The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) has confirmed four additional cases of COVID-19 today. This makes 68 total confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Santa Barbara County. Below are more details about the four cases announced March 29:

Case #65­—in their 70s and resides in the South County Unincorporated Areas, which include communities of Montecito, Toro Canyon, Summerland and the City of Carpinteria

Case #66—in their 60s and resides in the North County Unincorporated Areas which include New Cuyama, Sisquoc, Casmalia, Garey, and City of Guadalupe

Case #67—in their 40s and in the North County Unincorporated Areas which include New Cuyama, Sisquoc, Casmalia, Garey, and City of Guadalupe

Case #68—in their 20s and resides in the City of Santa Maria

Although PHD has released the cities and areas where confirmed COVID-19 cases have occurred, it is critical that residents in all areas of the county stay at home and practice social distancing when performing essential tasks outside their home.

Of the 68 cases, 45 are recovering at home, eight persons are recovering in a hospital, six of which are in an Intensive Care Unit, 14 have fully recovered, and one is pending an update.

PHD is prioritizing thorough investigations for cases with exposures in healthcare and other congregate settings to identify persons who may have been exposed. Mandated social distancing measures are in place to slow the spread of the virus.