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Santa Barbara County health officials declare local health emergency

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Posted at 6:06 PM, Mar 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-12 22:08:58-04

Santa Barbara County health officials announced Thursday the declaration of a local health emergency for COVID-19.

The announcement was made by Santa Barbara County District Supervisor Das Williams.

In addition to a local health emergency, county health professionals issued a health officer order. This order is to mandate social distancing and canceling non-essential group gatherings.

Health professionals recommend that when in a gathering, participants should be six feet apart.

Supervisor Williams say health experts want to reassure the public that this is not a cause for panic, just a measure to ensure the county receives resources necessary to keep the community safe.

As of Thursday, county health officials say they are currently monitoring none people for the virus. in total, 61 people have been monitored and all of them have been cleared of the virus.

There are still no verified cases of coronavirus in Santa Barbara County.

In order to ensure healthy and a clean living style, county health officials say they are working to put 12 hand washing stations throughout the county.

On Thursday, Santa Barbara County School Districts announced they are maintaining normal class operations, but will be canceling large events.

Earlier this week, Santa Barbara County Public Health announced the launch of their new coronavirus website.

If any community members have concerns or questions regarding the coronavirus, they can contact this number, (833)-688-5551.

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