(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) — Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) is reporting two additional deaths of individuals who tested positive for COVID-19. The individuals were both over 70 years of age. One individual had underlying health conditions, was a resident of the North County unincorporated area, and resided in a congregate care facility, though it was not a skilled nursing facility. One of the individuals resided in the City of Santa Maria area and did not have underlying health conditions. 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 75.

“We send our heartfelt condolences to the grieving families and urge our community to remain vigilant. Our best defense for COVID-19 is to wear a face covering and stay at least 6 feet from others. The more we can do to slow the spread, the quicker we can move to expanded re opening,” 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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