2021 Press Releases

On Thursday, December 30, 2021, at approximately 10 p.m. Goleta deputies responded to a report of an attempt rape in progress in the parking lot of Albertsons grocery store located in the 5800-block of Calle Real. Deputies contacted the survivor who was able to fight off the unknown suspect prior to their arrival.

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department has extended the Health Officer Order which requires the use of masks in indoor public settings. This order requires all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, to wear face coverings when indoors in public settings, with limited exceptions. This Order 2021-10.8 is effective at 5 p.m., on January 2, 2022 and continuing until 5 p.m., on February 1, 2022 or until it is extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended.

El Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado de Santa Bárbara ha extendido la Orden del Oficial de Salud que requiere el uso de un cubrebocas en entornos públicos bajo techo. Esta orden requiere que todas las personas, independientemente de su estado de vacunación, usen un cubrebocas cuando estén bajo techo en entornos públicos, con excepciones limitadas. Esta Orden 2021-10.8 es efectiva a las 5 p.m., el 2 de enero de 2022 y continuará hasta las 5 p.m., el 1ยบ de febrero de 2022 o hasta que se extienda, rescinda, reemplace o se enmiende.

Santa Barbara County Public Health Department has received confirmation of the first four cases of COVID-19 related to the Omicron variant (B.1.1.529).

El Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado de Santa Bárbara ha recibido la confirmación de los cuatro primeros casos de COVID-19 relacionados con la variante Ómicron (B.1.1.529).

Custody staff at the Main Jail have continued with follow-up testing for the outbreak that began Thursday, December 9, 2021. Since our last press release on Thursday, December 23, 2021, we have identified an additional 38 COVID positive inmates, 28 inmates have recovered, and 4 inmates have been released from custody. This brings the total number of COVID positive inmates in this outbreak to 119 with 87 active cases.

With continuing rainfall across the region, the Santa Barbara County Environmental Health Services Division wants to remind residents about potential health risks associated with storm water runoff at countywide beaches.

Custody staff at the Main Jail have continued with follow-up testing for the outbreak that began Thursday, December 9, 2021. Since our last press release on Tuesday, December 21, 2021, we have identified an additional 22 COVID positive inmates, and 5 inmates have recovered.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office urges residents to be aware and vigilant about increasing catalytic converter thefts throughout the county, occurring in densely populated neighborhoods as well as in rural areas.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office has teamed up with the Good Samaritan Shelter to bring holiday cheer to clients at the Hedges House of Hope.