Santa Barbara Co. reports 264 new COVID-19 cases, 2 additional deaths

Posted at 3:11 PM, Dec 22, 2020

Santa Barbara County is reporting the deaths of two more people who tested positive for COVID-19.

Health officials say neither of the patients had underlying health conditions. One was between the ages of 50 and 69-years-old and lived in Santa Maria. The other was over the age of 70 and lived in an unincorporated area in North County.

Santa Barbara County also added 264 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, bringing the county's total to 15,198 confirmed cases as of December 22.

According to the Public Health Department, 103 people are currently hospitalized, including 22 patients who are in the ICU. Health officials say 13,803 people have recovered.

Santa Barbara County has had 150 deaths attributed to COVID-19.

Breakdown of cases by location:

  • Santa Maria - 5,751
  • Santa Barbara - 2,298
  • Lompoc - 1,636
  • Lompoc federal prison - 1,038
  • Orcutt - 741
  • Guadalupe and North County unincorporated areas (Sisquoc, Casmalia, Garey, Cuyama, New Cuyama) - 636
  • Isla Vista - 628
  • Goleta - 601
  • Unincorporated Goleta Valley and Gaviota - 442
  • Carpinteria and South County unincorporated areas (Montecito, Summerland) - 425
  • Santa Ynez Valley (Solvang, Buellton, Santa Ynez, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Ballard) - 360

An additional 642 cases are listed as "pending" location.

Three free community coronavirus testing sites are open in Santa Maria, Buellton, and Goleta.

Additional testing will be available at the Public Health Testing Site in Santa Maria through Thursday, Dec. 24.

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

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