16,586 Confirmed Cases               (up 4.1% from the previous day)

293 Deaths                                         (up 7.7% from the previous day)

167,108 Tested                                 (up 2.4% from the previous day)

For more statistics from the COVID-19 Surveillance Dashboard, click the desktop or mobile tab on the County’s sbcovid19.com website.

National Testing Supply Shortage Impacting County Testing Capabilities

For the immediate short term, San Bernardino County will be limiting COVID-19 testing in response to severe supply chain disruptions. The County hopes to resume its expanded testing regime by next week, once it obtains adequate testing supplies.

“There have been concerns about testing supply shortages throughout the state and within our county,” said Interim County Public Health Director Corwin Porter. “We are continuously trying to obtain the necessary resources to ensure that we can provide testing in our county at peak capacity.”

The supply shortage is not limited to San Bernardino County, but rather is affecting communities around the state and the nation. According to a recent survey by the Association for Molecular Pathology, more than 70% of U.S. clinical laboratories have suffered significant delays to COVID-19 testing programs as a result of ongoing supply chain disruptions. The organization said that the expansion of COVD-19 testing capacity at laboratories around the country has put pressure on supply chains that handle reagents and other materials used to learn whether a patient is infected.

California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly acknowledged the state is facing a testing supply shortage.

“As more states begin to scale their testing capabilities, new constraints are materializing within the supply chain,” Ghaly said. “Simultaneously, laboratories are becoming overwhelmed with high numbers of specimens, slowing down processing timelines.” He urged laboratories to “prioritize testing turnaround for individuals who are most at risk of spreading the virus to others.”

Those with existing appointments should check their email to learn if their appointment has been cancelled.

“Our hope is that we can obtain the necessary supplies very soon so that we can maintain our testing capacity,” Porter said. “Without a sufficient supply of tests, this will bring challenges in identifying cases and treating those who are diagnosed positive for COVID-19. Tests are necessary to identify and isolate positive cases quickly so that we can keep the virus from spreading throughout our county.”

The County will share news and updates immediately when we confirm testing supplies are adequate to meet demand.

Outdoor Dining Guidelines Released

With temporary restrictions now in place on certain indoor business operations, including indoor dining, we have announced the following guidelines for businesses in unincorporated areas that wish to temporarily relocate indoor seating from a permitted facility for outdoor COVID-compliant dining:

-These guidelines apply to businesses in the unincorporated areas of San Bernardino County. Businesses within a specific city need to understand that city’s specific requirements.

-Due to the temporary nature of the restrictions, relocating indoor seating to outdoors will be considered in substantial conformance with existing County permits. Only a courtesy COVID compliance/safety inspection is required.

-A maximum of 50% on-site parking spaces may be converted to dining space.

-Outdoor seating must maintain six feet of separation between tables.

-Outdoor dining must not encroach into drive aisles, or conflict with any vehicle traffic or pedestrian access to the facility.

-Encroachment permits are required for any obstruction in public right-of-way.

-Other permit requirements, including hours of operation, remain in effect.

-Outdoor dining must not impede disabled access.

-CAL/OSHA and Department of Public Health requirements remain in effect.

-Temporary authorization from ABC is required for outdoor alcohol service.

-Contact County Code Enforcement at (909) 884-4056 for a courtesy inspection.

If you have any questions about these requirements before calling for an inspection, please go online or contact the Planning Division at (909) 387-8311.

COVID-Compliant Business Partnership Program Funds Still Available

To support San Bernardino County small businesses and ensure ongoing compliance with State and County Health orders and guidelines, the County launched the COVID-Compliant Business Partnership Program.

Since its launch close to 3,500 County businesses have received funding to support adoption of these important guidelines. Businesses that meet requirements can receive $2,500 in funding. Business owners with additional eligible locations in the County can receive $1,000 for each additional location.

Applications are being accepted online at www.sbcovid19.com now until August 31 or until funding is exhausted. All businesses that apply and are determined to be a COVID-Compliant Business Partner will be issued a “This Business Partner is COVID Compliant” window graphic to show customers and clients that they are doing their part.

No-Cost Business Webinars hosted by the Workforce Development Board

San Bernardino County’s Workforce Development Board has partnered with regional business experts to provide employers in San Bernardino County access to free and informative business webinars. A number of topics are scheduled for July and August. To see what is coming up and to register, go to

https://wp.sbcounty.gov/workforce/events/

Register now for these upcoming webinars:

-July 16: Making Products today in a COVID Safe Way. https://mfgsafe.eventbrite.com

-July 23: Maintaining, Improving, and Sustaining Productivity in the COVID-19 Virtual Workplace. https://covidsafe.eventbrite.com

-July 30: Supply Chain Optimization on the Road to Recovery. https://supplychainopt.eventbrite.com