Additional COVID-19 Death Reported
By edhat staff
Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) is reporting an additional death of an individual who tested positive for COVID-19. The individual was over 70 years of age with underlying health conditions and resided in the South County Unincorporated Area.
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.
In addition, the California Department of Public Health reviewed the medical chart notes of a reported COVID-19 related death in June of a person between the ages of 18-29 who resided in Santa Maria, and has determined the death was not COVID-19 related. The death has been removed. Total COVID-19 related deaths in Santa Barbara County are now 73.
“We send our thoughts of comfort and condolences to the grieving families. As school goes back into session via distance learning over the next couple of weeks, our lives will again need to adapt to everyday living that is so different than our pre-COVID routines. Please remain vigilant. The more we can do to slow the spread the quicker we can move to expanded re opening. Wear a face covering and stay at least 6 feet from others. It’s our best defense at this time.” said Van Do-Reynoso, Santa Barbara County Public Health Director.
The full numbers have yet to be updated due to an error with state numbers. Data will be updated here when it's available.
HEALTH OFFICER ORDER UPDATED TO CONTINUE THE CLOSURE OF INDOOR OPERATIONS FOR SPECIFIC BUSINESSES
Santa Barbara County Health Officer, Dr. Henning Ansorg has issued a Health Officer Order continuing the closure of certain indoor business operations, addition of new closures and clarification of gatherings. This Order is effective today at 5 p.m. and continues until 5 p.m. on September 10, 2020, or until it is extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended in writing.
As required by the Health Officer Order the following sectors must continue to close indoor operations:
- Gyms and Fitness centers;
- Places of Worship;
- Offices for non-essential critical infrastructure;
- Personal care services, such as nail salons, massage parlors, and tattoo parlors;
- Hair salons and barbershops
Additionally, the following businesses have been added to the list of businesses which must keep physical locations closed:
- In-person higher education including technical schools, colleges, universities, adult education, and trade schools. Indoor lectures are prohibited. Courses offered in specialized indoor settings (e.g. labs, studios, arts), whose design imposes substantial physical distancing on participants are permitted when following the Stated issued guidance. Distance learning is allowed;
- Parties and Receptions. Outdoor wedding ceremonies (religious or non-religious) are permitted so long as the State guidance for Places of Worship is followed. Indoor ceremonies are not allowed at this time. Receptions for weddings are not allowed;
- Rodeos and public equestrian events;
- Organized sports and team sports including adult, amateur (non-professional) team sports, and indoor and drills, except professional sports without a live audience and youth sports training and conditioning when following State guidelines
Gatherings are not allowed whether small or large. Gatherings are defined as an event or convening that brings together people from different households in a single room or space at the same time in any indoor or outdoor space whether public or private. Gathering exemptions include:
- While in a work setting which is allowed while maintaining physical distancing;
- Outdoor recreational activities while maintaining six feet distance from others. Examples include walking, cycling, jogging and hiking;
- Congregate living situations including dormitories and homeless encampments;
- Outdoor worship services, wedding ceremonies, outdoor cultural ceremonies or outdoor protests, when physical distancing of six feet is maintained.