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Welcome to Noozhawk’s Weekly COVID-19 Briefing.
I’m Noozhawk staff writer Serena Guentz with the latest COVID-19 news in Santa Barbara County.
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
- Last week’s daily average of new COVID-19 cases decreased by 14.1% compared to the previous week, according to the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department.
- According to the county’s data dashboard, 327 new COVID-19 cases were reported in the week ending Jan. 9 — the most recent data available. The previous week reported 408 new cases.
- There were two coronavirus-related deaths reported last week. Since the beginning of the pandemic, 750 Santa Barbara County residents have died of coronavirus-related causes.
- As of Friday, 47 coronavirus-positive patients were hospitalized in the county, with four of of them in intensive-care units.
- Santa Barbara County remains in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s low COVID-19 community level.
- The New York Times reported Tuesday that this winter has not seen as dramatic of an increase in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths compared to the two previous winter. “By now, hospitalizations in particular would have started to sharply rise,” The Times said. “Instead, data suggest that more of a COVID bump than a surge has emerged.”
COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker
Nearly 70% of Santa Barbara County residents have completed the primary series of the COVID-19 vaccine, 60.8% have also received a booster dose and about 22.7% have received the bivalent booster.
The county’s vaccination rates are similar to statewide numbers, with Santa Barbara County having slightly lower rates for residents completing the primary series — for which, the statewide rate is 72.5% — and for residents who have received the bivalent booster — where the statewide rate is 22.9%.
Everyone over the age of 6 months is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Click here for more information on receiving the vaccine or getting a booster dose 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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