Santa Barbara County Reports 3 Confirmed Cases of COVID-19

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The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department now reports three confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

As of Thursday, 214 individuals have been tested with 3 positive results and 66 negative results. There are currently 145 pending results. The Public Health Department (PHD) notes these numbers only reflect the number of tests being reported to their department.

PHD confirmed the third patient is a North County resident in their 60's who is a family member of the first person that was diagnosed.

It's unclear if this patient has underlying health conditions but PHD stated all three confirmed cases do not have a history of travel and are believed to have been infected through community transmission. 

All three positive cases are recovering at their respective homes in isolation until PHD clears them.

More positive cases are expected within the next few days. 

Ventura County is reporting 13 confirmed cases while San Luis Obispo County has seven confirmed cases.

For more information about COVID-19 in Santa Barbara County, visit www.publichealthsbc.org or call the open call center with questions at 833-688-5551 on Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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a-1584637708 Mar 19, 2020 10:08 AM
Santa Barbara County Reports 3 Confirmed Cases of COVID-19

Can somebody please clarify the process of testing so it's crystal clear? Put it in bullet points so people know what it is, regardless of what any opinions might be. 1) Notice symptoms. 2) Call doctor. Visit doctor? 3) Pass question check? 4) Receive referral? 5) Have test where? 6) Test sent to where? 7) Approx. waiting period? 8) Disposition of tested patient. Home stay or hospitalized? 9) Outcome. 10) Serum viral testing? 11) Immunity? Immune people could know confidently they could move to the front line and help others in need.

Jence Mar 19, 2020 10:54 AM
Santa Barbara County Reports 3 Confirmed Cases of COVID-19

Dr. Oz’s website has a couple very good breakdown charts. They have a red background. They’re a little hard to find but they’re on there. On a personal note, I was tested at Sansum urgent care on Saturday afternoon and I’m still waiting for the results. I’ve been in self quarantine ever since out of good consciousness. Hope this answers a couple of your questions. Take care.

a-1584641052 Mar 19, 2020 11:04 AM
Santa Barbara County Reports 3 Confirmed Cases of COVID-19

In general, Dr. Oz should never be regarded as a legitimate source of information. Studies found that HALF of what he says is false or has no medical backing. Please use CDC, public health department, or actual medical professionals for any coronavirus recommendations!

Kruppe Mar 19, 2020 10:19 AM
Santa Barbara County Reports 3 Confirmed Cases of COVID-19

What is the deal with all these pending cases? How come other countries have test results much faster?
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/19/coronavirus-testing-explained-how-does-it-work-and-how-quickly-can-you-get-a-response-in-australia

MyHonorStudentB Mar 19, 2020 10:45 AM
Santa Barbara County Reports 3 Confirmed Cases of COVID-19

Kruppe interesting link raises more questions. Is the antibody test the same as the automated test that Cuomo urges to fast track? If so, we have a problem with accuracy. False negatives are like ticking time bombs. From the link you posted:

" a new rapid test with a 15-minute turnaround could take the strain off pathology services across the country.

But experts also warned these tests would likely be less accurate than lab-based PCR tests because they looked for antibodies, rather than the virus itself.

This could return a false-negative, one virologist said, if the test was taken at the wrong stage of a person’s illness."

a-1584640917 Mar 19, 2020 11:01 AM
Santa Barbara County Reports 3 Confirmed Cases of COVID-19

There are many methods to test, ranging from fully manual (takes the longest, one test at a time) to almost entirely automated (look up Seegene, which is what South Korea used to test thousands every single day). The FDA has emergency approved some Seegene-esque methods, but it still takes time to get these machines physically where they need to be and up and running.

ginger1 Mar 19, 2020 12:09 PM
Santa Barbara County Reports 3 Confirmed Cases of COVID-19

This is the perfect time to close Rt 101 on both sides and prevent people moving into the currently (apparently) COVID-free south coast SB county. Only allow transportation of essential materials after careful screening.

Of course this wont happen until a few days from now when it will be too late. Just like all the "measures" the US implements, just like a third-world country.

Jence Mar 19, 2020 03:28 PM
Santa Barbara County Reports 3 Confirmed Cases of COVID-19

Hi Ginger1—- Hate to break it to you, but this will not happen. SB would be in a worse predicament given the current hoarding. Our grocery stores would have no food, our pharmacies would have no medications, our banks would have no cash, our gas stations would have no gas. Some people may already be carrying the virus and be going about. Think about it. A man is not an island.

Jence Mar 19, 2020 04:08 PM
Santa Barbara County Reports 3 Confirmed Cases of COVID-19

I would like to say that I am very thankful that I am not infected with the virus. I did my research and I didn’t go into the clinic until I held a steady 100+ temp for three days and 102 on the fourth day. I stay in my home the whole time. I had all of the symptoms. If anyone has any questions I would be happy to answer.

GrammaSB Mar 19, 2020 08:21 PM
Santa Barbara County Reports 3 Confirmed Cases of COVID-19

Common sense stay home unless absolutely necessary to go out. If sick stay home and clean your hard surfaces often. Stay hydrated symptom control like cold medicine avoid having visitors respect peoples space obviously if your symptoms are so bad like high temp and uncontrollable cough go to ER. At this point SB very fortunate given how many people live in one home to afford rents and mortgages. For some time the new normal no more just dropping in on anyone unannounced or dropping in offices just because inconvenient to call. DMV now by appt only and on line or mail. Don't rely on paying with plastic only if power goes out it'll be bad so have some cash on hand.

GrammaSB Mar 19, 2020 08:24 PM
Santa Barbara County Reports 3 Confirmed Cases of COVID-19

Wash your hands when coming home or wherever you arrive assume hard surfaces are contaminated such as someone could have coughed or sneezed within the surface location or had hands near nose or mouth.

GrammaSB Mar 19, 2020 08:30 PM
Santa Barbara County Reports 3 Confirmed Cases of COVID-19

At the very least if able carry baby wipes and hand sanitizer in the event you can't wash your hands. As much as SB has done away with disposable everything these circumstances might warrant going back to them that way it goes in the trash not waiting around to be washed.

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