Santa Barbara Co. reports death of 30th resident with COVID-19

Posted at 5:38 PM, Jul 07, 2020

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

Health officials say the person who died lived in Santa Maria and was over the age of 70. This case is reportedly not related to any current outbreaks.

Santa Barbara County has now recorded 30 deaths attributed to COVID-19.

The Public Health Department also reported 87 new cases on Tuesday, bringing the county's total to 3,742 confirmed cases as of July 7.

Inmates at the federal prison in Lompoc account for 994 of the county's total cases, none of which are currently considered active.

Of the 432 active cases in the community, 67 people are hospitalized, including 18 patients who are in the ICU. Health officials say 2,289 community members have recovered.

Health officials say 51,187 coronavirus tests have been conducted in the county so far. According to the Public Health Department's metrics website, about eight percent of tests have been positive in the past seven days.

Three coronavirus testing sites are open to the community in Santa Barbara County. They are located at the Santa Maria Fairpark in Santa Maria, the Earl Warren Showgrounds in Santa Barbara and at the AMR Central Training Center in Buellton.

To make an appointment, visit or call 888-634-1123.

County health officials say the testing sites have been so busy that their capacity to test essential workers, people with symptoms, those who have been exposed, and people who are at risk. They're asking people to consider whether they have symptoms, work in a high-risk place or are an essential worker, or have possibly been exposed to COVID-19 before making an appointment.

Anyone who is unable to schedule an appointment through the state-run sites in Santa Maria, Santa Barbara, and Buellton is advised to contact their primary care provider or local urgent care center.

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