Two Additional Coronavirus Cases Brings Total to 26
By edhat staff
Santa Barbara County Public Health officials confirmed two additional cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) during a press conference Wednesday. This brings the total number of positive cases to 26 within the county.
For the first time, the Public Health Department (PHD) released the cities where the confirmed cases are located. Officials previously cited patient privacy and refused to release data other than general age ranges and north or south county locations.
Currently, there are 6 cases in Santa Maria, 5 cases in Orcutt, 10 cases in Santa Barbara, and 5 cases in the Montecito/Summerland/Carpinteria area. There are no confirmed cases in Goleta.
The 8 latest cases announced on Tuesday and Wednesday are as follows:
- Case #19—in their 60s and resides in South County
- Case #20—in their 60s and resides in South County
- Case #21—in their 40s and resides in South County
- Case #22—in their 20s and resides in South County
- Case #23—in their 20s and resides in North County
- Case #24—in their 60s and resides in South County
- Case #25—in their 20s and resides in South County
- Case #26—in their 50s and resides in South County
Based on the numbers and demographics provided, ages 18 - 39 make up 35%, ages 40-60 make up 61%, and ages 70+ are 4%.
Of the total 26 confirmed cases, 19 are recovering at home, 1 is hospitalized, and 6 have fully recovered.
PHD is conducting an investigation to determine how each individual contracted COVID-19 as well as identifying persons with whom they may have had close contact. However, the majority of cases are believed to be through community transmission.
Officials believe there are many more cases out there and stressed yet again the importance for residents in all areas of the county to stay home and practice social distancing when performing essential tasks outside their home.
Santa Barbara County Animal Services had good news to report. Since the self-isolation orders there have been 50 animal adoptions in the three shelter sites as well as 47 of the 77 adoptable dogs are with a foster family.
The full press conference is available below: