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 (

    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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COVID-19 Community Update - March 16, 2021

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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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