Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for the SBCC Community

How SBCC is Responding

Santa Barbara City College is coordinating with our County Department of Public Health to provide ongoing information and guidance. SBCC has Pandemic protocols in our Emergency Operations Plan. A team at the College meets regularly to review, update and implement protocols to respond to any impacts relating to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). 

We are continuing to monitor this evolving situation. This webpage has been set up to provide ongoing updates to our Campus Community. Please click below for the latest campus updates. At this time, all instruction has been moved online. 

Local Resources

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Community Resources

See how local public agencies and community organizations are adjusting to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) health emergency.


Student Resources

More information on resources available to SBCC students while credit instruction remains online.

Public Health Resources

SB County Health

Santa Barbara County Public Health Department


CA Dept. Public Health

California Department of Public Health



Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Información en Español

Santa Barbara County Public Health has also launched an information hotline to answer questions the community may have about the Coronavirus.

The phone number is 805-681-4373.

Callers will reach a recorded message, and they have the option to listen in either English or Spanish.

The recorded message covers general information on the Coronavirus, including the current status of the outbreak, as well as symptoms to look out for.

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Research Guide

What can I do to prevent getting sick?

There is currently no vaccine to prevent Coronavirus (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, the CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

For information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website

What about face masks

Santa Barbara County Health Officer Order 2020-10

  • In Santa Barbara County, face masks are required in certain situations (see Health Officer Order 2020-10 for more detail)

  • CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

  • CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.  Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.

  • Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

  • The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators.  Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.