Santa Barbara Co. reports 406 new COVID-19 cases, 4 more deaths

Posted at 4:47 PM, Jan 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-29 19:47:17-05

Santa Barbara County added 406 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the county's total to 28,150 confirmed cases as of January 29.

Health officials say 180 people are currently hospitalized; 26,249 people have recovered.

The Public Health Department reports that 65 of the county's 78 staffed ICU beds are currently occupied. Forty-eight of them are taken by COVID-19 patients. Ten ICU surge beds are in use.

Santa Barbara County is also reporting four more COVID-19 related deaths. There have been 289 total deaths attributed to the virus in the county to date.

Breakdown of cases by location:

  • Santa Maria - 9,731
  • Santa Barbara - 5,093
  • Lompoc - 2,925
  • Orcutt - 1,491
  • Goleta - 1,449
  • Guadalupe and North County unincorporated areas (Sisquoc, Casmalia, Garey, Cuyama, New Cuyama) - 1,091
  • Lompoc federal prison - 1,079
  • Carpinteria and South County unincorporated areas (Montecito, Summerland) - 1,073
  • Isla Vista - 944
  • Unincorporated Goleta Valley and Gaviota - 939
  • Santa Ynez Valley (Solvang, Buellton, Santa Ynez, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Ballard) - 817

An additional 1,518 cases are listed as "pending" location.

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

A mobile testing unit will be open at Ryon Park in Lompoc starting February 1.

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.

Santa Barbara County is currently vaccinating health care workers and residents 75 years of age and older. For details on how to make an appointment, click here.

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