Covid Cases Keep Rising as Vaccinations Start

••• “Santa Barbara’s First Three Covid Vaccines Administered by Cottage Health […] Vaccine Protects Against Symptoms, but Not Necessarily Transmission.” —Independent

••• “Following the vaccination of hospital staff will be long-term care facility residents and staff and then first responders in the Emergency Medical Services system and dialysis providers. The initial 3,900 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine have arrived with 1,950 doses going to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital and 1,950 doses going to Marian Regional Medical Center in Santa Maria.” Meanwhile, the number of positive Covid cases continues to rise. —Edhat

••• “The availability of intensive care unit beds throughout Southern California hit 0%, and officials warned that conditions in hospitals are expected to erode further if Covid-19 continues to spread unchecked. The state defines the Southern California region as Imperial, Inyo, Los Angeles, Mono, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. […] The state determines a region’s ICU capacity with a weighted formula to ensure that some ICU beds remain open for non-Covid patients. So when the state says a region has reached 0%, it may actually still have some beds available.” —L.A. Times

••• More on the unresolved story of the man who died at Campus Point either during or after an altercation. —Independent

••• “Crews have begun installing bike docks on State Street as the first step of Santa Barbara’s electric bike sharing program rollout. The docks are empty for now, but electric bikes should be available after the New Year.” —KEYT

••• “Grassini Family Vineyards Raises $100,000+ for the Foodbank.” —Independent


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