First Covid-19 Death in Santa Barbara County

••• “Santa Barbara County has now seen its first death from Covid-19. The person was a North County resident in their 60s with underlying health problems.” And the total number of confirmed cases is now at 111. —KEYT

••• “When will the local number of Covid-19 cases reach a peak? Between April 26 and July 28, according to the Director of Public Health Dr. Van Do-Reynoso at the County Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday. The date range is based on a surge planning model, she explained. If the model is accurate enough, Santa Barbara will be on the other side of ‘the curve’ once case counts hit a peak in that date range.” —Independent

••• “As most property owners in Santa Barbara County know, the second installment of their 2019-2020 Annual Secured property tax bill due as of February 1 must be paid by April 10 or it will be delinquent. Payments received after that will be assessed late penalties. However, because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Santa Barbara County Treasurer-Tax Collector will consider written requests for penalty cancellations on a case-by-case basis. The Cancellation of Penalty form will be available on the website after April 10.” —KEYT

••• “Santa Barbara’s powers-that-be are trying to figure out how to stop Deltopia, the Beach Blanket Babylon of bacchanalian revelry formerly known as Floatopia that’s consumed Isla Vista on the first weekend of UCSB’s spring quarter for the past two decades. All of the organized events scheduled for April 4 and 5 have been canceled. […] But the multi-million-dollar question remains how many students looking to party will show up anyway.” —Independent

••• Subsequently, all Isla Vista beaches will be closed this weekend. —Independent

••• The Ventura County Harbor Department is considering closing the public launch ramp. —KEYT

••• “Dioji the dog resort is teaming up with C.A.R.E4Paws in Santa Barbara to help provide dog food for families that can’t afford it during the coronavirus pandemic. […] Monetary donations to Dioji will be used to buy discounted dog food from Dioji, and it will be delivered to those in need by C.A.R.E4Paws.” —KEYT (photo courtesy C.A.R.E4Paws)