224 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Santa Barbara County

Posted at 4:53 PM, Jul 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-16 19:53:35-04

Santa Barbara County reported 224 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the county's total to 4,635 confirmed cases as of July 16.

Of the 411 active cases in the community, 81 people are hospitalized, including 27 patients who are in the ICU.

Health officials say 4,189 people have recovered, including 995 inmates at the federal prison in Lompoc.

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

Health officials say 59,976 coronavirus tests have been conducted in the county so far. According to the Public Health Department's metrics website, about ten 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.

Breakdown of cases by location:

  • Santa Maria - 2,036
  • Lompoc federal prison - 1,001
  • Santa Barbara - 544
  • Lompoc - 271
  • Guadalupe and North County unincorporated areas (Sisquoc, Casmalia, Garey, Cuyama, New Cuyama) - 180
  • Orcutt - 138
  • Goleta - 98
  • Carpinteria and South County unincorporated areas (Montecito, Summerland) - 85
  • Unincorporated Goleta Valley and Gaviota - 74
  • Santa Ynez Valley (Solvang, Buellton, Santa Ynez, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Ballard) - 49
  • Isla Vista - 29

The location of an additional 130 cases is listed as "pending."

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