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12 more people test positive for COVID-19 in Santa Barbara County; total now 385 cases and four deaths

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Posted at 4:10 PM, Apr 18, 2020

12 more people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Santa Barbara County bringing the county total to 385 cases.

According to the Santa Barbara County Public Heath Department (PHD), an additional person has died of COVID-19 bringing the total number of deaths to four. The individual who passed was incarcerated at the Lompoc Prison.

“Public Health extends our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of the individual who unfortunately passed,” said Santa Barbara County Public Health Director Dr. Van Do-Reynoso. “We continue to actively partner with Prison and State Leadership to mitigate exposure both inside and outside of the facility to prevent further spread of the virus.”

The first reported death of an inmate at the prison was announced Friday.

Health officials say they expect cases at the prison to increase over the coming weeks.

Of the new cases, seven are in the city of Lompoc and the communities of Mission Hills and Vandenberg Village, three in Santa Maria, one in Orcutt and one in the unincorporated areas of Sisquoc, Casmalia, Garey, Cuyama, New Cuyama, and the City of Guadalupe.

Ages of new confirmed cases:

149 people are recovering at home, 41 are recovering in a hospital, 14 of whom are in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 170 have fully recovered, and 21 are pending an update. Four deaths have been reported.

Of the total cases, 49 health care workers have tested positive for the novel virus.

Click here for the latest COVID-19 information in Santa Barbara County.