Coronavirus Resources

With daily updates about the spread of the coronavirus/COVID-19 throughout our state, many are understandably concerned about their own health, the risks to their family members, friends and neighbors, and their economic livelihood.

Below is information that may be helpful to you and your family. My office will continue to update this page however, for the most up-to-date information, please visit the California Department of Public Health’s website or covid19.ca.gov.

En Español: Para obtener información en español, visite Novedoso Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

How can people protect themselves?

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, or having been in a public place.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick, and stay away from large gatherings and crowds.
  • Stay home as much as possible. Consider ways of getting food brought to your house through family, social, or commercial networks.

What to do if you think you're sick

Call ahead: If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and may have had contact with a person with COVID-19, or recently traveled to countries with apparent community spread, call your health care provider or local public health department first before seeking medical care so that appropriate precautions can be taken.

State Benefits to Assist California Workers 

California is acting quickly to help workers hurt by COVID-19. Below is a brief summary of the benefits that may be available to you if your work has been affected by the disease. Visit the Labor & Workforce Development Agency’s website for more information.

  • If you're unable to work because you are caring for an ill or quarantined family member with COVID-19 you may qualify for Paid Family Leave (PFL).
  • The new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program helps unemployed Californians who are business owners, self-employed, independent contractors, have limited work history, and others not usually eligible for regular state UI benefits.
  • If you’re unable to work due to medical quarantine or illness, you may qualify for Disability Insurance.
  • Those who have lost a job or have had their hours reduced for reasons related to COVID-19 may be able to partially recover their wages by filing an unemployment insurance claim.
  • If a worker or a family member is sick or for preventative care when civil authorities recommend quarantine, workers may use accrued paid sick leave in accordance with the law.
  • If workers are unable to do their usual job because they were exposed to and contracted COVID-19 during the regular course of their work, they may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits.

How to Apply for Unemployment Benefits in California

Relief for Small Businesses

The Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development has compiled resources for small businesses affected by COVID-19.

Volunteer Safely

Every Californian can safely help their community during these difficult times. Visit Cal Volunteers or call 211 to learn how.

Food Banks

Santa Barbara

Food Bank North County, 490 West Foster Road. Santa Maria CA 93455

(805) 967-5741 / Mon. – Fri.:  7:00 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Food Bank South County, 4554 Hollister Avenue, Santa Barbara CA 93110

(805) 967-5741 / Mon.  – Fri.: 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Ventura

Food Share Ventura County, 4156 Southbank Road., Oxnard CA 93036

(805) 983-7100 / Mon. – Fri.: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Resources for Seniors

Santa Barbara 

Central Coast Commission for Senior Citizens 

528S Broadway, SantaMaria, CA 93454

(805) 925-9554

Ventura

Ventura County Area Agency on Aging 

646 County Square Drive, Suite 100, Ventura, CA 93003

Phone: (805) 477-7300 Email: lois.vcaaa@ventura.org

Mental Health

Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara County ACCESS 24 hour Crisis Hotline (888) 868-1649, www.countyofsb.org/behavioral-wellness

Ventura

Ventura County Behavioral Health (866) 998-2243, www.vcbh.org

Domestic Violence

Santa Barbara

Domestic Violence Solutions (805) 964‑5245 dvsolutions.org

Ventura

Coalition for Family Harmony (800) 300-2181 thecoalition.org

You can also reach out to the National Domestic Violence hotline at 1-800-799-7233 or 1-800-799-7233 for TTY, or if you’re unable to speak safely, go online or text LOVEIS to 22522.

Child Abuse Prevention

Santa Barbara

Child Abuse Prevention Council of Santa Barbara www.preventchildabusesb.org

Santa Barbara County Child Welfare Services (CWS) Hotline (800) 367-0166

Ventura

Partnership for Safe Families and Communities of Ventura County www.partnershipforsafefamilies.org

Ventura County Child Welfare Services Hotline (805) 654-3200

County Health Updates

For the latest COVID-19 updates in your community, visit: