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Coronavirus Series: Local impact and reaction to COVID-19 on the Central Coast

We are working hard to get answers about the impact and reaction to the coronavirus in Santa Barbara County, this is a collection of those stories. Do you have a question about coronavirus in Santa Barbara County? The Santa Maria Times news staff will work to answer your questions. Post them…

Dignity Health nurses demand more protective equipment; hospital officials say supplies are sufficient

Nurses and doctors at Dignity Health Central Coast hospitals have organized vigils to commemorate those who have lost their lives caring for COVID-19 patients, and to demand more personal protective equipment for healthcare staff.

County senior citizens get extra vigilance at care facilities, Oasis center closed, activities canceled

Local senior centers have closed completely in response to a county public health emergency declaration, with local care facilities implementing strict guidelines for visitors, screenings and contact between residents. 


Compelling insights from the heart of our community.

'Devastated': High school seniors grapple with reality of not returning to school

Reality is setting in for Santa Maria High senior Dominick Martinez, who will miss milestones like prom and likely graduation, after the Santa Barbara County Office of Education on Wednesday announced the closure of all public K-12 campuses in an effort to slow the coronavirus spread. 

City officials limit access to sports fields, remove equipment at parks

Department staff have begun to remove basketball hoops from backboards, limit sports court lighting and prohibit the use of sports fields by groups of players, Director Dennis Smitherman said Tuesday.

Marian Regional Medical Center welcomes nine leap day babies

Marian Regional Medical Center welcomed the arrival of nine babies on Saturday, Feb. 29, a rare birthday that only occurs once every four years. 

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