April 29, 2020: SANTA BARBARA COUNTY ANNOUNCES EIGHTH DEATH OF PATIENT WITH COVID-19

Eighth 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 related complications. The individual who passed resided in the City of Santa Maria and was in their 60s with underlying health conditions.  As of today, there are 485 confirmed cases of COVID-19 of which 360 have fully recovered.

“We send our sincerest sympathy, during this time of sorrow, to the individual’s family and loved ones,” said Henning Ansorg MD, Santa Barbara County Public Health Officer. “As we continue to flatten the curve, it is extremely important now to remain vigilant with our social distancing practices. What we are doing is working, but we must stay the course as we are getting closer to the reopening process.”

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 8 new confirmed cases can be found below.

Ages of new confirmed cases reported:

0-171
18-290
30-494
50-692
70+0
Age Suppressed1

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 Maria1
Community of Orcutt1
Unincorporated Areas of SisquocCasmaliaGareyCuyama, New Cuyama, and the City of Guadalupe1
Location Pending2

*One case is an individual incarcerated at the Federal Prison in Lompoc.

Eighty-one (81) people are recovering at home, thirty-three (33) are recovering in a hospital, eleven (11) of whom are in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU), three hundred sixty (360) have fully recovered, and three (3) are pending an update. Eight (8) 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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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
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Behavioral Wellness 24/7 Access Line: (888) 868-1649
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