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New COVID-19 cases drop in Santa Barbara County but officials say don’t let up

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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- Santa Barbara County's confirmed COVID-19 cases are low to start the week. Tuesday Santa Barbara County Public Health officials stated 29 new cases were confirmed in the county.

Santa Barbara County has six-day average of 70.67 new cases per day. Normally a seven-day average is given, but on the seventh day August 12, due to the Cal-REDIE error in reporting, the 16 news cases is not confirmed.

Santa Barbara County has a fourteen-day average of 78.7 new cases per day. That again excludes August 12 due to the reporting error.

Santa Maria has seen the most cases in the county. They saw their highest single day confirmed cases in July. On July 1 there were 156 cases, July 14 saw 113 new cases and on July 16 saw 112 new cases.

Santa Barbara is second among city in total cases. In July, Santa Barbara also saw its largest single day totals. On July 1 there were 35 confirmed cases and on July 16 there were 44 new cases.

July 1 saw the biggest single day increase for the county during the pandemic of 268 confirmed cases.

Tuesday Santa Barbara had six new cases and Santa Maria had two.

Santa Barbara Public Health officer Dr. Henning Ansorg said his staff triple checked the numbers because they were so low. He said he is optimistic with the downward trend in Santa Barbara County and the state. But he quick emphasizes that this is a trend and it can easily go back up. That's why we must continue to wear masks, wash our hands and social distance.

Dr. Ansorg attributes increased mask wearing as a major reason for the drop in the numbers. He said wearing a mask lessens the chances of a person spreading droplets from with COVID-19 from their nose and mouth. And it also helps protect a person from breathing in those invected droplets.

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