Sunday COVID-19 Update: 394 Cases

Update by Santa Barbara County Public Health Department
April 19, 2020

Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) reports an additional 9 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the county today. The total number of confirmed cases is 394.

One (1) new case is a person who is incarcerated at the Federal Prison in Lompoc, CA and part of the identified outbreak.

One hundred and fifty-two people are recovering at home, 41 are recovering in a hospital, 13 of whom are in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 173 have fully recovered, and 24 are pending an update. Four deaths have been reported.

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

Source: Santa Barbara County Public Health Department

April 18, 2020

Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) is reporting that an additional person has died of COVID-19. The individual who passed was incarcerated at the Lompoc Prison [Click here for more information]. As of today, there are 385 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

“Public Health extends our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of the individual who unfortunately passed,” said Santa Barbara County Public Health Director Dr. Van Do-Reynoso. “We continue to actively partner with Prison and State Leadership to mitigate exposure both inside and outside of the facility to prevent further spread of the virus.”

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 except for essential tasks. Ensure you have a two-week supply of medication on hand.
  • When engaging in essential tasks away from home, remain 6 feet away from others and wear a facial covering.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water regularly.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Keep surfaces clean by wiping them down with a household disinfectant,

The full details of each cases’s age and location can be found here. One (1) of the newly reported cases is an individual incarcerated at the Federal Correctional Institution in Lompoc, CA.

One hundred fourty-nine (149) people are recovering at home, fourty-one (41) are recovering in a hospital, fourteen (14) of whom are in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU), one hundred seventy (170) have fully recovered, and twenty-one (21) are pending an update. Four (4) deaths have been reported.

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, residents may call the 2-1-1 Call Center 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by dialing 2-1-1 if calling from within the county; or (800) 400-1572 if calling from outside the area.

Source: County of Ventura

Daily COVID-19 Update from the County of Ventura.

  • 20 new cases
  • 416 total cases
  • 207 recovered cases
  • 21 people in the hospital
  • 8 people ICU
  • 196 people under quarantine
  • 13 deaths
  • 7, 207 people tested

Public Health Officer Extends Modified Stay Well At Home Order

County of Ventura Public Health Officer, Doctor Robert Levin, has announced the extension and modification of the Stay Well At Home Order. The Order is in effect as of April 18 at 11:59 pm and shall be in effect until 11:59 pm on May 15, 2020.

“It’s understandable that our community members want to get back to work and return to normal life as quickly as possible,” said Doctor Robert Levin. “The best path forward is a cautious one — a path that proceeds gradually, carefully, and incrementally. A path that relies on science and facts to determine each step forward. The data is looking good, thanks to the diligence of our community members in following these Orders, but we must be cautious in how we move forward. We must continue to save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19. Community members must continue to practice social distancing. In line with the Governor’s Order, we will review the Order in two weeks to assess for any further modifications.”

The modified Order allows exceptions for limited business operations allowing nonpublic serving businesses to operate using no more than 10 employees, allows for gatherings of up to 5 people, modifies some essential businesses, allows for gatherings in motor vehicles, reopens golf courses and other forms of recreation with appropriate restrictions, allows bike shops to open and permits in-person sale of vehicles. 

“We are positioned to focus on the road to reopening because our residents and businesses have sacrificed so much to comply with the Public Health Orders and slow the spread of the virus in our community,” said Mike Powers, Ventura County CEO. “Our current situation is further strengthened by the work of our local hospitals to expand their capacity.”

“These steps are critical because we know that, while the virus poses an unprecedented health threat, efforts to stem the virus come at a significant economic and health toll as we have seen with so many business closures and lost jobs,” Powers emphasized.  “Along with the business leaders in our community, including local cities, chambers, the Economic Development Collaborative, Women’s Economic Ventures, the Workforce Development Board, Ventura County Community Foundation and Small Business Administration, the County will continue to work to support these impacted individuals and businesses.” 

“We will scrutinize the data to see the impact these changes have on our rates of COVID-19. I don’t expect to see any new trends for about 3 or 4 weeks. If we find that we are losing ground, we’ll have to make adjustments,” said Dr. Levin.

The 19-page Order provides clear guidance and details on many areas. The Order continues to protect the most vulnerable with guidance for Hospitals and Long-Term Care Facilities. Those who are 70 or older with preexisting conditions and those 75 or older must remain in their place of residence and follow social distancing requirements to the greatest extent feasible.

Staying home, as much as possible, and practicing social distancing when conducting essential business continues to be required. Getting exercise outside of the home is permitted but gyms are to remain closed. 

“We are not out of the woods. We must continue to practice social distancing to protect our community. We will continue to expand our testing capacity and focus on protecting populations most at risk including seniors, homeless, and the brave farmworkers who work every day to put food on our tables,” added Powers. 

Edhat Staff

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  1. no Yin Yang.
    i think the illness is less dangerous… because it’s been a month of lockdown and we have… 50 cases in sb/goleta/IV…
    that’s less than 2 a day.
    deaths? … 4.
    what is SO dangerous?
    “social distancing” actually proves that our “first wave” was nothing that even qualified as a “surge”. now if large swaths of people are supposedly asymptomatic… the total population that is still negative and vulnerable can only have shrunk from the starting conditions. (The data on reinfection is basically nonexistent)

  2. Anyone who is still trying to downplay how deadly this virus is in the wake of 40,000+ deaths in less than 2 months is just a jackhole. The reason the the number of deaths isn’t higher in California is BECAUSE this state was the earliest to adopt the “Stay At Home” order. It’s working! I know people are struggling and pissed off, but I’m pretty sure the alternative is worse. Our lives are going to be changed for longer than we’d like but none of us has the power to change anything other than our own behavior or attitudes. Stay the course people!

  3. I’m in favor of the shutdown, but I’m glad ours is not as strict as in some states. At least we can buy paint and lumber for home repairs, for example, while in some states those stores are also closed. Seems to me we could gradually open up a bit with strict rules for distancing in stores. Not sure how to open up hair salons and restaurants yet.

  4. Viruses do mutate and this one is a little different in countries and cities now, but usually don’t mutate away from virulence, and this one hasn’t shown signs of mutating away from its virulence strength.

  5. uh.. appointments. reservations.
    it’s not rocket science.
    people will always decide their own risk on which businesses to go to. (since there has never been enough solid factual information to base that decision on….)

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