April 24, 2020: SANTA BARBARA COUNTY ANNOUNCES SIXTH DEATH OF PATIENT WITH COVID-19

Nine Additional Confirmed Cases Also Reported

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) — Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) is reporting an additional COVID-19 related death. The individual who passed resided in Mid-County and was in their 60s with underlying health conditions.  As of today, there are 460 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

“Our deepest sympathies go out to the family and friends of the individual who passed away. As our healthcare workers continue to treat COVID-19 patients inside our healthcare facilities, it is imperative for all of us to continue the fight against COVID-19 spreading in our community by adhering to the Stay At Home order as much as possible,” 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 9 new confirmed cases can be found below.

Ages of new confirmed cases reported:

0-170
18-293
30-495
50-690
70+1
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 Canyon1
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 Village2
City of Santa Maria5
Community of Orcutt0
Unincorporated Areas of SisquocCasmaliaGareyCuyama, New Cuyama, and the City of Guadalupe1
Pending0

One hundred twenty-six (126) people are recovering at home, thirty-eight (38) are recovering in a hospital, thirteen (13) of whom are in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU), two hundred seventy-eight (278) have fully recovered, and twelve (12) are pending an update. Six (6) 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
Community Wellness Team Information and Referral Line: (805) 364-2750734