Thursday Update: Third Death Hits Santa Barbara County
By edhat staff
Public Health officials announced another COVID-19 related death in Santa Barbara County and an increase of 20 new cases during a press conference Thursday.
This marks the third death in the county as the total number of cases reaches 354. Public Health Officer Dr. Henning Ansorg stated the latest victim was previously in Hospice care in the South County with underlying health conditions. They were over 75 years of age and succumbed to the disease while in Hospice care.
“Public Health shares our deepest condolences with the family and friends of this community member,” said Dr. Ansorg. “We continue to ask for the support of every resident as we move forward and get through this difficult time. Only with the help of every person in our community will we make a difference in slowing the spread of this virus.”
Of the 354 total cases, there are 159 people quarantined at home, 137 have fully recovered, 39 are hospitalized with 14 of those in the intensive care unit (ICU), and 3 deaths. Of the 20 new cases, the ages range from teens to over 70 and eight of the cases are related to the outbreak at the Lompoc Prison.
Dr. Ansorg confirmed the hospitalizations and ICU cases have plateaued and are approaching a downward trend, which is a good sign. However, community members must still practice social distancing and good hygiene to prevent a resurgence of cases.
Supervisor Gregg Hart addressed reports of groups of people congregating in local parks and beaches and stated the rules must still be followed.
"Planning to open our community back up for business does not in any way change the continuing imperative to follow the existing Public Health orders," said Hart. "We cannot let our guard down at this time and must continue to follow the three simple virus protection measures."
Ventura and SLO Counties
Ventura County is reporting 19 new cases bringing their total to 384. Of the 384 cases, 191 have fully recovered, 27 are in the hospital with 9 in the ICU, and there have been 13 deaths. Of those who have died, 2 people were in their 50s with the remainder in their 70s and 80s.
San Luis Obispo County is reporting 125 confirmed cases with 104 fully recovered, 16 recovering at home, 4 hospitalizations, and 1 death.
Cottage Health Numbers
Below is a status update as of April 16, 2020.
· Cottage Health is caring for a total of 201 patients across all campuses.
· 157 are acute care patients; 216 acute care beds remain available.
· In surge planning, capacity is identified for adding 270 acute care beds.
· Of the 157 patients, 11 patients are on ventilators; 54 ventilators remain available (adult, pediatric and neonatal ventilators)
· Of the 157 patients, 15 are in isolation with COVID-19 symptoms; 14 are confirmed COVID-19 positive.
· Of 15 patients in isolation, 6 patients are in critical care.
· Cottage has collected 1,946 cumulative test samples: 160 resulted in positive, 1,725 resulted in negative, and 61 are pending. In most of these tests, patients did not require hospital admission.
Cottage Health continues to welcome supply donations at its Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital parking lot drop-off center, open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Handmade masks are welcome donations to be used by non-clinical hospital staff.