April 21, 2020: SANTA BARBARA COUNTY ANNOUNCES FIFTH DEATH OF PATIENT WITH COVID-19

Thirteen Additional Confirmed Cases Also Reported

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) –Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) is reporting that an additional person has died of COVID-19. The individual who passed resided in North County and was over 70 years old without underlying health conditions.  As of today, there are 429 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

“Our deepest sympathies go out to the family and friends of the individual who passed away. We continue to battle the spread of COVID-19 in our communities and it is imperative that we continue wearing face coverings and keeping physical distance when outside our homes,” said Henning Ansorg MD, Santa Barbara County Public Health Officer. 

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 13 new confirmed cases can be found below.

Ages of new confirmed cases reported:

0-172
18-294
30-495
50-692
70+0
Pending0

Locations of new cases reported:

South County Unincorporated Area includes communities of MontecitoSummerland and the City of Carpinteria0
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 Village3*
City of Santa Maria6
Community of Orcutt0
Unincorporated Areas of SisquocCasmaliaGareyCuyama, New Cuyama, and the City of Guadalupe2

*Three (3) new cases are persons who are incarcerated at the Federal Correctional Institution in Lompoc, CA and part of the identified outbreak.

One hundred seventy-eight (178) people are recovering at home, forty-two (42) are recovering in a hospital, thirteen (13) of whom are in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU), one hundred eighty-three (183) have fully recovered, and twenty-one (21) are pending an update. Five (5) 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
Community Wellness Team Information and Referral Line: (805) 364-2750734