SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. – There has been a slight increase of COVID-19 cases in Santa Barbara County.
“We’re seeing an uptick in cases in the last two weeks,” said County Public Health Director Van Do-Reynoso.
What is happening back east is now happening here – a 19% increase in Santa Barbara County COVID cases.
“It is related to the omicron subvariant BA.2,” said Do-Reynoso.
That's the same variant sweeping across the country, and is one of the reasons for the increase locally.
Other reasons include what health experts call the community being “mobile.”
“We are enjoying traveling and getting out and about,” said Do-Reynoso.
At Lompoc Valley Medical Center, COVID-19 hospitalizations are relatively low.
“We do have one hospitalized, not critical, just in our meds department, they will be discharged later this week,” said Chief Nursing Officer Yvette Cope.
But medical workers will not let their guard down.
“We’ll not be going not be going down anytime soon. We’re still requiring anybody who comes into the building to put on a surgical mask,” said Cope. “Still screening everybody who comes through.”
Health leaders pledge to keep a close eye so they can mobilize across the county if a significant surge is coming.
“We have such strong partnerships who want to support us in our mission to protect our community,” said Do-Reynoso.