Latest Stats

3,984 Confirmed Cases     (up 5% from the previous day)

164 Deaths      (up 3.8% from the previous day)

46,285 Tested    (up 6.5% 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.

Short-Term Rental Properties May Now Open for Guests

The County of San Bernardino announced that short-term rental units, or STRs (i.e., units typically rented through platforms such as Airbnb and Vrbo) are now allowed to operate. While the state of California never formally banned STRs, they were closed regionally by a County of San Bernardino health order, which was repealed on Friday, May 8.

Facilities that provide lodging to multiple parties at a single property, such as hotels, remain closed for general use. However, such facilities may be devoted to public health-related uses such as sheltering front-line healthcare workers, as well as housing COVID-positive or COVID-suspect patients and homeless individuals.

To operate an STR, the owner is required to:

-Limit occupancy of each unit to a single household

-Clean and sanitize unit prior to each occupancy

-Observe County codes governing STRs

“The health indicators that help shape our decision-making show that County hospitals are no longer at risk of being overwhelmed by new cases,” said Curt Hagman, chairman of the County Board of Supervisors. “We also recognize that STRs present fewer health risks than hotels, largely because they lack common areas such as lobbies, gyms and restaurants.”

While mandating health-related rules for STR owners, the County is also asking STR guests to do their part by being respectful of local residents, practicing social distancing, wearing face coverings, and practicing appropriate hygiene.

If an STR is not complying with health requirements, contact the County COVID-19 hotline at (909) 387-3911.

 San Bernardino County Doctor Invents Patient Isolation Transport Unit

Dr. Mark Comunale, head of anesthesiology at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, is seeking FDA approval for a device he invented that will help medical workers easily transport infectious patients while minimizing their own risk of being exposed to a disease.

The device, called the Patient Isolation Transport Unit, creates a negative-pressure mobile chamber around an infected patient’s stretcher or hospital bed, allowing the patient to be easily moved around the hospital without infecting others.

“What we want to do is protect the healthcare personnel from the patients who have something that can be transmitted,” said Dr. Comunale, in an interview with KABC-TV News. “We’ve been able to work very closely with the folks at the FDA to get this hopefully to market in the next week or two.”

Normally, hospitals would need to develop negative pressure rooms that use lower air pressure to allow outside air into the chamber while trapping and holding potentially harmful particles within the room. Instead of retrofitting and taking up an entire room for an infected patient, the Patient Isolation Transport Unit allows a space that can be built around patients themselves.

This device, along with the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), reduces risk for medical workers treating infected patients. It also helps families by providing them a safe way to visit their ill loved ones without the need for complete isolation.

The Patient Isolation Transport Unit is made of medical-grade vinyl, with gloved access for doctors and nurses to use. It contains several motors that remove air contaminants before filtering the air out. Best of all, the chamber offers mobility, enabling patient to be easily transported around the hospital if needed.

After FDA approval, Dr. Comunale believes Fontana-based A&R Tarpaulins will be able to produce up to 600 units a week.

Mental Health Tips from Dr. Veronica Kelley

Our healthcare workers are facing substantial demands, and the stress of this pandemic can take a psychological toll. Dr. Veronica Kelley shares critical wellness tips for healthcare workers who are working in response to COVID-19. Much has been said of the response to the pandemic, but there is a need to focus on the mental health needs of those who are on the front lines. Dr. Kelley’s tips include self-care strategies and minimizing stress.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWgE9HfnEgg&feature=youtu.be

Testing Locations for Weeks of May 18, May 25 and June 1, 2020

SoCal Emergency Medicine Urgent Care Centers — 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

-Colton Urgent Care Center — 1181 N. Mt. Vernon Ave., Colton, (909) 639-8800

By appointment ONLY, http://www.coltonurgentcare.com/

-Redlands Urgent Care Center — 301 W. Redlands Blvd., Redlands, (909) 335-1900

By appointment ONLY, http://www.redlandsurgentcare.com/

-Yucaipa Urgent Care Center — 33494 Oak Glen Rd., Yucaipa, (909) 797-8900

By appointment ONLY, http://www.yucaipaurgentcare.com/

Monday through Friday – Arrowhead Regional Medical Center – 400 N. Pepper Ave., Colton

8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Appointment ONLY, call 1-855-422-8029

Monday through Friday – SAC Health Systems (IEHP Members only) – 250 South G Street, San Bernardino

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Appointment ONLY, call (909) 771-2911

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday – MCH Rural Health Clinic – 29099 Hospital Road, Lake Arrowhead

8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Appointment ONLY, call (909) 336-9715

Friday, May 22 – Montclair Place – 5060 E. Montclair Plaza Lane, Montclair

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. All appointments filled

Tuesday, May 26 – Upland Memorial Park – Foothill Blvd., Upland

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Appointment ONLY, at http://sbcovid19.com/community-drive-through-events/

Wednesday, May 27 – Apple Valley Civic Center Park – 14999 Dale Evans Pkwy., Apple Valley

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Appointment ONLY, at http://sbcovid19.com/community-drive-through-events/

Friday, May 29 – Montclair Place – 5060 E. Montclair Plaza Lane, Montclair

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Appointment ONLY, at http://sbcovid19.com/community-drive-through-events/

Monday, June 1 – Arroyo Valley High School — 1881 W Base Line St., San Bernardino

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Appointment ONLY, at http://sbcovid19.com/community-drive-through-events/

Wednesday, June 3 – Barstow Sports Park – 2800 Mayor Katy Pkwy., Barstow

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Appointment ONLY, at http://sbcovid19.com/community-drive-through-events/

Friday, June 5 – Montclair Place – 5060 E. Montclair Plaza Lane, Montclair

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Appointment ONLY, at http://sbcovid19.com/community-drive-through-events/

Testing is now open to any residents, regardless of showing any symptoms. County Public Health is also conducting testing at select nursing facilities for at-risk seniors living at those facilities.

State Testing Locations and Information

Daily through May 30 – Victor Valley College – 71 Mojave Fish Hatchery Road, Victorville

Monday to Friday through May 29 – Victorville Activities Center – 15075 Hesperia Rd., Victorville

Monday to Friday through May 29 – Adelanto Stadium -12000 Stadium Way, Adelanto

NOTE: No State Testing on Monday, May 25 in observance of Memorial Day

All state events are scheduled 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Appointment ONLY.

Visit https://lhi.care/covidtesting or call 888-634-1123

For all COVID-19 related information, including case statistics, FAQs, guidelines and resources, visit the County’s COVID-19 webpage at http://sbcovid19.com/.  Residents of San Bernardino County may also call the COVID-19 helpline at (909) 387-3911 for general information and resources about the virus. The phone line is NOT for medical calls and is available Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Questions about social services, please call 211.