Santa Barbara Co. reports 364 new COVID-19 cases, 5 more deaths

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Posted at 5:57 PM, Jan 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-16 01:23:37-05

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

Health officials say one of the patients was between the ages of 50 and 69-years-old. Four were over the age of 70. Three had underlying health conditions and one case was associated with an outbreak at a congregate living facility.

Santa Barbara County has had 228 deaths attributed to COVID-19.

The county also added 364 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the county's total to 23,538 confirmed cases as of January 15.

Health officials say 192 people are currently hospitalized and 20,524 people have recovered.

The Public Health Department reports that 73 of the county's 89 staffed ICU beds are currently occupied. Fifty-two of them are taken by COVID-19 patients. Nine ICU surge beds are in use.

Breakdown of cases by location:

  • Santa Maria - 8,354
  • Santa Barbara - 4,051
  • Lompoc - 2,417
  • Orcutt - 1,288
  • Goleta - 1,151
  • Lompoc federal prison - 1,076
  • Guadalupe and North County unincorporated areas (Sisquoc, Casmalia, Garey, Cuyama, New Cuyama) - 930
  • Carpinteria and South County unincorporated areas (Montecito, Summerland) - 860
  • Unincorporated Goleta Valley and Gaviota - 770
  • Isla Vista - 758
  • Santa Ynez Valley (Solvang, Buellton, Santa Ynez, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Ballard) - 651

An additional 1,232 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 for at least two weeks.

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