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A graph shows the number of COVID-19-positive hospital patients in Santa Barbara County over time. (Giana Magnoli / Noozhawk illustration via Datawrapper)
Here’s What We Know
Welcome to Noozhawk’s Weekly COVID-19 Briefing.
This newsletter is a way for Noozhawk readers to get important updates in one place.
» The number of new daily COVID-19 cases reported in Santa Barbara County is declining. During the summer surge, the rate peaked in mid-August at around 142 new cases per day and was down to 52 new cases per day as of last week. The case rate is substantially higher for unvaccinated people than for vaccinated people, according to the county Public Health Department.
» There were 40 coronavirus-positive patients in local hospitals Tuesday, including 16 in intensive-care units and 15 of them on ventilators
» Ten related deaths have been reported in the past two weeks, and the county’s cumulative death toll stands at 511. (That rose to 514 on Wednesday). » People younger than 70 accounted for a majority of Santa Barbara County’s coronavirus-related deaths from July through and September, a reversal from the first 15 months of the pandemic. That trend has continued so far in October.
» The Sheriff’s Department reported there are no more active COVID-19 cases in the County Jail outbreak, which infected 90 inmates and several custody staff members since it started in August. » Santa Barbara County’s mask mandate for indoor, public places has been extended to Nov. 5.
COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker Nearly 65% of Santa Barbara County residents eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine (age 12 and older) have been fully vaccinated, the Public Health Department reports.
Watch the Latest County COVID-19 Briefing The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors’ Oct. 5 briefing by the Public Health Department includes updates from department director Van Do-Reynoso and Dr. Henning Ansorg, the county’s public health officer. The department will not be makng regular briefings to the board anymore, officials said last week.
The last group to get approved for vaccinations, ages 12-15, has the lowest rate at 60%, and the 50-64 age group now has the highest rate, at 91% between fully and partially vaccinated people. Its tracking shows fully and partially vaccinated people have hit the 60% vaccination mark for every age group.