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Some state-run COVID-19 test sites in Tri-Counties to close

Mufid Majnun
The state is shutting down two COVID-19 tests sites in Santa Barbara County, but the county is still operating three free test sites.

Sites in Santa Barbara and Santa Maria will shut down February 2, but Santa Barbara County will continue to offer free testing in three communities.

With COVID-19 numbers low, the state is going to close down some of its free COVID test sites in the Tri-Counties.

The state Department of Public Health will shut down the sites it sponsors at Direct Relief’s headquarters near Santa Barbara Airport, and at the Santa Maria FairPark. They will close on February 2.

Santa Barbara County will continue offer free testing. They are available at the county’s Lompoc and Santa Maria health care centers, and at a standalone trailer at the county’s health care campus on Camino del Remedio in Santa Barbara.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.