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January 21, 2022 – Update

The County Update publishes on Fridays and as needed to share important County news. #SBCountyTogether

In Today’s Update:

  • COVID-19 testing expands in San Bernardino County
  • Johnson & Johnson vaccine no longer at County sites, available at pharmacies, clinics
  • Board of Supervisors will meet virtually to help stem the surge
  • Homeless Point-In-Time Count postponed to February
  • On the Record with Chairman Hagman – Long-haul COVID-19
  • Desert View Conservation Area recognized by American Society of Landscape Architects
  • First 5 San Bernardino seeks parent input, launches survey panel
  • Assessor-Recorder-County Clerk rolls out mobile unit RV for increased services
  • Barstow Job Fair and Expungement event is on Feb. 9
  • Whisker Wednesdays – Adopt a cat
  • #OperationHammerStrike continues into week 20, hand grenade destroyed
  • Jobs of the week

Vaccinating San Bernardino County (as of January 18, 2022)

Doses administered to county residents – 2,842,795

County residents fully vaccinated – 1,145,166

Percentage of age 5+ residents any vaccination   – 64.6%

Percentage of age 5+ residents fully vaccinated   – 56.4%

To schedule an appointment, please visit the County vaccination page or call the COVID-19 helpline at (909) 387-3911, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

COVID-19 Test Distribution Resumes, Testing Opportunities Expand Countywide

Testing remains in high demand countywide as COVID-19 continues to surge following the holiday season.

Starting today, County-facilitated testing sites will resume the distribution of free over-the-counter antigen tests kits to individuals who live, work or attend school in San Bernardino County (proof of residency or employment required). 

“In December we became one of the first counties to provide residents with free at-home test kits,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “That’s why I am pleased to announce that thanks to the hard work of the County team we have secured enough additional tests to resume this valuable service for the people of San Bernardino County.”

Since December, the County has provided about 300,000 over-the-counter antigen test kits to the people of San Bernardino County at testing sites and through partnerships with community agencies.

At the County’s testing sites, the Department of Public Health along with the State Department of Public Health and their partnership with OptumServe Health Services Inc. will offer expanded services to ensure our residents have access to COVID-19 testing. 

This week, three new testing buses were launched with this partnership – in Barstow, in partnership with the Barstow Adult School; in Colton, in partnership with Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC); and in downtown San Bernardino, in partnership with San Bernardino County. There are now 10 COVID-19 state-supported testing locations countywide that are open to all.

Regardless of employment status, income status, or health insurance status, these COVID-19 testing sites (along with other County-run COVID-19 testing sites) serve the community and offer free and confidential COVID-19 testing. The sites offer self-administered PCRs that are processed at a lab in California and results are returned within 24-72 hours. Due to the surge of COVID-19 positive cases and increased exposures to those with COVID-19, results are requiring a full three days to process. Each result is provided via text message, phone call, and email.

 Two weeks ago, Gov. Newsom and CDPH activated the help of the National Guard to provide support to 50 state-supported COVID-19 testing sites statewide. Of those 50 COVID-19 testing sites, five testing sites are in San Bernardino County and are continuing to receive National Guard assistance. The National Guard is providing temporary clinical staff while permanent staff are hired, adding capacity for walk-ins to be accepted and assisting with crowd control – all in an effort to get more San Bernardino County residents tested.

If you or anyone you know needs a COVID-19 test, please register at: lhi.care/covidtesting or call (888) 634-1123. Every site is accepting walk-ins; however, it is while supplies last and long wait times are to be expected.

To visit a state-supported COVID-19 testing location, please visit the following locations:

Apple Valley – James A. Woody Community Center
13467 Navajo Rd., Apple Valley
Monday – Thursday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Barstow – Barstow Adult School
720 E. Main St., Barstow
Friday – Tuesday from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Chino – CVUSD Chino Valley Adult School
COVID-19 TESTING BUS
12970 3rd St., Chino
Monday – Friday from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
(National Guard support at site)

Colton – Arrowhead Regional Medical Center
COVID-19 TESTING BUS

400 N. Pepper Ave., Colton
Wednesday – Sunday from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Colton – Gonzales Community Center
670 Colton Ave., Colton
Sunday – Thursday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Montclair – Montclair Kid’s Station
COVID-19 TESTING BUS
4985 Richton St., Montclair
Wednesday – Sunday from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
(National Guard support at site)

Rancho Cucamonga – Terra Vista 6 Cinemas
COVID-19 TESTING BUS
10701 Town Center Dr., Rancho Cucamonga
Wednesday – Sunday from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
(National Guard support at site)

San Bernardino – Department of Public Health
COVID-19 TESTING BUS

172 W. 3rd St., San Bernardino
Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Upland – Landecena Community Building
1325 San Bernardino Rd., Upland
Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
(National Guard support at site)

Yucaipa – 7th Street Pool
12385 7th St., Yucaipa
Sunday – Tuesday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
(National Guard support at site)

In addition, the U.S. Postal Service announced this week it is taking orders for four COVID-19 tests per household. People interested in obtaining the free at-home kits may visit www.covidtests.gov to order a shipment.

To view a more comprehensive list of COVID-19 testing sites in San Bernardino County, please visit: sbcovid19.com/testing-sites or call the San Bernardino County COVID-19 Hotline at 909-387-3911

Johnson & Johnson Vaccine No Longer at County Sites, Available at Pharmacies, Clinics

Due to limited supply, the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine is no longer available at County-run vaccination sites. The County will continue to provide a portion of Johnson & Johnson vaccines to our vaccine provider network (i.e., clinics, pharmacies, etc.) with J&J while supplies last.

If you are seeking the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, check out vaccines.gov for locations offering the vaccine near you.

Board Meetings Going Virtual to Help Stem the Surge

 To help stem the current surge in COVID-19 cases in San Bernardino County, the Board of Supervisors is limiting in-person attendance at their board meetings and creating opportunities for the public and Board members to participate virtually.

Live and recorded Board meetings are always available for viewing on CountyDirect. But starting with this Tuesday’s Jan. 25 meeting and until further notice, viewers will be able to offer live public comment over a dedicated audio line. The public is encouraged to participate virtually as seating in the Board’s meeting chambers in San Bernardino will be severely limited.

Information on how to participate in Board meetings will be published on the County’s public participation website in time for Tuesday’s meeting.

2022 Homeless Point-In-Time Count Postponed

In light of the recent surge of COVID-19 cases, the federal government has authorized the county to postpone the annual Point-In-Time Count (PITC) of unsheltered homeless individuals until Feb.24.

“The health and safety of our community, those experiencing homelessness, and PITC volunteers, is of utmost importance to San Bernardino County,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman.

San Bernardino County was one of many homeless Continuums of Care throughout California seeking approval from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to briefly postpone this year’s count, which had been scheduled for Jan. 27.

The county typically collects data from people experiencing homelessness in unsheltered and sheltered locations during the annual PITC within the last 10 days of January as mandated by HUD. The count and survey is critical to secure government and private grant funding as well as other resources for local communities to assist individuals who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

While ensuring the safety of volunteers and participants had been at the forefront of planning efforts well before the omicron surge, the county will implement heightened safety measures when the count takes place in February based on recommendations from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

  • All volunteers will be provided with a KN95 mask.
  • All hygiene kits distributed during the unsheltered count will contain KN95 masks and hand sanitizer.

The Office of Homeless Services will continue to seek volunteers for the PITC on Feb. 24. Volunteer registration can be found on https://wp.sbcounty.gov/dbh/sbchp/  under announcements. Volunteers that have already registered will receive notification from the city in which they registered to participate and will be kept informed of any changes to training or participation.

The annual PITC is coordinated by the San Bernardino County Community Revitalization Office of Homeless Services (OHS) in conjunction with the San Bernardino County Homeless Partnership and is designed to provide invaluable data on homeless individuals and families within the county on a given day and time.

If you have questions regarding the count or registration, please call (909) 501-0617 or email Claudia Doyle at claudia.doyle@hss.sbcounty.gov.

On the Record with Chairman Hagman

Disinformation can be dangerous. That’s why Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman has launched “On the Record with Chairman Hagman,” a series of informative videos to separate fact from fiction in the often-confusing world of COVID-19 information.

Each installment of On the Record takes on a different myth and counters it with scientific facts presented by Arrowhead Regional Medical Center physicians and other County healthcare professionals.

This week, Chairman Hagman answers the question, “What is long-haul COVID and what are some treatments and resources if you are still struggling with some effects?”

Desert View Conservation Area recognized by American Society of Landscape Architects

The San Bernardino County Department of Public Works Special Districts’ Desert View Conservation Area in Joshua Tree received an award from the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) for its excellent design. Special Districts project management staff collaborated with Architerra Design Group to design this grant-funded project. The project included a prefabricated shade structure, prefabricated restroom, large custom steel entrance sign, interpretive directional/wayfinding signage, and various entrance gates.

The San Bernardino County Public Works Department, Special Districts Division also was awarded a National Association of Counties, (NACo), 2021 Achievement Award in the Category of Arts, Culture and Historic Preservation for the completion of the Desert View Recreational Trails project.

“Great projects require a strong team with a clear vision of what a successful project requires” said President and Founder of Architerra Design Group Richard Krumwiede. “This award is a testament of the trust and teamwork that made this award-winning project possible.” 

Visit the Desert View Conservation Area on your next trip to Joshua Tree. For more information about San Bernardino County Service Area 20 visit the Joshua Tree Park and Recreation website.

First 5 San Bernardino Seeks Parent Input, Launches ‘Families Count Inland Empire’ Survey Panel

Do you reside in the Inland Empire and have a child under the age of 9?  If so, you are invited to join Families Count Inland Empire, First 5 San Bernardino’s new parent survey panel.

“No one understands what it’s like to raise small children in today’s society better than parents,” said First 5 San Bernardino Executive Director Karen Scott.  “By taking a brief survey, parents and caregivers will provide important insights on how we can create better solutions to improve the lives of children,” Scott concluded.

Families Count was created by Help Me Grow Inland Empire in partnership with First 5 San Bernardino, First 5 Riverside and Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital to ensure that parents’ voices are heard.

Families Count offers parents of young children the opportunity to inform changes in their community.  According to First 5 San Bernardino’s Deputy Director Scott McGrath, the organizations seek to gather a diverse pool of participants representing the unique landscape of the Inland Empire.  As such, the website and survey are provided in both English familiescountie.org and Spanish Las Familias Cuentan | Help Me Grow Inland Empire (helpmegrowie.org)

Upon registration, parents will receive short surveys by text or email every 4-6 weeks, decide which surveys to join and, of course, may opt out at any time.  First 5 San Bernardino welcomes your input, so please consider joining the conversation. http://surveys.familiescountie.org/s/registration-survey/tt-190a3f

Assessor-Recorder-County Clerk Rolls Out Mobile Unit RV for Increased Services

The San Bernardino County Assessor-Recorder-Clerk (ARC) is announcing its newest office location for increased services. The office space is located… wherever you need ARC to be.

The ARC Mobile Unit is an RV equipped with the latest technology to allow for the remote production and secure issuance of vital records copies (birth, death, and marriage certificates), marriage licenses, marriage ceremonies and recording of documents. In response to the increase of COVID cases throughout the county, the ARC Mobile Unit is currently deployed outside ARC’s main office at 222 W. Hospitality Lane, in San Bernardino, CA. The Mobile Unit will provide additional workstations outdoors for the next few weeks to support ARC services.

“Through the leadership of our County Supervisors, I am proud to announce the ARC Mobile Unit that gives our department the capability to provide essential services to communities anywhere in San Bernardino County,” said San Bernardino County Assessor-Recorder-Clerk Bob Dutton. “ARC services will now be accessible to more residents in San Bernardino County. With safety being a priority, we can provide services outdoors that promotes social distancing to keep both customers and staff safe.”

Federally funded through the CARES Act, the ARC Mobile Unit was a joint project of the County’s Administrative Office, Fleet Management Department and the Assessor-Recorder-Clerk Department.

Through the expertise of San Bernardino County’s Fleet Management Department, the ARC Mobile Unit was retrofitted from a recreational vehicle to become a county office-space on wheels. The ARC Mobile Unit rides on the American built Ford 2018 Vegas Thor RV. Utilizing renewable energy as it is equipped with solar powered batteries, the RV also has mobile internet capabilities, and can accept payment via debit/credit card. The ARC Mobile Unit will provide essential services at public events and will be deployed as needed to assist in future county disaster recovery efforts.

Register for the Barstow Job Fair and Criminal Record-Clearing Event on Feb. 9

Employers from Barstow Community Hospital, Barstow Unified School District, Barstow Community College, California Highway Patrol, Highway Radio/Heftel Broadcasting, the U.S. Army, New Hope Village and MP Materials will be at a Job Fair and Record-Clearing event on Feb. 9.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Cora Harper Community center, 841 Barstow Road in Barstow.

Attendees may also get their criminal records cleared, if eligible, as the San Bernardino County Public Defender’s Office will be on site for assistance.

If you are a job seeker, register here. Employers who are interested in hiring and attending the event, may register here.

The event is sponsored by San Bernardino County, Board of Supervisors Vice Chair and Third District Supervisor Dawn Rowe, the City of Barstow, El Dorado Broadcasting and the Greater High Desert Chamber of Commerce.

Whisker Wednesdays Through January

Every Wednesday in January, Devore and Big Bear Animal Shelters are reducing cat adoption fees to $17. Price includes spay or neuter, microchip and most vaccines, limit 2 at reduced price.

The next Whisker Wednesday takes place on Jan. 26!

Visit Animal Care and Control for more information.

#OperationHammerStrike Continues into Week 20, Hand Grenade Destroyed

Hand Grenade

Investigators from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department – Marijuana Enforcement Team (MET), along with deputies from several different patrol Stations, served 18 search warrants at various locations in Lucerne Valley, Wonder Valley, Adelanto, Hesperia, Twentynine Palms, and Helendale between Jan. 10 and 16. 

MET personnel had received numerous complaints about large outdoor and indoor marijuana cultivations in these areas.  Over this past week, sheriff’s personnel located and arrested 15 suspects.  Investigators seized 7,095 marijuana plants, 5,045.5 pounds of processed marijuana, 11 guns, 1,583 grams of concentrated marijuana, and over $5,600.00.  Investigators eradicated a total of 63 greenhouses found at these locations, as well as 2 THC extraction labs.  Investigators located one live fragmentation hand grenade, which was destroyed in place by deputies from the Sheriff’s Arson/Bomb Division.

The investigations revealed the cannabis cultivations were not in compliance with California’s Medical and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA) and San Bernardino County’s ordinance prohibiting commercial cannabis activity.  San Bernardino County has a law prohibiting commercial cannabis activity, which includes growing marijuana plants outdoors.  

The Sheriff’s Gangs/Narcotics Division will continue to enforce California’s cannabis laws and San Bernardino County’s ordinance regarding cannabis cultivation and distribution.  Persons found guilty of violating the state law and county ordinance are subject to fines, prosecution, and seizure of property.  

Property owners who are growing marijuana or are aware their tenants are growing marijuana on their properties in violation of the state law and local ordinances may also be subject to civil or criminal sanctions.  Property owners are encouraged to contact their local law enforcement or code compliance agency to confirm if cultivating cannabis is prohibited or allowed under specific regulations.

The suspects were cited or booked on charges of cultivation of cannabis, over six plants, possession for sales of marijuana, illegal water discharge, manufacturing a controlled substance, and conspiracy.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Gangs/Narcotics Division at (909)387-8400 or NARC-MET@sbcsd.org. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463), or you may leave the information on the We-Tip website at www.wetip.com.

Job Openings in San Bernardino County

San Bernardino County has jobs that will be opening on Saturday, Jan. 22. We encourage you to apply and share these job openings with those who may be interested in them. Recruitments listed are subject to final department approval. Check sbcounty.gov/jobs for the most up-to-date recruitments.

Latest Stats

462,700 Confirmed Cases           (up 5.9% from the previous day)
6,225 Deaths                                 (up 0.16% from the previous day)
5,758,723 Tests                            (up 1.9% 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.

Information About COVID-19 Vaccine Cards

COVID-19 Vaccine Cards are a convenient way to show proof that you have been vaccinated. Read our FAQs at sbcovid19.com/vaccinecards and watch this video to learn more about vaccine cards and what to do if you need to replace yours.

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 enero de 2022

La actualización del condado se publica los viernes y según sea necesario para compartir noticias importantes del condado. #SBCountyTogether

En la Actualización de Hoy:

  • Se expanden las pruebas de COVID-19 en el condado de San Bernardino
  • La vacuna Johnson & Johnson ya no está disponible en los sitios del condado, solo en las farmacias y clínicas
  • La Junta de Supervisores se reunirá virtualmente para ayudar contener el aumento de casos
  • Posponen el recuento de las personas sin hogar hasta febrero
  • En el registro con el presidente Hagman: COVID-19 a larga distancia
  • Área de Conservación del Desierto reconocida por la Sociedad Americana de Arquitectos Paisajistas
  • First 5 de San Bernardino busca la opinión de los padres, lanza un panel de encuestas
  • Tasador-Registrador-Secretario del condado lanza una unidad móvil RV para aumentar los servicios
  • El evento de limpieza de antecedentes penales y feria de empleo de Barstow es el 9 de febrero
  • Miércoles de Bigotes – Adopta un gato
  • #OperationHammerStrike continúa en la semana 20, granada de mano destruida
  • Trabajos de la semana

Vacunando el condado de San Bernardino (a partir del 18 de enero, 2021)

Dosis administradas a residentes del condado – 2,842,795

Residentes del condado completamente vacunados – 1,145,166

Porcentaje de residentes de 5+ años de edad de cualquier vacuna- 64.6%

Porcentaje de residentes de 5+ años de edad completamente vacunados- 56.4%

Para programar una cita, por favor visite la página de vacunación del condado o llame a la línea de ayuda Covid-19 al (909) 387-3911, de lunes a viernes de 9 a.m. a 5 p.m.

Resumen Distribución de Pruebas de COVID-19, las Oportunidades de Pruebas se Expanden por todo el Condado

Las pruebas se mantienen en alta pedida en todo el país, ya que el COVID-19 continúa aumentando después de los días festivos.

A partir de hoy, los sitios de pruebas facilitados por el condado resumirán la distribución de kits gratuitos de pruebas de antígenos de venta libre ,a personas que viven o trabajan o asisten en las escuelas del condado de San Bernardino (se requiere prueba de residencia o empleo).

 “En diciembre fuimos de los primeros condados en proporcionar a los residentes kits de prueba gratuitos en casa”, dijo el presidente de la Junta de Supervisores, Curt Hagman. “Es por eso que me complace anunciar que gracias al duro trabajo del equipo del condado hemos asegurado suficientes pruebas adicionales para resumir este valioso servicio para la gente del condado de San Bernardino.”

Desde diciembre, el condado ha proporcionado alrededor de 300,000 kits de prueba de antígenos de venta libre a la gente del condado de San Bernardino en los sitios de prueba y a través de asociaciones con agencias comunitarias.

En los sitios de pruebas del Condado, el Departamento de Salud Pública junto con el Departamento de Salud Pública del Estado y su asociación con OptumServe Health Services Inc. ofrecerán servicios ampliados para asegurar que nuestros residentes tengan acceso a las pruebas de COVID-19.

Esta semana, lanzaron tres nuevos autobuses de pruebas – en Barstow, en asociación con la Escuela de Adultos de Barstow; en Colton, en asociación con Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC); y en el centro de San Bernardino, en sociedad con el condado de San Bernardino. Ahora hay 10 lugares apoyados por el estado de pruebas de COVID-19 ,a disponibilidad a todos del condado.

Sin importar el estado laboral, el estado de ingresos o el estado del seguro de salud, estos sitios de pruebas de COVID-19 (junto con otros sitios de pruebas de COVID-19 administrados por el condado) sirven a la comunidad y ofrecen pruebas de COVID-19 gratuitas y confidenciales a todos. Los sitios ofrecen PCR autoadministradas que se procesan en un laboratorio en California y los resultados se devuelven en un plazo de 24-72 horas. Debido al aumento de los casos positivos de COVID-19 y al aumento de la exposición a aquellos con COVID-19, los resultados requieren tres días completos para su procesamiento. Cada resultado se proporciona a través de mensajes de texto, llamadas telefónicas y correo electrónico.

Hace dos semanas, el gobernador Newsom y el CDPH activaron la ayuda de la Guardia Nacional para proporcionar apoyo a 50 sitios de pruebas de COVID-19 en todo el estado. De esos 50 sitios, cinco se encuentran en el condado de San Bernardino y siguen recibiendo asistencia de la Guardia Nacional. La Guardia Nacional está proporcionando personal clínico temporal mientras que el personal permanente es contratado, agregando capacidad para pacientes sin citas para ser aceptados y ayudando con el control de la multitud – todo en un esfuerzo para conseguir más residentes del condado de San Bernardino a prueba.

Si usted o alguien que conoce necesita una prueba de COVID-19, por favor regístrese en: lhi.care/covidtesting o llame al (888) 634-1123. Cada sitio está aceptando paciente sin citas; sin embargo, es mientras que los suministros duran y se esperan largos tiempos de espera.

Para visitar un sitio de pruebas de COVID-19 del estado, visite los siguientes lugares:  

Apple Valley – James A. Woody Community Center
13467 Navajo Rd., Apple Valley
lunes – jueves de 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Barstow – Barstow Adult School
720 E. Main St., Barstow
viernes – martes de 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Chino – CVUSD Chino Valley Adult School
Autobus de pruebas COVID-19
12970 3rd St., Chino
lunes – viernes de 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

(Sitio de la Guarda Nacional del estado)

Colton – Arrowhead Regional Medical Center
Autobus de Pruebas COVID-19

400 N. Pepper Ave., Colton
miércoles – domingo de 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Colton – Gonzales Community Center
670 Colton Ave., Colton
domingo – jueves de 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Montclair – Montclair Kid’s Station
Autosbus de Pruebas COVID-19
4985 Richton St., Montclair
miercoles – domingo de 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

(Sitio de la Guarda Nacional del estado)

Rancho Cucamonga – Terra Vista 6 Cinemas
Autosbus de Pruebas COVID-19
10701 Town Center Dr., Rancho Cucamonga
miércoles – domingo de 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

(Sitio de la Guarda Nacional del estado)

San Bernardino – Department of Public Health
Autosbus de Pruebas COVID-19

172 W. 3rd St., San Bernardino
lunes – viernes de 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Upland – Landecena Community Building
1325 San Bernardino Rd., Upland
lunes – viernes de 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

(Sitio de la Guarda Nacional del estado)

Yucaipa – 7th Street Pool
12385 7th St., Yucaipa
domingo – martes de 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

(Sitio de la Guarda Nacional del estado)

Además, el Servicio Postal de Estados Unidos anunció esta semana que está tomando órdenes para cuatro pruebas de COVID-19 por hogar. Las personas interesadas en obtener los kits gratuitos a domicilio pueden visitar www.covidtests.gov para solicitar un envío.

Para ver una lista más completa de los sitios de prueba de COVID-19 en el Condado de San Bernardino, visite: sbcovid19.com/testing-sites o llame a la línea directa COVID-19 del Condado de San Bernardino al 909-387-3911

La Vacuna Johnson & Johnson ya no Está Disponible en los Sitios del Condado, Solo en las Farmacias y Clínicas

Debido al suministro limitado, la vacuna Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 ya no está disponible en los centros de vacunación administrados por el condado. El Condado continuará proporcionando una porción de las vacunas Johnson & Johnson a nuestra red de proveedores de vacunas (es decir, clínicas, farmacias, etc.) mientras duren los suministros de J&J.

Si usted está buscando la vacuna Johnson & Johnson, visite la página Vacunas.gov para ubicaciones que ofrecen la vacuna cerca de usted.

La Junta de Supervisores se Reunirá Virtualmente Para Ayudar Contener el Aumento de Casos

Para ayudar a frenar el aumento actual de casos de COVID-19 en el Condado de San Bernardino, la Junta de Supervisores está limitando la asistencia presencial a las reuniones de su junta y creando oportunidades para que el público y los miembros de la junta participen virtualmente.

Las reuniones del consejo en directo y grabadas están siempre disponibles para su visualización en CountyDirect. Pero a partir de la reunión del 25 de enero de este martes y hasta nuevo aviso, los espectadores podrán ofrecer comentarios públicos en vivo a través de una línea de audio dedicada. Se anima al público a participar virtualmente, ya que los asientos en las salas de reuniones de la Junta en San Bernardino serán severamente limitados.

La información sobre cómo participar en las reuniones de la Junta se publicará en el sitio web de participación pública del condado justo a tiempo para la reunión del martes..

Postponen el Recuento 2022 de las Personas Sin Hogar

 Por el reciente aumento de casos de COVID-19, el gobierno federal autorizó al condado a posponer el recuento anual (PITC, por sus siglas en inglés) de personas sin hogar hasta el 24 de febrero.

“La salud y la seguridad de nuestra comunidad, las personas sin hogar y los voluntarios de PITC son de importancia para el condado de San Bernardino”, dijo el presidente de la Junta de Supervisores, Curt Hagman.

El condado de San Bernardino fue uno de los muchos continuos de atención para personas sin hogar en todo California en búsqueda de la aprobación del Departamento de Vivienda y Desarrollo Urbano de EE. UU. para posponer brevemente el recuento de este año, que estaba programado para el 27 de enero.

El condado generalmente acumula datos de personas sin hogar en lugares protegidos y sin refugio durante el PITC anual dentro de los últimos 10 días de enero según lo dispuesto por HUD. El recuento y la encuesta son fundamentales para asegurar la financiación de subvenciones privadas y gubernamentales, así como otros recursos para que las comunidades locales ayuden a las personas sin hogar o en riesgo de quedarse sin hogar.

Mientras que la seguridad de los voluntarios y los participantes estuvo al frente de los esfuerzos de planificación mucho antes del aumento de omicron, el condado implementará medidas de seguridad reforzadas cuando el recuento se lleve a cabo en febrero según las recomendaciones de los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC).

  • Todos los voluntarios recibirán una máscara KN95.
  • Todos los kits de higiene distribuidos durante el recuento tendrán máscaras KN95 y desinfectante para manos.

La Oficina de Servicios para Personas sin Hogar continuará buscando voluntarios para el PITC que se llevará a cabo el 24 de febrero. El registro de voluntarios se puede encontrar en https://wp.sbcounty.gov/dbh/sbchp/ bajo los anuncios. Los voluntarios que ya se hayan registrado recibirán una notificación de la ciudad en la que se registraron para participar y se les avisara de cualquier cambio.

El PITC anual es coordinado por la Oficina de Revitalización Comunitaria de Servicios para Personas sin Hogar (OHS) del Condado de San Bernardino en conjunto con la Asociación de Personas sin Hogar del Condado de San Bernardino y está diseñado para proporcionar datos invaluables sobre personas y familias sin hogar dentro del condado.

Si tiene preguntas sobre el recuento o el registro, llame al (909) 501-0617 o envíe un correo electrónico a Claudia Doyle a claudia.doyle@hss.sbcounty.gov.

En el registro con el presidente Hagman

La malinformación puede ser peligrosa. Es por eso que el presidente de la Junta de Supervisores, Curt Hagman, lanzó “On the Record with Chairman Hagman”, una serie de videos informativos para separar los hechos de la ficción en el mundo y lo confuso de la información sobre el COVID-19.

Cada episodio de On the Record toma un mito diferente y lo enfrenta con hechos científicos presentados por los médicos del Arrowhead Regional Medical Center y otros profesionales de la salud del condado.

Esta semana, el presidente Hagman responde a la pregunta: “¿Qué es el COVID a la distancia y cuáles son algunos tratamientos y recursos si todavía está luchando con algunos efectos?”

Área de conservación del Desierto Reconocida por la Sociedad Estadounidense de Arquitectos Paisajistas

 El Área de Conservación del Desierto del Distrito Especial del Departamento de Obras Públicas del Condado de San Bernardino en Joshua Tree recibió un premio de la Sociedad Estadounidense de Arquitectos Paisajistas (ASLA) por su excelente diseño. El personal de gestión de proyectos de Distritos Especiales colaboró ​​con Architerra Design Group para diseñar este proyecto financiado por una subvención. El proyecto incluía una estructura de sombra prefabricada, un baño prefabricado, un gran letrero de entrada de acero personalizado, señalización interpretativa direccional/de orientación y varias puertas de entrada.

El Departamento de Obras Públicas del Condado de San Bernardino, División de Distritos Especiales, también recibió un Premio al Logro 2021 de la Asociación Nacional de Condados (NACo) en la Categoría de Arte, Cultura y Preservación Histórica por la finalización del proyecto Desert View Recreational Trails

“Los grandes proyectos requieren un equipo fuerte con una visión clara de lo que requiere un proyecto exitoso”, dijo el presidente y fundador de Architerra Design Group, Richard Krumwiede. “Este premio es un testimonio de la confianza y el trabajo en equipo que hicieron posible este proyecto”.

Visite el Área de Conservación del desierto en su próximo viaje a Joshua Tree. Para obtener más información sobre el Área de servicio 20 del condado de San Bernardino, visite el sitio web de Joshua Tree Park.

First 5 San Bernardino Busca la Opinión de los Padres y Lanza el Panel de Encuestas ‘Families Count Inland Empire’

¿Reside en Inland Empire y tiene un hijo menor de nueve años? Si es así, está invitado a unirse a Families Count Inland Empire, el nuevo panel de encuestas para padres de First 5 San Bernardino.

“Nadie entiende lo que es criar niños pequeños en la sociedad actual mejor que los padres”, dijo la directora ejecutiva de First 5 San Bernardino, Karen Scott.  “Al hacer una breve encuesta, los padres y cuidadores proporcionarán importantes ideas sobre cómo podemos crear mejores soluciones para mejorar la vida de los niños”, concluyó Scott.

Families Count fue creado por Help Me Grow Inland Empire en asociación con First 5 San Bernardino, First 5 Riverside y Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital para garantizar que se escuchen las voces de los padres.

Families Count ofrece a los padres de niños pequeños la oportunidad de informar los cambios en su comunidad. Según el subdirector de First 5 San Bernardino, Scott McGrath, las organizaciones buscan reunir un grupo diverso de participantes que representen el paisaje único del Inland Empire. Como tal, el sitio web y la encuesta se proporcionan tanto en inglés familycountie.org como en español Las Familias Cuentan | Help Me Grow  Inland Empire (helpmegrowie.org).

Al registrarse, los padres recibirán encuestas breves por mensaje de texto o correo electrónico cada 4 a 6 semanas, decidirán a qué encuestas unirse y, por supuesto, pueden optar por no participar en cualquier momento. First 5 San Bernardino agradece sus comentarios, así que considere unirse a la conversación. http://surveys.familiescountie.org/s/registration-survey/tt-190a3f

Tasador-Registrador-Secretario del Condado Lanza Unidad Móvil RV para Aumentar los Servicios

El Tasador-Registrador-Secretario del Condado de San Bernardino (ARC, por sus siglas en inglés) está anunciando la nueva ubicación de su oficina para aumentar los serviciosEl espacio de la oficina está ubicado… donde sea que necesite que esté ARC.

La Unidad Móvil ARC es un RV equipado con la última tecnología para permitir la producción remota y la emisión segura de copias de actas vitales (certificados de nacimiento, defunción y matrimonio), actas de matrimonio, ceremonias de matrimonio y registro de documentos. En respuesta al aumento de casos de COVID en todo el condado, la Unidad Móvil ARC se encuentra actualmente desplegada fuera de la oficina principal de ARC en 222 W. Hospitality Lane, en San Bernardino, CA. La Unidad Móvil proporcionará estaciones de trabajo adicionales al aire libre durante las próximas semanas para respaldar los servicios de ARC.

“A través del liderazgo de nuestros Supervisores del Condado, me enorgullece anunciar la Unidad Móvil ARC que le da a nuestro departamento la capacidad de brindar servicios esenciales a las comunidades en cualquier lugar del Condado de San Bernardino”, dijo Bob Dutton, Tasador, Registrador y Secretario del Condado de San Bernardino. “Los servicios de ARC ahora serán accesibles para más residentes en el condado de San Bernardino. Dado que la seguridad es una prioridad, podemos brindar servicios al aire libre que promuevan el distanciamiento social para mantener seguros tanto a los clientes como al personal”.

Financiado federalmente a través de la Ley CARES, la Unidad Móvil ARC fue un proyecto conjunto de la Oficina Administrativa del Condado, el Departamento de Administración de Flotas y el Departamento de Tasador-Registrador-Secretario.

A través de la experiencia del Departamento de Administración de Flotas del Condado de San Bernardino, la Unidad Móvil ARC se transformó de un vehículo recreativo para convertirse en un espacio de oficina del condado sobre ruedas. La unidad móvil ARC se monta en el Ford 2018 Vegas Thor RV de fabricación estadounidense. Utilizando energía renovable ya que está equipado con baterías alimentadas por energía solar, el RV también tiene capacidades de Internet móvil y puede aceptar pagos con tarjeta de débito/crédito. La Unidad Móvil ARC brindará servicios esenciales en eventos públicos y se desplegará según sea necesario para ayudar en los futuros esfuerzos de recuperación de desastres del condado.

Regístrese para la Feria de Empleo de Barstow y el Evento de Limpieza de Antecedentes Penales el 9 de febrero

Empleadores de Barstow Community Hospital, Barstow Unified School District, Barstow Community College, California Highway Patrol, Highway Radio/Heftel Broadcasting, US Army, New Hope Village y MP Materials estarán en una feria de trabajo y un evento de limpieza de registros el 9 de febrero. .

El evento se realizará de 9 a.m. a 1 p.m. en el centro comunitario Cora Harper, 841 Barstow Road en Barstow.

Los asistentes también pueden obtener la limpieza de sus antecedentes penales, si son elegibles, ya que la Oficina del Defensor Público del Condado de San Bernardino estará en el lugar para brindarles asistencia.

Si buscas  empleo, regístrese aquí. Los empleadores que estén interesados en contratar y asistir al evento, pueden inscribirse aquí.

El evento está patrocinado por el condado de San Bernardino, la vicepresidenta de la Junta de Supervisores y supervisora del tercer distrito Dawn Rowe, la ciudad de Barstow, El Dorado Broadcasting y la Cámara de Comercio de Greater High Desert.

Miércoles de bigotes Hasta Enero

Todos los miércoles de enero, los refugios para animales de Devore y Big Bear reducen las tarifas de adopción de gatos a $17. El precio incluye esterilización o castración, microchip y la mayoría de las vacunas, límite de 2 a precio reducido.

¡El próximo miércoles de bigotes se llevará a cabo el 26 de enero!

Visite Cuidado y Control de Animales para más información.

#OperationHammerStrike Continúa en la Semana 20, Granada de Mano Destruida

Hand Grenade

Investigadores del Departamento del Alguacil del Condado de San Bernardino – Equipo de Control de Marihuana (MET por su sigla en inglés), junto con deputados de varias estaciones de patrulla cumplieron 18 órdenes de búsqueda en varias ubicaciones en Lucerne Valley, Wonder Valley, Adelanto, Hesperia, Twentynine Palms, y Helendale entre enero 10 y 16. 

El personal de MET había recibido numerosas quejas sobre grandes cultivos de marihuana al aire libre y bajo techo en estas áreas. Durante esas dos semanas, el personal del alguacil del condado de San Bernardino localizó y arrestó a 15 sospechosos. Los investigadores incautaron 7,095 plantas de marihuana, 5,045.5 libras de marihuana procesada, 11 armas, 1.583 gramos de marihuana concentrada, y más de $5,600.00.   Los investigadores erradicaron un total de 63 invernaderos encontrados en estos lugares, así como 2 laboratorios de extracción de THC.  Los investigadores localizaron una granada de mano de fragmentación viva, que fue destruida en el lugar por los diputados de la División de Incendios/Bombas del Sheriff.

Las investigaciones revelaron que los cultivos de cannabis no cumplían con la Ley de Regulación y Seguridad del Cannabis para Uso Médico y de Adultos de California (MAUCRSA) y la ordenanza del Condado de San Bernardino que prohíbe la actividad comercial de cannabis, que incluye el cultivo de plantas de marihuana al aire libre.

La División de Narcóticos /Pandillas del Sheriff del Alguacil continuará haciendo cumplir las leyes de cannabis de California y la ordenanza del condado de San Bernardino con respecto al cultivo y distribución de cannabis. Las personas declaradas culpables de violar la ley estatal y la ordenanza del condado están sujetas a multas, enjuiciamiento y confiscación de bienes.

Los propietarios que cultivan marihuana o saben que sus inquilinos cultivan marihuana en sus propiedades en violación de la ley estatal y las ordenanzas locales también pueden estar sujetos a sanciones civiles o penales. Se recomienda a los propietarios que se comuniquen con la agencia local de cumplimiento de la ley o el código para confirmar si el cultivo de cannabis está prohibido o permitido por regulaciones específicas.

Los sospechosos fueron citados o registrados bajo cargos de cultivo de cannabis, más de seis plantas, posesión de marihuana, descarga ilegal de agua, posesión de un arma de fuego no registrada y conspiración.

Cualquier persona con información respecto a esta investigación se le urge comunicarse con la División de Narcóticos / Pandillas del Sheriff al (909) 387-8400 o NARC-MET@sbcsd.org. Llamadores que desean permanecer anónimos pueden llamar a la línea de ayuda de We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463), o pueden dejar la información en la línea directa We-Tip en www.wetip.com.

Ofertas de trabajo en San Bernardino County

El Condado de San Bernardino tiene trabajos que se abrirán el sábado 22 de enero. Lo alentamos a que solicite y comparta estas ofertas de trabajo con aquellos que puedan estar interesados en ellas. Las contrataciones enumeradas están sujetas a la aprobación final del departamento. Visita sbcounty.gov/jobs para las contrataciones más actualizadas.

Ultimas Estadísticas

462,700 Confirmed Cases           (up 5.9% from the previous day)
6,225 Deaths                                 (up 0.16% from the previous day)
5,758,723 Tests                            (up 1.9% from the previous day)

Para obtener más estadísticas del Panel de vigilancia COVID-19, visite el sitio web sbcovid19.com del condado.  

 Información Sobre Tarjetas de Vacuna Covid-19

Las Tarjetas de Vacuna COVID-19 son una manera conveniente de demostrar que usted ha sido vacunado. Lea nuestras preguntas frecuentes en sbcovid19.com/vaccinecards y vea este video para obtener más información sobre las tarjetas de vacunas y qué hacer si necesita reemplazar las suyas.

Para obtener toda la información relacionada con COVID-19, incluidas estadísticas de casos, preguntas frecuentes, pautas y recursos, visite la página web 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 los servicios sociales, llame al 211.  

First 5 San Bernardino Gives over 500 Backpacks, Kits to area Kindergarteners

The thermometer read 104 degrees and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky, but even extreme heat wasn’t enough to discourage people from coming out in search of free school supplies for their children.

On Saturday, August 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., First 5 San Bernardino hosted a drive-thru backpack and kinder kit event to provide basic school supplies for the County’s littlest students – preschoolers and kindergarteners.

Cars, trucks and minivans wrapped around the block waiting to enter Ecclesia Christian Fellowship’s parking lot on 1314 East Date Street in San Bernardino.  When the line started moving, little faces could be seen peeking through the vehicle windows in anticipation.

“I really hope I get a blue one,” said Vasni Duran, 5, of San Bernardino of the array of backpack color choices.  “Blue is my favorite color,” she explained.  Her mother, Helen Duran, 30, stated “it’s been a little bit hard lately,” and added that she was thankful to receive supplies for her little kids.

“The turnout was tremendous, and I believe is a direct reflection of how great the need is right now specifically for parents with young children,” said Karen E. Scott, executive director at First 5 San Bernardino.  “We knew it was important to provide these much-needed school supplies to our local families so children could feel supported and have access to essentials as they start preschool and kindergarten,” concluded Scott.

Over 535 backpacks and 600 Kinder Kits were given and included basic supplies such as scissors, crayons, pencils, glue sticks, large erasers, pencil boxes and a book.  Sixteen community organizations were also present including SAC Health and IEHP who were on hand to administer Covid-19 vaccinations.

“People told us they had bills and rent and couldn’t afford school supplies this year,” stated First 5 San Bernardino’s Community Engagement Specialist LuCretia Dowdy, who oversees the organization’s outreach events.  “Clearly, there is a great need, and it was an honor for us to help fill that gap for these young children,” Dowdy added.

About First 5 San Bernardino

First 5 San Bernardino funds organizations who directly help families achieve optimal health for their children ages 0-5, including referrals to quality early learning centers and a variety of family supports such as child health screenings, parent education and fatherhood engagement.  For more information, visit First5SanBernardino.org.

Kindergarteners! Free backpacks available

First 5 San Bernardino to distribute “Kinder Kits” to area children

It is that time already – Back to School. First 5 San Bernardino is excited to help local families get their little kindergarten students ready by hosting a FREE Back-to-School Kinder Kit* event Saturday, August 28, 2021, from 10 am – 2 pm, at Ecclesia Christian Fellowship, 1314 E. Date Street in San Bernardino.
“Starting Kindergarten is a very exciting time in a child’s life,” says Karen E. Scott, Executive Director at First 5 San Bernardino. “We know that when children are ready, eager to learn and feel supported, they are much more likely to reach their optimal potential in school and in life. Arriving the first day with needed supplies in hand adds to that confidence, and First 5 is pleased to offer these resources to our community,” Scott concluded.
First 5’s Kinder Kits include one of each of the following: scissors, crayons, pencils, glue sticks, large erasers, pencil boxes and books.
*Supplies are limited to the first 1,000 attendees and registration is required by going to First 5’s website at www.first5sanbernardino.org.
Also happening:
• YouthBuild Inland Empire Charter School will be distributing school resources for kids over 5 years of age. 1-888-395-4408; www.youthbuildinlandempire.org
• Southern California Black Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a Young Black Entrepreneur workshop for youth 15-18 of age from 8 am to 3:30 pm. 888-466-7408; www.blackchamberofcommerce.org

First 5 San Bernardino is excited to announce its Talk, Read, Sing, Drive-Thru Literacy tour coming to a city near you

Starting in the month of October, First 5 San Bernardino will hold its annual literacy campaign tour bringing awareness to the importance of reading with and to your child. Every year, these events are held for preschoolers throughout the County of San Bernardino. In partnership with CHAN Community Health Action Network, CCRC Child Care Resource Center, El Sol Neighborhood Educational Center, LISTOS California For All, San Bernardino County Library, and Victory Outreach Church, First 5 San Bernardino will conduct four literacy drive-thru events taking place in the cities of Barstow, Fontana, San Bernardino, and Victorville.  Due to the pandemic, First 5 San Bernardino redesigned the format of events for safety.

Preschoolers will receive a bag containing three different book titles, and a healthy snack, along with other resources. One of the goals of First 5 San Bernardino is to help build home-based libraries and to ensure that all children have library books available to them.

The events are free and open to the public but registration is strongly suggested as only 500 bags will be handed out at each site. For more information please visit the First 5 San Bernardino website at www,first5sanbernardino.org or call 909.386.7706.

5 FIRST 5 TIPS on building home-based libraries:

  • 1.    Choose the right spot. Create a special space where books are kept and read. Make sure the lighting is good and seating is comfortable.
  • 2.    Put books within reach. Use low, sturdy shelves so your child can safely select the books on her own.
  • 3.    Be Thrifty – look for deals. Books can be expensive. Checkout your local library as they may have a free book day.
  • 4.   Let them guide you! Pay attention to what types of books your child is interested in. Take turns on selecting.
  • 5.    Collect! Stack up on books from your local yard sales, dollar store, book swapping with others, or asking for books as an alternative gift idea.

First 5 San Bernardino Kinder Kit Drive -Thru Event

First 5 Kinder Kits are an educational resource provided by First 5 San Bernardino for parents and children learning from home. Knowing the importance of getting educational materials to children, First 5 San Bernardino jumped right into action. With much determination, First 5 San Bernardino and their AmeriCorps team assembled more than 2500 kits.

The Kinder Kit Drive-Thru event is sponsored by United Way and will be held at their San Bernardino site located at 646 North D St, San Bernardino, 92401 on Friday, October 30, 2020 starting at 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.  The construction and distribution of the kits will be a continuous mission of First 5 San Bernardino.

Kinder Kits consist of the following:

  • 3 Books
  • 1 Pencil
  • 1 Large Eraser
  • 1 Pack of Crayons
  • Coloring Page
  • 1 Glue stick
  • 1 pair of Scissors
  • 1 Pencil Box

For more information, please visit the First 5 San Bernardino website at www.first5sanbernardino.org or call 909.386.7706.

The Children and Families Commission for San Bernardino County (First 5 San Bernardino) was created in December, 1998 in order to realize the benefits of Proposition 10 (California Children and Families Act) for the County’s youngest residents and their families. The act created a program for the purpose of promoting, supporting, and improving the early development of children from the prenatal stage to five years of age, under the guidance of the Children and Families Commission for San Bernardino, and in collaboration with the community and agencies providing services to children.

The Vision: That all children in San Bernardino County are healthy, safe, nurtured, eager to learn and ready to succeed.

The Mission: To promote, support and enhance the health and early development of children prenatal through age five and their families and communities.

Talk. Read. Sing. ® Fest! at the San Bernardino County Museums

Talk. Read. Sing. ® Fest! is heading to the museums! Join First 5 San Bernardino for FREE* fun for infants, toddlers and preschoolers (ages 5 and under) as we champion the three little action words that make a BIG impact on your child’s learning. *Free Admission is limited! Arrive Early!

In partnership with San Bernardino County Museums, we’ll have entertainment and performances, kid-friendly activities, and our book giveaway for children ages 5 and under! Enjoy performances by Twinkle Time & Friends, Chazz the Drummer, and a variety of exhibits throughout the museums.

Make it a play date! Join us in Apple Valley at the Victor Valley Museum on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or in Redlands at the San Bernardino County Museum on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. for all the early learning fun!

For more information, call First 5 San Bernardino at (909) 386-7706 or visit First 5 San Bernardino on Facebook.

First 5 San Bernardino seeks pediatricians for Reach Out and Read

fbpostreachoutandreadFirst 5 San Bernardino and American Academy of Pediatrics, California Chapter 2 have partnered to bring an early literacy initiative to pediatric care waiting rooms.

Reach Out & Read® is a national program that distributes books through pediatricians to connect reading as a vital practice for quality early childhood development. While in the waiting room, volunteer readers or parents themselves are provided books to read to their children, increasing the child’s interaction and exposure to words. Parents of children ages 5 and under will able to take prescribed books home to build their child’s library and early literacy capacity.

“This partnership leverages the timing of well-child check-ups to reinforce reading as a critical activity for brain development in the first five years of life,” says Karen E. Scott, Executive Director of First 5 San Bernardino. “A partnership with our local pediatricians through this program is timely as our county acknowledges the needs of literacy programs through the Vision2Read campaign. We hope to find pediatricians that are interested offering this added benefit of developmental support to their patients.”

Edward Curry, MD, FAAP, Vice President of American Academy of Pediatrics, California Chapter 2 says, “Reach Out and Read is an opportunity to address the holistic well-being of our developing patients and cultivate bonding activities with their parents. The results from this program implementation across the nation are impressive and we’re looking to have that same impact on children in San Bernardino County.”

First 5 San Bernardino in partnership with American Academy of Pediatrics, California Chapter 2 is hosting an informational dinner for pediatricians, pediatric subspecialists and pediatric medical representatives to introduce the program and gain interest from the local medical community. The first event, ROAR & Explore the Possibilities!, is set for Thursday, Nov. 5, at the office of First 5 San Bernardino located at 735 E. Carnegie Drive, Suite 150 in San Bernardino from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Details on an additional dinner targeting the High Desert region are forthcoming.

For more information on this initiative in San Bernardino County or to register and RSVP for the informational dinner, visit http://bit.ly/roarsanbernardino or call (909) 386-7706. For information on the national program, visit www.reachoutandread.org.

Talk, read and sing to your children

PrintTalk. Read. Sing. ® Fest! is coming to Hesperia Branch Library on Saturday, Oct. 3 and Highland Branch Library  on Saturday, Nov. 7!

Enjoy FREE fun for infants, toddlers and preschoolers ages 5 and under as we champion the three little action words that make a BIG impact on your child’s learning.

In partnership with San Bernardino County Library, we’ll have special performances by Twinkle Time & Friends, Rafael & Katia’s Magic Show and guitarist Dan Crow. Take photos with Potter the Otter and other story characters. Participate in kid-friendly activities and don’t forget our book giveaway for children ages 5 and under!

Parents, don’t miss the special talks on the importance of Talk. Read. Sing. ® with your children before the performances take place.

Make it a play date! Join us on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Hesperia Branch Library, 9650 7th Ave in Hesperia or Saturday, Nov. 7 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Highland Branch Library, 7863 Central Ave in Highland for all the early learning fun! For more information, call First 5 San Bernardino at (909) 386-7706 or visit First 5 San Bernardino on Facebook. Talk. Read. Sing. ® is a registered trademark of First 5 California.

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