Southern California Stay-At-Home Order Extended
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: https://publichealthsbc.org/status-reports/