Wednesday Update: 334 Total Coronavirus Cases
By edhat staff
The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) announced 21 newly confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) cases bringing the total to 334 during a press conference on Wednesday.
Of the 334 total cases, 144 are recovering at home, 134 have fully recovered, 38 are hospitalized with 15 of those cases in the intensive care unit (ICU), and there have been 2 deaths.
PHD Officer Dr. Henning Ansorg stated there is an ongoing increase of cases, however, it remains linear and the hospitalization rate remains stable.
Outbreak at Lompoc Prison
The COVID-19 outbreak at the Federal Penitentiary in Lompoc continues with two additional cases reported today. Currently, there are 68 inmates who have tested positive including 13 hospitalizations, 2 of which are in the ICU. Additionally, 25 staff members tested positive with 1 hospitalization.
PHD Director Dr. Van Do-Reynoso confirmed they are assisting prison officials with disease control and mitigation, coordinating medical services on prison grounds, and testing symptomatic staff members.
The Bureau of Prisons is working to stand up a field hospital for a private healthcare provider to operate within the next 8 to 14 days. They are planning for 11 rooms with the potential to expand to 100 beds.
Dr. Do-Reynoso stated the goal of increasing healthcare at the prison is to prevent overwhelming local hospitals as every inmate admitted to the hospital is accompanied by one or two guards.
Additionally, Rep. Salud Carbajal, Senator Kamala D. Harris, and Senator Dianne Feinstein sent a letter today to the Federal Bureau of Prisons urging further action to prevent the spread of coronavirus within the Lompoc prison. The letter urges expedited approval of the facility’s request to quickly establish a mobile hospital as well as their request for further personal protective equipment (PPE) for workers.
PHD officials were asked why Santa Barbara County has not followed surrounding county's lead by closing beaches as there have been reports of large crowds gathering at Carpinteria State Beach and Hendry's.
Officials stated they were unaware of such large gatherings and obviously do not want groups of people mingling closely, however, if there is adequate space between people it shouldn't be a problem.
It's important to think of people's mental health and parents with children, if it's a big beach with small family units I don't see a problem from a health perspective, said Dr. Ansorg.
If there are incidents of people not adhering to social distancing rules, call law enforcement.
The PHD Lab shared a video depicting the process of Tier 1 testing for five of the local hospitals. The video is available below:
Ventura and SLO Counties
San Luis Obispo County is reporting a total of 124 confirmed cases, of that total, 104 have fully recovered, 16 are isolating at home, 3 are hospitalized, and there has been 1 death.
Ventura County is reporting a total of 365 confirmed cases, of that total, 186 are isolating at home, 166 have fully recovered, 68 are hospitalized, and there have been 13 deaths.
Cottage Health Numbers
Below is a status update as of April 15, 2020.
· Cottage Health is caring for a total of 206 patients across all campuses.
· 154 are acute care patients; 219 acute care beds remain available.
· In surge planning, capacity is identified for adding 270 acute care beds.
· Of the 154 patients, 12 patients are on ventilators; 52 ventilators remain available (adult, pediatric and neonatal ventilators)
· Of the 154 patients, 18 are in isolation with COVID-19 symptoms; 14 are confirmed COVID-19 positive.
· Of 18 patients in isolation, 8 patients are in critical care.
· Cottage has collected 1,881 cumulative test samples: 154 resulted in positive, 1,651 resulted in negative, and 76 are pending. In most of these tests, patients did not require hospital admission.
Compiled data on inpatient care for COVID-19:
Cottage Health is tracking data for COVID-19 inpatient care being provided at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital (SBCH). As of April 15, a total of 32 patients have been hospitalized for COVID-19 care at SBCH; 18 of those patients have been discharged after hospitalization. One patient has died. For discharged patients, the average length of hospital stay was 8.2 days. For patients on ventilators in critical care, the average length of time on a ventilator was 9.7 days.