COVID-19 Testing and Isolation/Quarantine

  • Self-isolate and follow the Home Isolation Instruction Sheet.
  • Do not leave your home, unless you are receiving medical consult or treatment.
  • Please inform anyone you have had close contact with to let them know they have been exposed.

– Close contact is anyone with whom you have spent more than 15 minutes with and were less than 6 ft. of physical distance from.
– Advise them to quarantine for 14 days from their last exposure to you.

If you have a positive lab result you and/or your provider can fax or email the results to the Public Health Departments Disease Control and Prevention Unit:
– Fax: (805) 681-4069
– Email: phddc@sbcphd.org

  • Stay home and isolate if you are experiencing symptoms and/or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19
  • Practice physical distancing and wear a face covering in public settings if you are not experiencing symptoms and have not been exposed to someone with COVID-19

You must stay home and separate yourself from others until your home isolation or quarantine ends.

If you had symptoms, you must stay home until:

  • You have had no fever for at least 72 hours (without the use of medicine that reduces fevers) AND
  • Your respiratory symptoms have improved (for example, cough or shortness of breath) AND
  • At least 10 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared. If your symptoms persist you should remain in isolation for 14 days. If you tested positive for COVID-19 but never had any symptoms:
  • You must stay home for 10 days after the test was taken, but
  • If you develop symptoms, you need to follow the instructions above

Click here for Home Isolation Fact Sheet

When your home isolation ends (see above) you are no longer infectious, and you can resume your usual activities, including returning to work. You do not need to have a negative test or a letter from Public Health to return to work or school.

COVID-19 testing is available in Santa Barbara County at community-based testing sites by appointment only and in healthcare settings.


Santa Barbara County, The State of California and OptumServe are in partnership to increase testing for COVID-19 in our county. Testing is by appointment only.  Insurance information will be collected when you register, but no co-pay required. If you do not have insurance, the State of California will pay for your test.  Please bring your identification, if you have one.

Everyone is eligible to apply for screening. Once screened, testing order will be prioritized for people with symptoms, such as a fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Additional prioritization will be offered to populations of higher risk, including: First Responders and Health Care Professionals.

Testing sites will be operational five (5) days per week from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Days and times for appointments will be adjusted based on community need.

Request a community-based testing appointment:

If you need help making an appointment, please contact the Santa Barbara County Call Center at 1 (833) 688-5551 Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

If you are unable to keep your appointment, please cancel it by:

  • Logging into your LHI.care account
  • Click on Testing Appointment View Details
  • Scroll down to Need to Cancel?
  • Cancel Appointment

Community-based testing locations:

Community based testing site locations will be available throughout the county. Testing will be by appointment only.

Santa Maria:
Santa Maria Fairpark
937 Thornburg Street, Santa Maria, CA, 93458

Santa Barbara:
Earl Warren Showgrounds
3400 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93105

American Medical Response (AMR) Central Training Center
240 E. Hwy 246, Suite 110, Buellton, CA, 93427

Community-based Testing Site Weekly Utilization Results:

Santa Maria
Santa Barbara


Please contact your Primary Care Provider to inquire about additional testing option.

COVID-19 Community-Based Testing FAQs

This is another option for people within Santa Barbara County to get tested for COVID-19. The testing sites and test administration will be managed by the State of California.

No. This will be another option for people to get tested, in addition to existing testing options which include primary care medical sites, urgent care, hospitals, and the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department.  This option will enhance testing availability within Santa Barbara County.

If you have health insurance, they will be billed. Your information will not be shared with your insurance company, primary care physician or other providers without your permission. However, you should work with your primary care physician to make decisions about your health care.

There is no out-of-pocket expense or co-pay. If you have health insurance they will be billed.

Testing may begin as early as May 5 and is anticipated to run until the end of July 2020.

Santa Maria:
Santa Maria Fairpark 937 Thornburg Street, Santa Maria, CA, 93458

Santa Barbara:
Earl Warren Showgrounds 3400 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93105

American Medical Response (AMR) Central Training Center
240 E. Hwy 246, Suite 110, Buellton, CA, 93427

Visit our testing page for more information: https://publichealthsbc.org/testing/

Testing is a two-step process: screening and testing. When you go online or call to schedule your appointment, you will answer a few questions to determine your eligibility.  If eligible, you will be given an authorization number and an appointment time. You will come in on the day you are scheduled and get tested. Tests will be conducted using a nasal swab.

State-operated testing will first focus on populations of highest risk in accordance with national and local data and the California Department of Public Health. This includes individuals who are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms and have other health risk factors, as well as, all symptomatic and asymptomatic health care professionals and first responders.

Everyone is eligible to apply for screening. Once screened, testing order will be prioritized for people with symptoms, such as a fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Also prioritized are populations of higher risk including First Responders and Health Care Professionals.

Yes. The same prioritization and eligibility criteria will be applied as noted above.

Appointment times will vary. An appointment may be scheduled up to two weeks in advance.

No, tests are by appointment only.

More testing sites may be added at different regions in the county. Please check back to see when additional testing sites and appointments may become available.

A nasal swab is administered by trained medical staff. The testing process takes between 5 and 10 minutes.

Results may take 5-7 days.

This is a voluntary medical procedure and therefore requires your authorization to schedule an appointment.

Assistance will be available in Spanish and Santa Barbara County is partnering with the State to offer indigenous languages as well.

No documentation will be needed for testing. Simply bring your authorization number. If you live in Santa Barbara County you are eligible to test, regardless of immigration status.

Yes, but please do not expose others if you suspect you are ill. Only those with confirmed appointments will be tested.

No, testing will occur at an indoor location.

Yes. The privacy of people tested as well as results will be upheld in the same manner as any testing or medical procedure for COVID-19, regardless of location.

Certain information will be shared with Public Health professionals and clinical laboratory staff involved in the collection and processing of any biospecimen in connection with your testing for COVID-19. 

After you have been tested, you should self-quarantine at home until you receive the results. Results can take 48-72 hours. After testing, you will be provided a Frequently Asked Questions handout, also available for download here.

Once tested, you’ll be informed via email, text, or phone when your COVID-19 results are available. 

If you test positive, you will be contacted by Public Health staff. You will be asked for the names of people you may have been in close contact with as a part of the contact tracing process.  Please continue to quarantine and follow the Home Isolation Instructions

Contact tracing is a simple concept that is vital to stopping the spread of COVID-19.  Contact tracing saves lives by helping identify individuals with COVID-19 earlier, thereby reducing the chance they will spread COVID-19 to others. Contacts are provided with information to understand their risk, what symptoms to watch for, and instructed to self-isolate until 14 days after their last exposure to the confirmed case.

Yes.  If you or someone you know is contacted by health authorities, please follow their advice.  Working together and using tools like contact tracing, we will more quickly prevent the spread of COVID-19.

  • Online Testing Event Registration for Residents: https://lhi.care/covidtesting
  • Phone-Based Testing Event Registration for Residents (for residents without internet access only): (888) 634-1123