Santa Barbara Co. adds one COVID-19 related death, removes another from total

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Posted at 6:25 PM, Aug 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-12 21:25:31-04

Santa Barbara County is reporting the death of another person who tested positive for COVID-19.

Health officials say the individual was over the age of 70, had underlying health conditions, and lived in an unincorporated area of the South County.

Officials also removed one death from the county's overall total after they say it was determined that the death of a Santa Maria resident between the ages of 18 and 29 who died in June was not COVID-19 related.

Santa Barbara County has now had a total of 73 deaths attributed to COVID-19.

Santa Barbara County also reported 16 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the county's total to 7,083 confirmed cases as of August 12.

County officials say Wednesday's numbers have not been updated to reflect the state data error and represent and under-reporting of cases.

Of the 249 active cases in the county, 79 people are hospitalized, including 31 patients who are in the ICU.

Health officials say 6,761 people have recovered, including 1,016 inmates at the federal prison in Lompoc.

Breakdown of cases by location:

  • Santa Maria - 3,175
  • Lompoc federal prison - 1,019
  • Santa Barbara - 929
  • Lompoc - 536
  • Guadalupe and North County unincorporated areas (Sisquoc, Casmalia, Garey, Cuyama, New Cuyama) - 285
  • Orcutt - 227
  • Goleta - 169
  • Carpinteria and South County unincorporated areas (Montecito, Summerland) - 166
  • Unincorporated Goleta Valley and Gaviota - 125
  • Isla Vista - 97
  • Santa Ynez Valley (Solvang, Buellton, Santa Ynez, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Ballard) - 81

The locations of an additional 274 cases are listed as "pending."

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

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

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