2020 Press Releases

For incumbents and individuals who would like to serve on a school or special district board, this Friday is the close of candidate filing.

Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) is reporting the 61st death of an individual who tested positive for COVID-19. The individual was over 70 years old, resided in the city of Santa Maria and had underlying medical conditions. The death occurred during the last week of June. Deaths are reported, when a death certificate is processed that lists COVID-19 as a cause or a significant condition, and therefore may be delayed.

El Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado de Santa Bárbara (PHD) informa la 61a muerte de un residente que tuvo un resultado positivo en la prueba de COVID-19. El individuo tenía más de 70 años de edad, residía en la ciudad de Santa Maria y tenía condiciones médicas subyacentes. Esta muerte ocurrió durante la última semana de junio. Se reportan las muertes cuando se procesa un atestado de defunción que registra COVID-19 como la causa o condición significativa, y por consecuencia puede haber retraso.

Five additional inmates at the Main Jail are COVID-19 positive. One of the inmates was COVID-19 positive at the time of arrest and was booked into the Main Jail on Sunday.

Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) is reporting 28 additional deaths of individuals who tested positive for COVID-19. Most of these deaths occurred between June 22 and July 31. Of the 28 deaths, we are reporting today, 75% are over 70 years of age and had underlying conditions. Twenty-two percent were Caucasian and 78% were Hispanic. Ten were agricultural workers.

El Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado de Santa Bárbara (PHD) informa de 28 muertes adicionales de individuos que tuvieron un resultado positivo en la prueba de COVID-19. La mayoría de estas muertes ocurrieron entre el 22 de junio y el 31 de julio. De las 28 muertes que estamos reportando hoy, el 75% son mayores de 70 años y tenían condiciones subyacentes. El 22% eran caucásicos y el 78% hispanos. Diez eran trabajadores agrícolas.

Animal Shelters throughout Santa Barbara County have joined NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations' Clear the Shelters™ 2020 pet adoption campaign. This year's initiative will run the entire month of August.

Los refugios de animales del Condado de Santa Bárbara se han asociado a la campaña de adopción de mascotas Clear the Shelters™ "Adopt & Donate" de las estaciones de televisión de NBCUniversal. La iniciativa de este año se llevará a cabo durante todo el mes de agosto.

At approximately 11:04 a.m. today, deputies responded to a business at the corner of Hollister and Kellogg to investigate a suspicious package. When they arrived, deputies observed a cardboard box with a shoe string tied around it.

Yesterday, detectives with the Sheriff's Office Cannabis Compliance Team executed a search warrant in the Sierra Madre area of the Los Padres National Forest with the assistance of wardens from the Department of Fish and Wildlife and agents assigned to the Campaign Against Marijuana Planting.