The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department reported six new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, and no additional fatalities from the virus.
The county has confirmed 34,513 residents have been infected with the novel coronavirus since the first positive case was reported in March 2020, with more than 34,000 (nearly 99%) of those having recovered, the online status report released Thursday showed.
Countywide, 451 residents have died of COVID-19 to date, according to public health officials. The county’s first reported death occurred in April last year.
There were nine COVID-19 patients being treated in local hospitals on Thursday, including three of them in intensive care units.
Of the new positive cases reported Thursday, two were in Santa Maria and one was in the Santa Barbara area.
Geographic locations were pending on three cases.
About 30 Santa Barbra County residents were still considered to be infectious with COVID-19, according to the Community Data Dashboard.
The county’s test positivity rate stood at about 0.7% on Thursday.
There have been 35 new COVID-19 cases reported over the past week in the county, averaging just over five new cases per day.
That’s nearly a 38% decrease compared to the week before, when county officials reported about eight new cases per day, according to data tracking by Noozhawk.
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