Seven More COVID-19 Deaths Reported Wednesday

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By edhat staff

The Public Health Department (PHD) is reporting seven additional deaths and 325 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday.

Four individuals were over 70 years of age and three were between 50-69 years of age. Six individuals had underlying health conditions and one death was associated with an outbreak at a congregate-care facility.

Two individuals resided in Lompoc, two in Santa Maria, one in Goleta, one in Santa Barbara, and one in South County unincorporated.

There have now been 243 deaths in the county due to COVID-19.

Currently, there are 2,616 active cases of the virus within the community. Of those, 206 people are hospitalized including 52 in the intensive care unit (ICU). The county's ICU availability remains at 0%.

More data can be found at

Additional COVID-19 Positive Tests at Sheriff's Office and County Jail

Two additional Sheriff’s Office personnel and five inmates have been found to be COVID-19 positive. Two of the COVID-19 positive inmates were identified during the intake screening process while the remaining three were re-tested during their quarantine period because they had previously been exposed to positive inmates. Since our last press release, 14 of the reported COVID-19 positive inmates have recovered and two have been release, leaving 38 active cases in the Main Jail. This brings the total number of inmates testing positive for COVID-19 at the Main Jail during the pandemic to 159.  

One Custody Deputy and one Sheriff’s Deputy were found to be COVID-19 positive early this week.  This brings the total number of Sheriff’s Employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 to 99, with 78 having recovered and returned to work.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office Main Jail COVID-19 Related Cases


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dukemunson Jan 20, 2021 06:43 PM
Seven More COVID-19 Deaths Reported Wednesday

Question: we had 49 in the ICU yesterday, and 0% availability. Today we have 52 (and yeah, 0% availability). What kind of math are we using (or where/how are those 3 people being treated)?

dukemunson Jan 20, 2021 07:14 PM
Seven More COVID-19 Deaths Reported Wednesday

Damnit I’m honestly just curious!!!!!!!!! How do we have 3 more people in the ICU when capacity was zero??????? Does that mean cottage is somehow going above and beyond or...? How and where are the 3 being housed ? How do you add 3 more when you have ZERO room???

sacjon Jan 20, 2021 07:20 PM
Seven More COVID-19 Deaths Reported Wednesday

DUKE- I'm sure they made room for the 3 people. Questioning every single number and report will drive you crazy. Just know that our numbers are still the highest in the state and we need to take it more seriously.

a-1611199540 Jan 20, 2021 07:25 PM
Seven More COVID-19 Deaths Reported Wednesday

DUKE -Health care professionals have been saying they do not have the STAFF to handle the additional ICU beds. They have the beds. The STAFF, nurses, doctors, assistants, custodial and all the other brave and caring people who staff the hospital ICU's are at their limits. They work on and on, over time if necessary as the cases roll on . That's what the 0% is about. It's not the physical bed, it's the care necessary to staff it.

Ahchooo Jan 20, 2021 08:13 PM
Seven More COVID-19 Deaths Reported Wednesday

Exactly, 7:25PM. They shuffled staff, or more became available, and so now they can accommodate 3 more patients. Or maybe some of the very sick got a tad better and need a bit less intensive care. Numbers are fluid because staff availability is fluid, and patient needs are fluid.

ChemicalSuperFreak Jan 20, 2021 08:16 PM
Seven More COVID-19 Deaths Reported Wednesday

Duke, it's not a big mystery. Look at the Health Care tab of the SBPHD Dashboard. It clearly shows that there are 71 total beds, with 65 in use, and 52 of those 65 have COVID. There are 6 "actual" beds available, for an "actual" ICU availability of 8.5%. The 0% ICU availability is the "adjusted" availability which is the "actual" minus a penalty applied depending on how many ICU patients have COVID. Yesterday there were also 65 of the 71 ICU beds occupied, so 3 new ICU patients apparently counted against the ICU surge beds, the total number of which is not given. The bottom line is that the 0% "adjusted" ICU availability is being used to scare people into behaving, but like the lockdown it's not having much effect on people's behaviors.

dukemunson Jan 20, 2021 08:31 PM
Seven More COVID-19 Deaths Reported Wednesday

Ok... But the numbers have been fluid (mostly up of course, but they did drop) and yet it stays 0%. Just seems weird. I guess I’m stuck on the idea that going below zero is what we saw out of Italy with people dying untreated in hospital hallways. So...Our zero is less than perfect care. How far below zero do you have to get to where you are making judgement calls on who actually gets care? And I guess by extension... why isn’t that zero? That seems like

ChemicalSuperFreak Jan 20, 2021 08:45 PM
Seven More COVID-19 Deaths Reported Wednesday

Yes, the zero where you are deciding who gets a bed an who doesn't is zero to me. As I stated, they are using several things to prevent us from getting to that true zero. One is the shutdown for regions when their ICU availability drops below 15%. That didn't stop people, so they then created the "adjustment" ("For every 1% of capacity over 30% currently in use for COVID-19 patients, the state adjusts our available ICU capacity down by 0.5%."). This enabled them to tell the public that availability was at 0%. That didn't work, so they created the Surge ICU Beds and are not revealing the total capacity for those. I know from past data that the county can accommodate up to 150 ICU beds if they want to and have the staff. Therefore we are very probably far from the who gets a bed and who doesn't scenario.

dukemunson Jan 20, 2021 09:00 PM
Seven More COVID-19 Deaths Reported Wednesday

I tend to be of the opinion that lying and distorting numbers to the public is the wrong tact. Stating that we are at 0 % and then the numbers fluctuate up and we accommodate more (and as such obviously go above beyond/below 0%) seems ridiculous and dumb. I too remember the 150 number as icu capacity at cottage, with the old Sears building (and at one point the UCSB dorms) coming into play if we went beyond that. It’s kind of annoying that our leaders don’t trust us to handle the truth...

a-1611210618 Jan 20, 2021 10:30 PM
Seven More COVID-19 Deaths Reported Wednesday

It means Drs and Nurses are working overtime. It’s not a physical bed count. It’s a person/ equipment count. Rooms can be made anywhere. But staff & proper equipment aren’t everywhere

MountainMan4865 Jan 20, 2021 11:00 PM
Seven More COVID-19 Deaths Reported Wednesday

On a totally side note from your point... why are there so many photographers in ICU rooms snapping folk being frantically treated by short handed, exhausted staff? Really asking. Aren't they in the way? We get pictures day in and day out of over taxed emergency rooms, over taxed staff with people waiting in hallways, dying people... why are there so many photographers in there? Who are these photographers?

SBsurferlife Jan 21, 2021 08:06 AM
Seven More COVID-19 Deaths Reported Wednesday

Google is your friend duke. From NPR:

CHANG: So I think when people hear 0% capacity, they might imagine someone showing up at the hospital with COVID being turned away, right? So what does 0% capacity actually mean?

FORTIER: Yeah, it means that intensive care unit beds are full. So hospitals go into surge mode. And that means that they put patients in open beds in other parts of the hospital, like emergency rooms or operating recovery rooms. Now, hospitals can accommodate a few more patients, but they really worry about being able to care adequately for the sickest patients.

dukemunson Jan 21, 2021 09:14 AM
Seven More COVID-19 Deaths Reported Wednesday

Wait , that doesn’t make sense (at least for Santa Barbara). Cottage has said they have 100 icu beds... and then they have additional surge capacity beyond that. So it has to be a staffing issue... right? (Or exactly the opposite of what that article says).

monkeyboy Jan 21, 2021 10:19 AM
Seven More COVID-19 Deaths Reported Wednesday

Capacity is generally restricted by personnel, not space. Exceeding capacity just means that the same number of medical professionals need to manage more patients than is preferred/allowed. They can always convert a wing , tent, garage, etc to an "ICU" but the staff will be overextended.

monkeyboy Jan 21, 2021 10:22 AM
Seven More COVID-19 Deaths Reported Wednesday

Not only do they not trust us, apparently they don't really believe in the risk themselves as is evidenced by how many government officials are found violating the very laws they passed for the rest of us.

Ahchooo Jan 21, 2021 10:32 AM
Seven More COVID-19 Deaths Reported Wednesday

You might keep in mind that health care is not all science. There is art and judgement involved. Who is sick enough to need the ICU versus slightly less intensive care, and how many patients switch from one level of care to another during the course of one day? How many patients can each nurse tend to? How many staff are on hand on a particular shift, and what level of expertise do those staff have? Any of those answers might be reported different ways depending on a lot of different variables, and who is making the report.

Voice of Reason Jan 21, 2021 06:47 AM
Seven More COVID-19 Deaths Reported Wednesday

"We won’t be able to know the exact percentage it drove, but I would say closing outdoor dining certainly did not help and likely hindered efforts to avoid a surge," she said. "It shut down in early December, and things did not get better from there; things actually got worse. Restrictions should be about understanding the human condition and keeping places that are safe open. Those of us who argue for a harm reduction approach have the same goal as the lockdownists: We want to reduce transmission, but we understand the human condition and the need to be with people."

Voice of Reason Jan 21, 2021 08:30 AM
Seven More COVID-19 Deaths Reported Wednesday

You know it's a bad sign when the lock downers refuse to listen to a highly qualified Dr. and infections disease expert at UCSF, in addition to those at the CDC and WHO who speak out against heavy restrictions and lockdowns. I thought we were supposed to "follow the data and science"?

CA cases last 7 days per 100k: 90.3
CA death last 7 days per 100k: 1.2
CA - schools closed, no outdoor dinning, gyms closed, destroying small businesses.
FL cases last 7 days per 100k: 55.6
FL cases last 7 days per 100k: 0.8
FL - schools open, indoor dinning allowed, gyms open, not destroying small businesses.

In face of experts that say these lockdowns and heavy restrictions should only be used as a last resort and for short periods of time, in face of clear data that shows those same measures aren't working, in the face of clear data and science that show we can achieve similar or better outcomes without these harsh measures in place, to continue to push for even heavier restrictions/enforcement and the destruction of others livelihoods, homes and jobs just so you can feel some semblance of control over virus we can't control, so you can feel "safe" while others lives are destroyed while still actually believing your a humane and caring person is absolutely disgusting.

Shasta Guy Jan 21, 2021 07:40 AM
Seven More COVID-19 Deaths Reported Wednesday

From the latest status report for Santa Barbara county:
- 25,405 confirmed cases
- 243 deaths
That makes for a fatality rate of 0.97% which sounds scary except that the majority of the deaths are elderly people with additional health complications. Although COVID-19 is not the flu, it behaves like the flu with the majority of fatalities occurring with the elderly. The 0.97% rate may be too generous because who knows how many people got the virus with getting tested.

Voice of Reason Jan 21, 2021 08:32 AM
Seven More COVID-19 Deaths Reported Wednesday

Shasta, we're fortunate in that it doesn't behave like the flu because the flu is very dangerous for children while covid 19 is not nearly as dangerous (that is a fact, backed up by the cdc).

PitMix Jan 21, 2021 08:36 AM
Seven More COVID-19 Deaths Reported Wednesday

So compassionate about the elderly that are dying early. Eyeroll. I guess you are not one of them? If you were, you might show a little more empathy.

a-1611266150 Jan 21, 2021 01:55 PM
Seven More COVID-19 Deaths Reported Wednesday

Hey, it's only 409,000 people. Sounds scary, like 4x the rate of death of Americans in WWII, but everyone is going to die someday. So, really, if you look at the end result, who cares?

Voice of Reason Jan 21, 2021 08:44 AM
Seven More COVID-19 Deaths Reported Wednesday

Please read this peer-reviewed paper from some very highly qualified "experts" from Stanford University:__ __

"Conclusions: While small benefits cannot be excluded, we do not find significant benefits on case growth of more restrictive NPIs. Similar reductions in case growth may be achievable with less restrictive interventions"

If we had a true leader running this state who would have actually followed the "experts, data and science" rather than just saying "we'll follow the science" and leading through authoritarianism our hospitals would not be in the mess they are right now. That is simply a fact backed up by the very real results from other states.

PitMix Jan 21, 2021 10:01 AM
Seven More COVID-19 Deaths Reported Wednesday

Really, you use a quote with a bunch of modifiers to support your position, and don't provide any comparison with per capita hospitalization and fatality rate numbers? I still don't get why you are spreading this misinformation. "May"? "benefits cannot be excluded"? "Significant"? Such a weak argument! You need to step up your game.

Voice of Reason Jan 21, 2021 10:17 AM
Seven More COVID-19 Deaths Reported Wednesday

Seriously Pit, you're calling a peer reviewed paper from several Stanford doctors and academics "a weak argument"? Please show me a peer reviewed paper that justifies heavy restrictions and lockdowns for months on end that show there is any benefit.

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