The city of Lompoc saw its biggest one-day reveal of confirmed positive COVID-19 tests, with the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department announcing 12 in that area.
Overall, the PHD unveiled 16 new cases Saturday afternoon, one in Santa Barbara, one in Santa Maria, one in Orcutt and one in the unincorporated area of Montecito, Summerland and Carpinteria.
The county’s total now sits at 168 cases.
In terms of testing through April 2, the county is reporting that it is still awaiting 211 results, while 978 were negative.
The city breakdown to date is as follows:
- Unincorporated area of Montecito, Summerland and Carpinteria: 10
- Santa Barbara: 31
- Goleta: 4
- Isla Vista: 1
- Unincorporated area of Goleta Valley and Gaviota: 9
- Santa Ynez Valley: 5
- Lompoc: 29
- Santa Maria: 45
- Orcutt: 19
- Unincorporated areas of Sisquoc, Casmalia, Garey, Cuyama, New Cuyama and Guadalupe: 15
The age breakdowns show an increase of those between 30-49 and 50-69 on Saturday:
- 0-17: 3
- 18-29: 24
- 30-49: 54
- 50-69: 70
- 70-plus: 17
The number of those in intensive care stay the same overnight at 17, while 26 are hospitalized. Another 101 are recovering at home, while 38 have completely recovered.
COVID-19, by the numbers
Here is an updated look at the statewide, nationwide and worldwide numbers:
- In California, there are now 13,929 confirmed cases with 321 deaths. Los Angeles County has reported 5,325 cases with 119 deaths, both tops in the state. San Diego County (1,209) moved past Santa Clara County (1,148) in number of cases on Saturday.
- Santa Barbara County now has 75 more cases than San Luis Obispo County. Ventura County has 203 cases.
- The United States saw its number skyrocket past 300,000, now sitting at 312,146 positive cases. It is now more than double that of Spain (126,168), who moved past Italy (124,632) in total number of cases on Saturday.
- There are now 1,203,099 cases worldwide, with 64,744 deaths. There have been 246,893 that have fully recovered.
Trump, Newsom disagree on NFL
Early Saturday, President Donald Trump indicated that he thought that the NFL season would start on time in September, although he received opposition later Saturday from California’s governor.
Gov. Gavin Newsom contradicted the president.
“I’m not anticipating that happening in this state,” Gov. Newsom said.
He also indicated that Major League Baseball fans should not expect the season to start anytime soon.
“I have a lot of friends that work in Major League Baseball and in the NFL (who) have been asking me,” Gov. Newsom said.
When asked about when the leagues would be able to return, he said:
“I would move very cautiously in that expectation.”
There have been rumors that some leagues might consider returning without fans, but ESPN reported that Mr. Trump thought the NFL could return with fans in August and September.
He clarified those comments later in the day.
“Whenever we’re ready, as soon as we can,” Mr. Trump said. “I can’t tell you a date but I think it’s going to be sooner rather than later.”
Gov. Newsom indicated he wasn’t intending to contradict the president.
“I’m not here to second-guess anybody. But I am here to say this: Our decision on that basis, at least here in the state of California, will be determined by the facts, will be determined by the health experts, will be determined by our capacity to meet this moment, bend the curve and have the appropriate community surveillance and testing to confidently determine whether or not that’s appropriate,” Gov. Newsom said.
“Right now I’m just focusing on the immediate, but that is not something I anticipate happening in the next few months.”
Fauci gushes about medical community
In the daily briefing from the White House, Dr. Anthony Fauci was outspoken about the “brave warriors” that are aiding patients in the face of the coronavirus.
“To see now what these brave warriors are doing in the hospitals, not only giving life-saving treatment to people, but every single day putting themselves at risk for themselves and their family, I just think that the American public owe a phenomenal debt of gratitude for these people,” Dr. Fauci said. “They should just salute them in every way they can.”
He’s also calling on Americans to provide medical workers with a round of applause.
“I think that’s what we should do when we see healthcare workers. Just applaud them,” he said.