Public Health Releases Coronavirus Information Portal

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Source: Santa Barbara County Public Health Department

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) released a new information portal to augment its current website in response to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The new user-friendly communication portal uses accessible icons to organize information as a one-stop -shop information source for the community. The site is easy to navigate for the most current updates and trusted information from public health officials, as well as a section intended for PHD’s critical community health care partners. There are currently no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Santa Barbara County. 

The new COVID-19 website is located at http://PublicHealthSBC.org with information available in English and Spanish. The site features daily status reports, general information about coronavirus, prevention tips, frequently asked questions, and links to information released by the California Department of Public Health Department (CDPH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

The PHD has been working diligently to prepare for the possibility of a COVID-19 case in Santa Barbara County. “Keeping the public safe and healthy is our most important responsibility. We are using all avenues of communication to ensure that our community has the most up to date information and can make informed decisions about their health and the health of those around them,” shared Dr. Henning Ansorg, Health Officer for Santa Barbara County. “Each of us must stay informed and understand what COVID-19 is, how together we can slow the spread of this disease, and how we can continue to act in the best interest of each other – all of this takes having the right information.” 

Health officials note that immediate risk for the general public remains low at this time. Nevertheless, due to the rapidly changing nature of the spread of COVID-19 around the world, it is more important than ever to prepare for potential community spread. The PHD reminds the community to take the following steps to protect their health and the health of those around them: 

  • • Wash your hands with soap and water 
  • • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands 
  • • Avoid close contact with people who are sick 
  • • Stay away from work, school or other people if you become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough 

 

For more information about COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019), please visit the SBCPHD COVID-19 website at PublicHealthSBC.org or call the PHD information line at 805-681-4373. 

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jimbo212 Mar 12, 2020 09:44 AM
Public Health Releases Coronavirus Information Portal

The California Department of Public Health recommends "Large gatherings that include 250 people or more should be postponed or canceled." https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/CDPH%20Document%20Library/Gathering_Guidance_03.11.20.pdf

a-1584042310 Mar 12, 2020 12:45 PM
Public Health Releases Coronavirus Information Portal

Good question. I wrote to the SBPhd Department and asked the same question. Also why hard to contact them, with no email or phone identified with the portal. Good questions for the BOS.

a-1584040890 Mar 12, 2020 12:21 PM
Public Health Releases Coronavirus Information Portal

I am disappointed that the website does not include testing in its FAQs. Nor is there any announcement of how testing will be ramped up in the county.
We're trying to navigate a public health crisis without a clue as to the number of actual cases.
Also, where is a link to a Spanish-language website? I'm all for learning English, but at this time getting the information out in Spanish helps to protect my family's health, too.

Ahchooo Mar 12, 2020 12:33 PM
Public Health Releases Coronavirus Information Portal

At the very top of the website’s home page there is a “Translate Site” that will lead to a Spanish-language site. It should be more obvious and just say “Español.”

They probably don’t say anything about testing because tests are basically unavailable.

a-1584135411 Mar 13, 2020 02:36 PM
Public Health Releases Coronavirus Information Portal

The article about the Tuesday City Council meeting in Noozhawk said 1. Call your doctor and describe your symptoms. 2. If your doctor says you should be tested, call Cottage Emergency at 805.569.7878 and tell them you are coming to their parking lot to get a test. If this doesn’t work, call Das Williams’ Office. Also call CJ Ward at KEYT and ask him to investigate. A very nice woman at Das’ office returned my call today. She told me the County has thousands of test kits. (My personal opinion is, if they tell me NOT to come to the ER parking lot, I’d tell them, OK, I will just walk into the ER if you won’t test me sitting in my car. Many places in the U.S. are doing drive up testing...)

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