Two more deaths attributed to COVID-19, 61 new cases reported in Santa Barbara Co.

Posted at 5:09 PM, Jun 12, 2020

Santa Barbara County reported two more deaths attributed to COVID-19 on Friday.

Health officials say both people were over the age of 70, had underlying health conditions, and lived in Santa Maria.

The county also reported 61 new cases of coronavirus, bringing the county's total to 1,971 confirmed cases as of June 12.

It's the largest one-day increase the county has seen since the pandemic began; however, County Health Officer Dr. Henning Ansorg said some of those cases are attributed to a lag in reporting from one of the county's largest laboratories.

One of the new cases is at the federal prison in Lompoc, which makes up 985 of the county's total cases.

Of the cases in the community, 51 people are hospitalized, including 12 patients who are in the ICU. Another 167 people are recovering at home and 698 people have recovered.

Santa Barbara County now has a total of 18 deaths attributed to COVID-19.

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 at the Solvang Veterans' Memorial Hall.

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