Santa Barbara Co. reports 44 new COVID-19 cases, 2 more deaths

Posted at 5:28 PM, Sep 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-16 20:28:32-04

Santa Barbara County is reporting the deaths of two more people who tested positive for COVID-19.

Health officials say one patient was over the age of 70 and lived in the Santa Ynez Valley. The other was between the ages of 30 and 49 and lived in the Santa Barbara area. Both reportedly had underlying health conditions.

The county also added 44 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the county's total to 8,785 confirmed cases as of September 16.

Thirty people are hospitalized, including eight patients who are in the ICU.

Health officials say 8,497 people have recovered.

Santa Barbara County has had 109 deaths attributed to COVID-19.

Breakdown of cases by location:

  • Santa Maria - 3,774
  • Santa Barbara - 1,179
  • Lompoc federal prison - 1,024
  • Lompoc - 781
  • Guadalupe and North County unincorporated areas (Sisquoc, Casmalia, Garey, Cuyama, New Cuyama) - 385
  • Orcutt - 305
  • Goleta - 245
  • Isla Vista - 200
  • Unincorporated Goleta Valley and Gaviota - 192
  • Carpinteria and South County unincorporated areas (Montecito, Summerland) - 187
  • Santa Ynez Valley (Solvang, Buellton, Santa Ynez, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Ballard) - 142

The location of an additional 371 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