Additional Confirmed Cases Reported on Saturday and Sunday

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) — Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) reported three additional deaths this past Saturday among individuals who tested positive for COVID-19. All three individuals resided in the City of Santa Maria, were over 70 years of age with underlying health conditions, and are related to the outbreak at the Country Oaks Care Center. As of June 21, there were 2421 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Santa Barbara County, 989 cases at the Federal Prison in Lompoc, 1432 community cases, and 1924 individuals fully recovered.

“We extend our deepest condolences to the loved ones and communities surrounding these individuals. As we continue to address areas of concern, we encourage the community to practice frequent and thorough hand washing, wear facial coverings, and avoid unnecessary trips outside the home.” said Henning Ansorg MD, Santa Barbara County Public Health Officer.

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 all residents:

  • Stay home when possible. The State’s Stay at Home Order remains in effect.
  • 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.

For general questions about COVID-19 and precautions currently recommended by Santa Barbara County Public Health, residents may call the Santa Barbara County Call Center at (833)-688-5551.  The Call Center is open weekdays (except for holidays) from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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