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December 21, 2020 Update – Special Edition

The County Update publishes each Wednesday and also as needed, to share important news and resources in our battle against COVID-19 and to keep our economy running. We remain here for you. #SBCountyTogether

For latest COVID-19 statistics and important links, scroll to the bottom of today’s Update

In today’s Update:

  • County receives shipment of Moderna vaccine

Moderna Vaccine Shipped to San Bernardino County

San Bernardino County was among the first in the state today to receive the recently approved Moderna vaccine. The 21,650 doses received by the County today are being shipped to health care partners throughout the county and will be administered to frontline health care workers beginning immediately.

Moderna joins Pfizer as the only vaccines approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use to fight COVID-19. Thousands of health care professionals in the county have received the vaccine, and with more shipments expected weekly, it is the hope of public health officials that there will be enough vaccines for all frontline hospital workers by end of this week.

“For several months, San Bernardino County has been working aggressively with the state and our countywide health system to craft a plan for shipping, storage and distribution of vaccines once they became available,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “This preparation put us in an excellent position to get doses to these frontline heroes. It is our hope that we will have given the first dose to all of our frontline health care workers by the first or second week of January.”

Both vaccines require two doses, 21 days apart for the Pfizer vaccine and 28 days for Moderna, and both have shown to be at least 94% effective at preventing symptomatic cases.

Latest Stats

163,945 Confirmed Cases             (up 4% from the previous day)
1,375 Deaths                                     (up 3.6% from the previous day)
1,494,409 Tests                                (up 2.7% from the previous day)

Current Southern California ICU Capacity: 0% (Goal to lift State Stay-at-Home Order: 15%)

For more statistics from the COVID-19 Surveillance Dashboard, click the desktop or mobile tab on the County’s sbcovid19.com website.

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.

Actualización del 21 de diciembre de 2020

Edición especial

La Actualización del Condado se publica una vez a la semana los miércoles, y también según sea necesario, con el fin de compartir noticias y recursos importantes en nuestra batalla contra COVID-19. Nos quedamos aquí para ti. #SBCountyTogether

Para las estadísticas más recientes y enlaces importantes, desplácese hasta la parte inferior de la actualización de hoy.

En la actualización de hoy:

  • El condado recibe envío de la vacuna Moderna

Vacuna Moderna enviada al condado de San Bernardino

El condado de San Bernardino fue uno de los primeros en el estado hoy en recibir la vacuna Moderna recientemente aprobada. Las 21,650 dosis recibidas por el Condado hoy en día están siendo enviadas a socios de atención médica en todo el condado y serán administradas a los trabajadores de atención médica de primera línea a partir de inmediato.

Moderna se une a Pfizer como las únicas vacunas aprobadas por la Administración de Alimentos y Medicamentos para su uso para luchar contra COVID-19. Miles de profesionales de la salud en el condado han recibido la vacuna, y con más envíos esperados semanalmente, es la esperanza de los funcionarios de salud pública que habrá suficientes vacunas para todos los trabajadores de los hospitales de primera línea para finales de esta semana.

“Durante varios meses, el Condado de San Bernardino ha estado trabajando agresivamente con el estado y nuestro sistema de salud en todo el condado para elaborar un plan para el envío, almacenamiento y distribución de vacunas una vez que estén disponibles”, dijo el presidente de la Junta de Supervisores, Curt Hagman. “Esta preparación nos puso en una excelente posición para conseguir dosis a estos héroes de primera línea. Esperamos que hayamos dado la primera dosis a todos nuestros trabajadores sanitarios de primera línea antes de la primera o segunda semana de enero”.

Ambas vacunas requieren dos dosis, 21 días de diferencia para la vacuna Pfizer y 28 días para Moderna, y ambas han demostrado ser al menos un 94% eficaces para prevenir casos sintomáticos.

Estadísticas más recientes

163,945 Casos Confirmados      (un 4 % más del día anterior)

1,375 Muertes                           (un 3,6% más del día anterior)

1,494,409 Probados                  (un 2,7% más del día anterior)

Capacidad actual de la UCI del sur de California: 0% (Objetivo de levantar el orden de estadía en el hogar del estado: 15%)

Para obtener más estadísticas del Tablero de Vigilancia COVID-19, haga clic en la pestaña de escritorio o móvil en sbcovid19.com sitio web del Condado.

Para toda la información relacionada con COVID-19, incluyendo estadísticas de casos, preguntas frecuentes, pautas y recursos, visite la página web de COVID-19 del Condado en http://sbcovid19.com/.  Los residentes del Condado de San Bernardino también pueden llamar a la línea de ayuda COVID-19 al (909) 387-3911 para obtener información general y recursos sobre el virus. La línea telefónica NO es para llamadas médicas y está disponible de lunes a viernes, de 9 a.m. a 5 p.m. Si tiene preguntas sobre servicios sociales, llame al 211.

 

 

 

County petitions Supreme Court for local control of COVID-19 measures

San Bernardino County has filed an action directly in the California Supreme Court asking the court to find that the governor’s stay-at-home orders exceed the authority found in the California Emergency Services Act. The county seeks to exercise local control in response to the COVID-19 pandemic rather than be restrained by the state’s regional approach that treats San Bernardino County the same as significantly different counties such as Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and San Diego.

“The governor is not permitted to act as both the executive and legislative branch for nine months under the California Emergency Services Act,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “If it is concluded that the act allows him to do so, the act is unconstitutional as it permits the delegation of the Legislature’s powers to the executive branch in violation of the California Constitution.”

San Bernardino County has worked tirelessly on behalf of county residents and businesses urging the state to recognize that the county’s size and geographic diversity should allow for fewer restrictions in communities with lower COVID-19 metrics than the county as a whole.

“The governor declared that the state’s approach would be based on science and data, but the state has not produced science or data that suggest the restrictions he has imposed would address the current trajectory of the pandemic in San Bernardino County,” said former Supervisor Josie Gonzales, who joined the county in the Supreme Court filing as a private citizen.

The filing states the county seeks to reclaim its constitutional authority “to tailor regulations and orders which are specific to its residents based on facts which are unique to their locations rather than subject its residents to overbroad multi-county, Governor-implemented, regionalized lockdowns.”

December 8, 2020 Update – Special Edition

The County Update publishes each Wednesday, and also as needed, to share important news and resources in our battle against COVID-19 and to keep our economy running. We remain here for you. #SBCountyTogether

For latest Statistics and link to our COVID-19 Community Testing page, scroll to the bottom of today’s Update

In today’s Update:

  • County swears in new Supervisors
  • Regional Stay Home Order now in effect

 County Welcomes New Supervisors

Former Congressman and retired U.S. Marine Col. Paul Cook, County Supervisor Dawn Rowe, and former Rialto Councilman and State Assembly Member Joe Baca, Jr. were administered the oath of office on Monday, Dec. 7, and began four-year terms on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.

Supervisor Paul Cook

They join Supervisor and Board Chairman Curt Hagman and Supervisor Janice Rutherford on the body that governs an award-winning organization made up of more than 23,000 employees and more than 100 departments, divisions, and agencies offering a diverse array of essential and quality-of-life services to more than 2.2 million county residents.

“I am very, very honored to be here,” Supervisor Cook said after being sworn in by his wife Jeanne. “Local government is where it all begins. This is part of the reason I got involved – to make a difference.”

After being administered the oath by her father, Robert Haynes, Supervisor Rowe said, “I would like to thank the voters. It is an honor to be here. It has been a long journey for me since the time I was appointed in December 2018.”

Supervisor Dawn Rowe

“I’ve had the chance to work with great people and I’ve learned a lot,” Rowe said. “I’m very blessed that God has placed me here to do good work for our citizens.”

“These are challenging times, and I’m looking forward to taking on the challenge and working with all of you and working for this community,” Supervisor Baca said after being sworn in by his father, retired seven-term Congressman Joe Baca, Sr.

Due to COVID-19, attendance was limited to a small group of masked and socially distanced family members, staff, and friends. A recording of the event can be viewed on the CountyDirect Broadcast Network under the “Other Meetings and Events tab.

Supervisor Joe Baca, Jr.

Supervisor Cook was elected in March to represent the First Supervisorial District, which includes the Town of Apple Valley and the cities of Adelanto, Hesperia, Needles, and Victorville. Cook had served in Congress since 2013 and also served in the State Assembly and on the Yucca Valley Town Council. Cook succeeds Robert Lovingood, who retired after serving two terms on the Board of Supervisors.

Supervisor Rowe was elected in March to represent the Third Supervisorial District, which includes the Town of Yucca Valley and the cities of Barstow, Big Bear Lake, Colton, Grand Terrace, Highland, Loma Linda, Redlands, San Bernardino, Twentynine Palms, and Yucaipa. Rowe has served on the Board of Supervisors since December 2018 and previously served on the Yucca Valley Town Council.

Supervisor Baca was elected in November to represent the Fifth Supervisorial District, which includes the cities of Colton, Fontana, Rialto, and San Bernardino. Baca had served on the Rialto City Council since 2006 and also served in the State Assembly. Baca succeeds Josie Gonzales, who retired after serving four terms on the Board of Supervisors.

San Bernardino County Now in State Regional Stay Home Order Due to Increased Hospitalizations

Due to an alarming decrease in ICU capacity in San Bernardino County and throughout Southern California, residents and businesses here are now under a State-mandated Regional Stay Home Order. The new order went into effect at midnight on Sunday and will remain in place for at least three weeks.

“Our county’s hospitalization rate has been rising rapidly for several weeks and our ICU capacity is dwindling toward the single digits. We must ensure capacity for our sickest and most vulnerable residents,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “That’s why county leadership and the county’s healthcare and public heath teams are working tirelessly and employing all innovations to increase capacity and move us toward better community health and safety.”

The new State order segments the state into five separate regions. San Bernardino County is part of the Southern California region, which also includes Imperial, Inyo, Mono, Orange, Riverside, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. Southern California and the San Joaquin Valley regions are currently under the State stay-at-home mandate.

The State Regional Stay Home Order (PDF), announced December 3, 2020, and a supplemental order, signed December 6, 2020, goes into effect the day after a region has been announced to have less than 15% ICU availability. These orders prohibit private gatherings of any size, close sector operations except for critical infrastructure and retail, and require 100% masking and physical distancing in all others. The Southern California region currently has a 10.1% ICU availability, as of today, Dec. 8.

Once triggered, these State directives will remain in effect for at least 3 weeks. After that period, they will be lifted when a region’s projected ICU capacity meets or exceeds 15%. This will be assessed on a weekly basis after the initial 3 week period. Learn more about these orders on the California Department of Public Health website.

The State order limits retail stores to 20% capacity and 35% for standalone grocery stores. Eating or drinking inside stores is prohibited. Non-essential businesses, meaning those that are not defined as critical infrastructure, must close for in-person activities, with the exception of retail. Essential work is permitted to continue. The new rules also ban non-essential travel, but outdoor recreation facilities will remain open.

Details on what constitutes essential work and businesses, as well as many other Frequently Asked Questions, can be found at https://covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs/.

“The decrease in our ICU capacity is not to be taken lightly. We must do what we can to ensure we have the resources to treat those who need help the most. That’s why the County continues to urge everyone to wear masks, physically distance, and avoid gatherings whenever possible,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman, noting that local data clearly shows that private gatherings of families and friends continues are far and away the leading source of spread within San Bernardino County.

“At the same time, we will continue to work on behalf of our residents and businesses for fair and effective safety measures, and, most of all, securing adequate amounts of vaccine as soon as they are available,” Hagman said.

The County’s posture on the State’s order will be to continue to educate and engage with businesses and organizations on a cooperative basis on safe practices and current health orders, and respond to complaints about violations as appropriate on a case-by-case basis. Complaints can be made through the County’s COVID-19 website.

County attorneys, at the Board of Supervisors’ direction, are continuing to examine what legal options might be available to provide relief to struggling businesses in those areas of the county with lower COVID-19 numbers than the county as a whole.

Latest Stats

108,946 Confirmed Cases             (up 0.9% from the previous day)
1,207 Deaths                                    (up 1.1% from the previous day)
1,232,457 Tests                               (up 1% from the previous day)

Current Southern California ICU Capacity: 10.1 % (Goal to lift State Stay-at-Home Order: 15%)

For more statistics from the COVID-19 Surveillance Dashboard, click the desktop or mobile tab on the County’s sbcovid19.com website.

 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.

Actualización del 8 de diciembre de 2020

Edición Especial

La Actualización del Condado publicará una vez a la semana, los miércoles y también según sea necesario, con el fin de compartir noticias y recursos importantes en nuestra batalla contra COVID-19 y para mantener nuestra economía funcionando. Permanecemos aquí para usted. #SBCountyTogether

Para las estadísticas más recientes y enlaces importantes, desplácese hasta la parte inferior de la actualización de hoy.

En la actualización de hoy:

  • El juramiento de nuevos supervisors del Condado
  • Orden regional de permanecer en casa ahora en efecto

El condado da la bienvenida a los nuevos supervisores

Supervisor Paul Cook

El ex congresista y el ex coronel de la Marina de los Estados Unidos, Paul Cook, la supervisora del condado Dawn Rowe, y el ex concejal de Rialto y miembro de la Asamblea del Estado, Joe Baca, Jr., recibieron el juramento de cargo el lunes 7 de diciembre. Y comenzó cuatro años de duración en la Junta de supervisores del Condado de San Bernardino

Se unen con el Supervisor y Presidente de la Junta de supervisores, Curt Hagman, y la Supervisora, Janice Rutherford, en el organismo que gobierna una organización galardonada compuesta por más de 23,000 empleados y más de 100 departamentos, divisiones, y agencias que ofrecen una variedad diversa de servicios esenciales y de calidad de vida a más de 2.2 millones de residentes del condado.

Supervisor Dawn Rowe

“Es un gran honor para mí estar aquí”, dijo el Supervisor Cook después de haber sido jurado por su esposa Jeanne. “El gobierno local es donde todo comienza. Esto es parte de la razón por la que me involucré – para hacer una diferencia.”

Después de ser administrada el juramento por su padre, Robert Haynes, Supervisora Rowe dijo: “Me gustaría dar las gracias a los votantes. Es un honor estar aquí. Ha sido un largo viaje para mí desde que fui nombrada en diciembre de 2018.”

“He tenido la oportunidad de trabajar con gente estupenda y he aprendido mucho”, dijo Rowe. “Estoy muy bendecida porque Dios me ha puesto aquí para hacer un buen trabajo para nuestros ciudadanos”.

“Estos son tiempos difíciles, y estoy deseando asumir el desafío y trabajar con todos ustedes y trabajar para esta comunidad”, dijo el Supervisor Baca después de haber sido jurado por su padre, el congresista jubilado de siete mandatos Joe Baca, Sr.

Debido a COVID-19, la asistencia se limitó a un pequeño grupo de familiares, miembros del personal y amigos usando máscaras y socialmente distanciados. Una grabación del evento puede verse en la difusión del Condado en la ficha “otras Reuniones y Eventos CountyDirect Broadcast Network.

Supervisor Joe Baca, Jr.

El Supervisor Cook fue elegido en marzo para representar al primer Distrito Supervisor, que incluye la Ciudad de Apple Valley y las ciudades de Adelanto, Hesperia, Needles y Victorville. Cook había servido en el Congreso desde 2013 y también sirvió en la Asamblea Estatal y en el Consejo Municipal de Yucca Valley. Cook sucede a Robert Lovingood, quien se retiró después de cumplir dos términos en la Junta de supervisores.

La supervisora Rowe fue elegida en marzo para representar al Tercer Distrito Supervisor, que incluye la ciudad de Yucca Valley y las ciudades de Barstow, Big Bear Lake, Colton, Grand Terrace, Highland, Loma Linda, Redlands, San Bernardino, Twentynine Palms y Yucaipa. Rowe ha servido en la Junta de Supervisores desde diciembre de 2018 y anteriormente sirvió en el Consejo Municipal de Yucca Valley.

El supervisor Baca fue elegido en noviembre para representar al Quinto Distrito Supervisor, que incluye las ciudades de Colton, Fontana, Rialto y San Bernardino. Baca había servido en el Ayuntamiento de Rialto desde 2006 y también sirvió en la Asamblea Estatal. Baca sucede a Josie Gonzales, quien se retiró después de servir cuatro mandatos en la Junta de Supervisores.

El Condado de San Bernardino ahora bajo un mandato estatal, la Orden Regional de permanecer en casa debido al aumento de hospitalizaciones

Debido a una disminución alarmante en la capacidad de las unidades de cuidados intensivos (ICU) en el condado de San Bernardino y en todo el sur de California, los residentes y negocios aquí están ahora bajo un mandato estatal Orden Regional de permanecer en casa. La nueva orden entró en vigor a medianoche del domingo y permanecerá en vigor al menos 3 semanas.

“La tasa de hospitalización de nuestro condado ha estado aumentando rápidamente durante varias semanas y nuestra capacidad de las unidades de cuidados intensivos (ICU) está bajado al menos de 10%. Debemos garantizar la capacidad de nuestros residentes más enfermos y vulnerables”, dijo el presidente de la Junta de supervisores, Curt Hagman. “por eso los líderes del condado y los equipos de salud y salud pública del condado están trabajando incansablemente y empleando todas las innovaciones para aumentar la capacidad y movernos hacia una mejor salud y seguridad de la comunidad”.

La nueva orden estatal divide el estado en cinco regiones distintas. El Condado de San Bernardino es parte de la región del sur de California, que también incluye los condados Imperial, Inyo, Mono, Orange, Riverside, los Angeles, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Bárbara y Ventura. El sur de California y las regiones del Valle de San Joaquín están actualmente bajo el mandato de permanecer en casa del Estado.

La Orden Regional de permanecer en casa del Estado Regional Stay Home Order (PDF), anunciada el 3 de diciembre de 2020, y una orden suplementaria supplemental order, firmada el 6 de diciembre de 2020, entra en vigor el día después de que se haya anunciado que una región que tiene menos del 15% en las unidades de cuidados intensivos ( ICU). Estas órdenes prohíben las reuniones privadas de cualquier tamaño, cierra las operaciones del sector cercano excepto para la infraestructura crítica y la venta al por menor, y requieren 100% de uso de mascarilla y distanciamiento físico en todos los demás. La región del sur de California tiene actualmente una disponibilidad de 10.1% en UCI, hasta hoy, 8 de diciembre.

Una vez activadas, estas directivas estatales permanecerán en vigor al menos 3 semanas y, después de este periodo, se levantará cuando la capacidad proyectada de las ICU de una región alcance o exceda el 15 %. Esta será evaluada semanalmente después del periodo inicial de 3 semanas.

Obtenga más información sobre estos pedidos en el sitio web del Departamento de Salud Pública de California Learn more about these orders on the California Department of Public Health.

El pedido estatal limita las tiendas minoristas a un 20% de capacidad y un 35% para las tiendas de comestibles independientes. Está prohibido comer o beber dentro de las tiendas. Las empresas no esenciales, es decir, aquellas que no se definen como infraestructuras críticas, deben cerrar para las actividades en persona, con excepción de la venta al por menor. Se permite que continúe el trabajo esencial. Las nuevas normas también prohíben los viajes no esenciales, pero las instalaciones de recreación al aire libre seguirán abiertas.

Los detalles sobre lo que constituye el trabajo esencial y las empresas, así como muchas otras preguntas frecuentes, se pueden encontrar en https://covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs/.

“La disminución de nuestra capacidad en las unidades de cuidados intensivos (ICU) no debe tomarse a la ligera. Debemos hacer lo que podamos para asegurarnos de que contamos con los recursos necesarios para tratar a quienes más necesitan ayuda. Por eso el Condado sigue instando a todos a usar máscaras, mantener la distancia física, y evitar reuniones siempre que sea posible”, dijo el presidente de la Junta de supervisores, Curt Hagman, señalando que los datos locales muestran claramente que las reuniones privadas de familias y amigos continúan siendo la principal fuente de propagación dentro del Condado de San Bernardino.

“Al mismo tiempo, seguiremos trabajando de parte de nuestros residentes y negocios para medidas de seguridad justas y efectivas y, sobre todo, para asegurar cantidades adecuadas de vacuna tan pronto como estén disponibles”, dijo Hagman.

La posición del Condado con la orden del estado será continuar educando y interactuando con las empresas y organizaciones de manera cooperativa sobre prácticas seguras y órdenes de salud actuales, y responder a las quejas sobre violaciones según corresponda caso por caso. Las quejas se pueden hacer a través del sitio web COVID-19 del Condado County’s COVID-19 website.

Los abogados del condado, bajo la dirección de la Junta de supervisores, continúan examinando qué opciones legales podrían estar disponibles para proporcionar alivio a los negocios en dificultades en aquellas áreas del condado con números COVID-19 más bajos que el condado entero.

Estadísticas más recientes

108,946 Casos Confirmados         (un 0.9% desde el día anterior)
1,207 Muertes                                  (un 1.1% desde el día anterior)
1,232,457 Pruebas                          (un 1% desde el día anterior)

Capacidad actual de las unidades de cuidados intensivos (UCI) del sur de California: 10.1 % (objetivo para levantar el pedido de permanencia en casa del estado: el 15 %)

Para obtener más estadísticas del Tablero de Vigilancia COVID-19, haga clic en la pestaña de escritorio o móvil en sbcovid19.com sitio web del Condado.

Para toda la información relacionada con COVID-19, incluyendo estadísticas de casos, preguntas frecuentes, pautas y recursos, visite la página web de COVID-19 del Condado en http://sbcovid19.com/.  Los residentes del Condado de San Bernardino también pueden llamar a la línea de ayuda COVID-19 al (909) 387-3911 para obtener información general y recursos sobre el virus. La línea telefónica NO es para llamadas médicas y está disponible de lunes a viernes, de 9 a.m. a 5 p.m. Si tiene preguntas sobre servicios sociales, llame al 211.

               

Cook, Rowe, and Baca take oath of office on Monday

Congressman and retired U.S. Marine Col. Paul Cook, Supervisor Dawn Rowe, and Rialto Councilman and former State Assembly Member Joe Baca, Jr. will take the oath of office and begin four-year terms on the Board of Supervisors at noon on Monday, Dec. 7.

Due to COVID-19 and social distancing requirements, the oath of office ceremony will be conducted without a public audience. However, the event can be viewed live on the CountyDirect Broadcast Network. It will also be archived on CountyDirect for viewing at a later time.

Supervisor-elect Cook was elected in March to represent the First Supervisorial District, which includes the Town of Apple Valley and the cities of Adelanto, Hesperia, Needles, and Victorville. Cook has served in Congress since 2013 and has also served in the State Assembly and on the Yucca Valley Town Council.

Cook will succeed Supervisor Robert Lovingood, who is retiring after serving two terms on the Board of Supervisors.

Supervisor Rowe was elected in March to represent the Third Supervisorial District, which includes the Town of Yucca Valley and the cities of Barstow, Big Bear Lake, Colton, Grand Terrace, Highland, Loma Linda, Redlands, San Bernardino, Twentynine Palms, and Yucaipa. Rowe has served on the Board of Supervisors since December, 2018, and previously served on the Yucca Valley Town Council.

Supervisor-elect Baca was elected in November to represent the Fifth Supervisorial District, which includes the cities of Colton, Fontana, Rialto, and San Bernardino. Baca has served on the Rialto City Council since 2006 and has also served in the State Assembly.

Baca will succeed Supervisor and Board Vice Chair Josie Gonzales, who is retiring after serving four terms on the Board of Supervisors.

Cook, Rowe, and Baca will join Supervisor and Board Chairman Curt Hagman and Supervisor Janice Rutherford on the Board of Supervisors.

November 25, 2020 Update

The County Update publishes each Wednesday, and also as needed, to share important news and resources in our battle against COVID-19 and to keep our economy running. We remain here for you. #SBCountyTogether

For latest Statistics and link to our COVID-19 Community Testing page, scroll to the bottom of today’s Update

In today’s Update:

  • Thanksgiving message of caution and hope
  • Q&A with Dr. Pennington on status of hospital census
  • COVID-Compliant Business Partnership Program is extended
  • No-cost business webinars
  • Sheriff COVID-19 cases update

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Officials Urge Caution This Thanksgiving as Cases Continue to Spike

 There’s no point sugarcoating reality: while San Bernardino County, along with most of the nation, made tremendous progress in our battle against COVID-19 during the late summer, we have suffered a significant relapse over the past several weeks. We not only are experiencing a steady rise in infections and positivity rates, but are also beginning to see a noticeable increase in hospitalizations.

“Despite aggressive efforts to combat the pandemic, our county — like many others around the state — has experienced an undeniable spike in COVID-19 infections,” said County Public Health Director Corwin Porter. “The majority of new cases involve those between the ages of 18-49, and there’s no question that ‘COVID fatigue’ has led some to relax on safe practices, especially when it comes to social gatherings.”

Porter noted one area where County residents have performed impressively: testing.

“We have seen a steady increase in the number of tests performed over the last two months,” Porter said. “We’re very appreciative of how residents have responded to our pleas to get tested because this has helped us hit back at possible cluster outbreaks. Without the increased testing, the spread could be even worse.”

The rise in COVID-19 cases is not limited to San Bernardino County. As of Sunday, some 1.1 million Californians have been diagnosed with the disease; more than 18,700 have died. There are currently 45 California counties, including Riverside and Orange, in the State’s most restrictive Purple Tier — compared to just 13 at the beginning of the month. Infections are also increasing in states nationwide, as well in as most European nations and elsewhere around the world.

In response, Gov. Gavin Newsom has enacted what he termed a “limited stay-at-home order” for Purple Tier counties. The order’s primary element is a curfew that prohibits personal gatherings and nonessential businesses from operating between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.

In common with the state, much of the County’s current focus is on ensuring area hospitals are adequately equipped — and staffed — to handle an expected rise in new patients. (See related Q&A with Emergency Care Physician Dr. Troy Pennington.)

“A top priority is ensuring that our hospitals and ICU units are not overrun with new patients,” said Porter. “Fortunately, we have expanded surge capacity and are reasonably well stocked with PPE [personal protective equipment].”

Fortunately, the COVID-19 news is not all negative. In the face of the current spike in cases there is a shining light of hope: highly positive announcements from three major vaccine developers, with expectations that at least one of the vaccines will gain FDA approval before year end.

The promise of a vaccine and widespread distribution in the coming year should encourage all residents to find the resolve to continue with safe practices even in the face of COVID fatigue. As we move indoors in colder months, it couldn’t be more important to continue following the guidelines repeatedly stressed over the past several months:

  • Maintain social distancing.
  • Wear a face covering when around others.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly and regularly.
  • Avoid gathering with those outside your household to the extent possible.

“We have been through an extremely difficult year, and are still far from having this pandemic behind us,” said County Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “This Thanksgiving and holiday season will be like no other, and we are urging everyone to keep their celebrations small. Still, we are proud of our County’s response and impressed with the resolve shown by our residents. We will get through this.”

 

Dr. Troy Pennington

State of our Readiness: Q&A with Dr. Troy Pennington

During this current spike in COVID-19 cases, we can take some comfort knowing that most people will recover and not experience any serious illness or condition associated with the coronavirus. Unfortunately, COVID-19 has proven to be a stubborn and indiscriminate foe and, as such, the county is seeing a rise in hospitalizations.

Other counties and states across the country have seen their hospitals reaching capacity with drained healthcare workers; but this a condition that San Bernardino County has thus far avoided.

We asked Dr. Troy Pennington, an emergency care physician at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC), to share some answers to key questions going into the holiday weekend.

Update:                              San Bernardino County is experiencing one of the fastest climbing COVID rates in the state. How is that impacting our county hospitals?

Pennington:        The hospital census for the county overall is still 25% less than our July peak; however, we’ve seen our census increase approximately 40% week over week. In fact, there are three hospitals in the County with COVID-19 census levels higher than the July peak. ARMC, our county hospital, has experienced continuous growth in COVID-19 census since mid-October.

Update:                              How is ARMC (and the County) ready for this surge in cases?

Pennington:        The county and ARMC anticipated this increase, as has the nation. ‘COVID fatigue’ has translated into people not wearing masks and not being distanced, especially in social situations, and this has been the biggest contributor to the increases. The County anticipated that the combination of fall holidays and events would bring a similar condition as the events leading up to the July surge. In anticipation, the County acquired a portable facility that can house dozens of patients. ARMC also planned for a significant expansion of its own bed capacity.

Update:               How does a COVID surge in hospitalizations affect those that might require hospitalizations for emergencies or other causes? What about elective surgeries?

Pennington:        In this COVID-19 situation, hospitals planned to expand bed capacity first by using spaces not usually used for in-bed treatment; and then by adding spaces that are not clinical, like conference or meeting rooms.

Hospitals also plan to curtail certain procedures that are not urgent or emergent so that they can apply staffing and space resources to meet the demands of the pandemic. Lastly, hospitals will look to their staff to take on the care of more patients. In July, 75% of the hospitals in the County of San Bernardino implemented their surge capacity and discontinued procedures that were not emergent or urgent. Many stretched their staffing to enable them to care for more patients.

Update:               Other than immediately getting tested, what should people do if they are experiencing COVID-like symptoms? When should they go to a hospital?

Pennington:        First of all, to help you avoid getting sick this holiday season PLEASE get your flu shot! Most people that contract COVID-19 have mild or even flu-like symptoms. Common symptoms of COVID-19 infection include fever, cough, mild shortness of breath, body aches, or headache. Others experience abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, and the loss of the sense of smell or taste is also a common complaint, which can help distinguish a COVID-19 infection from the flu. If you are experiencing symptoms of mild COVID-19 infection you should:

  • Stay at home, contact your health care provider. Do not go out in public, except to get medical care or testing.
  • While at home, separate yourself from other people and use your own bathroom if possible. When around your family use a mask. Do not share household items with other family members such as dishes, cups, towels, or bedding.
  • Use acetaminophen for a fever greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit.  Keep track of your symptoms. Stay hydrated.
  • If you are in a high-risk category and have a new confirmed COVID-19 infection there is a new treatment available. This medication is a monoclonal antibody with a fancy name, Bamlanivimab. It is a medication that can be given to anyone meeting criteria for more serious infection. Candidates for this medication must be in a high-risk category. Please contact your health care provider or contact the public health website at: https://sbcovid19.com/
  • You should immediately go to the hospital if you experience one of several emergency warning signs: Severe chest pain, pressure in the chest, or shortness of breath. If you have labored breathing at a rate of 30 breaths or greater a minute, you should call 911. In addition, call 911 if anyone is experiencing new confusion, or is difficult to arouse, or if an individual is experiencing a new bluish color or change around the mouth or lips. If you are experiencing any symptoms you feel are life threatening you should call 911.

 

County Extends COVID-Compliant Business Partnership Program to Dec. 13
The County of San Bernardino has announced an extension of the COVID-Compliant Business Partnership Program with increased funding amounts to businesses and adjusted eligibility criteria.

A business or nonprofit with no more than 100 employees and that has been in business prior to January 1, 2020, are now eligible to receive the funding, providing they demonstrate continued compliance with State health orders and incorporate safety and social distancing practices and measures in their business operations.

The amount funded for these operations is now $5,000 for an initial location and $2,000 for each additional location, with an additional amount of $2,500 for any business that is relocating operations to outdoors. For business partners that participated in the program earlier this year, they will receive additional funding to bring their total allotment to these new levels. Short-term rentals and private schools are not eligible for the additional funding.

Interested businesses that have not previously applied have until Dec. 13 to apply for the funds.

For those who already applied, for the moment there is nothing you need to do.  The County will contact you in the very near future to coordinate the additional funding.

 

Upcoming Webinars Address Optimizing Your Workload

San Bernardino County in conjunction with other partners both regionally and throughout the state are pleased to bring business owners and interested residents ongoing webinars on a variety of important topics. We aim to do everything we can to help businesses succeed during this difficult time. To see all upcoming webinars, visit the Workforce Development Board events page.

Simple Success – Optimizing Your Workload

This virtual training will be based on a book “The One Thing” by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan. The presentation will discuss the value of simplifying one’s workload by focusing on the one most important task in any given project.

Thursday, December 3, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/simple-success-optimizing-your-workload-tickets-126487656987

 

Sheriff Update on Inmates and Employees Testing Positive for COVID-19

A total of 482 County jail inmates have tested positive for COVID-19. Many of the inmates are only experiencing minor symptoms of the virus. The infected inmates are in isolation, being monitored around the clock, and are being provided with medical treatment. A total of 442 inmates have recovered from the illness.

A total of 294 department employees have tested positive for COVID-19 and are self-isolating at home. Two-hundred-twenty-six (226) employees have recovered from the virus; other employees are expected to return to work in the next few weeks.

 

Latest Stats

88,453 Confirmed Cases               (up 1.0% from the previous day)
1,129 Deaths                                     (up 0% from the previous day)
1,053,103 Tests                                (up 0.8% 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.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Actualización del 25 de noviembre de 2020

La Actualización del Condado se publica cada miércoles, y también según sea necesario, para compartir noticias y recursos importantes en nuestra batalla contra COVID-19 y para mantener nuestra economía funcionando. Nos quedamos aquí para ti. #SBCountyTogether

Para las estadísticas más recientes y enlace a nuestra página de pruebas de la comunidad COVID-19, desplácese hasta la parte inferior de la actualización de hoy.

 

En la actualización de hoy:

  • Mensaje de este día de acción de gracias de precaución y esperanza
  • Preguntas y respuestas con el Dr. Pennington sobre el estado del censo hospitalario
  • El Programa de Asociación Empresarial compatible con COVID se extiende
  • Seminarios web empresariales sin costo
  • Actualización de casos del Sheriff COVID-19

¿Le gusta la actualización del condado? ¡Díselo a sus amigos!

A medida que continuamos luchando nuestro camino a través de esta pandemia y miramos hacia un mañana mejor, queremos asegurarnos de que nuestra actualización continúa para traer noticias importantes a todos nuestros residentes.  Si aprecia este boletín de noticias por correo electrónico, por favor compártalo con otros.  Cualquier persona puede registrarse para recibir la Actualización simplemente optando a utilizar este conveniente enlace (también se encuentran en nuestro sitio web de SBcovid19.com).

 

Los funcionarios piden precaución este día de acción de gracias mientras los casos siguen aumentando

No tiene sentido endulzar la realidad: mientras que el condado de San Bernardino, junto con la mayor parte de la nación, hizo enormes progresos en nuestra batalla contra COVID-19 durante el verano, hemos sufrido una recaída significativa en las últimas semanas. No sólo estamos experimentando un aumento constante de las infecciones y las tasas de positividad, sino que también estamos empezando a ver un aumento notable en las hospitalizaciones.

“A pesar de los esfuerzos agresivos para combatir la pandemia, nuestro condado, como muchos otros en todo el estado, ha experimentado un innegable aumento de las infecciones por COVID-19”, dijo el Director de Salud Pública del Condado, Corwin Porter. “La mayoría de los nuevos casos involucran a personas de entre 18 y 49 años, y no hay duda de que la ‘fatiga COVID’ ha llevado a algunos a relajarse en prácticas seguras, especialmente cuando se trata de reuniones sociales”.

Porter señaló un área donde los residentes del condado han tenido un desempeño impresionante: pruebas.

“Hemos visto un aumento constante en el número de pruebas realizadas en los últimos dos meses”, dijo Porter. “Estamos muy agradecidos de cómo los residentes han respondido a nuestras súplicas para hacerse la prueba porque esto nos ha ayudado a golpear de nuevo contra posibles brotes de racimos. Sin el aumento de las pruebas, la propagación podría ser aún peor”.

El aumento de los casos COVID-19 no se limita al condado de San Bernardino. Desde el domingo, alrededor de 1,1 millones de californianos han sido diagnosticados con la enfermedad; más de 18.700 han muerto. Actualmente hay 45 condados de California, incluyendo Riverside y Orange, en el Nivel Morado más restrictivo del estado, en comparación con solo 13 a principios de mes. Las infecciones también están aumentando en los estados de todo el país, así como en la mayoría de las naciones europeas y en otras partes del mundo.

En respuesta, el gobernador Gavin Newsom ha promulgado lo que él denotió como un “orden de estancia en casa limitada” para los condados del Nivel Morado. El elemento principal de la orden es un toque de queda que prohíbe las reuniones personales y las empresas no esenciales operar entre las 10 p.m. y las 5 a.m.

Al igual que el estado, gran parte del enfoque actual del Condado se centra en garantizar que los hospitales de área estén adecuadamente equipados —y dotados de personal— para manejar un aumento esperado de nuevos pacientes. (Véase preguntas y respuestas relacionadas con el médico de atención de emergencias Dr. Troy Pennington.)

“Una prioridad es garantizar que nuestros hospitales y unidades de la UCI no estén invadidos por nuevos pacientes”, dijo Porter. “Afortunadamente, hemos ampliado la capacidad de sobretensiones y estamos razonablemente bien abastecidos con EPI [equipo de protección personal]”.

Afortunadamente, las noticias COVID-19 no son todas negativas. Ante el actual aumento de los casos hay una luz brillante de esperanza: anuncios muy positivos de tres grandes desarrolladores de vacunas, con la expectativa de que al menos una de las vacunas obtendrá la aprobación de la FDA antes de fin de año.

La promesa de una vacuna y una distribución generalizada en el próximo año debería alentar a todos los residentes a encontrar la determinación de continuar con prácticas seguras incluso frente a la fatiga del COVID. A medida que nos movemos en el interior en los meses más fríos, no podría ser más importante seguir las pautas repetidamente estresadas durante los últimos meses:

  • Mantener el distanciamiento social.
  • Use una cobertua facial cuando esté cerca de otras personas.
  • Lávese bien las manos y regularmente.
  • Evite reunirse con personas fuera de su hogar en la medida de lo posible.

“Hemos pasado por un año extremadamente difícil, y todavía estamos lejos de tener esta pandemia detrás de nosotros”, dijo el presidente de la Junta de Supervisores del Condado, Curt Hagman. “Este día de acción de gracias y la temporada navideña serán como ningún otro, y estamos instando a todos a mantener sus celebraciones pequeñas. Aún así, estamos orgullosos de la respuesta de nuestro condado e impresionado con la resolución mostrada por nuestros residentes. Vamos a superar esto.”

 

Estado de nuestra preparación: Preguntas y respuestas con el Dr. Troy Pennington

Durante este pico actual en los casos COVID-19, podemos tomar un poco de comodidad sabiendo que la mayoría de las personas se recuperarán y no experimentarán ninguna enfermedad grave o condición asociada con el coronavirus. Desafortunadamente, COVID-19 ha demostrado ser un enemigo obstinado e indiscriminado y, como tal, el condado está viendo un aumento en las hospitalizaciones.

Otros condados y estados de todo el país han visto a sus hospitales alcanzar su capacidad con trabajadores sanitarios agotados; pero esta es una condición que el condado de San Bernardino ha evitado hasta ahora.

Le pedimos al Dr. Troy Pennington, un médico de atención de emergencia en el Centro Médico Regional Arrowhead (ARMC), que compartió algunas respuestas a preguntas clave que van al fin de la semana festivo.

Actualización:    El condado de San Bernardino está experimentando una de las tarifas COVID de escalada más rápidas en el estado. ¿Cómo está afectando eso a nuestros hospitales del condado?

Pennington:        El censo hospitalario para el condado en general es todavía un 25% menos que nuestro pico de julio; sin embargo, hemos visto nuestro censo aumentar aproximadamente 40% semana tras semana. De hecho, hay tres hospitales en el Condado con niveles censales COVID-19 superiores al pico de julio. ARMC, nuestro hospital del condado, ha experimentado un crecimiento continuo en el censo COVID-19 desde mediados de octubre.

Actualización:    ¿Cómo está listo el ARMC (y el Condado) para este aumento en los casos?

Pennington:        El condado y ARMC anticiparon este aumento, al igual que la nación. La “fatiga COVID” se ha traducido en personas que no llevan coberturas faciales y no se han distanciado, especialmente en situaciones sociales, y este ha sido el mayor contribuyente a los aumentos. El Condado anticipó que la combinación de días festivos de otoño y eventos traería una condición similar a los eventos previos a la oleada de julio. En previsión, el Condado adquirió una instalación portátil que puede albergar a docenas de pacientes. ARMC también planeó una expansión significativa de su propia capacidad de lecho.

Actualización:    ¿Cómo afecta un aumento de COVID en las hospitalizaciones a aquellos que podrían requerir hospitalizaciones para emergencias u otras causas? ¿Qué hay de las cirugías electivas?

Pennington:        En esta situación COVID-19, los hospitales planeaban ampliar primero la capacidad de la cama utilizando espacios no utilizados habitualmente para el tratamiento en la cama; y luego añadiendo espacios que no son clínicos, como salas de conferencias o reuniones.

Los hospitales también planean reducir ciertos procedimientos que no son urgentes o emergentes para que puedan aplicar personal y recursos espaciales para satisfacer las demandas de la pandemia. Por último, los hospitales buscarán a su personal para que asistan a más pacientes. En julio, el 75% de los hospitales del condado de San Bernardino implementaron su capacidad de sobretensión y interrumpieron procedimientos que no eran emergentes ni urgentes. Muchos estiraron su personal para permitirles atender a más pacientes.

Actualización:    Aparte de hacerse la prueba inmediata, ¿qué deben hacer las personas si experimentan síntomas similares a los de COVID? ¿Cuándo deberían ir a un hospital?

Pennington:        En primer lugar, para ayudarle a evitar enfermarse esta temporada de día festivos ¡POR FAVOR, reciba su vacuna contra la gripe! La mayoría de las personas que contraen COVID-19 tienen síntomas leves o incluso similares a los de la gripe. Los síntomas comunes de la infección por COVID-19 incluyen fiebre, tos, dificultad respiratoria leve, dolores corporales o dolor de cabeza. Otros experimentan dolor abdominal, náuseas, vómitos o diarrea, y la pérdida del sentido del olfato o el gusto es también una queja común, que puede ayudar a distinguir una infección COVID-19 de la gripe. Si usted está experimentando síntomas de infección leve por COVID-19, debe:

  • Permanezca en casa, comuníquese con su proveedor de atención médica. No salga en público, excepto para recibir atención médica o una prueba.
  • Mientras esté en casa, sepárese de otras personas y use su propio baño si es posible. Cuando estés cerca de tu familia, usa una cobertura facial. No comparta artículos para el hogar con otros miembros de la familia, como platos, tazas, toallas o ropa de cama.
  • Use paracetamol para una fiebre superior a 100 grados Fahrenheit. Lleve un registro de sus síntomas. Manténgase hidratado.
  • Si se encuentra en una categoría de alto riesgo y tiene una nueva infección COVID-19 confirmada, hay un nuevo tratamiento disponible. Este medicamento es un anticuerpo monoclonal con un nombre elegante, Bamlanivimab. Es un medicamento que se puede administrar a cualquier persona que cumpla con los criterios para una infección más grave. Los candidatos a este medicamento deben estar en una categoría de alto riesgo. Comuníquese con su proveedor de atención médica o comuníquese con el sitio web de salud pública en: https://sbcovid19.com/
  • Debe ir inmediatamente al hospital si experimenta uno de los varios signos de advertencia de emergencia: dolor torácico intenso, presión en el pecho o dificultad para respirar. Si usted tiene una respiración laboriosa a una velocidad de 30 respiraciones o más un minuto, debe llamar al 911. Además, llame al 911 si alguien está experimentando una nueva confusión, o es difícil de despertar, o si un individuo está experimentando un cambio o nuevo color azulado alrededor de la boca o los labios. Si usted está experimentando cualquier síntoma que usted siente que son potencialmente mortales debe llamar al 911.

 

El Condado extiende el Programa de Asociación Empresarial compatible con COVID al 13 de diciembre

El Condado de San Bernardino ha anunciado una extensión del Programa de Asociacion Empresarial compatible con COVID (COVID-Compliant Business Partnership Program)  con mayor financiación y criterios ajustados de elegibilidad.

Una empresa o organización sin fines de lucro, no más de 100 empleados y ha estado en el negocio antes del 1 de enero de 2020 ahora son elegibles para recibir la financiación, siempre que demuestren el cumplimiento continuo de las órdenes de salud pública del estado, e incorporen prácticas y medidas de seguridad y distanciamiento social en sus operaciones comerciales.

La cantidad financiada para estas operaciones es ahora de $5,000 para una ubicación inicial y $2,000 por cada ubicación adicional, con una cantidad adicional de $2,500 para cualquier negocio que esté reubicando operaciones al aire libre. Para los socios comerciales que participaron en el programa a principios de este año, recibirán fondos adicionales para llevar su asignación total a estos nuevos niveles. Los alquileres a corto plazo y las escuelas privadas están excluidos de la financiación adicional.

Las empresas interesadas que no han solicitado previamente tienen hasta el 13 de diciembre para solicitar los fondos.  Para aquellos que ya han solicitado, por el momento no hay nada que necesitan hacer.  El Condado se pondrá en contacto con usted en un futuro muy próximo para coordinar los fondos adicionales.

 

Próximos seminarios web abordan  la optimización de la carga de trabajo

El condado de San Bernardino en conjunto con otros socios tanto a nivel regional como en todo el estado se complacen en traer a los propietarios de negocios y residentes interesados en seminarios web sobre una variedad de temas importantes. Nuestro objetivo es hacer todo lo posible para ayudar a las empresas a tener éxito durante este momento difícil. Para ver todos los próximos seminarios web, visite la página de eventos de la Junta de Desarrollo de la Fuerza Labor (Workforce Development Board).

 

Simple éxito – Optimización de su carga de trabajo

Este entrenamiento virtual se basará en un libro “The One Thing” de Gary Keller y Jay Papasan. En la presentación se analizará el valor de simplificar la carga de trabajo centrándose en la tarea más importante de un proyecto determinado.

Jueves, 3 de diciembre, 10:00 a 11:30 a.m.

Regístrese: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/simple-success-optimizing-your-workload-tickets-126487656987

 

Actualización del Sheriff sobre presos y empleados que dan positivo para COVID-19

Un total de 482 presos del condado han dado positivo por COVID-19. Muchos de los presos sólo están experimentando síntomas menores del virus. Los presos infectados están aislados, siendo monitoreados durante todo el día, y están recibiendo tratamiento médico. Un total de 442 presos se han recuperado de la enfermedad.

Un total de 294 empleados del departamento han dado positivo en COVID-19 y se autoaislan en casa. Doscientos veintiséis (226) empleados se han recuperado del virus; se espera que otros empleados vuelvan al trabajo en las próximas semanas.

Estadísticas más recientes

88,453 Casos Confirmados        (un 1,0% más del día anterior)

1,129 Muertes                           (un 0% más del día anterior)

1,053,103 Probados                  (un 0,8% más del día anterior)

Para obtener más estadísticas del Tablero de Vigilancia COVID-19, haga clic en la pestaña de escritorio o móvil en sbcovid19.com sitio web del Condado.

 

Celebrate the Holidays Safely!

COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are rising rapidly in San Bernardino County, throughout Southern California, and everywhere else. The upcoming holidays will present many opportunities for families to find joy during what has been a challenging 2020, but they also present many opportunities to spread the virus. The County has put together guidance for celebrating the holidays and industry guidance for holiday tree lots that will help our residents celebrate the holidays as safely as possible.

State clarifies playground guidance to include all neighborhood parks

The State has clarified its COVID-19 health guidance to make it clear that neighborhood playgrounds, even those in gated or private communities, are allowed to be open, provided they adhere to certain practices. The previous guidance contained language that seemed to apply only to publicly accessible outdoor playgrounds operated by a city, county, or other public agency.

The State will update its playground guidance soon to reflect this clarification.

The State guidance for playgrounds includes the following provisions:

  • Face coverings for everyone 2 years of age or older.
  • Not using playgrounds when different households are unable to maintain social distancing.
  • Washing or sanitizing hands before and after using playgrounds.
  • Elderly and persons with underlying medical conditions should avoid playgrounds when others are present.
  • Limiting visits to 30 minutes when others are present.
  • Increasing cleaning of frequently touched surfaces by playground operators.

State Issues Night-time Stay at Home Order

Acting State Health Officer Erica Pan has  issued a 10 p.m.-to-5 a.m. limited stay at home order effective tomorrow, Nov. 21, for the 41 of 58 California counties under the Purple Tier of California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy, which includes San Bernardino, Riverside, Los Angeles, Orange, Kern and San Diego counties.

The order prohibits all non-essential activities conducted outside the home with members of other households between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. beginning Nov. 21 and extending until at least Dec. 21. Under the State order, residents can leave their homes, but cannot engage or interact with people from other households.

“This Limited Stay at Home Order will reduce opportunities for disease transmission with the goal of decreasing the number of hours individuals are in the community and mixing with individuals outside of their household,” Pan said. “Every intervention to decrease mixing of households is critical during this unparalleled increase in case rate rise of about 50 percent during the first week in November.”

San Bernardino County will address complaints about violations and potential violations of this and other State health orders on a case-by-case basis primarily through an education and engagement approach.

Sheba released to animal sanctuary

On Friday, Nov. 13, Jose “Pepe” Sanchez, the owner of the dog known as Sheba, released her to the renown and highly regarded Best Friends Animal Society sanctuary in Utah. On Saturday, Nov. 14, staff from Best Friends picked her up to transport her to the sanctuary, where it is expected Sheba will receive love and care for the remainder of her life.

Today, Nov. 16, the sanctuary stated, “We can confirm that Sheba has arrived at Best Friends sanctuary in Kanab, UT. She is being seen by our vets and staff and is in good spirits. We look forward to providing the best care we can for her.”

These developments are important steps toward resolving the litigation Sheba’s owner filed against the County.

 

Board selects Leonard X. Hernandez as Chief Executive Officer

Leonard X. Hernandez

County Chief Operating Officer Leonard X. Hernandez, who began his career with San Bernardino County 20 years ago as a County Library public service employee, on Tuesday was appointed by the Board of Supervisors to serve as the county’s next Chief Executive Officer effective Oct. 10.

“I am humbled by the confidence the Board of Supervisors has placed in me and grateful for the opportunity to lead this great County organization, which has been my professional home for so many years,” Hernandez said.

“Under the leadership and guidance of the Board of Supervisors, the County team has built a culture of innovation, efficiency, and public service,” Hernandez said. “My overarching goal is to expand and nurture that culture within each of our worksites, within every service we provide, and within every County employee.”

“We are excited to welcome Leonard Hernandez as San Bernardino County’s new CEO,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “COVID-19 has presented many unique challenges within our community, and Leonard’s extensive experience within the County and his integral role on the executive leadership team have strongly positioned him to lead the County during this unique time. I look forward to working with him in solving these challenges and know that his talents, leadership, and dedication to seeing the County thrive will serve him well as CEO.”

Hernandez will succeed Gary McBride, who has served as CEO for nearly three years and will remain with the County as Strategic Projects Director under a contract extension approved by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

“I have known Leonard since 2006, when he was the manager of the Fontana Branch Library,” said Board of Supervisors Vice Chair Josie Gonzales. “Throughout the years, I have watched him grow as a leader and I have seen his commitment to serving the community.  As a Supervisor for the past 16 years, I know that there is no decision more important than the selection of the CEO.  I have full confidence in Leonard and I have no doubt that he will help guide our County to new heights in the years to come.”

“Leonard first impressed me with his leadership and problem-solving skills when he was placed in charge of the Lewis Library in Fontana while I was on the City Council,” Supervisor Janice Rutherford said. “Since then, he’s continued to demonstrate his leadership abilities, commitment to excellence in public service, and his dedication to ethics, and I look forward to working with him to address the challenges facing our county.”

“I appreciate Leonard’s willingness to accept the role of CEO and continue the leadership that has been established,” said Supervisor Robert Lovingood. “His experience and knowledge of the County is foundational to our ongoing success and I look forward to working with him in this capacity. As a County, we have faced unprecedented challenges and I am confident that these proactive leadership transitions prepare us well for what is ahead. I want to thank Gary for his leadership and continued commitment to help the County strategically navigate the complexities that this health crisis has brought.”

“I look forward to working with Leonard to implement the vision of our Board of Supervisors,” said Supervisor Dawn Rowe. “He is a hard-working leader with a keen understanding of the inner-workings of our county government. I’m confident that he will continue the great progress made by his predecessor, Gary McBride.”

After launching his career in San Bernardino County, Hernandez gained experience and honed his management skills at the City of Riverside as the Director of Libraries before returning to San Bernardino County in 2010 as County Librarian.

In 2014, while still serving as County Librarian, Hernandez served as interim Museum Director. In 2015, Hernandez was promoted to the position of Deputy Executive Officer over the Community Services Group, which includes the County Library and Museum systems, Registrar of Voters, Regional Parks, County Airports, and Agriculture/Weights and Measures.

In 2016 Hernandez became the Interim County Chief Operating Officer and then in 2017, Hernandez was officially appointed to the position of County Chief Operating Officer. In that role, Hernandez has coordinated the County’s multi-departmental response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Under the leadership of the Board of Supervisors the County’s COVID Task Force has led the State in its response to the pandemic and service to the public.

Hernandez, a resident of San Bernardino County, has a bachelor’s degree in history from California State University Fullerton and a master’s degree in library and information science from Clarion University of Pennsylvania.

 

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