Santa Barbara Co. reports additional COVID-19 death, 7,800 total cases

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Posted at 6:20 PM, Aug 24, 2020

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

Health officials say the patient was over the age of 70, had underlying health conditions, and lived in a congregate care facility in the Santa Barbara area.

Santa Barbara County has now had 88 deaths attributed to COVID-19.

The county is also reporting 148 new cases of COVID-19 over three days, bringing the county's total to 7,800 confirmed cases as of August 24.

Forty-four new cases were reported on Saturday, 43 cases were reported on Sunday, and 61 cases were reported Monday.

Of the 233 active cases in the county, 54 people are hospitalized, including 19 patients who are in the ICU.

Health officials say 7,479 people have recovered, including 1,016 inmates at the federal prison in Lompoc.

Breakdown of cases by location:

  • Santa Maria - 3,441
  • Santa Barbara - 1,049
  • Lompoc federal prison - 1,019
  • Lompoc - 607
  • Guadalupe and North County unincorporated areas (Sisquoc, Casmalia, Garey, Cuyama, New Cuyama) - 322
  • Orcutt - 252
  • Goleta - 202
  • Carpinteria and South County unincorporated areas (Montecito, Summerland) - 172
  • Unincorporated Goleta Valley and Gaviota - 145
  • Isla Vista - 141
  • Santa Ynez Valley (Solvang, Buellton, Santa Ynez, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Ballard) - 103

The location of an additional 347 cases is listed as "pending."

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

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

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