Prontopia's headquarters of Santa Barbara is known for being a tight-knit community. We've witnessed the ways the community came together through 2017's fires and mudslides, and we will get through this. There are few other experiences that consciously unite the world at once, and though these are unfortunate circumstances, we are reminded through this of our connection. For resources, support, and ways to help, here's our Santa Barbara coronavirus support guide.
(We will continue updating this post. Last updated March 20, 2020).
The first case has been confirmed as of March 15th - you can find more information here.
Sansum Clinic spokesperson Jill Fonte confirmed that drive-through testing will be made available foe the COVID-19 virus beginning on Tuesday morning. Note that it's by appointment only and at the recommendation of a patient's health-care provider.
Many businesses across Santa Barbara have closed their doors and postponed their events to protect the community. Many restaurants remain open for delivery or take-out service only.
Santa Barbara County bars, nightclubs, pubs, breweries, and wineries should immediately close to the public under new guidance issued by the California Department of Public Health on March 17th.
You can watch Santa Barbara County's COVID-19 March 16 virtual press conference here.
Street sweeping has been suspended, but timed parking (75 or 90 minutes) is still being enforced
The Santa Barbara MTD is letting know that extra bus cleaning is taking place nightly with medical-grade disinfectant on all high-touch surfaces.
March 18, Mayor Murrillo hit the streets with financial relief forms for businesses.
Here are the measures UCSB is taking.
The Santa Barbara Independent offers updated current statistics about the coronavirus in Santa Barbara here.
Social distancing is the most important way to protect yourself and those around you and to flatten the curve (more on that here).
Social distancing is the practice of reducing close contact between people to slow down the spread of infection or diseases. Make sure to avoid: group gathering, sleep overs, playdates, concerts, theater outing, athletic events, crowded stores, workouts in gyms, visitors in you house, and mass transit systems. Use caution when it comes to local restaurants, visiting the grocery store, picking up medications, etc. And you're safe to take a walk, go for a hike, play in your yard, hang out with the people who live with you, go for a drive, have group video chats, and much more.
If you're able to work at home, cancel your commitments, and avoid social gatherings - DO. That's because a lot of people can't, from those without paid sick leave to our healthcare workers to everyone staffing pharmacies and restaurants.
Social distancing doesn't mean cutting off contact with the people in our community. There are so many awesome examples of fitness instructors leading workout classes from rooftops in Spain, people playing music from balconies in Italy, friends planning happy hours over Google Hangouts, singalongs out of windows in Copenhagen, and more. Check on the people around you and keep the morale high. Social distancing doesn't have to mean lonely, bored, or inactive.
For those of you who are a part of the fitness community in Santa Barbara, there are so many ways to keep it up (and for those of you who would like to join, you still can!). See below.
Though churches have closed their doors, many are staying in touch and offering online streaming services in place of regular gatherings.
Download NextDoor to check on your neighbors and receive local updates.
Prontopia is hiring local assistants in Santa Barbara - if you wish to assist those who need it in this community, submit an application here.
Small businesses will be taking a huge hit as they close their doors to help protect their employees and their clients. Purchase gift cards or order online from your favorite places to help businesses make it through.
Order coffee online from Santa Barbara-based Vega Coffee (offering fairer-than-fair-trade roasts)
You can order delicious sandwiches and more online from Three Pickles
Need some "quarantine cupcakes"? Order from Crushcakes Cafe!
Listen! If your restaurant is offering pick-up and delivery, email email@example.com with as many details as possible and they will be included in a master list on this website (which you should check, because it will be updating regularly!).
Not exactly local businesses, but...
Social distancing doesn't mean you need to stay still - and it shouldn't! Exercise is a crucial part of our physical and mental wellbeing right now.
If you're a fan of Josette Tcakik's zumba classes in Santa Barbara, you can still take them and be a part of the community online. 4pm on weekdays and 11:30 am on Saturday (PST - $5. Teach everyone you live with!
If you're a member of Corepower or Power of Your Om in Santa Barbara, both are offering free online classes to members.
Lady Gaga's former backup dancer is leading online dance parties - here's how to join. Or start your own!
Join the Nonprofit Resource Network of Santa Barbara for email updates about sector events and resources. They are also providing the following upcoming webinars, with more to come, so tune in for those.
The Salvation Army's Food Pantry is open from Wednesdays 10:00am - 1:00pm and 5:30pm - 7:30pm; and Fridays from 10:00am - 1:00pm.
The Santa Barbara Foundation, United Way of Santa Barbara County, and 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. Learn more and apply here.
After her performance was cancelled, Lizzo posted a 30-minute meditation on Instagram - follow along at your own pace.
Check out LA-based JEM's perfectly harmonized rendition of "I Want to Dance With Somebody"... sing it with me, "COVID-19's not invited to our quarantine party!"
A recent list of the best stand-up comedy specials on Netflix
This coronavirus-adapted Parent Trap handshake is everything!
This is probably the best at-home treadmill substitute we've ever seen - are you down to give it a shot?
Here's a list of all the funny movies streaming Amazon Prime right now.
You don't have to go without your concert fix - here's a comprehensive list of concerts that will be live-streaming, from Miley Cyrus to Keith Urban.
Here's a 30-minute healing and self-soothing guided meditation.
Here's an open thread for anyone who could use a hug right now.
Girls Rock Santa Barbara is offering a plethora of live online classes, starting Monday, March 16th for kids in grades 5-12. These classes are co-ed, via Zoom, and have a suggested donation for the teachers. You can find the classes here.
Other Goose is offerings its charter school approved curriculum for free for the next 3 weeks.
PBS Kids Videos are offering on-demand educational videos and a livestream of the PBS Kids 24/7 channel free with no subscription.
The Santa Barbara Public Library closed - but there are Little Free Libraries all over town. Let's get to book-swapping. Find a map here, and go on a treasure hunt!
This could be for you or your kids - take a free cake class this weekend, March 22 or 23! Check out the details here.
Make fleece blankets for cancer patients with your family or kids.
A list of 28 indoor activities for kids
A kind reminder:
Take a look at our guide: Coronavirus Quarantine: Things to Do At Home
Get going on this feel-good reading list. This is a perfect cozy activity for evenings or cold weather.
Or you can try this reading list of books that will make you smarter
GoToMeeting is offering free Emergency Remote Work Kits to help businesses transition to working remotely.
Friday is a communication app that helps distributed teams stay connected - perfect for lots of brand-new full-time remote teams.
Zoom is offering additional resources, including free lessons on how to use their video conferencing to effectively collaborate.
Organic Soup Kitchen delivers nutritious soups to those with suppressed immune systems. To apply for a sliding-scale Soup Meal Program within Santa Barbara County, please leave a message with your contact information at (805) 364-2790. An intake receptionist will get back to you within 72 hours.
Goleta Union School District is serving free meals to all kids and teens 18 and under from March 16-19, regardless of what school the child attends. The meals are served at Ellwood Elementary School, La Patera Elementary School, El Camino Elementary School, and Isla Vista Elementary School. Breakfast is from 7:30 - 8:30am, and lunch is from 11:30 - 1:30pm.
Kiva Cowork will continue their Kiva Gives program and are building a coalition of businesses to help create a bigger impact for our local nonprofit community, and Amazon's new local Santa Barbara branch will be matching their Q2 contribution. For more information about this program, please contact Michael Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade held a webinar on March 16th about neighborhood cooperation in crisis - you can watch it here.
If you're out of work - HERE is where to look for help.
The Foodbank SB just launched their first round of additional food distributions to help over 70,000 local employees facing economic challenges due to COVID-19.
Prontopia is an online service that provides friendly, in-person help from pre-vetted local assistants in city centers in Italy, Spain and the U.S.