SANTA BARBARA COUNTY ANNOUNCES DEATH OF PATIENT WITH COVID-19

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY ANNOUNCES DEATH OF PATIENT WITH COVID-19

Twelve Additional Confirmed Cases Also Reported

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) — Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) is reporting that a resident has died of COVID-19. The person who died was in their 60s and had underlying health conditions. This north county resident was hospitalized and succumbed to their illness today.

“We extend our deepest condolences to the loved ones of this patient,” said Santa Barbara County Health Officer Dr. Henning Ansorg. “While we have expected more cases, this death is an unfortunate milestone in our efforts to fight this disease, and one that we never wanted to see.”

While most cases of COVID-19 exhibit mild or moderate symptoms, this tragic death underscores the urgent need for us to take extra steps to protect residents who are particularly vulnerable to developing more serious illness, including elderly persons and those with underlying health conditions.”

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). Public Health recommends that vulnerable people:

  • Stay home as much as possible. Arrange for someone to deliver groceries and other items you need. Ensure you have at least a two-week supply of medication on hand.
  • Wash your hands regularly, especially before eating or before touching your face.
  • If you need to leave the house, minimize contact with other people and with common surfaces. Stay at least six feet away from others.
  • If you develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19 such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, promptly contact your medical provider.

“If you are healthy and not at higher risk, please connect with friends and loved ones who would be considered more vulnerable, and offer support,” said Van Do-Reynoso, Public Health Director.

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

Ages of new confirmed cases reported:

0-170
18-292
30-496
50-692
70+2

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 Goleta                                                                                                                 1
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 Ballard   1
City of Lompoc and the communities of Mission Hills and Vandenberg Village2
City of Santa Maria  3
Community of Orcutt2
Unincorporated Areas of SisquocCasmaliaGareyCuyama, New Cuyama, and the City of Guadalupe2

For additional data on total confirmed cases please refer to https://publichealthsbc.org/.

Of the 111 cases, 65 are recovering at home, 17 persons are recovering in a hospital,13 of which are in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 23 have fully recovered, and 6 are pending an update.

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 county’s call center at (833) 688-5551.

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