April 16, 2020: Santa Barbara County Announces Third Death of Patient with COVID-19

Twenty Additional Confirmed Cases Also Reported

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) — –Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) is reporting that an additional resident has died of COVID-19. The person was a South County resident over 70 years old. As of today, there are 354 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

“Public Health shares our deepest condolences with the family and friends of this community member,” said Santa Barbara County Health Officer Dr. Henning Ansorg. “We continue to ask for the support of every resident as we move forward and get through this difficult time. Only with the help of every person in our community will we make a difference in slowing the spread of this virus.”

Although most cases of COVID-19 exhibit mild or moderate symptoms, PHD recommends additional measures to prevent exposure among vulnerable people, including the elderly and those with underlying health conditions (such as diabetes, cancer, immunodeficiency, asthma, COPD and others). PHD recommends that residents, especially those who are vulnerable:

  • Stay home except for essential tasks. Ensure you have a two-week supply of medication on hand.
  • When engaging in essential tasks away from home, remain 6 feet away from others and wear a facial covering.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water regularly.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Keep surfaces clean by wiping them down with a household disinfectant,

Information for the 20 new confirmed cases can be found below.

Ages of new confirmed cases reported:

0-171
18-295
30-496
50-698
70+0

Locations of new cases reported:

South County Unincorporated Area includes communities of MontecitoSummerland and the City of Carpinteria1
City of Santa Barbara and the unincorporated area of Mission Canyon2
City of Goleta0
Community of Isla Vista0
Unincorporated Area of the Goleta Valley and Gaviota0
Santa Ynez Valley including the Cities of Solvang & Buellton, and the communities of Santa YnezLos AlamosLos Olivos and Ballard0
City of Lompoc and the communities of Mission Hills and Vandenberg Village12*
City of Santa Maria4
Community of Orcutt1
Unincorporated Areas of SisquocCasmaliaGareyCuyama, New Cuyama, and the City of Guadalupe0

*Six (6) cases are individuals incarcerated at the Federal Correctional Institution in Lompoc, CA.

One hundred fifty-nine (159) people are recovering at home, thirty-nine (39) are recovering in a hospital, fourteen (14) of whom are in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU), one hundred thirty-seven (137) have fully recovered, and sixteen (16) are pending an update. Three (3) deaths have been reported.

Please visit Santa Barbara County’s coronavirus web page for other preparedness resources and updates at https://publichealthsbc.org/.

For general questions about COVID-19 and precautions currently recommended by Santa Barbara County Public Health, residents may call the 2-1-1 Call Center 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by dialing 2-1-1 if calling from within the county; or (800) 400-1572 if calling from outside the area.

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County Public Health: www.PublicHealthSBC.org, Twitter and Facebook
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2-1-1 Call Center: Dial 2-1-1 if calling from within the county; or  call (800) 400-1572 if calling from outside the area
Recorded Information Line: (805) 681-4373
Behavioral Wellness 24/7 Access Line: (888) 868-1649
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