Covid Cases Continue to Surge in Santa Barbara County

••• “This week, Covid-19 exploded in Santa Barbara County so much that the Public Health Department had to extend the axes on the graphs that track virus data. […] The county reported 512 new Covid cases on Thursday—the highest number of cases ever reported in one day. There were 1,938 active cases, a near record-high. There were 178 hospitalized due to Covid, 59 of whom were in an intensive care unit. There were four new reported deaths. The case rate was over 60 per 100,000, and testing positivity was 16.5 percent, both record highs.” —Independent

••• “Santa Barbara County Public Health officials on Saturday reported 600 new Covid-19 cases and 12 more related fatalities in the past two days.” —Noozhawk

••• The buyer of Sotto Il Monte, the magnificent 1927 estate on Sycamore Canyon Road, was “video game exec John Riccitiello [….] The former longtime Entertainment Arts CEO—he’s been CEO of San Francisco-based video game software developer Unity Technologies since 2014—paid a whopping $32.3 million for the premises.” It’s pictured at top. —Dirt

••• Forensic anthropology students from UCSB are helping to search for the remains of Jack Cantin, who was 17 when he perished in the debris flow. —KSBY

••• A cat was reunited with one of its owners three years after disappearing in the debris flow. —Noozhawk

••• “Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s detectives are asking for the public’s help in finding the suspect involved in a deadly shooting on Thursday afternoon in Goleta. […] The suspect is described as being a man in his 20s with dark hair. He was last seen wearing white, baggy blue jeans and a gray shirt. […] Detectives are asking residents who live within a half-mile radius of Burtis Street to check their video surveillance systems for footage between the hours of 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Thursday and to send in any information available to the Sheriff’s Office.” —KEYT

••• Andrea Navarro bought the Pet House store in Goleta 19 years after she started working there as a cashier.” —Noozhawk

••• “Channel Islands Surfboards is returning to its roots. The Carpinteria-based company, which has been owned by Burton Snowboards since 2006, is in the process of being resold to a collective of investors headed by Britt Merrick, the son of founders Al and Terry Merrick.” —Noozhawk

••• From a press release on Edhat: “Los Padres National Forest officials announced that the Forest Order prohibiting recreational shooting except in permitted gun ranges has been extended until June 30, 2021, to provide for public safety due to continuing high fire danger conditions and the potential for a wildfire sparked by target shooting.”


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