17 New Confirmed Cases Also Reported

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) — Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) is reporting the sixteenth death of a resident who tested positive for COVID-19. The individual resided in the City of Santa Barbara and was over 70 years of age with underlying health conditions. As of today, there are 1,864 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Santa Barbara County. 984 cases are at the Federal Prison in Lompoc, 880 are community cases, and 1,635 cases are fully recovered.

“We are saddened by the loss of another Santa Barbara County resident. Our thoughts and sympathies go out to the individual’s family and friends. As more and more of our everyday lives resume it is very important for us all to be considerate of each other and maintain at least 6 feet of space between us, wear face coverings to protect those around us, and be diligent about washing our hands often and avoid touching our faces” said Van Do-Reynoso, Santa Barbara County Public Health Director.

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 when possible
  • When engaging in tasks away from home, remain six feet away from others and wear a face covering.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water regularly.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Please visit Santa Barbara County’s coronavirus web page for other preparedness resources and updates at

For general questions about COVID-19 and precautions currently recommended by Santa Barbara County Public Health, call the Santa Barbara County Call Center at (833)-688-5551.  The Call Center is open weekdays (except for holidays) from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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