There were 131 cases of COVID-19 in Santa Barbara County last week, according to the Community Data Dashboard. In total, there have been 111,455 cases of COVID-19 and 759 related deaths in the county.

The seven-day test positivity rate in the county was 6.1%, a -0.3% change from the prior week.

On Thursday, there were 16 COVID-19-positive patients hospitalized in the county, nine of whom were from the North County and seven from the South County. There were no patients in intensive-care units.

Community levels for COVID-19 remain low, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s metric.

According to California’s state vaccine tracker, 70% of Santa Barbara County residents — 317,300 people — have completed the primary series of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Countywide, 23.9%, or 75,543 people, have received the bivalent booster vaccines.

Statewide, 72.6% of California residents have completed the primary series of the COVID-19 vaccine and 24.3% of Californians have received the bivalent booster.

California’s state of emergency for COVID-19 is set to end Feb. 28. California is one of the last seven states to still have a state of emergency in place, according to Cap Radio

“Although the holiday season passed without a large COVID-19 surge, the virus continues to spread through the country. In California, about 30 people die daily from the disease, and nationwide, some 450 die each day,” according to Cap Radio.

The emergency order allowed funding to be allocated for COVID-19 resources such as testing facilities as well as to allow the governor to order masking mandates and temporary stay-at-home orders.

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Grace Kitayama, Noozhawk Staff Writer

Grace Kitayama is a Noozhawk staff writer.