(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) — Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) is reporting three additional deaths of individuals who tested positive for COVID-19. All three individuals were between the ages of 50-69, had underlying health conditions and lived 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.

There are now a total of 87 COVID-19 related deaths in Santa Barbara County.

“To all the families who have lost a loved one to COVID-19, we keep you in our thoughts and prayers. We know there is a large percentage of people who have no symptoms and are unaware they are spreading the virus. It is up to all of us to take preventive measures to slow the spread. Stay at least 6 feet from others who do not live in your household, avoid gatherings, wear a face covering and wash your hands thoroughly and often.” 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 call (833) 688-5551 or visit

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