Santa Barbara County reported 77 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, including a surge of new infections among Isla Vista residents.

The county Public Health Department also reported another COVID-19 death, bringing the county’s total to 68.

The case count in Isla Vista, the densely populated community adjacent to UCSB, jumped by 13 to 69, a 23 percent increase.

The fatality was described as a person older than age 70 with underlying medical conditions and living in a congregate-living facility in Santa Barbara.

No other information was released about the person, including when he or she died, with public health officials citing possible privacy concerns.

Of the other new cases, 35 were in Santa Maria, six were in Santa Barbara, five in Lompoc, three each in Goleta and Orcutt, two in the Montecito-Summerland-Carpinteria area, and one each in the unincorporated Goleta Valley and the unincorporated Santa Maria Valley.

Santa Barbara County Public Health DepartmentAug. 6

Difference from previous day

Total positive cases6,652+ 77
COVID-19-related deaths 68+ 1
COVID-19 patients in county hospitals81– 1
COVID-19 ICU patients25Unchanged
Total test results81,915+ 603
Seven-day average test positivity rate 11.2%+ 0.5%

Geographic locations were pending on eight cases.

There were 81 COVID-19 patients in local hospitals, down from 88 two days ago, with 25 in intensive care units, which is unchanged the past two days.

The county’s daily testing-positivity rate — based on 603 tests — was 13 percent on Thursday.

There have been 6,652 COVID-19 cases reported overall in the county, of which 6,379 people have fully recovered.

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 New cases reported Aug. 6Active cases by areaTotal reported cases by area
South County: Montecito, Summerland, Carpinteria24154
Santa Barbara and Mission Canyon640871
Isla Vista131769
Western Goleta Valley and Gaviota11115
Santa Ynez Valley0074
Lompoc, Vandenberg Village, Mission Hills524491
Lompoc federal correctional complex001019
Santa Maria35782,990
North County: Guadalupe, Cuyama, New Cuyama, Garey, Casmalia, Sisquoc15267
Pending location825235
Santa Barbara County total 772056,652
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