With a post-holiday COVID-19 boom, the virus prevalence in Santa Barbara County is the highest among all California children.
Speaking at the weekly press briefing on Friday, Santa Barbara County Public Health Director Van Do-Renoso explained the rationale behind that latest data and how the county is in dire straits amid the raging epidemic.
“The rate of Cauveau-19 outbreaks is higher in Santa Barbara County than in any other jurisdiction in California,” said Doe-Renso. “These are serious numbers – extremely, very concerning.”
The county’s effective reproduction number, also known as R-dominant, according to California’s Department of Public Health, is the average number of times each infected person will pass through the virus, and represents the rate that COVID-19 Is spreading. The state site says the average R-effective number uses estimates from the Kovid Act henceforth.
Do-Renoso said that COVID-19 would spread if the CO-dominant is greater than one, and the virus would “spread more slowly and cases would subside”. As of Friday evening, CDPH estimated the county’s number to be the highest in the state at 1.27.
Do-Renoso said that two weeks into the new year, the county is experiencing the results of extensive gathering, travel and mixing and mingling during the holidays.
“Since the holidays, the number has grown rapidly,” she said, noting that the county’s COVID-19 matrix “is extremely high.”
The county has received an average of 3,309 new cases per day in the past seven days, out of 472.7 cases per day. In the last seven days, the county saw 2,561 new cases, an average of 365.9 cases per day.
Do-Reynoso said there were 2,786 active cases across the county on Friday, and that number is “nearly three times the number of active cases”.
Doe-Renoso said the county’s total number of COVID-19 hospitalization and intensive-care unit patients “increased fourfold after the holidays”, noting that the county’s test positivity for COVID-19 is about 16% – Double the rate since the holidays. .
Santa Barbara County residents age 75 or next will begin vaccinating next Wednesday, but there is a limited supply of the COVID-19 vaccine and people may not receive immediate appointment.
According to the county, more than 32,000 county residents are 75 or older.
California officials expanded eligibility for residents 65 years or older at this stage, but vaccinations would begin for them as more vaccines became available from the state. Click here for more information.
New COVID-19 Cases
Public health officials reported an additional 364 COVID-19 cases and five new deaths on Friday.
To date, the county has 23,538 total positive COVID-19 cases and 228 related deaths.
According to the Public Health Department, four of those who died were over 70 and one was between 50 and 69.
Three had underlying medical conditions, and one death was associated with an outbreak in a congregation facility. Two lived in Santa Maria, two in Lumpock and in the communities of Mission Hills and Vandenberg Village, and one lived in Orcutt. County officials group certain geographic areas in their daily COVID-19 county reports.
192 confirmed COVID-19 patients were treated in local hospitals, a decrease of 197 on the previous day. Of those, 52 were in the intensive care unit – lower than the previous day. According to the county’s online data dashboard, 89 employees were in use of adult ICU beds, and more than 58% were occupied by COVID-19 patients.
ICU availability in the multi-southern Southern California region remained at 0% on Friday. Santa Barbara County’s adjusted ICU availability increased by 1.3%.
The county’s public health officer Drs. “Local hospitals are caring for people who are sick enough to take care of the hospital,” Henning Ansorg said. “We expect this trend to go on in February.”
Ansorg said Friday that the majority of the COVID-19 hospital is in the age group of 40-50 among Santa Barbara County residents.
“Even young and otherwise healthy people can become seriously ill with this virus,” Ansorg said.
Marion Regional Medical Center President / CEO Sue Andersen said the hospital is experiencing a COVID-19 boom “far beyond what we’ve seen to date.”
Marianne plans her hike and is using the extra bed space “We are prepared for these types of situations,” Anderson said.
In Friday’s new cases, Santa Barbara had 120, Santa Maria’s age was 85, and both Lumpok and Montekito-Summerland-Carpanthia regions reported 31. There were 19 in Goleta, 16 in the Santa Ynez Valley, and 15 in Goleta’s unirrigated area. Valley and Gaviota. Ten were reported in each of Orcutt and North counties and the unirrigated areas of Guadalupe. Four were in Isla Vista, and 23 cases were pending geographic location.
Eighteen additional inmates and nine additional Santa Barbara County Sheriff Department personnel tested positive for COVID-19 this week, according to Sheriff Jick’s spokesman, Racquel Jick. This brings the total number of key prison inmates who tested positive to 154, and a total of 97 sheriff’s staff have tested positive for COVID-19 to date.
“Five of the inmates tested positive during the intake screening, and two have been released from custody,” Jick said. “The remaining 23 are currently part of the outbreak in one of the housing units within the main prison.”
Jick said that inmates in related housing areas were screened and offered to test COVID-19.
“All COVID-19 positive prisoners are either housed in negatively pressurized housing areas or isolated from the general population,” she said. “All affected housing areas are being isolated and closely monitored by medical staff.”
There are 49 prisoners in the main prison on Friday with an active prisoner of COVID-19.
Meanwhile, a staff member at the Santa Maria Juvenile Hall of the County Probation Department and a staff member at the Los Preetos Boys Camp tested positive for COVID-19, according to Carian Milligan, a public information officer at the probation department.
A youth also tested positive when booked into SMJH, Milligan said on Friday. Youth are “experiencing minor symptoms” and “positive COVID-19 is being placed in a medical observation unit used exclusively for youth.”
Milan stated that after conducting efforts to contact the virus, identified employees were investigated as a precaution and their results were negative for COVID-19.
The increase in positive cases during booking shows how widespread COVID-19 is in the community, Milligan said.
“Note that the last four youth booked at SMJH have all tested positive for COVID-19,” Milligan said. “The youth are not connected in any way, being from different areas of the county, including the north, south and mid-county areas.”
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