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Monthly Archives: March 2020

Social distancing options created for Supervisors meetings

Despite the current public health emergency, the Board of Supervisors must conduct official meetings to ensure county government continues to function and adapt to ever-changing challenges. That’s why the county has set up ways for the public to easily view and participate in Board of Supervisors meetings while practicing safe social distancing, starting with this Tuesday’s meeting.

The county strongly urges the public to not physically attend board meetings while public health orders aimed at controlling the spread of novel coronavirus are in place. But those who want to watch board meetings and even offer comments and participate in public hearings can do so through websites and email from their homes.

The public may view board meetings live by visiting http://www.sbcounty.gov/Main/Pages/ViewMeetings.aspx. Video recordings of past meetings are also available on that site.

Those who want to comment on specific agenda items, make general comments, or submit testimony for public hearings and have those comments provided to each board member prior to the meeting can send their comments and testimony to the Clerk of the Board by email at BoardMeetingComments@cob.sbcounty.gov or online, up to 1,500 characters, at http://www.sbcounty.gov/cob/publiccomments/default.aspx prior to 8 a.m. on meeting days.

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

Those who choose to physically attend the meeting at the County Government Center in San Bernardino will be required to maintain social distancing and remain at least six feet apart from anyone else. This will greatly reduce capacity in the board chambers and could result in denying entry to members of the public if capacity is reached. A viewing room will be set up near the board chambers if capacity is reached, but social distancing will be enforced in that room as well.

The public can also view and participate in board meetings at the county’s videoconferencing sites in Hesperia and Joshua Tree. Those sites are located at the Jerry Lewis High Desert Government Center, 15900 Smoke Tree Street, Hesperia, and the Bob Burke Joshua Tree Government Center, 63665 Twentynine Palms Highway, Joshua Tree. Social distancing protocols will be enforced in all locations.

Four new cases of novel coronavirus recorded within county

San Bernardino County today reported four news cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The county now has a total of nine confirmed cases and no deaths attributable to the disease.

The county reported its first case on Sunday, March 15. Additional cases are expected to emerge as more test results are reported to the County.

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

“Complying with public health orders is essential to our continued health and safety,” said Acting County Health Officer Dr. Erin Gustafson. “These orders are not intended to spark panic, but rather reduce the spread of infection and minimize the number of people who get sick at any one time to keep our healthcare system functioning.”

“We must assume and behave as if the virus is everywhere,” Dr. Gustafson said.

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

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

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

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

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

County clarifies March 17 Public Health Order

The County is offering the following clarifications to the County Health Officer order issued on Tuesday, March 17, which can be viewed here.

The order requires the cancellation of public or private gatherings of people through April 6. The order defines “gathering” as “any event or convening that brings together people in a single room or single space at the same time.”

The order applies to house parties, family reunions, church and religious events, funerals, weddings, quinceañeras, festivals, picnics, and other similar gatherings of people.

The order does not apply to:

  • Members of a household or living unit
  • Work/employment
  • Public transportation
  • Airport travel
  • Grocery stores
  • Charitable food distribution
  • Certified farmers’ markets
  • Shopping at stores or malls
  • Congregate living situations, including dormitories and homeless encampments

The order also does not apply to schools. However, all public schools in the county have chosen to close, as has the County Preschool Services Department, which operates Head Start preschools in the county.

The order requires the closing of all:

  • Movie theaters
  • Gyms
  • Health clubs
  • Businesses that serve alcohol but do not serve food

The order does not apply to any other places of business, including hair and nail salons and massage clinics. However, all businesses and other gatherings allowed under the order are strongly urged to follow current hygiene and social distancing standards.

As far as restaurants are concerned, the order requires them to follow guidance issued by the California Department of Public Health, which can be found here: www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/OPA/Pages/NR20-024.aspx. The heart of this guidance states, “Restaurants should be closed for in-restaurant seated dining and should be open only to drive-through or other pick-up/delivery options.” This means that restaurants can stay open if they choose to do so. However, the state and county recommend that in the interests of public health and safety, they should not offer seated dining. Many restaurants in the county have chosen to close voluntarily.

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

The county has reported five cases of novel coronavirus infection and no fatalities.

On March 10, the County Public Health Officer and the Board of Supervisors declared a local health emergency to help ensure county government and the public are prepared for the possibility that COVID-19 will appear within the county.

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

County Public Health continues to work with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health to respond to reports of COVID-19.

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

  • Practice social distancing by maintaining a distance of at least six feet between individuals.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Wash hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth, especially with unwashed hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using regular household cleaning spray or wipes.
  • If someone does become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough, they should stay away from work, school or other people to avoid spreading illness and seek assistance from their healthcare provider if symptoms become severe.
  • N95 masks are not recommended outside a healthcare setting. Surgical masks can be worn by sick individuals to reduce the likelihood of spreading germs to others.

For information about the coronavirus crisis, visit the County’s coronavirus website at wp.sbcounty.gov/dph/coronavirus, contact the coronavirus public information line from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at 909-387-3911, or email coronavirus@dph.sbcounty.gov. The public information line is not equipped to handle medical questions or requests for medical care. Medical questions or requests for medical care should be made to medical care providers only.

Condado aclara Orden de Salud Pública del 17 de Marzo

El Condado está ofreciendo las siguientes aclaraciones a la orden de Oficial de Salud del Condado emitido el Martes 17 de Marzo, que se pueden ver aquí.

La orden requiere la cancelación de reuniones públicas o privadas de personas hasta el 6 de Abril. La orden define “reunión” como “cualquier evento o convocatoria que reúna a las personas en una sola habitación o en un solo espacio al mismo tiempo”.

La orden se aplica a fiestas en casa, reuniones familiares, eventos religiosos y de iglesia, funerales, bodas, quinceañeras, festivales, comidas campestres y otras reuniones similares de personas.

 

El pedido no se aplica a:

  • Miembros de un hogar o unidad de vida
  • Trabajo/empleo
  • Transporte público
  • Viajes al aeropuerto
  • Tiendas de comestibles
  • Distribución de alimentos benéficos
  • Mercados de agricultores certificados
  • Compras en tiendas o centros comerciales
  • Congregar situaciones de vida, incluyendo dormitorios y campamentos para personas sin hogar

 

La orden tampoco se aplica a las escuelas. Sin embargo, todas las escuelas públicas en el condado han elegido cerrar, al igual que el Departamento de Servicios Preescolares del Condado, que opera preescolares Head Start en el condado.

 

La orden requiere el cierre de todos:

  • Salas de cine
  • Gimnasios
  • Clubes de salud
  • Empresas que sirven alcohol pero no sirven alimentos

 

La orden no se aplica a ningún otro lugar de negocios, incluyendo peluquerías y salones de uñas y clínicas de masajes. Sin embargo, se insta encarecidamente a todas las empresas y otras reuniones permitidas por la orden a que sigan las normas actuales de higiene y distanciamiento social.

 

En cuanto a los restaurantes, la orden les exige seguir las directrices emitidas por el Departamento de Salud Pública de California, que se pueden encontrar aquí: www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/OPA/Pages/NR20-024.aspx. El corazón de esta guía dice: “Los restaurantes deben estar cerrados para comer en el restaurante sentado y deben estar abiertos solo a opciones de recogida/entrega”. Esto significa que los restaurantes pueden permanecer abiertos si así lo deciden. Sin embargo, el estado y el condado recomiendan que en interés de la salud pública y la seguridad, no deben ofrecer comidas sentadas. Muchos restaurantes en el condado han elegido cerrar voluntariamente.

La orden también orden también advierte precauciones que las personas mayores de 65 años y las personas de cualquier edad con ciertas condiciones de salud subyacentes corren un mayor riesgo en caso de contraer COVID-19, y las alienta a la autocuarentena.

El condado ha reportado cinco casos de infección coronavirus novedosa y ninguna muerte.

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

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

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

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

• Practicar el distanciamiento social manteniendo una distancia de al menos seis pies entre individuos.
• Evite el contacto cercano con personas enfermas.
• Lávese las manos con jabón y agua tibia durante 20 segundos, especialmente después de ir al baño; antes de comer; y después de sonarse la nariz, toser o estornudar. Si el agua y el jabón no están disponibles fácilmente, use un desinfectante de manos a base de alcohol con al menos 60% de alcohol.
• Evite tocar los ojos, la nariz o la boca, especialmente con las manos sin lavar.
• Limpie y desinfecte los objetos y superficies tocados con frecuencia utilizando aerosoles o toallitas de limpieza doméstica regulares.
• Si alguien se enferma con síntomas respiratorios como fiebre y tos, debe mantenerse alejado del trabajo, la escuela u otras personas para evitar la propagación de enfermedades y buscar ayuda de su proveedor de atención médica si los síntomas se vuelven graves.
• Las máscaras N95 no se recomiendan fuera de un entorno sanitario. Las máscaras quirúrgicas pueden ser usadas por individuos enfermos para reducir la probabilidad de diseminar gérmenes a otras personas.

Para obtener información sobre la crisis del coronavirus, visite el sitio web del coronavirus del Condado en wp.sbcounty.gov/dph/coronavirus, comuníquese con la línea de información pública del coronavirus de 9 a.m. a 5 p.m., de lunes a viernes al 909-387-3911, o envíe un correo electrónico a coronavirus@dph.sbcounty.gov. La línea de información pública no está equipada para manejar preguntas médicas o solicitudes de atención médica. Las preguntas médicas o solicitudes de atención médica deben hacerse solo a los proveedores de atención médica.

 

County closes additional offices to public traffic

In an effort to slow the spread of novel coronavirus, almost all county departments are offering services only online and over the phone, closing their public offices until at least April 3.

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

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

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

The following County attractions and services are closed to the public until at least April 3:

  • Big Bear Alpine Zoo at Moonridge
  • County branch libraries
  • County museums and historical sites
  • County Regional Parks, including Calico Ghost Town
  • Park and recreation district preschool in Joshua Tree
  • The following senior and community centers (centers that conduct meal programs will make meals available via drive-thru)
    • Big Bear Senior Center
    • Bloomington Ayala Senior Center
    • Joshua Tree Community Center
    • Lucerne Valley Community Center
    • Wonder Valley Community Center

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

 

Condado cierra oficinas adicionales al tráfico público

En un esfuerzo por frenar la propagación del coronavirus, casi todos los departamentos del condado ofrecen servicios sólo en línea y por teléfono, cerrando sus oficinas públicas al menos hasta al menos el 3 de Abril.

“Tenemos la responsabilidad de hacer todo lo posible para limitar la propagación del virus mientras seguimos proporcionando acceso a los servicios del Condado que la gente necesita”, dijo el Presidente de la Junta de Supervisores, Curt Hagman.

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

• Agricultura/Pesos & Medidas
• Evaluador- Registrador-Clerk
• Auditor-Controlador/Tesorero/Recaudador de Impuestos
• Servicios de Manutención de Niños
• Secretario de la Junta de Supervisores
• Agencia de Desarrollo Comunitario y Vivienda
• Mariscal de Incendios y Bomberos del Condado
• Fiscal de Distrito
• Desarrollo Económico
• Recursos Humanos
• Agencia Médica de Emergencia de los Condados Interiores (ICEMA)
• Servicios de uso del suelo, que incluyen planificación, construcción y seguridad, y aplicación de código
• Obras Públicas, con la excepción del acceso de la computadora de vestíbulo a los registros de topógrafos
• Compras
• Registro Electoral, con la excepción de los observadores electorales con nombramiento solamente
• Gestión de riesgos
• Distritos Especiales de Agua y Saneamiento
• Asistencia de Transición
• Asuntos de Veteranos
• El desarrollo de la fuerza de trabajo, sin embargo, los nombramientos en persona se    llevarán a cabo sólo cuando sea necesario

Las siguientes atracciones y servicios del Condado permanecerán cerrados al público al menos hasta el 3 de Abril:

• Zoológico Alpino de Big Bear en Moonridge
• Bibliotecas de sucursales del condado
• Museos del condado y sitios históricos
• Parques Regionales del Condado, incluyendo Calico Ghost Town
• Parque y preescolar del distrito de recreación en Joshua Tree
• Los siguientes centros para personas mayores y comunitarias (centros que llevan a cabo programas de comidas harán que las comidas estén disponibles a través de Auto-servicio.

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

Para obtener información sobre la crisis del coronavirus, visite el sitio web del coronavirus del Condado en http://wp.sbcounty.gov/dph/coronavirus/, envíe un correo electrónico al Condado en coronavirus@dph.sbcounty.gov, o comuníquese con la línea de información pública del coronavirus de 9 a.m. a 5 p.m., de lunes a viernes al 909-387-3911.

 

郡关闭其他办公室以禁止公共交通

为了减缓新型冠状病毒的传播,所有县级部门仅提供在线和通过电话服务,在4月3日之前关闭其公共办公室。

监事会主席Curt Hagman表示:“我们有责任尽一切努力限制病毒的传播,同时仍然提供人们所需的县服务。”

以下县级部门和办公室的服务只能通过电话和在线获得。 办公室将不对公众开放:

  • 农业/权衡
  • 评估员,记录员
  • 审计员/财务主任/财务主管/收税员
  • 儿童抚养服务
  • 儿童网络
  • 监事会秘书
  • 社区发展和住房局
  • 县消防和消防元帅
  • 地区检察官
  • 经济发展
  • 人力资源
  • 内陆县紧急医疗机构(ICEMA)
  • 土地使用服务,包括规划,建筑和安全以及法规执行
  • 公共工程,但大厅计算机无法访问测量员记录
  • 采购
  • 选民登记官,只有通过任命的选举观察员除外
  • 风险管理
  • 特殊地区的水和卫生
  • 过渡援助
  • 退伍军人事务
  • 劳动力发展,只有在必要时才进行面对面的约见

直到4月3日,以下县的景点和服务将不对公众开放:

  • 在Moonridge的Big Bear Alpine动物园
  • 县图书馆
  • 县博物馆和历史古迹
  • 县级地区公园,包括Calico Ghost Town
  • Joshua Tree公园和休闲区幼儿园
  • 以下老年人中心和社区中心(实施餐饮计划的中心将通过直通车提供餐食)
  • Big Bear老年人中心
  • Bloomington Ayala老年人中心
  • Joshua Tree社区中心
  • Lucerne Valley社区中心
  • Wonder Valley社区中心

有关冠状病毒危机的信息,请访问该县的冠状病毒网站,网址为http://wp.sbcounty.gov/dph/coronavirus/,向该县发送电子邮件,电子邮件为coronavirus@dph.sbcounty.gov,或从周一至周五上午9:00至下午5点,联系冠状病毒公共信息专线909-387-3911。

Two new cases of novel coronavirus recorded within county

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

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

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

The order also requires, starting today, the closing of all movie theatres, gyms, health clubs, bars, adult entertainment establishments, and other businesses that serve alcohol but do not serve food. Food and beverage establishments must follow guidance issued by the California Department of Public Health on Monday (www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/OPA/Pages/NR20-024.aspx).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

–People experiencing symptoms of contagious illness should seek medical guidance, not attend work or school, and avoid unnecessary contact with other people.

–Wash hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

–Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth, especially with unwashed hands.

–Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using regular household cleaning spray or wipes.

–N95 masks are not recommended outside a healthcare setting. Surgical masks can be worn by sick individuals to reduce the likelihood of spreading germs to others.

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

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

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

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

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

La orden también requiere, a partir de mañana, el cierre de todos los cines, gimnasios, clubes de salud, bares, establecimientos de entretenimiento para adultos y otros negocios que sirven alcohol pero no sirven comida. Los establecimientos de alimentos y bebidas deben seguir las pautas emitidas por el Departamento de Salud Pública de California el lunes (www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/OPA/Pages/NR20-024.aspx).

La orden no se aplica a las actividades “esenciales para el funcionamiento de nuestro estado” incluyendo el trabajo, el transporte público, los viajes al aeropuerto, las tiendas de comestibles, la distribución de alimentos de caridad, los mercados de agricultores certificados y las compras en tiendas o centros comerciales. El pedido tampoco se aplica a las situaciones de vida congregadas, incluidos los dormitorios y los campamentos para personas sin hogar. Todas las escuelas públicas del Condado de San Bernardino han cerrado voluntariamente como parte del esfuerzo para detener la propagación del virus, según el Condado.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

• Evite el contacto cercano con personas enfermas.
• Lávese las manos con jabón y agua tibia durante 20 segundos, especialmente después de ir al baño; antes de comer; y después de soplarse la nariz, toser o estornudar. Si el agua y el jabón no están disponibles fácilmente, use un desinfectante de manos a base de alcohol con al menos 60% de alcohol.
• Evite tocar los ojos, la nariz o la boca, especialmente con las manos sin lavar.
• Limpie y desinfecte los objetos y superficies tocados con frecuencia con aerosoles o toallitas de limpieza doméstica regulares.

• Si alguien se enferma con síntomas respiratorios como fiebre y tos, debe mantenerse alejado del trabajo, la escuela u otras personas para evitar la propagación de enfermedades y buscar ayuda de su proveedor de atención médica si los síntomas se vuelven graves.
• Las máscaras N95 no se recomiendan fuera de un entorno sanitario. Las máscaras quirúrgicas pueden ser usadas por individuos enfermos para reducir la probabilidad de diseminar gérmenes a otras personas.

Para obtener información sobre la crisis del coronavirus, visite el sitio web del coronavirus del Condado en wp.sbcounty.gov/dph/coronavirus, comuníquese con la línea de información pública del coronavirus de 9 a.m. a 5 p.m., de lunes a viernes al 909-387-3911, o envíe un correo electrónico a coronavirus-dph.sbcounty.gov. La línea de información pública no está equipada para manejar preguntas médicas o solicitudes de atención médica. Las preguntas médicas o solicitudes de atención médica deben hacerse solo a los proveedores de atención médica.

 

County orders cancellation of all gatherings; Third case confirmed

In an effort to protect the public from further spread of the virus that causes COVID-19, the County’s Acting Health Officer today ordered the cancellation of gatherings of any number of people within the county starting tomorrow through at least April 6.

The order also requires, starting tomorrow, the closing of all movie theatres, gyms, health clubs, bars, adult entertainment establishments, and other businesses that serve alcohol but do not serve food. Food and beverage establishments must follow guidance issued by the California Department of Public Health on Monday (www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/OPA/Pages/NR20-024.aspx).

The order does not apply to activities “essential to the functioning of our state” including work, public transportation, airport travel, grocery stores, charitable food distribution, certified farmers’ markets, and shopping at stores or malls. The order also does not apply to congregate living situations, including dormitories and homeless encampments. All San Bernardino County public schools have voluntarily closed as part of the effort to stop the spread of the virus, according to the County Superintendent of Schools.

“I understand this creates hardships for many families and businesses. But at the end of the day I believe we all understand that we are in this together, and that together, we will get through this,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman, who announced the order today in a video, which can be seen here. “The county is taking every step we can to stay in front of this threat.”

“The health risk from COVID-19 to the general public in San Bernardino County remains low at this time, but everyone is strongly urged to engage in practices that reduce the risk of spread,” said Acting County Health Officer Dr. Erin Gustafson.

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

The order came amid confirmation today of the third reported case of novel coronavirus infection within San Bernardino County, a woman in her 50s. The county has no fatalities attributable to novel coronavirus.

On March 10, the County Public Health Officer and the Board of Supervisors declared a local health emergency to help ensure county government and the public are prepared for the possibility that COVID-19 will appear within the county.

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

County Public Health continues to work with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health to respond to reports of COVID-19.

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

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Wash hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth, especially with unwashed hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using regular household cleaning spray or wipes.
  • If someone does become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough, they should stay away from work, school or other people to avoid spreading illness and seek assistance from their healthcare provider if symptoms become severe.
  • N95 masks are not recommended outside a healthcare setting. Surgical masks can be worn by sick individuals to reduce the likelihood of spreading germs to others.

For information about the coronavirus crisis, visit the County’s coronavirus website at wp.sbcounty.gov/dph/coronavirus, contact the coronavirus public information line from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at 909-387-3911, or email coronavirus@dph.sbcounty.gov. The public information line is not equipped to handle medical questions or requests for medical care. Medical questions or requests for medical care should be made to medical care providers only.

El condado ordena la cancelación de todas las reuniones; Tercer caso confirmado

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

La orden también requiere, a partir de mañana, el cierre de todos los cines, gimnasios, clubes de salud, bares, establecimientos de entretenimiento para adultos y otros negocios que sirven alcohol pero no sirven comida. Los establecimientos de alimentos y bebidas deben seguir las pautas emitidas por el Departamento de Salud Pública de California el lunes (www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/OPA/Pages/NR20-024.aspx).

La orden no se aplica a las actividades “esenciales para el funcionamiento de nuestro estado” incluyendo el trabajo, el transporte público, los viajes al aeropuerto, las tiendas de comestibles, la distribución de alimentos de caridad, los mercados de agricultores certificados y las compras en tiendas o centros comerciales. El pedido tampoco se aplica a las situaciones de vida congregadas, incluidos los dormitorios y los campamentos para personas sin hogar. Todas las escuelas públicas del Condado de San Bernardino han cerrado voluntariamente como parte del esfuerzo para detener la propagación del virus, según el Condado.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

• Evite el contacto cercano con personas enfermas.
• Lávese las manos con jabón y agua tibia durante 20 segundos, especialmente después de ir al baño; antes de comer; y después de soplarse la nariz, toser o estornudar. Si el agua y el jabón no están disponibles fácilmente, use un desinfectante de manos a base de alcohol con al menos 60% de alcohol.
• Evite tocar los ojos, la nariz o la boca, especialmente con las manos sin lavar.
• Limpie y desinfecte los objetos y superficies tocados con frecuencia con aerosoles o toallitas de limpieza doméstica regulares.

• Si alguien se enferma con síntomas respiratorios como fiebre y tos, debe mantenerse alejado del trabajo, la escuela u otras personas para evitar la propagación de enfermedades y buscar ayuda de su proveedor de atención médica si los síntomas se vuelven graves.
• Las máscaras N95 no se recomiendan fuera de un entorno sanitario. Las máscaras quirúrgicas pueden ser usadas por individuos enfermos para reducir la probabilidad de diseminar gérmenes a otras personas.

Para obtener información sobre la crisis del coronavirus, visite el sitio web del coronavirus del Condado en wp.sbcounty.gov/dph/coronavirus, comuníquese con la línea de información pública del coronavirus de 9 a.m. a 5 p.m., de lunes a viernes al 909-387-3911, o envíe un correo electrónico a coronavirus-dph.sbcounty.gov. La línea de información pública no está equipada para manejar preguntas médicas o solicitudes de atención médica. Las preguntas médicas o solicitudes de atención médica deben hacerse solo a los proveedores de atención médica.

Second case of novel coronavirus recorded within county

San Bernardino County today reported its second case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in a 54-year-old male with underlying health conditions who had come into contact with persons who had recently traveled from Washington state.

“This case does not change our level of readiness or response and it should not increase alarm among the public,” said Acting County Health Officer Dr. Erin Gustafson. “The health risk from COVID-19 to the general public in San Bernardino County remains low at this time, but everyone is strongly urged to engage in practices that reduce the risk of spread.”

“We are prepared from a public health standpoint, and our residents, cities, businesses and other key communities have been informed about safe practices,” Dr. Gustafson said.

“We continue to commend the community for its strength and resilience in the face of this challenge,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “Avoiding panic and heeding the advice of public health professionals is the path that will lead us through this crisis. As more testing is conducted and more results come in, we thoroughly expect to see an increase in the number of reported cases.”

The county reported its first case of novel coronavirus on Sunday, March 15, in someone who had recently returned from the United Kingdom.

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

On Thursday, March 12, the County Public Health Officer ordered the immediate cancellation or postponement of gatherings of more than 250 people within the county until further notice. Smaller gatherings should refer to guidance from the California Department of Public Health.

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

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

  • People experiencing symptoms of contagious illness should seek medical guidance, not attend work or school, and avoid unnecessary contact with other people.
  • Wash hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth, especially with unwashed hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using regular household cleaning spray or wipes.
  • N95 masks are not recommended outside a healthcare setting. Surgical masks can be worn by sick individuals to reduce the likelihood of spreading germs to others.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

California Department of Public Health www.cdph.gov

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention www.cdc.gov

World Health Organization www.who.int

First case of novel coronavirus recorded within county

San Bernardino County today, March 15, recorded its first case of novel coronavirus. The case appeared in a Kaiser Fontana patient who returned from London, U.K., sometime last week. The test was administered by Quest Diagnostics on Thursday, March 12. The results were reported to the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health today.

The patient, a 53-year-old female, presented herself to the Kaiser Fontana emergency department on March 12 with symptoms consistent with COVID-19. The County Department of Public Health is working to identify the patient’s contacts to monitor them for signs and symptoms of the illness and to take measures to prevent transmission. As should always be the case, people experiencing symptoms of contagious illness should seek medical guidance, not attend work or school, and avoid unnecessary contact with other people.

“We knew it was only a matter of time before we recorded our first case,” said Acting County Health Officer Dr. Erin Gustafson. “This does not change our level of readiness and alert because the county is in a state of emergency, we are prepared from a public health standpoint, and our residents, cities, businesses and other key communities have been informed about safe practices.”

“The health risk from COVID-19 to the general public in San Bernardino County remains low at this time, but everyone is strongly urged to engage in practices that reduce the risk of spread,” Dr. Gustafson said.

“While this patient and her loved ones are in our thoughts and prayers, we want to commend the community for its strength and resilience in the face of this challenge,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “Avoiding panic and heeding the advice of public health professionals is the path that will lead us through this crisis.”

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

On Thursday, March 12, the County Public Health Officer ordered the immediate cancellation or postponement of gatherings of more than 250 people within the county until further notice. Smaller gatherings should refer to guidance from the California Department of Public Health, which can be found here.

Various appropriate county departments and agencies have been working together since Jan. 25 to prepare for the possible arrival of the virus within the county. That is when the county was notified an aircraft carrying U.S. citizens evacuated from the region in China where the virus had originated might be arriving at Ontario International Airport. The flight was eventually diverted to Riverside County. The County Department of Public Health activated its Department Operations Center on Feb. 13.

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

  • As should always be the case, people experiencing symptoms of contagious illness should seek medical guidance, not attend work or school, and avoid unnecessary contact with other people.
  • Wash hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth, especially with unwashed hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using regular household cleaning spray or wipes.
  • N95 masks are not recommended outside a healthcare setting. Surgical masks can be worn by sick individuals to reduce the likelihood of spreading germs to others.

For more information on COVID-19, please call (800) 722-4794 or visit the County Public Health COVID-19 webpage at wp.sbcounty.gov/dph/coronavirus. Information is updated as soon as it is made available.

Anyone with questions or concerns can contact County Public Health at coronavirus@dph.sbcounty.gov.

 

County orders cancellation of large gatherings

Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman has announced that, in an effort to protect the public from any possible spread of the virus that causes COVID-19, the County’s Public Health Officer today has ordered the immediate cancellation or postponement of gatherings of more than 250 people within the county until further notice.

The order applies to, but is not limited to, concerts, conferences, and professional, college, and school sporting events, and is in line with guidance issued today by the California Department of Public Health.

“The County realizes that this order will result in inconveniences to many people and businesses. However, the County’s primary concern is the health and wellbeing of its residents and visitors,” Hagman said.

Smaller gatherings should refer to guidance from the California Department of Public Health, which can be found here.

The County Public Health Officer’s order does not apply to activities such as attendance at regular school classes, work, or essential services.

“Certain activities are essential to the functioning of our state and must continue,” the order states. “Hence, this Order does not apply to essential public transportation, airport travel, or shopping at a store or mall. This Order also does not apply to congregate living situations, including dormitories and homeless encampments.”

Although there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 within the county, numerous cases have been confirmed in neighboring counties. Large gatherings that attract travelers and other people who don’t routinely congregate with each other increase the risk of COVID-19 appearing within San Bernardino County.

As should always be the case, people experiencing symptoms of contagious illness should seek medical guidance, not attend work or school, and avoid contact with other people.

On Tuesday, the County Public Health Officer and the Board of Supervisors declared a local health emergency to help ensure county government and the public are prepared for the possibility that COVID-19 will appear within the county.

Various appropriate County departments and agencies have been working together since Jan. 25 to prepare for the possible arrival of the virus within the county. That is when the County was notified an aircraft carrying U.S. citizens evacuated from the region in China where the virus had originated might be arriving at Ontario International Airport. The flight was eventually diverted to Riverside County. The County Department of Public Health activated its Department Operations Center on Feb. 13.

County Public Health continues to work with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health to respond to reports of COVID-19. Although Governor Newsom declared a State of Emergency to help the state prepare for broader spread of COVID-19, the health risk from COVID-19 to the general public in San Bernardino County remains low at this time.

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

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Wash hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth, especially with unwashed hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using regular household cleaning spray or wipes.
  • If someone does become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough, they should stay away from work, school or other people to avoid spreading illness and seek assistance from their healthcare provider if symptoms become severe.
  • N95 masks are not recommended outside a healthcare setting. Surgical masks can be worn by sick individuals to reduce the likelihood of spreading germs to others.

For more information on COVID-19, please call (800) 722-4794 or visit the County Public Health COVID-19 webpage at http://wp.sbcounty.gov/dph/coronavirus/.  Information is updated as soon as it is made available.

Event organizers seeking guidance from the Public Health Officer specific to their planned events should send their inquiries to coronavirus@dph.sbcounty.gov.

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