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Although masking requirements for indoor public settings are being rescinded, community members are highly encouraged to consider their personal risk in the months ahead as the virus continues to circulate, even at lower levels.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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mm1970 Feb 10, 2022 12:16 PM
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY TO RESCIND INDOOR MASK ORDER BY FEBRUARY 16

CONSERVATIVESB: Possibly a couple of things:

County said no removal until 6 per 100k in November. November was Delta. Delta was (in hindsight), not as transmissible, but also a serious disease.

Here we are in Feb, with Omicron. From above: " it has also resulted in shorter periods of illness, fewer hospitalizations, and a lower death count for fully vaccinated community members."

TLDR, the virus has changed, and so have the methods of dealing with it...

GeneralTree Feb 10, 2022 12:31 PM
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY TO RESCIND INDOOR MASK ORDER BY FEBRUARY 16

MM1970 No use in responding to conservativesb - he makes an illogical statement - someone retorts with facts - then he moves the target and makes a different illogical statement usually including whataboutisms and gas lighting. Sadly it's what republicans do now a days to avoid actual discourse.

a-1644552060 Feb 10, 2022 08:01 PM
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY TO RESCIND INDOOR MASK ORDER BY FEBRUARY 16

12:25 - Still getting your medical advice from right-wing social media? Here's the real deal on your fallacious 0.2% claim:

https://healthfeedback.org/claimreview/claims
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ineffective-reducing-covid-19-mortality-based-
working-paper-questionable-methods-fox-
news-daily-mail/

Chip of SB Feb 10, 2022 12:07 PM
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY TO RESCIND INDOOR MASK ORDER BY FEBRUARY 16

Wow, even our county officials have abandoned the science for political expediency. This reckless policy change will likely cost countless lives. What are we doing, following Florida’s lead with our covid policy? It’s amazing what an election will do. Here is the latest take on the sudden covid policy reversal from politico.

https://www.politico.com/news/2022/02/10/democrats-ditch-masks-covid-rules-omicron-00007815

sacjon Feb 10, 2022 01:10 PM
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY TO RESCIND INDOOR MASK ORDER BY FEBRUARY 16

VOICE OF CHIP - how are we "sheep?" We choose to wear masks in indoor situations when vaccination status can't be determined. We do what we can to avoid catching and spreading a deadly virus. Those of us who now choose to continue making an effort to protect our loved ones are apparently "anti-science" as you would say, so how does that make us "sheep?"

BTW, rather be a sheep than someone who steals others comments as claims them as their own. Rather be a sheep than someone who upvotes racist comments. Rather be a sheep than whatever it is you call yourself. Bahh! Bah!

sacjon Feb 10, 2022 01:32 PM
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY TO RESCIND INDOOR MASK ORDER BY FEBRUARY 16

VOICE OF CHIP - it's really something to see you disparage (well, in your mind at least) those of us who choose to continue wearing masks. Why don't you just let others do as they want? Isn't that what you've been demanding and ranting about for the last 2 years?

dukemunson Feb 10, 2022 02:14 PM
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY TO RESCIND INDOOR MASK ORDER BY FEBRUARY 16

I don't see why anyone cares if people want to choose to mask for as long as they feel comfortable...but we need to quickly change things so people don't have to mask if they don't want to. And I really really want to stop forcing my kids to wear masks at school for 7 hours...that's just brutal...

dukemunson Feb 10, 2022 02:35 PM
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY TO RESCIND INDOOR MASK ORDER BY FEBRUARY 16

GT - The vaccine is key...and California is doing better on that. However it's a somewhat misleading stat as Florida has a much high percentage of older people (which, as we all know is who disproportionally dies from COVID). What's sad is that pre-vaccine, Florida was actually doing better if you break COVID down by age. Now, Florida is doing worse, though less than what your numbers (without actually diving into them) would imply.

Florida - 21.3% of population over 65
California - 15.2% of population over 65

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/covid-data/investigations-discovery/hospitalization-death-by-age.html

a-1644535895 Feb 10, 2022 03:31 PM
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY TO RESCIND INDOOR MASK ORDER BY FEBRUARY 16

They actually erred in Florida's favor, at least according to today's totals. Per capita, Florida's policies have killed more of their citizens. Trying to whitewash it by claiming demographic differences doesn't add up.

Chip of SB Feb 10, 2022 05:09 PM
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY TO RESCIND INDOOR MASK ORDER BY FEBRUARY 16

It’s worse than that marcel. Early in the pandemic, courageous leaders like governor Cuomo took bold action to protect us from covid. Now, even in California, governor newsom and our other great state leaders have bowed to the pressure to abandon the life saving measures that are protecting us from covid. They didn’t bow to conservatives, they bowed to the Democrats who elected them. It is the moderate Democrats who have forced this change. Unfortunately, most Democrats are little better than the “unscrupulous sludge” you speak of and lack the education and sophistication to follow through with the policies that have helped protect us all.

dukemunson Feb 11, 2022 11:37 AM
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY TO RESCIND INDOOR MASK ORDER BY FEBRUARY 16

GT - Yes, a lot of older people died. It's tragic. Had more of them been vaccinated, more would be alive today. But, at the same time, it obviously does make sense that Florida would have a higher death rate considering the older population of Florida. To ignore that is, well it's ridiculous.

Voice of Reason Feb 11, 2022 01:49 PM
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY TO RESCIND INDOOR MASK ORDER BY FEBRUARY 16

While COVID-19 deaths are usually adjusted for state population (deaths per 100,000), they are usually not adjusted for the age distribution of a state. It’s important to adjust for age when considering state-to-state differences in outcomes as age is the dominant risk factor for death provided someone is infected with COVID, and state age distributions vary considerably. In the following analysis, we present age-adjusted cumulative COVID-19 deaths and rank each state accordingly.

https://www.bioinformaticscro.com/blog/states-ranked-by-age-adjusted-covid-deaths/

sacjon Feb 11, 2022 01:54 PM
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY TO RESCIND INDOOR MASK ORDER BY FEBRUARY 16

Why are you still complaining about age? Who cares? An old person's death is just as important as a young person's death. Your insistence that we take age into account really does nothing.

Also, if you're going to simply copy/paste other people's words into "your" comment, do them the dignity of using quotation marks. You've been doing this a lot.

a-1644617992 Feb 11, 2022 02:19 PM
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY TO RESCIND INDOOR MASK ORDER BY FEBRUARY 16

Per capita, Florida killed more of their citizens, and the disparity widened hugely if you only look at the time since omicron. Those are the facts, and trying to whitewash them with demographic excuses doesn't work.

dukemunson Feb 11, 2022 02:31 PM
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY TO RESCIND INDOOR MASK ORDER BY FEBRUARY 16

Sac - We actually as a society put a higher importance and level of tragedy on childrens deaths, and rightly so. All death is tragic, but if we are comparing cutting a life short by a year or by 80 years, obviously the 80 years is "more important". It's why in medical procedures we prioritize expected years of life...

Voice of Reason Feb 11, 2022 02:52 PM
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY TO RESCIND INDOOR MASK ORDER BY FEBRUARY 16

If we're trying to look at the success (or complete lack thereof) of heavily mandated and restricted CA vs. the complete opposite in FL, you need to account for covid's drastically stratified outcomes based on age. If the age demographics were the same, or covid didn't disproportionately impact the elderly, you wouldn't have to adjust for age when comparing outcomes.

dukemunson Feb 11, 2022 09:41 PM
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY TO RESCIND INDOOR MASK ORDER BY FEBRUARY 16

GT - We tried and didn’t accomplish much. The vaccine helped, everything else… not so much.

Comparing by age… it’s pretty close. Staying completely open (but vaccinating) was the plan/win. Florida needed to get our vaccination rate, or we needed to get Florida's wide open.

dukemunson Feb 10, 2022 12:20 PM
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY TO RESCIND INDOOR MASK ORDER BY FEBRUARY 16

Question: Didn't the press release from the other day say unvaccinated people were 30 times more likely to die of Covid? 8.1 times is obviously still a massive number (and a reason for people who haven't had COVID or been vaccinated to get vaccinated)...but how did it go from 30 times to 8.1 times in 2 days?

dukemunson Feb 10, 2022 12:49 PM
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY TO RESCIND INDOOR MASK ORDER BY FEBRUARY 16

VOR - It will be interesting to see how long the school boards delay making a decision. They obviously kicked the can of opening for many many many months...let's see how long it takes them on this. I'm guessing Spring Break...

sacjon Feb 10, 2022 05:20 PM
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY TO RESCIND INDOOR MASK ORDER BY FEBRUARY 16

DUKE - just got an email from GUSD saying masks are still required. Let's see how the numbers move, if at all, now that everywhere else is alloed to be mask free. Who knows, maybe the schools are making a wise choice?

madhatter Feb 10, 2022 01:34 PM
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY TO RESCIND INDOOR MASK ORDER BY FEBRUARY 16

COVID is not gone, nor is it endemic (by the scientific definition). Maybe one day it will become endemic, that will depend on mutations. BA.2, the stealth one, is our newest one to watch. Count me in on continuing to wear a mask, N95 and KF94.

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