Public Health Press Releases

Press Releases 2011

All but essential county programs and services will be closed from Friday, December 23, 2011 through Monday, January 2, 2012.  The Public Health Department has developed a schedule to provide essential services on a limited basis during this time frame.  Click on Press Release for more information. [  Press Release ]

To help pets get a home for the holidays, Santa Barbara County Animal Services is discounting all dog and cat adoptions for one day only, this Saturday, December 10th at all three shelters. [  Press Release ]

There are so many people who help Santa Barbara County Animal Services and the animals they serve. This Thanksgiving Animal Services would like to recognize a few of those supporters. [  Press Release ]

The Santa Barbara Public Health Department along with the Santa Barbara County Medical Reserve Corps are providing free flu shots (including Flu Mist Vaccine) to all community members two years and older on Saturday, November 19, in Lompoc. [  Press Release ]

WIC (Women, Infants and Children) is a nutrition program that helps pregnant women, women who have just had a baby and young children eat well, be active and stay healthy.  WIC can provide for more women and children who are in need in Santa Barbara County [  Press Release ] [  WIC Outreach poster ]

Effective January 1, 2012, the fee for certified copies of California birth, death, and fetal death certificates will increase. [  Click for details ]

Santa Barbara County Animal Services will be offering discounted adoptions on Saturday, November 12, 2011.  This one day adoption event is your chance to help make a shelter animal a shelter veteran [  Press Release ]

In anticipation of more frequent rainfalls in the fall and winter months, the Santa Barbara County Environmental Health Services Division reminds residents about health issues associated with storm water runoff. [  Press Release ]

The Santa Barbara Public Health Department along with the Santa Barbara County Medical Reserve Corps are providing 750 free flu shots (including 250 Flu Mist Vaccine) to all community members two years and older on Saturday, November 12 in Goleta and Saturday, November 19 in Lompoc. [  Press Release ]

On October 23, 2011 an ill cat was found in the 400 block of Las Palmas Drive. The animal expired, and is now confirmed to have had the rabies virus. [  Press Release ]

County Animal Services is looking for citizens that can provide safe ranch, warehouse, or barn homes for these working cats. [  Press Release ]

The public is invited to attend a free Food Day celebration on Monday, October 24, at Community Action Commission (CAC) of Santa Barbara County's Back Door Deli, 315 Camino del Remedio, from 11 am to 1 pm.  A short program begins at 11:20 am.  [  Press Release ] [  Flyer ]

Santa Barbara County Animal Services has seen a high number of Parvovirus cases in Northern Santa Barbara County. Be sure your dog is vaccinated. [  Press Release ]

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older should be immunized [  Press Release ]

The results of annual undercover tobacco buy operations are revealed and compared to recently released state rates [  Press Release ]

License, Vaccinate and Microchip Your Dog at Project PetSafe Licensing Clinic at Dogtoberfest in Solvang on Saturday, October 8, 2011 [  Press Release ]

Santa Barbara County Animal Services offers free microchips to all dogs adopted during the month of October [  Press Release ]

The "Love At Home" Foster Program will pair dogs in need of a foster home with interested and qualified members of the community willing to become foster parents. [  Press Release ]

Rabies is a preventable viral disease that is transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal.  Santa Barbara County does have rabid animals, thus consultation with a physician following a bite from an animal is strongly recommended.  Although transmission to humans is rare, it is fatal if not treated. [  Press Release ]

September 9, 2011 is International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day [  Press Release ]

Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors Recognizes September as National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month [  Press Release ]

License, Vaccinate and Microchip Your Dog at Project PetSafe Licensing Clinic in Goleta on Sunday, August 28, 2011. [  Press Release ]

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department has secured funding to renovate the County Animal Shelter in Lompoc, which serves more than 4,000 people annually. [  Press Release ]

Santa Barbara County has reported the first human case testing positive for West Nile Virus (WNV) in the state of California this year. [  Press Release ]

Santa Barbara County Public Health Department will be holding four free Tdap Clinics for families who are uninsured or who have not been able to get the Tdap vaccine at their child's health care provider [  Press Release ]

Public Health TV showsHealthy for Life andUna Vida Saludable have received the Model Practices award from the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) [  Press Release ]

As above average temperatures are expected in Santa Barbara County over the 4th of July holiday weekend, it is a good time for residents to remember precautions to prevent serious health conditions related to heat. [  Press Release ]  [  Cool Down Locations ] 

Animal Services reminds pet owners to keep their pets safe this 4th of July to insure a good time for everyone. [  Press Release ]

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department is pleased to announce the selection of General Electric's Electronic Health Record (EHR) System [  release ]

License, Vaccinate, and Microchip your dog at Project PetSafe Licensing Clinic in Goleta on Saturday, June 25, 2011 [  release ]

An annual full siren test of the Emergency Warning and Notification System at the Venoco Ellwood Onshore Facility will take place Wednesday, June 29, 2011.  [  more info ]

Effective May 16, local law bans tobacco use in most outdoor locations [  Press Release ]

License, Vaccinate, and Microchip your Dog at Project PetSafe Licensing Clinic in Buellton on Saturday, May 21, 2011 [  Press Release ]

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department salutes nurses in honor of National Nurse Week from May 6 – May 12, 2011. [  Press Release ] 

Santa Barbara County Environmental Health Services (EHS) has put in place a new policy which allows animals in outdoor patio areas under certain circumstances and at a restaurant owner's discretion. [  Press Release ]

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department was recently recognized by the American Heart Association as one of eight Fit-Friendly Companies in the Santa Barbara area. [  Press Release ]

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department joins the Centers for Disease Control and the State of California in highlighting the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and to celebrate the achievements of immunization programs in promoting healthy communities. [  Press Release ]

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department is releasing the 2011 Community Health Status Report on it's website Friday, April 15.  The purpose of the report is to inform community leaders, local professionals, and the general public so they can take appropriate actions that support longer healthier lives. [  Press Release ] [  Report ]

The purpose of this seminar is for front line service providers to review the significant changes and challenges in immunizations for 2011. [  details ]

The California Public Health Laboratory confirmed a case of measles on April 6, 2011 in a 29 year old tourist vacationing in California. [  Provider Alert & Press Release ]

Santa Barbara County Animal Services and the Santa Barbara County Animal Care Foundation invite you to a fun filled, fuzzy, family event at the Santa Maria Animal Center on Saturday, April 16th  from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm [  Press Release ]

The amount found was so low that it does not pose any risk of human health. The milk in San Luis Obispo and elsewhere in the U.S. is absolutely safe for human consumption. [  Press Release ]

Santa Barbara County Animal Services is stepping up to the challenge and needs the assistance of the entire community with daily voting on-line for our shelter between April 4 and April 15, 2011.  [  Press Release ]

Ratings for Santa Barbara County improved in a number of areas [  Press Release ]

Many dog owners do not realize that state and local laws require all dogs over 4 months to be licensed and wearing the animal license tag. [ release ]

Find an MVP at the local Animal Shelter [ Press Release ]

On March 15, 2011, Supervisor Lavagnino will be presenting a proclamation at the Board of Supervisor's meeting recognizing World TB Day, March 24, 2011, to help raise public awareness of tuberculosis and the efforts made to prevent and treat the disease. [  Press Release ]

The Santa Barbara Health Care Center, the largest provider of specialty and subspecialty medical services for the uninsured and people with Medi-Cal coverage in Santa Barbara County, is seeking a new dermatologist. [  Press Release ]

Water wells may be sources of drinking water that have levels of nitrates. [  Press Release ] [  Nitrates Handout ] [ Press Release- Español ] [ Nitrates Handout- Español ]

To highlight the importance of adolescent immunizations, the State of California has designated February 13 19, 2011 as Preteen Vaccine Week in California.  [  Press Release ]

A new California state law requires all 7th to 12th graders receive a Tdap immunization before school starts this Fall [  more ]

Consider opening your heart and home to a litter of kittens this year.  Kitten Foster Parent Recruitment is now open. [  Press Release ]

Share the Love this February by adopting a homeless animal from your Santa Barbara County Shelter [  Press Release ] 

The Santa Barbara Public Health Department is providing 500 free
flu shots to all community members three years of age and older.
         When:   January 25th, 3pm – 7 pm
         Where:  Santa Maria Town Center
         Questions:  Call 681-5193. Click  here  for the flyer [  Press Release ]

Find a summary of the input we received from forum participants [  Forum Summary ]

For the month of January Animal Services will be hosting a "White Sale" with a 25% discount on all adoptable animals. [  Press Release ]

The week of January 2 – 8, 2011 is set aside as Folic Acid Awareness Week to increase short term and long term maternal and fetal outcomes. [  Press Release ]

Updated law strengthens penalties for tobacco sales to minors and restricts new tobacco retail outlets near schools.  [  Press Release ]

Some retail outlets continue to sell tobacco products to youth.  Complete 2010 undercover buy results are attached. [ release]