Seventh COVID-19 Death in Santa Barbara County

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Source: Santa Barbara County Public Health Department

Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) is reporting that an additional person has died of COVID-19 related complications. The individual who passed resided in South County and was in their 70s with underlying health conditions.  As of today, there are 469 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

“We extend our deepest condolences to the individual’s loved ones in the wake of this tragedy.  As our community plans for recovery, we remain mindful that COVID-19 is a highly infectious virus and continue to do our part to slow the spread by wearing face coverings and keeping our distance when outside our homes”, said Van Do-Reynoso, PhD, Director of Public Health.

Although most cases of COVID-19 exhibit mild or moderate symptoms, PHD recommends additional measures to prevent exposure among vulnerable people, including the elderly and those with underlying health conditions (such as diabetes, cancer, immunodeficiency, asthma, COPD and others). PHD recommends that residents, especially those who are vulnerable:

  • Stay home except for essential tasks. Ensure you have a two-week supply of medication on hand.
  • When engaging in essential tasks away from home, remain 6 feet away from others and wear a facial covering.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water regularly.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Keep surfaces clean by wiping them down with a household disinfectant,

Information for the 9 new confirmed cases can be found below.

Ages of new confirmed cases reported:

0-17 1
18-29 1
30-49 2
50-69 3
70+ 0
Age Suppressed 2

Locations of new cases reported:

South County Unincorporated Area includes communities of Montecito, Summerland and the City of Carpinteria 0
City of Santa Barbara and the unincorporated area of Mission Canyon 1
City of Goleta 0
Community of Isla Vista 0
Unincorporated Area of the Goleta Valley and Gaviota 0
Santa Ynez Valley including the Cities of Solvang & Buellton, and the communities of Santa Ynez, Los Alamos, Los Olivos and Ballard 0
City of Lompoc and the communities of Mission Hills and Vandenberg Village 5*
City of Santa Maria 2
Community of Orcutt 0
Unincorporated Areas of Sisquoc, Casmalia, Garey, Cuyama, New Cuyama, and the City of Guadalupe 0
Location Pending 1

*Two (2) new cases are persons who are incarcerated at the Federal Correctional Institution in Lompoc, CA.

One hundred seven (107) people are recovering at home, thirty-seven (37) are recovering in a hospital, thirteen (13) of whom are in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU), three hundred five (305) have fully recovered, and thirteen (13) are pending an update. Seven (7) deaths have been reported.

Please visit Santa Barbara County’s coronavirus web page for other preparedness resources and updates at https://publichealthsbc.org/.

For general questions about COVID-19 and precautions currently recommended by Santa Barbara County Public Health, residents may call the 2-1-1 Call Center 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by dialing 2-1-1 if calling from within the county; or (800) 400-1572 if calling from outside the area.

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a-1587959286 Apr 26, 2020 08:48 PM
Seventh COVID-19 Death in Santa Barbara County

Just read on NPR that Stockholm (Sweden, a country that chose to ignore the lockdown) will reach herd immunity by “sometime n May”. So, yeah...

a-1587917341 Apr 26, 2020 09:09 AM
Seventh COVID-19 Death in Santa Barbara County

"A-1587915998" - Do what you want, but STFAFM! I am in four of the high-risk groups, and I have three close family members who are clinically more at risk than me, only one, my 95+year old mother isn't the most vulnerable of the other two. If you value your life so little, go ahead and risk YOUR life, but don't risk mine and that of my family. Maybe it's not technically "illegal" now, but it is highly ignorant, arrogant, and selfish. And the colorful emphasis at the end of your comment about "DNR," "make out your will," "disposal of your body," and "cremation looks like the best way to go," is not only ghoulish, dismissive, and not in the least bit empathetic, but it's hyperbolic nonsense, spurred on by disinformation from the top - down. Not the top of the CA government, the top of the US government, which is running around like clowns exiting and entering a clown car in a circus of their own making, which is why that is such a widely used metaphor to illustrate Trump's lack of leadership, or even caring in this time of crisis. That is, until the Dow started to crash - THAT got his attention! "Wait, you mean that a virus can ruin an economy? I don't believe it!" "We better look into that at some unspecified time in the future". Also, he started coming out every day for the last month or so, (seems like a year) to pretend to do an update, but who instead just told outright lies about the coronavirus, then riffed for another two hours about himself, and using the FREE TV TIME to conduct daily MAGA rallies from the White House News Briefing Office. So, if you want to believe what he tells you, go ahead, but I suggest not taking a swig of bleach before you come out to infect me. It will not help either of us, especially you. Somehow, I felt I needed to inform you of that.

Emmenanthe Apr 26, 2020 08:07 AM
Seventh COVID-19 Death in Santa Barbara County

People who feel that their rights are being trampled upon under these conditions should recall that deliberately infecting someone with AIDS or other deadly disease is considered assault and can progress to a murder charge. Your personal freedom ends when you impact mine. Folks using these reasonable safety precautions as a vehicle for whining and throwing tantrums about limits to their freedom sound like spoilt 13-year-olds. The arrogance of unqualified people who think they should assess the safety of the community is astounding.

Get over it Apr 26, 2020 03:04 PM
Seventh COVID-19 Death in Santa Barbara County

@M&Ms
Well our rights ARE being trampled on, even yours! I'm all for being safe, but some of this is straight panic, stupid stuff. As said before, this is not AIDS. Not sure if you're just throwing stuff out or ignorant here, but over 32,000,000 have died from HIV. Plus, it's completely different. Nobody is deliberately infecting you or anyone else. My personal freedom never ends, it's earned.

a-1587929360 Apr 26, 2020 12:29 PM
Seventh COVID-19 Death in Santa Barbara County

Townie: Agree 100%!!! Apples are not oranges. Cake is not flan. Blue is not Red. Love is not Hate. Mountains are not oceans. Males who identify as female, are female.

mattyboy Apr 26, 2020 08:26 AM
Seventh COVID-19 Death in Santa Barbara County

There's a difference between premeditated/deliberate and incidentally/unknowingly. "Reasonable safety precautions"? Like forcing people out of legal work, wreaking havoc on the economy, pushing people into poverty & homelessness, and ultimately pain/suffering and potentially death? I think there's a little room for discussion there.

drellim Apr 26, 2020 06:53 PM
Seventh COVID-19 Death in Santa Barbara County

Like diamond if you are going to be anything Be the best criminal , douche savior A Hole prostitute politician same IE What ever fly you little bird be free at least we know who is who and they warn us all of there ways and means such fools

drellim Apr 26, 2020 06:53 PM
Seventh COVID-19 Death in Santa Barbara County

Like diamond if you are going to be anything Be the best criminal , douche savior A Hole prostitute politician same IE What ever fly you little bird be free at least we know who is who and they warn us all of there ways and means such fools

EastBeach Apr 26, 2020 08:45 PM
Seventh COVID-19 Death in Santa Barbara County

As of 4/21 the antibody tests Zugan offers via Quest Diagnostics had not yet been granted their FDA EUA's yet. As of 4/19 only 4 out of 70 tests have been granted their EUA's ... Cellex, Chembio Diagnostics, Ortho, and Mount Sinai Labs. And even if you do use one of the tests with an Emnergency Use Authorization, when you read its FDA disclaimer, you need ask yourself ... "If my test is positive, how will my behavior change given the disclaimers?" As one doctor put it, will you go visit granny without a mask? And how long do you think your immunity (if it exists at all) will last? We'll get there hopefully soon but for now it's a bit of a wild west out there.

a-1587943580 Apr 26, 2020 04:26 PM
Seventh COVID-19 Death in Santa Barbara County

I’m going this week. Zugan doesn’t “take” insurance. So I think it’s $150 cost For “visit” (they will send you your insurance though to count toward deductible) and then I don’t know how much the test itself is but I think my insurance might cover it especially as it’s through Quest. There are some places in LA offering rapid antibody for $75 but from what I’ve read those tests are highly inaccurate and not to be trusted at this point in time.

Shasta Guy Apr 26, 2020 03:54 PM
Seventh COVID-19 Death in Santa Barbara County

Thanks for the info about Zugan Health. I went to their website and the offer the antibody test. Has anyone do this yet there? If so, what was the cost?

Get over it Apr 26, 2020 02:47 PM
Seventh COVID-19 Death in Santa Barbara County

@SB whatever. First WTF? Yeah, everyone actually knows what that means. STFAFM? Most here aren't 16. I'm sorry that you and your family are at a higher risk. Several in our household are as well. Your political rant severely discredits your whole post, as with most posts that rant. Maybe instead, just worry about you. Whatever anyone else does, it's super simple, STAY AT HOME. That's what you're telling everyone else to do after all. If the rest of the world is at the beach infecting each other (not happening) then you can rest at ease knowing you're safe at home. Problem solved.

Xantus Apr 26, 2020 10:02 AM
Seventh COVID-19 Death in Santa Barbara County

I wonder how many "people who oppose any level of 'opening up' because think they are smarter than you", will completely discount all of the facts presented here simply because the doctor expresses Christian values. -- https://600wrec.iheart.com/content/2020-04-23-coronavirus-truths-and-lies/

a-1587919960 Apr 26, 2020 09:52 AM
Seventh COVID-19 Death in Santa Barbara County

Ok, uh, first you seem to think I am both the OP and the person who replied to me telling me I should plan for cremation. Which I am not. I am the OP. It might really shock you to learn I hate Trump! Bizarre assumption. I wear a mask and gloves everywhere I go, carry a bottle of isopropyl alcohol with me, and practice social distancing at all times. But I am not going to cower in my home for the next several years while we await a cure that may never come. AGAIN, THE NUMBERS HERE DO NOT JUSTIFY THIS. You sound unhinged. I understand you must be stressed, but I don't have endless years of my life to sit inside cowering from a virus that I have less than a .1% chance of dying from. I spend 3-4 hours A DAY researching this virus and everything about it. There is no evidence local to our community that indicates I should be a prisoner trapped inside of my house indefinitely so paranoiacs can breathe easier. I have every intention to practice safe strategies for keeping myself and other community members safe, I have the medical equipment in my home like thermometer and pulse oximeter to monitor my status, and I am getting antibody testing done this coming week to determine whether I already had the disease months ago (though we know there is very little evidence longterm immunity is conferred via infection). CALM DOWN! I am doing everything I possibly can to keep you and myself safe but I am not going to be a prisoner to a threat that doesn't currently exist. If and when the numbers go up locally, then I will stop going out for my daily coffee again. KEEP CALM AND WASH YOUR HANDS!

SB Barbarian Apr 26, 2020 09:27 AM
Seventh COVID-19 Death in Santa Barbara County

"A-1587915998" - Do what you want, but STFAFM! I am in four of the high-risk groups, and I have three close family members who are clinically more at risk than me, only one, my 95+year old mother isn't the most vulnerable of the other two. If you value your life so little, go ahead and risk YOUR life, but don't risk mine and that of my family. Maybe it's not technically "illegal" now, but it is highly ignorant, arrogant, and selfish. And the colorful emphasis at the end of your comment about "DNR," "make out your will," "disposal of your body," and "cremation looks like the best way to go," is not only ghoulish, dismissive, and not in the least bit empathetic, but it's hyperbolic nonsense, spurred on by disinformation from the top - down. Not the top of the CA government, the top of the US government, which is running around like clowns exiting and entering a clown car in a circus of their own making, which is why that is such a widely used metaphor to illustrate Trump's lack of leadership, or even caring in this time of crisis. That is, until the Dow started to crash - THAT got his attention! "Wait, you mean that a virus can ruin an economy? I don't believe it!" "We better look into that at some unspecified time in the future". Also, he started coming out every day for the last month or so, (seems like a year) to pretend to do an update, but who instead just told outright lies about the coronavirus, then riffed for another two hours about himself, and using the FREE TV TIME to conduct daily MAGA rallies from the White House News Briefing Office. So, if you want to believe what he tells you, go ahead, but I suggest not taking a swig of bleach before you come out to infect me. It will not help either of us, especially you. Somehow, I felt I needed to inform you of that.

a-1587865234 Apr 25, 2020 06:40 PM
Seventh COVID-19 Death in Santa Barbara County

If you should contract the virus, I hope you don't suffer too much. Be sure and make out your will, just in case. Set up your DNR and make plans for the disposal of your body. It looks like cremation is the best way to go.

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