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HIGH FIRE SEASON PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE LEVELS

On Monday, May 22, 2017, the Santa Barbara County Fire Department (SBCFD), in conjunction with all other local fire jurisdictions, will declare the beginning of the 2017 High Fire Season period for all areas of Santa Barbara County.

Because of this declaration, all burn permits issued for residential burning and hazard reduction will be suspended. In addition, the SBCFD will be increasing the number of resources (e.g., engines, dozers, crews, helicopters) responding to reported vegetation fires during the high fire season.

The SBCFD would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone who lives, works and plays in Santa Barbara County to be extra vigilant about fire safety this fire season. Remember to maintain vegetation clearance around structures, review and be familiar with your “Ready! Set! Go!” wildfire action plan, and be extra cautious and aware when traveling or staying in the wildland areas of the county.

To learn more about Ready! Set! Go!, please visit www.sbcfire.com.  

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Beginning June 1, the Santa Barbara County Fire Department (SBCFD) will be conducting defensible space inspections. A minimum of 100 feet of defensible space is required around your home in Santa Barbara County. Engine companies will perform inspections and provide homeowners with educational material on how to comply. With the year-round threat of wildfire, the defensible space requirement is enforced at all times in Santa Barbara County. Non-compliant homeowners could be cited.

The SBCFD reminds people that defensible space is the area around a structure free of flammable plants and objects that creates a zone in which firefighters can operate safely in order to help protect a home during a wildfire. This space is wide enough to prevent direct flame impingement and reduce the amount of radiant heat reaching the structure. The defensible space for each structure varies and depends on the type of vegetation and topography. Maintaining this defensible space is critical.  

The Ready! Set! Go! Program was launched in May 2009 as a new approach to educating Southern California residents about the now year-round threat of wildfire. This public education program seeks to gain active public involvement in reducing life and property loss caused by wildfires. 

This program is presented in three steps:

  • Ready! Prepare yourself, your family and your property.
  • Set!  Monitor fire weather/activity and prepare to evacuate.
  • Go!  Leave early when directed to by public safety officials.

To learn more about Ready! Set! Go!, please visit www.sbcfire.com

Maintaining defensible space is critical in stopping a wildfire from destroying your home. Defensible space is part of every homeowner’s responsibility.

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Zika Virus Update

As summer approaches and mosquito season begins, the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (SBCPHD) would like to provide an update on Zika virus disease and steps you can take to protect yourself and your family from this and other infections spread by mosquitoes.

About Zika: Zika primarily spreads through bites from infected mosquitoes. Note that the type of mosquito that carries Zika has not been found in Santa Barbara County. Zika can also be passed through sex, even if the infected person does not have any symptoms, and a pregnant woman who is infected can pass the infection to her baby. No cases of Zika transmission have been reported through breastfeeding or blood transfusion in the US.

Nearly 5,200 cases of Zika disease have been reported in the US between January 1, 2015, and April 12, 2017. Almost all (94%) were in travelers returning from affected areas, including Africa, Asia, the Pacific Islands, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Mexico. Maps of affected areas can be found at www.cdc.gov/zika/geo/index.html.

As of April 14, 2017, California has had 533 confirmed infections, all of which were travel-related. As of April 12, 2017, the SBCPHD laboratory has processed 320 samples for Zika testing, including 82 from pregnant women. Eight have tested positive, including 1 from a pregnant woman. One additional sample from a pregnant Santa Barbara County resident tested positive in another county. The first case in a County resident occurred in August 2016.

“We have unfortunately had several County residents become infected with Zika virus,” said Dr. Charity Dean, Santa Barbara County Health Officer. “All of these cases were related to travel, and there is currently no risk of contracting Zika from infected mosquitoes in Santa Barbara County. However, we encourage you to remain cautious and to take steps to protect yourself from mosquito bites.”

Symptoms of Zika Infection: Many infected persons will not have any symptoms or will have only mid symptoms. Common symptoms include fever, rash, headache, joint pain, eye redness, and muscle aches. No specific treatment is available, and symptoms resolve on their own in a few days to a week.

The greatest concern is for unborn babies when the pregnant mother is infected with Zika. In these situations, the virus can cause small head size (microcephaly), brain damage, and congenital Zika syndrome that includes brain abnormalities, eye defects, hearing loss, and limb defects. Among pregnant women with confirmed Zika infection in the US in 2016, about 1 in 10 had a baby with birth defects. Risk is greatest during the first trimester. In Santa Barbara County, there have been no reported cases of birth defects in babies born to infected mothers to date.

If you have symptoms of Zika infection and have visited an affected area or had unprotected sex with someone who has visited an affected area, see your healthcare provider. This is particularly important if you are pregnant. Zika can be diagnosed with a blood or urine test.

How To Protect Yourself

There is currently no vaccine for Zika, although research is being done in this area. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the SBCPHD recommend the following steps to protect yourself and your family from Zika and other diseases spread by mosquitoes:

  • If you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, do not travel to affected countries. If you must travel, speak with your healthcare provider first.
  • If you travel to affected areas, use mosquito repellent while abroad and for 3 weeks after returning. In addition, use condoms with sexual activity while abroad and for at least 8 weeks (women) or 6 months (men) after returning.
  • Protect yourself and your family from mosquito bites:
  • Use EPA-registered insect repellents containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or other approved active ingredients
  • Do not apply repellent to babies younger than 2 months old. Do not apply to a child’s hands, eyes, or mouth.
  • If you are also using sunscreen, apply sunscreen first and repellent second
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants
  • For additional protection, clothing can be treated with permethrin.
  • Take steps to control mosquitoes inside and outside your home
  • Use air conditioning and screens on windows and doors. Sleep under a mosquito net if these are not available.
  • Empty standing water weekly from containers such as flowerpots, buckets, and birdbaths (mosquitoes need water to grow)

Resources:

The SBCPHD is working closely with state and federal agencies to monitor the evolving Zika situation. SBCPHD provides updates and testing recommendations to local health care providers and coordinates information with the Mosquito and Vector Management District of Santa Barbara County. Please report mosquito problems, particularly aggressive daytime biting mosquitoes, to the Mosquito and Vector Management District.

More information about Zika can be found at:

  • Zika Virus Information, Santa Barbara County Public Health Department
  • Zika: What Californians Need to Know, California Department of Public Health
  • Zika Virus, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Santa Barbara County Animal Services is partnering with C.A.R.E. 4 Paws to bring a Licensing Clinic and FREE Spay-Neuter clinic to the residents of the Cuyama Valley. The Licensing Clinic will be held on Sunday, April 23rd, 2017, 10 a.m. to noon at the New Cuyama Valley Family Resource Center. FREE spay/neuter appointments are available to Santa Barbara County Pet owners only. Space is limited, call today!

There are 4 steps to being a responsible pet owner:

  • Vaccinate – Vaccinations are the best way to provide protection against life threatening diseases and virus’ that can affect your pet.
  • Licensing- Licensing your pet is required by state and local laws. All dogs over the age of 4 months are required to be wearing a license. A license tag is your pet’s ticket home.
  • Spay/Neuter - Spaying and Neutering your pet prevents the birth of unwanted puppies and kittens and enhances your pet’s health and quality of life.
  • Microchip -Microchipping is a form of permanent identification. With a microchip, your pet can be easily identified if found by a shelter or veterinary office.

The Cuyama Valley Licensing and Spay/Neuter Clinic provides:

  • Santa Barbara County Dog Licenses - visit www.projectpetsafe.org for information regarding unaltered licensing requirements.
  • Affordable vaccinations including Rabies $6, DHPP $14, Bordetella $14, & Microchipping $30 for a licensed dog.
  • Spay/Neuter appointments available with C.A.R.E. 4 Paws. Call 805-968-2273 to schedule an appointment. Space is limited.
  • All dogs must be on leash and cats in carriers. No appointments needed.
  • Cash (no bills over $50) and checks accepted, no debit/credit cards.

For further information call Project PetSafe at 805-934-6968 or to schedule your Spay/Neuter appointment call C.A.R.E. 4 Paws at 805-968-2273 or email info@care4paws.org

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Spring Cleanup for Fire Safety

Spring cleaning is an annual ritual for many people. The Santa Barbara County Fire Department reminds homeowners that this can also be the time to make your home safer. In order to keep your family and property safe, take the time to check your home and yard for dangerous materials and unsafe conditions. Check each room in your house including the attic, basement, garage, yard, and storage shed.

REMOVE ALL HAZARDS. Check and correct things such as:

1. Frayed or damaged appliance cords, wiring, fuses, or breakers.
2. Piles of rubbish, trash, and debris.
3. Remove stacks of paper and magazines; take them to a recycling center.
4. Check for water leaks, especially near electrical appliances.
5. Check for good clearances between heating appliances and combustibles.

PROPERLY STORE FLAMMABLE LIQUIDS AND HOME CHEMICALS

1. Gasoline and cleaning fluids should be well marked and out of the reach of children and pets. Store in a cool, dry place outside the house.
2. Clean up work areas. Put dangerous tools, adhesives, matches, or other work items away and out of the reach of children.
3. Inventory all home and yard chemicals, paints, and poisons. Store them according to their label. Properly dispose of anything that is expired, leaking, or looks bad – do not throw these items in the trash or down the drain.
4. Make sure all chemicals are kept under lock and key and out of the reach of children and pets.

CHECK FIRE PROTECTION AND SAFETY EQUIPMENT

1. Check your smoke detectors to ensure they are in working order.
2. Check fire extinguishers for proper type and placement.
3. Make sure all doors and windows open easily for fast escapes.
4. Make sure your street numbers are posted properly and easily visible.
5. Make sure you have a working flashlight and battery-powered radio.

PLAN YOUR ESCAPE

1. Sit down with your family and make sure everyone knows what to do in the event of a fire.
2. Make sure you have two ways out of every room. Have a designated meeting place outside the house for the whole family.
3. Practice the plan.

The Santa Barbara County Fire Department reminds you that a little time spent cleaning up and organizing will do a lot to make your house and property a safer place.

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Tsunami Preparedness Week March 27-31, 2017

Tsunami Preparedness Week in california is March 27-31, 2017! 

Millions of people enjoy California’s wonderful coastline! Whether you live, work, or visit, it is important to be aware that the coastal region is vulnerable to tsunamis. California’s large offshore faults and steep underwater slopes can cause a local tsunami to arrive in minutes. Tsunamis can also travel across the ocean from distant earthquakes.

California tsunami inundation maps show where areas on land can become quickly flooded when there is a tsunami. Tsunamis produce strong, rapidly moving currents that can flow onto normally dry land. Tsunamis are also dangerous for people in the water and boats or ships near the coastline.

Inundation maps are intended to be used to help guide people from dangerous areas to safe areas by showing where high, safe ground is located. These maps can be used by anyone to plan a safe evacuation route. You can practice walking out of the tsunami zone to be better prepared for a real tsunami.

For more information, go to http://www.tsunamizone.org/california/ or for the County's Tsunami Inundation map, go tohere: https://www.countyofsb.org/ceo/oem/tsunami-inundation-maps/home.sbc

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THE WARMING CENTERS ARE OPENING

TUESDAY, MARCH 21st  2017

 

SANTA BARBARA NORTH COUNTY

SANTA MARIA - CENTRO CRISTIANO VIDA ABUNDANTE

125 W. ALVIN STREET  /  TIMES: 6PM - 6AM

LOMPOC - PEACE LUTHERAN CHURCH

1000 W. OCEAN BOULEVARD   /  TIMES: 6PM - 6AM

SANTA BARBARA SOUTH COUNTY

SANTA BARBARA  - 1st UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

305 E ANAPAMU STREET   /  TIMES: 6PM - 6AM

ISLA VISTA  - UNIVERSITY METHODIST CHURCH

892 CAMINO DEL SUR   /  TIMES: 6PM - 7AM

 

CARPINTERIA - CARPINTERIA COMMUNITY CHURCH

1111 VALLECITO ROAD  /  TIMES: 6PM - 6AM

 

 

 

HOTLINE

805 - 324 - 2372

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FIRST 5 WELCOMES NEW COMMISSIONERS

Two community leaders have joined the First 5 Commission that oversees and directs the work of First 5 Santa Barbara County! First 5 invests sales tax on cigarettes into local programs and services that help children prenatal through age 5 prepare for kindergarten.

Santa Barbara County Third District Supervisor Joan Hartmann, Ph.D., J.D., joined the Commission in February. Prior to her service on the Board of Supervisors, Supervisor Hartmann served as Director of the Public Policy Program at the Claremont Graduate School and taught Environmental Studies at Oberlin College and later at University of Southern California. She has also worked with the Congressional Research Service, U.S. Department of the Interior and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 3. Supervisor Hartmann played key roles in the public-private partnership Southern California Wetlands Recovery Project, Buellton Urban Growth Boundary initiative, and the Goodland Coalition in Goleta. Supervisor Hartmann has a long history of community service through organizations such as Court Appointed Special Advocates, the Wilding Museum, and the Fund for Santa Barbara.

Charity Dean, M.D., M.P.H., is a public health physician who joined the Commission in March. Currently, Dr. Dean serves as the County Health Officer for the Public Health Department of Santa Barbara County where she is responsible for Communicable Disease Control and Prevention, Immunizations, and Public Health Preparedness. Dr. Dean served as President of the Board of Directors for the Central Coast Medical Association is an active leader in the California Conference of Local Health Officers, and she serves on the School Site Council of Mountain View Elementary. She received her medical degree and master’s of Public Health and Tropical Medicine from Tulane University in New Orleans.

“We are profoundly grateful to have Supervisor Hartmann and Dr. Dean join the First 5 Commission,” said First 5 Executive Director Ben Romo. “Their extensive expertise, professional background, and long record of community service will greatly benefit our work supporting children prenatal through age 5 and their families.”

About First 5 Santa Barbara County: First 5 Santa Barbara County Children and Families Commission, funded by Proposition 10 works in partnership with individuals and organizations throughout the county, to support the health, early learning and well-being of children prenatal to age 5 and their families. For information, call (805) 884-8085 or visit www.First5SBC.org.

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Firefighter Recruit Academy Graduation Ceremony

SANTA BARBARA, Ca. March 9, 2017 – The Santa Barbara County Fire Department will hold a graduation ceremony for 18 newly appointed firefighters. The ceremony will be held on Friday March 10, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.

The 18 firefighters have just completed an eight week lateral recruit academy. This was a combined academy with the Santa Barbara County Fire Department and Carpinteria-Summerland Fire Protection District. Coordinated and led by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department Training Section, training included hose, ladders, search and rescue, HazMat, auto extrication, rope rescue, and many other Fire Department disciplines. 15 of the new firefighters will fill current vacancies for the Santa Barbara County Fire Department. Three of the firefighters will fill vacancies for the Carpinteria-Summerland Fire Protection District. The firefighters will have a one-year probation period, during which time they will be required to complete additional training and evaluations.

The ceremony is expected to last approximately one hour. All members of the media are welcome to attend.

Contact Information: Captain Dave Zaniboni Information Officer Office 805-681-5531 Cell 805-689-0599. News Line 805-681-5546 Email david.zaniboni@sbcfire.com Twitter @SBCFireInfoAll Santa Barbara County Fire Department News Releases are available at www.sbcfire.com

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Project PetSafe encourages Santa Barbara County resident dog owners to bring their four legged family members to Santa Barbara County Animal Services’ Project PetSafe Licensing Clinic on Saturday, February 25th, 2017, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., located at the Goleta Valley Community Center, 5679 Hollister Ave., Goleta, Ca 93117.

Project PetSafe is a program within Santa Barbara County Animal Services that advocates Responsible Pet Ownership. Being a responsible pet owner entails keeping your dogs’ license current and vaccinations up to date. It is important to help make sure cherished pets are free from disease and wearing their Santa Barbara County Animal License Tag. By keeping your pets healthy, it also reduces the risk of exposure to all family members. When your dog is licensed and wearing the animal license tag, the dog can be quickly reunited with their family.

The Goleta Valley Community Center Licensing Clinic provides:

  • Affordable vaccinations: o Rabies $6 o DHPP $14 o Bordetella $14
  • Microchipping - $30 for licensed dogs  Information about affordable spay and neuter services
  • Santa Barbara County Dog Licenses o A current rabies certificate and written proof that the dog is spayed or neutered are required to obtain an altered dog license. A rabies certificate and a Veterinary Certificate signed by a licensed veterinarian are required to obtain an unaltered dog license.
  • All dogs must be on leash. No appointments needed.
  • Cash (no bills over $50) and checks accepted, no debit/credit cards
  • All dogs must be on leash, cats in carriers. Project PetSafe is committed to bringing affordable vaccinations, spay/neuter services, and licenses to your community. It is your responsibility to keep your pet(s) license current. A license is your pet’s ticket home. 

For more information, contact Santa Barbara County Animal Services, Project PetSafe Team, at 805-934-6968.

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THE WARMING CENTERS ARE OPENING THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16th THRU SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18th 2017

  • SANTA MARIA - CENTRO CRISTIANO VIDA ABUNDANTE: 125 W. ALVIN STREET  /  TIMES: 6PM - 6AM
  • LOMPOC - PEACE LUTHERAN CHURCH: 1000 W. OCEAN BOULEVARD   /  TIMES: 6PM - 6AM
  • SANTA BARBARA - TRINITY EPISCOPAL CHURCH: 1500 STATE STREET   /  TIMES: 6PM - 7AM
  • ISLA VISTA  - UNIVERSITY METHODIST CHURCH: 892 CAMINO DEL SUR   /  TIMES: 6PM - 7AM
  • CARPINTERIA - CARPINTERIA COMMUNITY CHURCH: 1111 VALLECITO ROAD / TIMES: 6PM - 6AM

HOTLINE 805 - 324 - 237

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UPDATE ON SANTA BARBARA COUNTY FLASH FLOOD

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) -- This morning, Santa Barbara County’s south coast received between 2.25 and 2.75 inches of rain. Almost 4 inches fell above the Sherpa Fire burn area, resulting in flash flooding particularly in El Capitan Canyon and Refugio Canyon.

Twenty-four people were rescued from the area; 22 of which were rescued from the El Capitan Canyon Campground. Several yurts/cabins and vehicles have been flooded with water and debris. Approximately 24 evacuees were transported by a County Sheriff’s Office bus. There are no reports of injuries.

A County Sheriff/Fire helicopter was deployed to Circle Bar B Ranch off Refugio Rd. to rescue one person by hoist rescue who was transported to Cottage Hospital.

Santa Barbara County Emergency Operations Center has been activated as well as the Joint Information Center to provide county residents and visitors with updated information regarding flash flooding and debris flow hazards.

El Capitan and Refugio state parks have been evacuated as a precaution and are now closed. For your safety and that of emergency responders, the public is urged to stay off roads if you don’t need to travel about this weekend, and avoid flooded areas and coastal beaches that are expecting high surf.

The National Weather Service has predicted a more significant storm pattern this Sunday, particularly between 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.  A flash flood warning is anticipated for all areas this Sunday, not just burn areas.

Public information is posted at www.countyofsb.org, via phone at 2-11, SBC TV 20, and the County’s social media channels. Residents can also check with their local jurisdictions for any local street closure information.

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Rain Driving Tips

January 18, 2017 – In anticipation of the approaching inclement weather, the Santa Barbara County Fire Department offers the following tips to help keep you and your passengers safe while driving on wet roads:

  • Routinely check your tires. Check tire tread depth and for proper inflation.
  • Slow down. As rain falls, it mixes with grime and oil on the road creating slick conditions.
  • Know how to recover from a skid. Remember not to slam on the brakes. Apply firm, steady pressure to the brakes and steer the car in the direction of the skid.
  • Keep your distance from the car ahead. It takes about three times longer to break on wet roads than on dry roads.
  • Turn your headlights on. Not only do they help you see the road, but they'll help other drivers see you.
  • First rains make the road very slippery. First rains make the roads the most difficult to drive on as mud and oil combine with water to form a slippery layer.
  • Dry your brakes after driving through standing water. If you have driven through standing water, apply the brakes lightly for a short time to dry them.
  • Make sure your wipers are in good condition and functioning properly. California law requires that if you have your wipers on, your vehicle headlights must also be on. 

Taking these simple tips into account can save your life!

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THE WARMING CENTERS ARE OPENING

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18th THRU  SATURDAY, JANUARY 21st 2017

SANTA BARBARA NORTH COUNTY

SANTA MARIA - CENTRO CRISTIANO VIDA ABUNDANTE

125 W. ALVIN STREET  /  TIMES: 6PM - 6AM

LOMPOC - PEACE LUTHERAN CHURCH

1000 W. OCEAN BOULEVARD   /  TIMES: 6PM - 6AM

SANTA BARBARA SOUTH COUNTY

SANTA BARBARA  - UNITARIAN SOCIETY OF SANTA BARBARA

1535 SANTA BARBARA STREET   /  TIMES: 6PM - 6AM

SANTA BARBARA - 1ST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH

2101 STATE STREET   /  TIMES: 7PM - 7AM

ISLA VISTA  - UNIVERSITY METHODIST CHURCH

892 CAMINO DEL SUR   /  TIMES: 6PM - 7AM

CARPINTERIA - CARPINTERIA COMMUNITY CHURCH

1111 VALLECITO ROAD  /  TIMES: 6PM - 6AM

HOTLINE

805 - 324 - 2372

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A steep increase in influenza activity has been recorded in California over the past 3 weeks. Although January and February are typically the peak of influenza season, the rapid increase is unusual. An alarming increase in influenza outbreak in healthcare facilities, particularly skilled nursing facilities, has been reported.

The severity of illness this year has also increased. This is due to the predominant circulating strain, Influenza A / H3N2, which typically causes more severe disease particularly in the elderly and immunocompromised. The good news is the current influenza vaccine is a good match for circulating strains and community members can still get vaccinated.

Early treatment of hospitalized influenza patients can reduce the severity of illness. The benefit of treating with oseltamivir, and anti-viral medication, is greatest when the medication is started immediately after symptom onset. No resistance to this medication has been reported in California. Individuals who believe they may have the flu should seek medical care if they have underlying health conditions which predispose them to more severe illness. There is an adequate national and state supply of both the vaccine and the anti-viral medication. Additional influenza vaccines are still available for clinics who administer them, including the Vaccines for Children (VFC) providers.

Community members can take important steps to prevent influenza illness and outbreaks. All persons aged 6 months and over are encouraged to get vaccinated. Persons who are ill should stay home and have minimal contact with others, particularly those who have chronic health problems and are at increased risk for severe disease. Those who work in schools and healthcare facilities should practice frequent hand washing and avoid touching their faces and mouth.

For more information about flu, visit www.flu.gov.

To find flu vaccine near you, visit: http://flushot.healthmap.org/

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THE WARMING CENTERS ARE OPENING JAN 6th & 7th

THE WARMING CENTERS ARE OPENING

FRIDAY, JANUARY 6TH,  &  SATURDAY, JANUARY 7TH 2017

SANTA BARBARA NORTH COUNTY

SANTA MARIA - CENTRO CRISTIANO VIDA ABUDANTE

125 W. ALVIN  STREET  /  TIMES: 6PM - 6AM

LOMPOC - PEACE LUTHERAN CHURCH

1000 W. OCEAN BOULEVARD   /  TIMES: 6PM - 6AM

SANTA BARBARA SOUTH COUNTY

  SANTA BARBARA  - TRINITY ESPISCOPAL CHURCH

1500 STATE STREET   /  TIMES: 6PM - 7AM

ISLA VISTA  - UNIVERSITY METHODIST CHURCH

892 CAMINO DEL SUR   /  TIMES: 6PM - 7AM

CARPINTERIA - VETERAN MEMORIAL BUILDING

941 WALNUT AVENUE   /  TIMES: 6PM - 6AM

HOTLINE

805 - 324 - 2372

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THE WARMING CENTERS ARE OPENING

THE WARMING CENTERS ARE OPENING

WEDNESDAY JANUARY 4TH, & THURSDAY JANUARY 5TH,  2017

SANTA BARBARA NORTH COUNTY

SANTA MARIA - CENTRO CRISTIANO VIDA ABUNDANTE

125 W. ALVIN STREET  /  TIMES: 6PM - 6AM

LOMPOC - PEACE LUTHERAN CHURCH

1000 W. OCEAN BOULEVARD   /  TIMES: 6PM - 6AM

SANTA BARBARA SOUTH COUNTY

SANTA BARBARA  - TRINITY ESPISCOPAL CHURCH

1500 STATE  STREET   /  TIMES: 6PM - 7AM

ISLA VISTA  - UNIVERSITY METHODIST CHURCH

892 CAMINO DEL SUR   /  TIMES: 6PM - 7AM

CARPINTERIA - VETERAN MEMORIAL BUILDING

941 WALNUT AVENUE   /  TIMES: 6PM - 6AM

HOTLINE

805 - 324 - 2372

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The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department is investigating exposures to a confirmed measles patient. The one confirmed case in Santa Barbara County is linked to the measles outbreak in Los Angeles that currently involves 11 patients. Of the 12 measles cases now involved in the Los Angeles outbreak, only one has provided documentation of vaccination.

The exposures in Santa Barbara occurred at Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital on Tuesday, December 27th between 7:24 p.m. and 10:16 p.m. There were no other exposures. All exposed healthcare workers, patients, and visitors have already been contacted and appropriate measures are being taken to protect their health and the community. Cottage Health was able to quickly verify that all exposed healthcare workers were fully vaccinated against the measles virus.

Measles is a highly contagious virus spread through the air from person to person through coughing or sneezing. The virus spreads rapidly among people who are not immune. Symptoms include rash, cough, runny nose, and conjunctivitis. By the time an individual shows symptoms they have typically already been infectious for four days. This can result in many community exposures and requires rapid public health contact tracing. The incubation period for developing measles after an exposure is up to 21 days. Unvaccinated individuals who have been exposed to the virus and cannot or will not receive the MMR vaccine may be placed under quarantine to protect others. This is the standard public health protocol with air-borne communicable diseases.

Measles is a serious disease and can cause encephalitis, pneumonia, and even death. The outcomes are particularly serious for young children, pregnant women, and those with weakened immune systems. In the decade before 1963 when a vaccine became available, it is estimated three to four million people in the United States were infected annually. Each year an estimated 400 to 500 people died, 48,000 were hospitalized, and 4,000 suffered encephalitis (swelling of the brain) from measles.

Santa Barbara County Public Health is working closely with the public health departments in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties where additional exposures to this case have occurred. A critical piece of the investigation is documenting that exposed individuals have received two doses of the MMR vaccine. Community members who are unsure of their vaccination status should contact their healthcare provider to determine if they need to receive the vaccine. 

For more information about measles, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/measles. You can also call the Public Health Department information line at 681-4373 for basic information about measles. 

UN CASO DE SARAMPI ÓN CONFIRMADO EN EL CONDADO DE SANTA BARBARA PROVOCA RESPUESTA RAPIDA DEL DEPARTAMENTO DE SALUD PUBLICA

SANTA BARBARA, Ca. – El departamento de Salud Pública del condado de Santa Barbara está investigando exposiciones a un caso confirmado de sarampión. El único caso confirmado en el condado de Santa Barbara ha sido emparentado al brote de sarampión en Los Angeles que actualmente involucra 11 pacientes. De los 12 casos de sarampión relacionados con el brote en Los Angeles, solamente 1 persona ha proporcionado documentación de su vacunación.

Las exposiciones en Santa Barbara ocurrieron en el hospital Cottage de Goleta Valley el martes, 27 de diciembre durante las 7:24pm y 10:16pm. No hubo más exposiciones. Todas las personas expuestas, incluyendo empleados del hospital, pacientes, y visitantes ya han sido contactadas y precauciones apropiadas están en efecto para proteger la salud de los expuestos y de la comunidad. El sistema de Cottage Health rápidamente identifico que todos los empleados expuestos estaban completamente vacunados contra el virus del sarampión.

El sarampión es un virus altamente contagioso propagado por el aire de persona a persona a través de la tos o los estornudos. El virus se propaga rápidamente entre las personas que no son inmunes. Los síntomas incluyen sarpullido, tos, secreción nasal y conjuntivitis. En el momento en que un individuo muestra síntomas por lo general ya ha sido infecciosa durante 4 días. Esto puede resultar en muchas exposiciones a la comunidad y requiere un rápido estudio de contactos de salud pública. El periodo de incubación para desarrollar el sarampión es hasta 21 días después de exposición. Personas expuestas al virus que no pueden ser o no quieren ser vacunadas pueden ser puestas en cuarentena para proteger a los demás. Este es el protocolo estándar de salud pública con enfermedades transmitidas por el aire.

El sarampión es una enfermedad seria que puede causar encefalitis, neumonía e incluso la muerte. Los resultados de contraer la enfermedad son particularmente graves para niños pequeños, mujeres embarazadas, y personas con un sistema inmune alterada. En la década antes del 1963, cuando una vacuna se encontró, se calcula que 3 a 4 millones de personas en los Estados Unidos fueron infectadas anualmente. Cada año se calcula que entre 400 y 500 personas murieron, 48000 fueron hospitalizados, y 4000 sufrieron encefalitis (inflamación del cerebro) a causa del sarampión.

El departamento de Salud Pública del condado de Santa Barbara está trabajando en estrecha colaboración con los departamentos de Salud Publica en los condados de Ventura y Los Angeles donde exposiciones adicionales a este caso han ocurrido. Una parte crítica de la investigación es documentar que los individuos expuestos han recibido 2 dosis de la vacuna MMR (el sarampión, paperas y rubéola) durante algún tiempo en el pasado. Miembros de la comunidad que no están seguros de su estado de vacunación deben comunicarse con su proveedor de atención médica para determinar si necesitan recibir la vacuna. 

Para más información sobre el sarampión, visite https://www.cdc.gov/measles/about/signssymptoms-sp.html. También puede llamar a la línea de información del departamento de Salud Pública al 681-4373 para obtener información básica sobre el sarampión.

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The Warming Centers are Opening Fri-Sun (12/23-25, 2016)

THE WARMING CENTERS ARE OPENING

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 23RD  THRU  SUNDAY, DECEMBER 25TH

 SANTA BARBARA NORTH COUNTY

SANTA MARIA - Centro Cristiano Vida Abundante

121 W. ALVIN STREET  /  TIMES: 6PM - 6AM

LOMPOC - PEACE LUTHERAN CHURCH

1000 W. OCEAN BOULEVARD   /  TIMES: 6PM - 6AM

SANTA BARBARA SOUTH COUNTY

SANTA BARBARA  - UNITARIANS SOCIETY OF SANTA BARBARA

1535 SANTA BARBARA STREET   /  TIMES: 6PM - 6AM

SANTA BARBARA - 1ST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH

2101 STATE STREET   /  TIMES: 7PM - 7AM

ISLA VISTA  - UNIVERSITY METHODIST CHURCH

892 CAMINO DEL SUR   /  TIMES: 6PM - 7AM

CARPINTERIA - VETERAN MEMORIAL BUILDING

941 WALNUT AVENUE   /  TIMES: 6PM - 6AM

HOTLINE

805 - 324 - 2372

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