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Santa Barbara Co. reports 56 new COVID-19 cases, pauses reopening plans

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Posted at 6:10 PM, Jun 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-17 21:10:02-04

Santa Barbara County reported 56 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the county's total to 2,171 confirmed cases as of June 17.

Of that total, 988 cases are inmates at the federal prison in Lompoc.

Of the cases in the community, 57 people are hospitalized, including 15 patients in the ICU. Another 204 people are recovering at home and 829 people have recovered.

Because of a recent increase in hospitalizations along with ongoing increases in positive coronavirus cases, county officials have decided to pause further reopening of the economy.

Personal care businesses were supposed to be able to reopen this Friday, following state guidance, but now must remain closed. That includes nail salons, tattoo and piercing businesses, massage therapy services, and skin care services, such as facials and waxing.

"Out of an abundance of caution and for the safety of all community members, particularly our most vulnerable, Public Health leadership has decided to hold on further reopening," said Dr. Henning Ansorg, County Health Officer. "We urge all residents to take this time to evaluate how they can limit their exposure to people outside their homes. This virus will continue to spread unless we take action to stop it."

Santa Barbara County has had 22 deaths attributed to COVID-19.

Three free coronavirus testing sites remain open to the public in Santa Barbara County. They are located at the Santa Maria Fairpark in Santa Maria, the Earl Warren Showgrounds in Santa Barbara, and at 1745 Mission Drive in Solvang.

To make an appointment, visit lhi.care/covidtesting or call 888-634-1123.

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