COVID-19 Cases Continue to Increase in Santa Maria
By edhat staff
The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) reported 40 new COVID-19 cases since Tuesday with the majority in the City of Santa Maria.
As of Thursday, there have been 1,737 COVID-19 cases within Santa Barbara County. Of those, 980 are attributed to the outbreak in the Federal Penitentiary in Lompoc, and 757 are within the community.
Currently, there are 108 active cases within the community. Of those, 76 are quarantined at home, 32 are hospitalized with 10 in the intensive care unit (ICU), and 21 are pending information. Overall there have been 14 deaths.
Out of the 757 community cases, approximately 60% of cases are attributed to the Santa Maria area. PHD Health Officer Dr. Henning Ansorg stated the health department continuing to see an increase in the area and they are actively working with individuals and communities to identify sources of spread.
In previous press conferences, Dr. Ansorg confirmed there isn't one determining factor as to why the cases are so high in the Santa Maria area. He said in terms of race, age, gender, ethnicity, neighborhood, occupation, and in other demographics, the cases are evenly spread.
Dr. Ansorg expects the majority of test results following the 14-day incubation period to be in next week to determine if reopening more industries on Memorial Day weekend caused a significant increase in hospitalizations and positive results. Current protests are likely to cause some additional spread even though most protestors were being responsible by wearing masks, he said.
The slight increase in cases is most likely due to increased testing capabilities, said Dr. Ansorg.
Once the results are in and PHD can review the numbers, they'll determine with additional business sectors can safely reopen their doors with modifications.