Santa Barbara County reported 23 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, along with one additional death.
Over the last three days there have been 115 cases, for an average of just over 38 per day, according to the county Public Health Department.
However, the last seven days have seen an average of just under 33 cases per day, which is nearing the threshold — 31 cases — that would allow the county to move to the less restrictive red tier, from the purple tier, under the state’s system for reopening businesses, schools and other activities.
The county also continues to see improvement in the number of COVID-19 patients being treated in local hospitals. There were 30 on Monday, with eight in intensive care units.
The person who died lived in the city of Santa Maria, was in the 50-69 age group, and had underlying medical conditions, but did not live in a congregate-living facility, according to public health officials.
The latest fatality brings the number of COVID-19 deaths in the county to 106 — 103 in the community and three at the Lompoc Federal Prison Complex.
Of the new cases reported Monday, there are six in the Lompoc Valley, four in the Santa Maria Valley, three each in Isla Vista and Goleta, two in Santa Barbara, and one in the Santa Ynez Valley.
Geographic locations were pending on four cases.
The county Board of Supervisors is scheduled to receive an update on COVID-19 at its meeting Tuesday.