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Two Cases Of UK COVID-19 Variant Detected In Santa Barbara County


Santa Barbara County now has had two documented cases of what’s known as the UK variant of COVID-19.  The two cases were unrelated to each other.  Neither of the people who had the virus had traveled abroad.  Both people have since recovered.  The variant is a concern because it’s thought to be more contagious.

Ventura County has had suspected cases of the UK variant discovered through sewage testing, but public health officials haven’t positively confirmed them.

148 new COVID-19 cases were reported on the Central and South Coasts Thursday, as the numbers continue to trend down.  60 cases were in Ventura County, 52 in Santa Barbara County, and 36 in San Luis Obispo County.

There were also seven new COVID-19 related deaths in the region.  Three were in Ventura County, and four were in Santa Barbara County.  The overall death toll now stands at 940 in Ventura County. 434 in Santa Barbara County, and 253 in San Luis Obispo County.