2020 Press Releases

In anticipation of the approaching inclement weather, the Santa Barbara County Fire Department offers the following tips to help keep you and your passengers safe while driving on wet roads

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) is confirming the first positive case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in a north county resident. This is the only confirmed case of COVID-19 in Santa Barbara County at this time.

El Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado de Santa Barbara (PHD) está confirmando el primer caso positivo de corona virus 2019 (COVID-19). Este es el único caso de COVID-19 en el Condado de Santa Barbara en este momento.

El Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado de Santa Barbara fue notificado que varios residentes de Isla Vista estuvieron en contacto con una persona del Condado de San Diego que fue examina para el Covid-19 y salió positivo. El Dr. Henning Ansorg, Oficial de Salud Pública a emitido cuarentena mandatorio para cinco personas que son estudiantes de UCSB. Departamento de Salud Pública está examinando para la el Covid-19 cuando resultado estén disponibles serán compartidos.

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) was alerted by a health care partner that multiple Isla Vista residents recently came into contact with someone in San Diego County that later tested positive for COVID-19. Out of an abundance of caution, Dr. Henning Ansorg, Public Health Officer, has issued a mandatory quarantine for five individuals, who are known to be UCSB students. PHD is conducting testing for COVID-19 infection as needed and results will be shared, as they are known.

On Thursday, March 12, 2020, at approximately 8:46 P.M., deputies responded to the 5700-block of Calle Real on a report of a vehicle versus pedestrian collision. The pedestrian was seriously injured and transported to the hospital where she is expected to recover. It appears that the pedestrian was in a crosswalk when she was hit.

On March 11, 2020, the Governor issued a Proclamation of a State of Emergency with price-gouging protections in effect through September 4, 2020. Therefore, Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced that her office will diligently investigate and prosecute cases of price-gouging for as long as Santa Barbara County is under a State of Emergency for the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

While there have not been any identified cases of COVID-19 in Santa Barbara County, the Sheriff's Office will be exercising an abundance of caution and suspending inmate visitation effective Saturday, March 14, 2020 until further notice.

On Thursday, March 12, 2020 at approximately 3:30 a.m., the Sheriff's Office Cannabis Compliance Team Detectives, Narcotics Detectives, K9 Units and County Air Support Unit along with the Ventura County Sheriff's Office, California Highway Patrol, Homeland Security Investigations, and California State Parks responded to the area of Gaviota Beach and Hollister Ranch to investigate information provided by the United States Coast Guard that a possible panga boat was heading that way.

Following the Thomas Fire and 1/9 Debris Flow incidents, a group of local agencies have launched the Santa Barbara County Regional Climate Collaborative and are inviting other stakeholders to participate. These incidents highlight Santa Barbara County's acute vulnerability to climate change impacts like wildfires and sea level rise, and have awakened the region to the real dangers climate change poses. The Collaborative seeks to bring political leaders, practitioners and stakeholders together to coordinate and accelerate solutions to addressing the region's climate challenges.