Coronavirus Photos: Take a look at the impact of coronavirus in Santa Barbara County
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Coronavirus Photos: Take a look at the impact of coronavirus in Santa Barbara County

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We wrote our first story on the local impact of the coronavirus on February 27, and we have seen a steady increase in the number and severity of COVID-19 stories since then. Here is a collection of local photos that photographer Len Wood was able to capture, showing the ever widening impact of the virus in Santa Barbara County.

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Along with declaring a local emergency, which made the city eligible for potential reimbursements from FEMA, the City Council voted unanimously to waive late fees and nonpayment shut-offs for utility customers, to close City Hall to the public beginning Wednesday, and to cancel all future committee and commission meetings — except for those of the City Council and Planning Commission — through April.

One store advertised hand sanitizer at $60 a bottle. Another was accused of hawking it at $1 a squirt. Chain stores offered $26 thermometers and face masks at the “everyday low price” of $39.95 a pair, while a convenience store touted toilet paper at $10 a roll next to a sign reading: “This is not a joke.”

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