Santa Barbara Co. reports 61st COVID-19 related death

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Posted at 5:38 PM, Aug 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-03 20:46:54-04

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

This marks the 61st COVID-19 related death in the county.

Health officials say the person was over the age of 70, lived in Santa Maria, and had underlying health conditions.

The death reportedly occurred during the last week in June. After a data error discovered last week resulted in a large number of COVID-19 related deaths being unreported, the county is now reporting those deaths based on death certificates, which health officials say could result in delays.

Santa Barbara County also reported 309 new cases of COVID-19 over three days on Monday, bringing the county's total to 6,464 confirmed cases as of Aug. 3.

On Saturday, 215 new cases were added to the overall case count, 57 cases were added on Sunday, and 31 cases were added on Monday.

Of the 249 active cases in the county, 82 people are hospitalized, including 23 patients who are in the ICU.

Health officials say 6,154 people have recovered, including 1,016 inmates at the federal prison in Lompoc.

Health officials say 80,482 coronavirus tests have been conducted in the county so far. According to the Public Health Department's metrics website, about ten percent of tests have been positive over the past seven days.

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

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

Breakdown of cases by location:

  • Santa Maria - 2,929
  • Lompoc federal prison - 1,019
  • Santa Barbara - 820
  • Lompoc - 479
  • Guadalupe and North County unincorporated areas (Sisquoc, Casmalia, Garey, Cuyama, New Cuyama) - 264
  • Orcutt - 207
  • Carpinteria and South County unincorporated areas (Montecito, Summerland) - 148
  • Goleta - 144
  • Unincorporated Goleta Valley and Gaviota - 108
  • Santa Ynez Valley (Solvang, Buellton, Santa Ynez, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Ballard) - 74
  • Isla Vista - 53

The location of an additional 219 cases is listed as "pending."

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