Santa Barbara Co. reports 353 new COVID-19 cases, 6 more deaths

Posted at 4:46 PM, Jan 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-21 19:46:07-05

Santa Barbara County is reporting the deaths of six more people who had COVID-19.

Health officials say three of the patients were between the ages of 50 and 69-years-old and three were over the age of 70. Two of the deaths were associated with an outbreak at a congregate-care facility.

Santa Barbara County has had 249 deaths attributed to COVID-19.

The county also added 353 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the county's total to 25,751 confirmed cases as of January 21.

Health officials say 204 people are currently hospitalized; 23,147 people have recovered.

The Public Health Department reports that 65 of the county's 76 staffed ICU beds are currently occupied. Fifty-two of them are taken by COVID-19 patients. Twelve ICU surge beds are in use.

Breakdown of cases by location:

  • Santa Maria - 8,966
  • Santa Barbara - 4,560
  • Lompoc - 2,661
  • Orcutt - 1,381
  • Goleta - 1,316
  • Lompoc federal prison - 1,078
  • Guadalupe and North County unincorporated areas (Sisquoc, Casmalia, Garey, Cuyama, New Cuyama) - 994
  • Carpinteria and South County unincorporated areas (Montecito, Summerland) - 962
  • Unincorporated Goleta Valley and Gaviota - 847
  • Isla Vista - 841
  • Santa Ynez Valley (Solvang, Buellton, Santa Ynez, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Ballard) - 749

An additional 1,396 cases are listed as "pending" location.

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

Additional testing is available next to the Santa Maria Health Care Center on Tuesdays through Fridays, and a mobile testing unit is also now in operation at CenCal Health in Santa Barbara.

Appointments are required at all 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 and no appointment is required.

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