COVID-19 related deaths in Santa Barbara Co. now total more than 200

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Posted at 4:12 PM, Jan 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-12 19:18:11-05

Santa Barbara County is reporting the deaths of eight more people who had COVID-19.

Health officials say one of the patients was between the ages of 50 and 69-years-old and the others were over the age of 70. Six had underlying health issues and three of the cases were associated with an outbreak at a congregate living facility.

Santa Barbara County has had 207 deaths attributed to COVID-19.

The county also added 470 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, bringing the county's total to 22,237 confirmed cases as of January 12.

The Public Health Department reports that 211 people are currently hospitalized, including 57 patients who are in the ICU. Health officials say 19,135 people have recovered.

According to the State of California's online COVID-19 dashboard, there are currently 15 ICU beds available in Santa Barbara County.

Breakdown of cases by location:

  • Santa Maria - 7,938
  • Santa Barbara - 3,740
  • Lompoc - 2,257
  • Orcutt - 1,211
  • Goleta - 1,094
  • Lompoc federal prison - 1,057
  • Guadalupe and North County unincorporated areas (Sisquoc, Casmalia, Garey, Cuyama, New Cuyama) - 891
  • Carpinteria and South County unincorporated areas (Montecito, Summerland) - 786
  • Isla Vista - 749
  • Unincorporated Goleta Valley and Gaviota - 729
  • Santa Ynez Valley (Solvang, Buellton, Santa Ynez, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Ballard) - 608

An additional 1,177 cases are listed as "pending" location.

Three free community coronavirus testing sites are open in Santa Maria, Buellton, and Goleta.

Additional testing is available next to the Santa Maria Health Care Center through Friday, and a mobile testing unit is also now in operation at CenCal Health in Santa Barbara for at least the next two weeks.

Appointments are required at all locations. Click here for information on how to make an appointment.

Walk-in only testing is available at the Isla Vista Theater from noon to 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and no appointment is required.

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