Santa Barbara Co. reports 20 new COVID-19 cases

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Posted at 4:26 PM, Apr 08, 2021

Santa Barbara County Public Health officials reported 20 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the county's total to 33,427 confirmed cases as of April 8.

Health officials say 27 people are currently hospitalized; 32,815 people have recovered.

The Public Health Department reports that 48 of the county's 76 staffed ICU beds are currently occupied. Five of them are taken by COVID-19 patients.

Santa Barbara County has had 441 deaths attributed to the virus.

Breakdown of cases by location:

  • Santa Maria - 11,248
  • Santa Barbara - 6,269
  • Lompoc - 3,553
  • Orcutt - 1,768
  • Goleta - 1,752
  • Carpinteria and South County unincorporated areas (Montecito, Summerland) - 1,346
  • Isla Vista - 1,275
  • Guadalupe and North County unincorporated areas (Sisquoc, Casmalia, Garey, Cuyama, New Cuyama) - 1,274
  • Unincorporated Goleta Valley and Gaviota - 1,180
  • Lompoc federal prison - 1,089
  • Santa Ynez Valley (Solvang, Buellton, Santa Ynez, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Ballard) - 989


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

Appointments are required at those locations. Click here for information on how to make an appointment.

Walk-in only testing is available at the following locations:

  • La Cumbre Junior High School, 2255 Modoc Rd., Santa Barbara - Mondays, 3-6 p.m.
  • Franklin Elementary School, 1111 E. Mason St., Santa Barbara - Wednesdays, 3-6 p.m.
  • Isla Vista Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte, Isla Vista - Fridays and Saturdays, 12-5 p.m.


All Santa Barbara County residents 16 years of age and older are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine at the county-run vaccination clinics. For details on how to make an appointment, click here.

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