Santa Barbara County reported 22 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, according to the California Department of Public Health.

The county has tallied a total of 9,256 cases, with 115 deaths.

No new fatalities were reported Saturday, according to the state.

There were 23 confirmed COVID-19 patients being treated in local hospitals, with one additional suspected case.

Of those, five coronavirus patients were in intensive-care units.

The county’s 14-day average as of Saturday was 28 cases per day, while the seven-day average also was 28 cases per day.

Age breakdowns and geographic locations of coronavirus patients were not available because the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department has stopped providing updates on new COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths on weekends and holidays.

Still, the county must report cases to the state.

The Surveillance Metrics Dashboard states that data presented on the county’s website may not match the state’s updated numbers because of reporting rates and the county “actively engages in quality assurance efforts to ensure COVID-19 data is being accurately reported to the public.”

“On occasion, this may mean that data need to be updated to reflect new guidance or to address potential data entry errors as well as reconciliations of data following state updates,” the county’s website says.

The state data websites have different reporting times for positive cases and test results, according to county public health officials.

Under California’s COVID-19 reopening scheme, officially known as the Blueprint for a Safer Economy, all 58 counties are assigned to one of four tiers based on the weekly rate of new lab-confirmed cases of the coronavirus and the rate of positive diagnostic tests. The tiers set parameters for modifications to the economy, operations, activities and schools.

When the system was introduced in late August, Santa Barbara County was placed in the purple tier, the most-restrictive category. It recently was reassigned to the red tier, the second most-restrictive category, which means the coronavirus is “substantial” in the region.

County officials are expected to announce an update on COVID-19 cases Monday afternoon.

The Board of Supervisors is scheduled to receive an update on the coronavirus, and the county’s response and operations during a remote meeting Tuesday.

The meeting will be live-streamed online and on the county’s YouTube channel as well as being broadcast on CSBTV Channel 20.

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