By edhat employees
Health officials warned that COVID-19 infections have surged and hospitalization is expected to continue until the end of January.
Ron Werft, President and CEO of Cottage Health System, said at a press conference on Friday that “this is far from over.”
While the supply of beds, personal protective equipment (PPE) and ventilators is sufficient, the hospital is most concerned about the provision of intensive care personnel. Welft said that for every hospital in the country, determining, recruiting, and expanding the capabilities of personnel is very challenging.
He said that Cottage Health’s production increase plan is underway, but “the work we can do is limited.”
The Public Health Department announced that Friday’s COVID-19 data has been postponed due to problems with the state’s CalREDIE reporting system, but Director Van Do-Reynoso was able to provide updated information based on the past two weeks.
She said that between Thanksgiving and New Year, the population of Santa Barbara County (Santa Barbara County) increased tenfold, which is directly related to gatherings and travel during the holiday season.
Do-Reynoso said that the data is “literally outside the chart”, confirming that they must adjust their graphical display to accommodate the surge in numbers. From December 27 to January 2, COVID-19 cases increased by 53%, active cases increased by 19%, and the positive test rate increased to nearly 17%. She said this means that every 16 people are tested positive.
In addition, there were eight outbreaks in collective care facilities and six in commercial establishments: twice in administrative offices, once in skilled workers, once in grocery stores, and once in retail.
Werft said Cottage Health receives 2 to 4 patient transfer requests every 24 hours because many hospitals set the number of intensive care unit (ICU) beds to zero.
The federal law stipulates how the hospital manages transfers. On this basis, everyone will be reviewed according to the hospital’s ability and higher level of care, and it will be confirmed that the requesting hospital has exhausted everything between them and Santa Barbara Possible solution. Werft confirmed that Cottage Health will not compromise its ability to provide care to the local community when accepting the transfer.
To date, the public health department has received 16,775 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, and recently ordered 4,900 doses, and another 7,200 doses will be ordered next week. The department hopes to vaccinate 5,000 people this month.
Beginning Monday, a mobile COVID-19 testing device will be provided to support testing expansion across the county. The mobile test unit will be located at CenCal Health (4050 Calle Real) in Santa Barbara from 9:30 am to 7 pm at the test site, open from 7 am to 7 pm from Monday to Friday, and at least two (2) thereafter Every week, all community members can use it.
Then, the mobile test unit will move to the new location to be announced. To request an appointment, please visit https://lhi.care/covidtesting online. If you need help registering, please call 2-1-1.
In addition to the new mobile testing site, the Santa Maria and Isla Vista communities also offer extended COVID-19 testing.
Vista Island Theater
(From January 8, 2021)
960 North Pier, Vista Island
Friday and Saturday
12 noon to 5 pm
Appointment only (no appointment).
Santa Maria Health Center
2115 Centerpointe Pkwy, Santa Maria
10 am-12 pm and 1 pm-3 pm
More information can be found at https://publichealthsbc.org/.