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COVID-19 Information and Resources

OFFICIAL GOVERNMENT - Websites and webpages for updates and information

The following websites are government pages specific to COVID-19 information and resources.


HEALTH, SELF-CARE & WELL-BEING

COVID-19 / CORONAVIRUS SPECIFIC INFORMATION 

MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES AND INFORMATION

  • Adult Wellness Ideas During COVID-19 - Wellness ideas from the Santa Barbara Unified School District's Restorative Approaches Coordinator. 
  • Mental Health Resources for Families during COVID-19 - Mental health practice ideas from the Santa Barbara Unified School District's Restorative Approaches Coordinator.
  • Anxiety and Stress Management Resources - Suggestions for individuals from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.
  • How to Prevent Loneliness in a Time of Social Distancing - Advice for preserving your mental health while avoiding physical proximity. 
  • Santa Barbara Response Network - SBRN continues to offer Psychological First Aid support to the Santa Barbara community. They are offering support digitally and by telephone 805-699-5608, as well as offering support alongside the non-profit community, the Community Wellness Team (CWT), and the Whole Community Group

SBRN will be providing an online Compassion Center on Facebook Live every day at 5 PM in Spanish. They will be doing English Facebook live compassion centers in the coming week, and will then have safe spaces online to offer compassionate support twice a day in both English and Spanish. To join in / access go to: https://www.facebook.com/SBRNETWORK/

  • SBPL's eReading and Learning Resources - Reading can be a form of mental recreation and leisure. All of SBPL's digital services are available for use with a SBPL library card.
  • Taking Care of Your Emotional Health - From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, taking care of your emotional health during an emergency will help you think clearly and react to the urgent needs to protect yourself and your family. Self-care during an emergency will help your long-term healing.
  • Prepare for and acknowledge the human social sacrifices that are being made during these times. As we shelter-in-place, self-case is important while missing the physical presence of others and regular social interactions. 
  • Look at planning remote communications with family and friends, play online games with those far away AND those across the block, send actual pen-pal games in the mail. Spend time outside on trails, in parks, and at the beach. These are fairly easy places to maintain social distancing while invigorating ourselves.
  • Manage Anxiety & Stress -  From the Centers for Diesase Control and Prevention, Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community strong. 
  • Parent Coaching Line - Family Service Agency - The line is open to individuals that need help with communicating to their children and teenagers in this difficult, as well as general assisting with their relationships. Coaches are trained in healthy relationships curricula. Additionally, we can provide guidance on homework needs, extracurricular activities, and reward & discipline systems. These are our Santa Barbara coaches phone numbers, see website for county-wide details.

GENERAL HEALTH RESOURCES AND INFORMATION

FOR IMPACTED WORKERS

FOR NONPROFITS 

  • COVID-19 Santa Barbara County Nonprofit Resources - From the Santa Barbara Foundation, includes grants, webinars, resources, and more. 
  • COVID-19 Joint Response Effort - United Way of Santa Barbara County, the Santa Barbara Foundation, and the Hutton-Parker Foundation are leading a countywide collaborative with members of the Foundation Roundtable to provide assistance to individuals and families as well as organizations actively engaged in assistance efforts for members of the community affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • CA Governor's Office of Business - The Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development has compiled helpful informaiton for employers, employees, and all Californians as it related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. 
  • COVID-19 Ways to Help - The Santa Barbara Foundation is working to connect resources across Santa Barbara County. This online platforms allows individuals, nonprofits, etc. to find and offer resources and provide help to our community. 
  • Community members interested in volunteering can sign-up by completing the Volunteer Regisration Form found on the Santa Barbara County Public Health portal and by emailing the completed form to EOCLogistics@SantaBarbaraCA.gov or by contacting the Santa Barbara City CERT Spontaneous Volunteer Center, Monday through Friday from 10 AM - 2 PM at 805-564-5782 to sign-up over the telephone. 


FOR BUSINESSES


FOR INDIVIDUALS 

  • Mi Vida, Mi Voz | My Life, My Voice - Providing information about Financial Assistance, Assistance with Bills, Housing Assistance, Food, Family, Health, Senior, Scams & Fraud resources that are available to the Latino community in Spanish during the COVID-19 crisis. Available in Spanish and English. 
  • IRS - Coronavirus Tax Relief for Taxpayers, Businesses, and Other Affected by the Coronavirus - The IRS has established a special section focused on steps to help taxpayers, businesses, and others affected by the coronavirus. The page will be updated as new information is available. 
  • Price Gouging During an Emergency - Price Gouging Laws are now in effect throughout Santa Barbara County. California's anti-price-gouging statute, Penal Code 396, prohibits raising the price of many consumer goods and services by more than 10% after an emergency has been declared. Individuals can file a compliant with the Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office at: 805-568-2300 or by completing a Consumer Compliant Form on their website: 
  • Governor Newsom - Executive Order to Protect Ongoing Safety Net Services for Most Vulnerable Californias During COVID-19 Outbreak - Taking action to ensure that California's most vulnerable residents can continue to receive health care, food assistance, and in-house supportive services in a timely manner during the COVID-19 outbreak, Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order to extend the eligibility period for important safety net services. The order waives eligibility redeterminations for 90 days for Californians who participate in: 
    • Medi-Cal health coverage 
    • CalFresh food assistance 
    • CalWORKS
    • Cash assistance for immigrants; and 
    • In-Home supportive services. 
    • The change will allow current receipients of the aforementioned safety net programs to continue to receive them without interruption. 
    • The executive order also waives certain provisions of the Bagley-Keene Act. 
  • Federal Student Loan Payments Suspended, Interest Waived - All borrowers with federally held student loans will automatically have their interest rates set to 0% for a period of at least 60 days (from March 20, 2020). In addition, each of these borrowers will have the option to suspend their payments for at least two months to allow them greater flexiblity during the national emergency. 
  • COVID-19 Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants - California is providing one-time state-funded disaster relief assistance to undocumented adults who are ineligible for other forms of assistance, if you know any undocumented immigrant in Santa Barbara County please refer them to Mixteco Project at 805-519-7776. Calls can being on on Monday, May 18, 2020 at 10:00 AM.
  • Senior Connection - Resources and services for isolated seniors. Several nonprofits in Santa Barbara County have collaborated to identify isolated seniors and connect them to essential services or critical needs, such as food and supplies. Call 805-925-9554
  • Cox Connect2Compete - Cox is helping families connect to the internet through the Cox Connect2Compete program. Cox is providing: 
    • Limited-time, first 2 months free of Connect2Compete service $9.95/month thereafter. 
    • Until May 15, 2020, providing phone and remote desktop support through Cox Complete Care at no charge. 
    • Resources for discounted, refurbished equipment through their association with PCs for People. 
    • A Learn from Home toolkit for schools, including instructions on how to fast-track eligible students without internet access. 
  • Xfinity Wifi Free For Everyone - Xfinity WiFi hotspots located in businesses and outdoor locations across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free -- including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots:
    • Visit www.xfinity.com/wifi.
    • Once at a hotspot, select "Xfinitywifi" network name in the list of available networks, then 
    • Launch a browser. 
  • EveryoneOn Broadband Service - Broadband service to income-eligible families (for example, those that qualify for free or reduced school lunch, or who live in public housing) at a cost of around $10-12 per month (varies by state). Some states also offer very low-cost laptops or desktops ($100-$200). 
  • Comcast Internet Offers - Income-eligible families may get internet acces at $10-$12 per month. However, they are now offering this low-cost service for the next 60 days. 
  • AT&T Access Program - They are waiving data overage fees to all customers and will not terminate service of any customer over the next 60 days. All AT&T consumer home internet wireline customers, as well as Fixed Wireless Internet, can use unlimited internet data. Additionally, AT&T will continue to offer internet access for qualifiying limited income households at $10 a month through the Access from AT&T program. 
  • Verizon Coverage Information - Verzon is waiving late fees and committing to no discontinuation of service during the next 60 days. 
  • SBUSD WiFi Hotspots Distribution- Families who do not have access to dependable WiFi at home can come to the district office to request a WiFi hotspot. Hotspots are available for pick up in the back parking lot of the district office at the corner of Garden St. and East Ortega St. every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday between the hours of 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM. Hotspots are provided free of charge. 
    Families who are unable to make it to the district office to either pick up their child’s iPad, request a hotspot, or exchange a broken device can call the ETS Helpline at 805-696-2700 to make alternate arrangements. Additional information about device distribution and the district’s techEQUITY program can be found on the district website at https://www.sbunified.org/departments/technology/

LOCAL BUSINESS INFORMATION 


HOW TO HELP IN SANTA BARBARA

  • 805 UndocuFund - This is a point effort of immigrant-serving organizations in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties to provide disaster relief to local immigrant families. 
  • COVID-19 Joint Response Effort - United Way of Santa Barbara County, the Santa Barbara Foundation, and the Hutton-Parker Foundation are leading a county-wide collaborative with members of the Foundation Roundtable to provide assistance to individuals and families as well as organizations actively engaged in assistance efforts for members of the community impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • Santa Barbara Nonprofit Sector Needs & Resources - Nonprofit Resource Network has compuled questions, needs, events and resources and will be updating the page regularly. 
  • Santa Barbara Response Network - For volunteering complete the survey. SBRN is especially in need of Spanish-speaking volunters but open to all assistance. 
  • Donate Medical Supplies to Cottage Health - Cottage Health has opened a drive-through collection center for medical supply donations. The drop-off location is in the parking area adjacent to Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital at 351 South Patterson Avenue. Drop-off hours are currently: 10 AM - 5 PM on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Supplies being accepted include: 
    • Face shields - single-use or non-disposable 
    • Eye shields - single-use or non-disposable 
    • Isolation gowns or Standard level 3 gowns 
    • N95 Masks 
    • N99 Masks 
    • Standard Procedure Masks 
    • For inquiries on supplies or other donations not listed above, contact David Dietrick, Cottage Health Vice President for Advancement at DDietric@SBCH.org or 805-569-7345


DIGITAL SERVICES, ENTERTAINMENT, AND RESOURCES


MISINFORMATION AND THE INFODEMIC

  • Tracking Misinformation - Please use this page to fact-check, learn more, and share with others to help with spreading accurate and timely information about COVID-19. Compiled by the Library at the University of Virginia. 
  • Combating Xenophobia and Fake News in context to COVID-19 - This page includes selected resources for sharing factual information and examples of how to interrupt not only the spread of misinformation, but also related racism and xeniophobia. 

Last Updated: Dec 22, 2017
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