Southern California to Lockdown Sunday at Midnight

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Southern California to Lockdown Sunday at Midnight
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By edhat staff

The state's lockdown orders will take effect for all of Southern California on Sunday at midnight.

Late Friday evening, state officials noticed the Santa Barbara County Public Health Director that the Southern California Region has fallen below 15% intensive care unit (ICU) capacity triggering the Regional Stay at Home Order.

This is effective for Santa Barbara County on Sunday, December 6, 2020, at midnight. The Order will be in place for at least 3 weeks and re-evaluated the week of December 28.

As of Friday, the Southern California region was calculated to have 13.1% remaining ICU capacity. The San Joaquin Valley region also fell below the threshold at 14.1% where Northern California, Bay Area, and Greater Sacramento regions have over 20% remaining.

“I am dismayed, but not surprised, that the ICU capacity decreased so drastically and quickly in the Southern California region. The sharp decrease in ICU capacity is a consequence of the increasing case rates we have been seeing throughout the state and region, shared Van Do-Reynoso, Public Health Director for Santa Barbara County.

The following industry sector changes will go into place on Sunday at midnight:

In any region that triggers a Regional Stay Home Order because it drops below 15% ICU capacity, the following sectors must close: 

  • Indoor and outdoor playgrounds

  • Indoor recreational facilities

  • Hair salons and barbershops

  • Personal care services

  • Museums, zoos, and aquariums

  • Movie theaters

  • Wineries

  • Bars, breweries, and distilleries

  • Family entertainment centers

  • Cardrooms and satellite wagering

  • Limited services

  • Live audience sports

  • Amusement parks

The following sectors will have additional modifications in addition to 100% masking and physical distancing:

  • Outdoor recreational facilities: Allow outdoor operation only without any food, drink or alcohol sales. Additionally, overnight stays at campgrounds will not be permitted.

  • Retail: Allow indoor operation at 20% capacity with entrance metering and no eating or drinking in the stores. Additionally, special hours should be instituted for seniors and others with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems. 

  • Shopping centers: Allow indoor operation at 20% capacity with entrance metering and no eating or drinking in the stores. Additionally, special hours should be instituted for seniors and others with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems.

  • Hotels and lodging: Allow to open for critical infrastructure support only.

  • Restaurants: Allow only for take-out, pick-up, or delivery.

  • Offices: Allow remote only except for critical infrastructure sectors where remote working is not possible. 

  • Places of worship and political expression: Allow outdoor services only.

  • Entertainment production including professional sports: Allow operation without live audiences.

Additionally, testing protocol and “bubbles” are highly encouraged.

The following sectors are allowed to remain open when a remote option is not possible with appropriate infectious disease preventative measures including 100% masking and physical distancing:

  • Critical infrastructure 

  • Schools

  • Non-urgent medical and dental care

  • Child care and pre-K

Sheriff Bill Brown, who is the Chairman of the Santa Barbara County Law Enforcement Chiefs, said the following, “When Santa Barbara County becomes subject to the state’s new Stay-at-Home Order, the police chiefs and I have committed to continuing our direction and intent that our agencies’ approach to health order violations will be to make every effort to use discretion, education and encouragement to achieve voluntary compliance, but enforcement options will remain a tool to be used in cases of repeat or egregious violations that endanger public safety.”

Effective Monday, street sweeping enforcement on City of Santa Barbara streets will be suspended for the duration of the Stay Home Order due to the cancellation of street sweeping. This also includes timed parking downtown. All other parking violations can be cited.

The public is instructed to stay at home as much as possible to limit the mixing with other households that can lead to COVID-19 spread. It allows access to (and travel for) critical services and allows outdoor activities to preserve physical and mental health. 

Additionally, Cottage Health is temporarily reducing the number of elective inpatient procedures scheduled at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. This is to help ensure hospitals remain safe as staff carefully balance bed and staffing capacity for COVID care as well as the ongoing health care needs in the community. 

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NonBidenary Dec 05, 2020 11:57 AM
Southern California to Lockdown Sunday at Midnight

Good thing playgrounds will be closed so kids can’t play outdoors, but people who aren’t making money can go skiing. These closings make 100% sense. All hail Lord Newsom.

Ms.JBG Dec 05, 2020 01:07 PM
Southern California to Lockdown Sunday at Midnight

Have you spent anytime with kids?! They don’t follow the 6 ft apart rule very well because they’re generally very social creatures and want to interact. Kids under 2 aren’t required to wear masks and they are the group that slobbers, sneezes and coughs without covering, and wipe their faces with their hands then touch multiple surfaces. I’ve seen parents take their unmasked kids to the park and not enforce social distancing especially when it comes to playing on playgrounds/play equipment. Kids can figure out how to play outdoors without needing to go to a playground. That’s what I did as a child.

NonBidenary Dec 05, 2020 01:38 PM
Southern California to Lockdown Sunday at Midnight

If you can find a way to defend this in the face of 99% recovery rate and only 6% of deaths being true Covid without co-morbidities (per the CDC) then, you do you. Plus it disproportionately does not affect kids

nasan Dec 05, 2020 02:22 PM
Southern California to Lockdown Sunday at Midnight

The fact, pure and simple, is that kids do not die of COVID. Out of 100 kids 100 survive. Out of 1000 a 1000 survive. For the general population, in fact, there is a 99% survival rate. These lockdowns are so incredibly detrimental to everyone.

Goletares2 Dec 05, 2020 03:04 PM
Southern California to Lockdown Sunday at Midnight

I understand the concern, but if parents are taking their children to the playground it is because they are willing to take the risks. For some of us, the cure is worse than the disease with this pandemic. Children have been out of school for far too long and are being asked to not be children so that others can be feel comfortable. If you are in a vulnerable demographic when it comes to the covid, than it is YOUR responsibility to take the necessary precautions to protect yourself. Do not expect the rest of us to stop our lives for you. I know quite a few people who have had covid and they all had a cold like symptoms and were fine a few days later.

GeneralTree Dec 05, 2020 03:31 PM
Southern California to Lockdown Sunday at Midnight

Now that hospitals are full, people that don't have covid won't get critical care causing more death. I saw a small hospital in Utah with 18 ICU beds was turning away non covid critical care patients - they were averaging 4 covid deaths per 12 hour shift. Maybe look outside the box a little and read what is going on in the rest of our country?

yiannis93101 Dec 05, 2020 05:45 PM
Southern California to Lockdown Sunday at Midnight

Uhm....all those kids would be touching everything! Hello.....with their snotty hands and goodness knows what else......certainly a cootie infested place....keep the dang parks closed......let them play in their own back yard.

yiannis93101 Dec 05, 2020 05:49 PM
Southern California to Lockdown Sunday at Midnight

EXACTLY!!!! I agree 100%. The Covid who probably didn’t wear masks, traveled, shopped, ate out all the time, are now sick as dogs and taking up space in the hospital. Damn them. There needs to be an interview process before they get admitted. If they didn’t follow the rules, send them home with an aspirin bottle and a thermometer. Good luck.

ChemicalSuperFreak Dec 06, 2020 07:11 PM
Southern California to Lockdown Sunday at Midnight

BENE, the following article discusses how patients have been delaying health care in order to avoid hospital visits. The consequences are summed up by the following quote: "When elective surgeries were postponed or canceled in the early weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic response, “we were probably doing about 25 percent” of the normal surgery volume, Zerey said." So, what do you think happens to the staff that's normally there to handle the 75% of surgeries that are not currently being performed? They probably get furloughed and then look for work in hospitals overburdened with COVID, if they're qualified.

Bene Dec 06, 2020 09:27 PM
Southern California to Lockdown Sunday at Midnight

Thanks Chem. Yes, I used to work in a multi-specialty clinic and some of my former colleagues in certain specialties have mentioned this. But I had thought there was an inference that the E.R., ICU staff was being cut, but from what I understand they are not.

Eggs Ackley Dec 07, 2020 08:18 AM
Southern California to Lockdown Sunday at Midnight

NASAN It is curious that you don’t appear to understand the most basic concepts of disease transmission. Maybe you don’t have children or can’t remember when you were one.?

a-1607384412 Dec 07, 2020 03:40 PM
Southern California to Lockdown Sunday at Midnight

7:11 PM - Key phrase: "if they're qualified". They aren't, or they'd be working shifts in ICU, given how idiots have been exhausting our healthcare professionals with their freedumb behavior.

420722 Dec 07, 2020 07:47 PM
Southern California to Lockdown Sunday at Midnight

Scrambled Eggs-I am so sorry I caused you to have a short circuit meltdown. Maybe the internet isn’t a healthy place for you at the moment. Sure buddy, I hate people so much I’m fighting for their right to earn an income and feed their children. Smh. Places that are currently shut down we’re not causing the spread of covid yet you want them closed anyway. Who’s the bad person here?

SBTownie Dec 05, 2020 12:15 PM
Southern California to Lockdown Sunday at Midnight

So is midnight Sunday tonight? Or tomorrow night? The internet offers no clear answers. There quite literally seems to be no actual answer to or consensus on this question.

nasan Dec 05, 2020 02:20 PM
Southern California to Lockdown Sunday at Midnight

I completely agree! Newsom is KILLING our State’s economy over a “pandemic” with a 99% survival rate. The PCR tests used to “diagnose” this give false positives. These lockdowns will cause tens of thousands of deaths due to despair.

ChemicalSuperFreak Dec 05, 2020 07:31 PM
Southern California to Lockdown Sunday at Midnight

"Il Duce, Our Leader, I wish you were around
To put these halfwit progressives deep in the ground,
I proudly don my black shirt in memory of you
Wishing you were around to deal with COVID too."

ZeroHawk Dec 07, 2020 01:08 PM
Southern California to Lockdown Sunday at Midnight

Newsom is killing out economy? So you are saying that you would prefer that there is no lockdown and the virus runs rampant and thins the herd? 99% survival rate? Are you f'ning kidding me? Tell that to the 240K people that died from it this year. Sorry but that sort of mentality is what got us here in the first place. I prefer my health and the health of my children over some kid at starbucks whos mad because he can't work for three weeks.

Voice of Reason Dec 07, 2020 01:25 PM
Southern California to Lockdown Sunday at Midnight

You're despicable Zero: "some kid at starbucks whos mad because he can't work for three weeks." What if that was your "kid"? What is he supposed to do especially with the states EDD failure? If you're working at Starbucks or a restaurant you're probably living paycheck to paycheck even before the pandemic. You, Zero, certainly sound like someone who hasn't missed a paycheck this pandemic, who isn't worried about how they're going to pay for groceries this week, who isn't worried where they're going to live when the eviction moratorium ends and they're evicted, but go ahead and order that DoorDash so you can continue binging on Netflix tonight... all YOU have to do to stay safe is stay home. You are a zero.

420722 Dec 07, 2020 08:07 PM
Southern California to Lockdown Sunday at Midnight

Most of the deaths occurred while we were in lockdown. We couldn’t even get out of the first lockdown until it showed signs of getting better. People were out of work for months, restaurants doing takeout only for months and the thing was out of control still. Did you forget so quickly?

a-1607404922 Dec 07, 2020 09:22 PM
Southern California to Lockdown Sunday at Midnight

8:07 PM :

I don't think you understand the severity of the pandemic.
Do you think 290,000 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.

Voice of Reason Dec 07, 2020 02:56 PM
Southern California to Lockdown Sunday at Midnight

Baseless claim. how do you determine long-term damage for something that has been around less than a year? It may in fact cause long-term damage, but it would be "anti-science" of you to claim it does with only short-term results.

sacjon Dec 07, 2020 03:02 PM
Southern California to Lockdown Sunday at Midnight

VOR - there is some pretty good evidence out there of damage caused by Covid in "recovered" patients that will likely be long term. It's easy to determine that harm caused by a sickness or injury, even after recovery from the initial infection, will be plaguing the patient in the long run. Lack of oxygen, for example, can cause damage to the brain, lungs and heart, causing life long issues, even after full oxygen is restored in the short term. It's hardly "baseless."

ChemicalSuperFreak Dec 05, 2020 02:40 PM
Southern California to Lockdown Sunday at Midnight

Current SB County ICU availability = 38%. This is with just 99 ICU beds, and only 61 occupied. At one point not long ago the county opted to make 150 ICU beds available, and if they activated those additional beds then right now we'd have 59% ICU availability for SB County! Yet we're being shut down. The very fact that our county is not opting to activate these additional beds suggests Ansorg and Do-Reynoso aren't that concerned about the current number of infections, or they are totally incompetent and unprepared. The latter possibility would be quite disturbing, as Ansorg just received Physician of the Year for his distinguished leadership through the pandemic. Does he know something Newson doesn't?

Thomas John Dec 05, 2020 02:49 PM
Southern California to Lockdown Sunday at Midnight

Aren't The hospitals in SB country part of some sort of mutual assistance program? So even though our numbers are fine now we'd be part of the capacitance for other areas?

a-1607209659 Dec 05, 2020 03:07 PM
Southern California to Lockdown Sunday at Midnight

You have to wonder why some people feel resentment when others excel in domains the critics know little about. Is it simple narcissism, or the Dunning-Kruger effect?

ChemicalSuperFreak Dec 05, 2020 03:30 PM
Southern California to Lockdown Sunday at Midnight

Perhaps, but what do you mean by "other areas"? We're grouped in with Mono County, which is 400 miles away. Do you think they'll be caravans of ambulances transporting patients between SB and Mono? A more realistic scenario would be to determine the counties most at need, shut them down and direct resources to those areas. For example, shut down LA, reactivate USNS Mercy and send it to San Pedro Harbor. If SB has not activated those additional 51 ICU beds (and who knows if they could have activated even more using the Sears location), then other counties may also have additional reserve resources that they are currently not employing. One thing that was clear from the first shut down is that a lot of reserve resources, such as hospital ships, PPE, and ventilators were never touched despite all the hand-wringing and pleas for help---and the fact that our local health care system was never overwhelmed. The worst SB County had in terms of COVID ICU use was July 30, when testing positivity was 8.9%, the 7-day unadjusted case rate was 20.3, there were 89 COVID positives in the hospital, 29 of which were in the ICU. On that particular day the ICU availability was still 52%! We're not even close to these numbers in terms of COVID positivity and case rates. There is no reason to lump SB County in with the 1/3 of California that is having a tough time. Despite some bad behavior, most of the people is SB County have been behaving themselves and we shouldn't be punished.


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