ICU Santa Barbara County's COVID-19 situation 'dire,' SLO County focuses on vaccination By Angel Russell & Greta Mart • Jan 7, 2021 Courtesy of Cottage Hospital Intensive care unit bed capacity is reaching a limit in Santa Barbara County, and health officials warn it may get worse. Local fire departments understaffed as coronavirus takes toll By Angel Russell • Dec 18, 2020 SLOCalFire Firefighters across San Luis Obispo County are getting infected with COVID-19, or have been ordered to stay home in quarantine due to possible exposure. Fire officials are urging extra vigilance to ensure departments can respond to emergencies. SLO County chambers of commerce urging Gov. Newsom to exclude county from stay-at-home order By Angel Russell • Dec 7, 2020 Jocelyn Brennan, South County Chambers Listen Listening... / 2:02 In response to the state’s stay-at-home order now in effect, local business groups are circulating an online petition, urging Governor Newsom to exclude San Luis Obispo County from the new lockdown.