Santa Barbara County Reports 8 More Deaths, Record-High In Hospitals 211 COVID-19 Patients | Coronavirus emergency


In the last month in Santa Barbara County, the number of active COVID-19 cases has quadrupled and the number of hospitalizations has nearly tripled.

“The case rate is astounding, it’s astronomical,” Public Health Director Van Do-Renoso said at a supervisors meeting on Tuesday. “We are expecting at least an increase by the end of January due to holiday travel and celebrations.”

Public health officials reported eight more COVID-19 deaths Tuesday, including three Santa Maria residents, one Santa Barbara resident, one South County unirrigated area resident, one Lumpok resident, one Orcutt resident, and one North County unirrigated area resident is. According to the county, three deaths were associated with separate facility outbreaks.

COVID-19 has killed 207 people in Santa Barbara County since March, and one-third of those deaths have occurred in the past month.

COVID-19 cases and hospitalization numbers have skyrocketed in recent weeks, consistently making and breaking records and causing concern for the availability of an intensive care unit.

On 31 December, the Department of Public Health recorded a record high of 396 new daily cases. That number was removed shortly after, with 456 new cases reported on 4 January, and 512 new cases reported on Thursday.

The highest number of daily cases were reported on Sunday, when the county recorded 779 new cases in just one day.

There were 470 new cases on Tuesday. There are currently 2,895 people infected (people who have recently tested positive, called county active cases).


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More than 200 Santa Barbara County residents are hospitalized with COVID-19, the highest number recorded during the epidemic. (Giana Magnoli / Noozhawk Illustration)

Santa Barbara County had an adjusted rate of 64 new daily cases per 100,000 people on Tuesday and a seven-day average test positivity rate of 16.8%.

Hospitalizations exceeded 200 for the first time on Tuesday, when Public Health reported 211 COVID-19 patients at local hospitals across the county, 56 of whom required intensive care.

According to the county’s community data dashboard, 80 of 89 employees were in ICU beds as of Tuesday and 71% of patients have COVID-19.

Public health officials estimate that the county will remain under Gov. Gavin Newsom’s stay at home for at least one more month, as estimates do not show the availability of the Southern California region’s ICU by 15% or more. As of Tuesday it was 0%.

As Du-Renoso stated, public health officials believe that hospitalizations require caregivers from hospitalization in cases up to several weeks between exposure, infection and becoming ill.

It has been less than three weeks since Christmas and two weeks after New Year’s Eve, when many people have traveled and attended gatherings.

Santa barbara county 15 December 22 December 29 December people. 5 12 January
New positive cases recorded in the previous week Is 1,268 Is 1,445 Is 1,541 Is 2,320 Is 3,240
New cases among health workers last week 58 .४ .2 50 113
Last Week Total Examination Results Is 17,532 Is 18,243 Is 15,753 Is 12,681 23,953
COVID-19-positive hospital patients 78 103 127 172 211
Active cases (contagious even after positive test) Is 1,059 Is 1,245 Is 1,227 2,105 Is 2,895
Cumulative COVID-19 related deaths 140 150 156 173 207

County expands testing sites, progresses on first round of vaccination

Do-Reynoso said the county has expanded free COVID-19 testing opportunities to the public and can test 1,173 people per day.

At the CenCal Health building near Santa Barbara, second mobile supervisor Greg Hart said, “This capability with a mobile testing unit and 500 additional test capacities is really timely and important.” Appointments for all five sites can be made online.

Do-Reynoso said the county has 48 case investigators / contact personnel who work seven days a week. There may be about 400 cases on a weekday and 200 cases on weekends, when they have less staff, he said.

The percentage of cases with full contact tracing investigations is falling as cases increase, and public health officials have asked members of the public to help.

Officials said, “With a dramatic spike in positive cases, the Department of Public Health is working as quickly as possible to contact all people who are newly tested positive, but the resources are limited to what has already been seen. It is being pushed forward, even plans for increased capacity. ” In the December 14 statement. “It is important that public assistance. If people have tested positive for the virus, they should take immediate action to stay home and differentiate themselves from others, following the guidelines of isolation.

Weekly death chart
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According to the Public Health Department Community Data Dashboard, a third of 207 local COVID-19 deaths have been reported last month. (Illustration of Santa Barbara County Public Health Department)

Do-Reynoso said that about 80% of cases had contact tracing checks in October and 70% for 25 November to 24 December, but only 25% of cases have been investigated.

Incomplete contact tracing data from the last week of December suggest that clerical / management workers, health care workers, children, and retired / unemployed individuals are highly underrepresented in recent cases compared to the epidemic overall.

Do-Reynoso also gave an update on countywide vaccination efforts.

The Department of Public Health distributed most of its vaccine doses to community providers, including hospitals, and 53% of those 13,975 doses were administered in three weeks, she said.

He said that vaccination has its place in public health itself and 40% of its 2,800 doses were used last week.

The COVID-19 vaccine dose is still preferred for the first phase of people, known as Gov. Newsom called it “vaccination of vaccinator”.

Health care workers, emergency medical service workers, and employees and residents of long-term congregation care facilities should be vaccinated.

The county is making good progress among those groups, officials said, and it is expected that people 75 or older will soon have information about appointments for the next phase.

“We are getting people with hope, optimism and then the flexibility to hang around a little under the command of public health to bring the virus under control,” Hart said.

The Public Health Department’s novel coronavirus website publichealthsbc.org has information about vaccination delivery plans and estimated timelines.

The Department of Public Health said on Monday, “Few details are currently available regarding registration for appointments because outreach has specifically targeted our health care community.”

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