The Public Health Department reported two more COVID-19-related deaths on Wednesday, including a Goleta resident and a Santa Maria resident.

One of the people was in the 18-29 age range and the other was in the 30-49 age range, according to Public Health.

There have been 508 COVID-19-related deaths reported in Santa Barbara County since the start of the pandemic.

The majority of the deaths reported in the past three months have been among people younger than 70, a reversal of earlier pandemic trends.

Public Health reported 84 new novel coronavirus cases Wednesday. 

Local hospitals reported 38 COVID-19-positive patients including 17 people in intensive care units.

Santa Barbara County Public Health Department hospital patients vaccination status

(Santa Barbara County Public Health Department photo)

Fifteen of those ICU patients were on ventilators, according to the county data dashboard.

Public Health officials reported Tuesday that 85% of COVID-19-positive patients were unvaccinated in May through September.  

Unvaccinated people also have a significantly higher case rate for the novel coronavirus, compared to fully vaccinated people, according to Public Health.

Of the new cases reported Wednesday, 49 are in the Santa Maria Valley, 12 are in the Santa Barbara area, and eight are in the Lompoc Valley. The Goleta Valley added five cases, the Santa Ynez Valley had three, and Isla Vista and the Montecito-Summerland-Carpinteria area each had two.

Three cases were pending geographic locations.

To date, the county has tallied 42,730 cases of COVID-19.

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