By Dr. Henning Ansorg, M.D., FACP, Health Officer County of Santa Barbara, Department of Public Health
[SCROLL DOWN FOR VIDEO]
You may have heard that the County of Santa Barbara is on a State monitoring list for the coronavirus. It is true, at this time, our county is one of 34 counties in California on a state monitoring list due to widespread community transmission of the virus, which means that the virus has spread from person to person all across our communities.
The number of cases reported are representative of the spreading of the virus. One of the metrics we look at is how many new cases are we seeing each day over a two-week period within the County. Unfortunately, we are seeing these numbers increasing instead of decreasing, which is something we are addressing in a variety of ways, including the mandate of wearing a mask in public spaces and at work, social distancing, no meetings and mixing with people outside our own household and avoidance of travel.
It is in our power to turn the tide and trend downward with coronavirus cases in our County! We take this very seriously and want to do whatever we can so that our children can return to school, people can visit grandparents, family and friends, businesses can fully re-open and we can all return to activities we enjoy.
If everyone does their part, we can stem the tide and reduce our virus numbers. This will take everyone’s commitment to adhering to protocols and the State Health Orders. Most importantly, please wear a mask in public, stay six feet apart from others, do not gather with anyone not living inside your household and wash your hands often.
For more information about what the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department is doing to serve and protect our community through the coronavirus, please visit www.publichealthsbc.org.
Dr. Henning Ansorg, M.D., FACP is a graduate of Justus-Liebig-University Medical School Giessen, Germany. He completed Residency training in Munich, Germany and Tucson, AZ and is board certified in Family Practice (Germany) and Internal Medicine (USA). Dr. Ansorg is a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and is on the Medical Staff at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara. He has many years of experience in different clinical settings including 10 years of Private Practice and Urgent Care in Munich, Germany as well as 11 years of Internal Medicine/Geriatrics in Arizona as well as 4 years at the Santa Barbara County Health Care Center. Dr. Ansorg has served as Public Health Officer for Santa Barbara County since April 2019