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Update: Santa Barbara Real Estate and Public Health


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Here in Montecito, Santa Barbara, and surrounding communities, spring is in the air. Is it safe to say COVID is not? Not yet. We have reasons to be optimistic, however. Locally, cases are down; vaccines are plentiful; and restrictions on personal activities, businesses and schools are being eased. And in a grand paradox, it seems, it has been a banner last twelve months for Montecito and Santa Barbara real estate. Personally, I feel especially blessed.

Since I discussed the record-setting Montecito and Santa Barbara 2020 real estate market, as well as a proud nod to my own record-setting success, in a recent post, I’m devoting this one to the current state of the pandemic as it affects, and is being addressed and mitigated, locally.

A Local Look

Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, Santa Barbara County officials have worked overtime to ensure the health and welfare of all residents. And it looks like their efforts are paying off. To date, there have been 33,931 confirmed cases and 448 deaths here. It’s true, the number of infections is decreasing quickly, but that doesn’t mean our efforts to quell the virus have come to an end.


All Santa Barbara County residents 16 years of age and older are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. For details on how to make an appointment, contact the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department.

People are considered fully vaccinated by the CDC two weeks after the second dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccines or two weeks after the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.


Multiple free community coronavirus testing sites are open in Santa Maria, Lompoc, Buellton, Santa Barbara, and Goleta.

Appointments are required at those locations. The local Public Health Department has information on how to make an appointment.

Walk-in only testing is available at the following locations:

  • La Cumbre Junior High School, 2255 Modoc Rd., Santa Barbara – Mondays, 3-6 p.m.
  • Franklin Elementary School, 1111 E. Mason St., Santa Barbara – Wednesdays, 3-6 p.m.
  • Isla Vista Theater, 960 Embarcadero del Norte, Isla Vista – Fridays and Saturdays, 12-5 p.m.

Resources for Montecito and Santa Barbara homeowners:

Santa Barbara County Joint Information Center
The Santa Barbara County Joint Information Center has been producing a daily summary to highlight COVID-19 information and resources for the past year. Santa Barbara  real estate owners will find updated info on almost everything they need to know. Topics include breaking news and how to care for someone who’s ill to business resources, status reports, provider alerts, economic recovery and more.

Cottage Hospital
Cottage Health is still providing ongoing care for our community. For over 125 years, our not-for-profit health system has been providing advanced medical care for patients throughout California. Today, our nationally recognized services provide families with the patient-centered care they deserve, especially when it comes to COVID-19.

Cottage CareNow
Cottage CareNow can still help assess symptoms and provide appropriate guidance. Cottage CareNow’s team of doctors and nurse practitioners will review your results and respond with a treatment plan within 1 hour or request an immediate face-to-face video visit. If appropriate, prescriptions will be sent to your preferred pharmacy. Watch this video to see how it works.

What Cottage Hospital Still Wants You To Know:

  • Most people with COVID-19 will not require hospitalization. 
  • Possible symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, difficulty breathing, fatigue/weakness, and diarrhea.
  • Call your doctor for guidance if you develop symptoms.
  • Call ahead if you are going to visit your healthcare provider in person, so precautions can be taken to prevent the spread of germs.
  • Call 911 if you believe you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency.
  • Individuals with symptoms of COVID-19 seeking care at the hospital emergency departments will be screened and triaged based on symptoms.

Information and resources 

Here are some excellent places locals can visit online for more information:

Woman in meditation pose in her home

Emotional Wellness Strategies Continue

Local experts are still recommending these practical coping strategies designed with COVID-19 information and resources for Santa Barbara in mind.  

  • Practicing mindfulness and relaxation exercises
  • Stay connected by phone and electronically
  • Keep current connections strong
  • Stay informed through reliable sources
  • Limit your screen time
  • Eat healthily and drink plenty of water
  • Call elderly and housebound friends and neighbors to see how they are feeling. Bring them meals and special treats, being mindful of their vulnerability and susceptibility.
  • Play board games with your kids
  • Read to your children and have them read to you
  • Take on a home project, paint that wall that you have been thinking about
  • Work in the garden
  • Have push-up contests or do yoga together
  • Make special meals and involve the whole family, eat healthily!
  • Order in meals from favorite restaurants that you don’t think normally do takeout
  • Get outside – go for walks, runs, and hikes (maintain social distancing)
  • Assign someone at work as your Morale Officer to focus on your team’s wellness

By the way . . .

In an effort to encourage all Americans to get fully vaccinated, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated the country’s guidelines, and recommendations in fighting the disease. When it comes to hand sanitizers, which have become a part of daily life for a vast number of Americans, this all-in-one guide on the topic from The Derm Review consolidates research and provides practical advice. It is thoroughly researched and sourced, and covers a number of key subtopics.

I feel so blessed and safe to live in a community like ours where residents, elected officials, and local businesses look out for one another. At the same time, I realize moving can bring its own stressors. My clients know I’m here to help minimize the stress of buying or selling a home.

I’m here for you as well if you’re considering a move to, or within, Montecito or Santa Barbara. Just give me a call or drop me an email and let’s talk. You can contact me for all your Montecito and Santa Barbara real estate needs at or by calling (805) 886-9378.

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