Santa Barbara Co. reports 130 new COVID-19 cases over 2 days, 4 more deaths

Poll China Outbreak
Posted at 5:13 PM, Feb 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-16 20:13:47-05

Santa Barbara County added 70 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday and 60 new cases on Tuesday, bringing the county's total to 30,991 confirmed cases as of February 16.

The county is also reporting four additional COVID-19 related deaths. To date, there have been 376 deaths attributed to the virus in Santa Barbara County.

Health officials say 106 people are currently hospitalized; 30,018 people have recovered.

The Public Health Department reports that 43 of the county's 76 staffed ICU beds are currently occupied. Twenty-one of them are taken by COVID-19 patients.

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

To move to the next tier, the county's adjusted case rate per 100,000 residents must be 7 or lower. Currently, it is 27, down from 36.4 last week.

The county's test positivity rate also dropped from 10.2% to 8.2%. It must be 8% or lower in order for the county to move to the red tier.

Breakdown of cases by location:

  • Santa Maria - 10,493
  • Santa Barbara - 5,692
  • Lompoc - 3,256
  • Orcutt - 1,621
  • Goleta - 1,603
  • Carpinteria and South County unincorporated areas (Montecito, Summerland) - 1,241
  • Guadalupe and North County unincorporated areas (Sisquoc, Casmalia, Garey, Cuyama, New Cuyama) - 1,206
  • Isla Vista - 1,169
  • Lompoc federal prison - 1,086
  • Unincorporated Goleta Valley and Gaviota - 1,053
  • Santa Ynez Valley (Solvang, Buellton, Santa Ynez, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Ballard) - 909

An additional 1,662 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