Santa Barbara County is reporting the deaths of nine more people who had COVID-19.
Health officials say one of the patients was between the ages of 50 and 69-years-old. Eight were over the age of 70. Six had underlying health conditions and five of the cases were associated with outbreaks at congregate living facilities.
Santa Barbara County has had 223 deaths attributed to COVID-19.
The county also added 418 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the county's total to 23,184 confirmed cases as of January 14.
Health officials say 197 people are currently hospitalized and 19,987 people have recovered.
The Public Health Department reports that 80 of the county's 89 staffed ICU beds are currently occupied. Fifty-three of them are taken by COVID-19 patients. Fourteen ICU surge beds are in use.
Breakdown of cases by location:
- Santa Maria - 8,272
- Santa Barbara - 3,933
- Lompoc - 2,386
- Orcutt - 1,279
- Goleta - 1,134
- Lompoc federal prison - 1,076
- Guadalupe and North County unincorporated areas (Sisquoc, Casmalia, Garey, Cuyama, New Cuyama) - 919
- Carpinteria and South County unincorporated areas (Montecito, Summerland) - 829
- Unincorporated Goleta Valley and Gaviota - 755
- Isla Vista - 754
- Santa Ynez Valley (Solvang, Buellton, Santa Ynez, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Ballard) - 635
An additional 1,212 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 through Friday, and a mobile testing unit is also now in operation at CenCal Health in Santa Barbara for at least the next 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 publichealthsbc.org.