Santa Barbara County Public Health reports encouraging COVID-19 trends as schools look for reopening waivers

Posted at 12:41 PM, Aug 25, 2020

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department presented encouraging trends at Tuesday's Board of Supervisors meeting.

While over the last two weeks, cases have increased by 11.5%, the active cases have decreased by 24%. There is a decrease trend in Santa Maria, Santa Barbara and Lompoc.

Health officials also note hospitalizations rates have dropped by 36%. Surge rates have dropped by 34% and ICU rates have dropped 39%.

All categories except one are in the clear for the state's requirements. The county still falls short of the case rate per 100,000 over 14 days. Currently the case rate of 138 number exceeds requirement of the state.

"We still have work to do with the case rate," Dr. Van Do-Reynoso said.

The number of tests have also dropped 4%, but still well above the state's expectation of number of tests.

Meanwhile, school waiver applications are being accepted. A panel will review each application to determine if the school could responsibly move forward with reopening.

Training for both public and private schools is being made available. And testing capacity will allow for thousands of tests to be made available to schools each month. If cases are reported by a school, state guidelines will determine how it is best to proceed with that school.