Three COVID-19 Deaths and 526 New Cases This Weekend

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The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department reports three COVID-19 deaths and 526 new cases this weekend.

On Monday there was one death and 146 new cases. The person who died was over 70 years of age, had underlying medical conditions, and resided in the Santa Ynez Valley. The death was associated with an outbreak at a congregate facility.

On Sunday there were 187 new cases and on Saturday there were two deaths and 193 new cases. The two deaths were over 70 years of age and had underlying health conditions. One person resided in Lompoc and one resided in the Goleta Valley/Gaviota. One of the deaths was associated with an outbreak at a congregate-care facility.

There have now been a total of 337 COVID-19 deaths within the county since the start of the pandemic.

Currently there are 1,028 active cases that include 141 hospitalizations with 39 in the intensive care unit (ICU).

Santa Barbara County is calculating 14.5% ICU availability.

More data is available at https://publichealthsbc.org/status-reports/.

Limited Amount of COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments

Santa Barbara County Public Health Department announced Monday there are very limited COVID-19 vaccination appointments available for people aged 75 and older in the following areas:

  • Tuesday, February 9th: Santa Barbara
  • Wednesday, February 10th: Santa Maria
  • Thursday, February 11th: Lompoc
     

Residents may only receive the vaccine at the site in the region where they live. 

Santa Maria and Lompoc appointments are open to mid- and north-county region residents.  Appointments will fill quickly. Those interested should call (833) 688-5551 as soon as you are able. The call center will be open until 5:30 today and 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. all other days.

If appointments do fill up, another notice will be sent when more appointments become available.

COVID-19 Townhall on Thursday

The upcoming C-19 Vaccine Town Hall Forum is on Thursday, February 11th, 6:00-7:00 pm. Interpretation will be provided in Spanish, Mixteco and ASL.

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Voice of Reason Feb 11, 2021 08:38 AM
Three COVID-19 Deaths and 526 New Cases This Weekend

Lots of other threads distracting from this very important issue I'd like to reiterate. Per the CDC, CA's response has not reduced mortality below the US average while still inflicting a response that came at such an extreme cost that it will be impacting many for a generation. In fact, Florida, where kids have been in school for months and their state government didn't arbitrarily destroy small businesses, did 21% better than CA at reducing mortality. Saving lives was our goal right? CA failed and failed miserably.

Voice of Reason Feb 10, 2021 05:35 PM
Three COVID-19 Deaths and 526 New Cases This Weekend

Sac, I strongly recommend some remedial math courses. The top line were actual deaths in each state and the US as a whole over the time period referenced, this takes into account the total populations of CA and FL (notice how CA is much higher than FL), then next line is how many excepted deaths there would be during this time period in both states and the USA. The final two lines calculate how many more deaths occurred than were expected by the CDC, and represent this number as a %. Per the CDC, California had 18.7% more deaths than the CDC expected for this time period, while the USA as a whole had 16.2% more, and Florida, did better than the rest of the USA on average (and CA by far) at 14.7% excess deaths. You see by using percentages it adjusts for the varying populations so even if CA had a 100,000,000 people and FL had 50,000 people, we're comparing apples to apples when we look at the % increase in deaths over what the CDC expected. I prefer facts and math over "spin".

dukemunson Feb 10, 2021 05:04 PM
Three COVID-19 Deaths and 526 New Cases This Weekend

Sac - If we are anywhere (like even remotely close) to Florida... then they are doing way better than us! All Theme parks open since July, all schools open since august/September, all restaurants and movie theaters open... plus an older population!!!!

sacjon Feb 10, 2021 04:51 PM
Three COVID-19 Deaths and 526 New Cases This Weekend

VOR - you forgot to show us the difference in populations between CA and FL. I mean, that IS pretty important when comparing numbers. You know, per capita and all that.....

Voice of Reason Feb 10, 2021 04:38 PM
Three COVID-19 Deaths and 526 New Cases This Weekend

Period of time: 12/29/19 - 1/23/21
Source: www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/vsrr/covid19/excess_deaths.htm

Florida California USA
Actual Mortality 262,349 346,863 3,604,289
Expected Mortality 228,661 292,163 3,101,098
Excess Mortality 33,688 54,700 503,161
% Excess 14.7% 18.7% 16.2%

Florida has had kids IN school, zero restrictions since September, no mask mandates while having less excess deaths (per CDC) than California where our kids aren't in school, small businesses have been destroyed and unemployment is at record levels. CA and our know-it-all, do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do politicians royally screwed the pooch in responding to covid. Their failure is indefensible. Children throughout our state will have lasting damage as a result of the (continued) school closures, the economic devastation to both small businesses and state/county/city budgets will be felt well into the 2020's, and the income and education inequality increase resulting from throwing the poor and working class right under the bus (more accurately, in front of covid) will last generations. Such a high price to pay for zero benefit.

sacjon Feb 10, 2021 03:28 PM
Three COVID-19 Deaths and 526 New Cases This Weekend

JOJO - what other 60 deaths are you seeing here? Or, like VOR, are you just simply downplaying the daily deaths from a preventable disease that was ignored on a national level until it got to the point of killing almost 1/2 a million Americans in the last several months?

Voice of Reason Feb 10, 2021 02:24 PM
Three COVID-19 Deaths and 526 New Cases This Weekend

Come on Jojo, you should know by now covid deaths are the only deaths that matter and they must be prevented above all else! It's the only way to justify our state's disastrous covid response.

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