A South County person in their 60s with underlying health conditions has passed away at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara due to complications with COVID-19, the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department said Sunday.
It is the county’s second death over the past week.
“Public Health shares our deepest condolences with the family and friends of this community member,” said Santa Barbara County Health Officer Dr. Henning Ansorg. “We continue to ask for the support of every resident as we move forward and get through this difficult time. Only with the help of every person in our community will we make a difference in slowing the spread of this virus.”
Cottage Health also extended condolences on Sunday night.
“We are deeply saddened by this loss as we work diligently to help our patients recover. Our hearts are with all those in the hospital and in our community who are feeling the impact of this virus,” the statement read.
The PHD also announced six additional confirmed COVID-19 cases, bringing the county’s total to 174.
Four of the new cases are in Santa Maria, while both Goleta and the unincorporated area of Montecito, Summerland and Carpinteria each added one.
Of the 174 cases, 103 are recovering at home, 27 are recovering in a hospital (19 of which are in intensive care unit), 40 have fully recovered and two are pending an update.
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