Three Deaths and 76 New COVID-19 Cases

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Source: Santa Barbara County Public Health Department

Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) is reporting three additional deaths of individuals who tested positive for COVID-19. Details are provided in the table below. 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. Total COVID-19 related deaths in Santa Barbara County are now 80.

 Region

Age

Underlying Health Conditions

Resident of a Congregate Living Facility

City of Santa Maria

30-49

Yes

No

City of Santa Maria

70+

Yes

No

Santa Barbara/ Unincorporated Area of Mission Canyon

70+

Yes

Yes

“Our hearts and prayers go out to all those who have lost loved ones to COVID-19. Over the past several days, the downward trend in hospitalizations has been promising; however, there is still far too much spread of this virus. Please continue to wear a mask and maintain at least 6 feet of distance from others. Let’s slow the spread and save lives together.” 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:

  • 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 call (833) 688-5551 or visit www.publichealthsbc.org.

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mtndriver Aug 18, 2020 09:12 AM
Three Deaths and 76 New COVID-19 Cases

I think this is meant to be a followup to last night, when they gave all the new infection numbers, and mentioned three deaths but gave no detail about where or what age.

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