Three Positive Cases in Santa Barbara County, With 145 Tests Pending

••• “The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department now reports three confirmed cases of the coronavirus (Covid-19). As of Thursday, 214 individuals have been tested with 3 positive results and 66 negative results. There are currently 145 pending results. The Public Health Department notes these numbers only reflect the number of tests being reported to their department.” —Edhat

••• “The [Santa Barbara city] council voted unanimously for a series of measures designed to ban landlords from evicting tenants who can’t pay their rent because of the pandemic until the end of May. Tenants, the council tentatively decided, should be given six months to pay their landlords back for lost rent. The council also voted to extend similar protections to businesses who get behind on their rent to commercial landlords. Mayor Cathy Murillo said she would write a letter to the big commercial landlords asking them to offer their tenants a reprieve on their rents for at least a month.” —Independent

••• “Along with robust grocery store sales, there’s one more sector of the retail community that seems to be doing well under the Covid-19 outbreak: cannabis.” That’s according to one store owner, so take it with a grain of salt. —Independent

••• The five UCSB students under quarantine tested negative. —Edhat\

••• Edhat ran a press release from the Santa Barbara Police Department: “The Department will continue to protect the public and our employees by adopting a ‘limited in-person’ service model.” It goes on to explain what that means.

••• “Santa Barbara MTD will be lowering [bus] service levels on several lines, in light of school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic starting Thursday. All MTD fixed-route bus service will also be free of charge until further notice.” —KEYT

••• “Contour Airlines will be suspending operations at the Santa Barbara Airport at the end of the month as the coronavirus pandemic takes a huge toll on commercial air traffic throughout the world. The small regional airline flies between Santa Barbara and Oakland, Sacramento and Las Vegas, using 30-seat Embraer-135 regional jets.” —Noozhawk