Four New Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in SB County and Important Reminders Issued

Public Safety

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) is confirming four more positive cases of COVID-19 in the county, this makes 13 total confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Santa Barbara County at this time.

Please see information below from PHD:

  • Case #10—in their 20s and resides in South County
  • Case #11—in their 60s and resides in North County
  • Case #12—in their 40s and resides in South County
  • Case #13—in their 40s and resides in South County

PHD is conducting a thorough investigation to determine how they contracted COVID-19 as well as identifying persons with whom they may have had close contact.

Mandated social distancing measures are in place to slow the spread of the virus. All large nonessential professional, social, and community gatherings should be postponed or cancelled, and smaller gatherings should be modified to allow for at least six feet of space between participants.

“We are urging our community to stay home when they are sick and practice consistent social distancing practices, shared Van Do-Reynoso, Public Health Director for Santa Barbara County. “It is critical that we all take the necessary steps to slow the spread of this illness in our community.”

Community members are reminded to take measures to prevent the spread of respiratory illness:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay away from people if you become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough
  • Keep surfaces clean by wiping them down with a household disinfectant

Stay Connected:

Santa Barbara County Public Health: w, T witter and Facebook County of Santa Barbara:, Twitter, Facebook

County Information Line: (833) 688-5551, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

2-1-1 Call Center: Dial 211 or outside the area, call (800) 400-1572

Recorded Information Line: (805) 681-4373

Behavioral Wellness 24/7 Access Line: (888) 868-1649

The City of Goleta would also like to take this opportunity to share a message from Senator Jackson's Office released today with some important reminders. 

All Californians are required to stay home except for essential functions until further notice. You can learn more as well as access the most up-to-date information at the Governor's new user-friendly COVID-19 website.

What's open? Essential services will remain open, such as:

  • Gas stations
  • Pharmacies 
  • Food: Grocery stores, farmers markets, food banks, convenience stores, take-out and delivery restaurants 
  • Banks
  • Laundromats/laundry services

Essential state and local government functions will also remain open, including law enforcement and offices that provide government programs and services.

What's closed?

  • Dine-in restaurants
  • Bars and nightclubs
  • Entertainment venues
  • Gyms and fitness studios
  • Public events and gatherings
  • Convention Centers

It is important to note that you can still take a walk, ride your bike, and go outside for exercise? Just keep at least six feet between yourself and others in the community. 

COVID-19 Resources

This is a challenging time for so many Californians who are concerned about their health, their loved ones, and their jobs. It is my hope that the information below is helpful to you as you navigate this difficult time. As always, you can reach out to my office for further assistance at and visit my website at

Help for Workers

The Labor & Workforce Development Agency has compiled a list of benefits available to workers who have been affected by COVID-19. Visit their website to learn more.

Help for Small Businesses

Small businesses and nonprofits can apply for U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster assistance programs online or seek assistance from SBA's Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955/1-800-877-8339 (TTY) or by email. Visit the SBA website for more details.

You can also visit the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development website for COVID-19 resources.

COVID-19 Teleconference Town Hall

I recently hosted a teleconference town hall with Assemblymember Monique Limón, Congressman Salud Carbajal and local public health officials to discuss COVID-19 and answer questions. If you missed it, you can listen to a recording by calling the numbers below. The recordings will be available until April 2. Stay tuned for more teleconference town halls.

Santa Barbara County

Call: (402) 970-0847        Access Code: 8116079

Ventura County

Call: (402) 970-0847        Access Code: 8665418

Community Information

For the latest COVID-19 updates in your community, visit:

Be safe, Be healthy Goleta!