Three new cases of COVID-19 reported Wednesday in Santa Barbara Co.

Coronavirus-confirmed healthcare workers can return to work without being testing negative
Posted at 5:00 PM, May 20, 2020

Santa Barbara County is reporting three new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the county's total to 1,520 cases as of May 20.

County Health Officer Dr. Henning Ansorg says there are 550 community cases. The rest of the cases are inmates at the federal prison in Lompoc.

Of the community cases, 80 percent, or 443 people, have fully recovered.

Another 28 people are hospitalized, including ten patients who are in the ICU.

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

Supervisor Gregg Hart says the county expects to receive word in the next day or two whether the California Department of Public Health has approved its attestation requesting permission to move further into the state's Stage 2 reopening plan.

Once approved, county health officials will release an order that includes guidelines for businesses to follow in order to reopen safely. More information will be available at

Three free coronavirus testing sites are open to the community in Santa Barbara County -- at the Santa Maria Fairpark, the Earl Warren Showgrounds in Santa Barbara, and the Anderson Recreation Center in Lompoc.

Appointments are required at all testing sites. To make an appointment, visit or call 888-634-1123.

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