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Five UCSB students under quarantine after coming into contact with COVID-19 patient

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Posted at 12:23 PM, Mar 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-15 17:06:18-04

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department says five Isla Vista residents recently came into contact with someone in San Diego County who later tested positive for the coronavirus.

Dr. Henning Ansorg, the public health officer for the county, is issuing a mandatory quarantine for those individuals, who are University of California, Santa Barbara students, according to a press release.

The public health department is testing for COVID-19 infection as needed and results will be shared as they are known, local health officials say.

"No action needs to be taken by the general public at this time," said the press release. "Since the identified Isla Vista residents are under mandatory quarantine, they will not be allowed to leave their place of quarantine until the Health Officer order is lifted."

The public health department says it is continuing to encourage the community to practice social distancing measures, including postponing and canceling events with 250 people or more and limiting gatherings with those with higher risk for severe illness.