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Two more people die from COVID-19 as Santa Barbara County increases its case count to 16k+

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Posted at 3:56 PM, Dec 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-26 18:56:48-05

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department announced Saturday that two additional community members died from COVID-19, increasing the county's death toll to 153.

According to the health department, both people were older than 70 and had underlying health conditions, with one of the deaths being associated with an outbreak at a congregate living facility.

County health officials also said the decedents lived in the areas of the city of Santa Barbara and unincorporated areas of Mission Canyon, as well as the city of Lompoc and communities of Mission Hills and Vandenberg Village.

Santa Barbara County health officials reported 426 new cases of the virus, bringing up the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 to 16,083 as of Saturday afternoon.

The public health department said 14,766 people have recovered from the virus so far, including community members and those incarcerated in county prisons. Officials said 26 patients are recovering in an intensive care unit.

The following is a breakdown of all cases by location:

  • Santa Maria - 6,048
  • Santa Barbara - 2,475
  • Lompoc - 1,710
  • Lompoc federal prison - 1,038
  • Orcutt - 789
  • Guadalupe and North County unincorporated areas (Sisquoc, Casmalia, Garey, Cuyama, New Cuyama) - 654
  • Isla Vista - 649
  • Goleta - 671
  • Unincorporated Goleta Valley and Gaviota - 484
  • Carpinteria and South County unincorporated areas (Montecito, Summerland) - 453
  • Santa Ynez Valley (Solvang, Buellton, Santa Ynez, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Ballard) - 386

An additional 726 cases are listed as "pending" location.

County health officials said 835 health care workers in the county have tested positive for COVID-19.