Noozhawk’s COVID-19 Update 7.13.2022 | Coronavirus Crisis


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Welcome to Noozhawk’s Weekly COVID-19 Briefing.

This is Giana Magnoli, managing editor of Noozhawk, with this week’s updates on COVID-19.

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 

 » The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department reported a 10% increase in the weekly average of new COVID-19 cases as of Friday. The number of new cases is undercounted since most people do not report the results of at-home tests to the county.

 » As of this week, the county has reported coronavirus-related deaths of 699 people. 

 » California is experiencing an increase in the number of coronavirus-positive hospital patients and Santa Barbara County reported 57 of its own Monday, the highest number since mid-February. 

 » The Santa Barbara County Fair returns to the Santa Maria Fairpark this week and the preparation started early for Junior Livestock Auction exhibitors who brought their animals to the barns on Sunday.

 » The Santa Maria Fairpark COVID-19 testing location will be temporarily closed and then relocated this month. Details can be found here.

 » Find a COVID-19 vaccine provider near you at The search tool includes options to find pediatric doses and booster shots.

 » Find testing locations here, including locations to get free at-home rapid test kits.

CDC’s Data Tracker 

Santa Barbara County and all other California counties but one are currently experiencing high community transmission of COVID-19, which is a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention metric based on the spread of the virus (measured by the number of new positive cases).

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The CDC also tracks the COVID-19 community level, which takes hospital system capacity into account. Santa Barbara County is in the medium tier for that metric, as shown in the map below. 

Even though there is a high case rate (315.79 new cases per week per 100,000 residents), the county’s level of new coronavirus-related hospital patients keeps the metric in the “medium” tier, according to the CDC data tracker.

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Los Angeles County public health officials might implement an indoor mask mandate if the region goes into the CDC’s “high” COVID-19 community level for three weeks in a row, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Public Health officials have consistently recommended wearing masks in indoor, crowded environments, even if masks are not required. 

Reader Resources

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» Find a COVID-19 vaccine provider near you on the Vaccine Finder search function of You can search for providers by location and by specific vaccine available (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson). You can also find providers on the county website,, or at 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 and the county’s COVID-19 recovery page, with resources for business reopening, rental assistance, food assistance and more.

» Click here for Noozhawk’s complete Coronavirus Crisis coverage.

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