20 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Santa Barbara Co. on Wednesday

Coronavirus-confirmed healthcare workers can return to work without being testing negative
Posted at 4:55 PM, May 27, 2020

Santa Barbara County reported 20 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the county's total to 1,624 confirmed cases as of May 27.

Health officials say 86% of the total cases, or 1,396 people, have fully recovered. At a live briefing Wednesday, County Public Health Department Director Dr. Van Do-Reynoso said this number is important because the risk of transmission from confirmed cases is also declining.

Twenty-eight people are currently hospitalized, including ten patients who are in the ICU.

Santa Barbara County has had 12 deaths attributed to COVID-19.

Health officials say 17,289 coronavirus tests have been conducted in the county so far.

Three free coronavirus testing sites are open to the community in Santa Barbara County -- at the Santa Maria Fairpark, the Earl Warren Showgrounds in Santa Barbara, and the Anderson Recreation Center in Lompoc. Appointments are required at all testing sites. To make an appointment, visit or call 888-634-1123.

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