Santa Barbara Co. reports 3 more COVID-19 related deaths

Posted at 5:09 PM, Aug 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-17 20:14:40-04

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

Health officials say all three had underlying health conditions. One person was between the ages of 30 and 49 and lived in Santa Maria. Another person was over the age of 70 and also lived in Santa Maria. The third person was over the age of 70 and lived in a congregate living facility in the Santa Barbara area.

Santa Barbara County has now had 80 deaths attributed to COVID-19.

Health officials are also reporting 183 new cases over three days, bringing the county's total to 7,454 confirmed cases as of August 17.

Sixty-seven new cases were reported on Saturday, 40 cases were reported Sunday, and 76 cases were reported on Monday.

Of the 278 active cases in the county, 62 people are hospitalized, including 22 patients who are in the ICU.

Health officials say 7,096 people have recovered, including 1,016 inmates at the federal prison in Lompoc.

Breakdown of cases by location:

  • Santa Maria - 3,323
  • Lompoc federal prison - 1,019
  • Santa Barbara - 980
  • Lompoc - 574
  • Guadalupe and North County unincorporated areas (Sisquoc, Casmalia, Garey, Cuyama, New Cuyama) - 311
  • Orcutt - 240
  • Goleta - 185
  • Carpinteria and South County unincorporated areas (Montecito, Summerland) - 169
  • Unincorporated Goleta Valley and Gaviota - 131
  • Isla Vista - 127
  • Santa Ynez Valley (Solvang, Buellton, Santa Ynez, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Ballard) - 87

The location of an additional 309 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.

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