Kurt Hixenbaugh, 49, who owns Vino et Amicis in Old Town Orcutt, was charged with two counts of violating the state's stay-at-home emergency health order and two counts of violating the county health officer's order on Dec. 11, 2020, and Jan. 21, 2021, according to the complaint filed March 26.
With COVID-19 vaccine distribution picking up for Santa Barbara County residents, hope is finally on the horizon – but the consequences of the pandemic are far from over. The Santa Barbara Foundation (SBF) remains committed to assisting those hit hardest by the pandemic, including small businesses.
We are working hard to get answers about the impact and reaction to the coronavirus in Santa Barbara County, this is a collection of those stories.
More than three months into the U.S. vaccination drive, many of the numbers paint an increasingly encouraging picture, with 70% of Americans 65 and older receiving at least one dose of the vaccine and COVID-19 deaths dipping below 1,000 a day on average for the first time since November.
California’s improving coronavirus numbers continued their downward fall, leading to Tuesday’s announcement that much of the San Francisco Bay Area can reopen to a greater degree and that now 94% of the state’s population is out from under the most severe restrictions.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom's plan to centralize vaccine delivery, tracking and appointment making is taking shape with two of the state's most populous counties signing up, despite widespread resistance from local public health agencies that want to retain control.
AstraZeneca reported Monday that its COVID-19 vaccine provided strong protection among all adults in a long-anticipated U.S. study, raising hopes that the findings could help rebuild public confidence in the beleaguered shot in other countries and moving a step closer to clearance for American use.
Students in California classrooms can sit 3 feet apart instead of 6 under new guidelines adopted by the state as school officials figure out how to reopen campuses closed for a year during the coronavirus pandemic.
Cabrillo AD Gary West, who noted that the decision is not based on COVID-19 protocols, said the Cabrillo coaching staff felt the players needed an extra week of preparation.
In the early weeks of 2021, Californians are staying home way more than we did in our pre-pandemic life. Even so, we’re heading out to shop, dine and work far more now than in March 2020, when state officials issued the first sweeping stay-at-home order, or the dark period that followed the winter holidays, when we hunkered down as covid-19 caseloads exploded.
Righetti High School's long-awaited season-opening football game at Arroyo Grande has been canceled due to positive COVID-19 cases within the Righetti program, the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District announced Tuesday.
Should this declaration give people the peace of mind to start increasing the frequency of in-person dates? When considering whether to meet up with someone who is vaccinated versus unvaccinated, vaccinated does sound safer. But should it?
Solvang City Council members continue a march toward undoing the work of the previous council by voting unanimously to terminate a vacancy policy adopted in 2019 and directing staff to begin filling vacant city staff positions.
The vaccine sign-up website, My Turn, is the state’s answer to a previous hodgepodge of vaccination appointment systems that residents had to log on to through websites belonging to various hospitals, pharmacies, clinics and many of California’s 58 counties.
More than 400 educators and classified school staff from Santa Barbara County received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine Thursday at Lo…
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The adjusted case rate number is updated every Tuesday. Santa Barbara County's adjusted case rate was 16.9, down from 27 the previous week, but not quite below the 14 threshold. San Luis Obispo County, meanwhile, did see its number drop below 14: SLO County's number came in at 9.4 Tuesday.
The announcement makes it easier for high school football and other contact sports to return to the area, though testing of student-athletes is a requirement for areas with a higher case rate. Football practice could begin as soon as Feb. 26 in areas that can adhere to the new guidance.
Much of the last year has been doom and gloom, especially for high school athletics in the area.