(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) — Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) is reporting an additional death of an individual who tested positive for COVID-19. The individual was over 70 years old with underlying health conditions, and resided in the City of Santa Maria. Deaths are reported when a death certificate is processed listing COVID-19 as a cause or a significant condition. The process can take several days and up to 2 months to finalize if pending Coroner verification. Total COVID-19 related deaths in Santa Barbara County are now 82.

“Our thoughts and sympathies go out to those who have lost loved ones. As was included in the Governor message today, the more we can follow local Health Officer directives, the more lives we save and the faster we will get to a point where we can further reopen sectors in our communities. Please stay at least 6 feet away from others you do not live with, wear face coverings when outside of your home, and avoid gatherings,” 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:

  • Stay home when possible.
  • Remain six feet away from others and wear a facial covering when engaging in tasks away from home.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water regularly.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick. Do not go to work or other places.

All local employers and business owners are urged to adhere closely to sector health and safety guidelines. Ensuring a safe environment for both employees and customers is critical to slowing the spread of COVID-19 and assuring that businesses remain safely open during this time. 

For general questions about COVID-19 and precautions currently recommended by Santa Barbara County Public Health see contact information below.

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