Thursday Update: 496 COVID-19 Cases

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Source: Public Health Department

Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) reports an additional eleven confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the county [Thursday]. The total number of confirmed cases is 496, of which, 376 have fully recovered.

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,

Information for the 11 new confirmed cases can be found below.

Ages of new confirmed cases reported:













Locations of new cases reported:

South County Unincorporated Area includes communities of Montecito, Summerland and the City of Carpinteria


City of Santa Barbara and the unincorporated area of Mission Canyon                    


City of Goleta                                                                                            


Community of Isla Vista


Unincorporated Area of the Goleta Valley and Gaviota


Santa Ynez Valley including the Cities of Solvang & Buellton, and the communities of Santa Ynez, Los Alamos, Los Olivos and Ballard  


City of Lompoc and the communities of Mission Hills and Vandenberg Village*


City of Santa Maria 


Community of Orcutt


Unincorporated Areas of Sisquoc, Casmalia, Garey, Cuyama, New Cuyama, and the City of Guadalupe


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

Seventy-five people are recovering at home, 33 are recovering in a hospital, 12 of whom are in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU), and four are pending an update. Eight 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. 

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Shasta Guy May 01, 2020 12:42 PM
Thursday Update: 496 COVID-19 Cases

Great, no new cases. It’s time to loosen the tourniquet a little. Let some blood into the limb, avoid amputation later.

macpuzl May 01, 2020 05:29 PM
Thursday Update: 496 COVID-19 Cases

So, Chip, you're saying we all have herd immunity to SARS and MERS? They were jumped on early with tracking and quarantine.

Chip of SB May 01, 2020 03:56 PM
Thursday Update: 496 COVID-19 Cases

Antibiotics can actually eradicate an infection. Isolation policies cannot and will not eradicate this virus. No mater how hard we lock down and no matter how long we do it, the virus will persist until enough people are infected to achieve herd immunity.

macpuzl May 01, 2020 01:20 PM
Thursday Update: 496 COVID-19 Cases

A more apt analogy would be that the antibiotic is causing the gangrene to subside, so let's stop it and cause an amputation later.

Sam The Dog May 01, 2020 12:24 PM
Thursday Update: 496 COVID-19 Cases

We agreed to the stay at home to bend the curve and avoid overwhelming our health care systems capacity. Here in SB we did such a damn fine job of it one of our two major health care providers is in dire financial straights. When will we all say enough of this insanity!!!!

Xantus May 01, 2020 03:49 PM
Thursday Update: 496 COVID-19 Cases

curve? what curve?

interestingly.. if you scroll down to "tests reported" graph... you'll notice that even though there was a very steady rise in testing... somehow on april 2nd they managed to process 70,000 tests, and on 4/22 somehow they managed to process 180,000 tests .. in one day. things that make you go, hmmmmmmmmmmmm.

macpuzl May 01, 2020 01:21 PM
Thursday Update: 496 COVID-19 Cases

The curve is dynamic, not static. If you relax too early, it bends up again. And the word is "straits".

Sam The Dog May 01, 2020 12:32 PM
Thursday Update: 496 COVID-19 Cases

To however thumbed down my comment, you do realize they're in a dire financial condition because people aren't going to the doctor for normal preventive health checks. The lack of these checks will result in delayed diagnoses of serious conditions, delayed start or a pause on treating these conditions, all of which will have a cost paid for in human lives. The solution should not be worse than the problem.

Lookyloo May 01, 2020 12:20 PM
Thursday Update: 496 COVID-19 Cases

Let’s just set up checkpoints on major roads so north county people don’t come south. Good job South county for staying safe.

SBRoses May 01, 2020 08:20 AM
Thursday Update: 496 COVID-19 Cases

Another day of no new detected cases in Santa Barbara. I'm in favor of distancing, masks, precaution, respect, etc. but I'm headed out to get a coffee. Happy Friday.

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