Coronavirus - COVID-19

COVID-19 - Stay Safe Campaign - Stop the Spread of Germs - Wash your hands, keep your distance, stay at home

Stay Safe. Stop the Spread of Germs.

What Should I Do If I Am Not Sick?

  • Wash your hands.
  • Keep your distance.
  • Stay at home.
  • Stay at home as much as possible, to protect yourself and others.
  • Only go out for essential needs and for outdoor exercise away from others.
  • Plan ahead to minimize trips for groceries and other essential needs.
  • Always keep a safe distance from those outside your household (6 feet or more), and don’t invite visitors into your home.
  • Wear a facemask (non-medical grade) if you must go out in public.
  • Maintain healthy habits – exercise, eat healthy foods, and don’t smoke.

Seek help if you need it. Call 211 if you need assistance, or if you are in a medical emergency call 911.

COVID-19: Tips Printable PDF

¿Qué debo hacer si NO estoy enfermo?

COVID-19: Consejos

COVID-19 Daily Report

Cottage Health is providing ongoing care for our community and has isolation precautions in place for COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses.

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Wellness Resources

Cottage Health and our community partners are providing articles and resources for those concerned with their overall health and well-being.

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What Are the Symptoms of COVID-19?

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Offering free online visits from home for individuals who may have COVID-19 symptoms.

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Most people with COVID-19 will not require hospitalization. Testing for the virus may be ordered by a physician, after assessment of symptoms and risk factors.

Possible symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, difficulty breathing, fatigue/weakness, new loss of taste or smell and diarrhea.

What If I Develop Symptoms?

Please call your doctor for guidance if you develop symptoms, or visit Cottage CareNow for a COVID-19 assessment and guidance.

Call ahead if you are going to visit your healthcare provider in person, so precautions can be taken to prevent spread of germs.

If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, call 911.

Individuals with symptoms of COVID-19 seeking care at our hospital emergency departments will be screened and triaged based on symptoms.

What If I Am Tested for COVID-19?

If you have been tested for COVID-19, you and others in your household will be required to remain in isolation at home until your provider confirms a negative COVID-19 test result. The results of the test may not be available for 4-5 days.

You are also required to follow the prevention steps until you are notified of a negative COVID-19 result and your physician or local or state health department says you can return to your normal activities.

Prevention Steps

Pasos de Prevención

Information & Education

A listing of information, education and resources from Cottage Health and community organizations.

Visiting Cottage

Temporary Restriction of Hospital Visitors

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To protect the health of vulnerable patients and essential health care workers, it is necessary at this time for our hospitals to limit visits.

Hospital Visitor Policy Update

To maintain hospital safety for ongoing care, Cottage Health continues to use both Public Health Department recommendations and the current community transmission rate in making decisions on temporary visitor limitations. Visitation policies may vary by care location and hospital unit. Please call ahead for specific guidance on visiting a patient.


Information and Updates

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Cottage Health

Recorded information line: 805-324-9019 (English and Spanish)

Santa Barbara County Public Health Department

Recorded information line: 805-681-4373

Santa Barbara County Call Center: 833-688-5551

Phone line staffed 9:00am – 6:00pm daily

Behavioral Wellness 24/7 Access Line: 888-868-1649

US Centers for Disease Control

Share the Facts about COVID-19

California Department of Public Health


Wellness Resources

A listing of articles & resources from Cottage Health and community partners relating to overall health and well-being.


Medical Supply Donations

N95 Masks and Medical Supplies

Although work began early to manage and conserve supplies, the COVID-19 situation is evolving day by day. The global demand has overwhelmed the limited supplies being manufactured by some of the typical supply chain.

Based on market supply availability and projected usage, Cottage anticipates supply challenges for protective equipment including: medical goggles, face shields, protective masks and gowns.

Cottage Health will be accepting donations of medical supplies in case they are needed in coming weeks.

It is important that members of the public do not enter hospital lobbies to make supply donations. Hospitals are under a health officer order not to allow visitors.

Donation Center Info

Guidelines on Donations of Food, Flowers and Sundry Items

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Cottage Health is fortunate to have the support and solidarity of our community, friends and neighbors. Many individuals and organizations have generously offered support and encouragement to Cottage Health staff through contributions of food, flowers, candy and other items of comfort.

Guidelines for Donations


Masks - Making and Cleaning

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Cottage Health is offering guides for making your own masks at home and how to properly wear, remove, and wash cloth face coverings.

Mask Guides

Note on website images: Photographs in our hospitals showing groups without masks were taken prior to March 2020.

Stay Safe is community outreach brought to you by these partner organizations in the Santa Barbara Collaborative for COVID-19 Prevention:

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Lompoc Valley Medical Center logo

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Santa Barbara County Public Health logo

Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics logo

Open and Ready to Provide Safe Care

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We are prepared to protect your health. If you need medical care, don’t delay.

Open and Ready

Cottage Hospitals Safe for Patient Care

Dr. Marc Zerey explains how Cottage is prepared to protect your health.

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Dr. Steven Barkley talks about the importance of not delaying care for your child.

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Dr. Joseph Aragon talks about the importance of not delaying care when you need it.

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Cottage Health is prepared to provide safe ongoing care in our community.

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Cottage's emergency rooms are open for all needs. Precautions have been taken to protect patients from exposure to COVID-19.

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The Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital is fully staffed and open for all patients and all emergency care needs.

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Care Can't Wait

Hospitals are safe and ready for care

Even during a pandemic, your health and safety are the top priority at hospitals, clinics, and med centers. If you’re experiencing a health emergency, we’re here for you.

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Letter to the Community

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Now is a critical time in determining our future in the fight against this virus.

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Staff Thank You Cards

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Please take a moment to send an electronic thank you card to a member of the Cottage Health team.

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Emergency Response Fund

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Give to the Cottage Emergency Response Fund: Gifts to this fund will support comprehensive emergency care and preparedness; allow us to acquire vital equipment and supplies needed to care for patients and to protect and support our healthcare workers and our community; and provide maximum flexibility to help us respond to this evolving pandemic.

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Sign up for Cottage Health’s free HealthE Living newsletter and stay up-to-date on all of Cottage’s COVID-19 information and resources.

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Media and Public Relations Contact

Maria Zate, Manager of Public Relations

Phone: 805-879-8986