Three People Hospitalized as COVID-19 Cases Increase to 32

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Three People Hospitalized as COVID-19 Cases Increase to 32
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Cottage Hospital Emergency Room (Photo: Cottage Hospital)

By edhat staff

Santa Barbara County health officials announced an increase in six new coronavirus (COVID-19) cases during a press conference on Thursday afternoon, bringing the total to 32 confirmed cases in the county.

Of the 32 cases, three patients are hospitalized with one of those patients in the intensive care unit (ICU). The remaining 21 patients are recovering at home while 8 have fully recovered.

The new positive cases fall between the 30's-60's age range. Two patients are in Santa Maria, two are in the Santa Ynez Valley, and one is in Lompoc, and on is in Santa Barbara.

  • Case #27—in their 60s and resides in Santa Ynez Valley
  • Case #29—in their 30s and resides in Santa Barbara
  • Case #30—in their 40s and resides in Santa Maria
  • Case #31—in their 30s and resides in Lompoc
  • Case #32—in their 50s and resides in Santa Maria


Dr. Henning Ansorg, Santa Barbara County Public Health Officer, urged the public to practice social distancing the "flatten the curve" so our healthcare system does not get inundated with new patients all at once.

"Only if everybody complies with physical distancing and stay at home orders do we have a chance to accomplish this. I urge you to comply [with social distancing]," said Dr. Ansorg.

Public Health Emergency Preparedness Manager Jan Koegler confirmed officials are planning for a potential surge of patients. They are identifying areas within Santa Barbara County that could serve as additional medical sites to step down patients who do not require high levels of hospital care. 

In surrounding counties, the numbers continue to climb. On Thursday evening, Ventura County reported 1 death and 61 positive cases with the majority of cases between ages 25 and 64.

In San Luis Obispo (SLO) County, the number of confirmed cases jumped to 54 with four in the hospital, one of those patients being in the intensive care unit (ICU). 

On Tuesday, SLO County officials launched a hotline for residents to report violations of the shelter-in-place order. They stated if a business refuses to comply it may face a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 or up to six months in jail, or both.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown previously stated law enforcement will urge compliance through warnings instead of citations but is not opposed to giving tickets for frequent offenders.

The full press conference will be available here. For more information on COVID-19 resources visit

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biguglystick Mar 27, 2020 10:58 AM
Three People Hospitalized as COVID-19 Cases Increase to 32

PUGLUVR, thank you for your vigilience. We need that right now. Any and all violations should be reported and taken seriously. This is for the greater good. We will get through this, but it's of crucial importance that we all adhere to the rules for a bit. Life WILL return to a state of normalcy after time. Please do report violations. We should have a hotline for it.

mtndriver Mar 26, 2020 06:28 PM
Three People Hospitalized as COVID-19 Cases Increase to 32

Independent article has Cottage CEO saying there are three confirmed cases in the hospital, along with 9 unconfirmed cases in critical condition. Article posted around an hour ago--5:00 Thursday.

a-1585273527 Mar 26, 2020 06:45 PM
Three People Hospitalized as COVID-19 Cases Increase to 32

All I know is that it is going to get way worse. Today there were hundreds of day laborers shoulder to shoulder by the water treatment plant.
Why is nobody doing anything about this?
These people need to be protected and cared for. They are out of work and desperate.
If one has Covid -19 they all will.

Shasta Guy Mar 26, 2020 07:03 PM
Three People Hospitalized as COVID-19 Cases Increase to 32

6:45 pm: That’s how we go from a couple dozen cases to a couple hundred cases in short order. Look for a surge in local cases in 1-2 weeks. Not good at all. Some of them may have high density living situations leading to many others getting infected. Very bad news. Cottage is going to need those triage tents sooner rather than later.

a-1585279188 Mar 26, 2020 08:19 PM
Three People Hospitalized as COVID-19 Cases Increase to 32

From the Kentucky State Health Dept. website: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 35 million Americans became sick with the flu, 490,600 were hospitalized and 34,200 flu-related deaths were reported during the 2018-2019 flu season. Signs and symptoms of the flu typically are intense and occur suddenly. Fever (usually high), headache, extreme tiredness, dry cough, runny or stuffy nose, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea (more common in children) are common symptoms. From the California Health Dept. website:

a-1585288120 Mar 26, 2020 10:48 PM
Three People Hospitalized as COVID-19 Cases Increase to 32

Different flu, different virus - but if Covid 19 has caused the death of 81 people in California, where is the freak out over 685 deaths with influenza, including 16 'pediatric' deaths in California this season so far? Or the 23,000 deaths in the US last year due to the 'flu'.

sbmh2015 Mar 26, 2020 11:14 PM
Three People Hospitalized as COVID-19 Cases Increase to 32

I highly recommend watching the CNN town hall that aired tonight. It was very informative. Dr Fauci and Bill Gates were on. The flu has a vaccine, not as contagious and we have treatments. The flu doesn't send people all at once to the hospital and require intubation with a ventilator. So much different than flu

sbmh2015 Mar 26, 2020 11:16 PM
Three People Hospitalized as COVID-19 Cases Increase to 32

The flu doesn't send hundreds of not thousands of people to the hospital, all at once. And many of those people need intubation in ICU. This virus doesn't have treatments. It is an unknown. Very, very, very different than the flu. The crisis in the hospitals right now should be enough to understand that

haskelslocal Mar 27, 2020 09:03 AM
Three People Hospitalized as COVID-19 Cases Increase to 32

Yes. Like any illness, even the thought of one exacerbates symptoms. In line with the mind being the devil's playground. So if we were overly concerned with the flu, many would find a plethora of reasons that they might have it too. This already happens, but we mostly just take better care and get a good night rest in hoping we beat it. Going forward we'll certainly have higher awareness to all illnesses, including flu, and perhaps better remedies in reducing transmission. In this mornings NY update Cuomo was sticking to the 20% hospital visit number. Saying most of which would be evaluated, treated and sent home. There is a strong likely hood that 50%+ of these people are experiencing any number of other illnesses if any at all. These experiences are enhanced by the real fear we're experiencing and this fear deserves no discount. It's real and everyone sympathizes with it. This is new for everyone and nobody is familiar with this disease. Emotions allow people to be in different phases, one of which is denial. So we must truly be our best, remaining confident and strong moving forward. Each of us doing our part in staying calm and not allow our minds to get so out of control that it effects our bodies. And I say this by experience. I've gone through much freaking out over the past few weeks just have many have. Yet I'm trying my best to get a grip. To practice precautions that help me and also everyone.

Coolio Mar 27, 2020 09:30 AM
Three People Hospitalized as COVID-19 Cases Increase to 32

The country needs to be listening to the experts like Dr Fauci and Bill Gates. It's unfortunate we have a president who is putting his own self-interest before that of nations health and lives.

Alexblue Mar 27, 2020 09:47 AM
Three People Hospitalized as COVID-19 Cases Increase to 32

431--how can people like you so stubbornly ignore the facts. This is not the traditional flu--it is twice as infectious, it is harder to detect, it is far more deadly and there is no vaccine.

Seriously, you people still going on about this not being different from the flu, just quarantine yourselves.

a-1585329357 Mar 27, 2020 10:15 AM
Three People Hospitalized as COVID-19 Cases Increase to 32

We think we were exposed to the virus at an IKEA in Burbank on March 2. A women directly in front of us let out a huge sneeze, less than three feet from us. We went to the bathroom and cleaned our faces and hands. It was bad. During that week I was taking a routine blood pressure test every morning so I have some data. Blood pressure slowly rose through the week as symptoms increased, peaking on the 7th and slowly declined. Was the sickest on that day, immobile, feverish, coughing, runny nose, lack of appetite. Other person in family also sick but on a slightly different timetable. BP and pulse normal by the 12th but symptoms persisted (weakness, cough, one night of difficulty breathing). We both had the symptoms. It took a while, until the 23rd, for me to get back to normal. Other family member still coughing, but appears recovered. Our physician had told us that tests were not readily available except for those with life threatening or critical care needs, to stay at home and use the normal flu and cold remedies, which we did. The lack of testing in California is just one of the many factors that are exacerbating the pandemic spread.

mattyboy Mar 26, 2020 10:41 PM
Three People Hospitalized as COVID-19 Cases Increase to 32

Cottage Health System CEO Ron Werft confirmed that three COVID-19 patients are currently hospitalized at Cottage Hospital. According to a letter sent by Werft to all medical staff, <b>Cottage has three confirmed COVID-19 patients and another 23 who have been tested for COVID-19 and for whom the test results are still pending. Of those, he stated, nine are in critical condition. </b>Four negative-pressure social isolation units have been established to handle potential or confirmed COVID-19 cases.

sbdude Mar 27, 2020 07:31 AM
Three People Hospitalized as COVID-19 Cases Increase to 32

What, exactly, is Cottage's capacity? How many ICU beds does Cottage have, and how many are currently available? How many ventilators? Can they currently accommodate 20 patients? 50? 100? System-wide or just at SB? What are their plans for expansion of this capacity in the near-term? Empty hotel rooms? UCSB dorms? They are not being too open about their ability to accommodate a possible spike in the county.

jimbo212 Mar 27, 2020 10:02 AM
Three People Hospitalized as COVID-19 Cases Increase to 32

As of 3/24: There are 454 beds between the Santa Barbara and Goleta Valley hospitals, including 60 intensive care unit beds. ... “We can add well over 100 patient beds as needed,” he said, adding that Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital has 47 existing negative pressure rooms.

Joan Sanger Mar 27, 2020 08:28 AM
Three People Hospitalized as COVID-19 Cases Increase to 32

I have it; my husband has it and we traveled to a very high risk area now identified as such but in the US!! We will not take up a precious test or risk exposing others. Again I have said it's not the numbers of cases recorded; it's the lack of testing that currently is our emergency. Also to note 40% estimated transmission in China was from asymptomatic people! It may be you not the other guy. Pressure our City Councils to begin now creating isolation facilities at public facilities especially for those who live in huge densities in their homes. Stop pharmacies from telling sick people they have to come in to pick up prescriptions and pay!! Stop any store from lining people up. There is a lot to wake up to right here right now. I have been at it, from bed, now for a week, trying to get real action. It is our natural disaster we did not expect.

Joan Sanger Mar 27, 2020 11:40 PM
Three People Hospitalized as COVID-19 Cases Increase to 32

Tell ya what scientist 158537733, come over and document our symptoms. We have stayed away from people during our two weeks of hell but you're special and are welcome as our honored guest. Love to have ya!

Shasta Guy Mar 27, 2020 10:36 AM
Three People Hospitalized as COVID-19 Cases Increase to 32

In Italy, 919 new deaths today, the highest daily total so far. We need to do our best to slow the transmission of the virus with staying home and social distancing to prevent our hospitals from getting overloaded. A little bit of carelessness goes a long way. I am still thinking about all those day laborers packed together.

sacjon Mar 27, 2020 10:37 AM
Three People Hospitalized as COVID-19 Cases Increase to 32

I can't remember where I saw the suggestion, but this might be good: A forum or something for all those currently with the virus to detail their whereabouts before they were symptomatic so we can get an idea of where if might be spreading. Voluntary, of course!

Pugluvr1912 Mar 27, 2020 03:04 PM
Three People Hospitalized as COVID-19 Cases Increase to 32

Under Newsoms order, restaurants that serve food may stay open, but may ONLY provide take-out or delivery of food. No in-restaurant dining is allowed. Patrons may also not dine or picnic on patios or outdoor tables at the restaurant.

a-1585352629 Mar 27, 2020 04:43 PM
Three People Hospitalized as COVID-19 Cases Increase to 32

Ask anyone that works at Cottage these numbers are not accurate. They currently have over 10+ people on vents and over 30 hospitalized. Tests are taking too long to verify but doctors have found other ways to diagnose COVID patients. This is real and it is already hitting our health care system. SBPH needs to update their methodology for tracking metrics to better reflect the reality of what's going on. The testing system is failing.

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