5,034 Confirmed Cases (up 2.4% from the previous day)
199 Deaths (up 4.7% from the previous day)
58,709 Tested (up 2.3% 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.
Keeping the County Open: It Depends On Our Data
The main determinant the State of California has set to allow counties to open and stay open is to continuously meet important readiness criteria.
This readiness criteria includes:
-Continue to build and maintain our testing capacity
-Have fewer than 25 coronavirus cases per 100,000 residents in the last 14 days, or fewer than 8% of residents testing positive over the past week
-Have enough contact tracers on hand
Interim Public Health Director Corwin Porter reported today that our testing capacity is more robust than ever, with new walk-up sites launched this week (see related story below). The County has tested over 57,000 at community testing sites, with 4,914 confirmed cases. Tragically, the County has lost 190 lives to this horrible pandemic, and should never forget that efforts past, present and future are all about stopping the loss of life due to COVID-19.
As it relates to the readiness criteria, we are currently logging 70 coronavirus cases per 100,000 County residents in the last 14 days (6.9%). If we are to maintain this trend, we must continue to respect each other’s personal space, wear face coverings in public (especially when indoors), and wash/sanitize our hands often.
On the contact tracing side, the County has now trained 329 staff that can be activated when a resident tests positive for COVID-19. Contact tracing involves calling infected patients and helping them recall everyone with whom they were in close contact during the period when they were likely infectious. The staff member then quickly notifies those individuals (“contacts”) who have been potentially exposed and advises them on steps they should take to protect themselves and others.
County Launching Several Walk-up Testing Sites
Some big news this week is that the County has opened several stationary or “walk-up” testing sites, which are open Monday through Friday by appointment only. They are scheduled to run through June with appointment registrations opening weekly.
Locations and appointments can be found on our COVID-19 Community Testing webpage, and the sites are currently in Rialto, Rancho Cucamonga, Hesperia, Joshua Tree and Ontario. Five additional walk-up sites are going to be added (one for each supervisorial district), which will mean a total of 10 walk-up sites throughout the County.
Both diagnostic and serology antibody testing will be conducted at the walk-up locations. The benefits of a stationary site are:
- Continuity of service. When someone wants a test they will always know where to get one rather than having to wait until a drive-through event comes to their area.
- Operational efficiencies. This model requires less staff.
- Climate control for test samples and staff.
- Effective for serving priority populations such as first responders and healthcare workers.
These sites, along with our other testing strategies, is greatly increasing the amount of testing being done in our County, which will help us better track the infection in our communities. It will also provide the data we need to demonstrate that it is safe to keep our businesses open and hopefully, eventually relax the remaining restrictions.
For the stationary sites, everyone is required to wear a face covering to their appointments. Clients are to stay in their car, until staff comes out to escort them into the venue to conduct testing. Clients can now self-swab under the care of a nurse, in case clients need assistance. Self-swabbing is much easier and it is NOT the swab that goes all the way up your nose!
All our testing sites are free to all residents and you do not need to have symptoms to get tested. You may think there isn’t a need to get tested if you’re not feeling sick, but you might be asymptomatic. Even if you don’t have the virus, getting tested is important so that we have more data, which gives us a better picture of how the pandemic is truly affecting our county and possibly help us open up our county faster.
New Variances Announced Today – Resident-only pools may now open!
Resident-only pools within homeowners’ associations, apartments and condominium complexes may reopen if they comply with COVID-compliant guidelines, especially in regards to avoiding large groups or parties, regularly disinfecting common surfaces such as gates, door handles, rails, tables, chairs, and drinking fountains and, most of all, not using the pools if you are sick!
Please remember, however, that pools and swimming areas open to the general public, such as those operated by the County and some cities, must remain closed until we are further along in our recovery.
With the Fourth of July on the horizon, we want everyone to know that public fireworks displays can still take place. But they can only be viewed from cars and private yards — we are not yet ready for gatherings in parks and on athletic fields.
Finally, the Health Officer today will enact a new health order allowing businesses, government agencies and other entities to require that their customers and employees wear face coverings. While the County is not requiring face coverings for everyone in the community at this time, we continue to highly encourage everyone to wear face coverings when in public and especially when entering our newly reopened businesses.
Face coverings, physical distancing and frequent hand washing are steps critical to getting our economy back on track. Medical experts and national and state guidelines have said these steps will limit the transmission of the virus between individuals.
Please, let’s be good neighbors and considerate of each other’s health and safety. Do not put a business owner or employee in the position of needing to ask you to wear a mask when entering their workplace. We thank all our businesses – and everyone who is patronizing these businesses – for being safe by following these simple safety measures.
County and Church Help Distribute over 8 Tons of Donated Produce from Sunrise Produce
Families, seniors, veterans and others throughout the County are enjoying free fresh fruits and vegetables thanks to a partnership between Sunrise Produce, Centerpoint Church and the County Human Services Department.
Sunrise Produce, one of Southern California’s top wholesale produce distributors, donated 17,600 pounds of fresh produce to the County, which then worked with Colton’s Centerpoint Church and local food banks to coordinate distribution to local residents.
“It’s a huge blessing for us to provide this food to those less fortunate,” said Josue Zapata, a pastor with Centerpoint.
The church set up a drive-through event that enabled local residents, food banks and community service organizations to pick up produce for delivery to those in need. Food for Life Ministry, Mary’s Table, LifeSteps and San Bernardino County Preschool Services were among the groups collecting and distributing provisions around the County.
Have You Created Your COVID-Compliant Workplace Plan?
Now that the County has authorized the opening of Stage 2 businesses and places of worship — including malls and shopping centers, retail shops, dine-in restaurants and hair salons – it is important to do it safely to ensure we stay open. This starts with making your own plan to be COVID-compliant in your business or workplace; after all, no one will understand operational challenges better than owners, managers and employees!
The following PDFs share industry-specific COVID guidelines from the California Department of Public Health.
-Guidance for dine-in restaurants
-Guidance for shopping centers
-Guidance for retailers
-Guidance for hair salons and barbershops
-Guidance for places of worship
For statewide guidance on other industry sectors seeking greater clarification (including those businesses not yet allowed to open), visit: https://covid19.ca.gov/industry-guidance/
Sheriff’s Department Update
Six additional County jail inmates have tested positive for COVID-19. Two inmates are at the High Desert Detention Center in Adelanto, three are at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga, and one is at the Central Detention Center in San Bernardino.
A total of 33 County jail inmates have tested positive for COVID-19. Three of those inmates have made a complete recovery. The infected inmates are in isolation, being monitored around the clock, and are being provided with medical treatment. Federal patient privacy guidelines restrict the release of additional information regarding the identity of the inmates or their medical treatment.
All inmates continue to be provided with face coverings, cleaning supplies, soap, and are urged to wash their hands repeatedly throughout the day. They are routinely reminded of the need to practice social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19.
One additional Sheriff’s Department employee has tested positive for COVID-19, a deputy assigned to corrections, and is self-isolating at home. A total of 19 department employees have tested positive, 11 have returned to work, and additional employees are expected to return to work within the next few weeks.
Testing Locations Available Throughout San Bernardino County
COVID-19 testing is available throughout the County at both drive-through and walk-up sites. Please click here to find a testing location near you.
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. If you have questions about social services, please call 211.