Santa Barbara Co. reports 565 COVID-19 cases over 3 days, 1 additional death

Posted at 4:05 PM, Dec 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-21 19:05:25-05

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

Health officials say the patient lived in the Santa Ynez Valley, was over the age of 70, and had underlying health conditions.

Santa Barbara County also added 565 new cases of COVID-19 over three days, bringing the county's total to 14,935 confirmed cases as of December 21.

On Saturday, 199 new cases were reported. Another 350 were reported on Sunday, and 16 cases were reported on Monday.

According to the Public Health Department, 102 people are currently hospitalized, including 21 patients who are in the ICU. Health officials say 13,678 people have recovered.

Santa Barbara County has had 148 deaths attributed to COVID-19.

Breakdown of cases by location:

  • Santa Maria - 5,671
  • Santa Barbara - 2,242
  • Lompoc - 1,611
  • Lompoc federal prison - 1,038
  • Orcutt - 714
  • Guadalupe and North County unincorporated areas (Sisquoc, Casmalia, Garey, Cuyama, New Cuyama) - 623
  • Isla Vista - 623
  • Goleta - 585
  • Unincorporated Goleta Valley and Gaviota - 431
  • Carpinteria and South County unincorporated areas (Montecito, Summerland) - 419
  • Santa Ynez Valley (Solvang, Buellton, Santa Ynez, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Ballard) - 353

An additional 625 cases are listed as "pending" location.

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

Additional testing will be available at the Public Health Testing Site in Santa Maria from Tuesday, Dec. 22, through Thursday, Dec. 24.

Appointments are required at all locations. Click here for information on how to make an appointment.

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