Santa Barbara Co. reports 15 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday

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Posted at 5:23 PM, May 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-15 22:00:07-04

Santa Barbara County reported 15 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the county's total to 1,402 cases as of May 15.

Five of the new cases are inmates at the federal prison in Lompoc. Health officials say 898 of the total cases are inmates.

Of the cases in the community, 27 people are hospitalized, including 11 patients who are in the ICU. Another 56 people are recovering at home, and 407 people have recovered. Information on five patients is pending.

Santa Barbara County has had 11 deaths attributed to COVID-19.

On Friday, the county released a guide for reopening the local economy.

County officials say the RISE (Reopening in Safe Environment) Guide was created to provide residents, businesses, and organizations information on safe reopening guidelines. The RISE Guide is intended to supplement the governor's "Resilience Roadmap."

It will be presented to the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, May 19, and will be available for public review and feedback at

Also on Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors will consider an urgency ordinance to limit parking with a goal of preventing overcrowding in neighborhoods near beaches.

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