Assume Everybody Is Infectious, Says South Coast Public Health Director

Jul 8, 2020

In recent days, there have been concerns about messaging and testing on the South Coast when it comes to COVID-19.

But Santa Barbara County's Public Health Director Van Do-Reynoso says one thing is certain: "You must assume that everybody you come into contact [with] is infectious, and thereby need to take the precaution."

Looking at the most recent data, officials have been able to speculate on how COVID-19 is spreading.

"57% is person-to-person transmission," Do-Reynoso says. "1% is related to travel, and 42% is community acquired."

With each positive test, tracers have to find five to 10 people who have been in contact with the infected person, according to the County.

This has led to a large backlog at times, and is another area of concern.