County Health Clinics Message to the Community

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Source: County of Santa Barbara

During the COVID-19/Coronavirus outbreak, the Santa Barbara County Public Health Care Centers ask that our patients please do the following to help protect you and all of our patients and dedicated staff.

  • Call ahead if you do not feel well so we can help you decide how best to provide your care. Per CDC guidelines, if you are feeling ill, please do not come to the clinic without calling first.

  • Please keep healthy friends and family members home rather than joining you for your appointment. Children should have only one adult with them. Adults with caregivers should only bring one adult with them.

  • As the local situation changes, you may be offered a visit by telephone or video instead of visiting the clinic to keep you healthy.

The County Health Care Centers have been partnering with all County medical providers to make sure our partners are up-to-date on all the breaking information on the pandemic from local, state and national sources. Our staff has been trained extensively on sanitizing our facilities, and clinicians and their support staff have been trained in the use of personal protection equipment (PPE) and masks have been fit-tested to provide the safest level of security in the outpatient setting while adequately evaluating at-risk patients.

We have been contacting our stable patients who have routine visits scheduled and are postponing or converting these visits to telephone or video consults so we have capacity to see those in the community who need to be seen in the health care center right away. Please call before coming to the health care center when you wish to be seen so we will be ready to serve you and also prepared to protect other patients and staff. Triage personnel who can quickly evaluate you for flu-like symptoms will be greeting patients at the front entrance of our clinics.

Our clinic hours have not changed. To support the mandate for social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are in the process of developing ways to care for patients remotely by phone or teleconferencing (through your mobile phone or computer). If you are interested in this type of visit, please call your health center, as we need to sign you up for MyChart (our electronic portal) beforehand. We are also accepting new patients who become ill and need assistance.

For the latest news regarding County activities and updates surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, visit our website at https://publichealthsbc.org/

Let’s all work together to keep our community safe and healthy.

Stay Connected:

County Public Health: www.PublicHealthSBC.orgTwitter and Facebook
County of Santa Barbara: www.CountyofSB.orgTwitterFacebook
County Information Line: (833) 688-5551, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
2-1-1 Call Center: Dial 211 or outside the area, call (800) 400-1572
Recorded Information Line: (805) 681-4373
Behavioral Wellness 24/7 Access Line: (888) 868-1649

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cielochick Mar 22, 2020 08:43 AM
County Health Clinics Message to the Community

The lab should be open. Clinic hours should be unchanged although calling ahead is wise to ensure no change to lab hours. Doctors and nurses will be there doing refill requests. We are streamlining and trying to keep our patients and community healthy. So there will be a push to do as much over the phone as possible. We may be calling to reschedule an in-person appointment ,for instance, if it is a routine cholesterol check and you are doing well. Stay healthy Santa Barbara County and stay home when able. It’s our best strategy.

jqb Mar 21, 2020 04:00 PM
County Health Clinics Message to the Community

They can't get what they need. Please tell our national leaders how important it is to use the available legal tools: https://www.pri.org/stories/2020-03-20/trump-invokes-defense-production-act-execution-unclear-former-dhs-adviser-sys "So, the act has two parts. The first is a president invokes it. Clearly, Donald Trump has done that. It has the second part, which is it has to be executed. What do you need? What companies have it? And have you commanded the companies to do it? That part has not happened. We're at the surge stage, right? So, we activated, meaning all of us are home, we're staying home, we're going to protect each other. And now, we have to surge resources to these states and locals who are getting hit on the front line, as we've seen in Italy and elsewhere, with what they need."

a-1590957734 Mar 21, 2020 03:01 PM
County Health Clinics Message to the Community

Quoting Bill Frist: "hospitals across this country are expecting to run out of PPE in anywhere from 2 wks to just under 3 days...doctors & nurses will no longer be able to report for work as they will have no means to protect themselves against this pandemic"

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