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Santa Barbara County sees new single-day record for COVID-19 cases

Santa Barbara County sees new single-day record for COVID-19 cases

512 cases, 4 deaths reported

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Marian Regional Medical Center nurse Ticity Wilding receives the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday. 

Santa Barbara County set its newest single-day record for COVID-19 cases on Thursday with 512 new cases confirmed, along with four new deaths from the virus. 

The county is also approaching a grim milestone of 20,000 total cases, with 1,938 cases still active and contagious, according to county public health data

The county's most recent COVID-19 deaths included three residents of Santa Barbara and one resident of Santa Maria, according to county data. One was between the ages of 50 and 69 and three were over the age of 70.

Three of the residents had underlying conditions, and one Santa Barbara resident over the age of 70 died in connection with a COVID-19 outbreak at a congregate living facility.

A total of 185 deaths from COVID-19 now has been confirmed in the county.

Hospitalizations for COVID-19 also reached new highs on Thursday, with 178 individuals currently hospitalized, including 59 in the intensive care unit. 

According to state hospitalization data, the majority of the county's COVID-19-positive patients are split between Santa Barbara's Cottage Hospital and Marian Regional Medical Center in Santa Maria, with each treating around 80 patients confirmed for the illness. 

Lompoc Valley Medical Center is treating around nine COVID-19 patients at this time, according to state data.

In the city of Santa Maria, 561 out of 7,273 total cases remain active. Eighty-nine individuals have died.

In the community of Orcutt, 133 out of 1,063 total cases remain active. Ten individuals have died.

In the city of Lompoc, 158 out of 2,054 total cases remain active. Thirteen individuals have died.

In the Santa Ynez Valley areas of Solvang, Buellton, Los Olivos, Los Alamos, Santa Ynez and Ballard, 53 out of 503 total cases remain active. Ten individuals have died.

In the unincorporated North County areas of Sisquoc, Casmalia, Garey, Cuyama, New Cuyama and Guadalupe, 77 out of 834 total cases remain active. Nine individuals have died.

Neighboring San Luis Obispo County reported an additional 412 COVID-19 cases on Thursday, with the number of active cases in the county now passing 3,000.

A total of 12,597 cases now has been confirmed in the county.

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Santa Maria City Reporter

Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Laura Place covers city government, policy and elections in Santa Maria and Santa Barbara County. Follow her on Twitter @itslaurasplace

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