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LVMC Community Update, October 23, 2020

Written by Steve Popkin on in LVMC News

Dear Lompoc Valley Community:

What happened on this date in history?
1925 – Johnny Carson was born. Before retiring in 1992, he hosted the Tonight Show for 30 years. Johnny Carson died in 2005, at the age of 80.
2001 – Apple introduced the iPod, a portable media player that became one of the most successful and revolutionary products of the early 2000s.
2007 - Space Shuttle Discovery began a 14-day mission to the International Space Station to deliver the Harmony module for future Space Station assembly missions.

Dear Lompoc Valley Community:

What happened on this date in history?
1925 – Johnny Carson was born. Before retiring in 1992, he hosted the Tonight Show for 30 years. Johnny Carson died in 2005, at the age of 80.
2001 – Apple introduced the iPod, a portable media player that became one of the most successful and revolutionary products of the early 2000s.
2007 - Space Shuttle Discovery began a 14-day mission to the International Space Station to deliver the Harmony module for future Space Station assembly missions.

  • 2007 - Space Shuttle Discovery began a 14-day mission to the International Space Station to deliver the Harmony module for future Space Station assembly missions.

COVID-19 Information

For the states that have more than 1,000 individuals hospitalized for Covid as of October 23, let’s look at 1) the number of hospitalized patients, 2) the population of the state, 3) per capita hospitalized Covid patients, 4) the total number of hospital beds in the state, and 5) percent of total hospital beds in use for Covid. The states are rank-ordered in descending order by per capita hospitalized patients.

In summary, of the 12 states with more than 1,000 hospitalized patients on 10/23/20 (I didn’t check the other states), California has the lowest per capita number of hospitalized patients (77 hospitalized patients per 1 Million population).  In addition, only 6.8% of California’s hospital beds are presently occupied by Covid patients (of course certain “hot spots” will have a higher percentage).

As of today, there are 10 Covid positive patients hospitalized in Santa Barbara County (one of the ten is at LVMC). That is another nice drop from 14 last week. Based upon the county population of 415,000, that equates to a rate of 24 hospitalized patients per 1 Million population. That is a 69% lower rate than California overall.

State Hospitalized Patients Population Per Capita Hospitalized Patients Hospital Beds in State Percent of Hospital Beds in Use for Covid
Georgia 1,699 4.0 Million 425/Million Pop. 25,114 6.8%
Indiana 1,515 6.8 M 223/M 18,156 8.3%
Missouri 1,352 6.1 M 222/M 18,749 7.2%
Tennessee 1,424 6.9 M 206/M 19,387 7.3%
Wisconsin 1,202 5.9 M 204/M 12,103 9.9%
Illinois 2,463 12.6 M 195/M 32,066 7.7%
Texas 4,931 29.0 M 170/M 65,671 7.5%
Michigan 1,182 10.0 M 118/M 24,949 4.7%
North Carolina 1,205 10.5 M 115/M 21,549 5.6%
Ohio 1,293 11.3 M 114/M 33,157 3.9%
Pennsylvania 1,042 12.7 M 82/M 36,730 2.8%
California 3,051 39.8 M 77/M 72,511 4.2%

LVMC Rehabilitation Services 

LVMC provides the community with the entire spectrum of outpatient rehabilitation services. At our Lompoc Health North H Center, we offer a full array of physical therapy services. The rehabilitation services available at our hospital outpatient facility include Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy, and Occupational Therapy. In addition, our highly skilled and compassionate therapists provide rehabilitation services for our inpatients at the acute care hospital, and for the residents of the Comprehensive Care Center. We are here to help those in our community who are recovering from injury or illness.  For more information regarding the LVMC Rehabilitation Services, please call the Lompoc Health North H Center at (805) 737-8740 or our hospital outpatient facility at (805) 737-3388.

Our frontline healthcare workers, support staff, physicians, and allied health professionals have been doing an outstanding job, and we are very thankful and proud of them!! Thank you, Lompoc Valley Community, for your tremendous support of LVMC and our healthcare workers; it means a lot to all of us!

As always, please feel free to contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (805) 737-3301.  Until next time, be well and stay safe! 

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Steve Popkin
Chief Executive Officer

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Author: Steve Popkin, Chief Executive Officer

Stephen D. “Steve” Popkin became Chief Executive Officer of LVMC in February 2019. Mr. Popkin has more than 32 years of experience in senior health care management, including 18 years in Chief Executive Officer positions.

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