Santa Barbara County Public Health officials reported 58 new cases of COVID-19 and two more related fatalities on Thursday.
One of the individuals who died was older than age 70, one was between ages 30 and 49, and both had underlying medical conditions. The residents lived in the Santa Ynez Valley and Santa Maria.
The county’s cumulative COVID-19 death toll rose to 519.
The number of COVID-19 patients who warranted hospital treatment fell by four from Wednesday, while the number of COVID-19 patients being treated in intensive-care units jumped up by three. There were 33 patients hospitalized for the virus on Wednesday, including 16 in the ICU.
Of the new cases reported Thursday, 34 were from the Santa Maria Valley and five from the Lompoc Valley. The Santa Ynez Valley reported four new cases, the Goleta Valley and Santa Barbara each added three, and the unincorporated areas of the South County logged two.
There were no new cases reported in Isla Vista, and seven cases were pending geographic locations.
There were 311 cases still considered to be infectious countywide as of Thursday, and there have been 43,617 confirmed cases since the pandemic began.
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