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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.


Guidance for a safe and happy Halloween

Halloween activities often involve mingling with neighbors, sharing treats, and visiting pumpkin patches. County health experts urge residents and businesses to exercise an abundance of caution while engaging in Halloween activities, and encourage residents to opt for safer alternatives. Other holidays have led to spikes in sickness and death, as well as increased restrictions by the State.

The County has developed guidance for residents who plan to celebrate Halloween, which outlines how activities like trick-or-treating or trunk-or-treating can be enjoyed safely. It also provides safer alternatives to those activities.

The County has also developed guidance for operators of pumpkin patches. Outdoor sales of pumpkins are allowed, and food, beverages, games, mazes, and other activities can be offered under certain conditions. Pumpkin patch operators should contact the County with questions before they open.

The State currently does not allow amusement park rides of any kind or other high-touch/close contact attractions such as: haunted houses, animal rides, petting zoos, slides, bounce houses, and ball pits.

Guía para un Halloween seguro y feliz

Las actividades de Halloween a menudo implican mezclarse con los vecinos, compartir golosinas y visitar parcelas de calabaza.

Los expertos de la salud del condado instan a los residentes y las empresas a tener precaución mientras participan en actividades de Halloween, y animar a los residentes a optar alternativas más seguras. Otros días festivos han dado lugar a picos de enfermedad y muerte, así como mayores restricciones por parte del Estado.

El condado ha desarrollado orientación para los residentes que planean celebrar Halloween Guía para celebrar Halloween, que describe actividades como pedir dulces de casa en casa (trick-or-treating) o pedir dulces de la cajuela de auto (trunk-or-treating) se pueden disfrutar de forma segura. También proporciona alternativas más seguras a esas actividades.

El Condado también ha desarrollado orientación para los operadores de parcelas de calabaza Guía de la industria para parcelas de calabaza. Se permiten las ventas al aire libre de calabazas, y se pueden ofrecer alimentos, bebidas, juegos, laberintos y otras actividades bajo ciertas condiciones. Los operadores de parcelas de calabaza deben comunicarse con el Condado con preguntas antes de que abran.

El Estado actualmente no permite paseos en parques de diversiones de ningún tipo u otras atracciones de contacto directo/de contacto, tales como: Casas embrujadas, paseos con animales, zoológico interactivo, toboganes, brincolines, y pozos de pelota.

Saturday COVID-19 testing available tomorrow in Apple Valley, Bloomington and Chino

Free and painless COVID-19 testing with quick results for all will be available tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 12, in Apple Valley, Bloomington and Chino from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Please go to to make an appointment. No symptoms or suspected exposure is necessary.

Testing identifies asymptomatic carriers. That is key to protecting your loved ones, especially seniors and others with underlying health conditions. Are you carrying the virus and don’t know it? Are you at-risk of infecting others? Testing is the way to find out.

Testing will also help open our economy back up. San Bernardino County is close to being able to reopen dine-in restaurants, schools, places of worship, gyms, nail salons, movie theaters, and more. Testing will help get us there by lowering our positivity rate and rate of new cases.

Testing is available tomorrow at:

Apple Valley – James A. Woody Community Center
13467 Navajo Rd., Apple Valley

Bloomington – Ayala Park
18313 Valley Blvd., Bloomington

Chino – Neighborhood Activity Center
5201 D St., Chino

Go to for appointments tomorrow at these locations.

Go to for appointments at 19 County-operated locations, 3 State-operated sites, and many other privately operated locations.

Fight COVID. Get Tested.

September 10, 2020 Update

The County Update publishes twice a week, and also as needed, in order 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:

  • Important update on El Dorado Fire with links to resources
  • Smoke Advisory in effect for residents near fire
  • How close is the County to moving to the Red Tier?
  • California hospitals and health officials urge getting the care you need
  • Upcoming no-cost business webinars

El Dorado Fire Consumes over 12,600 acres; 23% Contained

San Bernardino County firefighters continue to battle the aggressive El Dorado Fire, which continues to threaten homes and property along Highway 38. Firefighters worked through the night to save hundreds of homes. Damage assessment team are in the area recording any structure losses. Three County firefighters have endured injuries battling fire and winds.

New evacuation orders were issued to residents between Angelus Oaks and Onyx Summit along Highway 38. Forest Falls, Oak Glen, North Bench Yucaipa, Mountain Home Village, Hidden Meadows and a portion of southern Cherry Valley were also evacuated, according to San Bernardino County officials.

“Our firefighters continue to combat this fire and are putting their lives on the line to protect lives and property,” said County Fire Chief Dan Munsey. “We’re making progress, but we implore residents to follow evacuation orders for their own safety and the safety of firefighters.”

The El Dorado Fire began Saturday morning at El Dorado Ranch Park in Yucaipa.  Here is where County residents can find the latest information and resources:

  • A map of the evacuation area can be found on this Evacuation Status Map.
  • Red Cross has established a reception site for evacuees at Redlands East Valley High School, 31000 E. Colton Avenue in Redlands. Red Cross evacuation assistance can be had by calling (442) 242-0946.
  • The U.S. Forest Service posts this daily update of road closures caused by the El Dorado Fire.
  • The South Coast Air Quality Management District also has this map of regional air quality
  • Residents are encouraged to take advantage of the County’s TENS (Telephone Emergency Notification System) Alerts system, which provides rapid notification of impending dangers and evacuation orders.
  • To stay abreast of fire conditions and firefighting efforts, monitor the Twitter and Facebook feeds of San Bernardino County Fire.
  • San Bernardino County Animal Care and Control can assist with animal evacuations by calling (800) 472-5609.

Smoke Advisory Issued for El Dorado Fire

San Bernardino County Interim Health Officer Dr. Erin Gustafson advises county residents who live near areas affected by the El Dorado Fire to stay alert to changing smoke levels and be prepared to act accordingly.

Smoky conditions can be hazardous for young children, the elderly, individuals with heart conditions or chronic lung disease such as asthma and bronchitis, and individuals with other respiratory ailments. Older adults and children should remain indoors, keep windows and doors closed or seek alternate shelter. Individuals with respiratory ailments should make sure they have at least a five-day supply of medication on hand.

It is recommended that air-conditioning be run on a “recirculation” function. If smoke is present, it will be easier to breathe indoors if air is recirculating instead of drawing smoky air from outdoors. People should contact their doctor if they have symptoms such as chest pain, chest tightness, shortness of breath or severe fatigue. This is important not only for people with chronic lung or heart disease, but also for individuals who have not been previously diagnosed with such illnesses. Smoke can “unmask” or produce symptoms of such diseases.

The Health Officer has not advised businesses or other operations to close or release staff. They should, however, stay alert to local conditions and take appropriate action based on the Health Advisory.

For more information regarding the El Dorado Fire, visit the CAL FIRE website at For health-related questions regarding smoke from the fire, please contact your primary care provider or the San Bernardino County Public Health’s Health Centers at 1-800-722-4777.

When Will San Bernardino County Move from the Purple to Red Tier?

There is one question that seemingly everyone in San Bernardino County is asking: what will it take for us to move from the State’s Purple Tier (when COVID-19 is deemed “widespread” in a particular county) to the Red Tier (when the outbreak level has decreased to “substantial”).

In this instance, “getting into the red” is a very positive development, since it will allow additional businesses to reopen (with modifications and limits), including personal care services, gyms, movie theaters, places of worship, and indoor restaurants. Schools in Red Tier counties are also permitted to provide students in-person instruction.

Per the guidelines, Purple Tier counties are those that are 1) reporting seven or more COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population and 2) showing a “positivity rate” (the percentage of those tested whose results are positive) of 8% or higher. Simply put, San Bernardino County needs to average (over a 7-day period) 153 or fewer cases per day, while maintaining a positivity rate below 8%.

So where does San Bernardino County stand?

We’re pleased to report that the County is making steady progress

“We are showing impressive gains in our numbers, especially in terms of cases,” said Corwin Porter, the County’s director of public health. “We are seeing an average of 175 cases per day, which is getting close to the number needed to move us into the Red Tier, and our positivity rate has declined from around 10% at the beginning of the month to 7.3% today. The key now is to continue this steady rate of decline since we need to maintain the right numbers for 14 straight days.”

Porter emphasized that maintaining — let alone reducing — these rates will require residents to continue following the guidelines that should now be very familiar to everyone. That means continuing to avoid gathering in groups, maintaining social distancing, and absolutely wearing a face covering whenever you’re in close proximity to a person outside your immediate household. The County is also strongly encouraging residents to get tested for the disease — including those who show none of the symptoms associated with COVID-19.

“We have conducted more than 50,000 tests since we began working with our new testing provider, and this increase has undoubtedly contributed to our improved positivity rate,” Porter said. “We urge those of you who have not yet been tested to do so as soon as possible. Remember: getting tested is free, painless, and does not require a doctor’s prescription. And now, all of County testing sites are accepting walk-ins, even though we still encourage setting up an appointment. So there really is no excuse for not getting tested — and doing so will help us move into the Red Tier and reopen more schools and businesses.”

Increased testing helps identify someone with COVID-19, and triggers our contact tracing process so we can identify those who may have had contact with a carrier. It is especially important that anyone who was in a social situation with persons outside their household to make the effort to get tested.

California Hospitals and Health Officials Urge Residents to Address Health Concerns

New Public Service Announcement Hopes to Get People to get Medical Attention They Need

Becoming ill from COVID-19 is not the only serious health problem emerging from the coronavirus pandemic: a growing concern is the impact of people avoiding doctor visits and neglecting to take steps to treat serious medical conditions  A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that in the 10 weeks following the declaration of a national COVID-19 crisis, emergency department visits declined 23% for heart attack, 20% for stroke and 10% for hyperglycemic crises.

Initially this was due to worries that hospitals and doctors’ offices would be overrun with COVID-19 patients; in fact, many jurisdictions, including San Bernardino County, put limits on non-elective procedures during the early days of the pandemic. And many individuals feared visiting a medical facility due to concerns of becoming infected.

However, as hospitalization rates for COVID-19 patients have declined and medical facilities have become diligent in their efforts to protect staff and patients, health experts are urging residents to visit their health care providers — both to receive routine care and to seek treatment for diagnosed ailments.

“Doctors have been seeing an increase in patients’ weight and blood pressure, conditions like diabetes being ignored and surgeries delayed or even cancelled,” said Corwin Porter, the County’s director of public health. “People should not forego seeking treatment for such conditions. Getting help promptly is often critical to avoid more serious health problems in the future.”

New PSA encourages prioritizing medical needs

Porter and other public health officials, along with doctors and hospitals, are now actively promoting the need for people to pursue medical treatments for conditions unrelated to COVID-19. For example, the California Hospital Association (CHA) recently produced a public service announcement encouraging people to seek such medical attention.

The CHA and other medical experts are emphasizing that people should not delay getting the care they need, pointing out that hospitals and clinics are taking extra care to keep staff and visitors safe. For example, facilities are maintaining separate areas for treating patients with COVID-19 and other infectious diseases, and they are extensively cleaning and disinfecting rooms and equipment, while making sure everyone is wearing a face covering.

“Delaying care could lead to deteriorating health conditions and complicate recovery,” said Porter. “We want County residents to take the steps needed to protect themselves and their family members from potentially serious ailments.”

Upcoming Webinars Address Financial Management and Global Exporting

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.

No cost business webinars hosted by the Workforce Development Board

San Bernardino County’s Workforce Development Board has partnered with regional business experts to provide employers in San Bernardino County access to free and informative business webinars.

Sept 17, 2020, 10 a.m. “Financial Management During COVID-19 Crisis, Part 1”

Sept 24, 2020, 10 a.m.  “Financial Management During COVID-19 Crisis, Part 2”

To learn more and to register:

Global Export Industry Webinars

These webinars provide information on how to make a business more competitive, expand its customer base, and enter more markets while learning how to save time and money establishing a presence in a new market. Our second webinar will dive even deeper into strategic steps needed to expand an international presence and creating an export strategy.

September 29, 2020, 10 a.m. “Preparing Your Organization to Export”

Register Now:

October 1, 2020, 10 a.m. “Expand Your Global Footprint”

Register Now:

Latest Stats

50,210 Confirmed Cases               (up 0.6% from the previous day)
796 Deaths                                        (up 0.6% from the previous day)
531,886 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 website.

For all COVID-19 related information, including case statistics, FAQs, guidelines and resources, visit the County’s COVID-19 webpage at  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 10 de septiembre de 2020

La Actualización del Condado será publicado dos veces a la semana, y 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 obtener 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:

  • Importante actualización del Incendio El Dorado con enlaces a recursos
  • Aviso de humo en vigor para residentes cerca del incendio
  • ¿Qué tan cerca está el Condado de mudarse al Nivel Rojo?
  • Los hospitales y funcionarios de salud de California instan a recibir la atención que necesita
  • Próximos seminarios web de negocios sin costo

El Incendio Dorado Consume más de 12,600 acres; 23% Contenido

Los bomberos del condado de San Bernardino continúan luchando contra el agresivo Incendio El Dorado, que continúa amenazando casas y propiedades a lo largo de la autopista 38. Los bomberos trabajaron toda la noche para salvar cientos de hogares. El equipo de evaluación de daños está en el área registrando cualquier pérdida de estructura. Tres bomberos del condado han sufrido lesiones luchando contra el fuego y los vientos.

Nuevas órdenes de evacuación fueron emitidas a los residentes entre Angelus Oaks y Onyx Summit a lo largo de la autopista 38. Forest Falls, Oak Glen, North Bench Yucaipa, Mountain Home Village, Hidden Meadows y una parte del sur de Cherry Valley también fueron evacuados, según funcionarios del condado de San Bernardino.

“Nuestros bomberos continúan combatiendo este incendio y están poniendo sus vidas en peligro para proteger vidas y propiedades”, dijo el Jefe de Bomberos del Condado, Dan Munsey. “Estamos progresando, pero pedimos a los residentes que sigan las órdenes de evacuación por su propia seguridad y la seguridad de los bomberos”.

El Incendio El Dorado comenzó el sábado por la mañana en El Dorado Ranch Park en Yucaipa.  Aquí es donde los residentes del Condado pueden encontrar la información y los recursos más recientes:

  • Una mapa del área de evacuación se puede encontrar en este Mapa de estado de evacuació.
  • La Cruz Roja ha establecido un sitio de recepción para evacuados en Redlands East Valley High School, 31000 E. Colton Avenue en Redlands. La asistencia de evacuación de la Cruz Roja se puede recibir llamando al (442) 242-0946.
  • El Servicio Forestal de los EE. UU. publica actualización diaria de los cierres de carreteras causado por el Incendio El Dorado.
  • El Distrito de Gestión de la Calidad del Aire de la Costa Sur también tiene esta mapa de la calida del aire regional disponible.
  • Se alienta a los residentes a aprovechar las Alertas TENS (Sistema de Notificación de Emergencia Telefónica) TENS (Telephone Emergency Notification System) Alerts, que proporciona una notificación rápida de peligros inminentes y órdenes de evacuación.
  • Para mantenerse al tanto de las condiciones de incendio y los esfuerzos de extinción de incendios, puede monitorear las notificaciones de Twitter y Facebook del Departmento de Incendio del Condado de San Bernardino.
  • El Departmento de Cuidado y Control de Animales del Condado de San Bernardino puede ayudar con las evacuaciones de animales llamando al (800) 472-5609.

Aviso de humo emitido del Incendio El Dorado

La Dra. Erin Gustafson, Oficial de Salud Provisional del Condado de San Bernardino, aconseja a los residentes del condado que viven cerca de las zonas afectadas por el Incendio el Dorado que se mantengan alerta a los niveles de humo cambiantes y estén preparados para actuar en consecuencia.

Las condiciones ahumadas pueden ser peligrosas para los niños pequeños, los ancianos, las personas con afecciones cardíacas o enfermedades pulmonares crónicas como asma y bronquitis, y las personas con otras dolencias respiratorias. Los adultos mayores y los niños deben permanecer en el interior, mantener las ventanas y puertas cerradas o buscar refugio alternativo. Las personas con dolencias respiratorias deben asegurarse de que tienen al menos un suministro de medicamentos de cinco días a mano.

Se recomienda que el aire acondicionado se ejecute en una función de “recirculación”. Si el humo está presente, será más fácil respirar en el interior si el aire está recirculando en lugar de extraer aire ahumado del aire exterior. Las personas deben ponerse en contacto con su médico si tienen síntomas como dolor en el pecho, opresión en el pecho, dificultad para respirar o fatiga grave. Esto es importante no sólo para las personas con enfermedades pulmonares o cardíacas crónicas, sino también para las personas que no han sido diagnosticadas previamente con tales enfermedades. El humo puede “desenmascarar” o producir síntomas de tales enfermedades.

El Oficial de Salud no ha aconsejado a las empresas u otras operaciones que cierren o liberen al personal. Sin embargo, deben mantenerse alerta a las condiciones locales y tomar las medidas apropiadas basadas en el Asesoramiento de Salud.

Para obtener más información sobre el Incendio El Dorado, visite el sitio web de CAL FIRE en Para preguntas relacionadas con la salud con respecto al humo del incendio, comuníquese con su proveedor de atención primaria o con los Centros de Salud de Salud Pública del Condado de San Bernardino al 1-800-722-4777.

¿Cuándo pasará el condado de San Bernardino del nivel púrpura al rojo?

Hay una pregunta que aparentemente todo el mundo en el condado de San Bernardino se está preguntando: ¿qué se necesita para que pasemos del Nivel Morado del Estado (cuando COVID-19 se considera “generalizado” en un condado en particular) al Nivel Rojo (cuando el nivel de brote ha disminuido a “sustancial”).

En este caso, “entrar en el rojo” es un desarrollo muy positivo, ya que permitirá reabrir empresas adicionales (con modificaciones y límites), incluyendo servicios de cuidado personal, gimnasios, cines y restaurantes interiores. Las escuelas de los condados de Red Tier también pueden proporcionar instrucción en persona a los estudiantes.

Según las directrices, los condados de Nivel Morador son aquellos que son 1) que reportan siete o más casos COVID-19 por cada 100.000 habitantes y 2) que muestran una “tasa de positividad” (el porcentaje de aquellos que han sido evaluados cuyos resultados son positivos) del 8% o superior. En pocas palabras, el condado de San Bernardino necesita promediar (durante un período de 7 días) 153 o menos casos por día, manteniendo una tasa de positividad por debajo del 8%.

Entonces, ¿dónde está el condado de San Bernardino?

Nos complace informar que el Condado está haciendo progresos constantes

“Estamos mostrando ganancias impresionantes en nuestros números, especialmente en términos de casos”, dijo Corwin Porter, Director de la Salud Pública del Condado. “Estamos viendo un promedio de 175 casos por día, que se está acercando al número necesario para trasladarnos al Nivel Rojo, y nuestra tasa de positividad ha disminuido de alrededor del 10% a principios de mes al 7,3% en la actualidad. La clave ahora es continuar con esta tasa constante de declive, ya que necesitamos mantener los números correctos durante 14 días consecutivos”.

Porter enfatizó en que mantener, y mucho menos reducirlas, requerirá que los residentes continúen siguiendo las directrices que ahora deberían ser muy familiares para todos. Eso significa seguir evitando reunirse en grupos, mantener el distanciamiento social y usar absolutamente una cara cubriendo cada vez que estás cerca de una persona fuera de tu hogar inmediato. El Condado también está animando fuertemente a los residentes a hacerse la prueba de la enfermedad, incluidos aquellos que no muestran ninguno de los síntomas asociados con COVID-19.

“Hemos realizado más de 50.000 pruebas desde que comenzamos a trabajar con nuestro nuevo proveedor de pruebas, y este aumento sin duda ha contribuido a nuestra tasa de positividad mejorada”, dijo Porter. “Instamos a aquellos de ustedes que aún no han sido probados a que lo hagan lo antes posible. Recuerde: hacerse la prueba es gratis, indoloro y no requiere receta médica. Y ahora, todos los sitios de pruebas del condado están aceptando caminatas, a pesar de que todavía animamos a establecer una cita. Así que realmente no hay excusa para no hacerse la prueba, y hacerlo nos ayudará a pasar al Nivel Rojo y reabrir más escuelas y negocios”.

El aumento de las pruebas ayuda a identificar a alguien con COVID-19, y desencadena nuestro proceso de rastreo de contactos para que podamos identificar a aquellos que pueden haber tenido contacto con un transportista. Es especialmente importante que cualquier persona que estaba en una situación social con personas fuera de su hogar para hacer el esfuerzo de hacer la prueba.

Los hospitales de California y los funcionarios de salud instan a los residentes a abordar las preocupaciones   

Nuevo Anuncio de Servicio Público Espera conseguir que las personas reciban atención médica que necesitan

Enfermarse de COVID-19 no es el único problema de salud grave que surge de la pandemia de coronavirus: una preocupación creciente es el impacto de las personas que evitan las visitas al médico y descuidan tomar medidas para tratar enfermedades graves.   Un informe de los Centros de Control y Prevención de Enfermedades encontró que en las 10 semanas siguientes a la declaración de una crisis nacional COVID-19, las visitas al departamento de emergencias disminuyeron un 23% para los ataques cardíacos, el 20% para los accidentes cerebrovasculares y el 10% para las crisis hiperglucémicas.

Inicialmente esto se debió a la preocupación de que los hospitales y consultorios médicos estarían invadidos por pacientes COVID-19; de hecho, muchas jurisdicciones, incluyendo el condado de San Bernardino, pusieron límites a los procedimientos no electivos durante los primeros días de la pandemia. Y muchas personas temían visitar un centro médico debido a la preocupación de infectarse.

Sin embargo, a medida que las tasas de hospitalización de los pacientes con COVID-19 han disminuido y los centros médicos se han vuelto diligentes en sus esfuerzos por proteger al personal y a los pacientes, los expertos en salud están instando a los residentes a visitar a sus proveedores de atención médica, tanto para recibir atención de rutina como para buscar tratamiento para las dolencias diagnosticadas.

“Los médicos han estado viendo un aumento en el peso y la presión arterial de los pacientes, condiciones como la diabetes siendo ignorada y cirugías retrasadas o incluso canceladas”, dijo Corwin Porter, director de salud pública del condado. “Las personas no deben renunciar a buscar tratamiento para tales condiciones. Obtener ayuda con prontitud a menudo es fundamental para evitar problemas de salud más graves en el futuro”.

El nuevo PSA fomenta la priorización de las necesidades médicas

Porter y otros funcionarios de salud pública, junto con médicos y hospitales, están promoviendo activamente la necesidad de que las personas soliciten tratamientos médicos para enfermedades no relacionadas con COVID-19. Por ejemplo, la Asociación de Hospitales de California (CHA) produjo recientemente un  anuncio de servicio público que anima a las personas a buscar atencion médica.

El CHA y otros expertos médicos están haciendo hincapié en que las personas no deben demorar en recibir la atención que necesitan, señalando que los hospitales y las clínicas están teniendo especial cuidado para mantener seguro al personal y a los visitantes. Por ejemplo, las instalaciones mantienen áreas separadas para el tratamiento de pacientes con COVID-19 y otras enfermedades infecciosas, y están limpiando y desinfectando ampliamente las habitaciones y los equipos, a la vez que se aseguran de que todos lleven una cobertura facial.

“Retrasar la atención podría conducir a un deterioro de las condiciones de salud y a complicar la recuperación”, dijo Porter. “Queremos que los residentes del Condado tomen las medidas necesarias para protegerse a sí mismos y a sus familiares de dolencias potencialmente graves”.

Próximos seminarios web abordan la gestión financiera y la exportación global

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 en curso 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.

Webinars empresariales sin costo organizados por la Junta de Desarrollo de la Fuerza Laboral

La Junta de Desarrollo de la Fuerza Laboral del Condado de San Bernardino se ha asociado con expertos empresariales regionales para proporcionar a los empleadores en el Condado de San Bernardino acceso a seminarios web de negocios gratuitos e informativos.

17 de septiembre, 10 a.m. “Gestión financiera durante la crisis COVID-19, Parte 1″

24 de septiembre, 10 a.m.  “Gestión financiera durante la crisis COVID-19, Parte 2″

Para obtener más información y registrarse:

Webinars de la Industria Mundial de Exportación

Estos seminarios web proporcionan información sobre cómo hacer un negocio más competitivo, ampliar su base de clientes y entrar en más mercados mientras aprenden a ahorrar tiempo y dinero estableciendo una presencia en un nuevo mercado. Nuestro segundo seminario web profundizará aún más en los pasos estratégicos necesarios para expandir una presencia internacional y crear una estrategia de exportación.

29 de septiembre, 10 a.m. “Preparación de su organización para exportar”

Regístrese ahora:

1o de octubre, 10 a.m. “Amplíe su huella global”

Registrese ahora:

Estadísticas más recientes

50,210 Casos Confirmados        (un 0.6% más del día anterior)

796 Muertes                              (un 0.6% más del día anterior)

531,886 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 el sitio


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  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.

September 8, 2020 Update

The County Update publishes twice a week, and also as needed, in order 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:

  • Status of El Dorado Fire and Red Flag Warnings
  • Contact tracing continues to help stop spread of the virus
  • New PSA gives step-by-step guide to self-swab testing
  • Sheriff inmate and employee infection update

County Firefighters Continue to Battle El Dorado Fire

San Bernardino County firefighters are continuing to battle the El Dorado Fire, focusing on creating defensible zones between structures and the current fire perimeter, while continuing to extinguish hot spots along the fire’s edges. Strenuous efforts of crews on the ground, dozers and aircraft have enabled them to construct fire lines around the blaze in preparation for the arrival of a Santa Ana wind event expected to begin today and last through Thursday.

Firefighters were able to put a fire line around the Mountain Home Village community to protect homes as the fire moves downslope. A burnout operation was also conducted on the eastern fire perimeter, between Oak Glen Road and the Apple Fire burn scar, in an effort to clear vegetation and prevent the fire from escaping and moving towards homes and other structures.

“Our people are working tirelessly to protect lives and property,” said County Fire Chief Dan Munsey, who noted that the fire has so far not taken any lives or caused serious injury to County residents. “The fire is still raging, and the Santa Ana winds are a major concern, but we have made impressive progress.”

Approximately 650 people are dedicated to this effort, including representatives from the County Sheriff’s Department, the City of Yucaipa, CAL FIRE, the California Highway Patrol and San Bernardino National Forest. In addition, the City of Riverside has contributed five fire engines to the fight.

“The combination of record heat, extremely dry conditions and rugged terrain have contributed to making this a challenging fire — and we’re only at the beginning of our traditional fire season,” Munsey said. “We are asking people to heed evacuation orders and stay out of the fire area. And do not forget that any type of spark, from matches and cigarettes to fireworks, can ignite a fire, so you need to be extremely cautious when dealing with such hazards.”

The El Dorado Fire ignited at approximately 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 5 at El Dorado Ranch Park in Yucaipa, Calif.  It has burned approximately 10,574 acres and is currently 16% contained.

Red Flag Warnings are in effect

The arrival of Santa Ana winds today have led to the issuance of Red Flag Warnings, which are in effect through Thursday and could prompt an expansion of the evacuation orders further south and west of current evacuation areas:

  • Yucaipa Blvd at Bryant intersection to the east;
  • Yucaipa Blvd to Avenue E southeast to the intersection of Mesa Grande, east to Wildwood; Canyon Road to include all portions of Hidden Meadows;
  • The southern portion of the Cherry Valley Community from Nancy Lane east to Beaumont Avenue, including portions of Riverside County down to Orchard Street;
  • Oak Glen; Mountain Home Village and Forest Falls;
  • North Bench Yucaipa (north of Carter St to Highway 38 and both sides of Bryant Street east and west).

Evacuation warnings were in place for Beaumont Avenue east to Hillside Place (in the Highland Springs area) to the Apple Fire burn perimeter to the north and Cherry Valley Blvd to the south.

The Red Cross has established a reception site for evacuees at the Yucaipa Community Center, 34900 Oak Glen Rd, Yucaipa, CA 92399.

There are also road closures in the area, specifically northbound Highway 38, which is closed at Bryant Avenue, and southbound Highway 38, which is closed at the town of Angelus Oaks. In addition, Oak Glen Road is closed at Pine Bench Road on the east and Cherry Croft/Jefferson on the west.

In response to fire dangers exacerbated by Santa Ana winds, the U.S. Forest Service has created the Santa Ana Wildfire Threat Index (SAWTI)  to keep the public informed about Santa Ana winds, including their severity and anticipated locations. The Index is currently forecasting a “Moderate” event for the Inland Empire, with northeast to east winds of 20 to 30 mph and gusts to 50 mph developing across the mountains and below the canyons and passes this afternoon through Wednesday. Humidity is expected to drop into the single digits today, with little humidity recovery tonight and tomorrow.

The South Coast Air Quality Management District issued a smoke advisory for some parts of San Bernardino and Riverside counties. Residents who see ash or smell smoke are advised to avoid being outside to the extent possible, and remain indoors, with windows and doors closed, and avoid vigorous physical activity.

Residents are also encouraged to take advantage of the County’s TENS (Telephone Emergency Notification System) Alerts system, which provides rapid notification of impending dangers and evacuation orders.

To stay abreast of fire conditions and firefighting efforts, County officials also suggest referring to the Fire Department’s Twitter and Facebook news feeds.

County Making Steady Progress on Contact Tracing Effort

San Bernardino County is in the middle of a campaign to encourage more of our county residents to get tested for COVID-19, especially now that the self-swab nasal tests are so simple, painless and results are usually returned within 48 hours.

But hand-in-hand with a robust testing effort must be an efficient contact tracing program. Officials from the County Department of Public Health (DPH) report that the department’s contact tracing program is showing notable improvement in its efforts to connect with and advise individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19.

When done in conjunction with testing, contact tracing slows the spread of the virus, keeping us on the path to reopen more sectors of our economy and eventually our schools. It does this by letting people know they may have been exposed to COVID-19 and should monitor their health for signs and symptoms, as well as get tested and possibly self-quarantine.

“We have seen a solid increase in the number of infected individuals we’ve been able to reach, from 46% a few weeks ago to 67% last week,” said County Public Health Director Corwin Porter. “We’re also seeing comparable improvements in the average length of time between a case being reported and the individual being contacted by one of our people, which is now less than a day.”

Porter added that the contact tracing team has expanded the number of languages spoken by its members, and he emphasized the critical role that contact tracing is playing in the County’s efforts to reduce the spread of the virus and improve public health.

“Contact tracing is a proven public health practice that has helped slow the spread of diseases ranging from measles and tuberculosis to HIV,” Porter said. “Our specially trained public health staff call residents who’ve tested positive and offer them guidance on how to respond. We then help them recall those they’ve been in close contact with so we can quickly notify those individuals of their potential exposure and what they can do to protect themselves and others.”

Among the benefits of contact tracing is the ability to uncover potential infection “hot spots” around the county, as well as to identify how the disease is spreading in the local community. According to Porter, one of the program’s key findings is that gatherings of family members and friends continues to be a major contributor to the spread of COVID-19.

“We appreciate how difficult it is to resist getting together with friends and loved ones, especially after months of relative isolation,” he said. “But we are continuing to plead with county residents to be extremely cautious and do everything they can to avoid gathering in such groups.”

After the recent Labor Day holiday, residents are encouraged to get tested at any of the many testing sites operating throughout the county. To find locations and make an appointment, visit the County’s testing webpage.

New PSA Gives Step-by-Step Guide to Self-Swab Testing
A new video demonstrating the nasal self-swab procedure when taking a COVID-19 test has recently been added to the County’s COVID-19 testing web page. The video Public Service Announcement (PSA) explains and shows how easy, painless and quick it is to take the test, in four easy steps.

While appointments are recommended, all testing locations are now accepting walk-ups, and results are usually back to you in 48 hours or sooner. Get tested, it will help us control the coronavirus and open up more of our businesses.

More Inmates and Sheriff Employees Test Positive for COVID-19

As of today, a total of 336 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 314 inmates have recovered.

A total of 180 department employees have tested positive for COVID-19; with 171 having recovered from the virus. Other employees are expected to return to work in the next few weeks.

Latest Stats

49,691 Confirmed Cases               (up 0% from the previous day)
765 Deaths                                        (up 0% from the previous day)
525,146 Tests                                   (up 0.4% from the previous day)

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

For all COVID-19 related information, including case statistics, FAQs, guidelines and resources, visit the County’s COVID-19 webpage at  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 septiembre de 2020

La Actualización del Condado será publicado dos veces a la semana, y 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 obtener 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:

  • Estado de las advertencias de incendio y bandera roja de El Dorado
  • El rastreo de contactos sigue ayudando a detener la propagación del virus
  • El nuevo PSA ofrece una guía paso a paso para las pruebas de auto-hisopo
  • Actualización de la infección del preso y del empleado del Sheriff

Bomberos del Condado continúan luchando contra el Incendio de El Dorado

Los bomberos del condado de San Bernardino continúan luchando contra el incendio El Dorado, centrándose en la creación de zonas defendibles entre las estructuras y el perímetro de incendio actual, mientras continúan extinguiendo puntos calientes a lo largo de los bordes del fuego.

Los esfuerzos extenuantes de las tripulaciones en tierra, topadoras y aeronaves les han permitido construir líneas de fuego alrededor del incendio en preparación para la llegada de un evento eólico de Santa Ana que se espera comience hoy y dure hasta el jueves.

Los bomberos fueron capaces de poner una línea de fuego alrededor de la comunidad de Mountain Home Village para proteger los hogares a medida que el fuego se mueve hacia abajo. También se llevó a cabo una operación de agotamiento en el perímetro de incendios oriental, entre Oak Glen Road y la cicatriz de quemaduras del Incendio de Manzana (Apple Fire), en un esfuerzo por despejar la vegetación y evitar que el fuego escape y se mueva hacia hogares y otras estructuras.

“Nuestra gente está trabajando incansablemente para proteger vidas y propiedades”, dijo el Jefe de Bomberos del Condado Dan Munsey, quien señaló que el incendio hasta ahora no ha tomado vidas ni causado lesiones graves a los residentes del condado. “El fuego sigue arrasando, y los vientos de Santa Ana son una gran preocupación, pero hemos hecho progresos impresionantes”.

Aproximadamente 650 personas están dedicadas a este esfuerzo, incluyendo representantes del Departamento del Sheriff del Condado, la Ciudad de Yucaipa, CAL FIRE, la Patrulla de Carreteras de California y el Bosque Nacional de San Bernardino. Además, la ciudad de Riverside ha contribuido con cinco camiones de camiones de extinción de incendios a la lucha.

“La combinación de calor récord, condiciones extremadamente secas y terreno rugoso han contribuido a hacer de este un incendio desafiante, y sólo estamos al comienzo de nuestra temporada de fuego tradicional”, dijo Munsey. “Pedimos a la gente que haga caso a las órdenes de evacuación y se mantenga fuera de la zona de incendios. Y no olvides que cualquier tipo de chispa, desde fósforos y cigarrillos hasta fuegos artificiales, puede encender un fuego, por lo que debes ser extremadamente cauteloso cuando te enfrentas a tales peligros”.

El Incendio El Dorado se encendió aproximadamente a las 10:30 a.m. del sábado 5 de septiembre en el parque Rancho El Dorado en Yucaipa, Calif.  Ha quemado aproximadamente 10,574 acres y actualmente está 16% contenido.

Las Alertas de la Bandera Roja están en vigor

La llegada de los vientos de Santa Ana hoy ha llevado a la emisión de Alertas de Bandera Roja, que están en vigor hasta el jueves y podrían provocar una ampliación de las órdenes de evacuación más al sur y al oeste de las actuales áreas de evacuación:

  • Yucaipa Blvd en la intersección de Bryant hacia el este;
  • Yucaipa Blvd a La Avenida E al sureste a la intersección de Mesa Grande, al este de Wildwood; Canyon Road para incluir todas las porciones de Hidden Meadows;
  • La parte sur de la comunidad de Cherry Valley desde Nancy Lane al este hasta Beaumont Avenue, que incluye porciones del condado de Riverside hasta Orchard Street;
  • Oak Glen; Mountain Home Village y Forest Falls;
  • North Bench Yucaipa (al norte de Carter St a la autopista 38 y a ambos lados de Bryant Street al este y al oeste).

Las advertencias de evacuación estaban en su lugar para Beaumont Avenue al este de Hillside Place (en el área de Highland Springs) al perímetro de quema del Incendio Apple (Apple Fire) al norte y Cherry Valley Blvd hacia el sur.

La Cruz Roja ha establecido un lugar de recepción para los evacuados en el Yucaipa Community Center, 34900 Oak Glen Rd, Yucaipa, CA 92399.

También hay cierres de carreteras en el área, específicamente hacia el norte de la autopista 38, que está cerrado en Bryant Avenue, y la autopista 38 hacia el sur, que está cerrada en la ciudad de Angelus Oaks. Además, Oak Glen Road está cerrado en Pine Bench Road en el este y Cherry Croft/Jefferson en el oeste.

En respuesta a los peligros de incendio exacerbados por los vientos de Santa Ana, el Servicio Forestal de los Estados Unidos ha creado la el índice de amenazas de incendios forestales Santa Ana (Santa Ana Wildfire Threat Index (SAWTI))   para mantener al público informado sobre los vientos de Santa Ana, incluyendo su severidad y lugares previstos. El índice está pronosticando actualmente un evento “Moderado” para el Imperio Interior, con vientos de noreste a este de 20 a 30 mph y ráfagas a 50 mph que se desarrollan a través de las montañas y por debajo de los cañones y pasan esta tarde hasta el miércoles. Se espera que la humedad caiga en los dígitos individuales hoy, con poca recuperación de humedad esta noche y mañana.

El Distrito de Gestión de la Calidad del Aire de la Costa Sur emitió un aviso de humo para algunas partes de los condados de San Bernardino y Riverside. Se recomienda a los residentes que ven cenizas o olor de humo que eviten estar al aire libre en la medida de lo posible, y permanezcan en el interior, con las ventanas y puertas cerradas, y evitar la actividad física vigorosa.

También se alienta a los residentes a aprovechar la Alertas TENS (Sistema de Notificación de Emergencia Telefónica)

(TENS (Telephone Emergency Notification System) Alerts) sistema, que proporciona una notificación rápida de peligros inminentes y órdenes de evacuación.

Para mantenerse al tanto de las condiciones de incendio y los esfuerzos de extinción de incendios, los funcionarios del Condado también sugieren las noticias en Twitter y Facebook.

Condado Haciendo progresos constantes en el esfuerzo de rastreo de contactos

El condado de San Bernardino está en medio de una campaña para alentar a más de nuestros residentes del condado a hacerse la prueba de COVID-19, especialmente ahora que las pruebas nasales de auto-hisopo son tan simples, indoloras y los resultados generalmente se devuelven dentro de las 48 horas.

Pero mano a mano con un esfuerzo de prueba robusto debe ser un programa de rastreo de contactos eficiente. Funcionarios del Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado (DPH) informan que el programa de rastreo de contactos del departamento está mostrando una notable mejora en sus esfuerzos para conectarse y aconsejar a las personas que han dado positivo para COVID-19.

Cuando se realiza en combinación con las pruebas, el rastreo de contactos ralentiza la propagación del virus, manteniéndonos en el camino para reabrir más sectores de nuestra economía y, finalmente, nuestras escuelas. Para ello, informa a las personas que pueden haber estado expuestas a COVID-19 y debe controlar su salud en busca de signos y síntomas, así como hacerse la prueba y posiblemente la cuarentena automática.

“Hemos visto un sólido aumento en el número de personas infectadas a las que hemos podido llegar, desde el 46% hace unas semanas hasta el 67% la semana pasada”, dijo el Director de Salud Pública del Condado, Corwin Porter. “También estamos viendo mejoras comparables en la duración media de tiempo entre un caso reportado y el individuo que está siendo contactado por una de nuestra gente, que ahora es menos de un día”.

Porter añadió que el equipo de rastreo de contactos ha ampliado el número de idiomas hablados por sus miembros, y hizo hincapié en el papel fundamental que el rastreo de contactos está desempeñando en los esfuerzos del Condado para reducir la propagación del virus y mejorar la salud pública.

“El rastreo de contactos es una práctica probada de salud pública que ha ayudado a frenar la propagación de enfermedades que van desde el sarampión y la tuberculosis hasta el VIH”, dijo Porter. “Nuestro personal de salud pública especialmente capacitado llama a los residentes que han dado positivo y les ofrecen orientación sobre cómo responder. Luego les ayudamos a recordar aquellos con los que han estado en estrecho contacto para que podamos notificar rápidamente a esas personas de su exposición potencial y lo que pueden hacer para protegerse a sí mismos y a los demás”.

Entre los beneficios del rastreo de contactos está la capacidad de descubrir posibles “puntos calientes” de infección alrededor del condado, así como para identificar cómo se está propagando la enfermedad en la comunidad local. Según Porter, uno de los principales hallazgos del programa es que las reuniones de familiares y amigos siguen siendo un importante contribuyente a la difusión de COVID-19.

“Apreciamos lo difícil que es resistirse a reunirse con amigos y seres queridos, especialmente después de meses de relativo aislamiento”, dijo. “Pero seguimos suplicando a los residentes del condado que sean extremadamente cautelosos y hagan todo lo posible para evitar reunirse en esos grupos”.

Después de las recientes vacaciones del Día del Trabajo, se alienta a los residentes a hacerse la prueba en cualquiera de los muchos sitios de pruebas que operan en todo el condado. Para encontrar ubicaciones y hacer una cita, visite la página web de pruebas del Condado.

El nuevo PSA ofrece una guía paso a paso para las pruebas de auto-swab
Un nuevo video demuestra el procedimiento de auto-hisopo nasal al tomar una prueba COVID-19 se ha añadido recientemente a la página web de pruebas COVID-19.  El video “Anuncio de Servicio Público” (PSA) explica y muestra lo fácil, indoloro y rápido que es tomar la prueba, en cuatro pasos sencillos.

Mientras que se recomiendan las citas, todas las ubicaciones de las pruebas ahora aceptan caminatas, y los resultados generalmente se remontan a usted dentro de las 72 horas. Hazte la prueba, nos ayudará a controlar el coronavirus y abrir más de nuestros negocios.

Más presos y empleados del Sheriff prueban positivo para COVID-19

A partir de hoy, un total de 336 presos de la cárcel 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 314 presos se han recuperado.

Un total de 180 empleados del departamento han dado positivo en COVID-19; 171 se han recuperado del virus. Se espera que otros empleados vuelvan al trabajo en las próximas semanas.

Estadísticas más recientes

49,691 Casos Confirmados        (un 0% del día anterior)

765 Muertes                              (un 0% del día anterior)

525,146 Probados                     (un 0,4 % más del día anterior)

Para obtener más estadísticas del Tablero de Vigilancia COVID-19, haga clic en la pestaña de escritorio o móvil en el sitio


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  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.

Have a COVID-Safe Labor Day so we can open more businesses

San Bernardino County is very close to meeting the metrics needed to move out of the State’s purple tier and into the red tier. When that happens, schools, restaurants, gyms, nail salons, places of worship, and other businesses and activities can be cleared for indoor use again with occupancy limits.

That’s why County Public Health officials are urging county residents to remain vigilant during the Labor Day weekend.

“Our data is showing that we are getting much closer to meeting the State’s metrics to move into the red tier,” said County Public Health Director Corwin Porter. “We all need to do our part, especially this weekend, and avoid gatherings of people or situations that may allow the virus to continue its spread.”

The two key metrics for moving between tiers can be seen on the newly designed “CDPH Monitoring” tab on the County’s COVID-19 dashboard. Other dashboard tabs were redesigned and updated today as well. The ongoing percentage of tests coming in positive has to be below 8% over seven days. In one month the county has moved from 20.6% to 8.4%. The other metric is new positive cases per day per 100,000 residents over seven days. The number that has to be met is seven. In less than a week, the county has moved from 11.6 to 9.3.

The Memorial Day and Fourth of July weekends were followed by huge spikes in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and eventually deaths. That prompted the State to order closed many of the operations and activities that had just opened. There is concern the same thing could happen after Labor Day.

The following measures reduce the spread of infection and move more businesses and activities closer to reopening:

  • Avoid gathering with people who are not members of your household. Almost 70% of those who test positive and had participated in a gathering had gathered with family and friends from different households.
  • If you must shop or leave home for other essential needs, wear something that covers your nose and mouth to protect others in case you have the virus and don’t know it. Almost 12% of those who are infected do not have symptoms of illness, and that number is growing. In mid-August, only 10.3% of those infected were asymptomatic.
  • Make a conscious effort to keep yourself at least six feet away from people who are not members of your household.
  • Get tested, even if you don’t feel sick and don’t have reason to think you’ve been exposed to the virus. In 48 hours or less you can find out if you are an asymptomatic carrier and whether you should temporarily isolate yourself from loved ones, especially those who are elderly or sick. The County offers free and painless testing at 15 locations throughout the county. The State of California as well as some pharmacies and medical clinics offer testing as well.

None of these on their own eliminate risk. But each of these proven measures reduces risk, and when combined, they reduce risk significantly. Combined over the Labor Day weekend, they might very well make the difference in how soon you can eat inside a restaurant in San Bernardino County, go inside of a gym, or get your nails done indoors.

County issues Heat Advisory through Labor Day

County of San Bernardino Interim Health Officer Dr. Erin Gustafson issued a heat advisory as temperatures over 100˚F are expected throughout the county today through Labor Day, Sept. 7.

“High temperatures during this time of the year are not unusual,” said Gustafson. “However, extreme heat may affect one’s health, especially those who are vulnerable to heat illness, including the elderly, those who work or exercise outdoors, infants and children, the homeless or poor and people with chronic medical conditions, including individuals with or recovering from COVID-19.”

Residents are encouraged to learn the warning signs and symptoms of heat-related illness and are advised to take the necessary precautions to prevent serious health effects such as heat exhaustion or heat stroke by following the tips below.

Stay cool

  • Stay in air-conditioned buildings.
  • Find an air-conditioned Cooling Center open to the public by dialing the United Way’s toll-free resource telephone line at 2-1-1, or online.
  • Do not rely on a fan as a primary cooling device.
  • Limit outdoor activity, especially midday when it is the hottest part of the day and avoid direct sunlight.
  • Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • Take cool showers or baths to lower body temperature.
  • Check on at-risk friends, family and neighbors at least twice a day.
  • Hot-weather assistance for seniors is available by calling the Senior Information and Assistance Hotline at 800-510-2020.

Stay hydrated

  • Drink water more than usual and don’t wait until thirst sets in to drink.
  • Drink from two to four cups of water every hour while working.
  • Avoid alcohol or liquids containing high amounts of sugar.
  • Make sure family, friends and neighbors are drinking enough water.

Don’t forget to wear a mask or face covering

  • Switch to a cotton bandana or face covering that isn’t too heavy or thick to wear in the heat.
  • If feeling overheated while wearing a face covering, take it off for a moment and breathe while maintaining six feet distance from others. Be sure to put it back on when ready.

For Pets

Pets are vulnerable to high temperatures too, but are unable to vocalize their distress. Some signs of heat distress in pets can include heavy panting, difficulty breathing, lethargy, excessive thirst and vomiting. Help prevent a heat emergency by taking these steps.

  • Leave pets extra water.
  • Bring pets inside during periods of extreme heat.
  • Ensure pets have plenty of shade if kept outside. Remember, the shade pets have in the morning will either change or diminish as the sun moves throughout the day and may not protect them.
  • Don’t force animals to exercise when it is hot and humid. Exercise pets early in the morning or late in the evening when temperatures are cooler.
  • Do not let pets stand on sidewalks or hot asphalt to avoid burning their paws.
  • Never leave pets in a parked vehicle. Even in the shade with windows cracked, temperatures can reach over 120 degrees inside. The vehicle is quickly turned into a furnace and can kill any animal.

For more information, visit the National Weather Service Forecast website at or the California Department of Public Health website at

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