Santa Barbara County public health officials have reported 175 new cases of COVID-19 in the past three days.
There were 80 cases reported on Saturday, 48 cases on Sunday and 47 cases reported on Monday, according to the county’s community data dashboard.
No additional deaths from the virus have been reported in the past three days, with the pandemic death toll remaining at 461 residents.
The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the county rose to 35,421, of which 34,637, or nearly 98%, recovered on Monday.
There were 323 active cases of the virus in the county on Monday, which is the number of people who recently tested positive and are still infectious with COVID-19.
This is the highest daily number since early March, when the county reported 356 active cases on March 4.
COVID-19-related hospitalizations in the county fell to 16 on Monday, from 23 on Sunday, according to the data dashboard.
There were three patients requiring treatment in intensive care units on Monday, up from four on Sunday.
Of the latest cases added in the past three days, the Santa Barbara area had 46, while 23 were in the Lompoc Valley, 21 in Santa Maria, 18 in Goleta, 17 in Orcutt and 11 in the Lompoc Valley. Santa Ynez. .
The Montecito-Summerland-Carpinteria region has reported nine new cases in the past three days and Isla Vista and Goleta Valley each have 10.
Geographic locations were pending in four cases.
In the past three days, public health officials have not reported any new cases of COVID-19 in the unincorporated areas of Northern County of Sisquoc, Casmalia, Garey, Cuyama, New Cuyama and the city of Guadalupe.
The county public health department reported that more than 61% of the county’s eligible population (aged 12 or older) were fully immunized on Sunday, and nearly 52% of all residents were fully immunized.
On Sunday, the county said it administered more than 482,500 doses of the vaccine.
On the south coast, Cottage Health’s drive-in vaccination clinic at Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital will close after Thursday’s session.
The final clinic will take place Thursday between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. at 351 S. Patterson Ave. at the corner of Hollister Avenue.
Vaccine appointments are available, but not required. Walk-ins are welcome.
Click here to make an appointment for Cottage Health Thursday Clinic.
The first or second dose will be offered at the clinic, Cottage Health said.
For the first injections given after July 8, the second dose can be completed by another provider after the recommended three-week interval between doses, according to Cottage Health.
People can find a COVID-19 vaccine supplier on the county’s website, publichealthsbc.org/vaccine, or at myturn.ca.gov. Some establishments offer walk-in tours as well as appointments.
Vaccination requirements for government employees and health care workers
California officials said on Monday that the state will require that “all state employees and workers in high-risk healthcare and collective facilities show proof of full vaccination or be tested at least once a week,” and encourage all local governments and other employers to adopt a similar protocol, ”according to a statement from Governor Gavin Newsom’s office.
The new policy for state employees will take effect August 2, and COVID-19 testing will “be phased in over the next few weeks,” according to the state.
The new policy for health care workers and collective establishments will come into effect on August 9 and health establishments will have until August 23 “to come into full compliance,” the statement said.
California will require healthcare facilities to verify that workers are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or regularly tested for the virus.
Unvaccinated workers will be tested for COVID-19 at least weekly and will need to wear appropriate personal protective equipment.
In addition, the requirement applies to high-risk assembly places such as residential facilities for adults and the elderly, homeless shelters and prisons, the statement said.
“We are now facing an unvaccinated pandemic, and it will take redoubled efforts to protect Californians from the dangerous Delta variant,” Newsom said. “As the state’s largest employer, we are leading by example and requiring all state and healthcare workers to show proof of vaccination or be tested regularly, and we encourage local governments and businesses to do the same.
“Vaccines are safe – they protect our families, those who really cannot get vaccinated, our children and our economy,” he continued. “Vaccines are the way we are ending this pandemic. “
The Delta variant, a more contagious form of the virus, was first discovered in the United States in March, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
As of Monday, at least 1,474 health workers have tested positive for COVID-19 in Santa Barbara County since the first local case confirmed positive in March 2020. The daily number of positive health workers has increased by 13 over the past year. weekend.
California Health Services reported 115,650 confirmed positive cases among healthcare workers and more than 480 deaths statewide on Sunday, according to the state Department of Public Health.
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