State Operated COVID-19 Community Testing Now Open

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Photos: Santa Barbara County Public Health Department

By edhat staff
May 7, 2020
 

The state-operated community testing site is now operational in Santa Barbara for residents with COVID-19 symptoms.

The site is located at the Earl Warren Showgrounds, 3400 Calle Real in Santa Barbara, and operates from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

OptumServe is operating the testing and has four staff members on-site, an event oversight administrator, clinical staff member, non-clinical administrative staff member, and a security person. This location has the capacity to administer 132 tests per day. Thursday's schedule is completely full.

Testing is by appointment only and Santa Barbara County residents can make a request online at https://lhi.care/covidtesting or by calling 888-634-1123.

The last testing site will open this Friday in Lompoc at the Anderson Recreation Center.

 


Santa Maria Testing Site is Now Open

By edhat staff
May 5, 2020
Santa Maria testing site

The first community-based COVID-19 testing site in Santa Barbara County is now open.

The site is located in the Santa Maria Fairpark, 937 S. Thornburg Street, and operates from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., five days a week.

OptumServe is operating the testing and has four staff members on site, an event oversight administrator, clinical staff member, non-clinical administrative staff member, and a security person. This location has the capacity to administer 132 tests per day. Tuesday's schedule is completely full with more dates booking up fast. 

Testing is by appointment only and Santa Barbara County residents can make a request online at https://lhi.care/covidtesting or by calling 888-634-1123.

Additional testing sites in Lompoc at the Anderson Recreation Center and in Santa Barbara at the Earl Warren Showgrounds will be opened later this week.


Source: Public Health Department
May 1, 2020
 

The County of Santa Barbara is working with the State of California to increase testing for COVID-19 through Community-Based Testing Sites.

Beginning May 1, 2020, residents of Santa Barbara County can make appointments to be screened, and subsequently tested at COVID-19 Community Based Testing Sites. These testing sites will be operated by Optum Serve, a contractor of the State of California.

The initial testing site will be established and operated at the Santa Maria Fairpark, located at 937 Thornburg Street, Santa Maria, CA, 93458 beginning on May 5, 2020 with locations in Lompoc, and Santa Barbara opening later that week. Testing sites will be operational 5 days per week, and days and times will be adjusted based on community need. Testing will be by appointment only.

All are eligible to screened, however, individuals who meet the following conditions will be prioritized:

  • Healthcare Workers and First Responders
  • Persons 65 years and older or any age with chronic medical conditions
  • Residents or employees of congregate care living facilities
  • Persons in essential occupations which include utilities, grocery, food supply, and public employees
  • Any persons exhibiting one or more symptoms of COVID-19

These testing sites will help Santa Barbara County dramatically increase testing needs for individuals who have limited access to COVID-19 tests until now. Tests will be conducted to verify the presence of COVID-19 and are not antibody tests to detect whether or not a person has ever been infected. There will be no out-of-pocket expense or co-pay, and insurers of those who have coverage will be billed. Appointments will be completed at an indoor facility, and will require residents to exit their vehicle.

Screening and appointments can be made between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. by visiting https://lhi.care/covidtesting or by calling 888-634-1123 for those with no internet access.

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Shasta Guy May 09, 2020 08:17 AM
State Operated COVID-19 Community Testing Now Open

The opening photo is creepy. It gives me an image of the Hotel California. It would seem that once you get tested there is no control of the privacy of your medical data, and who knows what the unintended consequences will be. No thanks. Will a state worker visit your house, or in the case of Ventura possibly take family members away if they deem social distancing as insufficient?

a-1591050604 May 08, 2020 08:44 AM
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I suggest everyone read CHEMICALSUPERFREAK's comments from May 5 at 4:50 pm. He hinted about this issue a few days ago on May 1, but most people didn't pick up on it. It has been publicized from various sources about the database concerns when these tests were first announced a few weeks ago. And that is why I will never go in to be tested myself. If you feel the need to get a test just beware of the potential dangers and implications and make your own call on whether it is worth it or not. I don't find it so odd that a person with the last name of Gates is heavily encouraging these tests. Speculate what you will about that, too.

a-1591050604 May 08, 2020 08:03 AM
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I made an appointment yesterday morning, was there for my appointment late afternoon. Very professional. Took about 20 minutes to get signed in at test site, get my test and go on my way. The nurse did say that they had more tests given by noon yesterday at Earl Warren than they usually do for a whole day in Santa Maria. Sad, since most cases are from north county.

EastBeach May 08, 2020 01:48 AM
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CSF - Can you help me with some antibody testing math? I know this article is about RT-PCR testing but I wanted to see if I could learn something to help me interpret serology test results posted @FDA. Assume an IgG test where validation testing with a prevalence of 5% yields a PPV of 93% and NPV of 100%. I'd like to know what the odds of a false positive are. Is it 7 / (5 + 7) = 58%?

ChemicalSuperFreak May 09, 2020 01:31 PM
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EASTBEACH: It’s cool that you were trying to figure it out the probability of a false positive. From the numbers you provide, I expect you’re curious about the new Abbot antibody test. There’s more than one way to calculate this, and I’ll provide a link below that shows three ways. I prefer the first one, where you make a table, and I did this using Excel. Basically the logic is to look at the estimated prevalence of the illness, 5% (0.05) in this case, and come up with a hypothetical number of people who would take the test. In this case I picked 100,000 people since it makes all the resulting numbers in my table nice and round (95 people versus 9.5 people), but it’s just for aesthetics and doesn’t really matter. Out of 100,000 people tested, 5000 are expected to be sick and 95,000 should be healthy. Now you need to understand what PPV (Predicted Positive Value) and NPV (Negative Predicted Value) really mean. I’m going to use some slightly different values than yours to illustrate this. PPV of 92.9% means that 4645 out of 5000 actually sick people (of the 100,000 tested) will up positive. The other 7% will be “false negatives” (335 people out of the 5000 actually sick will be told they’re healthy). NPV of 99.9% means that 94,905 out 95,000 healthy individuals (from the 100,000 being tested) will have a correct result of negative, and the other 0.1% is the 95 out of 95,000 who are healthy but will get a “false positive”. To calculate the probability or odd, in percent, of a “false positive” you first need to add up the total number of positives, which is 4,645 (actually sick) + 95 (really healthy) = 4,740 total positives. So then it’s (95/4,740)*100 = 2.0% “false positives”. If you use 100% for your NPV you get 0.0% “false positives”. I know that’s what the FDA has on their list, but the University of Washington reported 1 “false positive” out of 1000, so the NPV should really be 99.9, which is still a great number. In fact, on that same FDA website you’ll see the Confidence Interval (CI) for the NPV is 98.8 to 100.0. I don’t know why they’re using the upper bound for NPV when they didn’t do that for the PPV. Here’s the link to the page explaining how to do these calculations: https://www.mathsisfun.com/data/probability-false-negatives-positives.html

a-1591050604 May 07, 2020 07:26 PM
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Why was the City of SB so unprepared for this pandemic. The pandemic is terrible, but just think if we had a devastating earthquake locally. Does anyone remember back in the mid-90s when 101 was shut down in both directions, and I believe the Chumash Highway was shut down as well. People takin' boats from Ventura to SB to get to work. OMG, I really hope we've learned and are learning from this horrible experience.

a-1591050604 May 09, 2020 01:51 PM
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@7:26 pm — May we please never refer to Highway 154 as "the chumash highway." It has always been Highway 154 or San Marcos Pass. The Chumash tribe managed to sneak their highway designation in under the radar, but that doesn't make it appropriate or correct.

a-1591050604 May 08, 2020 07:31 AM
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The 101 may have been open below La Conchita in 1995, but it was not open through La Conchita for several days. I know because we had letter carriers commuting from as far north as SLO to help deliver mail for at least a week (about 40% of S. B. postal employees live in Vta./Ox. areas.)

a-1591050604 May 07, 2020 08:12 PM
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@ 7:26 It’s odd you would bring up an event In 1995 that closed the 101 In both directions briefly after the First La Conchita Mudslide. South bound 101 was opened the same day as the slide. That year Hwy 154 was also closed due to a mudslide a few miles from Foothill Rd. That closure was much longer and caused serious wear and tear on Old San Marcos Rd. ~~~~~~~~ In 2005, 101 was again closed due to the second slide at La Conchita. But none of these events closed the 101 for that long or had the infrastructure impact that the debris flow of 2018 in Montecito had. An emergency in which first responders and an entire community made heroic efforts in the aftermath. ~~~~ The same thing they would do after an earthquake and the same way they handle the aftermath of wildfires. Ultimately you have to be responsible for your own safety and preparedness. The same things that make SB beautiful, the mountains and the ocean, also make this community constrained when the 101 is closed for any reason. ~~~~ Why do you think government officials are constantly reminding the community of how to prepare for these disasters. The problem is no one listens until it happens to them.

a-1591050604 May 07, 2020 05:05 PM
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Well, i made an appointment for this afternoon, but none were taking place due to “glitches” of an unknown nature. The staff told people they could wait in their cars witb a/c on and they would be called. I went home after 15 minutes

Eggs Ackley May 07, 2020 04:08 PM
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Testing startup is a tiny step in the right direction. But are we testing all the people coming from counties to the south and East? Beaches packed because we’re the only beaches in SOCAL with parking. All week long. Many license plates from that hotbed of coronavirus infection to our south. What are the powers that be thinking? Two day unannounced closure last weekend dramatically limited the numbers of Covid refugees. Seriously Supes, you’re on the hook for not protecting our health to the maximum extent feasible.

Niles Sterner May 07, 2020 02:41 PM
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As of today testing is available to the general public with no symptoms. I understand that for many, it is concerning how long it took to set this system up. Considering we had to build this program from scratch two months is light speed to build this complex of a system. Good on the Governor and SB PHD.

ChemicalSuperFreak May 05, 2020 04:50 PM
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THOMAS: Everyone is genetically unique. Even identical twins may have differences in the copy number of certain genes, as well as differences in methylation patters of genetic sequences (epigenetics). Your DNA is probably the most personal thing about you, and for that reason it’s valuable. Look at the use of biometrics today in security: fingerprints, facial recognition, iris scans, voice, and even the way you walk. DNA is even more unique than that. Furthermore, the sequencing of genomes reveals not only information about your ancestry but predispositions for particular health problems and even behaviors as well. Follow me so far? It’s the Holy Grail of some to have a national (or even world) database that contains the genetic sequence for every person on Earth. Who wants this? Scientists, for research purposes. Law enforcement, to match people to unsolved crimes. Pharma, to figure out the next block buster drug. Marketing, to sell you the drug. Insurance companies, to charge you accordingly based on your risk. Government, for absolute control. Do you realize that when you give samples of biological material, they are not necessarily disposed of after the test? The US Army has blood samples from before WWII and they used those to find “clean” human blood, before the invention Teflon and contamination of the planet by perfluorooctanoic acid. The acquisition and sale of your personal data has been the subject of numerous news articles and leaks, with Big Tech being the biggest offenders so far. The content of your emails, browsing history and contact list is nothing compared to the value of your genetic information, so I suggest you guard it.

surfergirl69 May 05, 2020 02:32 PM
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A step in the right direction, but we need testing in SB too. BTW does anyone know the accuracy of the tests. Some of the previous ones were/are said to have close to 50 % false negative results. Also, what about anti-body testing ? Does anyone know where that is available...if anywhere ? I tried to call the Public Health Dept...no way. I called 211....what a joke. Try calling the CDC....person answers there, but can't barely read or spell. End result after hours on phone ....can't find testing

Mr.J.J. May 07, 2020 05:52 PM
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Quest is using the Abbott test which is 99.5% accurate for antibody testing. The test for Coronavirus is, sadly, only 70% accurate so of limited use unless several tests are taken.

Mr.J.J. May 07, 2020 05:53 PM
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Quest is using the Abbott test which is 99.5% accurate for antibody testing. The test for Coronavirus is, sadly, only 70% accurate so of limited use unless several tests are taken.

a-1591050604 May 06, 2020 10:53 PM
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Surfergirl, there is testing in Santa Barbara, at Earl Warren, with a lot of available times, at least that was so earlier this evening: https://lhi.care/covidtesting

ChemicalSuperFreak May 05, 2020 03:57 PM
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The RT-PCR test, which actually detects the viral genome, is only done when a person is displaying symptoms because it's time consuming and expensive. It’s also only good while the viral load in your body is high. Too early in an infection and there might not be enough virus, and too late post-infection there will be no more virus to detect. That said, it should be 100% accurate because it uses primers that only bind to the viral RNA sequence, and in the absence of virus there's no amplification and detectable signal. The antibody tests are the ones with low accuracy, depending on what antibodies (IgG and/or IgM) they're looking for. Too early in the infection and you may not have any IgG to detect (False Negative). Furthermore, antibody tests rely on a viral antigen such as a piece of the viral spike protein, which your body’s antibodies are designed to bind to. They usually use a small piece of the protein, called the epitope, which is a short sequence of amino acids. When this epitope is mixed with a sample of your serum, and your serum has antibodies in it because you were infected, you antibodies should bind the epitope and give a signal. The problem is with the epitope they choose to use for the test, as it may not be specific enough for SARS-CoV-2. So you could have been exposed to another common corona virus in the past and this test (using too general of an epitope) will detect that past infection (False Positive). Additionally, the virus has mutated. Recent research unveiled a D614G mutation in the spike protein, which likely results from the virus evolving to escape your immune system (https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.04.29.069054v1). If the antibody test, or even a vaccine, is designed around amino acid number 614 or any other mutation---you may have problems detecting it or using it to illicit immunity with a vaccine. You can get an antibody test in Santa Barbara at Quest Diagnostics.

ChemicalSuperFreak May 01, 2020 04:08 PM
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Optum and the State of California thank you for the generous donation of your private genetic material. We promise not to monetize the database we build by licensing the information to other private and government agencies. Your cooperation is appreciated.

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