Southern California Stay-At-Home Order Extended

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Southern California Stay-At-Home Order Extended
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By edhat staff

State officials announced Tuesday the Southern California regional stay-at-home order will be extended until mid-January.

Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly stated the order will continue “until the ICU projections are above or equal to 15%.”

The intensive care unit (ICU) availability within the Southern California region is currently 0% and has stayed that way for the past two weeks.

The Southern California Region includes San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Imperial, Riverside, Kern, Inyo, and San Bernadino counties.

The order was initially issued by Governor Newsom earlier this month to slow the spread of COVID-19. When a region reached 15% or lower of ICU availability, the lockdown was enacted. For Southern California, this took place on December 6 to be reviewed in three weeks.

The ICU availability has not improved as health officials blame indoor and holiday gatherings for the surging spread of the virus that has caused some hospitals in Los Angeles County to divert care while patients are placed in hallways and even a gift shop, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Dr. Ghaly stated the lockdown will continue until January 16, although state officials will regularly review the data and may lift the order sooner if numbers improve.

Santa Barbara County's Board of Supervisors voted earlier this month to ask the state to form a new Central Coast region to only include San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties. They stated the Southern California region is too large and will not offer smaller counties the option to earn their way off the shutdown list.

Based on current numbers, Santa Barbara County doesn't appear to be faring as well as officials hoped as ICU availability has dipped to 6.6% as of Tuesday; at least 15% is needed to be removed from the stay-at-home order.

Dr. Ghaly continued to warn residents to not gather outside of their household, even for the holidays, stating officials "brace to see what levels of transmissions" will come from these discouraging celebrations and expects a post-holiday surge in the next few weeks.

“Things that were a month ago or two months ago a low-risk activity today are really high risks because of the level of Covid that’s circulating in our communities," said Dr. Ghaly.

Santa Barbara County Data, December 29

Santa Barbara County Public Health officials reported 256 new cases and three deaths on Tuesday.

Two individuals were 70+ years of age, one resided in the City of Santa Barbara and one was from the City of Santa Maria, both had underlying medical conditions and are associated with an outbreak at a congregate living facility. The third individual was 50-69 years of age, resided in Orcutt and had underlying conditions.

There have now been 156 total deaths within the county.

Santa Barbara County now has 1,227 infectious COVID-19 cases that include 127 hospitalizations with 33 of those in the ICU.

More data can be found here:

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GeneralTree Dec 29, 2020 07:41 PM
Southern California Stay-At-Home Order Extended

Loose I hear ya. I'm not really questioning anyone who goes to work. Just seeing evidence of big holiday parties and other things going on that don't jibe with "locking down" other than places like restaraurants are screwed.

Shame Dec 30, 2020 09:14 AM
Southern California Stay-At-Home Order Extended

Henry’s beach at sunset says no people are not staying home everyone was out seeing a beautiful sunset. No one parking space was available. Life goes on

oops Dec 29, 2020 05:01 PM
Southern California Stay-At-Home Order Extended

Gov Newscum will not admit his lock down is not working and is in fact having the opposite result. He will be the next Gov writing a book on how to handle the pandemic. He's got to go!

420722 Dec 29, 2020 06:42 PM
Southern California Stay-At-Home Order Extended

Yeah oops, it’s Newssolini we don’t need to make up silly names for him let’s just act like adults here and accept the fact that we’re keeping hundreds of thousands if not millions of people out of work and school because lockdowns of small businesses are working so well and are preventing home gatherings. I mean duh, obviously you will get covid from getting your haircut or nails done but not from being packed in big box stores with hundreds of people.

SBSand Dec 30, 2020 07:46 AM
Southern California Stay-At-Home Order Extended

It's this mentality of people that think that their rights are being violated so they ignore the orders, and gather without masks, and rebel and guess what happens? It spreads covid and people are sick, the hospital is overwhelmed because people that are hospitalized with Covid need a high level of care and oxygen and it doesn't just take beds to take care of them, it takes highly skilled STAFF - who are exhausted and traumatized and some have contracted covid themselves. Yeah, let's blame the Governor though for trying to get people to use their brains and common sense.

letmego Dec 30, 2020 09:29 AM
Southern California Stay-At-Home Order Extended

Well, it's not really his fault that people are stupid and do what they want. I've been tracking cases over a few different places. In other locations...where people are ACTUALLY locking down, it's working. Imagine that.

SB Barbarian Dec 30, 2020 10:32 AM
Southern California Stay-At-Home Order Extended

What? Is that some kind of science-based fact? Science hurts some folk's feelings, so they ignore it to try to feel good - until they don't, or someone they know doesn't and maybe dies.

biguglystick Dec 30, 2020 12:23 PM
Southern California Stay-At-Home Order Extended

OOPS, the "lockdown" is not working because so many idiots do not follow protocol. Just last week there was a large group of 20-somethings playing beer pong in the Rose Garden at the Mission. Shameful!

42224242244424224 Dec 29, 2020 05:12 PM
Southern California Stay-At-Home Order Extended

Two weeks isn't enough. I want years of this. I want to know that if I take a step outside, I will be shot. Surely we can use drones for that, right? We need to require HEPA filters on every house. Maybe Amazon can sell and install them. We can all do TikTok dances and sell merch for income. Perhaps we can redistribute housing and food based on how many likes and subscribes one can accrue. I JUST WANNA DANCE!

Sail380 Dec 29, 2020 05:19 PM
Southern California Stay-At-Home Order Extended

If you really feel he's handled the pandemic and the state that poorly. Sign the recall Gov. Newsom petition. We did it once before with Gray Davis. Remember he works for us, not the other way around!!!

biguglystick Dec 30, 2020 12:22 PM
Southern California Stay-At-Home Order Extended

SAIL, No, I'm NOT signing a petition to recall a governor who is doing the best he can. Is he perfect? NO. Did he make a major mistake by going out to that restaurant and acting like the virus isn't going to affect him? YES. That was poor decision, but the recall effort is being led by a Trump extremist, James Veltmeyer, who just doesn't like that California is a sanctuary state and he hates liberal politics. NOT SIGNING that petition! Newsom had a very high approval rating early on in the beginning days of the pandemic. Because this thing is politicized, people are going nuts, when it really is a HEALTH issue only, not a freedom issue, and people need to act accordingly.

Voice of Reason Dec 30, 2020 03:54 PM
Southern California Stay-At-Home Order Extended

Big ugly, if this is simply a health issue and not a freedom issue, why are cigarettes legal? They kill more annually than covid. Why is fast food legal with so many dying of heart disease and other obesity complications? Why is alcohol legal? Or riding motorcycles? If it is only about health and not about freedom we should just let the government tell us how to live our lives, what food to eat, what activities to participate, etc.

GeneralTree Dec 29, 2020 08:08 PM
Southern California Stay-At-Home Order Extended

That's like comparing NY to Montana when Covid first hit. Amateurish, sophomoric analysis of numbers skewed to protect Donald. Florida still far exceeds California per 100,00 with half the population . Boy I do hope momma is proud.

biguglystick Dec 30, 2020 08:57 AM
Southern California Stay-At-Home Order Extended

Voice of Reason, coming in hot again with misinformation and drivel. Messing with the stats, complaining because he's upset about Trump losing and Gavin trying to do his job. Ugh. It's SO TIRESOME.

Voice of Reason Dec 30, 2020 09:54 AM
Southern California Stay-At-Home Order Extended

There is nothing “mis” about the information I posted, I even included the cdc link for you. It is also not cherry picking when we’re looking at what is actually occurring now and over the past month. GT, you kindly provided and example of misinformation to say one state exceeds another per 100k with half the population, as using metrics per 100k levels the varying populations. It is also cherry picking. You also provided a good example of why I’m looking at the here and now and NOT what occurred early on in the pandemic. Finally, very confused to see several political replies and Trump mentions to a post about current covid case statistics provided by the CDC. You guys just can’t get enough of the guy I guess.

GeneralTree Dec 30, 2020 10:17 AM
Southern California Stay-At-Home Order Extended

VOR. The statistics are a moving living thing. Hotspots change and move. Yes, we are "hotter" than Florida at the moment, but that changes Just as when South Dakota had an outbreak and our numbers in California had gone low. You argue that Florida has done it better - but refuse to look at all of the statistics. So yes, that is cherry picking.

Voice of Reason Dec 30, 2020 10:40 AM
Southern California Stay-At-Home Order Extended

I’ve been arguing FL is doing it better NOW, and has for some time, but I’ve also said several times they got hit hard and early (and have an older population) when we didn’t know what we know NOW. Most importantly, the mandates we have in place in CA simply aren’t working but carry a price greater than covid to many Californians.

SBLetsGetAlong Dec 29, 2020 05:35 PM
Southern California Stay-At-Home Order Extended

Very poor planning by our leaders, yet again.
To tell people the stay at home was only 3 weeks, “knowing” that cases will appear for 10-14 days after the holidays.
They should told everyone lock down is until mid Jan to begin with instead of stringing people & businesses along.
Poor leadership skills and planning.
Or is our medical experts that are just that foolish to not plan on a lockdown fir 2 weeks after a holiday?

Wait Martin Luther King holiday is coming!
What’s the over/under of a lockdown extension till June?

Sandy792 Dec 30, 2020 09:35 AM
Southern California Stay-At-Home Order Extended

I just wanted to confirm that the SB county Sheriffs are indeed constitutional sheriffs. This would make me feel a lot more comfortable. I think we are going to see a lot more of our civil rights being violated such as mandatory Covid vaccines required to enter public places.

a-1609293623 Dec 29, 2020 06:00 PM
Southern California Stay-At-Home Order Extended

It's odd that the state is locking its citizens down so they don't get covid, but letting criminals out of their prison lockdowns so they don't get covid. Is it just me or is this place run by knuckleheads?

Sail380 Dec 29, 2020 06:22 PM
Southern California Stay-At-Home Order Extended

Run by knuckleheads!!!

Sign the recall Gov. Newsom petition. We did it once before with Gray Davis. Remember he works for us, not the other way around!!!

SB Barbarian Dec 30, 2020 10:39 AM
Southern California Stay-At-Home Order Extended

Why not provide some context for your position? Just stating two facts which seem to compete with each other does not tell the whole story and can lead to a mis-perception of the actual facts.

GeneralTree Dec 29, 2020 08:10 PM
Southern California Stay-At-Home Order Extended

CSF - That's another confusing thing. Ruiz said just yesterday it was around 6% availability. The dashboard numbers are completely different. What are they doing to report the different numbers? Were they only talking about Santa Maria availability? Any insight?

a-1609353071 Dec 30, 2020 10:31 AM
Southern California Stay-At-Home Order Extended

@CHEM - the county's dashboard is reporting ICU availability at 6.6% right now, the same as what was reported yesterday. Maybe there is a slight delay in the dashboard's updates.

ChemicalSuperFreak Dec 30, 2020 04:54 PM
Southern California Stay-At-Home Order Extended

@ 10:31 AM: Okay, I think I see what you and other's are looking at, on the Summary tab. However, if you look at the Health Care tab, where they show you the exact amount of beds available, it shows a different availability of staffed adult ICU beds. Apparently, the dashboard's own data is in disagreement. I'm going with the Health Care tab because it give the exact amount of beds, and the number of them occupied. I'm also not afraid of doing math to check the % available, as opposed to just reading what appears to be an erroneous number from the Summary tab (with no other details given).

a-1609376228 Dec 30, 2020 04:57 PM
Southern California Stay-At-Home Order Extended

Or, if you're too smart to get your advice from a public posting by the peanut gallery, do what Dr. Ansorg suggests:


Beware of scams, false news, and hoaxes surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. Accurate information, including current guidance in Santa Barbara County, will always be distributed by the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department and will be available at For additional information in Santa Barbara County, please call 2-1-1, available 24 hours a day.

Ahchooo Dec 29, 2020 08:04 PM
Southern California Stay-At-Home Order Extended

Does this mean street sweeping (and associated parking restrictions) are suspended another two or three weeks? Guess I’ll have to call their hotline in the morning.

GeneralTree Dec 29, 2020 08:15 PM
Southern California Stay-At-Home Order Extended

Additional reporting from Santa Maria Times. I don't understand why the numbers stated have been different than the county dashboard. Any true insight appreciated. Article here:

The ongoing surge of COVID-19 cases in Santa Barbara has brought hospitals into uncertain territory, with some beginning to activate their ICU surge capacity due to an influx in patients.

As of Tuesday, Santa Barbara County's overall availability of staffed intensive care unit beds for adults reached its lowest point at 6.6%. The county is seeing its highest number of COVID-19 hospitalizations, with 127 residents hospitalized, including 33 in the ICU, according to county public health data.

At Marian Regional Medical Center in Santa Maria, spokeswoman Sara San Juan said the current 26 intensive care patients have brought the hospital over its 20-bed ICU capacity.

In order to continue providing sufficient care to patients, the hospital will need to begin using its 48 surge beds set aside in March, along with possibly allocating nurses to multiple ICU beds in the future.

"We have implemented surge plans for additional ICU beds as previously shared, and have adequate staffing at this time to care for patients," San Juan said.

Until last week, Santa Barbara County's ICU capacity has remained well above the red zone of 15%. However, the recent decrease has brought the county more in step with the rest of the Southern California region, where the aggregate capacity currently stands at zero percent.

The situation is also becoming more serious at neighboring hospitals. Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara reported last week that staffing only supports 45 ICU beds instead of the former 65. Two-thirds of those beds are now occupied, according to daily hospital data.

At Lompoc Valley Medical Center, four of the hospitals' six staffed ICU beds are currently occupied, according to spokeswoman Nora Wallace.

ChemicalSuperFreak Dec 29, 2020 11:10 PM
Southern California Stay-At-Home Order Extended

GT: I really admire your search for the truth on these numbers. This is not the sort of thread that should be considered controversial and or in violation of any terms. I hope you get some answers and will look forward to reading what you find.

a-1609315939 Dec 30, 2020 12:12 AM
Southern California Stay-At-Home Order Extended

I don't think you understand the severity of the pandemic.
Do you think 339,000 deaths in the USA alone are faked?
International death totals are faked?
Other countries are in on the conspiracy?
Too little thinking behind such a comment.
Such fools.


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