Santa Barbara County Remains in Purple Tier

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Source: Public Health Department

Santa Barbara County remains in the Purple Tier (Widespread) in the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. The county has been in the Purple Tier for one week and has not met the criteria for the Red Tier this week. Positivity rate and adjusted case rate continue to remain high. The positivity rate has increased .5% and adjusted case rate has increased .2% from last week. These small, but consistent increases indicate that widespread transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19 is happening in Santa Barbara County. The Health Equity Metric has not been used to determine tier status this week.

“We are continuing to face significant upticks in our local cases, and beginning to see increases in our hospitalizations. Very quickly, we have seen our metrics approach the Orange Tier metrics and then suddenly revert back to Purple Tier levels,” shared Public Health Director Van Do-Reynoso.  “I urge you to please stay home and local this upcoming Thanksgiving Day and weekend. It is not too late to change your holiday plans. Although it isn’t the easy choice, it is in fact the right choice this year.”

Daily status reports will not be posted on Thursday, November 26, 2020 and Friday, November 27, 2020. Reporting will resume on Monday, November 30, 2020.

For general questions about COVID-19 and precautions currently recommended by Santa Barbara County Public Health Department, residents may call 211 or visit

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a-1606260736 Nov 24, 2020 03:32 PM
Santa Barbara County Remains in Purple Tier

If only the people who aren't smart enough to follow the suggested health protocols would die, maybe that would be a good idea. As it is, though, such a policy would consign many more innocent people to death and disability.

PitMix Nov 24, 2020 04:00 PM
Santa Barbara County Remains in Purple Tier

Red states have hospitals near capacity with no extra ICU space for additional victims of the maskless nonsocially distancing ilk. We don't want to end up like them. Get your Senate to pass additional help for small businesses if you care about them.

a-1606264863 Nov 24, 2020 04:41 PM
Santa Barbara County Remains in Purple Tier

@ 3:10: OANN is off YouTube. What will you do for COVID disinformation in their absence? Although, I guess that's easy if you do what they do - simply repeat the propaganda endlessly. For anyone to suggest an equivalence between colds or flu with COVID shows a distinct misalignment with reality.

420722 Nov 24, 2020 04:46 PM
Santa Barbara County Remains in Purple Tier

I’ve never watched a minute of Oann. Nice try. Don’t watch YouTube either or “faux” or any of that. The hospitals are not full.

420722 Nov 24, 2020 04:48 PM
Santa Barbara County Remains in Purple Tier

Barf- famed for? Having businesses locked down a second time? A two week lockdown turned into 8 months and now indefinitely? I think you mean failed!

SBCountyLocal Nov 24, 2020 07:15 PM
Santa Barbara County Remains in Purple Tier

2 Georgia Senate races will be decided in January. They need to turn BLUE to get a decent amount of money to small businesses and the unemployed. Have you donated to these races? Have you committed to calling for them? It is time for CA Democrats to step up and do whatever they can to have these seats turn BLUE. We simply can't have 4 more years of "Moscow" Mitch McConnell holding up bills and sabotaging the workers of America.

Voice of Reason Nov 25, 2020 09:39 AM
Santa Barbara County Remains in Purple Tier

SB County, the Senate hasn't been presented a bill without a TON of non-covid related pork. I'm for cannabis reform but there is no place for it in a Covid relief bill (among the many other unrelated items). Until then the Senate isn't the hold up. You can't really believe it's just one side that's "sabotaging the workers of America", especially when it's predominantly the blue states that are imposing restrictions that are closing small businesses down?

PitMix Nov 25, 2020 09:48 AM
Santa Barbara County Remains in Purple Tier

SB Local, have you been to Georgia? No way that purple state flips blue, much as I would like it. Neither Dem candidate gathered the most votes in their races, and they are unlikely to improve that performance in the runoff. I'm donating, but not as much as if I thought they had a real chance.

Voice of Reason Nov 25, 2020 10:45 AM
Santa Barbara County Remains in Purple Tier

People and corporations outside of a state should not be able to contribute nor influence an election in another state. This is exactly the same as foreign entities contributing/influencing to our federal elections.

ChemicalSuperFreak Nov 25, 2020 03:51 PM
Santa Barbara County Remains in Purple Tier

Voice, agreed. I'll bet you that same person was quite upset when outside money from places like Utah started rolling into California in support of Prop 8 (2008). People outside of a state, or country, need to stay out of that state or country's business.

ChemicalSuperFreak Nov 24, 2020 03:12 PM
Santa Barbara County Remains in Purple Tier

No lag with the following data, so it's exactly were we are now and what will be posted on the dashboard in approximately one week. The 7-day average for the unadjusted case rate (per 100,000) is 14.0 as of 11-21-2020, so we'll definitely be in the purple tier for a while. Testing positivity is 3.5% as of 11-21-22020.

ChemicalSuperFreak Nov 24, 2020 04:44 PM
Santa Barbara County Remains in Purple Tier

As a whole county, the first time we hit 14.0 was 6/19/20, then there was a high of 29.5 on 7/6/20, and the last time we were at 14.0 was 8/17/20. I certainly hope we don't follow a similar path this time.

Voice of Reason Nov 24, 2020 03:46 PM
Santa Barbara County Remains in Purple Tier

You know what would change if we stopped this massive testing campaign? Nothing. Well, the news would have one less meaningless number to freak people out about unnecessarily. The virus is going to virus. Protect the vulnerable, stay safe, self isolate if you're sick, open our damn schools!

PitMix Nov 24, 2020 04:01 PM
Santa Barbara County Remains in Purple Tier

Who cares about the testing? Look at the hospitalization rates 2 weeks after Thanksgiving, and then 2 weeks after Xmas. We're trying to avoid the fates of the red states.

Voice of Reason Nov 24, 2020 05:12 PM
Santa Barbara County Remains in Purple Tier

Pit, compare the trends of states with similar latitudes / geographic areas and they'll follow the same pattern regardless of whether they are red or blue or the severity of restrictions or mask mandates. Also, some of the worst state have been blue, so not sure what you mean by avoid the fate of the red states , unless you want high unemployment?

macpuzl Nov 24, 2020 07:42 PM
Santa Barbara County Remains in Purple Tier

Shoveling horse manure as a significant activity died out about a century ago, except for some red state regions. It appears that the local COVIDIOTS are trying to revive it here, but nostalgia just ain't what it used to be.

CDC COVID Data Tracker, last 7 days, cases per 100K population, 10 worst states, as of today, but sure to be worse tomorrow:

North Dakota__158.5
New Mexico____127.5
South Dakota__122.6

No significant latitude correlation, unless you just say Northern Hemisphere. I'll leave it to you to judge red or blue predominance. It's pretty obvious.

Voice of Reason Nov 25, 2020 09:35 AM
Santa Barbara County Remains in Purple Tier

Hi all you "blue vs. red" commenters. Tell, me Illinois = blue and heavy restrictions, Florida = red and no restrictions. Please see the graph below, if blue was doing things so right and Florida so wrong, does "right" mean more deaths per 100k? Also Mac, a "trend" is a series of data points over time, and cases don't mean anything; positive ratio, hospitalization and deaths are metrics to follow, but I wouldn't expect you to understand anyway. This twitter feed with the graph is worth a read for those of you that aren't brainwashed by the main stream media (i.e. not Mac, Pit, and Sac) ______

Voice of Reason Nov 25, 2020 09:41 AM
Santa Barbara County Remains in Purple Tier

sorry, the prior link was just the graph I referenced. Here is the entire thread

a-1606340360 Nov 25, 2020 01:39 PM
Santa Barbara County Remains in Purple Tier

Twitter - the font of all that is real, true, and good in the world. Talk about washing - you forgot to get the preshrunk version. Take a look at the real trendlines at the Johns Hopkins or CDC sites, and you'll see what a load of nonsense 9:35 is dumping.

helena Nov 24, 2020 04:39 PM
Santa Barbara County Remains in Purple Tier

There is no question that this deadly virus has caused us to summon extraordinary amounts of patience. We have learned that groups of people together spread this evil curse. We all hope to open up as a society sooner rather than later. The problem is, we must refrain from large social gatherings until we get this nightmare under control. The light at the end of the tunnel is now visible: vaccines are coming. We've sacrificed so much hang in there...stay home, and celebrate with loved ones virtually. Those long-missed hugs will be all the more meaningful when we know that we won't be risking the health of our dear ones by hugging them.

SBCountyLocal Nov 24, 2020 07:20 PM
Santa Barbara County Remains in Purple Tier

My whole family is social distancing. Each of us is planning our own "holiday." No one is heading to someone else's home for the holiday. We are all staying put and will only get together after we have been vaccinated. None of us want to catch the virus and we certainly do not want to accidentally give it to someone else.

42224242244424224 Nov 24, 2020 08:56 PM
Santa Barbara County Remains in Purple Tier

The gas station I go to? Turned me down for no ID and has no mask on when I return with it, and smokes near the pumps. (guess I'm not allowed to harm myself but he can harm the entire community)
The 7/11 I go to? Has no mask on until he's serving me.
The liquor store I go to? Has no mask on, ever.
Albertsons? Unsurprisingly all have masks on (in the front store, at least).
The CVS I worked at for 6 months of this year? Masks in front store, none in the back or when managers are blatantly, deathly sick.
But, yeah, keep restricting my rights, when I interact with legitimately nobody, while businesses who interact with the entire community violate these mandates at no risk to the employees or employers.
This isn't about safety. It's about compliance. Hail Newsom.

42224242244424224 Nov 24, 2020 09:50 PM
Santa Barbara County Remains in Purple Tier

Forgot a couple.
The only motorcycle dealership in town? Constantly takes his mask off and puts it back on (also hates money, quoting me $1600 above MSRP).
The smoke shop? The young guy always acts like he's too busy for you and never wears a mask.
$6.3k for a 200cc doomsday motorcycle starts to look like a steal when none of you are actually willing to face the reality that you've voted for.

Luvaduck Nov 25, 2020 08:25 AM
Santa Barbara County Remains in Purple Tier

Guys not-masking or doing it so they look masked but aren't are not unusual. The guy spraying down the carts in the Target lobby was breathing onto them even as he sprayed! You've seen the type: they stretch their mask down so far the straps at the side point down. I have more respect for those who declare their distain of masking or feelings of entitlement, whichever, than I do for the sneaks who only pretend to care about others.

LandShark Nov 30, 2020 04:30 PM
Santa Barbara County Remains in Purple Tier

As I understand it, the coming Covid vaccines will be allotted to each state for the governors to distribute. So, what will Newsome's criteria be? Who will get priority?
My bet is his crony lobbyists and rich pals will have first dibs, followed by the homeless.

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