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Welcome to Noozhawk’s Weekly COVID-19 Briefing
I’m Grace Kitayama, staff writer at Noozhawk.
This newsletter is a way for Noozhawk readers to get important updates in one place.
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Here’s What We Know
- In the week ending Friday, the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department reported a 6.4% increase in the number of average daily COVID-19 cases. Hospitalizations and deaths remain low, the agency said.
- Santa Barbara County’s test positivity rate is 12.2%, which is slightly lower than last week.
- The county reports an average of 65.29 new daily cases for the week ending Thursday.
- There were 40 coronavirus-positive patients hospitalized in the county, one of them in an intensive-care unit on Monday.
- Santa Barbara County transmission levels are high according to the COVID-19 transmission dashboard. However, COVID-19 community levels remain low, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s metric. This metric includes new cases, hospitalization rate and death rate by population.
COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker
According to Santa Barbara County’s COVID-19 data dashboard, nearly 69.8% of county residents have completed the primary series of the COVID-19 vaccine, meaning they are fully vaccinated but have not necessarily received their booster shot.
As of Jan. 5, 60.9% of county residents have also received their booster dose and 22.3% have received the bivalent booster.
Click here for more information on receiving the COVID-19 vaccine in Santa Barbara County.
Readers have sent us dozens of questions about pandemic-related issues. Please send yours to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll try to include them in future newsletters and Noozhawk Q&As.
- Find a COVID-19 vaccine provider near you on the Vaccine Finder search function of https://www.vaccines.gov/search/. You can search for providers by location and by specific vaccine available (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Novavax and Johnson & Johnson). You can also find providers on the county website, publichealthsbc.org/vaccine, or at myturn.ca.gov. Some facilities offer walk-ups as well as appointments.
- Text your ZIP code to GETVAX (438829) for a list of vaccine providers in English, or text your ZIP code to VACUNA (822862) for a list in Spanish.
- There are free COVID-19 testing facilities around the county.
- Find more local pandemic-related information on the Public Health Department website.
- Click here for Noozhawk’s complete Coronavirus Crisis coverage.
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