Staff Report

Santa Barbara County Public Health officials reported a ninth death of a person from the City of Santa Barbara on Tuesday afternoon. This person was in their 40’s with underlying health conditions and tested positive for COVID-19.

“We are saddened by the loss of this individual and extend our deepest condolences to their friends and family,” said Van Do-Reynoso, PhD, Director of Public Health.

The case count is now at 544 confirmed cases with 442 of those have fully recovered. Of the 102 active cases, 27 are recovering at home, 37 are in the hospitals with 11 of those in the ICU. Nineteen are pending an update, public health reported.

The new cases reported are two from South County unincorporated areas including Montecito, Summerland and Carpinteria; four in Santa Barbara; four in Goleta; one in Lompoc; six in Santa Maria; and one location pending. The ages range from minors to over 70 years of age. 

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). 

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.