Second Case of Coronavirus in Santa Barbara County

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Second Case of Coronavirus in Santa Barbara County
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Source: Public Health Department

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) is confirming another positive case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in a north county resident. This is the second confirmed case in Santa Barbara County. 

The person identified is in their 50’s and does not have underlying health conditions. The individual is recovering in isolation at home until cleared by the Public Health Officer. PHD is taking steps to identify persons who may have had close contact with this person, including friends, family members, or health care professionals. PHD will monitor them and take appropriate measures, including testing for infection, if needed. 

This person has no history of travel within or outside the United States, but did have contact with someone confirmed to have COVID-19. This second case did not have contact with Santa Barbara County’s first confirmed case. PHD will notify the public immediately should the investigation indicate any further action or if additional precautions are needed. 

"The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department Barbara County is continuing to mandate social distancing measures to slow the spread of the virus. We are asking our residents to avoid unnecessary outings and practice diligent distancing of 6 feet or more between persons when in the community," shared Dr. Henning Ansorg, Health Officer for Santa Barbara County. 

Symptoms of COVID-19 can include fever, cough and shortness of breath. Older adults and individuals with underlying medical conditions are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19. Find more information about home care and current criteria used for COVID-19 testing countywide here

Since human coronaviruses most commonly spread through respiratory droplets, community members are reminded to take measures to prevent the spread of respiratory illness: 

 Wash your hands with soap and water 

 Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands 

 Avoid close contact with people who are sick 

 Stay away from work, school or other people if you become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough 

 Keep surfaces (especially bedside tables, surfaces in the bathroom, and toys for children) clean by wiping them down with a household disinfectant. 

For more information about COVID-19 and PHD’s response, please visit www.publichealthsbc,org or call the County Call Center Monday through Friday 8a.m. – 5p.m. at (833) 688-5551.

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a-1585966138 Mar 18, 2020 09:59 AM
Second Case of Coronavirus in Santa Barbara County

Yes, we don't need misinformation. Good letter to the editor today in the North County papers chastising "Dr." Andy ''Chill Pill" Caldwell for his very inappropriate advice column that ran in the papers up here last week. This snarky editorial should render "Dr." Andy ineligible for running for public office AND he should be fired by the newspress and COLAB....oops, I guess he IS COLAB and can't fire himself. Then he can get out there and take down all his and Bruce Porter's political signs.

mtndriver Mar 17, 2020 04:08 PM
Second Case of Coronavirus in Santa Barbara County

It is early days in the drug treatment search. Yes, lots of studies using lots of anti-virals that have been effective against other viruses. Let's not fuel rumors, even if they're hopeful. There is a lot of cooperation between labs in Europe, Asia and the US trying to find a good drug treatment, but really, it's early days.

EastBeach Mar 17, 2020 04:23 PM
Second Case of Coronavirus in Santa Barbara County

So true. Good to see cooperation between the various national CDC's and labs, academia, WHO, etc. Also private/philanthropical funders like the Gates Foundation, etc.

EastBeach Mar 17, 2020 02:59 PM
Second Case of Coronavirus in Santa Barbara County

There are however many cornoavirus hoaxes and misinformation going around. I myself received some of them. Here they are .......

jqb Mar 17, 2020 03:53 PM
Second Case of Coronavirus in Santa Barbara County

To be clear, the fact that testing is being done with these drugs and that early tests are showing good results is certainly a good thing. But let's not overinflate the claims ... in a test of just 24 participants, 25% were still contagious after six days of treatment, and we know nothing of the severity of the cases.

jqb Mar 17, 2020 03:43 PM
Second Case of Coronavirus in Santa Barbara County

Thanks for the link. What it says--"early tests suggesting it can stop the virus from being contagious in just six days"--is considerably more conservative than what was claimed here.

EastBeach Mar 17, 2020 03:38 PM
Second Case of Coronavirus in Santa Barbara County

BOBBYK might be referring to what this article is reporting. Multiple countries are doing trials with various existing drugs. One would need to be cautious and consider that results are likely very preliminary .....

jqb Mar 17, 2020 03:38 PM
Second Case of Coronavirus in Santa Barbara County

"An Effective Treatment for Coronavirus (COVID-19) link" -- What link? The only place I was able to find this is wattsupwiththat, a notorious anti-climate science site. Despite that reputation, the studies posted there look legit, however they do not claim that "COVID-19 patients who took hydroxy-chloroquine were free of the disease in 6 days".

EastBeach Mar 17, 2020 02:52 PM
Second Case of Coronavirus in Santa Barbara County

Existing drugs not specifically developed for COVID-19 that are being looked at such as hydroxychloroquine and Kaletra (a combination lopinavir and ritonavir) are cited below. Kaletra (and others) were mentioned in Dr. Fitzgibbon's Cottage Health talk last week (article elsewhere on Edhat) .....

a-1585966138 Mar 17, 2020 02:28 PM
Second Case of Coronavirus in Santa Barbara County

The medication mentioned is not an internet cure it's actually a malaria drug that is by prescription only. However, I have not heard anyone was cured with this drug. HIV drugs however did show positive response in some patients.

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