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Two new cases of novel coronavirus recorded within county

San Bernardino County today reported its fourth and fifth case of novel coronavirus.

The county reported its first case on Sunday. Additional cases have been expected to emerge as private lab testing begins ramping up.

In an effort to protect the public from further spread of the virus that causes COVID-19, the County’s Acting Health Officer on Tuesday ordered the cancellation of gatherings of any number of people within the county starting tomorrow through at least April 6, with key exceptions for work, public transportation, airport travel, grocery stores, charitable food distribution, certified farmers’ markets, and shopping at stores or malls.

The order also requires, starting today, 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 on Monday (www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/OPA/Pages/NR20-024.aspx).

The order does not apply to congregate living situations, including dormitories and homeless encampments. All San Bernardino County public schools have voluntarily closed as part of the effort to stop the spread of the virus, according to the County Superintendent of Schools.

The order also strongly cautions that persons aged 65 years and older and person of any age with certain underlying health conditions are at increased risk should they contract COVID-19, and encourages them to self-quarantine.

“Residents of San Bernardino County are encouraged to stay home as much as possible while only participating in essential activities, such as critical work functions and shopping for necessities,” said Acting County Health Officer Dr. Erin Gustafson. “We know these measures are challenging, but social distancing will help to protect all of our communities. We encourage older adults and those with chronic medical conditions to take additional precautions to avoid getting sick.”

The county reported its first case of novel coronavirus on March 15.

On March 10, the County Public Health Officer and the Board of Supervisors declared a local health emergency to help ensure county government and the public would be prepared for the possibility that coronavirus would appear within the county and allow flexibility in response.

Various county departments and agencies have been working together since Jan. 25 to prepare for the possible arrival of the virus within the county. The County Department of Public Health activated its Department Operations Center on Feb. 13.

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, not attend work or school, and avoid unnecessary contact with other people.

–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 http://wp.sbcounty.gov/dph/coronavirus/, 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.

Dos nuevos casos de Enfermedad por Coronavirus (COVID-19) registrados dentro del condado

El Condado de San Bernardino reporto hoy el cuarto y quinto caso de coronavirus (COVID-19).

El condado reportó su primer caso el Domingo. Se esperan casos adicionales ya que laboratorios privados comienzan a aumentar pruebas.

En un esfuerzo por proteger al público de una mayor propagación del virus que causa COVID-19, el Oficial de Salud Interino del Condado ordenó hoy la cancelación de las reuniones de cualquier número de personas dentro del condado a partir de mañana hasta por lo menos el 6 de Abril.

La orden también requiere, a partir de mañana, el cierre de todos los cines, 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 las pautas emitidas por el Departamento de Salud Pública de California el lunes (www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/OPA/Pages/NR20-024.aspx).

La orden 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, incluidos los dormitorios y los campamentos para personas sin hogar. Todas las escuelas públicas del Condado de San Bernardino han cerrado voluntariamente como parte del esfuerzo para detener la propagación del virus, según el Condado.

“Entiendo que esto crea dificultades para muchas familias y empresas. Pero al final del día creo que todos entendemos que estamos juntos en esto, y que juntos, lo superaremos”, dijo el Presidente de la Junta de Supervisores, Curt Hagman, quien anunció la orden hoy en un video, que se puede ver Aquí. “El condado está dando todas las medidas que podemos para mantenernos frente a esta amenaza”.

“El riesgo para la salud de COVID-19 para el público en general en el condado de San Bernardino sigue siendo bajo en este momento, pero se urge firmemente a todos a participar en prácticas que reduzcan el riesgo de propagación”, dijo la Dra. Erin Gustafson, Oficial de Salud del Condado Interino.

La orden también advierte totalmente la  precaución que las personas mayores de 65 años y las personas de cualquier edad con ciertas condiciones de salud subyacentes corren un mayor riesgo en caso de contraer COVID-19, y las alienta a la autocuarentena. La orden llegó hoy en medio de la confirmación del tercer caso reportado de una nueva infección por coronavirus en el condado de San Bernardino, una mujer de unos 50 años. El condado no tiene muertes atribuibles a nuevos coronavirus.

El 10 de Marzo, el Oficial de Salud Pública del Condado y la Junta de Supervisores declararon una emergencia de salud local para ayudar a asegurar que el gobierno del condado y el público estén preparados para la posibilidad de que COVID-19 aparezca dentro del condado.

Varios departamentos y agencias apropiadas del Condado han estado trabajando juntos desde el 25 de Enero para prepararse para la posible llegada del virus al condado. El Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado activó su Centro de Operaciones del Departamento el 13 de Febrero.

La Salud Pública del Condado continúa trabajando con los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC) y el Departamento de Salud Pública de California para responder a los informes de COVID-19.

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:

• Evite el contacto cercano con personas enfermas.
• 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 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 con aerosoles o toallitas de limpieza doméstica regulares.

• Si alguien se enferma con síntomas respiratorios como fiebre y tos, debe mantenerse alejado del trabajo, la escuela u otras personas para evitar la propagación de enfermedades y buscar ayuda de su proveedor de atención médica si los síntomas se vuelven graves.
• 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, comuníquese 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. La línea de información pública no está equipada para manejar preguntas médicas o solicitudes de atención médica. Las preguntas médicas o solicitudes de atención médica deben hacerse solo a los proveedores de atención médica.

 

County establishes public hotline for questions about novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

Residents of San Bernardino County who have questions about the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) may call (909) 387-3911 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday for general information and resources about the virus.

The hotline is not for medical calls just for information. If you are feeling sick, please contact your health care provider or 9-1-1.  If you have questions about social services, please call 2-1-1.

Please watch this message from Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman.

For more information, people may also visit the following websites:

San Bernardino County Department of Public Health wp.sbcounty.gov/dph/coronavirus

California Department of Public Health www.cdph.gov

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention www.cdc.gov

World Health Organization www.who.int

Early voting expands for the 2020 Presidential Primary Election

The San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters will open five additional early voting sites throughout the county next week, making it easier for voters to cast their ballots in the March 3 Presidential Primary Election.

The Registrar of Voters has been accepting votes since Feb. 3 by mail and from voters who come into the Registrar’s office. As of Thursday, 73,162 ballots had been cast.

Doors will open Tuesday morning at early voting sites in Apple Valley, Joshua Tree, Lake Arrowhead, Ontario, and Victorville.

The locations and operating hours of each early voting site are:

 

Location Hours
San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters

777 E. Rialto Ave.

San Bernardino

Monday, Feb. 3 – Tuesday, March 3
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 29, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Election Day, Tuesday, March 3, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Town of Apple Valley Recreation Center

14955 Dale Evans Parkway

Apple Valley

Tuesday, Feb. 25 – Tuesday, March 3
Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.Monday, March 2, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Election Day, Tuesday, March 3, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Joshua Tree Community Center

6171 Sunburst Street

Joshua Tree

Tuesday, Feb. 25 – Tuesday, March 3
Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.Monday, March 2, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Election Day, Tuesday, March 3, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Lake Arrowhead Fire Station #91

301 S. State Highway 173

Lake Arrowhead

Tuesday, Feb. 25 – Tuesday, March 3
Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.Monday, March 2, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Election Day, Tuesday, March 3, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Ontario Conference Center

1947 Convention Center Way

Ontario

Tuesday, Feb. 25 – Tuesday, March 3
Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.Monday, March 2, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Election Day, Tuesday, March 3, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Victorville City Hall

14343 Civic Drive

Victorville

Tuesday, Feb. 25 – Tuesday, March 3
Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.Monday, March 2, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Election Day, Tuesday, March 3, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

 

Eligible citizens who missed the voter registration deadline on Feb. 18 still have an opportunity to exercise their right to vote through the conditional voter registration process.

To qualify, individuals must complete and submit a voter registration application in person at the Registrar of Voters Office or an Early Vote site on or before Election Day, or at a polling place on Election Day. The voter will then be given a provisional ballot to cast. It is recommended that individuals complete the conditional voter registration process before Election Day.

For more information about this election or early voting sites, visit the Registrar of Voters website, SBCountyElections.com or call (909) 387-8300.

SBA offers disaster assistance to San Bernardino County small businesses impacted by severe storms and flooding

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses economically impacted by the severe storms and flooding in San Bernardino County that occurred Nov. 27 – Dec. 1, 2019, SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza announced Wednesday. SBA acted under its own authority to declare a disaster following a request received from Gov. Gavin Newsom’s designated representative, Mark S. Ghilarducci, director of the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services on Feb. 12, 2020.

“SBA is strongly committed to providing the most effective and customer-focused response possible to assist California small businesses with federal disaster loans. We will be swift in our efforts to help these small businesses recover from the financial impacts of this disaster,” said Administrator Carranza.

“Small nonfarm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations of any size may qualify for Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses which could have been met had the disaster not occurred,” said Director Tanya N. Garfield of SBA’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West.

“These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. Disaster loans can provide vital economic assistance to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing,” Garfield added.

Eligibility is based on the financial impact of the disaster only and not on any actual property damage. These loans have an interest rate of 3.875 percent for small businesses and 2.75 percent for private nonprofit organizations with terms up to 30 years and are restricted to small businesses without the financial ability to offset the adverse impact without hardship.

The Inland Empire Small Business Development Center is offering free, personalized counseling to help affected businesses in their recovery. Businesses may contact Vincent McCoy by emailing vmccoy@iesmallbusiness.com, calling (951) 781-2345 (office) or (951) 757-7086 (cell), or by visiting the Small Business Development Center at 603 N. Euclid Avenue, Ontario, CA,  91762, Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to call first for an appointment.

Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard‑of‑hearing may call (800) 877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX  76155.

The deadline to apply for economic injury is Nov. 13, 2020.

Victor Valley Museum hosts Arthropolooza: Ultimate Bugfest

Live insect encounters and hands-on activities include the “Dare Box”

Arthropolooza: the Ultimate Bugfest buzzes into the Victor Valley Museum on Saturday, Feb. 22, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The museum and local partners present demonstrations and hands-on activities with live insects, insect specimen displays, interactive bee activities, backyard conservation, composting demo, and more to engage and educate visitors participants about the Mojave Desert’s creepy crawlers, and an emphasis on established and endangered arthropod species in our region..

Featured are live arthropods including hissing and cave cockroaches, a Desert Hairy Scorpion, tarantulas, millipedes, and more from the main museum’s Exploration Station live animal collection and mounted insect displays from the Education Collection. Visitors will get to test their sense of touch and bravery to discern concealed insects in the “Dare Box.” Facilitated cockroach races are scheduled during the event. Kids will get to create their own bug accessories and pose in front of a large scale bugface selfie station.

Joining the event are BeeRooted; UC Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners; Mojave Desert Resource Conservation District; and San Bernardino County Environmental Health Mosquito and Vector Control; Mojave National Preserve;  Rivers & Lands Conservancy;  Mojave Desert Land Trust; San Bernardino County Agricultural Weights and Measures.

Jessika Vazquez, Curator of Integrated Sciences said, “California is home to many arthropod species, some that are considered endangered due to environmental pressures like the Delhi Sand Flower-loving fly, a nectar feeding fly, that can be only be found in small sections of San Bernardino and Riverside counties. Come spend a weekend with our partners and their many legged guests for this popular event!”

The Victor Valley Museum and the County Museum’s other exciting events and exhibits reflect the effort by the Board of Supervisors to achieve the Countywide Vision by celebrating the arts, culture, and education in the county, creating quality of life for residents and visitors.

The Victor Valley Museum is a branch of the San Bernardino County Museum located at 11873 Apple Valley Road in Apple Valley. Regular museum days and hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 (adult), $4 (senior or military), and $2.50 (student), EBT cardholders are $1. Children under 5 and the San Bernardino County Museum Association members are free. Parking is free. For more information, visit www.sbcounty.gov/museum. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.

County Museum Director Appointed to National Commission

The American Alliance of Museums (AAM), based in Arlington, VA, has announced the appointment of San Bernardino County Museum Director Melissa Russo as a new Accreditation Commissioner. Ms. Russo will fill one of two vacant seats on the nine-member board, serving a term of five years.

AAM accreditation is the museum industry’s mark of distinction and offers peer-based validation of a museum’s operations and impact. The Accreditation Commission is the body responsible for making independent decisions regarding the accredited status of the nation’s museums. The Commission meets three times per year and is made up of museum professionals serving in a volunteer capacity that collectively bring a wide range of experience and expertise in the museum field.

“Melissa’s appointment is a very proud moment for San Bernardino County,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “This is a testament to the great work Melissa has done as the County Museum Director, and to our county’s commitment to innovation and excellence.”

The San Bernardino County Museum has held accredited status since 1974 and received 10-year re-accreditation under Ms. Russo’s tenure as the County’s Museum Director, a position she has held since 2015. As an Accreditation Commissioner, she brings over two decades of experience successfully managing both government and private nonprofit museums, along with diverse nonprofit board leadership and experience. Over the course of her career, Russo has been highly active in the museum field at-large. She is a prolific speaker at local, regional, and national conferences, and has authored articles for museum publications on a wide range of practical topics and contemporary issues. She has served as an AAM Accreditation Peer Reviewer and an Institute of Museum and Library Services grant reviewer, and has served on AAM’s National Program Committee.

Accreditation Commissioners self-nominate and are appointed by the AAM Board Chair based on recommendations from a nominating committee comprised of representatives from the Board, Accreditation Commission, and selected discipline-specific museums associations. This year, over 30 nominees competed for two open seats, with Russo and Marise McDermott, President and CEO of the Witte Museum in San Antonio, selected.

“Based on their experience and high praise from their peers, I know that Marise and Melissa will serve AAM with dedication and enthusiasm, and the perspectives they bring will add value to the Commission’s work” said Kippen de Alba Chu, AAM’s Board Chair. “I am grateful for their commitment and volunteer time devoted to these vital positions.”

The San Bernardino County Museum’s exhibits of regional cultural and natural history and the Museum’s other exciting events and programs reflect the effort by the Board of Supervisors to achieve the Countywide Vision by celebrating arts, culture, and education in the county, creating quality of life for residents and visitors.

The San Bernardino County Museum is at 2024 Orange Tree Lane, at the California Street exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands. Parking is free. For more information, visit www.sbcounty.gov/museum. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.

3rd Annual Ultimate Bugfest at County Museum

Live insect encounters and the “Dare Box” at Arthropolooza

Arthropolooza: the Ultimate Bugfest buzzes into the San Bernardino County Museum on Saturday, Feb. 15, and Sunday, Feb. 16 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The museum and local partners present demonstrations and hands-on activities with live insects, insect specimen displays, interactive bee activities, backyard conservation, composting and more with an emphasis on established and endangered arthropod species in our region.

Family activities include a buggy photo booth, bug relay races, live bug encounters, Catch a Bug!, and bug crafts. The “Dare Box” will test visitors’ sense of touch and bravery to discern concealed insects. Live arthropod encounters include hissing and cave cockroaches, a Desert Hairy Scorpion, tarantulas, millipedes, and more from the museum’s Exploration Station live animal collection.

Joining the event are Hidden Valley Nature Center; San Bernardino County Agricultural Weights & Measures;  Bee Rooted; Joshua Tree National Park; UC Riverside Department of Entomology; The Wildlands Conservancy; San Bernardino County Environmental Health Mosquito and Vector Control; UCCE Master Gardener;, and Inland Empire Resource Conservation District (IERCD).

Jessika Vazquez, Curator of Integrated Sciences said, “California is home to many arthropod species, some that are considered endangered due to environmental pressures like the Delhi Sand Flower-loving fly, a nectar feeding fly, that can be only be found in small sections of San Bernardino and Riverside counties. Come spend a weekend with our partners and their many legged guests for this popular event!”

The San Bernardino County Museum’s exhibits of regional, cultural and natural history and the Museum’s other exciting events and programs reflect the effort by the Board of Supervisors to achieve the Countywide Vision by celebrating arts, culture, and education in the county, creating quality of life for residents and visitors.

The San Bernardino County Museum is at 2024 Orange Tree Lane, at the California Street exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands. The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Arthropolooza is included with general admission: $10 (adult), $8 (military or senior), $7 (student), and $5 (child aged 5 to 12). Children under five and Museum Association members are admitted free. Parking is free. For more information, visit www.sbcounty.gov/museum. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.

Early voting opens for the 2020 Presidential Primary Election

Voting in the March 3, 2020 Presidential Primary Election begins Monday at the County of San Bernardino Registrar of Voters office for any of the county’s one million registered voters.

Voters do not have to wait for Election Day, or even wait to receive a ballot in the mail, to vote. Starting at 8 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 3, voters can obtain and cast a ballot at the Registrar of Voters office, 777 E. Rialto Avenue in San Bernardino. Early voting hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 29, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Voters may also cast their ballots at the Registrar of Voters office on Election Day, Tuesday, March 3, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Five additional early voting sites will open in Apple Valley, Joshua Tree, Lake Arrowhead, Ontario, and Victorville beginning Tuesday, Feb 25.

Also on Monday, Feb. 3, mail ballots for voters on the permanent mail ballot list will be delivered to the U.S. Postal Service. Deliveries will continue as additional mail ballot requests are received up until Tuesday, Feb. 25.

To assist San Bernardino County voters, County Voter Information Guides began mailing on Thursday, Jan. 23, and will continue to be mailed to all voters registered as of Feb 18. The guides include a sample ballot, candidate statements, local measure information, and voting instructions.

Voters can also access the guide by visiting the Registrar of Voters website, www.SBCountyElections.com, and clicking on the Elections menu tab.

The County’s purchase of a new voting system has caused one small change to the voting instructions; voters will fill in an oval to the left of the name of the candidate of their choice. In prior elections with the old voting system, votes were cast by drawing a line between two ends of an arrow located to the right of the candidate’s name.

For voters who prefer to cast a ballot in person on Election Day, the polling place check-in process will be more efficient. Poll workers will find voter names using the new Poll Pads, instead of searching through a paper roster.

Voters can find their assigned polling place on the back cover of their Voter Information Guide, by using the My Elections Gateway application on the Registrar of Voters website, or by calling (909) 387-8300.

Update on repatriation of U.S. citizens from China

San Bernardino County along with the City of Ontario, Ontario International Airport, state and federal partners stood ready to provide a safe and welcoming landing for American diplomats and U.S. citizens returning from China. Late Tuesday evening, the Centers for Disease Control announced the flight scheduled to land at Ontario International Airport would be diverted to March Air Reserve Base in Riverside County.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the passengers were screened before they took off; monitored during the duration of the flight by medical personnel on board; screened again on landing to refuel in Anchorage, Alaska; monitored on the last leg of the flight by medical personnel on board; evaluated upon arrival at March Air Reserve Base; and then they will be monitored for symptoms post-arrival. For more information, please visit the Centers for Disease Control website linked here.

In the meantime, no cases of Novel Coronavirus have been reported in San Bernardino County.

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that circulate mostly among animals, including camels, cats and bats. Common symptoms in an infected human include a fever, cough and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.

“There have been no confirmed coronavirus cases in San Bernardino County to date,” said Dr. Erin Gustafson, San Bernardino County Assistant Health Officer. “We will keep citizens informed as more information about the coronavirus is made available. At this time, we urge the public to remain calm, as it is very unlikely to be at risk of contracting the virus.”

In addition, San Bernardino County Department of Public Health (DPH) will continue to provide updates and work with local healthcare providers as the situation evolves. DPH has been in communication with Riverside County and offered resources and support should they be needed.

“Our department is committed and prepared to protect our citizens and our communities,” stated Trudy Raymundo, Director of San Bernardino County Department of Public Health. “We will continue to work with local, state and federal partners to ensure that we are prepared and coordinated as the situation develops. Our utmost importance is to continue to protect public health.”

Additional questions about the screening process should be directed to the CDC. Additional information can be found though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or California Department of Public Health (CDPH) pages. Information is available in English and Chinese.

U.S. Citizen Repatriation from China

NEWS UPDATE – San Bernardino County along with the City of Ontario, Ontario International Airport, state and federal partners stood ready to provide a safe and welcoming landing for American diplomats and U.S. citizens returning from China. Late Tuesday evening, the Centers for Disease Control announced the flight scheduled to land at Ontario International Airport would be diverted to March Air Reserve Base in Riverside County.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the passengers were screened before they took off; monitored during the duration of the flight by medical personnel on board; screened again on landing to refuel in Anchorage, Alaska; monitored on the last leg of the flight by medical personnel on board; evaluated upon arrival at March Air Reserve Base; and then they will be monitored for symptoms post-arrival. For more information, please visit the Centers for Disease Control website linked here.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 

The County has been notified by the State Office of Emergency Services that Ontario International Airport may serve as the repatriation point for up to 240 U.S. citizens, including nine children, arriving from the Wuhan region of China in a U.S. State Department-chartered aircraft.

County departments and personnel are working closely with our state, city, and ONT partners to prepare for this possible repatriation, focusing on ensuring the arriving citizens are free of any illness before clearing them to proceed to their respective U.S. destinations, and protecting the San Bernardino County community from the possibility of exposure to any contagions.

ONT was designated by the federal government as the official repatriation center for California about a decade ago, and various County departments have participated in numerous comprehensive repatriation exercises with state and federal agencies during the past several years to ensure the County and all other agencies are prepared for this type of event.

The occupants of the aircraft will consist entirely of U.S. State Department employees, U.S. contractors who have been working in China, and other U.S. citizens. The aircraft will first arrive in Alaska, where occupants will be examined by personnel from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. No occupants who present symptoms of illness will be allowed to proceed into the continental United States. Upon arrival in the continental U.S., possibly ONT, aircraft occupants will again be screened by CDC personnel and monitored for up to two weeks.

Highly trained professionals from the County Department of Public Health, County Office of Emergency Services, and other County departments are establishing a reception area and temporary living quarters in a space at ONT far removed from the passenger terminals and other public areas. Ontario police and other public safety personnel are prepared to ensure no unauthorized persons enter or exit the area.

ONT will proceed under normal operations during this period.

The safety and security of the people of San Bernardino County and all of Southern California is the utmost priority for the County and its partners. All necessary steps will be taken to minimize any risk to our communities.

More information can be found at www.flyontario.com.

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