Head of Santa Barbara County Public Health Dr. Van Do-Reynoso announced the county's second positive coronavirus patient today at the Board of Supervisors meeting. | Credit: Len Wood, Santa Maria Times

This morning, Dr. Van Do-Reynoso announced Santa Barbara County’s second confirmed case of COVID-19. The report from Santa Barbara County’s head of Public Health came during a current status report at the Board of Supervisor’s meeting in Santa Maria on March 17.

Dr. Do-Reynoso had few details to share, but she stated the individual was in their fifties and was believed to have contracted the disease from a known case living in San Luis Obispo.

The report came to her staff last night around 10:30 p.m., and they immediately began their investigation. Her information was as of 6 a.m. this morning.

Do-Reynoso also revealed a much higher number of tests conducted for coronavirus: 128 tests. At last night’s press conference, she had explained that Public Health’s previous test numbers had been only those performed by her department. The new elevated number included tests from other providers like clinics and private doctors. Of those 128 tests, 31 were negative and 95 were pending. The positive count has risen now to two.

[Update: March 17, 2020, 12:30 p.m.] Further details on the second coronavirus patient in the county were released this afternoon: Public Health stated the person has no underlying health conditions and is recovering in isolation at home. The person had no history of travel, had contact with a San Luis Obispo case, but no contact with the Orcutt case, Santa Barbara’s first.

Close contacts are being identified, including friends, family members, and health-care providers, and Public Health will monitor them in turn. Tests for infection will be made as needed. Should further public precautions become evident, an announcement would be made immediately.


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