April 6, 2020
South County Resident Is the Second to Die of Covid-19
Other local news: 174 confirmed cases as of Sunday afternoon; county appears to have more cases than comparable counties, but the lack of testing clouds the issue; could coastal winds carry the virus far?; the history of the 1930s Lutah Maria Riggs house at 818 Hot Springs Road.
April 5, 2020
Naked Man Rescued from Inside a Storm Drain
Other local news: Public Health director expects a mid-May Covid-19 surge; childcare for frontline workers; the history of Quarantina Street; state to house homeless in hotels; CARES Act snags; gun sales soar; bookstores are open; fashion entrepreneur expands Montecito estate.
April 3, 2020
California Sent Cottage Health 200,000 Unusable N95 Masks
Other local news: There are now 139 confirmed cases of Covid-19, including three more police officers; rapid testing finally available here, to a limited degree; city basketball courts and park picnic sites closed; marvelous Tecolote Bookshop is open.
April 2, 2020
First Covid-19 Death in Santa Barbara County
And the total number of cases is now 111. Other local news: When the pandemic might peak here; Isla Vista closing beaches to discourage the annual Deltopia party; some property tax late penalties to be canceled; Ventura might close its public boat ramp; helping local dogs.
March 31, 2020
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March 26, 2020
Supermarkets Are Adding Sneeze Guards to Checkout Lanes
Other local news: Santa Barbara County now has 26 cases and is telling where they are; jail discharging inmates early; high-school student starts group to do shopping for seniors; Downtown Organization director is leaving; progress for the Rincon Bluffs Preserve.
March 25, 2020
Santa Barbara County Now Has 24 Confirmed Cases of Covid-19
Other local news: Hospitals devising plans to cope with surge of patients; county estimated to lose 6,870 jobs as a result of the pandemic; a better way to track cannabis taxes; Oprah Winfrey is social-distancing from her partner; penguin allowed to explore zoo grounds.
March 24, 2020