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Santa Barbara County confirms 35 new COVID-19 cases, 1 death in Lompoc

Santa Barbara County confirms 35 new COVID-19 cases, 1 death in Lompoc

From the What you need to know for Friday, August 28 series

Thirty-five additional COVID-19 cases and one death as a result of the illness have been confirmed in Santa Barbara County, according to data shared by the Public Health Department on Thursday. 

The total number of confirmed cases in the county is now 7,951, with 228 cases considered still active and contagious.

The deceased individual was a resident of the Lompoc area who was over 70 years old and had underlying health conditions, according to the county.

This is the eighth death in the area, which also includes the Mission Hills and Vandenberg Village, and the 91st death in the county. 

Hospitalizations have dropped slightly since Wednesday, with 52 individuals currently hospitalized, including 22 in the ICU. 

COVID-19 cases by area

Although case rates have dropped considerably over the past few weeks, Santa Maria remains the hot spot for COVID-19, with 94 cases still active and 3,508 confirmed thus far. Forty-seven individuals have died. 

The community of Orcutt currently has five active cases out of 255 confirmed thus far. Four deaths have been confirmed in the area.

In the city of Lompoc, 19 cases are currently active and 629 cases have been confirmed thus far. A total of eight individuals have died.

The Santa Ynez Valley has 14 active cases and has seen 110 total cases. Two individuals have died in connection with the virus.

There continue to be no active cases at the Federal Penitentiary in Lompoc, where 1,019 cases have been confirmed and three individuals have died in connection with the virus.

COVID-19 in San Luis Obispo County 

Neighboring San Luis Obispo County confirmed 50 new COVID-19 cases Thursday for a total of 2,842 cases, with 456 still active.

In an outbreak at the California Men's Colony in San Luis Obispo, 239 cases have been confirmed, according to county data.

According to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), which shares COVID-19 data for state correctional facilities, 151 cases remain active at the facility.

Public health officials have warned that the county's numbers will not always match the data of the department due to different reporting systems. On its website, the CDCR reported 244 total cases as of Thursday, slightly off from the county's number. 

The CDCR also reported that no inmates had died in connection with the illness as of Thursday.

Editor's note: This story was updated to correct a statement regarding COVID-19 cases at the California Men's Colony -- 244 total cases were reported by the CDCR as of Thursday. 

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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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