COVID-19 Update from Cottage Health

Below is a status update as of April 13, 2021.

  • Cottage Health is caring for a total of 275 patients across all campuses.

  • At Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital:
    177 are acute care patients; 47 acute care beds remain available.

  • Of the 177 acute care patients, 11 patients are on ventilators. 100 ventilators remain available (adult, pediatric and neonatal ventilators).

  • Of the 177 acute care patients, 6 are in isolation with COVID-19 symptoms; 5 are confirmed COVID-19 positive.

  • Of the 6 patients in isolation, 1 are in critical care.

  • SBCH adult critical care available capacity: 31.1%

  • From Mar 29-April 4
    2,538 COVID-19 laboratory tests were collected by Cottage Health. Results: 88 positive, 2,450 negative

  • April 5 -April 11
    2,603 COVID-19 laboratory tests were collected by Cottage Health. Results: 68 positive, 2,413 negative, 122 pending

Appointments for Pfizer vaccine this week: 

  • Cottage appointments for Pfizer vaccine are available on My Turn (myturn.ca.gov)

    for anyone age 16 and over. On the ‘Select Locations’ screen, scroll down to the light blue portion of the page to find these appointments under ‘More Options.”

  • A parent or legal guardian must accompany minors age 16 and 17, to provide consent for vaccination at the appointment. 

  • Pfizer is the only vaccine currently authorized by the FDA for 16- and 17-year-olds.
  • Cottage Health has administered more than 60,000 doses of Pfizer vaccine.

COVID-19 Daily Report - April 13, 2021

Available Acute Care Beds* In Use Available Total
Adult medical-surgical beds 141 33 174
Adult intensive care beds 36 14 50
177 47 224


Cottage Health (SBCH, GVCH, SYVCH): Potential Surge Capacity

  • 168 bed/cot spaces and 142 acute care beds, pending equipment and staffing
  • 90 of these beds currently have available equipment
  • 0 of these 142 currently have available staffing

SBCH Adult Critical Care Available Capacity: 14 beds (31.1%)

Ventilators In Use Available Total
Neonatal ventilators - 13 13
Adult/ pediatric ventilators 11 87 98
11 100 111
Surge Plan--Current identified anesthesia machines for additional capacity 39
COVID-19, Confirmed/Suspected No Ventilator Ventilator Total
COVID-19, stable condition 5 - 5
COVID-19, critical condition 1 - 1
6 - 6
COVID-19, confirmed hospitalized patients** 5
Laboratory Tests*** 3/29/2021 - 4/04/2021 4/05/2021 - 4/11/2021
Total Samples Collected 2,538 2,603
COVID-19 Positive Result 88 68
COVID-19 Negative Result 2,434 2,413
Result Pending - 122
2,538 2,481
% of final results, positive 3.47% 2.74%

*Does not include Psychiatry or Rehabilitation

**Effective April 22, 2020, reporting guidelines by California Department of Public Health, modified "Confirmed Patients" to include only those with a positive laboratory test.

***Laboratory tests ordered and collected by Cottage. Laboratory results take up to four (4) days to result.

Archive of Cottage Health COVID-19 Daily Reports

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December 2020

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COVID-19 Community Update - March 16, 2021

COVID-19 - Video Update March 16, 2021

Dr. Lynn Fitzgibbons, an Infectious Disease specialist, shares the latest information and data on COVID-19 for Santa Barbara County.

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Hospital Visitor Policy Update

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To maintain hospital safety for ongoing care, Cottage Health continues to use both Public Health Department recommendations and the current community transmission rate in making decisions on temporary visitor limitations.

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COVID-19 Community Update

March 23, 2021

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Ron Werft, Cottage Health President & CEO, shares an update with the community.

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Dr. Marc Zerey explains how Cottage is prepared to protect your health.

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Dr. Steven Barkley talks about the importance of not delaying care for your child.

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Dr. Joseph Aragon talks about the importance of not delaying care when you need it.

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Cottage Health is prepared to provide safe ongoing care in our community.

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Cottage's emergency rooms are open for all needs. Precautions have been taken to protect patients from exposure to COVID-19.

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The Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital is fully staffed and open for all patients and all emergency care needs.

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COVID-19 - Updates

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Cottage Health is prepared to provide ongoing care in our community and has isolation precautions in place to provide care for this and other respiratory illnesses.

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