On May 5, Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) reported the ninth death of someone who tested positive for Covid-19. The individual who passed resided in the city of Santa Barbara in the unincorporated Mission Canyon area and was in their 40s with underlying health conditions. There are now 544 confirmed cases of Covid-19, of which 442 have fully recovered.
In the South County communities of Montecito, Summerland and Carpinteria, there are 24 confirmed cases and no deaths. Lompoc’s federal prison has 107 cases, including one death. Other cities showing steady rises include Santa Maria with 158 cases, including two deaths; the city of Lompoc with 85, including one death; and Santa Barbara with 67 cases and one death. Goleta has 11 confirmed cases and two deaths.
The county has now given 5,230 tests for Covid-19. Four were inconclusive and 4,682 were negative.
While most cases of Covid-19 exhibit mild or moderate symptoms, the county’s growing case numbers and first deaths from Covid-19 underscore the urgent need for all residents to take extra steps to protect those who are particularly vulnerable to developing more serious illness, including elderly persons and those with underlying health conditions such as diabetes, cancer, immunodeficiency and asthma.
For general questions about Covid-19 and precautions currently recommended by Santa Barbara County Public Health, residents may call the county’s call center at (833) 688-5551.