Thursday Update: 243 Total Coronavirus Cases
Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown displaying new signs for public spaces
By edhat staff
Santa Barbara County Public Health Officials (PHD) confirmed and additional 15 cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) on Thursday, bringing the county's total to 243.
Of the 243 total cases, 113 are recovering at home, 69 have fully recovered, 40 are hospitalized with 18 of those in the intensive care unit (ICU), 9 are pending, and 2 have died. As of Thursday, 37 healthcare workers contracted COVID-19 and are included in the total number of cases.
The 15 new cases include patients ranging in age from their 20s to 50s. PHD Director Dr. Van Do-Reynoso stated more demographic data of the cases will be available next week. Current details on each case are available here.
Of the 15 cases, 10 are inmates who contracted the infection from the outbreak at the Federal Corrections Institute in Lompoc. PHD Director Dr. Van Do-Reynoso confirmed they are in constant communication with officials at the Lompoc Prison and are consulting with officials on how to set up a medical center on prison grounds.
Santa Barbara County Sheriff Brown reminded community members not to gather during the holiday weekend. He stated new signs will be posted in public parks and beaches reminding people not to congregate and to stay at least 6 feet away from one another.
Brown also emphasized the importance of recognizing domestic abuse and reporting it to authorities. "If you see or hear something, say something by calling 911," said Brown. More information about domestic violence and abuse resources can be found here.
Cottage Health Numbers
Below is a status update as of April 9, 2020.
· Cottage Health is caring for a total of 172 patients across all campuses.
· 129 are acute care patients; 244 acute care beds remain available.
· In surge planning, capacity is identified for adding 270 acute care beds.
· Of the 129 patients, 13 patients are on ventilators; 47 ventilators remain available (adult, pediatric and neonatal ventilators)
· Of the 129 patients, 13 patients are in isolation with confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis.
· Of the 13 patients in isolation, 8 patients are in critical care.
· Cottage has collected 1,514 cumulative test samples: 116 resulted in positive, 1,276 resulted in negative, and 122 are pending
Ventura & SLO Counties
As of Thursday, San Luis Obispo County is reporting 104 confirmed cases. Of the 104 cases, 25 are recovering at home, 75 have fully recovered, 3 are hospitalized, and 1 person has died.
Ventura County is reporting 11 new cases with 274 total cases. Of the 274, 159 are under quarantine at home, 108 have recovered, 54 cases were ever hospitalized with 18 in the ICU, and there have been 7 deaths.
Ventura County Public Health Officer Doctor Robert Levin has enhanced the Stay Well At Home Order to save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19 in the County of Ventura.
"The Stay Well At Home Order has been updated to further help save lives and protect our community. I am asking that everyone avoid leaving their homes for anything except the most urgent matters. And when you do leave, please make sure to cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face covering if you will be around others, maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from everyone else, and frequently wash your hands. If you are ill, please self-isolate and if you are a close contact of someone who is positive for COVID-19, please self-quarantine for 14 days," said Dr. Levin.