2020 Press Releases

The County of Santa Barbara is in search of community members who would like to utilize their wisdom and talents by volunteering for various COVID-19 related projects.

Residential tenants who cannot afford to pay all or part of their April rent due to negative impacts from COVID-19 must take certain steps to gain legal protection available from the Governor's recent Executive Order regarding evictions.

Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) is reporting that a resident has died of COVID-19. The person who died was in their 60s and had underlying health conditions. This north county resident was hospitalized and succumbed to their illness today.

A sheriff's deputy is recovering at home after testing positive for COVID-19. The deputy is assigned to patrol at the Santa Maria Station and last worked on Saturday, March 28, 2020. The next day the deputy began experiencing COVID-19-like symptoms.

A suspect has been arrested on a warrant for domestic violence and assault with a deadly weapon stemming from an incident that occurred in Goleta. On Thursday, March 19, 2020, Sheriff's Deputies responded to a residence in Goleta to investigate a report of a missing juvenile.

The Santa Barbara County Community Services Department has announced that the beaches at Isla Vista will be closed due to the potential for a "Floatopia" event on Saturday, April 4 and Sunday, April 5.

Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced today that an amended felony complaint has been filed in the case against Brenden Michael Terry, 20, of Lompoc, California. The amended complaint adds Robert James Scott, 23, of Lompoc, California, as a co-defendant.

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The Santa Barbara County Treasurer-Tax Collector (TTC) is experienced in working with the community in times of emergency and disaster. Due to the COVID-19 emergency, after April 10 the Treasurer-Tax Collector's office will consider written requests for penalty cancellations on a case-by-case basis.

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) is confirming eleven (11) additional cases of COVID-19 today. This makes 99 total confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Santa Barbara County.