I am very proud of our entire community. As we look around and see the turmoil caused by the Delta variant, and with Covid-19 rates increasing globally at such an alarming rate, I am proud to report the vaccination rate in our community exceeds all areas in our county and most areas in the U.S. “Go Warriors!”as we say in Carpinteria, in honor of our schools opening for the year, and in appreciation for their efforts as well. 

We do, however, need everyone to keep pursuing 100% vaccination rates. Friends and family will listen to their friends and family. If anyone is in doubt, please ask them to get accurate information on immunization from our Santa Barbara County website and not to listen to hearsay claims on social media. 

Currently, 74% of Carpinterians are fully vaccinated, and 83% of Carpinterians have had their first shot. 

Santa Barbara County, however, is not in as good of a position, with Covid-19 peaking again in mid-August at 27.5 cases per 100,000 people, now subsiding slightly to 19.1 per 100,000 people. These rates are still too high to return to our normal behavior and we need to take all precautions seriously. We may not know exactly what the end of the Covid-19 pandemic will look like, but we do know how to avoid another spiral into economic distress and lives lost.

Besides the medical issues, some people are seriously affected by the emotional rollercoaster we have been on, experiencing frustration and the sense that the Covid-19 pandemic may never end. 

The blessing that we do all have is living in Carpinteria, the true paradise of California; thank you, to all of you that live here. There are a lot of things we can all enjoy – with appropriate precautions of course. We can enjoy walks on the beach, on the boardwalk or on the trails, play pickleball or tennis at the local courts, visit the art gallery or the Alcazar Theatre or catch up in our great outdoors and enjoy our beautiful weather. Whenever I need to clear my head, I just go for a walk and realize how truly fortunate I am to live here in Carpinteria.

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