Models Show Covid-19 Pushing Hospitals Over Capacity

••• “On Tuesday, the [Santa Barbara County] Public Health Department reported 218 cases to date, including two deaths. […] Based on Monday’s modeling, if 40 or 45 percent of county residents comply with social distancing guidelines, the number of cases would eventually exceed the local healthcare system’s capacity for hospital beds and intensive care unit beds, [County Public Health Director Van] Do-Reynoso said. However, even increasing social distancing compliance to 50 percent, a 5-percentage-point increase, could push the local cases within capacity for hospital beds, she said. At that point, ‘the healthcare system may be challenged, but it will not get broken,’ she added.” —Noozhawk

••• Yesterday’s charts breaking down the cases by age and geographic area are here.

••• “The county is seeing faster turnaround times for its Covid-19 tests, but doesn’t expect to expand capacity beyond its 80-90 tests a day in the near future, officials said at a Santa Barbara Public Health Department briefing Monday.” And the the county’s confirmed cases include 37 healthcare workers. —Noozhawk

••• The Santa Barbara City Council got a dire report about the drop in revenue from hotels, parking garages, and so on. And it decided not to reopen the boat ramp to recreation users. —Noozhawk

••• “The Santa Barbara Unified School District will keep all schools closed through the end of the academic year and provide online learning due to the coronavirus pandemic.” —Edhat

••• What life is like now for supermarket workers. —Independent

••• “It’s been a dizzying three weeks for Daniel Goldberg and the Zoomers to Boomers grocery shopping and delivery service he created to help South Coast seniors sheltered in place and other people isolated at home. […] ‘We currently have 10 (cities) on the website, with more coming,’ he said. ‘We have a lot of interest nationwide.'” —Noozhawk