Santa Barbara Co. reports 68th COVID-19 related death

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Posted at 5:55 PM, Aug 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-06 21:22:03-04

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

Health officials say the individual was over the age of 70, had underlying health conditions, and was associated with a congregate living facility in Santa Barbara.

Santa Barbara County has now had 68 deaths attributed to COVID-19.

Santa Barbara County also reported 77 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the county's total to 6,652 confirmed cases as of August 6.

Of the 205 active cases in the county, 81 people are hospitalized, including 25 patients who are in the ICU.

Health officials say 6,379 people have recovered, including 1,016 inmates at the federal prison in Lompoc.

Health officials say 81,915 coronavirus tests have been conducted in the county so far. According to the Public Health Department's metrics website, about eleven 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 - 2,990
  • Lompoc federal prison - 1,019
  • Santa Barbara - 871
  • Lompoc - 491
  • Guadalupe and North County unincorporated areas (Sisquoc, Casmalia, Garey, Cuyama, New Cuyama) - 267
  • Orcutt - 213
  • Carpinteria and South County unincorporated areas (Montecito, Summerland) - 154
  • Goleta - 154
  • Unincorporated Goleta Valley and Gaviota - 115
  • Santa Ynez Valley (Solvang, Buellton, Santa Ynez, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Ballard) - 74
  • Isla Vista - 69

The locations of an additional 235 cases are listed as "pending."

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