2020 Press Releases

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) is reporting five deaths related to the ongoing outbreak at the Country Oaks Care Center in Santa Maria, CA. Currently, 25 residents and 14 staff members that tested positive for COVID-19 have been reported to PHD. The initial positive cases were reported on May 31, 2020 and PHD has been working closely with the facility as well as various state agencies on disease mitigation and supporting ongoing operations.

Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce Dudley, one of six prosecutors in the case of People v Joseph DeAngelo, said today that the prosecution of Joseph DeAngelo involves dozens of victims and crimes that were committed beginning more than four decades ago.

On Friday, June 12, 2020 at around 10:43 p.m., deputies responded to the area of San Simeon Drive and Turnpike Road to investigate a reported carjacking.

Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) is reporting the seventeenth and eighteenth deaths among individuals who tested positive for COVID-19.

This Friday and Saturday, 26 former prison inmates will participate in modified graduation ceremonies to celebrate their accomplishments at the Day Reporting Center (DRC).

Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) is reporting the sixteenth death of a resident who tested positive for COVID-19.

Santa Barbara County Public Health Officer Henning Ansorg, M.D. has issued a Health Officer Order permitting the reopening of additional businesses that were previously closed.

El Oficial de Salud Pública del Condado de Santa Barbara, Henning Ansorg, M.D., emitió una Orden del Oficial de Salud que permite la reapertura de negocios adicionales que anteriormente estaban cerrados.

Due to the impacts of COVID-19, the State Street Mile will celebrate its 21st running as a virtual race from Wednesday, June 10 to Sunday, June 21. Known as the "Fastest, Funnest Mile in the West," the annual community pre-summer tradition benefits the Santa Barbara District Attorney's Victim-Witness Assistance Program's Crime Victim Emergency Fund.

Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) is reporting the fifteenth death of a resident who tested positive for COVID-19. The individual resided in the City of Lompoc and was in their 60's with underlying health conditions. As of today, there are 1,787 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Santa Barbara County. 981 cases are at the Federal Prison in Lompoc, 806 are community cases, and 1594 cases are fully recovered.