The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department reported 61 new COVID-19 cases and one additional coronavirus-related death on Wednesday.

According to the Community Data Dashboard, the death was a Santa Maria resident between the ages of 50 and 69 who had underlying medical conditions. The death was associated with a congregate-care site.

Hospitalizations of COVID-19-positive individuals are continuing to decrease, as there were 47 reported Wednesday, with nine of those patients being treated in intensive-care units throughout the county.

Of the 61 COVID-19 cases reported Wednesday, 29 were in the Santa Maria Valley and 15 were in the Santa Barbara area.

The Lompoc Valley accounted for four cases and the Goleta Valley recorded three.

The Santa Ynez Valley and Isla Vista each reported one case.

There were eight COVID-19 cases pending geographic location as of Wednesday.

Since the pandemic first began, the Public Health Department has reported 84,100 COVID-19 cases in the county and 648 deaths related to the virus. There are currently 701 cases considered still infectious or active.

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Serena Guentz, Noozhawk Staff Writer

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