(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 and lived in congregate facilities. One individual had underlying health conditions and resided in the area containing the City of Santa Barbara and unincorporated Mission Canyon. One individual did not have underlying health conditions and resided in the city of Orcutt. 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 77.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of those who have lost their lives to this virus. As the weather heats up in Santa Barbara County, many of us may be tempted to gather with friends and family we do not live with in our free time, but we caution residents to please consider their individual level of risk and make informed choices to protect themselves and others by wearing face coverings as recommended, and staying at least 6 feet away from those whom you do not live with.” 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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