Santa Barbara Co. reports 78 new COVID-19 cases, 5 more deaths

Posted at 4:52 PM, Feb 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-17 19:52:12-05

Santa Barbara County added 78 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the county's total to 31,067 confirmed cases as of February 17.

The county is also reporting five additional COVID-19 related deaths. To date, there have been 381 deaths attributed to the virus in Santa Barbara County.

Health officials say 104 people are currently hospitalized; 30,090 people have recovered.

The Public Health Department reports that 47 of the county's 76 staffed ICU beds are currently occupied. Twenty-two of them are taken by COVID-19 patients.

Breakdown of cases by location:

  • Santa Maria - 10,506
  • Santa Barbara - 5,718
  • Lompoc - 3,258
  • Orcutt - 1,626
  • Goleta - 1,612
  • Carpinteria and South County unincorporated areas (Montecito, Summerland) - 1,246
  • Guadalupe and North County unincorporated areas (Sisquoc, Casmalia, Garey, Cuyama, New Cuyama) - 1,206
  • Isla Vista - 1,174
  • Lompoc federal prison - 1,086
  • Unincorporated Goleta Valley and Gaviota - 1,056
  • Santa Ynez Valley (Solvang, Buellton, Santa Ynez, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Ballard) - 912

An additional 1,667 cases are listed as "pending" location.

Multiple free community coronavirus testing sites are open in Santa Maria, Lompoc, Buellton, Santa Barbara, and Goleta.

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.

Santa Barbara County is currently vaccinating health care workers and residents 65 years of age and older. For details on how to make an appointment, click here.

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