One Death and 50 New COVID-19 Cases Announced

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Source: PHD

Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) is reporting the fifteenth death of a resident who tested positive for COVID-19. The individual resided in the City of Lompoc and was in their 60’s with underlying health conditions. As of today, there are [50 new cases for a total of] 1,787 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Santa Barbara County. 981 cases are at the Federal Prison in Lompoc, 806 are community cases, and 1,594 cases are fully recovered.

“We express our condolences to the family and friends of the individual who passed. As we proceed with opening additional sectors, we ask community members to continue doing their part by practicing physical distancing, washing their hands, and wearing face coverings,” said Van Do-Reynoso, Santa Barbara County Public Health Director.

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, especially those who are vulnerable:

  • Stay home when possible
  • When engaging in tasks away from home, remain six feet away from others and wear a face covering.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water regularly.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Please visit Santa Barbara County’s coronavirus web page for other preparedness resources and updates at

For general questions about COVID-19 and precautions currently recommended by Santa Barbara County Public Health, call the Santa Barbara County Call Center at (833)-688-5551.  The Call Center is open weekdays (except for holidays) from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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ChemicalSuperFreak Jun 05, 2020 08:41 PM
One Death and 50 New COVID-19 Cases Announced

Yes, it's anecdotal, but informative none the less. Conversely, Goleta has had very few numbers, and I see people wearing masks everywhere and maintaining a good distance from one another. The City of Santa Barbara has had more cases than Goleta, and from those posted photos of Downtown, with lots of unmasked people, I guess it's anecdotally suggestive as well.

reloadSB Jun 05, 2020 08:20 PM
One Death and 50 New COVID-19 Cases Announced

I stopped in Santa Maria last week to get gas. They are much more relaxed on their protocols. This increase is no surprise to me after what I saw. 10-15 people in a gas station convenience store without a mask and all 4 employees not wearing masks. This is anecdotal evidence but evidence none the less.

Shasta Guy Jun 05, 2020 07:47 PM
One Death and 50 New COVID-19 Cases Announced

I have no idea what it’s like in Santa Maria, but the chronically elevated cases up there suggest lessened social distancing and other protective measures. 45 cases seems like a jump well above the trend line. I’d give it a couple days, but I have a bad feeling about it. In looking at lots of charts, there can be very high one day spikes followed by the normal low count days. Between people getting sick of the lockdown and all these protest gatherings we may be headed into a nasty turn of events.

ChemicalSuperFreak Jun 05, 2020 07:10 PM
One Death and 50 New COVID-19 Cases Announced

I've been wondering that as well, so I've been recording the number of test reported per day, and it hasn't fluctuated much. In fact, today's total is a bit on the low side. Here are the tests/day for the past 5 days, beginning Monday: 417, 671, 553 536, and 461. The average is 528 with a SD of +/- 87 (16%). For comparison, the cases in Santa Maria for the past 5 days, beginning Monday: 5, 16, 10, 11, 45. The average for that is 17 with a SD of +/- 14 (82%). The two sets of data are not correlated, and it really appears they have a serious problem up there.


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