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Eleven new COVID-19 cases reported in Santa Barbara Co.; total now 440

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Posted at 4:44 PM, Apr 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-22 19:44:45-04

Santa Barbara County reported 11 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the county's total to 440 cases as of April 22.

Health Officer Dr. Henning Ansorg said 41 patients are hospitalized with 12 in the ICU. Another 186 people are recovering at home and 194 are considered fully recovered.

Santa Barbara County has had five deaths from COVID-19.

Dr. Ansorg said none of the new cases reported Wednesday are linked to the outbreak at the federal prison in Lompoc.

At a press conference Wednesday, Santa Barbara County Supervisor Gregg Hart said that the Board of Supervisors sent a letter to Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday, asking for financial assistance in handling the COVID-19 crisis. He said because the county's population is less than 500,000, it is not eligible for federal coronavirus funding. Hart said it's estimated the county has already spent about $40 million responding to the coronavirus crisis.

Hart added that the county is working to develop a plan for reopening the economy.

For more information on the county's COVID-19 response, visit publichealthsbc.org.