On Jan. 10, Santa Barbara County reported a record high in new Covid-19 cases, 779 in one day and 0% ICU availability. Two days later, on Jan. 12, new cases were reportedly lower, 470, however, the Public Health Department reported eight new deaths on the day, including one in the South County communities of Carpinteria, Summerland and Montecito. Of the Jan. 12 deaths, seven individuals were over 70 and one was between 50-69 years of age; six had underlying medical issues and three deaths were associated with an outbreak at congregate facilities.
There are now 22,237 positive cases of Covid-19 in Santa Barbara County, including 207 deaths. Of the positive cases reported, 786 are from the South County communities, which includes Carpinteria. In the city of Santa Barbara there have been 3,740 cases. Countywide, 1,015 infections have been among health care workers.
There are currently 2,895 cases that are still classified as infectious countywide, including 183 in the South County communities of Montecito, Summerland and Carpinteria. The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department has tested 356,957 people for Covid-19 thus far. For more information, visit publichealthsbc.org.