COVID-19 briefing updates numbers, new test kits and drives-through Foodbank – KEYT | Instant News

SANTA BARBARA, California.

For the first time since the Coronavirus briefing began in Santa Barbara County, almost everyone has a protective face mask.

Public Health Officer Dr. Henning Ansorg is an exception when he discusses the latest figures.

Dr Ansorg said there were 228 cases. He said nearly half were recovering or had recovered at home.

At least 17 of the 37 hospitalized in intensive care.

The age of people with confirmed cases ranges from 30 to 70.

Ansorg said, “We as a county fulfill our sustainable goals with our efforts to limit the spread as much as possible in our geographical area.”

But he added now is not the time to waver.

The public health doctor said waiting for the results would be faster thanks to 200 test kits that had just been received by the county lab.

He said initial reports coming from abroad made it difficult to know the actual number of cases per capita.

“They are not integrated into the California system so the numbers are skewed.”

Director of the Department of Public Health Van Do-Reynoso said her husband was being harassed so he understood economic difficulties.

The health director said that the model he showed the district supervisors projected the impact of hospitalization through November regardless of economic costs.

“I believe the governor’s sanctuary is effective from 30 April and we will run the model with real-time data, and projections 30 April and beyond,” Do-Reynoso said.

People who fall in difficult financial times can contact 211 and pick up food at the drive-through location of the new Foodbank.

Communications manager of the Santa Barbara County Foodbank, Judith Smith-Meyer said there was absolutely no contact.

“The way it works is – you drive, someone lowers the passenger window, someone six feet from the driver says; how much in the household? What’s your name? Is this your first time receiving food this month? They take that info, you drive to the next station , open the trunk or open the back door and put food in your car. ”

Foodbank also started a pilot program with restaurants that will pay them to make food that will be sent to seniors.

Supervisor Hart praised believers for finding ways to eat and celebrate together, but apart.

He said 200 local families would celebrate Easter Seder with Zoom technology.

“What a remarkable way to unite the church, while physically separating.” said Hart.

Father Jon-Stephen Hedges is ready to talk about being together during Easter during the next update.

Agriculture / Community / Coronavirus / Health / Lifestyle / Santa Maria – North County

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