Santa Barbara Co. COVID-19 testing site to move locations; 92nd death reported

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Posted at 6:04 PM, Aug 28, 2020

One of the state-run COVID-19 testing sites in Santa Barbara County will be moving locations next week.

Monday, August 31 will be the last day of testing at the Earl Warren Showgrounds in Santa Barbara. Testing will begin at the Goleta Valley Community Center in Goleta on Thursday, September 3.

Coronavirus testing sites are also located in Santa Maria and Buellton.

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

On Friday, Santa Barbara County reported the death of another person who tested positive for COVID-19.

Health officials say the patient was over the age of 70, had underlying health conditions, and lived in a congregate-care facility in Santa Maria.

Santa Barbara County has now had 92 deaths attributed to COVID-19.

The county also reported 67 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the county's total to 8,014 confirmed cases as of August 28.

Of the 246 active cases in the county, 40 people are hospitalized, including 21 patients who are in the ICU.

Health officials say 7,675 people have recovered.

Breakdown of cases by location:

  • Santa Maria - 3,536
  • Santa Barbara - 1,077
  • Lompoc federal prison - 1,019
  • Lompoc - 637
  • Guadalupe and North County unincorporated areas (Sisquoc, Casmalia, Garey, Cuyama, New Cuyama) - 332
  • Orcutt - 260
  • Goleta - 207
  • Carpinteria and South County unincorporated areas (Montecito, Summerland) - 176
  • Unincorporated Goleta Valley and Gaviota - 155
  • Isla Vista - 142
  • Santa Ynez Valley (Solvang, Buellton, Santa Ynez, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Ballard) - 113

The location of an additional 360 cases is listed as "pending."

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

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