It was stunning. An error in transition between data reporting systems led to a massive undercounting of coronavirus related deaths in Santa Barbara County. Santa Barbara County Supervisor Gregg Hart says there’s no way to sugar coat the news.
Up until Friday, Santa Barbara County had been reporting 32 coronavirus related deaths in the county since the start of the pandemic. After the data issue was discovered, 28 additional deaths were disclosed, bringing the county’s total to 60.