Santa Barbara Co. reports 20 new COVID-19 cases, 1 additional death

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Posted at 3:13 PM, Oct 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-15 18:13:31-04

Santa Barbara County is reporting the death of another person who tested positive for COVID-19.

Health officials say the patient was over the age of 70, had underlying health conditions, and lived in a congregate-care facility in Santa Maria.

The county also added 20 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the county's total to 9,540 confirmed cases as of October 15.

Eighteen people are hospitalized, including seven patients who are in the ICU.

Health officials say 9,308 people have recovered.

Santa Barbara County has had 118 deaths attributed to COVID-19.

Breakdown of cases by location:

  • Santa Maria - 4,068
  • Santa Barbara - 1,255
  • Lompoc federal prison - 1,026
  • Lompoc - 899
  • Guadalupe and North County unincorporated areas (Sisquoc, Casmalia, Garey, Cuyama, New Cuyama) - 443
  • Orcutt - 347
  • Goleta - 271
  • Isla Vista - 266
  • Unincorporated Goleta Valley and Gaviota - 212
  • Carpinteria and South County unincorporated areas (Montecito, Summerland) - 206
  • Santa Ynez Valley (Solvang, Buellton, Santa Ynez, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Ballard) - 174

The location of an additional 373 cases is listed as "pending."

Three free coronavirus testing sites are available to the community in Santa Maria, Buellton, and Goleta.

A pop-up testing clinic will be open October 23-24 and November 6-7 in Isla Vista.

Appointments are required at all locations. Click here or call 888-634-1123 to make an appointment.

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