Cluster of COVID-19 Cases in Isla Vista Fraternity and Sorority Houses

Source: UCSB Alerts

This emergency notification is being sent because the University and the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (SBCPHD) have identified two separate clusters of positive COVID-19 cases in privately-owned fraternity and sorority houses in the Isla Vista community. Thirteen individuals residing in the two separate houses have tested positive for COVID-19. The impacted individuals have been self-isolating since being tested. The houses have been placed in quarantine on the orders of SBCPHD, and public health officials are leading contract tracing and outreach efforts.

Your health and safety are our top priority, and the university is working closely with public health officials to determine whether there are members of the campus community who need to be advised about their contact with these individuals. 

We have set up a COVID-19 Call Center for medical, testing, housing, registration, and other questions related to our COVID-19 response. It is operational weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at (805) 893-3113. You may also reach them at sends e-mail).

Our protocols are consistent with California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and CDC recommendations: screening, isolating, and testing individuals who have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 infection. By following statewide and national protocols, we are ensuring that we enact scientifically proven methods of responding in the most effective manner. 

The most important individual actions that all members of our community can take are:

  • PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING IN THE COMMUNITY. Avoid crowded places and social gatherings. Gatherings in Santa Barbara County are currently prohibited by order of the Health Officer. Minimize unnecessary contact with others.
  • Keep your distance from others. It is recommended to be at least 6 feet from people in close spaces (cafes, elevators, library, etc.).
  • Wear face coverings in common and public indoor spaces and outdoors when distancing is not possible.
  • Wash your hands for more than 20 seconds with soap and water.
  • IF YOU ARE SICK, STAY HOME. Expect to be home for two weeks.
  • Have a plan in case you get sick. Include the following items in your plan:
    • How are you going to isolate yourself (how long, where)? 
    • Who are you to contact if you have symptoms (doctor phone number, Student Health, friend, family member)? 
    • If you are in isolation and have a need, who will you contact?
  • Stay calm. We understand this is a stressful situation for everybody, but remember that we can work together to get this pandemic under control.

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  1. People keep saying that but no one, including Biden, has laid out a plan of what should have happened that would have magically prevented the US from catching a virus that has affected every corner of the globe (and was probably already in the US in 2019). Our extended issues here in CA are the result of Newsom not Trunp.

  2. I do get it. they are UCSB partying, they are not going home. If they do go home, their parents can manage their own exposure risk…they know what their kids are doing…they get the visa bill every month with the liquor bill.

  3. Voice of Treason – that’s not true at all. Look across all new sources not just FAUX. People who spread propaganda like that makes me wonder if they are just not educated or if they have nefarious motives.
    And the “China” virus, as Trump calls it, did not come in from China. The strain was brought from Europe. So glad Trumps DHS just let everybody flood the airports without any plan…..

  4. Great! A bunch of frat boys and sorority girls are going to skew our community stats so we lurch towards lockdown…
    UCSB should shut down all the Greek houses until the pandemic is over. What were they thinking? This was completely predictable.

  5. Is Trump also responsible for the worldwide cases? They are spiking in France, Spain, England – I guess that’s his fault too. Somehow the US was supposed to dodge this all together had Trump not been in office. So logical.

  6. OOPS – you still don’t get it do you? Yeah, these kids will probably be fine, but what about their parents, grandparents, house cleaners, etc who they can infect? You do realize young people, while less likely to develop complications, are still contagious, right? They can still kill plenty of other people around them. Do you care at all?

  7. VOICE – Everyone, including Biden (who isn’t the president, yet) has laid out a plan. That plan would have been to take this seriously from the get go. Not shame people for trying to protect themselves. Not tell your followers to go back to school or you’ll take away their funding. Not force people to be around you while you’re contagious with a deadly disease. Not call it a “liberal hoax” while you KNOW it is a deadly, dangerous disease. Not tell your followers that masks are useless. Not encourage your followers to follow your lead and tease and belittle those who are taking this seriously. Basically, the plan is/was, don’t do ANTYHING Trump did once the virus was here.

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