Three COVID-19 Deaths and 326 New Cases

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By edhat staff

Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) is reporting three additional deaths of individuals who tested positive for COVID-19. All three individuals were over 70 years of age with underlying health conditions and one individual was associated with a congregate living facility. Two individuals resided in Santa Maria, and one individual resided in the South County Unincorporated Area.

Deaths are reported when a death certificate is processed listing COVID-19 as a cause or a significant condition. The process can take several days and up to 2 months to finalize if pending Coroner verification.

“We are saddened by the loss of these community members and extend our condolences to their friends and loved ones. While we continue to combat COVID-19, we urge residents to please stay at least 6 feet away from others you do not live with, wear face coverings when outside of your home, and avoid gatherings,” said Van Do-Reynoso, Santa Barbara County Public Health Director.

Santa Barbara County reports 139 new COVID-19 cases over the weekend, and regrettably 187 new cases and 3 additional deaths today, 8/10/20. The confirmed case count is 6996. To prevent duplication, 34 previous cases have been removed.

In addition, the Santa Barbara County Coroner’s report has determined that the COVID-19 related death in May, as reported by the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Lompoc and media, was in fact not COVID-19 related. The Public Health Department had been awaiting the Coroner’s report and therefore had not yet counted this death as a COVID-19 related death. The overall count of COVID-19 deaths related to the Lompoc Prison as reported by the Federal Bureau of Prisons and media outlets should be decreased by one.

There are currently 306 active cases with 84 hospitalizations including 31 in the intensive care unit (ICU). There have been 72 deaths.

For general questions about COVID-19 and precautions currently recommended by Santa Barbara County Public Health, residents may call the Santa Barbara County Call Center at (833)-688-5551 or visit

Cottage Health-Specific Numbers

COVID-19 Update from Cottage Health – August 10, 2020

  • Cottage Health is caring for a total of 283 patients across all campuses.

  • 226 are acute care patients; 162 acute care beds remain available.  

  • Of the 226 acute care patients, 17 patients are on ventilators.
    73 ventilators remain available (adult, pediatric and neonatal ventilators).

  • Of the 226 acute care patients, 33 are in isolation with COVID-19 symptoms;
    30 are confirmed COVID-19 positive.

  • Of the 33 patients in isolation, 11 patients are in critical care.

  • From July 27 – August 2:  
    3,259 COVID-19 laboratory tests were collected by Cottage Health.
    Results: 137 positive, 3,122 negative

  • From August 3–9:  
    2,678 COVID-19 laboratory tests were collected by Cottage Health.
    Results: 120 positive, 2,381 negative, 177 pending

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Sbrysa Aug 10, 2020 09:38 PM
Three COVID-19 Deaths and 326 New Cases

So after closing or moving our businesses outside these numbers look similar as they were 3 weeks ago when he gave the order. Am I correct in this? I actually want to know, I’m being sincere.

SandyS Aug 10, 2020 11:11 PM
Three COVID-19 Deaths and 326 New Cases

It's not that simple. We don't really see outcomes for 2-3 weeks. There are alot of variables. How long it takes people to get sick and/or end up in the hospital [which could happen right away or even up to 2 weeks after getting sick], test turnaround times, and other things. Plus, there are still people gathering and having parties, not to mention the Fiesta cruiser even that went down over the weekend [SB's "Sturgis"]. You can't tie it to one thing necessarily.

420722 Aug 11, 2020 01:22 AM
Three COVID-19 Deaths and 326 New Cases

Good question @9:38 pm. It’s actually been over a month. The second shutdown was before the 4th of July. So yep, we’re pretty much in same boat which tells us people were not getting sick inside salons, gyms, restaurants etc. Just like we thought. Sandys, the cruiser run was on Sunday into the afternoon. You really think any of those positive test from Sunday or Monday are from that? I am going with a big NO. That would mean I rode my bike Sunday morning, got tested in the afternoon and my test came back the same day. That did not happen but nice try.

Sbrysa Aug 11, 2020 06:54 AM
Three COVID-19 Deaths and 326 New Cases

I knew it was ya coming from us. I own a spa we were only allowed to open for 2 weeks before being shut down again. Cases were already rising before they opened us. Problem is is every time we’re shut ppl think we’re are the problem but we never were. Not 1 case has been traced back to salons and spas Of a client getting it there. I’ve asked public health. The damage they have done to our businesses is huge. Even if they do open us they’ve been telling everyone we’re high risk without the data to back it up.

SandyS Aug 11, 2020 08:32 AM
Three COVID-19 Deaths and 326 New Cases

420722 Where did I say any of the current numbers have to do with the Santa Barbara Sturgis event? I didn't. We will see in about 1-3 weeks though, once testing comes through and the delays are accounted for.

letmego Aug 11, 2020 09:48 AM
Three COVID-19 Deaths and 326 New Cases

We've been holding pretty steady since the end of June. If you look at their spreadsheets, most cases that are traced are traced to close community contact. (Family parties, people living together), with a lot fewer from "community contact" (which I assume would mean gyms, etc.) And a whole bunch of unknown.

RHS Aug 11, 2020 09:58 AM
Three COVID-19 Deaths and 326 New Cases

1:22 am. There has been at least one other large bicycle "run" in the last few weeks so your quibbling about the specific "cruise" is minor. SBYRSA you have to consider whether the restrictions kept the growth down, not just reversed it. In every place that these sort of protections were imposed following the rapid growth there has been a plateau and then a decline. Let's wait and see it the restrictions help before jumping ship at the first opportunity.

a-1597166499 Aug 11, 2020 10:21 AM
Three COVID-19 Deaths and 326 New Cases

420722 it wouldn't surprise me in the least if you actually participated in the cruiser run. You're so smug and proud of your "rebellious" nature, aren't you? People like you are why our kids can't go back to school next week. I really hope you realize that.

Sbrysa Aug 11, 2020 10:58 AM
Three COVID-19 Deaths and 326 New Cases

I get that. It’s just so hard to be now shut down for 5 months seeing my friends businesses close, mine hardly hanging on. Friends now living in their cars. All of our businesses have been ripped from us. And we need help

LCP112233 Aug 11, 2020 11:05 AM
Three COVID-19 Deaths and 326 New Cases

No. China is the reason your kids can't go back to school right now. And people are sick and dying, and we can't see our friends and family. Or go to concerts, ball games. We are the victims. All of us.

MountainMan4865 Aug 10, 2020 11:03 PM
Three COVID-19 Deaths and 326 New Cases

Still lousy reporting of numbers. So many questions....
Cracked me up, looking around - Yemen has tested 120 people, and has 1,832 confirmed cases.

JB86 Aug 10, 2020 11:28 PM
Three COVID-19 Deaths and 326 New Cases

Numbers, numbers, most of them not real helpful and changing all the time. How about reporting the one statistic that means something in the end? That would be deaths per 100,000 people. This number provides historical context and meaning, from the bubonic plague on, but no one seems to pay attention, rather focusing on moving targets like 'new cases' or 'hospitalizations.' These are transients that have little meaning until viewed in retrospect.

PitMix Aug 11, 2020 07:59 AM
Three COVID-19 Deaths and 326 New Cases

Death numbers are also suspect until they start comparing total death rates from this year to last year. A lot of people were dying and because they were not tested their death certificates didn't say Covid. The numbers that seem significant is number of people hospitalized, percent of those going to ICUs, and percent of those dying. That tells you what the risk is going forward. But says nothing about the long term health effects on the ones that were hospitalized but survived.

m-cubed Aug 11, 2020 08:51 AM
Three COVID-19 Deaths and 326 New Cases

@sandys why are you so hellbent on acting like covid is no big deal? in case you didnt notice, america is kind of super mega crippled by it right now and we're only 5-6 months in AND cases are on the rise.

bosco Aug 11, 2020 09:57 AM
Three COVID-19 Deaths and 326 New Cases

Number of hospitilizations is the most important number we should all be tracking. Everything else is a factor of our crappy testing system. Its' what I've been saying since day 1. This is not about preventing people from getting sick, it's about preventing the hospital system from collapsing. As long as hospilizations remain stable we're ok. While hospitilizations are up from 2 months ago, they have stabilized. We have room to test the system.

wannutalk Aug 11, 2020 08:28 AM
Three COVID-19 Deaths and 326 New Cases

As noted in la times covid tracker Alto Lucero Transitional Care which is really Channel Islands Post Acute Care shows a steady climb in the nursing home numbers for patients and staff . So late in the game one wonders what and when we’re any preventions attempted?

a-1597161266 Aug 11, 2020 08:54 AM
Three COVID-19 Deaths and 326 New Cases

The California Public Health Director, Dr. Sonia Angell just resigned. Reports say the California system for collecting this data has been overwhelmed and they discovered about 300,000 unreported cases of COVID-19.

a-1597166405 Aug 11, 2020 10:20 AM
Three COVID-19 Deaths and 326 New Cases

This really isn't that complicated, although Sandys described some of the factors. 40% of infected people have no symptoms. They are spreaders of a deadly disease. Trying to keep them from infecting others has been the only tool in our toolbox since their is no vaccine and insufficient testing and contact tracing. This doesn't work perfectly, but it helps keep the virus out of the general population, and more importantly saves lives. It is a disaster for businesses, especially smaller ones that serve the public on a one on one basis, and they should receive much more assistance to stay in business. It's a very sad, confusing and dangerous time, but we will get through it better if we work together and stop spreading misinformation and pointing fingers.

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