Santa Barbara County Announces 90th COVID-19 Death

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By edhat staff

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) has announced its 90th death related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The resident was over 70 years of age, had underlying health conditions, and lived in a congregate-care facility in the City of Santa Barbara and unincorporated area of Mission Canyon.

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.

PHD also announced 47 news COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, bringing the grand total to 7,916. Of those, 241 cases are currently active.

There are currently 54 hospitalizations including 23 in the intensive care unit (ICU).

More data can be found at

Cottage-Health Specific Numbers

Below is a status update as of August 26, 2020. 

  • Cottage Health is caring for a total of 283 patients across all campuses.
  • 225 are acute care patients; 163 acute care beds remain available.  
  • Of the 225 acute care patients, 10 patients are on ventilators.
    80 ventilators remain available (adult, pediatric and neonatal ventilators).
  • Of the 225 acute care patients, 21 are in isolation with COVID-19 symptoms;
    18 are confirmed COVID-19 positive.
  • Of the 21 patients in isolation, 8 patients are in critical care.
  • From August 10–16:  
    2,591 COVID-19 laboratory tests were collected by Cottage Health.
    Results: 117 positive, 2,474 negative
  • From August 17–23:  
    2,292 COVID-19 laboratory tests were collected by Cottage Health.
    Results: 97 positive, 1,988 negative, 207 pending
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a-1598558306 Aug 27, 2020 12:58 PM
Santa Barbara County Announces 90th COVID-19 Death

This particular nursing home incidence has been covered. Long a difficult care site, since it is primarily a Med-Cal funded, long-term care patient institution. Long term care planning is something everyone needs to face, the earlier the better. There is not much choice if you wait to long to prepare for this possibility. Consider your present life-style, level of health and fitness, family history and available resources if/when you need long-term care. Visit the various institutions, get an idea of their costs. Project this out into the future with inflation. What is your plan?

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