Santa Barbara Co. reports 43 new COVID-19 cases, 1 additional death

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Posted at 4:53 PM, Sep 18, 2020

Santa Barbara County is reporting the death of another person who tested positive for COVID-19.

Health officials say the patient was between the ages of 18 and 29, had underlying health conditions, and lived in Santa Maria.

Santa Barbara County also added 43 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the county's total to 8,846 confirmed cases as of September 18.

Twenty-three people are hospitalized, including four patients who are in the ICU.

Health officials say 8,556 people have recovered.

Santa Barbara County has had 110 deaths attributed to COVID-19.

Breakdown of cases by location:

  • Santa Maria - 3,795
  • Santa Barbara - 1,189
  • Lompoc federal prison - 1,026
  • Lompoc - 793
  • Guadalupe and North County unincorporated areas (Sisquoc, Casmalia, Garey, Cuyama, New Cuyama) - 388
  • Orcutt - 305
  • Goleta - 246
  • Isla Vista - 209
  • Unincorporated Goleta Valley and Gaviota - 192
  • Carpinteria and South County unincorporated areas (Montecito, Summerland) - 188
  • Santa Ynez Valley (Solvang, Buellton, Santa Ynez, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Ballard) - 142

The location of an additional 373 cases is listed as "pending."

Three free coronavirus testing sites are available to the community in Santa Maria, Buellton, and Goleta.

Appointments are required at all locations. Click here or call 888-634-1123 to make an appointment.

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