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A glimmer of optimism about some of the coronavirus statistics on the Central and South Coasts may be gone this morning.

Santa Barbara County Public Health officials say issues with the state’s coronavirus data counting system means numbers for the last week may be off, and on the low side.

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.

A technical glitch led to a major error in the undercounting of coronavirus deaths in Santa Barbara County.  It’s nearly double what had been previously reported.  It happened in the transition from Santa Barbara County’s manual counting of coronavirus data to a state data system.

The number of new coronavirus cases across the state, and on the Central and South Coasts continues to mushroom.

Some 12,800 new cases were reported statewide Wednesday.  In our region, 278 additional cases were documented, including 94 in Ventura County, 160 in Santa Barbara County, and 24 in San Luis Obispo County.

The number of diagnosed coronavirus cases on the Central and South Coasts now tops the 9000 mark.  The regional total currently stands at 9094, with 256 new cases reported Friday.

Ventura County has 153 new cases, pushing its total to 4246. Santa Barbara County reported 75 new cases, hitting 3943.  And, San Luis Obispo County's latest total is 905 cases.  Most of those infected have already recovered.

The number of diagnosed coronavirus cases on the Central and South Coast continues to grow at a rate that has the region’s health officials concerned.

Nearly 200 new cases were reported Tuesday.  The total number surged past the 8400 mark, now standing at 8408 cases.

A new Grand Jury report says Santa Barbara County needs to do more to give kids an alternative to gangs.  It says at the same time the county needs to reestablish its disbanded Sheriff’s Office gang unit.

The Santa Barbara County Grand Jury studied the gang problem in the county, as well as the current response to it.  It found that laws have become more lenient towards gang activity, and that gangs have also shifted tactics to avoid prosecution.

The overall number of diagnosed coronavirus cases on the Central and South Coasts sailed past the 7000 mark Thursday, with more than 280 new cases reported in the region.

The current total is 7190 cases.  Ventura County has 3240 cases, Santa Barbara County 3275, and San Luis Obispo County’s updated total is 675 cases.  Most of those diagnosed with the virus have already recovered.

The continuing surge in new coronavirus cases in California prompted the governor to order new restrictions for restaurants, and other sectors of the economy in 19 of the state’s counties, including Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties.

Two out of the three counties on the Central and South Coasts have reported big surges in new coronavirus cases.  Ventura County reported 186 new cases Tuesday, and San Luis Obispo County 44.  Santa Barbara County didn’t update its numbers Tuesday because of a data system upgrade.

The surge in coronavirus cases on the Central and South Coasts has eased slightly.

The latest numbers show 85 new cases in the region, less than half of what was reported Wednesday.  The total number of cases since the start of the crisis now stands at 5407.

A new Santa Barbara County Grand Jury report says coronavirus isn’t the only health crisis facing the county. It calls homelessness the county’s everyday epidemic. The new report says government agencies aren’t doing enough to deal with the crisis. 

California has seen the biggest one day surge in new coronavirus cases since the start of the crisis, and the Central and South Coasts are part of it. 

There have been five additional coronavirus related deaths, and more than 300 new diagnosed coronavirus cases on the Central and South Coasts.

Three new deaths are linked to a coronavirus outbreak at a senior care facility in Santa Barbara County, bringing the total there to nine.  County health officials say the latest deaths at the Country Oaks Care Center in Santa Maria were all people in their 70’s.  Ventura County had one additional death, a person in their 90’s with preexisting health conditions.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases on the Central and South Coasts continues to grow, now topping the 4500 mark.  4559 cases have now been diagnosed in the region.

Santa Barbara County is at 2320 cases, up 67 from Thursday. 

Santa Barbara County Health officials say they are concerned, because there’s been an increase of 50 cases or more a day in the county for the last week. 

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