Santa Barbara County Remains in Purple Tier

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Santa Barbara County Remains in Purple Tier
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By edhat staff

Santa Barbara County remains in the Purple Tier with a lower adjusted case rate, California announced Tuesday.

The county's adjusted case rate is 16.9 per 100,000 population and testing positivity of 6%. This lowered adjusted case rate allows schools serving TK through 6th grade, with approved safety plans, to return to in-person learning as early as Wednesday.

As local metrics continue to trend downward, the need for more testing could improve weekly adjusted case rate leading to further reopening in the near future, the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) said in a press release.

In order to keep schools open, PHD states parents and schools will need to ensure daily screening of kids, keeping them home when not feeling well, limiting gathering with people outside of their households, maintaining social distancing outside of their home, wearing face coverings, and following isolation and quarantine guidance when a family member or close contact tests positive.

“COVID-19 is largely transmitted in the community and not in a TK-6 school setting. When everyone does their part to follow the safety guidelines and protocols, our children can return to school in a safe environment for themselves and for school staff,” said PHD Health Officer Dr. Henning Ansorg.

Dr. Ansorg continued to state testing is critical to allow some students to return to in-person learning as more than 50% of transmissions happen unknowingly because the infected person does not have any symptoms yet and is already spreading the virus.

In order for the county to move into the Red Tier, testing volume must remain high to lower the case rate. Community testing sites are available throughout the county. Many sites are open until 7 p.m., allow walk-ins and have no wait times. Turnaround times for tests have also decreased.  More information on testing locations can be found here:

Tuesday's Numbers

On Tuesday, PHD reported two COVID-19 deaths and 64 new cases. The individuals were 50-69 and 70+ years of age. Both individuals had underlying health conditions and neither death was associated with an outbreak at a congregate-care site. The individuals resided in the city of Santa Barbara and the unincorporated area of Goleta.

There have now been 398 deaths.

There are currently 435 active cases in the county. Of those, 76 are hospitalized including 17 in the ICU.

For information about the COVID-19 vaccine, please visit  or reach the County Call Center for vaccine information by calling 2-1-1 and selecting option 4. This line is available 7 days a week between 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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PitMix Feb 25, 2021 09:00 AM
Santa Barbara County Remains in Purple Tier

Duke, the only people that should be allowed to make the decision on this are the medical staff that have been under intense pressure since last March. Reopening means going to a hybrid model, right? Are you saying that great harm will be done if the schools don't go to a hybrid model for the last 3 months of the school year and then reopen when everyone has been vaccinated in September? Care to post a scientific link supporting that?

dukemunson Feb 25, 2021 09:17 AM
Santa Barbara County Remains in Purple Tier

Pitmix - yes literally every article posted and referenced! They ALL outline the economic and health disaster (short and long term) of school closures! Keeping closed FOR ANOTHER 6 months is insane and (again as per all science!) having massive detrimental effects to kids lives and society at large. That has been central to all of the medical staffs briefings! We have to get back now for a 3 month session before Summer...we just have to! And honestly there should be talk about shortening summer break by at least 2-3 weeks. This is having a spectacularly outsized and disastrous effect on our kids.

Here’s a link to a study thats estimating that school closures in 2020 will cause over 5.5 million years of lost life... how many millions of additional years are you willing to steal from our youth pitmix???? Because advocating for staying closed for another 6 months is just that...

GUSD is going back 5 days per week... SB should to. They obviously made no effort to erect outside classroom options... so... once again... shame on them (and shame on the millions of dollars they wasted of reopening funds).

dukemunson Feb 25, 2021 11:57 AM
Santa Barbara County Remains in Purple Tier

Pit - you obviously have the capacity to read. As such, if they are estimating 5.5 million years of life lost due to “virtual learning” in 2020... which was what 7 months of school loss? Do you honestly not see the correlating harm of “only” 3 more virtual months followed by a 2.5 month summer...?

letmego Feb 25, 2021 12:02 PM
Santa Barbara County Remains in Purple Tier

DUKE - SB schools, in many cases are too large (number of students) and not large enough (classrooms, outdoor space) to be open full time, every day. Now, maybe 5x half days would be more efficient? I don't know. Goleta has fewer students and smaller ratios. In any event, I am personally thrilled to have my children be able to attend school 2x a week. I'll take what I can get. I'm fine with baby steps.


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