Santa Barbara Co. reports 124 new COVID-19 cases, 11 more deaths

Posted at 3:18 PM, Feb 09, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-10 01:34:05-05

Santa Barbara County added 124 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, bringing the county's total to 30,206 confirmed cases as of February 9.

The county is also reporting 11 additional COVID-19 related deaths. To date, there have been 348 deaths attributed to the virus in Santa Barbara County.

Health officials say 149 people are currently hospitalized; 28,876 people have recovered.

The Public Health Department reports that 61 of the county's 76 staffed ICU beds are currently occupied. Forty-one of them are taken by COVID-19 patients. Five ICU surge beds are in use.

Updated reopening metrics were also released on Tuesday. While Santa Barbara County remains solidly in the purple tier, its case and positivity rates saw some improvement.

To move to the next tier, the county's adjusted case rate per 100,000 residents must be 7 or lower. Currently, it is 36.4, down from 47.2 last week.

The county's test positivity rate also dropped slightly from 11.2% to 10.2%. It must be 8% or lower in order for the county to move to the red tier.

Breakdown of cases by location:

  • Santa Maria - 10,292
  • Santa Barbara - 5,513
  • Lompoc - 3,154
  • Orcutt - 1,582
  • Goleta - 1,558
  • Carpinteria and South County unincorporated areas (Montecito, Summerland) - 1,203
  • Guadalupe and North County unincorporated areas (Sisquoc, Casmalia, Garey, Cuyama, New Cuyama) - 1,179
  • Isla Vista - 1,129
  • Lompoc federal prison - 1,079
  • Unincorporated Goleta Valley and Gaviota - 1,029
  • Santa Ynez Valley (Solvang, Buellton, Santa Ynez, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Ballard) - 872

An additional 1,616 cases are listed as "pending" location.

Free community coronavirus testing sites are open in Santa Maria, Lompoc, Buellton, and Goleta.

A mobile testing unit is also now open at Ryon Park in Lompoc.

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.

Santa Barbara County is currently vaccinating health care workers and residents 75 years of age and older. For details on how to make an appointment, click here.

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