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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. 

It is emailed out every Wednesday, for free, to everyone who subscribes.

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.

Got Questions? 

Readers have sent us dozens of questions about pandemic-related issues. Please send yours to news@noozhawk.com and we’ll try to include them in future newsletters and Noozhawk Q&As.  

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Grace Kitayama, Noozhawk Staff Writer

Grace Kitayama is a Noozhawk staff writer.