Noozhawk 12.29.21 COVID-19 Update | Coronavirus crisis
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Welcome to Noozhawk’s weekly COVID-19 briefing.
That’s Noozhawk editor Jade Martinez-Pogue back with the latest COVID-19 news.
This newsletter is a way for Noozhawk readers to get important updates all in one place.
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This is what we know
The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department reported the highest daily number of new COVID-19 cases in nearly a year on Tuesday, with 286 recorded. On Wednesday, it reported 534 cases in one day.
After the bulletin’s initial publication on Wednesday, public health officials said they had detected the first confirmed cases of the Omicron variant of the novel coronavirus in Santa Barbara County.
Santa Barbara City College is delaying its spring semester by a week due to concerns about the increase in coronavirus cases. UC Santa Barbara announced last week that the first two weeks of the next term would be online for the same reasons. Both colleges plan to begin the in-person learning on Jan. 18.
The latest COVID-19 outbreak at the Santa Barbara County Main Jail that began Dec. 9 has affected 119 inmates as of Tuesday, according to Sheriff Lt. Robert Minter. There were 87 active cases at the prison on Tuesday, with 22 inmates showing symptoms. None of the detainees required hospitalization, Minter said. He told Noozhawk that the sheriff’s department had carried out contact tracing and that “we could not identify the source of the outbreak.”
Of the 420 COVID-19 cases reported in the week ending December 15 – the week with the most recent data available – nearly 82% were among unvaccinated residents, according to the COVID Data Dashboard -19 county. There were 343 new cases reported among the unvaccinated and 77 among the vaccinated.
The State of Coronavirus Emergency and Federal dollars have helped implement two local projects for the homeless, Project Roomkey and Project Homekey. The Santa Barbara County grand jury investigated the successes and obstacles to the two precedent-setting programs.
New CDC Quarantine Rules
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changed its length of isolation on Monday for people who test positive for the coronavirus, cutting the period in half to five days instead of 10.
“The change is driven by science showing that the majority of transmission (COVID-19) occurs early in the disease, typically within 1-2 days before symptoms appear and 2-3 days after.” , said the CDC. .
After the five days of isolation, the CDC recommends wearing a mask around others for an additional five days if the person is asymptomatic at that time.
The CDC has also issued new guidelines for COVID-19 exposures, recommending that people exposed to the virus be tested on the fifth day after exposure, and quarantine if symptoms appear.
Gov. Gavin Newsom said California would align with the CDC’s recommendation, but it was unclear how that would affect isolation and quarantine rules for schools and workplaces.
COVID-19 vaccine tracking
Almost 69% of all eligible residents of Santa Barbara County were considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 on Monday, according to the county’s COVID-19 data dashboard.
The public health department reports that 85% of residents in the 65-74 age group are fully vaccinated, followed by the 50-64 age group at 82% and the 30-49 age group at 75%. .
According to the scoreboard, 62% of 16-19 year olds, 58% of 12-15 year olds and 12% of 5-11 year olds are also considered to be fully vaccinated. Data for people aged 75 and over is missing from the dashboard.
The county reports that it administered nearly 697,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine on Monday, including nearly 300,600 first doses, approximately 265,700 second doses, 26,767 single-dose vaccines and more than 103,300 booster doses.
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Readers sent us dozens of questions about COVID-19, vaccination, rules for reopening businesses, in-person school, and other issues related to the pandemic. Please send yours to [email protected] and we will try to include them in future Noozhawk newsletters and Q&A.
Resources for readers
Find a COVID-19 vaccine supplier near you on the Vaccine Finder search feature at https://www.vaccines.gov/search/. You can search for suppliers by location and by specific vaccine available (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson). You can also find providers on the county website, publichealthsbc.org/vaccine or at myturn.ca.gov. Some establishments offer walk-in tours as well as appointments.
»Send your postal code to GETVAX (438829) for a list of vaccine suppliers in English, or send your postal code to VACUNA (822862) for a list in Spanish.
There are free COVID-19 testing facilities across the county.
Find more local information about the pandemic on the public health department’s website and the county’s COVID-19 recovery page, with resources for business reopening, rental assistance, food aid and more.
Click here for Noozhawk’s full coverage of the coronavirus crisis.
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