On Thursday, March 26, a day after the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors held its first press conference on COVID-19 to announce the first drive-thru coronavirus test, the Department of Public Health announced the third death associated with the coronavirus in the county.

David Wert, county’s spokesman, told the Redlands Community News that the third person to die due to COVID-19 was an 89-year-old woman.

On Wednesday, March 25, the Department of Public health announced the second death associated with COVID-19, a 46-year-old man with “underlying medical conditions.”  

The department also announced that the number of confirmed cases reached 55.

During the press conference, Health Officer Trudy Raymundo said that  the number of confirmed cases is likely to increase after the first drive-thru test event is held on Friday, March 27, at an undisclosed location.

Wert said the location will be disclosed to the public early Friday morning to avoid people showing up without an appointment.

“Tests will be available by appointment only,” Wert said. “If we were to publicly announce the test site or sites in advance, those sites could very well become crowded with people without appointments. That would cause an immense amount of needless disappointment and likely disrupt testing for those who have appointments. The county is doing everything possible to ensure testing will be orderly;”

Around noon Thursday, March 26, the site said, “There are no more appointments available for the March 27, Specimen Point of Collection event.  Please continue to check our website for future dates and availability.”

The Department of Public Health has announced that 

It will post a dashboard on the COVID-19 webpage. The dashboard displays a visual representation of data surrounding COVID-19 testing results, including the number of confirmed cases and deaths, patients tested, patients that tested negative, and confirmed cases by gender and by age groups.

“The advances in our fight against COVID-19, including a drive-thru specimen collection event and a data dashboard to inform the public about COVID-19 in our county will help us as we continue to move to mitigate the threat. We continue to urge everyone to take the stay at home order very seriously,” Health Officer Dr. Erin Gustafson said.

Gustafson announced on Thursday, March 26, that the influenza season has been extended to April 30 as hospitalizations due to influenza-like illnesses remain above the expected levels.

Under this extension, all health care workers who have not received a flu vaccination will be required to follow their facility’s policy for preventing transmission of influenza, which may include wearing a mask in patient care areas.

“Influenza A 2009 H1N1 Pandemic viruses are predominating in California, but influenza B (Victoria) viruses are still circulating,” Gustafson said.