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Caring for Critically Ill COVID-19 Patients

After a patient diagnosed with COVID-19 was taken off a ventilator after 14 days, the LVMC Critical Care Unit (CCU) and Respiratory Therapists team applauded the milestone. Days afterward, the patient was doing well and breathing on his own. 

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How Employers Can Help Limit the Spread of COVID

If you are an employer with a COVID-positive or suspected positive employee, there are actions you can take to limit the spread of the virus.

Employers can prepare and respond to a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 by taking the following actions:

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New Cases of COVID-19 Confirmed in Santa Barbara County

Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) reports an additional three (3) confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the county today. The total number of confirmed cases is 267. Additionally, the Santa Barbara County Call Center has transitioned to 2-1-1 that will provide the public access to general information about COVID-19 in multiple languages 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Severe Illness Associated with Using Non-Pharmaceutical Chloroquine Phosphate as Treatment

Chloroquine phosphate, when used without a prescription and supervision of a healthcare provider, can cause serious health consequences, including death. Clinicians and public health officials should discourage the public from misusing non-pharmaceutical chloroquine phosphate (a chemical used in home aquariums). Clinicians should advise patients and the public that chloroquine, and the related compound hydroxychloroquine, should be used only under the supervision of a healthcare provider as prescribed medications.

Read more on emergency.cdc.gov

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Santa Barbara County Public Health Releases Coronavirus Disease (COVID 19) Information Portal for Community

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) – The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) released a new information portal to augment its current website in response to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

The new COVID-19 website is located at http://PublicHealthSBC.org with information available in English and Spanish. The site features daily status reports, general information about coronavirus, prevention tips, frequently asked questions, and links to information released by the California Department of Public Health Department (CDPH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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LVMC Visitor Policy

The COVID-19 pandemic is a rapidly evolving situation. In an effort to reduce the possibility of spreading illness, we've made some adjustments to information released Friday afternoon:

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COVID-19 Testing Status

Lompoc Valley Medical Center is actively preparing for the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The situation with the virus is rapidly evolving and as guidance from State and Local Public Health Departments are updated, our procedures and protocols are revised accordingly. We will inform the community via our webpage, signage at our facilities, and other means, as developments occur that may impact your healthcare needs.

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SBC Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

There are NO confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Santa Barbara County at this time.

In order to protect the health of our community, the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department has issued a declaration of a local health emergency and health officer order for the postponement and cancellation of events, as indicated below, as well as social distancing measures.

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Lompoc Valley Medical Center Prepares for Coronavirus Response

Since the initial outbreak of COVID-19, the novel (new) coronavirus identified late last year in China, Lompoc Valley Medical Center has participated regularly in Santa Barbara County and statewide updates and planning calls along with other regional hospitals and clinics.

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LVMC Cancels Support Groups, Lectures for 2020

With the ongoing and evolving COVID-19 situation and the declaration of a national emergency, we are canceling all workshops, lectures and support group gatherings regularly held to the end of the year.

We are making this very difficult decision to protect public health and the health and safety of our staff, patients and visitors.

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Knowing the Difference Between COVID-19 and Flu 

With Flu season approaching, many people may be concerned about being able to tell the difference between whether they have contracted influenza (flu) virus or have COVID-19. Both are respiratory illnesses that are contagious and both are caused by infection. COVID-19, which many may now know, is caused by a person becoming infected with the new (or novel) coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2. 

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Wearing a Mask Helps Fight the Spread of Coronavirus

The arrival of the novel coronavirus has introduced a cascade of concerns into modern-day society. At the forefront of these concerns is how to keep yourself safe while trying to navigate the new landscape of the world.