Santa Barbara Co. reports 29 new COVID-19 cases, 1 additional death

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Posted at 5:36 PM, Aug 18, 2020

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

Health officials say the patient was between the ages of 50 and 69, had underlying health conditions, and lived in a congregate living facility in the Santa Barbara area.

Santa Barbara County has now had 81 deaths attributed to COVID-19.

Health officials are also reporting 29 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the county's total to 7,481 confirmed cases as of August 18.

County officials note that two previously reported cases have been removed from the overall case count.

Of the 256 active cases in the county, 59 people are hospitalized, including 22 patients who are in the ICU.

Health officials say 7,144 people have recovered, including 1,016 inmates at the federal prison in Lompoc.

Breakdown of cases by location:

  • Santa Maria - 3,324
  • Lompoc federal prison - 1,019
  • Santa Barbara - 985
  • Lompoc - 576
  • Guadalupe and North County unincorporated areas (Sisquoc, Casmalia, Garey, Cuyama, New Cuyama) - 311
  • Orcutt - 240
  • Goleta - 187
  • Carpinteria and South County unincorporated areas (Montecito, Summerland) - 168
  • Unincorporated Goleta Valley and Gaviota - 137
  • Isla Vista - 127
  • Santa Ynez Valley (Solvang, Buellton, Santa Ynez, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Ballard) - 87

The location of an additional 320 cases is listed as "pending."

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

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