There is surge in new COVID-19 infections in both Riverside and San Bernardino counties, prompting a new program of self-test kits at the University of Redlands.
San Bernardino County reports its daily average of new cases is 3,300. Riverside County daily average rate for new cases is 3,266 new cases. That’s a nearly 400% increase from two weeks ago.
According to the county’s COVID-19 website, free rapid tests are now available for those who live or work in San Bernardino County.
The over-the-counter antigen self-test kits are available for pickup at various testing sites throughout San Bernardino County. University of Redlands, University Hall, at 1173 E. Brockton Ave., Redlands, is one of the sites. It is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The limit of one kit per person. Exceptions are available for caregivers.
The city of Redlands has seen an uptick in cases as well, there are 50 city workers — 10% of the city’s workforce — that are either out with COVID or are awaiting test results, according to Public Information Officer Carl Baker.
On Jan. 10, California State University, San Bernardino has announced that classes will be held virtually from the open semester from Saturday, Jan. 22, to Friday, Feb. 18..While some classes will take place face-to-face, a majority of classes will be held virtually.
This follows the guidelines set into effect by San Bernardino Valley College and Crafton Hills Community College that will be in effect from Tuesday, Jan.18, to Friday, Feb. 25. In contrast, California State does mandate boosters for students while each community college will not implement any vaccine mandate until summer 2022.
The state of California has seen rapid growth in COVID-19 cases. As of Jan.8 the state has seen 103,606 new cases. San Bernardino County has accounted for 26,098 of those new cases.
For San Bernardino County, this jump is close to 20,000 more than reported last week. To go along with the 26,098 new cases, San Bernardino County has seen 71 deaths and 881 hospitalizations.
At the board of supervisors meeting, San Bernardino County Chief Executive officer, Leonard Hernandez gave an update on COVID-19 in the county and one number he was pleased with was the number of vaccines the county has administered.
“We have the total vaccine doses administered to residents of San Bernardino County at almost 2.8 million. I just want to thank our staff and public health, office of emergency services, all our partners that were working with our cities, school districts, different nursing facilities and hospitals,” he said.