2020 Press Releases

The Santa Barbara County Fire Department is saddened to announce the passing of our canine fire family member, Riley. Riley served as the department's accelerant detection/arson canine for seven years.

Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) is reporting the thirtieth (30) death of a resident who tested positive for COVID-19. The individual resided in the City of Santa Maria, and was over 70 years of age.

El Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado de Santa Bárbara (PHD) informa de la trigésimo (30) muerte de un residente que tuvo un resultado positivo en la prueba de COVID-19.

In early May, Santa Barbara County began community testing in partnership with the California Department of Public Health. The testing being conducted is intended to identify if an individual currently has the COVID-19 virus.

A principios de mayo, el condado de Santa Barbara comenzó las pruebas comunitarias en asociación con el departamento de Salud Pública de California. El objetivó de las pruebas que se realizan es identificar si una persona tiene actualmente el virus de COVID-19.

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.