(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) –  On May 20, 2020 Santa Barbara County’s Attestation and Reopening Plan was approved by the State of California. The Attestation included the County’s ability to reopen while keeping COVID-19 cases low enough to be swiftly contained.  Today, Santa Barbara County Public Health is releasing a dashboard to the public that keeps track of the metrics that Santa Barbara County agreed to maintain in order to stay open and to continue to reopen in the coming weeks.

Highlights of the dashboard include the following:

  • A hospital stabilization metric to demonstrate whether the County meets the 7-day average of less than 5% daily percent change
  • A testing results metric that demonstrate that the testing positivity over the past 7 days is less than 8%
  • A testing capacity metric demonstrating a minimum daily testing of 1.5 per 1000 residents
  • A hospital capacity metric demonstrating a local capacity to accommodate a minimum surge of 35%
  • Personal Protective Gear Metric that shows the availability of disinfectant supplies and protective gear for Stage One Essential Workers
  • Separate case rate details for the Federal Corrections Institution in Lompoc

Data metrics coming soon include:

  • A containment capacity metric demonstrating at least 15 contact tracers per 100,000 residents and availability of temporary housing units to shelter at least 15% of county residents experiencing homelessness in case of an outbreak amount the population
  • Vulnerable populations metrics with coordination criteria and that demonstrates that skilled nursing facilities have more than 14-day supply of PPE on hand for staff

The dashboard provides recent data and is recalculated daily.  It is not meant to track the progress of the virus over the course of the pandemic but rather provide a snapshot of the most recent data.

To view the dashboard, please visit Santa Barbara County’s Coronavirus Website. For general questions about COVID-19 and guidance, residents may call the Santa Barbara County Call Center at (833) 688-5551.

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