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County creates Nursing Facilities Task Force; issues order mandating patient safety measures

The County Department of Public Health has established a multiagency Nursing Facilities Task Force aimed at mitigating the spread of COVID-19 among the county’s most vulnerable residents, and the Acting County Health Officer has issued an order requiring nursing facilities to take multiple steps to protect their elderly and health-compromised clients.

There are 171 state-licensed nursing facilities in San Bernardino County caring for at least 6,600 of the county’s most at-risk residents. Gov. Gavin Newsom on Saturday identified San Bernardino County as one of four nursing home “hotspots” in the state.

“The County is dedicating every resource we can to fighting the spread of COVID-19,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “This task force will focus on supporting our senior living facilities in their efforts to preserve the safety of their residents.”

Work on forming the task force began early last week after a COVID-19 outbreak occurred at Cedar Mountain Post-Acute Rehabilitation in Yucaipa. Seventy-five residents and staff at the facility have tested positive and five residents have died of causes related to COVID-19. Later in the week, an outbreak was detected at the Reche Canyon Rehabilitation & Health Care Center in Colton, with eight residents and seven staff testing positive and one resident succumbing to the disease to date.

“The County of San Bernardino is moving quickly to get a handle on the spread of COVID-19 in nursing homes. This task force will be an integral component of the County’s ability to protect our vulnerable senior population,” said Third District Supervisor Dawn Rowe. Both the Yucaipa and Colton facilities are located in her district.

The County Nursing Facilities Task Force includes County Public Health and other County agencies, the California Department of Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control, Inland Empire Health Plan, and other emergency management and hospital stakeholders.

“The task force will proactively identify, map, and assess readiness for COVID-19 at nursing facilities throughout the county with the intent of identifying strategic sites that may act as COVID-19-positive sites to further mitigate spread among our most-vulnerable residents,” said County Public Health Director Trudy Raymundo.

Also, Acting County Public Health Officer Dr. Erin Gustafson today issued an order requiring nursing facilities to employ any means necessary to cease the use of staff members who also work at other nursing facilities. The order also requires nursing home staff to wear protective gear to prevent them from spreading illness to residents, requires staff members to monitor their temperatures, and forbids them from entering facilities if they have symptoms of any contagious illness. The order can be viewed by clicking here.

“Without appropriate precautions and procedures, nursing homes can create a tragically ideal environment for the spread of viruses among those who are most susceptible to symptoms and complications,” Gustafson said.

As an immediate response to the Reche Canyon outbreak, County Public Health launched an aggressive testing campaign at the Colton facility and secured assistance from the State Department of Public Health, which regulates nursing facilities. The Yucaipa and Colton facilities are not affiliated.

This week, County Public Health will provide testing supplies and staff assistance to other facilities in the county affiliated with Cedar Mountain to aid in the testing of symptomatic residents and staff. The County is also assisting the City of Yucaipa in its plans to conduct a community testing event in the city this week.

San Bernardino County has 373 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and the deaths of 13 county residents ranging in age from 42 to 95 have been associated with the disease.

Various appropriate County departments and agencies have been working together since Jan. 25 to protect the community from the COVID-19 pandemic.

For information about the coronavirus crisis, visit the County’s coronavirus website at sbcovid19.com. New information and resources are updated daily. The public can also contact the COVID-19 hotline from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at (909) 387-3911, or email the County at coronavirus@dph.sbcounty.gov.

Public participation in Board meetings electronic only due to Covid-19

While the Board of Supervisors continues to hold meetings to conduct essential business during the Covid-19 pandemic, public participation in the meetings will be electronic only in compliance with the governor’s executive order to stay at home.

The changes in public participation will begin at the next Board of Supervisors meeting at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 7, 2020 and will continue until further notice. In addition, the remote site locations at the Jerry Lewis High Desert Government Center in Hesperia and the Bob Burke Joshua Tree Government Center in Joshua Tree will not be open to the public.

The County invites the public to continue to watch Board of Supervisors meetings from home at http://www.sbcounty.gov/Main/Pages/ViewMeetings.aspx.

People who want to comment on specific agenda items, make general comments, or submit testimony for public hearings, and have those comments provided to each board member prior to the meeting, can send their comments and testimony to the Clerk of the Board by email at BoardMeetingComments@cob.sbcounty.gov. Those comments and testimony may also be submitted online, limited to 250 words or less, at http://www.sbcounty.gov/cob/publiccomments/default.aspx prior to 8 a.m. on meeting days.

The public can also submit comments and testimony during meetings through the same email address and website. Comments and testimony submitted after 8 a.m. and during the meeting won’t be provided to each board member but will be read aloud by the Clerk of the Board during the meeting, time permitting.

All comments and testimony submitted before and during the meeting will be included in their entirety in the official record of the meeting.

Public Health officer recommends face coverings during essential outings

San Bernardino County health officials are recommending people use face coverings when leaving home to conduct essential business such as grocery shopping, going to a medical appointment or visiting a pharmacy to help flatten the curve of Covid-19.

The County made the recommendation after reviewing guidance released on April 1 from the state Department of Public Health.

Face coverings may include coverings that secure to the ears or back of the head and encompass the mouth and nose. Homemade cloth ear loop covers, bandannas and handkerchiefs, and neck gaiters may be used to reduce the spread of Covid-19 particularly among asymptomatic people.

Staying home, practicing social distancing and frequent handwashing are far more effective ways to combat the spread of Covid-19, and face coverings are not a substitute for continuing those practices, said Acting County Public Health Officer Dr. Erin Gustafson.

“Surgical masks and N95 masks should not be used because they must be preserved for healthcare workers and emergency responders,” Gustafson said. “If you do use a face covering, make sure to practice frequent hand washing before and after touching and adjusting the covering.”

Wash cloth face coverings frequently after each use — at least daily. Place face coverings in a bag until washing them in detergent with hot water and dried on a hot cycle. Discard cloth face coverings that no longer cover the nose and mouth; have stretched out or damaged ties and straps; cannot stay on the face; and have holes or tears in the fabric.

“Covering your face may help reduce the chance that asymptomatic people spread COVID-19. This is not as effective as staying home and practicing social distancing,” said Curt Hagman, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors. “We all need to do our part to flatten the curve and residents should use this as one more tool to stop the spread of this disease.””

For more information about Covid-19 in San Bernardino County, please visit sbcovid19.com. The public can also contact the coronavirus public information line from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at (909) 387-3911, or email the County at coronavirus@dph.sbcounty.gov.

 

El funcionario de salud pública recomienda cubrirse la cara durante las salidas esenciales

Los Funcionarios de salud del Condado de San Bernardino están recomendando a las personas que usen coberturas faciales al salir de casa para llevar a cabo negocios esenciales como ir a una cita médica o visitar una farmacia para ayudar a aplanar la curva de Covid-19.

El Condado hizo la recomendación después de revisar las directrices publicadas el 1 de abril del Departamento de Salud Pública del estado.

Las cubiertas para la cara pueden incluir cubiertas que se fijan a las orejas o a la parte posterior de la cabeza y que abarcan la boca y la nariz. Se pueden utilizar fundas caseras de tela, pañuelos y pañuelos de cuello para reducir la propagación de Covid-19, especialmente entre personas asintomáticas.

Permanecer en casa, practicar el distanciamiento social y el lavado frecuente de manos son formas mucho más efectivas de combatir la propagación de Covid-19, y las cubiertas para la cara no son un sustituto para continuar esas prácticas, dijo la Dra. Erin Gustafson, Oficial interina de Salud Pública del Condado.

“Las máscaras quirúrgicas y las máscaras N95 no deben utilizarse porque deben conservarse para los trabajadores sanitarios y los socorristas”, dijo Gustafson. “Si usas una cubierta facial, asegúrate de practicar el lavado frecuente de manos antes y después de tocar y ajustar la cubierta.”

Lave las cubiertas de la cara de la tela con frecuencia después de cada uso — por lo menos diariamente. Coloque las cubiertas de cara en una bolsa hasta que las lave en detergente con agua caliente y se seque en un ciclo caliente. Deseche las cubiertas de la cara de tela que ya no cubren la nariz y la boca; que se hayan estirado o dañado las bridas y correas; que no puedan permanecer en la cara; y que tengan orificios o rasgaduras en la tela.

“Cubrirse la cara puede ayudar a reducir la posibilidad de que las personas asintomáticas se propaguen COVID-19. Esto no es tan efectivo como quedarse en casa y practicar el distanciamiento social”, dijo Curt Hagman, Presidente de la Junta de Supervisores. “Todos tenemos que hacer nuestra parte para aplanar la curva y los residentes deben usar esto como una herramienta más para detener la propagación de esta enfermedad”.

Para obtener más información sobre Covid-19 en el condado de San Bernardino, visite sbcovid19.com. El público también puede comunicarse con la línea de información pública del coronavirus de 9 a.m. a 5 p.m., de lunes a viernes al (909) 387-3911, o enviar un correo electrónico al Condado en coronavirus-dph.sbcounty.gov.

Health Officer formally prohibits short-term rentals

In an effort to protect the public from further spread of the virus that causes COVID-19, the County’s Acting Health Officer has formally ordered short-term lodging facilities – including hotels, motels, and short-term residential-style rental units – to cease operations until the governor’s “Stay at Home” order and the County’s order prohibiting gatherings have been rescinded.

“Short-term rental activity continues to be an issue in our county’s mountain and desert communities, which is understandably causing distress to local residents who are acting responsibly and are concerned about the spread of virus by tourists,” said San Bernardino County Acting Health Officer Dr. Erin Gustafson. “We advised short-term rental owners on March 22 to comply with the State health order, which clearly prohibits their operation. It is clear that a specific local order will assist with additional efforts to bring about compliance and assist in enforcement.”

Short-term lodging facilities may operate only if they are being used for COVID-19 mitigation and containment, such as serving the homeless population, or are being used to house workers supporting critical infrastructure.

The Acting Health Officer’s order, which can be viewed here, also formally extends indefinitely the March 17 County order prohibiting gatherings. It had originally been set to extend though at least April 6. The order also requires the closing of all movie theatres, gyms, health clubs, bars, adult entertainment establishments, and other businesses that serve alcohol but do not serve food. Food and beverage establishments must follow guidance issued by the California Department of Public Health.

The order does not apply to activities “essential to the functioning of our state” including work, public transportation, airport travel, grocery stores, charitable food distribution, certified farmers’ markets, and shopping at stores or malls. The order also does not apply to congregate living situations, including dormitories and homeless encampments.

San Bernardino County has 254 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and the deaths of six county residents have been associated with the disease. One nursing facility alone accounts for 71 of those cases and at least two of those deaths.

Various appropriate County departments and agencies have been working together since Jan. 25 to protect the community from the COVID-19 pandemic.

For information about the coronavirus crisis, visit the County’s coronavirus website at sbcovid19.com. New information and resources are updated daily. The public can also contact the COVID-19 hotline from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at (909) 387-3911, or email the County at coronavirus@dph.sbcounty.gov.

 

El Oficial de Salud prohíbe formalmente los alquileres a corto plazo; Extiende la prohibición de las reuniones para que coincidan con el orden del Estado.

En un esfuerzo por proteger al público de una mayor propagación del virus que hace que COVID-19, el Oficial de Salud Interino del Condado ha ordenado formalmente instalaciones de alojamiento a corto plazo – incluyendo hoteles, moteles y unidades de alquiler de estilo residencial a corto plazo – para cesar hasta que la orden del gobernador “Permanecer en casa” y la orden del Condado que prohíbe las reuniones han sido anuladas.

“La actividad de alquiler a corto plazo sigue siendo un problema en las comunidades montañosas y desérticas de nuestro condado, lo que es comprensible que cause angustia a los residentes locales que están actuando de manera responsable y están preocupados por la propagación del virus por los turistas”, dijo San Dr. Erin Gustafson, Oficial de Salud Interino del Condado de San Bernardino. “Aconsejamos a los propietarios de alquiler a corto plazo el 22 de marzo que cumplieran con la orden de salud estatal, que prohíbe claramente su funcionamiento. Está claro que una orden local específica ayudará con esfuerzos adicionales para lograr el cumplimiento y ayudar en la aplicación de la ley.”

Las instalaciones de alojamiento a corto plazo solo pueden funcionar si se utilizan para el alivio y contención de COVID-19, como servir a la población sin hogar, o si se utilizan para alojar trabajadores que apoyan la infraestructura crítica.

La orden del Oficial de Salud Interino, que se puede ver aquí, también extiende formalmente indefinidamente la orden del Condado del 17 de marzo que prohíbe las reuniones. Originalmente se había establecido para extenderse al menos el 6 de abril. El pedido también requiere el cierre de todas las salas de cine, gimnasios, clubes de salud, bares, establecimientos de entretenimiento para adultos, y otros negocios que sirven alcohol, pero no sirven comida. Los establecimientos de alimentos y bebidas deben seguir bajo la dirección emitidas por el Departamento de Salud Pública de California.

El pedido no se aplica a las actividades “esenciales para el funcionamiento de nuestro estado” incluyendo el trabajo, el transporte público, los viajes al aeropuerto, las tiendas de comestibles, la distribución de alimentos de caridad, los mercados de agricultores certificados y las compras en tiendas o centros comerciales. El pedido tampoco se aplica a las situaciones de vida congregadas, incluyendo los dormitorios y los campamentos para personas sin hogar.

El condado de San Bernardino tiene 254 casos confirmados de COVID-19 y las muertes de seis residentes del condado han tenido que ver con la enfermedad. Una residencia de personas mayores representa 71 de aquellos casos y al menos dos de aquellas muertes.

Varios departamentos y agencias apropiados del Condado han estado trabajando juntos desde el 25 de enero para proteger a la comunidad de la pandemia COVID-19.

Para la información sobre la crisis coronavirus, visite el sitio web coronavirus del condado en sbcovid19.com. La nueva información y los recursos son actualizados diariamente. El público también se puede poner en contacto con la línea directa COVID-19 de las 9:00 a las 17:00, de lunes a viernes al (909) 387-3911, o enviar el condado por correo electrónico en coronavirus-dph.sbcounty.gov.

County offices and attractions will remain closed to public traffic

In an effort to slow the spread of novel coronavirus, almost all county departments will continue to offer services only online and over the phone until the COVID-19 emergency concludes and the County Health Officer and the governor lift indefinite orders restricting gatherings and directing people to stay home whenever possible.

“We have a responsibility to do everything we can to limit the spread of the virus while still providing access to the County services people need,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman.

Services for the following County departments and offices will be available only by phone and online. Offices will be closed to the public:

  • Agriculture/Weights & Measures
  • Assessor- Recorder-Clerk
  • Child Support Services
  • Children’s Network
  • Clerk of the Board of Supervisors
  • Community Development and Housing Agency
  • County Fire and Fire Marshal
  • District Attorney
  • Economic Development
  • Human Resources
  • Inland Counties Emergency Medical Agency (ICEMA)
  • Land Use Services, which includes Planning, Building and Safety, and Code Enforcement
  • Public Defender
  • Public Works, with the exception of lobby computer access to surveyor records
  • Purchasing
  • Registrar of Voters, with the exception of election observers by appointment only
  • Risk Management
  • Special Districts Water and Sanitation
  • Transitional Assistance
  • Veterans Affairs
  • Workforce Development, however, in-person appointments will be conducted only when necessary

The following County attractions and services are closed to the public until the indefinite health orders are lifted:

  • Preschool Services (Head Start)
  • Big Bear Alpine Zoo at Moonridge
  • County branch libraries
  • County museums and historical sites
  • County Regional Parks, including Calico Ghost Town
  • Park and recreation district preschool in Joshua Tree
  • All Big Bear Valley Recreation and Park District Parks
  • All Bloomington Recreation and Park District Parks
  • All County Service Area Parks
  • Oak Glen Park and Museum
  • North Etiwanda Preserve
  • Joshua Tree Desert Conversation Area (Section 6)
  • The following senior and community centers (centers that conduct meal programs will make meals available via drive-thru)
    • Big Bear Senior Center
    • Bloomington Ayala Senior Center
    •  Joshua Tree Community Center
    •  Lucerne Valley Community Center
    • Wonder Valley Community Center

For information about the coronavirus crisis, visit the County’s coronavirus website at sbcovid19.com, email the County at coronavirus@dph.sbcounty.gov, or contact the coronavirus public information line from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at 909-387-3911.

 

Las oficinas y atracciones del condado permanecerán cerradas al tráfico público

En un esfuerzo para reducir la propagación del nuevo coronavirus, casi todos los departamentos del condado continuarán ofreciendo servicios solo en línea y por teléfono hasta que concluya la emergencia COVID-19 y el Oficial de Salud del Condado y el gobernador levanten órdenes indefinidas que restringen las reuniones y dirigen a las personas a quedarse en casa siempre que sea posible.

“Tenemos la responsabilidad de hacer todo lo posible para limitar la propagación del virus y al mismo tiempo proporcionar acceso a los servicios del Condado que la gente necesita”, dijo el presidente de la Junta de Supervisores, Curt Hagman.

Los servicios para los siguientes departamentos y oficinas del Condado estarán disponibles solo por teléfono y en línea. Las oficinas estarán cerradas al público:

* Agricultura / Pesos y medidas
* Asesor-Registrador-Secretario
* Servicios de manutención infantil
* Establecer contactos de niños
* Secretario de la Junta de Supervisores
* Agencia de Desarrollo Comunitario y Vivienda
* Condado de bomberos y mariscal de bomberos
* Fiscal de distrito
* Desarrollo economico
* Recursos humanos
* Agencia Médica de Emergencia de los Condados del Interior (ICEMA)
* Servicios de uso de la tierra, que incluye planificación, construcción y seguridad, y cumplimiento de códigos
* Defensor público
* Obras públicas, con la excepción del acceso de la computadora del lobby a los registros del topógrafo
* Compras
* Registrador de votantes, con la excepción de los observadores electorales solo con cita previa.
* Gestión de riesgos
* Distritos especiales de agua y saneamiento
* Asistencia transitoria
* Asuntos de los veteranos
* Desarrollo de la fuerza laboral, sin embargo, las citas en persona se realizarán solo cuando sea necesario

Las siguientes atracciones y servicios del Condado están cerrados al público hasta que se levanten las órdenes de salud indefinidas:

* Servicios preescolares (Head Start)

* Big Bear Alpine Zoo en Moonridge
* Bibliotecas sucursales del condado
* Museos del condado y sitios históricos
* Parques Regionales del Condado, incluyendo Calico Ghost Town
* Preescolar del distrito de parques y recreación en Joshua Tree
* Todos los parques de recreación y parques de Big Bear Valley
* Todos los parques de recreación y parques del distrito de Bloomington
* Todos los parques del área de servicio del condado
* El Parque de Oak Glen y Museo
* Reserva del norte de Etiwanda
* Área de conversación del desierto de Joshua Tree (Sección 6)

* Los siguientes centros para adultos mayores y comunitarios (los centros que llevan a cabo programas de comidas harán que las comidas estén disponibles a través de un autoservicio)

o Centro  Big Bear de La Tercera Edad
o Centro Bloomington Ayala de La Tercera Edad
o Centro Comunitario de Joshua Tree
o Centro Comunitario de Lucerne Valley
o Centro Comunitario de Wonder Valley

Para obtener información sobre la crisis de coronavirus, visite el sitio web de coronavirus del condado en sbcovid19.com, envíe un correo electrónico al condado a coronavirus@dph.sbcounty.gov, o comuníquese con la línea de información pública de coronavirus de 9 am a 5 pm, de lunes a viernes al 909-387 -3911.

Twelve reported COVID-19 cases at California Institution for Men, Chino

Eleven staff and one inmate at the California Institution for Men (CIM) in Chino tested positive for COVID-19. Tests for two staff and three inmates are pending. Except for the inmate, the eleven CIM staff have been self-quarantined away from their place of employment.

Health professionals from San Bernardino County Public Health are working closely with CIM and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to address the situation, which includes testing and contact tracing.

Under the authority of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), CIM Correctional Lieutenant Tom Lopez stated, “CDCR and California Correctional Health Care Services (CCHCS) are dedicated to the safety of everyone who lives in, works in, and visits our state prisons. We are continuously evaluating and implementing proactive measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and keep our CDCR population and the community-at-large safe.”

CDCR has announced its plan to further protect staff and inmates from the spread of COVID-19 in state prisons, which include CIM. The plan includes the following:

  • Temporarily suspend the intake of new inmates and cancel in-person visits.
  • Create increased capacity and space to help with inmate movement, physical distancing, and isolation efforts.
  • Make greater use of the state’s private and public Community Correctional Facilities, as well as maximize open spaces in prisons, such as gymnasiums, to increase capacity and inmate movement options.

CDCR has protocols for testing and quarantine in place that follow recommendations by CDPH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  CDCR and CCHCS have launched an internal patient registry to assist institutions in monitoring patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 and track all individuals by risk. This registry also includes release date information for each individual, in the event that individuals are to be considered for early release during the pandemic. This tool is not publicly available as it contains personal health care information protected by medical privacy laws.

For more information regarding CDCR’s preparedness and response efforts for COVID-19, please visit the CDCR COVID-19 Preparedness page at www.cdcr.ca.gov/covid19.

For information about the coronavirus crisis, visit the County’s coronavirus website at sbcovid19.com. New information and resources are updated daily. The public can also contact the COVID-19 hotline from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at (909) 387-3911, or email the County at coronavirus@dph.sbcounty.gov.

Traffic requirements for tomorrow’s COVID-19 testing in Victorville

Those participating in tomorrow’s drive-through COVID-19 drive-thru sample-collection event in Victorville must follow a designated route to the collection site at the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds, and must arrive in a vehicle.

In other words, “walk-in” actually means “drive-through.”

Visitor’s using Interstate 15 must exit Mojave Drive and head south on 7th Street to Plaza Drive, as shown on the map located here.

Those who have appointments will be served from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. No one without an appointment should arrive before 1 p.m. Those without an appointment who would like to be tested may arrive at 1 and will be served while testing supplies last.

This event is free of charge and does not require health insurance. All persons will be screened upon arrival to ensure that all persons meet testing criteria.

For information about the coronavirus crisis, visit the County’s coronavirus website at sbcovid19.com. New information and resources are updated daily. The public can also contact the coronavirus public information line from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at (909) 387-3911, or email the County at coronavirus@dph.sbcounty.gov

Sample collection for COVID-19 testing to be held in Victorville

County Public Health will conduct a drive-thru sample collection event for novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the High Desert on Thursday, April 2.

LOCATION: San Bernardino County Fairgrounds

ADDRESS: 14800 7th St., Victorville

TIME: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. for appointments, 1 – 2 p.m. (or until supplies last) for walk-ins (no appointment needed)

This event is open to San Bernardino County residents only. Residents can request an appointment at sbcovid19.com at 2 p.m. today, March 31. Residents who cannot access the form online can call the COVID-19 hotline at (909) 387-3911 and staff will assist in completing the request form.

This event is free of charge and does not require health insurance. All persons will be pre-screened upon completing the appointment request form to ensure that all persons meet testing criteria.

“With a nationwide shortage of testing supplies for COVID-19, we want to make sure that our most vulnerable populations receive testing priority,” stated Acting County Health Officer Dr. Erin Gustafson. “As more community testing is available, the better we are able to mitigate the virus. Everyone can help us fight the threat by taking state and county orders seriously by staying at home and continuing good hygiene.”

Public Health held a pilot sample collection event for COVID-19 testing on March 27 in at the National Orange Show in San Bernardino. A total of 122 samples were collected for COVID-19 testing. Test results from the pilot sample collection event is estimated to be complete on Friday, April 3.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom and the State Public Health Officer on March 19 issued a statewide stay-at-home order with exceptions for essential tasks and services. See details here: covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs.

The Acting County Health Officer and the Board of Supervisors have declared a local health emergency to help ensure county government and the public are prepared and allow flexibility in response. Various county departments and agencies are working together and in partnership with cities, schools, and the business and nonprofit communities to ensure an effective response.

As with any virus, especially during the cold and flu season, there are a number of steps you can take to protect your health and those around you:

  • People experiencing symptoms of contagious illness should seek medical guidance.
  • Persons aged 65 years and older and persons of any age with certain underlying health conditions are at increased risk should they contract COVID-19 and are encouraged to self-quarantine.
  • Wash hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth, especially with unwashed hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using regular household cleaning spray or wipes.
  • N95 masks are not recommended outside a healthcare setting. Surgical masks can be worn by sick individuals to reduce the likelihood of spreading germs to others.

For information about the coronavirus crisis, visit the County’s coronavirus website at sbcovid19.com. New information and resources are updated daily. The public can also contact the coronavirus public information line from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at (909) 387-3911, or email the County at coronavirus@dph.sbcounty.gov.

 

Colección de muestras para las pruebas COVID-19 se llevarán a cabo en Victorville.

El Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado tendrá un evento de recolección de muestras para el coronavirus novedoso (COVID-19) en el Desierto Alto el jueves 2 de abril.

 

LA UBICACIÓN: Recinto ferial del condado de San Bernardino.

DIRECCIÓN: 14800 7th St., Victorville

HORA: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. para citas, 1 – 2 p.m. (o hasta que los suministros duren) para paseos (no se necesita cita).

 

Este evento está abierto solo a los residentes del Condado de San Bernardino. Los residentes pueden solicitar una cita en sbcovid19.com a las 2 p.m. hoy, 31 de marzo. Los residentes que no pueden acceder al formulario en línea pueden llamar a la línea directa COVID-19 al (909) 387-3911 y el personal le ayudará a completar el formulario de solicitud.

“Con una escasez nacional de suministros de prueba para COVID-19, queremos asegurarnos de que nuestras poblaciones más vulnerables reciban prioridad de prueba”, declaró la Dra. Erin Gustafson, Oficial de Salud del Condado Interino. “A medida que se dispone de más pruebas comunitarias, mejor podremos mitigar el virus. Todo el mundo puede ayudarnos a combatir la amenaza tomando en serio las órdenes estatales y del condado al quedarse en casa y continuar con buenos hábitos de higiene”.

La Salud pública sostuvo un evento piloto de recolección de muestras para las pruebas COVID-19 el 27 de marzo en el Espectáculo de naranja nacional en San Bernardino. Se recogieron un total de 122 muestras para las pruebas DE COVID-19. Se estima que los resultados de las pruebas del evento piloto de recolección de muestras estarán completos el viernes 3 de abril.

El 19 de marzo, el gobernador de California Gavin Newsom y el Oficial estatal de Salud Pública emitieron una orden de estancia en casa en todo el estado con excepciones para tareas y servicios esenciales. Vea los detalles aquí: covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs.

El Oficial Interino de Salud del Condado y la Junta de supervisores han declarado una emergencia de salud local para ayudar a asegurar que el gobierno del condado y el público estén preparados y permitan flexibilidad en la respuesta. Varios departamentos y agencias del condado están trabajando juntos y en asociación con ciudades, escuelas, y las comunidades de negocios y sin fines de lucro para asegurar una respuesta efectiva.

Al igual que con cualquier virus, especialmente durante la temporada de frío y gripe, hay una serie de pasos que puede tomar para proteger su salud y a los que le rodean:

 

  • Las personas que experimentan síntomas de enfermedad contagiosa deben buscar orientación médica.
    • Las personas de 65 años o más y las personas de cualquier edad con ciertas condiciones de salud subyacentes corren un gran riesgo en caso de contraer COVID-19 y se les aconseja la autocuarentena.
    • Lávese las manos con jabón y agua tibia durante 20 segundos, especialmente después de ir al baño; antes de comer; y después de soplarse la nariz, toser o estornudar Si no hay agua disponible, use un desinfectante para manos a base de alcohol con al menos 60% de alcohol.
  • Evite tocar los ojos, la nariz o la boca, especialmente con las manos sin lavar.
    • Limpie y desinfecte los objetos y superficies tocados con frecuencia con aerosoles o toallitas de limpieza doméstica regulares.
    • Las máscaras N95 no se recomiendan fuera de un entorno sanitario. Las máscaras quirúrgicas pueden ser usadas por individuos enfermos para reducir la probabilidad de diseminar gérmenes a otras personas.

 

Para la información sobre la crisis coronavirus, visite el sitio web coronavirus del condado en sbcovid19.com. La nueva información y los recursos son actualizados diariamente. El público también se puede poner en contacto con la línea de la información pública coronavirus de las 9:00 a las 17:00, de lunes a viernes al (909) 387-3911, o enviar el condado por correo electrónico en coronavirus-dph.sbcounty.gov.

 

County COVID-19 dashboard now includes confirmed cases by city

The County COVID-19 dashboard now includes confirmed cases of COVID-19 by city. The dashboard can be viewed on wp.sbcounty.gov/dph/coronavirus.

“The number of cases by city provides a picture of community spread within our county,” stated County Acting Health Officer Dr. Erin Gustafson. “However, residents of cities not listed or with low case numbers should assume and behave as if there are cases within their communities and comply with the statewide stay-at-home order. Residents of cities that are listed should not panic and feel the need to go somewhere else. I cannot stress strongly enough the importance of staying at home and practicing good hygiene to reduce further community spread.”

The city data added today is intended to represent the places of residence for each confirmed case within the county, regardless of where they were tested or where they might be hospitalized. Cities and communities not listed have zero confirmed cases.

Those who view the data should also keep in mind that residence data is based on information contained on lab slips that accompany test results. In some cases, that information might pertain the hospital where a patient is being treated, a detention facility where a patient is being held, or something else. Sometimes that information is corrected, which would account for fluctuations in the numbers.

The dashboard was launched on March 26 to provide a visual representation the COVID-19 pandemic within San Bernardino County, including the number of confirmed cases and deaths, patients tested, patients that tested negative, and confirmed cases by gender and by age groups.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom and the State Public Health Officer on March 19 issued a statewide stay-at-home order with exceptions for essential tasks and services. See details here: covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs.

The Acting County Health Officer and the Board of Supervisors have declared a local health emergency to help ensure county government and the public are prepared and allow flexibility in response. Various county departments and agencies are working together and in partnership with cities, schools, and the business and nonprofit communities to ensure an effective response.

As with any virus, especially during the cold and flu season, there are a number of steps you can take to protect your health and those around you:

  • People experiencing symptoms of contagious illness should seek medical guidance.
  • Persons aged 65 years and older and persons of any age with certain underlying health conditions are at increased risk should they contract COVID-19 and are encouraged to self-quarantine.
  • Wash hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth, especially with unwashed hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using regular household cleaning spray or wipes.
  • N95 masks are not recommended outside a healthcare setting. Surgical masks can be worn by sick individuals to reduce the likelihood of spreading germs to others.

For information about the coronavirus crisis, visit the County’s coronavirus website at wp.sbcounty.gov/dph/coronavirus. New information and resources are updated daily. The public can also contact the coronavirus public information line from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at (909) 387-3911, or email the County at coronavirus@dph.sbcounty.gov.

El tablero del condado de COVID-19 ahora incluye casos confirmados por ciudad

El tablero del Condado COVID-19 ahora incluye casos confirmados de COVID-19 por ciudad. El panel  se puede ver en wp.sbcounty.gov/dph/coronavirus.

“El número de casos por ciudad proporciona una imagen de la comunidad difundida dentro de nuestro condado,” declaró la Dra. Erin Gustafson, Oficial de Salud interino del Condado. “Sin embargo, los residentes de las ciudades que no figuran en la lista o con números de casos bajos deben asumir y comportarse como si hubiera casos dentro de sus comunidades y cumplir con la orden de estancia en casa en todo el estado.  Los residentes de las ciudades que están en la lista no deben entrar en pánico y sentir la necesidad de ir a otro lugar.  No puedo enfatizar con suficiente fuerza la importancia de quedarse en casa y practicar una buena higiene para reducir la propagación de la comunidad.”

Los datos de la ciudad añadidos hoy en día están destinados a representar los lugares de residencia para cada caso confirmado dentro del condado, independientemente de dónde fueron probados o donde podrían ser hospitalizados.  Las ciudades y comunidades no enumeradas tienen cero casos confirmados.

Aquellos que ven los datos también deben tener en cuenta que los datos de residencia se basan en la información contenida en los recibos de laboratorio que acompañan a los resultados del laboratorio. En algunos casos, esa infomación podría pertenecer al hospital donde un paciente está siendo tratado, un centro de detención donde un paciente está detenido, o algo más. A veces se corrige esa información, lo que explicaría las fluctuaciones en los números.

El tablero fue lanzado el 26 de marzo para proporcionar una representación visual de la pandemia COVID-19 dentro del Condado de San Bernardino, incluyendo el número de casos confirmados y muertes, pacientes probados, pacientes que dieron negativo y los casos confirmaron por género y por grupos de edad.

El gobernador de California, Gavin Newsom, y el Oficial estatal de Salud Pública emitieron el 19 de marzo una orden de estancia en el hogar en todo el estado con excepciones para tareas y servicios esenciales. Vea los detalles aquí: https://covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs/.

El Oficial Interina de Salud del Condado y la Junta de Supervisores han declarado una emergencia de salud local para ayudar a garantizar que el gobierno del condado y el público estén preparados y permitan flexibilidad en respuesta.  Varios departamentos y agencias del condado están trabajando juntos y en asociación con las ciudades, las escuelas y las comunidades de negocios y organizaciones sin fines de lucro para garantizar una respuesta eficaz.

Al igual que con cualquier virus, especialmente durante la temporada de frío y gripe, hay una serie de pasos que puede tomar para proteger su salud y a los que le rodean:

 

  • Las personas que experimentan síntomas de enfermedad contagiosa deben buscar orientación médica.
  • Las personas de 65 años o más y las personas de cualquier edad con ciertas condiciones de salud subyacentes corren un mayor riesgo en caso de contraer COVID-19 y se les anima a la auto-cuarentena.
  • Lávese las manos con jabón y agua tibia durante 20 segundos, especialmente después de ir al baño; antes de comer; y después de sonarse la nariz, toser o estornudar. Si el agua y el jabón no están disponibles fácilmente, use un desinfectante de manos a base de alcohol con al menos 60% de alcohol.
    • Evite tocar los ojos, la nariz o la boca, especialmente con las manos sin lavar.
  • Limpie y desinfecte los objetos y superficies tocados con frecuencia utilizando aerosoles o toallitas de limpieza doméstica regulares.
  • Las máscaras N95 no se recomiendan fuera de un entorno sanitario. Las máscaras quirúrgicas pueden ser usadas por individuos enfermos para reducir la probabilidad de diseminar gérmenes a otras personas.

 

Para obtener información sobre la crisis del coronavirus, visite el sitio web del coronavirus del Condado en wp.sbcounty.gov/dph/coronavirus.  Se han añadido nueva información y recursos y el sitio se actualiza diariamente.  El público también puede ponerse en contacto con la línea de información pública del coronavirus de 9 a.m. a 5 p.m., de lunes a viernes al 909-387-3911, o envíe un correo electrónico a coronavirus@dph.sbcounty.gov.

 

>县COVID-19仪表板现在包括按城市确认的病例

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>县COVID-19仪表板现在包括按城市确认的COVID-19案例。 可以在wp.sbcounty.gov/dph/coronavirus上查看该仪表板。

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>县卫生官员代理Erin Gustafson博士说:“按城市划分的病例数提供了我们县内社区分布的情况。 “但是,未列出名单或案件数量少的城市的居民应该承担并采取行为,就好像他们所在社区内有案件一样,并遵守全州范围内的自我在家隔离服务令。有列出城市的居民不要惊慌, 我不能再强调有必要自我在家隔离和保持良好卫生习惯以减少社区进一步扩散的重要性。”

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>今天添加的城市数据旨在代表县内每个确诊病例的居住地,无论他们在何处接受检查或可能在哪里住院。 未列出的城市和社区的确诊病例为零。

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>查看数据的人员还应谨记,居住数据是基于实验结果中随附的实验单所包含的信息。 在某些情况下,该信息可能与正在治疗患者的医院,正在拘留患者的拘留所或其他有关。 有时,该信息会被更正,这将解释数字的波动。

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>仪表板于3月26日启动,以直观的方式展示圣贝纳迪诺县内的COVID-19大流行,包括确诊病例和死亡人数,接受检测的患者,检测为阴性的患者以及按性别和年龄组分类的确诊病例。

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>加州州长Gavin Newsom和州公共卫生官员于3月19日发布了全州范围内的在家隔离待命令,但基本任务和服务除外。 在此处查看详细信息:covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs。

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>县卫生官员代表和监事会宣布地方卫生告急,以确保县政府和公众做好准备,并灵活应对。 各个县部门和机构正在与城市,学校以及商业和非营利社区共同合作,以确保有效的响应。

>与任何病毒一样,尤其是在感冒和流感季节,可以采取许多步骤来保护自己和周围的人的健康:

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  • 出现传染病症状的人应寻求医疗指导。
  • 如果年龄在65岁以上以及具有某些基本健康状况的任何年龄的人容易感染COVID-19,并应鼓励他们进行自我检疫,否则他们会面临更高的风险。
  • 用肥皂和温水洗手20秒钟,尤其是去卫生间后;进食前; 擤鼻子,咳嗽或打喷嚏后。如果没有肥皂和水,请使用含酒精至少60%的洗手液。
  • 避免触摸眼睛,鼻子或嘴巴,特别在没有洗手的情况下。
  • 使用常规的家用清洁剂或湿巾清洁和消毒经常触摸的物体和表面。
  • 不建议在医疗机构之外使用N95口罩。患病的人可以戴口罩,以减少细菌传播给他人的可能性。
  • 有关冠状病毒危机的信息,请访问县的冠状病毒网站sbcounty.gov/dph/coronavirus。新信息和资源每天更新。公众也可以在周一至周五从上午9点到下午5点与冠状病毒公共信息专线联系(909)387-3911,或通过coronavirus@dph.sbcounty.gov向该县发送电子邮件。

COVID-19 outbreak in Yucaipa nursing facility

Twelve elderly residents of a nursing facility in Yucaipa tested positive for COVID-19 today and a resident of a second nursing facility in Mentone is presenting symptoms of the disease. County Public Health professionals are working closely with both facilities to expedite the immediate testing of all residents and employees of both facilities.

An 89-year-old woman with underlying health issues who had contracted COVID-19 and died from the illness on Thursday was a resident of the facility at which the 12 residents tested positive today.

“This is the first instance we have had in our county of a concentrated COVID-19 outbreak,” said Acting County Health Officer Dr. Erin Gustafson. “The county will do everything within its ability and authority to minimize the tragedy this pandemic has the potential to create in our communities.”

“This outbreak a signal to anyone in the county who is not taking this pandemic seriously and is resisting complying with public health orders and guidelines that the threat of COVID-19 is very real,” Dr. Gustafson said. “Staying at home, minimizing non-essential contact with others, maintaining social distancing from even people we know and with whom we have regular contact, and consistently practicing good hygiene is our best hope of making forward the other side of this pandemic.”

The County Department of Public Health is gearing up to begin reporting the number of cases within each of the county’s 24 incorporated cities and towns as soon as Monday on the department’s COVID-19 public information dashboard, which can be found at wp.sbcounty.gov/dph/coronavirus.

For information about the coronavirus crisis, visit the County’s coronavirus website at wp.sbcounty.gov/dph/coronavirus. New information and resources have been added and the site is being updated daily. The public can also contact the coronavirus public information line from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at (909) 387-3911, or email the County at coronavirus@dph.sbcounty.gov.

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