Santa Maria resident between 18 and 29 dies from COVID-19; high schools to hold vaccination clinics

Sep. 14—The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department reported 279 new COVID-19 cases over the Sept. 11 to 12 weekend, followed by 63 new cases and one death from the illness on Monday.

Monday's death was of a Santa Maria resident between the ages of 18 and 29, the third reported death in this age range since the beginning of the pandemic, according to county public health data

As of Monday, 563 COVID-19 cases remain active in the county, according to county data. The county recently passed a new benchmark of 40,000 total cases earlier this month.

Of the 279 weekend cases, 138 were reported Saturday, followed by 141 on Sunday, according to county data.

Sixty-six county residents were hospitalized for COVID-19 as of Monday, including 18 individuals in the intensive care unit, county data shows.

Residents are encouraged to receive the COVID-19 vaccine to prevent against severe illness and death from the virus. Unvaccinated Santa Barbara County residents are approximately four times more quickly to contract COVID-19 than those who have received the vaccine, according to county data.

The vaccine is free and available to all residents age 12 and up, regardless of documentation status. To find a nearby vaccine appointment or walk-in clinic, visit

Around 67% of all eligible county residents are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

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