Santa Barbara Co. adds 66 new COVID-19 cases, 2 additional deaths

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Posted at 6:10 PM, Sep 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-02 21:10:08-04

Santa Barbara County is reporting the deaths of two more people who tested positive for COVID-19.

Health officials say both patients were over the age of 70 and lived at congregate care facilities in the South County area. One reportedly had underlying health conditions.

Santa Barbara County has now had 97 deaths attributed to COVID-19.

The county also added 66 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the county's total to 8,229 confirmed cases as of September 2.

Of the 232 active cases in the county, 41 people are hospitalized, including 18 patients who are in the ICU.

Health officials say 7,897 people have recovered.

Breakdown of cases by location:

  • Santa Maria - 3,604
  • Santa Barbara - 1,114
  • Lompoc federal prison - 1,022
  • Lompoc - 675
  • Guadalupe and North County unincorporated areas (Sisquoc, Casmalia, Garey, Cuyama, New Cuyama) - 358
  • Orcutt - 272
  • Goleta - 217
  • Carpinteria and South County unincorporated areas (Montecito, Summerland) - 179
  • Unincorporated Goleta Valley and Gaviota - 173
  • Isla Vista - 153
  • Santa Ynez Valley (Solvang, Buellton, Santa Ynez, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Ballard) - 121

The location of an additional 341 cases is listed as "pending."

Three free coronavirus testing sites are available to the community in Santa Maria, Buellton, and Goleta.

The testing site at the Goleta Valley Community Center will open on Thursday, September 3, after moving from the Earl Warren Showgrounds in Santa Barbara.

Appointments are required at all locations. Visit or call 888-634-1123 to make an appointment.

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