Santa Barbara Co. reports 535 new COVID-19 cases, 7 more deaths

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Posted at 4:39 PM, Jan 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-13 19:39:38-05

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

Health officials say all of the patients were over the age of 70 and had underlying health conditions. Four of the cases are associated with outbreaks at congregate living facilities.

Santa Barbara County has had 214 deaths attributed to COVID-19.

The county also added 535 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the county's total to 22,769 confirmed cases as of January 13.

Health officials say 199 people are currently hospitalized and 19,299 people have recovered.

The Public Health Department reports that 78 of the county's 89 staffed ICU beds are currently occupied. Fifty-four of them are taken by COVID-19 patients.

Breakdown of cases by location:

  • Santa Maria - 8,133
  • Santa Barbara - 3,843
  • Lompoc - 2,330
  • Orcutt - 1,252
  • Goleta - 1,111
  • Lompoc federal prison - 1,076
  • Guadalupe and North County unincorporated areas (Sisquoc, Casmalia, Garey, Cuyama, New Cuyama) - 909
  • Carpinteria and South County unincorporated areas (Montecito, Summerland) - 809
  • Isla Vista - 751
  • Unincorporated Goleta Valley and Gaviota - 738
  • Santa Ynez Valley (Solvang, Buellton, Santa Ynez, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Ballard) - 628

An additional 1,189 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