Santa Barbara Co. reports 125 new COVID-19 cases, 7 more deaths

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Posted at 4:20 PM, Feb 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-18 19:47:42-05

Santa Barbara County health officials added 125 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the county's total to 31,185 confirmed cases as of February 18.

They are also reporting seven additional COVID-19 related deaths. To date, there have been 388 deaths attributed to the virus in Santa Barbara County.

Health officials say 95 people are currently hospitalized; 30,262 people have recovered.

The Public Health Department reports that 61 of the county's 76 staffed ICU beds are currently occupied. Twenty of them are taken by COVID-19 patients.

Breakdown of cases by location:

  • Santa Maria - 10,540
  • Santa Barbara - 5,752
  • Lompoc - 3,263
  • Orcutt - 1,632
  • Goleta - 1,616
  • Carpinteria and South County unincorporated areas (Montecito, Summerland) - 1,251
  • Guadalupe and North County unincorporated areas (Sisquoc, Casmalia, Garey, Cuyama, New Cuyama) - 1,210
  • Isla Vista - 1,180
  • Lompoc federal prison - 1,086
  • Unincorporated Goleta Valley and Gaviota - 1,061
  • Santa Ynez Valley (Solvang, Buellton, Santa Ynez, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Ballard) - 919

An additional 1,675 cases are listed as "pending" location.

Multiple free community coronavirus testing sites are open in Santa Maria, Lompoc, Buellton, Santa Barbara, and Goleta.

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 65 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