Santa Barbara Co. reports record 456 new COVID-19 cases, 6 additional deaths

Posted at 6:24 PM, Jan 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-04 21:24:03-05

Santa Barbara County is reporting the deaths of six more people who tested positive for COVID-19.

Health officials say all of the patients were over the age of 70 and all but one had underlying health conditions. Five of the six cases were associated with an outbreak at a congregate living facility.

Santa Barbara County has had 166 deaths attributed to COVID-19.

The county also added 456 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the county's total to 18,680 confirmed cases as of January 4.

It's the highest single-day case total in Santa Barbara County since the start of the pandemic.

The Public Health Department reports that 157 people are currently hospitalized, including 48 patients who are in the ICU. Health officials say 16,565 people have recovered.

According to the State of California's online COVID-19 dashboard, there are currently 23 ICU beds available in Santa Barbara County.

Breakdown of cases by location:

  • Santa Maria - 6,882
  • Santa Barbara - 3,028
  • Lompoc - 1,930
  • Lompoc federal prison - 1,039
  • Orcutt - 972
  • Goleta - 852
  • Guadalupe and North County unincorporated areas (Sisquoc, Casmalia, Garey, Cuyama, New Cuyama) - 763
  • Isla Vista - 679
  • Unincorporated Goleta Valley and Gaviota - 585
  • Carpinteria and South County unincorporated areas (Montecito, Summerland) - 572
  • Santa Ynez Valley (Solvang, Buellton, Santa Ynez, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Ballard) - 462

An additional 916 cases are listed as "pending" location.

Three free community coronavirus testing sites are open in Santa Maria, Buellton, and Goleta.

Additional testing will be available next to the Santa Maria Health Care Center this Tuesday through Friday.

Appointments are required at all locations. Click here for information on how to make an appointment.

Walk-in only testing will be available beginning January 8 at the Isla Vista Theater. It will be open from noon to 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and no appointment is required.

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