UK COVID-19 Variant Arrives in Santa Barbara County

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Source: Public Health Department

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) has been notified by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) of two county residents who tested positive for the B.1.1.7 variant, also known as the U.K. variant. These cases are unrelated and neither case reported travel abroad. Both individuals completed their isolation period and are no longer infectious. The PHD Disease Control and Prevention Unit will continue investigating the case and completing contact tracing efforts. No other cases have been identified with this variant.

CDPH issued a Health Alert on February 25, 2021 regarding the increasing identification of COVID-19 virus variants in California, in the U.S., and internationally. CDPH’s alert details the current virus variants of concern, consisting of the B.1.1.7, B.1.351, and P.1. As of yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) has declared the variants B.1.429 and B.1.427 as variants of concern as well. B.1.429 and B.1.427 are prominent locally. Only two cases of B.1.1.7 have been identified in Santa Barbara County.

As of March 11, 2021, there were 265 known cases caused by variant B.1.1.7 in California.

CDPH considers Variant B.1.1.7 to be a variant of concern because it is thought to be more contagious and likely to cause greater illness or severe disease.

“The discovery of this concerning variant in our community serves as a reminder that we are still in a pandemic and things may shift quickly in the wrong direction if we let our guard down,” shared Van Do-Reynoso, Public Health Director. “It is critical that everyone continue wearing their masks, practicing social distance, and limiting gathering. If you have tested positive or have been exposed to a positive case, please adhere to isolation and quarantine guidelines.”

For more information about the COVID-19 guidance and the local response, please visit https://publichealthsbc.org.

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NonBidenary Mar 18, 2021 02:55 PM
UK COVID-19 Variant Arrives in Santa Barbara County

Really? Is that why there are so many huge numbers of deaths being reported worldwide from this new strain? Also, I’ve been all over the country, enjoying food indoors, concerts, and movies. Tested negative once a week. I’ve been living the last year. What have you been doing?

Voice of Reason Mar 18, 2021 04:07 PM
UK COVID-19 Variant Arrives in Santa Barbara County

Long story short, the media is not news, they are for profit businesses! Their goal is to make as much money as possible. The more fear and division they create the more clicks, likes add views they get, the more money they make! They want us divided, they want us scared and they reinforce those feels every single day.

a-1616109311 Mar 18, 2021 04:15 PM
UK COVID-19 Variant Arrives in Santa Barbara County

As a journalist @Voice, you're only describing organizations that claim to be news but are really spinning propaganda. Most of which are representing the far-right. Most legitimate news organizations are struggling in this new age of media and place the integrity of their content above all else, yes even ad dollars, which is why they are struggling financially.

a-1616109421 Mar 18, 2021 04:17 PM
UK COVID-19 Variant Arrives in Santa Barbara County

Follow up to my last comment, from a journalists POV, I'm continually shocked by people who refuse to look at facts and then turn it around on the reporter or their outlet. It's downright frightening.

Voice of Reason Mar 18, 2021 04:45 PM
UK COVID-19 Variant Arrives in Santa Barbara County

hahaha, yeah it's only the "far-right" that spins progoganda, for you to say that, as a journalist, is exactly why journalism is dead. All those examples were all over CNN, MSNBC, etc. all those examples are when they left FACTS out of the picture and inserted their own opinion and narrative. Where "journalists" did no investigation but regurgitated what another outlet said and represented it as fact. I am constantly shocked by the amount of opinion presented as "fact" and "news" that people blindly accept as the "truth". It's downright frightening.

Voice of Reason Mar 18, 2021 05:01 PM
UK COVID-19 Variant Arrives in Santa Barbara County

Not sure why Non Bidenary got deleted for this: Are you honestly, without a hint of irony, saying mainstream media does an ‘admirable job.’ Do you have any remote concept of how many lies they’ve told us? Not just over the last decade...just over the last year?

a-1616118595 Mar 18, 2021 06:49 PM
UK COVID-19 Variant Arrives in Santa Barbara County

Since you're so inexperienced with judging media integrity, here's a website that will help you wean yourself from the misinformation mill:

https://mediabiasfactcheck.com

dukemunson Mar 19, 2021 11:51 AM
UK COVID-19 Variant Arrives in Santa Barbara County

Bumblebee - Where are you seeing that? I'm seeing the UK at 189.75 (per 100k) and the US at 164.96 (per 100k) via John Hopkins and CNN.

https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/data/mortality

https://edition.cnn.com/interactive/2020/health/coronavirus-maps-and-cases/

a-1616105999 Mar 18, 2021 03:19 PM
UK COVID-19 Variant Arrives in Santa Barbara County

You might want to start paying attention to the variants, unless you live in the same fantasy universe as Rand Paul:

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/03/18/covid-i-totally-disagree-with-you-fauci-tells-gop-senator-in-fiery-exchange-over-masks.html

NonBidenary Mar 18, 2021 03:50 PM
UK COVID-19 Variant Arrives in Santa Barbara County

Rand Paul is a doctor too. Just because CNN doesn’t like him doesn’t mean he isn’t smart. If you want to believe every asinine rule and ‘fact’ that’s been sent down the line in the last year about Covid, then go for it. Fauci doesn’t know his backside from a hole in a ground. He moves where the wind blows.

Voice of Reason Mar 19, 2021 09:18 AM
UK COVID-19 Variant Arrives in Santa Barbara County

@4:04 that is very insulting to anyone who put in the blood sweat and tears to get through medical school and residency. He is a physician, a medical doctor (MD), specializing in ophthalmology, NOT to be confused with optometry. You calling him an uncertified “doctor” and the 5 people who up voted your comment shows how many here are more interested in spin and propaganda than facts.

sacjon Mar 19, 2021 10:26 AM
UK COVID-19 Variant Arrives in Santa Barbara County

VOR - I agree, even though I think Rand Paul is a brainwashed, conspiracy theory driven fool. Sounds like 4:04 should write him a letter of apology. Do you have any of that solemn stationary leftover from my apology letter? ;)

Voice of Reason Mar 19, 2021 12:49 PM
UK COVID-19 Variant Arrives in Santa Barbara County

According to Pit and anonymous here, even if you go to a prestigious medical school, medical residency and are a practicing physician for many years, once you stop and do something else all the built up knowledge and experience just disappears. That may be the case for you two, and would explain a lot of your comments.

a-1616184295 Mar 19, 2021 01:04 PM
UK COVID-19 Variant Arrives in Santa Barbara County

Rand Aquabuddah Paul is an ophthalmologist, eye doctor. Fauci has been an immunologist, a specialist in communicable diseases, for fifty freaking years. Who do you think is an expert and who should stay in his Jeri Curl lane?

Basicinfo805 Mar 18, 2021 05:14 PM
UK COVID-19 Variant Arrives in Santa Barbara County

News Flash!!! The variants will inevitably form and show up here. Do Not Panic. Continue to behave responsibly with masking and avoiding large groups, as most of you have been doing. There is no need to wear 4 masks at a time, hole up in your house like a hermit, or be an a-hole to your fellow citizens. Keep calm and carry on.

Basicinfo805 Mar 18, 2021 10:27 PM
UK COVID-19 Variant Arrives in Santa Barbara County

Thomas so you're stating that most people have not been wearing masks and avoiding large group gatherings, really? I don't agree. Most people have been doing things right. Sure there's those who aren't, but they're a relative minority. Look around you.

sacjon Mar 19, 2021 12:36 PM
UK COVID-19 Variant Arrives in Santa Barbara County

Is this why CA Dept. of Public Health just walked back on youth sports and is now only allowing 1 adult spectator per player? THAT is some asinine logic right there. Bars and indoor dining is allowed, but parents can't go together to watch their kid's outdoor game?

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