2020 Press Releases

The Santa Barbara County Fire Department is excited to announce the launch of its newly redesigned website: www.sbcfire.com.

A patrol deputy assigned to South County Patrol has tested positive for COVID-19. The deputy last worked patrol in the unincorporated area of Santa Barbara on Saturday, July 4, 2020.

Just before 4:00 a.m. this morning, deputies responded to the 400-block of Arroyo Road to assist the Santa Barbara Police Department (SBPD) with a stolen vehicle recovery.

One additional custody deputy was found to be COVID-19 positive today. The custody deputy has been asymptomatic and was tested in the early morning hours of Wednesday, July 1, 2020 as part of the sweeping testing of all custody staff.

Santa Barbara County Health Officer, Dr. Henning Ansorg has issued a health officer order requiring all beaches to be closed to the public during the July 4th weekend.

On Monday, June 29, the Santa Maria/Santa Barbara County Continuum of Care and 20 local stakeholders launched a 100-Day Challenge to reduce youth homelessness in Santa Barbara County.

Santa Barbara County Health Officer, Dr. Henning Ansorg has issued a Health Officer Order mandating the closure of multiple business sectors that promote the mixing of populations beyond households and create environments where physical distancing and wearing face coverings is difficult.

Governor Gavin Newsom and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today released guidance directing that counties on the County Monitoring List for three or more consecutive days to close indoor operations for sectors that promote the mixing of populations beyond households and create environments where physical distancing and wearing face coverings is difficult.

Two additional custody deputies, one custody civilian staff member and a patrol deputy sheriff have tested positive for COVID-19 this week. Two of the four exposures do not appear to be work related.

The Santa Barbara County Animal Services Department wishes everyone a safe and happy 4th of July holiday and reminds pet owners that many domestic animals are frightened by fireworks.