133 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Santa Barbara Co.

Posted at 6:00 PM, Jul 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-24 21:00:08-04

Santa Barbara County reported 133 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the county's total to 5,576 confirmed cases as of July 24.

Of the 362 active cases in the community, 85 people are hospitalized, including 26 patients who are in the ICU.

Health officials say 5,175 people have recovered, including 1,001 inmates at the federal prison in Lompoc.

Santa Barbara County has had 32 deaths attributed to COVID-19.

Health officials say 70,350 coronavirus tests have been conducted in the county so far. According to the Public Health Department's metrics website, about nine percent of tests have been positive over the past seven days.

Three free coronavirus testing sites are open to the community in Santa Barbara County. They are located at the Santa Maria Fairpark in Santa Maria, the Earl Warren Showgrounds in Santa Barbara, and at the AMR Central Training Center in Buellton.

To make an appointment, visit or call 888-634-1123.

County Public Health officials say 29% of the county's total cases are attributed to person-to-person spread, 21% are the result of travel outside of the area, and 18% are community spread. Another 18% of cases are related to person-to-person spread at the federal prison in Lompoc.

Health officials say the county has as many as 85 contact tracers making a total of about 250 calls daily. They say 94% of those who test positive are interviewed by a contact tracer; however, Public Health Deputy Director Paige Batson said Friday that a backlog in test results has impacted the county's contact tracing process.

Batson also said that the health department is investigating at least one case in which a resident who had an appointment for testing but ended up not being tested received a letter stating they were positive for COVID-19.

Breakdown of cases by location:

  • Santa Maria - 2,496
  • Lompoc federal prison - 1,011
  • Santa Barbara - 667
  • Lompoc - 382
  • Guadalupe and North County unincorporated areas (Sisquoc, Casmalia, Garey, Cuyama, New Cuyama) - 229
  • Orcutt - 173
  • Goleta - 121
  • Carpinteria and South County unincorporated areas (Montecito, Summerland) - 112
  • Unincorporated Goleta Valley and Gaviota - 94
  • Santa Ynez Valley (Solvang, Buellton, Santa Ynez, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Ballard) - 63
  • Isla Vista - 40

The location of an additional 188 cases is listed as "pending."

For more information on the county's COVID-19 response, visit