1,303 New COVID-19 Cases Reported
By edhat staff
The Public Health Department reports 1,303 new COVID-19 cases over the holiday weekend from Friday through Monday.
There were 456 cases reported alone on Monday including six deaths.
All decedents were over the age of 70, five had underlying health conditions and were associated with an outbreak at a congregate facility. Two resided in Santa Barbara, one in Goleta, one in Orcutt, one in the unincorporated areas of South County, and one in the Santa Ynez Valley.
There have been a total of 166 deaths.
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.
There have now been 18,686 cases of COVID-19 throughout the county with 1,949 currently active. Of those 157 are hospitalized including 48 in the intensive care unit (ICU), as of Monday.
The Southern California ICU availability remains at 0% while the Santa Barbara County ICU availability is at 0.7%, as of Sunday.
Cottage Health alone reported their adult critical care availability at 13.3% capacity on Monday. They currently have 79 patients in isolation with COVID-19 symptoms, 71 are confirmed positive. Of the 79 patients, 23 are in critical care.
Public Health officials have previously stated it may take up to two weeks for infections to show up in the data following the Christmas and New Year holidays.
Learn more at publichealthsbc.org.
[Editor's Note: The article has been updated to include the data from Monday]