Coronavirus - COVID-19

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Masked and Mighty

When it comes to fighting COVID, be Masked and mighty. We can stop the spread of the virus if we work together. Stay Masked and Mighty, Santa Barbara.

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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. 

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.

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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.

Temporary Restriction of Hospital Visitors


Information and Updates

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Masked and Mighty Holiday Guide

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

CDPH Crisis Care

CDPH Crisis Care Guidelines

Cottage Health is responding to the ongoing and surging COVID-19 pandemic. Our care continuum plan for surge operations and crisis care during public emergency is guided California Department of Public Health’s framework on best practices, ethical principles and commitment to equity in care.

Crisis Care Guidelines

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


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Currently individuals age 75 and older are eligible to receive vaccine from Cottage Health. Sign up here to receive an email when vaccine appointments open.

Please use this form only if you are age 75 or over. Invalid signups may cause delays for those eligible for vaccine. Vaccine supply is limited. IDs will checked to verify age.

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More than 30,000 people in Santa Barbara County are in the 75+ age group. When vaccine supply increases, the eligible age group will expand based on CDC and State guidance. Please check back for updates.

COVID-19 Community Update

January 20, 2021

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Ron Werft, Cottage Health President & CEO, shares an update with the community.

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COVID-19 Community Update - Dec. 30, 2020

COVID-19 - Video Update December 30, 2020

Dr. Lynn Fitzgibbons, an Infectious Disease specialist, shares the latest information and data on COVID-19 for Santa Barbara County.

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Video en Español

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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Staff Thank You Cards

Cottage Health Staff Thank You Card

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

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