Five Additional COVID-19 Deaths Reported
Update by edhat staff
Santa Barbara County Public Health reports two additional COVID-19 deaths today, adding to three others from this weekend, related to the outbreak at a skilled nursing facility in Santa Maria.
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.
“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.
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. There have now been a total of 27 deaths.
There were 217 new cases added from Saturday through Monday, the majority of which are located within the City of Santa Maria. Of the 1,456 community cases, 1,110 are located in the north county of Santa Barbara including the 816 cases located in Santa Maria.
More information on the total numbers can be found here.
Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) reported three additional deaths this past Saturday among individuals who tested positive for COVID-19. All three individuals resided in the City of Santa Maria, were over 70 years of age with underlying health conditions, and are related to the outbreak at the Country Oaks Care Center. As of June 21, there were 2421 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Santa Barbara County, 989 cases at the Federal Prison in Lompoc, 1432 community cases, and 1924 individuals fully recovered.
“We extend our deepest condolences to the loved ones and communities surrounding these individuals. As we continue to address areas of concern, we encourage the community to practice frequent and thorough hand washing, wear facial coverings, and avoid unnecessary trips outside the home.” 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 all 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.
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 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.