Santa Barbara Co. reports 35 new COVID-19 cases, 1 additional death

Posted at 5:40 PM, Mar 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-16 20:43:47-04

Santa Barbara County Public Health officials reported 35 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, bringing the county's total to 32,669 confirmed cases as of March 16.

One additional COVID-19 related death was also reported. To date, there have been 430 deaths attributed to the virus in Santa Barbara County.

Health officials say 40 people are currently hospitalized; 32,057 people have recovered.

The Public Health Department reports that 46 of the county's 76 staffed ICU beds are currently occupied. Fifteen of them are taken by COVID-19 patients.

Breakdown of cases by location:

  • Santa Maria - 11,026
  • Santa Barbara - 6,129
  • Lompoc - 3,424
  • Orcutt - 1,723
  • Goleta - 1,708
  • Carpinteria and South County unincorporated areas (Montecito, Summerland) - 1,316
  • Isla Vista - 1,254
  • Guadalupe and North County unincorporated areas (Sisquoc, Casmalia, Garey, Cuyama, New Cuyama) - 1,253
  • Unincorporated Goleta Valley and Gaviota - 1,134
  • Lompoc federal prison - 1,088
  • Santa Ynez Valley (Solvang, Buellton, Santa Ynez, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Ballard) - 972


Multiple free community coronavirus testing sites are open in Santa Maria, Lompoc, Buellton, Santa Barbara, and Goleta.

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

Walk-in only testing is available at the Isla Vista Theater from noon to 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.


Santa Barbara County is currently vaccinating health care workers, residents 65 years of age and older, people ages 16-64 who are at high risk because of a severe medical condition or disability, and workers in the education/childcare, food/agriculture, and emergency services sectors. For details on how to make an appointment, click here.

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