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9 cases of COVID-19 in Santa Barbara County

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Posted at 5:06 PM, Mar 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-20 20:06:20-04

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department is reporting nine confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of Friday, March 20.

Health officials say the increase in cases demonstrates widespread community transmission.

Public Health Officer Dr. Henning Ansorg said at a news conference Friday afternoon that social distancing is the only option to slow the spread of COVID-19. He is urging the younger population to take this outbreak seriously because younger and healthier people can still become very ill as a result of the disease.

Of the nine patients confirmed to have the novel coronavirus, Dr. Ansorg said none have been hospitalized and all are well into recovery.