Big Bear Lake Mayor Rick Herrick tested positive for COVID-19, the city announced on Saturday, March 21, increasing the number to 10 in San Bernardino County.
In a press release, the city said Herrick was tested on Thursday, March 19, and that the positive results were received on Friday, March 20.
“I was tested after a week of self-quarantine following what has felt like about the flu,” Herrick said in a press release. “The results concluded that I’ve contracted the virus, the first confirmed case in Big Bear. This is not an announcement that I imagined, but I hope that by going public on what is normally a private, HIPAA-style subject can be a learning moment for our tight-knit community.”
Herrick said he practiced social distancing and even began working from home after the first twinge of illness struck
“I worked from home and kept my distance from my wife, frequently washed my hands, used sanitation wipes and hand sanitizer, all while remaining in self-quarantine. My symptoms have been relatively mild. I had a warning, low-grade fever, some chest pressure, achiness and fatigue,” said Herrick. “It was like the flu but very different at the same time.”
The city said Herrick is expected to fully recover. Nonetheless, he urged the community to take extra precautions.
“Please remember that it’s never too late to protect yourself, your family, your neighbors and our community,” he said.