Covid-19 Cases Spike in Santa Barbara County

••• “Santa Barbara County on Monday reported its record-high number of daily cases since the Covid-19 pandemic began—360 cases. The surge comes two weeks after Thanksgiving, which was anticipated to cause a spike in cases due to families and friends gathering for the holiday. Cottage Health also reported its highest number of Covid-confirmed hospital admissions.” —Independent

••• “Outdoor dining is allowed once again in San Luis Obispo County, but […] restaurants will not be allowed to provide table service. All sales will be takeout or delivery only. […] Another key restriction is that alcohol is not allowed to be consumed in any outdoor dining area.” —KEYT

••• “The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office announced they’re investigating the death of 45-year-old Brandy Vaughan, a prominent anti-vaccination activist. […] The Santa Barbara resident and UC Santa Barbara alum stated pharmaceutical companies are intentionally making people sick for profit. […] ‘The decedent has been positively identified and the death is believe [sic] to be a result of natural causes based on an autopsy exam conducted last week. The final cause and manner of death determination are pending toxicology screening which normally takes 4-6 weeks,” stated [the sheriff’s public information officer].” —Edhat

••• Unity Shoppe is looking for donations of fresh fruit. —Restaurant Guy

••• Santa Barbara Magazine has a nice profile of Lisa Casoni and Heather Stobo, proprietors of Ojai’s Porch Gallery, located in a beautiful 1870s house. Casoni and Stobo are also behind Beato Chocolates.


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