Santa Barbara, CAkclu.org

Rising COVID-19 Numbers On Central, South Coasts Lead To More Major Changes For Region's Largest Community Celebration

The surge in COVID-19 cases on the Central and South Coasts had led to more big changes in one of the region’s largest community celebrations. Santa Barbara’s Old Spanish Days Celebration is this week. Safety concerns had already led to the cancellation of the celebration’s two major parades, as well as the two outdoor foot and entertainment marketplaces.
Santa Barbara County, CASanta Barbara Edhat

Face Covering to Be Required Indoors Regardless of Vaccination Status

Beginning Friday, August 6, Santa Barbara County Public Health is mandating the use of universal face coverings indoors, regardless of vaccination status. Public Health is closely monitoring case rates, and will be releasing a universal mandatory mask mandate in indoor settings only. The SBCPH HOO will be issued Wednesday, August 4, to be effective Friday, August 6 at 5:00 P.M. and will be available at https://publichealthsbc.org/. In all indoor Santa Barbara County businesses, masks will be required regardless of vaccination status. Updated signage for businesses will be posted later this week at recoverysbc.org. At this time, social distancing is not required.
Santa Barbara, CASanta Barbara Independent

Old Spanish Days Officials Offer Explanation for Flurry of Fiesta Cancellations

A bare five hours after Old Spanish Days closed its press conference on Tuesday afternoon to announce Fiesta would continue, except with masks and social distancing in place, El Segundo Vice Presidente David Bolton sent quick emails stating Wednesday night’s Fiesta Pequeña would not be open to the public and that the courthouse Noches de Ronda were canceled. Tardes de Ronda and Flor y Canto are also canceled.
Santa Barbara, CASanta Barbara Edhat

Fiesta Pequeña and Noches de Ronda Closed to Public

Old Spanish Days announced their annual Fiesta Pequeña event at the Santa Barbara Mission will be closed to the public and Noches de Ronda at the courthouse will be canceled. On Tuesday morning, Old Spanish Days organizers held a press conference stating the events will continue with COVID-19 safety protocols only to reverse course later that day and cancel some events due to the rise in infections.
Santa Barbara, CASanta Barbara Independent

Santa Barbara School Boardmembers Push Mandatory COVID Vaccine

If an emergency measure now being pushed by two members of the Santa Barbara Unified School Board and Superintendent Hilda Maldonado prove persuasive, all teachers and district employees will have to show proof of vaccination — or submit to regular testing for COVID — when schools open August 17. Boardmembers...
Santa Ynez, CAsyvnews.com

Santa Ynez resident tracks down family of 80-year-old dress worn on her own wedding day

Two brides are forever bonded after wearing the same three-piece vintage wedding dress five decades apart despite never meeting each other. Santa Ynez resident K.C. Thompson recently fitted the 80-year-old wedding dress she wore 32 years ago to marry her now-husband Sam Thompson in 1989. While modeling the dress one last time before the fragile lace and satin started to give way and tear, Thompson was inspired to resurrect her efforts to find the family of Ellen Prince, the original owner.
Santa Barbara, CAsyvnews.com

Santa Barbara, SLO counties both confirm 2 new COVID-19 deaths

Two new deaths from COVID-19 have been confirmed in both San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties since Monday, according to public health data for both counties. In Santa Barbara County, one death was confirmed Monday followed by another on Tuesday, both among Santa Maria residents. One resident was between the ages of 30 to 49 and another was in the 50 to 69 age range, according to county data.
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News Channel 3-12

Doctors urge patients to get vaccinated as Delta variant spreads

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics Chief Medical Officer spent the day trying to convince a third of his patients to get vaccinated. Dr. Charles Fenzi said, "The vaccines are probably the best vaccines we have ever had in terms of their effectiveness even with the Delta variant." Fenzi told his patients the The post Doctors urge patients to get vaccinated as Delta variant spreads appeared first on NewsChannel 3-12.
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Paso Robles Daily News

Girl Scout cookies are buy-one, get-one on the Central Coast

–Girl Scout Cookies are delicious, but they also provide opportunities for millions of girls across the country to learn skills that are essential to leadership, success, and life. Unfortunately, this year 250,000 boxes of the coveted Girl Scout cookies have been left unsold in stores across California’s Central Coast due to an inability to outreach during the COVID-19 pandemic. These cookies need to be sold by Sept. 1 and are currently being sold in a buy one, get one free sale by the troops in the Central Coast.