By Raiza Giorgi


Only three new cases of COVID-19 were reported by Santa Barbara County Public Health officials on Sunday afternoon. 

All of the cases were in North County with two in Santa Maria and one in Orcutt. The total cases are now at 471 with more than 320 who have fully recovered, which brings the active cases to 151. Of those 37 are recovering in a hospital with 13 of those in the ICU; 100 people are recovering at home and 7 are pending an update. 

Seven deaths have been reported, however one death reported on Friday afternoon the Star has questioned as public officials stated the death occurred at Lompoc Valley Medical Center, and LVMC officials said no death had occurred. Public health hasn’t responded to several requests to clarify. 

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,

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.