Santa Barbara County Exploration Options for COVID-19 Trial Expansion; 19 new cases report | Coronavirus emergency

Santa Barbara County’s Public Health Department on Thursday announced efforts to explore options for expanding COVID-19 testing capacity on the South Coast.

“We are actively available to ensure testing,” Public Health Director Van Do-Renoso said at a press conference.

“Public health officials are considering other options to expand testing capacity in South County,” Do-Reynoso said.

She acknowledged that an appointment at the state-run COVID-19 test site in Goleta had been “somewhat challenging”.

His remarks came shortly after county officials encouraged all individuals to take the test, and the demand to receive coronovirus testing at a state-run site in Goneta ended online appointment availability.

The state-run COVID-19 test site in Santa Barbara County is located at 5679 Hollister Avenue at the Goleta Valley Community Center. 240 AD in American Medical Response. At Hwy 246, Suite 110 in Boulton, and Santa Maria Fairpark, 937 Thornburg St.

Click here for more information on how to schedule a trial appointment on a state-run site.

Several weeks ago, California officials admitted that sites in many counties had been booked weeks in advance. Doe-Renoso said it became difficult for members of the community to receive “more immediate appointments”. “As a result, they changed the reservation system in only one or two weeks.”

Other testing sites are available in the county. Do-Reynoso said the COVID-19 test site operated in the state is “one of the many places where you can be tested.”

To find a test location, click here to visit the California COVID-19 site.

Public health officials recommend calling the test location before arriving for an appointment.

For anyone who is ill or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, the county’s public health officials urge residents to reach out to their health care provider for guidance and testing.

Gavin Newsom had approved the Family First Act, which will “cover all medically necessary COVID-19-related care costs, including testing,” said Daw-Renoso.

Those who do not have a health care provider are encouraged to visit the site of the county’s public health department “to see if you are eligible for care in our clinics,” Doe-Renoso said.

The COVID-19 test is an “important tool” to help public health officials understand the spread of the virus in the community, said Do-Reynoso, adding that the test states that “our comprehensive strategy to box in viruses The focal point of “COVID-19 is the onset of the epidemic.”

“The importance of testing is to ensure that we know the prevalence of COVID in our community, and our ability to help those affected cannot be undermined,” said Doe-Renoso. “The state has shown us this time and time again so that more and more allowances are directly tied to reopening test rates.”

Santa Barbara County reported 19 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday.

The county’s hospitalization for COVID-19 patients declined to 28, of which seven were in intensive care units. The number of COVID-19 ICU patients on Thursday was the lowest since the end of March.

The county died on Thursday with a total of 109, including 106 in the community and three in the Lumpok Federal Jail complex.

Active cases declined from 179 to 172 on the previous day, and the county’s total of COVID-19 increased by 8,803 cases. Of the 1,116 test results received last day, 1.7 percent were positive in the county.

Of the new cases, seven were in Isla Vista, and four each were reported in Santa Barbara, Santa Maria and Lumpok.

Do-Reynoso stated that Santa Barbara County remains broadly at purple (violet) levels, with a 9.1 case rate per 100,000 residents. Counties in the Purple Tier have more than seven new cases per 100,000 residents, or a test positivity rate of more than 8 percent over seven days.

Do-Reynoso said that on August 30 and Sept. There were an average of 42 new COVID-19 cases per day among the 5.

“That means there was an increase of about six new cases per day from the previous rating period,” Do-Renoso said, noting that Santa Barbara County was in the purple color category for two weeks.

The state system has four color-coded tiers and assesses counties weekly, with reports every Tuesday. The new tier report allows for amendments to areas, schools and activities in California counties.

To move to the Red Tier and account for any adjustment factors, Du-Renoso said, the county should reduce its daily new cases to 31.

“By meeting this goal for two weeks, we can get to the red tier,” Do-Reynoso said.

Also on Thursday, county public health officials stressed the importance of the flu vaccine. Flu shots are essential to keeping community health fit during the COVID-19 epidemic, according to Paige Batson, director of disease control and prevention of the Department of Public Health.

Batson said, “A flu shot is recommended every year, but this season, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, getting the flu vaccine is especially important to protect yourself, your family and your community. . ”

Last year, nine people over the age of 65 died of the flu in Santa Barbara County, Batson said.

Batson said health providers are taking extra precautions to ensure patient safety in the midst of the COVID-19 epidemic.

His clear message was – “We urge you not to wait.” Vaccination. ”

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Santa Barbara County Public Health Department 17 September Difference from previous day
Total positive cases 8803 + 19
COVID-19 related deaths 109 + 0
COVID-19 patients in county hospitals 28 – 2
COVID-19 ICU patients 7 – 1
Total Examination Results 138,012 + 1,116
New cases reported on 17 September Field-activated cases Total reported cases by region Field deaths
South County: Montekito, Summerland, Carpanthia 0 1 187 7
Santa Barbara and Mission Canyon 4 23 1,183 13
Goleta 0 9 245 4
Isla vista 7 24 207 1
Western Goleta Valley and Gavota 0 10 192 1
Santa ynez valley 0 8 142 5
Lampok, Vandenberg Village, Mission Hills 4 22 785 8
Lompoc Federal Correctional Complex 0 0 1024 3
Santa Maria 4 46 3,778 59
Orcutt 0 9 305 3
North County: Guadalupe, Cuyama, New Cuyama, Gary, Casmelia, Sisock 0 9 385 5
Pending location 0 15 307 0
Santa barbara county total 19 172 8803 109