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Another 600+ New Coronavirus Case Day For Central, South Coasts; Hospitals Sill Have ICU Capacity


More than 620 new coronavirus cases were reported on the Central and South Coasts Friday.

Ventura County had 379 additional cases, and San Luis Obispo County 185.  Santa Barbara County’s number was its lowest in days, with 59 reported.  The region’s total now stands at just over 44,500.

This week, the Solvang City Council passed a resolution saying it would not enforce the regional stay at home order currently in effect.  The Council said restaurants should continue to be allowed to offer in person, outdoor service.

But, Santa Barbara County Supervisor Gregg Hart called out the city for its position.  Hart says most restaurants in the city are doing what he calls the right thing, and following the health orders.

The 11 county Southern California region is reporting just 6.2% of the region’s hospital intensive care unit beds are available.  It’s down from 7.7% Thursday.  When the region's ICU capacity fell below the 15% level last weekend, it triggered the new stay at home order.

Capacity in the Tri-Counties is much higher at more than 9% in Ventura County, and 32% in Santa Barbara County.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.