One Death and 62 New COVID-19 Cases
By edhat staff
Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) is reporting three additional deaths of individuals who tested positive for COVID-19. All three individuals were over 70 years of age. Two of the three decedents had underlying health conditions. One person resided in the North County Unincorporated area, one person in the City of Lompoc, and one person in the City of Santa Maria.
“The death of a relative or friend starts a period of great difficulty for everyone involved. We extend our heartfelt condolences too each and every one grieving the loss of these loved ones,” said Van Do-Reynoso, Santa Barbara County Public Health Director.
Additionally, PHD reported 62 new cases of COVID-19 bringing the grand total to 6,526. Of that, 227 cases are still active meaning they are infectious. There are 88 hospitalizations with 25 in the intensive care unit (ICU). There have been 64 deaths.
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:
- Stay home when possible.
- 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.
All local employers and business owners are urged to adhere closely to sector health and safety guidelines. Ensuring a safe environment for both employees and customers is critical to slowing the spread of COVID-19 and assuring that businesses remain safely open during this time.
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 or visit publichealthsbc.org.