The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department announced five residents of Isla Vista have been placed under mandatory quarantine as of Sunday morning.
According to the news release, the PHD was alerted by a health care partner that the quarantined residents and known UCSB students recently came into contact with someone from San Diego county that later tested positive for COVID-19.
To be safe, Public Health Officer Dr. Henry Ansorg issued a mandatory quarantine on the individuals while they are tested for COVID-19. Results will be shared as they are known.
“The PHD’s Disease Control & Prevention team is directing a very thorough investigation of all contacts of quarantined residents,” the press release read. “All identified contacts of these individuals have been notified and are self-quarantined in their residences at this time.”
While under quarantine, the identified students will not be allowed to leave their place of residence until the Health Officer order is lifted.
PHD has not advised any actions to be taken by the general public at this time, though they urge community members to continue practicing social distancing measures, including postponing and cancelling events with 250 people or more, maintaining six feet of distance between people and limiting gatherings involving those with higher risk for severe illness.
For parents and students needing information specific to UCSB’s campus, contact 805-893-3000. For more information about COVID-19 and PHD’s response, visit publichealthsbcorg.