26 Additional Confirmed Cases Reported

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) — Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) is reporting 2 additional deaths among individuals who tested positive for COVID-19. Both individuals resided in the City of Santa Maria and were over 70 years of age with underlying health conditions. One death was related to the outbreak at Country Oaks Care Center bringing the total to 9 deaths attributed to this outbreak. As of today, there are 2,446 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Santa Barbara County, 990 cases are at the Federal Prison in Lompoc, 1,456 are community cases, and 1,956 have fully recovered. Today’s total number of confirmed cases include an update as a previously reported case was determined to not be a case.

“We sympathize each day for the many people from our community who have lost loved ones to COVID-19. Reopening businesses and public spaces safely requires every one of us to make physical distancing and wearing face coverings part of our everyday lives to prevent increases in cases, hospitalizations, and deaths.” 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 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.

Additionally, all local employers and business owners are urged to adhere closely to sector health and safety guidelines. Ensuring a safe work 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, residents may call the Santa Barbara County Call Center at (833)-688-5551.  The Call Center is open weekdays (except for holidays) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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