UCSB Reports Two Additional COVID-19 Cases

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By Henry T. Yang, Chancellor of UC Santa Barbara

I am writing to share that our campus has been notified of two additional positive COVID-19 tests in members of our community.

Last week, Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services Garry Mac Pherson wrote to campus concerning two positive COVID-19 tests in members of our Dining Services. Since that time, we have been notified that two students, including one who worked in Dining Services, have tested positive as well. 

Our thoughts are with all of our community members who have received positive test results and their families, and we wish everyone a full and speedy recovery.

Dining Services has notified staff members and others who may have had contact with the newly reported case, and campus officials are working with Santa Barbara County Public Health officials, who have determined whether anyone in the community with close contact with either of the new cases will require additional follow up. Neither student lives in campus housing.

The student working in Dining Services who recently tested positive was not involved in food preparation and has not been at work for more than a week. As Vice Chancellor Mac Pherson wrote last week, Dining Services’s health protocols make it unlikely that students receiving meals have been exposed. Dining Services team members are required to wear face coverings at all times while on campus, wear gloves while working, and practice physical distancing, even while on breaks. Students receive their pre-prepared meals at an outdoor satellite location equipped with protective shields, and all tables and surface areas are cleaned and sanitized following every transaction.

Dining Services also has designated monitoring teams to ensure compliance during work hours, and managers perform daily verbal wellness screenings with team members.

We encourage any members of the UC Santa Barbara community who would like to be tested to take advantage of free testing made available by the County. Students with health questions may also contact Student Health at (805) 893-3371 or (805) 893-7129.

Questions regarding Dining Services should be directed to Jill Horst, Director of Campus Dining Services.

These four cases in our community over a short time span are a reminder of the importance of continuing to follow prescribed protocols to reduce the transmission of COVID-19, including the use of face coverings, frequent hand washing, and practicing physical distancing as well as other steps recommended by public health experts to protect yourselves, your loved ones, and your community.

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a-1592524845 Jun 18, 2020 05:00 PM
UCSB Reports Two Additional COVID-19 Cases

Dr. Fauci said the other day that this isn't the "Second Wave." We haven't got there yet. This is just people all over the country thinking it's okay to reopen. It will be interesting to find the outcome, health-wise for tRump's rally in Oklahoma. Masks are "optional." Let's see how well that plays out.

surfergirl69 Jun 18, 2020 04:27 PM
UCSB Reports Two Additional COVID-19 Cases

Oh, I wonder if it was one of the students who tell elder people "you're over 200 years old...you should just die anyway" and "I'm in too much of a rush to wait my turn to go in the store". These were quotes after an elder person asked them to please wear a mask in the store (a small store) and wait their turn.
Come on' people ...please wear a mask. Be a hero...tolerate inconvenience ! Be part of the solution....not part of the problem ! Be a hero or be a slug...your choice.

Luvaduck Jun 19, 2020 07:48 AM
UCSB Reports Two Additional COVID-19 Cases

Woody's: clerk with pink hair wouldn't put over her nose
Rite-Aid @Fairview Ctr: extremely tall guy stocking, no mask
T.J.: Door person allows no-mask, non-senior vagrant in during senior hours
Gas Station near Carpeteria: drunk/vagrant no mask chatting w/pay-attendent
Smart& Final: Deliveryman stocking flour tortillas, mask at neck
Stocking clerk Albertsons: mouth only mask

...and I don't get out much.

a-1592549772 Jun 18, 2020 11:56 PM
UCSB Reports Two Additional COVID-19 Cases

Please: be a hero. Don't post stories without connection to proof.
I'm a bleeding heart lib, but I believe in evidence! And whether the evidence is applicable.

a-1592549643 Jun 18, 2020 11:54 PM
UCSB Reports Two Additional COVID-19 Cases

Quotes from where? Has it happened in Goleta? Santa Barbara? I can counter your example with local grocery delivery service by young people: https://www.zoomerstoboomers.com/
Scroll down, this is a local site/branch. The people are pictured under "Who We Are"

Bene Jun 19, 2020 06:10 PM
UCSB Reports Two Additional COVID-19 Cases

Can you explain please, how herd immunity works when studies now show antibodies only help for about 3 months? Reinfection is happening in China etc. Not sure this points to it "dying out on its own."

Luvaduck Jun 19, 2020 08:01 AM
UCSB Reports Two Additional COVID-19 Cases

Black Death (The Plague) killed half the population of Europe before it subsided. But it came back 10 years later and hit children particularly hard. It subsided but came back at about 10-year intervals for half a century and is still around. The alternative are keep a lid on it until there's a vaccine or cure, or alternately, let nature take it's course and delay economic recovery for decades.

a-1592524225 Jun 18, 2020 04:50 PM
UCSB Reports Two Additional COVID-19 Cases

Spreading is how you get to herd immunity. 98% of cases remain benign - no worse than any other flu; we also know who to protect for whom it can be the lethal flu impact. Just like every other flu - the very frail elderly with co-morbidities. The goal all along was was "flatten the curve: never flatline the curve. That was never on the table, so now all the sudden this is the new revised game plan - keep killing the economy until there is not even a hint of an asymptomatic case? Not possible. Let herd immunity does what it does to all flues. It dies out on its own; now that natural cycle of events has been distorted by this shut-down.

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