Santa Barbara County added 241 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the county's total to 29,431 confirmed cases as of February 4.
The county is also reporting 14 more COVID-19 related deaths.
Health officials say 10 of the patients were over 70-years-old, two were between the ages of 50 and 69, and two were between the ages of 30 and 49. Eleven had underlying health conditions and nine of the deaths were associated with outbreaks at congregate care facilities.
To date, there have been 330 total deaths attributed to the virus in Santa Barbara County.
According to the county's online Community Data Dashboard, the number of deaths reported Thursday is 141% higher than the two-week average.
Health officials say 164 people are currently hospitalized; 27,930 people have recovered.
The Public Health Department reports that 61 of the county's 76 staffed ICU beds are currently occupied. Forty-eight of them are taken by COVID-19 patients. Thirteen ICU surge beds are in use.
Breakdown of cases by location:
- Santa Maria - 10,096
- Santa Barbara - 5,363
- Lompoc - 3,069
- Orcutt - 1,539
- Goleta - 1,507
- Carpinteria and South County unincorporated areas (Montecito, Summerland) - 1,157
- Guadalupe and North County unincorporated areas (Sisquoc, Casmalia, Garey, Cuyama, New Cuyama) - 1,123
- Lompoc federal prison - 1,079
- Isla Vista - 1,024
- Unincorporated Goleta Valley and Gaviota - 1,002
- Santa Ynez Valley (Solvang, Buellton, Santa Ynez, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Ballard) - 854
An additional 1,618 cases are listed as "pending" location.
Free community coronavirus testing sites are open in Santa Maria, Lompoc, Buellton, and Goleta.
A mobile testing unit is also now open at Ryon Park in Lompoc.
Appointments are required at all locations. Click here for information on how to make an appointment.
Walk-in only testing is available at the following locations (no appointment required):
- Isla Vista Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte - Noon to 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays
- Santa Maria Health Care Center, 2115 S. Centerpoint Parkway - 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays
Santa Barbara County is currently vaccinating health care workers and residents 75 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 publichealthsbc.org.