Public Health Press Releases

Press Releases 2016

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department is investigating exposures to a confirmed measles patient. The one confirmed case in Santa Barbara County is linked to the measles outbreak in Los Angeles that currently involves 11 patients. Of the 12 measles cases now involved in the Los Angeles outbreak, only one has provided documentation of vaccination. [ Press Release ] [ Español ]

The public's health matters. Learn more about the plan and priorities to improve the health of Santa Barbara County residents. [ Improvement Plan ]

In order to make the process of transporting patients for medical care efficient and safe, please provide this education to all facility staff who are responsible for patient care and initiating the transport process. [ Provider Alert ]

The dogs, cats and rabbits of Santa Barbara County's animal shelters announce the launch of their 2017 "Home for the Holidays" campaign. [ Press Release ]

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department and VCC, Inc., (Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care), announce a new program to support seniors living at home safely. A friend, family member, or senior may request a free assessment and short-term services with a phone call to 805-690-6203 or visit: vnhcsb.org [ Press Release ]

As the holidays approach, there are over 200 dogs in the Santa Barbara County animal shelters that are looking for homes. Traditionally, not every dog has the opportunity to spend Christmas with a family. This year, the staff at all three county shelters want to change that - even if it's just for a few days. [ Press Release ]

Santa Barbara County's Safe Drug Disposal Program has received an Outstanding Policy/Legislative Advancement Award from the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle). The award recognizes the County's collaborative work with five other counties to advance Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) policy for unwanted household medications. [ Press Release ]

Pregnancy-Related Medi-Cal; Nutrition News; Sexually Transmitted Infections; Epidemiology Program Updates [ Newsletter ]

Effective December 1, 2016, all chain restaurants with 20 or more locations are required to provide nutrition information related to standard menu items. All menus, menu boards, and drive through menu boards at qualified retail food businesses must include calorie content adjacent to the menu items and expanded nutritional information must be available in written form upon request. [ Press Release ]

Black FURday at Animal Services with Cuddlebuster Deals you won't want to miss! FREE adoptions from 10am-12pm with 50% off the rest of the day. [ Press Release ] [ Flyer ]

Project PetSafe holds Licensing and Low-cost Vaccination Clinic in Los Olivos, at Ballard School, December 3rd, 2016. [ Press Release ]

On November 9, 2016, a team of Santa Barbara County Animal Services staff seized 23 dogs from inside a home in Los Alamos. The dogs received a preliminary assessment and vaccinations on-site and were transported to the Santa Barbara Animal Center for further assessment and care. [ Press Release ]

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued the 2015 state report on rabies noting an increase in rabies over 2014 and an increase over the annual average of rabies cases in the previous ten years (2005 – 2014). One of the 2015 rabies cases was in a bat from Santa Barbara County. [ Press Release ]

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department is pleased to announce free flu vaccinations for adults (18 years and older) on Saturday, November 5, 2016 from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM. In addition, local experts will be on hand offering information about Covered California's enrollment opportunities. [ Press Release ] [ Spanish ]

The public is invited to attend Food Day, a nationwide celebration that challenges Americans to change their diets and improve our food policies. The event will be held at the Back Door Deli, 315 Camino Del Remedio in Santa Barbara, from 11 am to 1 pm on Monday, October 24. The celebration will feature local growers, cooking and gardening demonstrations, free healthy food samples, raffle prizes, children's activities, Zumba for preschoolers, and activities that inspire people to "Be Active. Be healthy." [ Press Release ]

Yesterday, the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District, Santa Barbara County Public Health Department, Santa Barbara County Fire Department, and Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management were involved with the investigation of a release of hydrogen sulfide (H2S) causing a "rotten egg" smell in the Ellwood area of Goleta on Sunday, October 9. [ Press Release ]

Clinicians should report suspect cases of AFM, irrespective of laboratory results suggestive of infection with a particular pathogen, to the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department. Copies of spinal cord and brain MRI reports, and lumbar puncture results, should be provided along with the patient case summary form. [ CDPH Press Release ]

The Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District, Santa Barbara County Public Health Department, Santa Barbara County Fire Department, and Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management are investigating a release of hydrogen sulfide (H2S), which began causing a "rotten egg" smell in the Ellwood area of Goleta on Sunday, October 9. [ Press Release ]

On October 4th, the County Board of Supervisors received a report on improvements and changes implemented in the Animal Services division of the Public Health Department following recommendations received from an American Humane Assessment completed in 2015. The Board recognized significant positive changes and expressed appreciation to the staff, volunteers and numerous community stakeholders who have made meaningful changes in the lives of animals and their owners in Santa Barbara County. [ Press Release ]

License, Vaccinate and Microchip Your Dog at Project PetSafe Licensing Clinic at Santa Barbara City College's West Campus at the Great Meadow, October 1, 2016. [ Press Release ]

In an effort to protect the public during Influenza season, the PHD is issuing a Health Officer Order for an Influenza vaccination programs at all hospitals within Santa Barbara County, effective November 1, 2016. [ Order & FAQ ]

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department and the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District announce the Air Quality Warning for Santa Barbara County will remain in effect through the weekend. Residents are urged to use extra caution to protect their health. [ Press Release ] [ Spanish ]

Flu season usually starts in October and continues through the winter months with peak activity in January and February. Influenza, commonly called "the flu," is caused by the influenza virus, which infects the respiratory tract (nose, throat, lungs). Unlike many other viral respiratory infections, such as the common cold, the flu can cause severe illness and life-threatening complications in many people. Photo attached of Dr. Charity Dean and County Fire Chief Eric Peterson getting their flu shots [ Press Release ] [ Photo ]

Today, the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department and the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District changed the Air Quality Watch in effect for the county to an Air Quality Warning for Santa Barbara County, urging residents to use extra caution to protect their health. [ Press Release ] [ Spanish ]

Smoke from the Canyon Fire on Vandenberg Air Force Base may affect air quality in northern Santa Barbara County and other areas of the county. [ Press Release ]
Vigilancia sobre la Calidad del Aire para el Condado de Santa Barbara [ Comunicado de prensa ]

Second Travel Related Zika Infection Confirmed in Santa Barbara County [ Press Release ]

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department confirms that a Santa Barbara County resident has tested positive for Zika virus infection. The resident is a pregnant female who contracted the virus during travel to Central America. [ Press Release ] [ Spanish ]

"Beat the Heat" brings FREE spay or neuter surgeries to Santa Barbara County cats at select agencies during the month of September. [ Press Release ]

Smoke Impacting Air Quality; Falling Ash throughout the County [ Press Release ] [ Spanish ]

Smoke from the Rey Fire off Paradise Road may affect air quality in the Santa Ynez Valley and other parts of the county, depending on winds and weather conditions, and the containment of the fire. Levels of smoke and particles, and areas impacted, will vary [ Press Release ] [ Spanish ]

Smoke from the Rey Fire off Paradise Road may affect air quality in the Santa Ynez Valley and other parts of the county, depending on winds and weather conditions, and the containment of the fire. Levels of smoke and particles, and areas impacted, will vary [ Press Release ] [ Spanish ]

The Public Health Department Health Care Centers celebrate National Health Center Week, August 7 – 13, 2016. Health Care Centers provide local solutions for affordable and accessible health care. [ Press Release ]

Potential impacts in Santa Barbara County from wildfires and high temperatures this summer [ Press Release ] [ Spanish ] [ Website ]

"Dog Days of August," $60 Spay/Neuter Package Deal For Santa Barbara County's Responsible Pet Owner. [ Press Release ] [ Spanish ]

Salmonella, E. coli and Campylobacter are bacteria most commonly-recognized for causing an estimated 76 million cases of foodborne disease in the United States each year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in six, or 48 million Americans, contracts a foodborne illness each year. Of those that become sick, nearly 128,000 people will be hospitalized, and 3,000 will die as a result of their illness. [ Press Release ]

Please see the health advisory regarding the outbreak of meningococcal disease among adult males in Southern California. We encourage you to distribute it further as you deem appropriate. [ Advisory ]

Santa Barbara County Animal Services reminds Pet Owners to follow these simple tips to keep your four legged family member safe this year. [ Press Release ]

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department and the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District cancelled the Air Quality Warning that was in effect for the southern areas of Santa Barbara County. Avoid stirring up ash. [ Press Release ]

On June 21, 2016, the Board of Supervisors passed an EPR ordinance to make Santa Barbara County the first in Southern California to pass an Extended Producer Responsibility ("EPR") ordinance which will provide a new program for residents to safely dispose of their unused household medications at pharmacies in Santa Barbara County. [ Press Release ]

Keeping cool when temperatures reach record highs isn't just about comfort. Dangerously high temperatures can result in heat‐related illnesses ranging from heat cramps to heat exhaustion and heat stroke. The following tips can help you keep cool all summer. [ Press Release ]

Smoke from Sherpa Fire Impacting Some Area [ Press Release ] [ Spanish ]

Zika Virus Update; California & Federal Smoking Laws; Orchard Software LIS; Epidemiology Program Updates [ Newsletter ]

As a part of the world wide "CPR Day" event, local Emergency Medical Service agencies will offer free "hands only" CPR training for members of our community on Wednesday, May 18 at multiple locations throughout the County. Join us here in Santa Barbara County as we attempt to train as many members of our community in "Hands Only CPR" as possible! [ Press Release ]

Door to Door License Canvassing Continues Throughout Santa Barbara County. [ Press Release ]

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Program is teaming up with La Favorita Market to host a Fruit and Veggie Fest celebration in Santa Maria on Sunday, May 15, from noon to 3 p.m. at the La Favorita Market located at 1711 South Broadway. [ Press Release ]

Project PetSafe holds Licensing and Low-cost Vaccination Clinic in Solvang, at Solvang Park, May 21st, 2016. [ Press Release ]

National Nurses Week 2016 honors nurses with the theme "Culture of Safety: It Starts with You". National Nurses Week begins on May 6 and ends on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of nursing as a modern profession. [ Press Release ]

Over the past 3 weeks, there have been at least 48 overdoses of illicitly obtained drugs and at least 10 deaths in California. It is suspected these overdoses were the result of consumption of an opioid drug that strongly resembles the prescription drug Norco, but actually contained an undetermined amount of fentanyl. [ Press Release ]

Nearly 20 million new sexually transmitted infections occur in the United States every year costing the American healthcare system nearly $16 billion in direct medical costs alone, as reported by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). [ Press Release ]

The Direct Relief Women from Direct Relief, in conjunction with the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department, are holding a Community Forum on the Zika Virus. The forum is scheduled for April 5, 2016, 6:00 pm, at the Cabrillo Pavilion Arts Center, 1118 East Cabrillo Boulevard, Santa Barbara. Members of the community are invited to RSVP and attend this free event. [ Press Release ]

County Animal Services is pleased to announce the hiring of Dori Villalon to fill the new position of Operations Manager. Ms. Villalon has worked in animal welfare for over thirty years directing public and private shelters in California, Colorado, and the mid-west. She is nationally recognized for bringing a progressive approach to animal and client care. [ Press Release ]

Each year Santa Barbara County recognizes March 24th, World TB (Tuberculosis) Day as a day to raise the community's awareness about TB disease and how it can be prevented. On March 15, 2016, Supervisor Lavagnino presented a proclamation in honor of this important date at the Board of Supervisors meeting. [ Press Release ]

SB County Animal Services partners with C.A.R.E. 4Paws; brings veterinary services to the pets of Cuyama Valley, April 10th, 2016. [ Press Release ]

The Santa Maria Animal Center is throwing its first ever "Kitten Shower" on March 12, 2016, from 1pm to 3pm. [ Press Release ] [ Flyer ]

Santa Barbara County Animal Services wants the dogs in their care to enjoy spring break this year outside the shelter. The Santa Barbara shelter is looking for temporary foster homes to host a shelter dog for two to seven days the week of March 25th to April 2nd. [ Press Release ]

Adopt a lifelong Valentine from Santa Barbara County Animal Services for just $14 during the "Share the Love" Adoption Weekend [ Press Release ]

Santa Barbara County recently became the second county in California to adopt a Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Resolution. The HEAL resolution conveys the County's commitment to promote and support these efforts in order to foster healthy lifestyles for community residents. [ Press Release ]

Community Alert- AM1290 discusses the Zika Virus with Public Health. [ Details ]

Public Health update on Zika Virus [ Press Release ]

Beginning in March 2014, West Africa experienced the largest outbreak of Ebola in history, with multiple countries affected. On December 29, 2015, the World Health Organization declared the end of Ebola virus transmission in the Republic of Guinea, marking an important milestone in the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa. All three of the West African nations impacted by the outbreak now have Ebola under control. [ Press Release ]

"Snip N Chip" offers Santa Barbara County Cat Owners a FREE spay or neuter and a FREE microchip throughout the month of February. [ Press Release ]

In anticipation of the approaching rainfall event, the Santa Barbara County Environmental Health Services Division reminds residents about health issues associated with storm water runoff. Storm water is untreated rain water that flows through the drain system into creeks, the ocean and other waterways. Studies indicate that contact with storm water may increase the risk for certain types of illnesses such as rashes, fever, chills, ear infections, vomiting, and diarrhea [ Press Release ]

In anticipation of the approaching rainfall event, the Santa Barbara County Environmental Health Services Division reminds residents about health issues associated with storm water runoff. Storm water is untreated rain water that flows through the drain system into creeks, the ocean and other waterways. Studies indicate that contact with storm water may increase the risk for certain types of illnesses such as rashes, fever, chills, ear infections, vomiting, and diarrhea [ Press Release ]

Public Health Department announces open enrollment opportunities to learn what Health Care coverage can do. [ Press Release ] [ Spanish ]