(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) — Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) is reporting two additional deaths of individuals who tested positive for COVID-19. One of the individuals lived in the Community of Isla Vista, was 50-69 years of age, had underlying health conditions, and was associated with a congregate care facility. The other individual was a resident of the City of Santa Maria, was over 70 years of age, and had no 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 84.
“Our deepest condolences to families and friends of those who have passed. We share your sorrow and urge our community members to practice precautionary measures to slow the spread of COVID-19,” 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 www.publichealthsbc.org.
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