Reporting COVID-19

Use this reporting process when a member of the UC Santa Barbara campus community has:

  • Received a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis, based on their positive test result, OR
  • Received a COVID-19 diagnosis, based on symptoms assessed by a medical professional
  • Email ucsb-covid19@ucsb.eduor
  • Call (805) 893-3113
  • It would be very helpful if your email includes the following information about yourself or the person who has a confirmed or suspected COVID-19 diagnosis:
    • Name, email address and contact phone number
    • Role on campus: student, staff, or faculty and workplace
    • Date of COVID positive test result
    • Type of COVID test (if known)
    • Date symptoms started
    • Last date/time/place on campus
    • Identify buildings from when last on campus
    • Date of exposure to other COVID positive individual (if applicable)

For questions about testing, please refer to our testing resource list

UCSB students may find further information about campus testing on the Student Health website.

Checklist for Reporting Confirmed or Suspected COVID-19 Cases

Is it a confirmed case (positive test results or clinician diagnosis)?

If YES, then:

  1. Notify Campus COVID-19 Clinical Advisor at or (805) 893-3113, who can ensure that contact tracing has begun with the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department.
    • Identify any CLOSE CONTACTS who may need to be quarantined for 14 days after their last contact with the positive case. A CLOSE CONTACT is defined by the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department as being in an enclosed space:
      • Within 6 feet 
      • For more than 15 minutes 
  2. The Campus COVID-19 Clinical Advisor can help prepare a targeted statement to any affected staff that preserves the confidentiality of the positive case, and provides resources for further medical care if needed. 
  3. The Clinical Advisor will notify campus leadership and track cases for posting on the campus webpages.
  4. Close affected areas for 24 hours and seek guidance from EH&S to determine what cleaning procedures are necessary.
  5. For remote contacts, encourage daily symptom screening and the practice of universal precaution measures.
  6. Establish the date on which affected staff can return to work after their isolation or quarantine periods have been completed.

If NO (suspected or unconfirmed cases), then:

  1. Encourage campus community members to seek medical attention for any symptoms.
  2. Resources for students are available on the Student Health website.
  3. Encourage campus community members to stay home when ill.
  4. No notification is recommended.
  5. Encourage any contacts to complete daily symptom screening and practice universal precaution measures.

The UC Santa Barbara Reporting Process

  • We will exert all efforts to protect the confidentiality of any confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases and their exposed contacts. No one should be stigmatized or subject to discrimination based on their health status.
  • We use identifying information only to establish workplace and housing details in order to collaborate with the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department to enable either them or campus authorities to conduct contact tracing and confidential notification of contacts.
  • We use a medical team for case review consisting of licensed medical professionals from UCSB Student Health and the campus COVID-19 Clinical Advisor (a physician) and COVID-19 Clinical Coordinator (a registered nurse), working in close collaboration with the Santa Barbara County Department of Public Health.
  • If a UCSB student, staff or faculty member is confirmed to have COVID-19, medical professionals at UCSB will assist the Santa Barbara County Department of Public Health (SBCPHD) investigation to determine who is considered a “close contact” to that person. They will be contacted either by SBCPHD or campus authorities, and asked to self-isolate and schedule a test, if appropriate. In most of these circumstances with asymptomatic individuals, the risk to campus is very low. Most times, no further action is necessary aside from providing the guidance on monitoring for new symptoms.  
  • Campus leadership will be notified of any positive case within their areas of responsibility, and the campus website will be updated as needed. 

COVID-19 Santa Barbara Testing Resource List

The following can be contacted to arrange a COVID-19 test in Santa Barbara, or to provide medical care if you believe you might have symptoms of COVID-19. Your private health insurance also has resources for telehealth that can provide you advice, but may not be able to order a local COVID-19 test.

  1. FOR UCSB STUDENTS: Student Health offers testing, telehealth and Urgent Care.
    • (805) 893-7129 for nurse advice
    • (805) 893-3371 for appointments
    • (805) 456-6545
    • Online visit ($29-39), may refer out for testing if indicated.
    • (805) 324-9270; Hollister Village, 7070 Hollister Ave, #103, Goleta, CA 93117
    • Daily, 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m
    • Will order COVID-19 tests collected outside Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital
    • (844) 594-0343
    • Telehealth Visits Available; Sliding Scale Fees based on income
    • 4 locations for medical care in Santa Barbara; one in Isla Vista
    • Open evenings and Saturday
    • Call first to alert them if you have COVID-19 symptoms
    • (800) 472-6786
      • (805) 563-6110; 215 Pesetas Ln, Santa Barbara, CA 93111
      • Telehealth Visits Available
      • Open weekends
      • Call first to alert them if you have COVID-19 symptoms
    • Open evenings and weekends (not all locations)
    • (805) 681-7411; 271 N. Fairview Ave., Suite 101, Goleta, CA 93117
    • (805) 682-7411; 2954 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
    • (805) 965-3011; 319 N Milpas Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93103

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The University does not recommend, endorse, warrant or guarantee any specific provider of medical services, or any product or service that they may offer and will not be a party to any transaction between you and such providers. The names of these medical providers are for information purposes only. As with the purchase of any product or service it is your responsibility to use your best judgment in the selection of any appropriate medical provider.