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23 new COVID-19 cases, 2 deaths reported Tuesday are among lowest count to date
Santa Barbara County

23 new COVID-19 cases, 2 deaths reported Tuesday are among lowest count to date

From the What you need to know for Wednesday, September 2 series

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department confirmed 23 additional COVID-19 cases Tuesday along with two deaths resulting from the virus.

The daily count is one of the lowest seen by the county, as officials wait for daily case rates to drop to 32 or lower in order to move the county into the next reopening phase

As of Tuesday, the county's total case count is 8,164, with 209 cases considered to still be active. 

The two deceased individuals were both over 70 years of age and had underlying health conditions, according to the county. One was a Santa Maria resident and the other was a resident of the unincorporated North County area, which includes Sisquoc, Casmalia, Garey,  Cuyama, New Cuyama, and Guadalupe, according to the county. 

The deaths reported Tuesday are the 94th and 95th related to COVID-19 in the county. A total of 51 deaths have occurred in Santa Maria and five deaths have now occurred in the unincorporated North County area. 

Hospitalizations have continued to drop in Santa Barbara County with 36 individuals hospitalized, including 17 in the ICU, according to county data. 

COVID-19 in San Luis Obispo County 

Neighboring San Luis Obispo County confirmed 25 additional cases on Tuesday, bringing the county's total past the 3,000-case mark. 

The county has confirmed 3,007 total cases with 428 still active.

In an outbreak at the California Men's Colony in San Luis Obispo, 265 cases have been confirmed by the county. 

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), which shares COVID-19 data for state correctional facilities, has confirmed a slightly higher number with 271 cases as of Tuesday.

Neither the county nor the CDCR have confirmed any inmate deaths in connection with the illness as of Monday.

This story was updated to correct the metric that Santa Barbara County needs to meet to advance on to the next state tier. The county must meet a daily case rate of 32, not a positivity rate. 

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Santa Maria City Reporter

Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Laura Place covers city government, policy and elections in Santa Maria and Santa Barbara County. Follow her on Twitter @itslaurasplace

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