SANTA BARBARA COUNTY TO RESCIND INDOOR MASK ORDER BY FEBRUARY 16

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Source: Santa Barbara County Public Health Department

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department will rescind Health Officer Order No. 2022 – 10 effective Wednesday, February 16, 2022, in alignment with the State’s Health Officer Order. Local guidance will defer to State guidance for use of face coverings. Universal masking will remain required in specified settings including, but not limited to, public transit, indoors in K-12 schools, childcare, shelters, healthcare settings, correctional facilities, and other care facilities. Only unvaccinated persons will be required to mask in all indoor public settings. Fully vaccinated individuals will be recommended to continue masking in public indoor settings. For full guidelines, visit the California Department of Public Health’s Guidance for the Use of Face Masks.

In closely analyzing recent data trends, along with the characteristics of the Omicron variant circulating, County Public Health officials have determined that aligning with the State on universal indoor masking is appropriate. While the Omicron variant has proved to be more transmissible than previous variants, it has also resulted in shorter periods of illness, fewer hospitalizations, and a lower death count for fully vaccinated community members.

“Our community has endured through 23 months of the COVID-19 pandemic and we have learned how best to protect ourselves,” shared County Public Health Director Van DoReynoso. “Vaccination, including receiving a booster, and testing will continue to diminish the spread of this virus, especially as we continue to move past the surge caused by the Omicron variant.”

Although masking requirements for indoor public settings are being rescinded, community members are highly encouraged to consider their personal risk in the months ahead as the virus continues to circulate, even at lower levels. A layered approach to protecting yourself and others is best. Consider masking in crowded areas where vaccination status is unknown. If you are sick, stay home for the duration of your illness and get tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms. If you are immunocompromised or care for someone that is, weigh your risk in attending large gatherings. Ensure indoor gatherings are well ventilated. Stay informed of case rates as you travel to other areas and take appropriate measures.  

“We are calling upon our community to act in the best interest of themselves and their neighbors,” said Dr. Henning Ansorg, County Health Officer. “We are now on the downslope of the recent surge as evidenced by our lowering case rate and test positivity along with stable hospitalizations. We have considered how the dominant variant circulates and what effects it has, and have determined we are in a place to be able to lift the universal indoor masking requirement.”

The risk for severe illness remains high among those that are unvaccinated in our community. From available local data, persons who are unvaccinated are 5.7 times more likely to contract COVID-19, 3.4 times more likely to be hospitalized for severe illness, and 8.1 times more likely to die than persons that are up-to-date with their COVID-19 vaccines.

Opportunities for first, second, and booster doses remain broadly available countywide. Visit https://publichealthsbc.org/vaccine/ to find a location near you today.

Business owners and local employers should continue referencing Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Guidance and Resources for their industry.

For more information about the COVID-19 response in Santa Barbara county, including testing sites, isolation and quarantine guidance, and data, visit https://publichealthsbc.org/

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Shasta Guy Feb 13, 2022 11:53 AM
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY TO RESCIND INDOOR MASK ORDER BY FEBRUARY 16

It’s too bad the school kids are going to stay masked up. So much developmental, academic, and psychological set backs for them. We’ll have to have telethon fundraisers for Gavin’s 2020-2022 kids just like Jerry Lewis did.

sacjon Feb 14, 2022 11:05 AM
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY TO RESCIND INDOOR MASK ORDER BY FEBRUARY 16

DUKE - I'm sorry it's an unmitigated disaster for your kids to where masks while in the classroom. I honestly don't really think about the "hypocrisy" of outdoor sports attendees getting away without wearing masks while my kids have to while they're indoor in class. Probably because I haven't heard a peep out of them about the masks.

dukemunson Feb 14, 2022 10:55 AM
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY TO RESCIND INDOOR MASK ORDER BY FEBRUARY 16

Sac - Just take a step back and look at this comment. "They play all weekend, after school and in basketball and soccer with no masks." Let's add in that they just saw the Super Bowl in LA on TV and have wandered through the Funk Zone and down State Street one of these weekends. How do you drop them off at school today when it's going to be 80 degrees and think, "yes...this group and nursing homes ARE the two groups that should still be masked"? How does that make sense in any capacity. I'm glad your kids are doing well with it...same with Zoom schooling...some did well with it. It was unmitigated disaster though for many...and for 5-10 year olds, masking for 7 hours per day is as well. For older kids, maybe the hypocrisy and stupidity of it is lost on them...but how anyone could watch the Super Bowl yesterday and still think masking our kids at school today makes sense is beyond me...

sacjon Feb 14, 2022 10:50 AM
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY TO RESCIND INDOOR MASK ORDER BY FEBRUARY 16

MM1970 - exactly. Perhaps for the very young kids, masks are more of an issue, yet even they don't have to wear them "all day." I hope they drop the mandate as soon as it's deemed safe to do so, but I just don't see the panic or urgency expressed by so many adults. I truly believe the backlash is rooted solely in the mentality of "you can't tell me what to do" rather than out of legitimate concern.

mm1970 Feb 14, 2022 10:14 AM
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY TO RESCIND INDOOR MASK ORDER BY FEBRUARY 16

Yep, @SAC, for my kids it's not a big deal. The kids at school seem to be fine with it, but I can see that it might be an issue for especially young kids, K-2? My kid was fine with it in 3rd grade (age 8).

Also, remember that masks are only required indoors - with the weather we have, the elementary kids I know are outdoors &/or maskless many times per day. At least 2 recesses, plus lunch, plus PE.

I suppose the school district and/or governor are waiting for the CDC to say masks in school aren't necessary? While our numbers are dropping quickly, they aren't exactly low.

In any event, I am looking forward to the day that I can be unmasked at the office. Then again, my officemate had Omicron last month, so I should be good anyway, right?

sacjon Feb 14, 2022 09:37 AM
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY TO RESCIND INDOOR MASK ORDER BY FEBRUARY 16

8:29 - I have to agree with you. I've never heard any of my kids or their friends complain about the masks. They play all weekend, after school and in basketball and soccer with no masks.

Not saying they should keep the mandate, but I just don't get where all the outrage is from. Maybe it's worse for younger kids, K-3rd or so?

dukemunson Feb 14, 2022 09:30 AM
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY TO RESCIND INDOOR MASK ORDER BY FEBRUARY 16

829pm - Mandating small kids cover their faces all day in masks is ridiculous and dangerous. If We can host the super bowl (not to mention converts and sporting events every day), we can make masks optional for everyone… including (and most importantly!) our kids. I truly don’t understand the deranged obsession with masking the age group that is most impressionable and absolutely doesn’t need it… it’s crazy and completely backwards!

Basicinfo805 Feb 11, 2022 03:18 PM
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY TO RESCIND INDOOR MASK ORDER BY FEBRUARY 16

So, what we’re seeing is everyone’s cool not wearing masks except kids at school. Because of course they’re at so much risk and are super spreaders.

Yeah, let’s put the burden on kids.

Cmon teachers Union and those who want everyone wearing masks by themselves in their own cars… get your act together. It’s embarrassing.

sbdude Feb 10, 2022 08:48 PM
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY TO RESCIND INDOOR MASK ORDER BY FEBRUARY 16

Let's just hope that the next variant continues the trend of Delta -> Omicron in that it mutates into something less deadly, as opposed to the Gamma -> Delta mutation, where the virus mutated into something more deadly.

JB86 Feb 10, 2022 08:15 PM
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY TO RESCIND INDOOR MASK ORDER BY FEBRUARY 16

The mask mandate was silly from the beginning, as most industrial hygienists knew all along, so paring back the controls will make no difference. The Covid bug will run its course and become endemic, like the 1918 'Spanish flu.' Political leadership is just acknowledging that fact.

a-1644778306 Feb 13, 2022 10:51 AM
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY TO RESCIND INDOOR MASK ORDER BY FEBRUARY 16

12:27 - Sorry, but you're wrong, on a couple of things. Below you can find the epidemiological definition of endemic. Polio and smallpox were endemic until we developed vaccines. Smallpox was successfully eradicated. Polio is still found in the wild in places like Pakistan, where many in the populace fear the vaccine based on a supposed conspiracy. Sound familiar?

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-022-00155-x

JB86 Feb 13, 2022 12:27 AM
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY TO RESCIND INDOOR MASK ORDER BY FEBRUARY 16

-3792. No, wrong. Polio and Smallpox have been eradicated, and are not endemic. Influenza is 'endemic,' meaning it remains present in a large population and resists eradication through vaccination, morphing constantly to survive. This is where COVID is going. Like the common flu, it will remain a threat to vulnerable people, but not the vast majority, who will develop immunity. Society-wide controls won't change this, so it is time to adjust to the reality. Masks and other mandates are placebos, not solutions.

Channelfog Feb 10, 2022 03:45 PM
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY TO RESCIND INDOOR MASK ORDER BY FEBRUARY 16

The Canadian Trucker Convoy, consisting of Right, Left and all between (rainbow flags and the lot!) have demonstrated a United Cause for the People in sub-freezing temps for 2 weeks. The Denmark Model is where we are, where the world is. Furthermore, the extreme deprivations imposed on Society at large might well have cost us more in terms of income, education, social aspects(particularly w/ children) than the health losses to Covid. We all need to get back to normal, though it be an endemic normal.

mm1970 Feb 14, 2022 10:18 AM
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY TO RESCIND INDOOR MASK ORDER BY FEBRUARY 16

CHANNELFOG, unfortunately the Denmark model also includes the fact that ~78% of all Danes are vaccinated, 48% have been boosted, and they have national health care.

We aren't Denmark. In vaccination rates or healthcare. I love Denmark.

bicyclist Feb 13, 2022 12:35 PM
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY TO RESCIND INDOOR MASK ORDER BY FEBRUARY 16

11:34- obvious to me You were "Unable to comprehend" my definition of "different"?
"...closest neighbor" , yeah Mexico & Canada is correct. I think the rest is called projection? oh wait, never mind I wasn't supposed to respond... Waiting for the "Cincinnati Bengals" big win!

Channelfog Feb 13, 2022 11:34 AM
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY TO RESCIND INDOOR MASK ORDER BY FEBRUARY 16

BICYCLIST- Are you saying that we have nothing to learn from another country? Especially our closest neighbor, Canada? (border length.., ninguna problema con Mexico) This sounds like zenophobia gone wild! We need to listen to all quarters now more than ever.

Channelfog Feb 13, 2022 11:17 AM
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY TO RESCIND INDOOR MASK ORDER BY FEBRUARY 16

1:52- You are clearly NOT paying attention. Unlike the US Northwest protests, the Canadians are protecting local real estate. Their Veterans removed the barricades around their War Memorial and cleaned the ice, slush and debris, and be sure that they will protect it. As the Convoy is protecting all Ottawa Biz. Many have been able to stay open. It is clear that you have no concept whatsoever about "legitimate political discourse". There is a significant chance that this grass roots Canadian movement may change the political landscape of North America. A most WELCOME political change!!!

OGSB Feb 12, 2022 06:18 PM
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY TO RESCIND INDOOR MASK ORDER BY FEBRUARY 16

5:35 - What's the difference between this and any other protest? It put a ding in corporate profits? Less harmful than looting and burning private businesses IMO. If we're good with one why not all? At least people aren't getting injured or killed...

a-1644716154 Feb 12, 2022 05:35 PM
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY TO RESCIND INDOOR MASK ORDER BY FEBRUARY 16

You've been told countless times, and remain oblivious because your politics dictate remaining blind to facts. VACCINATION REDUCES DEATHS. It's really simple, and maintaining public health is everyone's social duty, just like stopping at red lights. It's a good bet that someone who doesn't understand that is a sociopath.

a-1644702777 Feb 12, 2022 01:52 PM
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY TO RESCIND INDOOR MASK ORDER BY FEBRUARY 16

Wow! Some people are truly delusional. These truckers are just law-breaking bullies trying to impose their warped sociopathic beliefs on others. I suppose that's what you idiots think is "legitimate political discourse".

Channelfog Feb 12, 2022 04:04 AM
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY TO RESCIND INDOOR MASK ORDER BY FEBRUARY 16

BABY- I believe that the media does know how to report it, as they are told to report it! This Unified Peoples Movement is a huge threat to the current North American power structure, it must be maligned and crushed.

Channelfog Feb 12, 2022 03:56 AM
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY TO RESCIND INDOOR MASK ORDER BY FEBRUARY 16

GEN- If those things happened they are certainly rare. I've watched many hours of live footage and it is very different than that which is portrayed in the media. The Convoy is not a terrorist act and is seeing support from many LEO's and military. They will go home peacefully if the police move in, and park their 300,000 trucks in their driveways. That is where this is headed....empty shelves and closed manufacturing plants. These Canadians have had enough and they will not back down.

Channelfog Feb 12, 2022 03:50 AM
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY TO RESCIND INDOOR MASK ORDER BY FEBRUARY 16

SAC- Polio and other vaccines have a long track record we cannot yet know the long term effects of these new drug treatments. That is the difference. Why are the documents regarding these drug trials being released over 75 years instead of 7 months ago?
The Watch Lists have been a terrible infringement on innocent citizens and have done little or anything for safety, so yes, as long as screened for weapons, travel. The Patriot Act should have never been enacted as it infringes greatly on Constitutional Rights. I do not fear terrorists!
Seat belts saved my life in 1969!
Do not care for communism.
Yes, I AM having fun living free of Covid Fear and especially, seeing the Truth coming out, bit by bit.

Babycakes Feb 11, 2022 02:32 PM
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY TO RESCIND INDOOR MASK ORDER BY FEBRUARY 16

ChannelFog: Since a whole range of folks are involved in the protest in Canada, the US media has had one heck of a time defining the "bad guy" (Trump supporters, gun owners, anti-vax/mask, and so on). They do not know how to report it, but it certainly is obvious that our media is completely one-sided with a few minor exceptions. Even Lester Holt had to hold back the laughter to the answers to his questions recently.

sacjon Feb 11, 2022 01:28 PM
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY TO RESCIND INDOOR MASK ORDER BY FEBRUARY 16

CHANNEL - all or nothing, eh? Responsible adults learn early on how to adjust and compromise. All or nothing is an unrealistic and sophomoric way to live life.

Should we also bring back the measles? Polio? How about we allow EVERYONE to travel wherever they want, watch lists be damned? Surgeons having to wear masks during operations? Nope! No more! Get rid of seatbelts! They're communistic!

We demand ABSOLUTE FREEDUMB! We demand NO MORE COVID! Hahaha, yeah have fun with that.....

GeneralTree Feb 11, 2022 09:28 AM
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY TO RESCIND INDOOR MASK ORDER BY FEBRUARY 16

So flying the nazi swastika and taking dumps on LGBTQ flags are festive? There probably is something festive about a treason party.... for those committing mutiny. I imagine Arab spring was festive for some terrorists.

Chip of SB Feb 11, 2022 07:39 AM
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY TO RESCIND INDOOR MASK ORDER BY FEBRUARY 16

I think you bring up a good point channel. Our two party system often feels more like an illusion of choice that is more focused on corporations than the voters. Meanwhile, corporate pressure is building to clear out the protesters and the Canadian government is considering turning to the use of force to stop the protests. If Canada is not careful, they might end up having a Tiananmen square moment soon.

https://apnews.com/article/coronavirus-pandemic-health-business-detroit-ontario-6e6dcbfaa6717b0aa0f079251663290f

Channelfog Feb 11, 2022 03:16 AM
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY TO RESCIND INDOOR MASK ORDER BY FEBRUARY 16

GENERAL- We've watched a lot of live feed video and youtube videos and so have a very different picture of the Convoy from that which the media portrays. The Unity of different people and the festive, giving environment is reminiscent of Burning Man in snow. They feed everyone, including the existing homeless and are cleaning trash. This protest will spawn a Peoples Party to counter their version of Republicrat/Dempublican service to corporations. Hopefully this is a tidal wave of political change for North America. Vote third party or not at all, as there are no "lesser of evils" in these two parties. They both take the middle class and small business down to profit huge corps.

Channelfog Feb 11, 2022 03:06 AM
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY TO RESCIND INDOOR MASK ORDER BY FEBRUARY 16

SACJON- No, the world is nothing close to normal without the lifting of all mask, vaccine, and travel restrictions. I hope it doesn't take another year for folks to wake up from the fear. "pretty much there" is like being pretty much pregnant, either you are or you are not (Free).

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