compare deaths for California and South Dakota.

South Dakota--2.0565

Bit of a difference, wouldn't you say? What will Friday's data show?

Voice of Reason Dec 02, 2020 12:28 PM
Santa Barbara County Reaches 11,602 COVID-19 Cases

So I was right, you didn't like it, made excuses why even though I was right I was wrong, name called, then picked a completely unrelated state to show how it's worse than CA. Okay...

If you like South Dakota, compare it to North Dakota. Similar geography/climate/seasonality; South took a hands off approach North went with "government knows best" restrictions.


N. Dakota cases/deaths per million: 116,475 / 1,404
S. Dakota cases/deaths per million: 98,184 / 1,150

Even if South Dakota was worse off, which it isn't, shouldn't there be very compelling evidence that these extreme government restrictions are necessary vs. letting people keep themselves safe, letting businesses take their own precautions? Government restrictions have shown no benefit over just providing accurate information and expert recommendations for people to make their own determinations on how to keep themselves safe, their family safe, their customers safe, their community safe. This desire for a nanny state to do something (even if it doesn't actually provide a benefit) just so that people can feel safer and cling to this imaginary blanket of control I simply do not understand.

a-1606951603 Dec 02, 2020 03:26 PM
Santa Barbara County Reaches 11,602 COVID-19 Cases

UM, that's more BS. North Dakota was another freedumb state.
And we've never had any extreme restrictions, not even a simple shutdown. You've always been free to move around and grocery shop.
Your last 5 words say it all about your conception of the pandemic.

macpuzl Dec 02, 2020 03:46 PM
Santa Barbara County Reaches 11,602 COVID-19 Cases

The CDC data for deaths per 100K population per day, rolling 7 day average to smooth out the bumps, show that VOR's cited data is bogus:

North Dakota...1.4848
South Dakota...2.0565

You can see the values yourself at the CDC COVID Data Tracker site:

a-1606954171 Dec 02, 2020 04:09 PM
Santa Barbara County Reaches 11,602 COVID-19 Cases

Why argue over the numbers, it doesn't change a thing. Just wear a damn mask inside when you can't be distanced, keep away from others, wash your hands and avoid crowds, especially of college aged kids and Qanon supporters! Easy peasy.

Voice of Reason Dec 02, 2020 04:49 PM
Santa Barbara County Reaches 11,602 COVID-19 Cases

Wrong @ 4:15, what 4:09 posted is ALL we need! What I've been clearly against is some politician hundreds of miles a way telling us what businesses are "essential" and which aren't, what capacity is okay for one business but not other, can't eat outside but you can go to Target, schools should be closed, remote learning is learning, all based on arbitrary metrics and colors, all the while the politicians don't think this is very serious (or necessary, or dangerous) as they blatantly disregard their own orders.

Voice of Reason Dec 02, 2020 04:56 PM
Santa Barbara County Reaches 11,602 COVID-19 Cases

Mac, that wasn't a CDC website you linked nor does it show other States info. The numbers I pulled were from googles dashboard. But I can use the CDC's as well and property link it. You love your "gotacha's" don't you, but still miss that the only benefit these government mandates provide is some reassurance to scared people that we can control the virus (we can't) while completely ignoring all the health and financial consequences to these mandates.

ND - 127 deaths per 100K
SD - 107 deaths per 100k

macpuzl Dec 02, 2020 05:40 PM
Santa Barbara County Reaches 11,602 COVID-19 Cases

You're actually partially right!
That link didn't transfer well, but it takes you to the Santa Barbara County Community Data Dashboard.
Select US data (in the far right tab), which takes you to the CDC COVID Data Tracker.
Select Compare State Trends.
Choose your metrics and states.
Voila! Graphic and data table displays appear.

macpuzl Dec 05, 2020 07:28 PM
Santa Barbara County Reaches 11,602 COVID-19 Cases

Friday's reports are in. Time to check in with VOR's prognostications for red vs blue. Accuracy is probably poor because states are experiencing test result backlogs. Hospitalization rates are leveling off, but in many states, especially in rural areas, that's because hospitals are running out of available beds.

Hospitalizations per 100K, Dec 2 and Dec 4, % growth
New York State__19.4__22.2__+14.4%

Florida appears to have done better. Score one for VOR. However, Florida data showed only 5 new hospitalizations for a day with over 10,000 new cases. Seems a bit odd.

How are the death rate trends? Data are from the CDC COVID-19 Tracker. Rates are running 7-day averages, deaths per 100K population. NYC and rest of NY State tallied separately by CDC.

Deaths, Dec 2 and Dec 4, % growth
South Dakota____1.7326__2.8499__+39%
New York State__0.2654__0.4461__+17%
New York City___0.1395__0.1463__+26%
North Dakota____1.4848__1.7291__+16%

Looks like nobody's doing very well, trendwise, but blue zones are generally at lower levels of deaths per 100K.

And we haven't even hit the time we'll see the Thanksgiving surge in cases, let alone the deaths, which lag cases by about two weeks.

Sail380 Dec 02, 2020 10:46 AM
Santa Barbara County Reaches 11,602 COVID-19 Cases

Several elitist government officials have been caught disobeying there own overhanded covid rules and restrictions. What I see happening is were working our way closer to a Hunger Games type society. Elitist living in an excessively conspicuous consumption city while the loyal subjects toil to survive.
I guess that's progressive?

PitMix Dec 02, 2020 10:58 AM
Santa Barbara County Reaches 11,602 COVID-19 Cases

Sail, a financial guy I read (Mauldin Economics) has a discussion of what happens when you have too many elites.. "Elite overproduction is a concept developed by Peter Turchin, which describes the condition of a society which is producing too many potential elite-members relative to its ability to absorb them into the power structure." Doesn't have a good ending.

EastBeach Dec 02, 2020 10:59 AM
Santa Barbara County Reaches 11,602 COVID-19 Cases

Two news stories from Fox News showed up on my cell phone this week. Both headlines accused via *implication* that CA officials had disobeyed COVID rules/restrictions! But reading below the headline ... one story clarified that an official had eaten out at a restaurant after declaring the new restrictions but *BEFORE* they were in effect. The other story said an official dined out in a restaurant while her county had restrictions ... but in the same story stated she was actually dining in an adjacent county where there were no such restrictions. Fair and balanced? Definitely not in those two stories with misleading headlines.

Sail380 Dec 02, 2020 12:09 PM
Santa Barbara County Reaches 11,602 COVID-19 Cases

EASTBEACH I read the articles and saw the loopholes they used to explain there actions. If the restrictions are worth implementing, they should be imposed immediately. Not delaying a start date so you can attend a party.

Voice of Reason Dec 02, 2020 12:10 PM
Santa Barbara County Reaches 11,602 COVID-19 Cases

Eastbeach, the issue with the LA official is she had just voted to ban outdoor dinning as it's "too dangerous" (without any actual supporting evidence) then went right to eat at an outdoor restaurant. Yes, the restriction wasn't then in place but if outdoor dining really is "too dangerous" why did she go? That is the issue many have with these elected leaders who impose restrictions "for safety" the ignore them.


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