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County wins 4 awards from the California State Association of Counties

Innovative programs that saved taxpayer dollars, helped businesses, customers and clients receive County services virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic, and promoted recovery for people in crisis are among four programs recognized with prestigious Merit and Challenge Awards by the California State Association of Counties (CSAC).

“Our County employees are using the latest technology to provide our residents and businesses with the highest level of efficient and money-saving service,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “I am so proud of them because every year our County staff continues to win awards because they are always thinking of ways to help people and do better every day no matter the challenges in front of them.”

Each year, CSAC honors best practices in county governments in California. This year, CSAC received 363 entries from counties throughout California. The County of San Bernardino has won 38 CSAC awards since 2010.

In CSAC’s Administration of Justice & Public Safety category, the San Bernardino County Public Defender won a Challenge Award for the Virtual Court program, which allows public defenders to work with their clients remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic safely with videoconferencing.

In CSAC’s Agriculture, Environmental & Natural Resources category, the Department of Public Works won a Challenge Award for the First Line of Defense (FLOD) Permitting program, which streamlined its regulatory permitting of multiple County facilities, saving taxpayers an estimated $1 million per year over the previous year’s average permitting costs.

In CSAC’s Agriculture, Environment & Natural Resources category, the Department of Agriculture, Weights & Measures won a Merit Award for the Alternative Methods for Pesticide Safety Regulations program, which allowed businesses to have real-time pesticide inspections conducted through Zoom, Skype or other technologies to limit contact during the pandemic.

In CSAC’s Health & Human Services category, the Department of Behavioral Health won a Merit Award for the Placement After Stabilization program, which provides discharge planning for people leaving crisis residential treatment in an effort to reduce recidivism and provide a higher quality of care. In fiscal year 2018-19, 94.7 percent of the people served in San Bernardino County’s crisis residential treatment centers were successfully diverted from unnecessary psychiatric hospitalization through a structured treatment environment.

November 3, 2020 Update

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

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

In today’s Update:

  • Election Day!
  • County making its case to state officials
  • New TV ads featuring “I get tested because …”
  • Sheriff COVID-19 cases update

Election Day: Polling Places Open until 8 p.m.

It’s Election Day for the 2020 Presidential General Election and the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters team has been hard at work making sure your ballot counts.

With 210 assigned neighborhood polling locations, 73 ballot drop-box locations and the option to vote-by-mail, there are multiple ways to cast your ballot throughout the County today. There’s a lot of activity so don’t wait. Your ballot must be postmarked, cast or dropped off by 8 p.m. to be counted.

The only exception are those waiting in a line to vote.  As long as you are in line by 8 p.m., you will have the opportunity to cast a ballot. COVID-19 safety measures are in place at all locations – please wear a mask to protect yourself and our poll workers.

County Officials Working Behind the Scenes to Encourage State Flexibility

A number of residents have asked us what County leaders are doing to persuade Gov. Gavin Newsom and other State officials to offer more flexibility on COVID-related restrictions and allow more businesses to reopen. Make no mistake, the County has been hard at work on a daily basis throughout the pandemic trying to influence leaders in Sacramento.

Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman says he and other County officials and staff are in contact with federal, State and local officials on a daily basis. Much of this effort focuses on requesting alterations in State guidelines and securing additional pandemic-related resources for the county.

These efforts have delivered some notable results. Specifically, we have worked with the State to resume business activities serving communities in Purple Tier counties such as ours. Some of these specific businesses and activities we have fought to open include:

  • Personal care services
  • Campgrounds and outdoor recreation (with modifications)
  • Hotels and lodging (with modifications)
  • Libraries, retailers and shopping malls (25% capacity)
  • Youth sports
  • Allowing for in-person worship in churches and places of worship with restrictions (outdoors only at this time)

We have also secured commitments from the State for additional testing and critical financial resources, as well as:

  • Waivers that have allowed 100 schools in the county to open for in-person instruction
  • More than $13 million to help provide temporary and permanent housing for the county’s homeless residents
  • More than $50 million in federal CARES Act funding for a variety of services associated with combating COVID-19
  • Almost $40 million to help backfill revenue losses associated with the pandemic

Our efforts to relax state mandates

While the County’s efforts have resulted in the State’s providing of additional resources, Chairman Hagman says convincing the governor to relax many of the State’s pandemic-related mandates has been a much harder sell.

Specifically, San Bernardino County has pushed hard for the state to recognize our county’s unique characteristics (primarily our immense geography), that would allow less populated rural areas to be treated differently than densely populated urban areas.

“We not only are the largest county in the lower 48 states, but we also have remote communities that have experienced literally zero infections,” Chairman Hagman said. “So we’ve been asking the State to allow us to adjust requirements based on things like population and infection rates. We’ve also emphasized a variety of practical challenges — such as requiring churches in desert communities to hold worship services outdoors when temperatures approach and exceed 100 degrees.”

He believes Governor Newsom is concerned about setting precedents for counties that don’t share San Bernardino’s unique conditions, but will nevertheless demand similar accommodations. Still, Chairman Hagman emphasizes that the County has no intention of easing up on its efforts.

“We have been very vocal in advocating a relaxation of many of the rules associated with reopening businesses, and have been particularly aggressive in seeking accommodations for churches, synagogues, mosques and other places of worship,” he said. “We’ve seen some success in that area, but are continuing to press our efforts.”

Ignoring the State not a viable option

Though some residents have argued that the county should either simply ignore the State’s directives or take a much more aggressive approach in demanding accommodations, Chairman Hagman said the county’s more cooperative tone has yielded better results — and that defying the State presents a number of unacceptable risks.

“In most of our communications, we have emphasized our willingness to work with the state for the benefit of county residents and others throughout California,” he said. “I am convinced that our cooperative attitude and tone has brought more benefits to San Bernardino County, and that a belligerent attitude would likely backfire.”

New COVID Testing TV Ads Start This Week

A new television commercial promoting the need for testing in San Bernardino County kicks off this week on Spectrum, online streaming networks and social media digital platforms.

The new campaign — called “I Get Tested Because …” — features the voices of different people in our county sharing their personal reasons for getting tested. There is an English-language 30-second spot running on broadcast and streaming networks, as well as another 15-second Spanish-language spot featuring Supervisor Josie Gonzales. Two additional 15-second spots were also produced to be shared on social media.

San Bernardino County leadership, public health officials and medical professionals have been making a determined effort to get more county residents tested for COVID-19. To put it simply, getting tested is the single thing residents can do to help get San Bernardino County into the “red tier” which will open up our schools, businesses and churches.

Among the voices featured on the commercial is County Fire Chief Dan Munsey, Supervisor Janice Rutherford and new County CEO Leonard Hernandez. The spots highlight the variety of important reasons to get tested ranging from wanting to take a vacation to protecting a son with disabilities.

Please, take a moment to schedule a testing appointment, and share either the English-language commercial or Spanish-language commercial with your family and friends.

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

As of today, a total of 412 County jail inmates have tested positive for COVID-19. Many of the inmates are only experiencing minor symptoms of the virus. The infected inmates are in isolation, being monitored around the clock, and are being provided with medical treatment. A total of 384 inmates have recovered.

A total of 219 department employees have tested positive for COVID-19; with 201 having recovered from the virus. The other employees are expected to return to work in the next few weeks.

Latest Stats

65,997 Confirmed Cases               (up 1.0% from the previous day)
1,079 Deaths                                     (up 0.0% from the previous day)
833,885 Tests                                    (up 0.8% from the previous day)

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

For all COVID-19 related information, including case statistics, FAQs, guidelines and resources, visit the County’s COVID-19 webpage at  Residents of San Bernardino County may also call the COVID-19 helpline at (909) 387-3911 for general information and resources about the virus. The phone line is NOT for medical calls and is available Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you have questions about social services, please call 211.

Actualización del 3 de noviembre de 2020

La Actualización del Condado se publica dos veces por semana, y también según sea necesario, con el fin de compartir noticias y recursos importantes en nuestra batalla contra COVID-19 y para mantener nuestra economía funcionando. Nos quedamos aquí para ti. #SBCountyTogether

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

En la actualización de hoy:

  • ¡Día de las Elecciones!
  • El condado presenta su caso a los funcionarios estatales
  • Nuevos anuncios de televisión con “Me hago la prueba porque …”
  • Actualización de casos del Sheriff COVID-19

Día de las Elecciones: Los Lugares de Votación abren hasta las 8 p.m.

Es el día de las elecciones para las elecciones generales presidenciales de 2020 y el equipo del Registro Electoral del Condado de San Bernardino ha estado trabajando duro para asegurarse de que sus boletas cuenten.

Con 210 lugares de votación de vecindario asignados, 73 ubicaciones de casillas de votación y la opción de votar por correo, hay varias maneras de emitir su boleta en todo el Condado hoy. Hay mucha actividad, así que no esperes. Su boleta debe ser matasellos, emitida o dejado antes de las 8 p.m. para ser contada.

La única excepción son los que esperan en una fila para votar.  Mientras esté en fila a las 8 p.m., tendrá la oportunidad de emitir una boleta. Las medidas de seguridad COVID-19 están en su lugar en todos los lugares – por favor use una cobertura facial para protegerse a sí mismo y a nuestros trabajadores de la votación.

Funcionarios del condado que trabajan detrás las escenas para fomentar la flexibilidad del estado

Varios residentes nos han preguntado qué están haciendo los líderes del condado para persuadir al gobernador Gavin Newsom y a otros funcionarios estatales para que ofrezcan más flexibilidad sobre las restricciones relacionadas con COVID y permitan que más empresas reabran. No se equivoquen, el Condado ha estado trabajando duro a diario a lo largo de toda la pandemia tratando de influir en los líderes en Sacramento.

El presidente de la Junta de Supervisores, Curt Hagman, dice que él y otros funcionarios y personal del Condado están en contacto con funcionarios federales, estatales y locales a diario. Gran parte de este esfuerzo se centra en solicitar alteraciones en las directrices estatales y asegurar recursos adicionales relacionados con la pandemia para el condado.

Estos esfuerzos han dado algunos resultados notables. Específicamente, hemos trabajado con el Estado para reanudar las actividades comerciales al servicio de las comunidades en los condados de Nivel Morado como el nuestro. Algunos de estos negocios y actividades específicas que hemos luchado para abrir incluyen:

  • Servicios de atención personal
  • Acampadas y recreación al aire libre (con modificaciones)
  • Hoteles y alojamiento (con modificaciones)
  • Bibliotecas, minoristas y centros comerciales (25% de capacidad)
  • Deportes juveniles
  • Permitir la adoración en persona en iglesias y lugares de adoración con restricciones

También hemos conseguido compromisos del Estado para pruebas adicionales y recursos financieros críticos, así como:

  • Exenciones que han permitido que 100 escuelas en el condado se abran para la instrucción en persona
  • Más de $13 millones para ayudar a proporcionar alojamiento temporal y permanente para los residentes sin hogar del condado
  • Más de $50 millones en fondos de la ley federal CARES para una variedad de servicios asociados con la lucha contra COVID-19
  • Casi 40 millones de dólares para ayudar a cubrir las pérdidas de ingresos asociadas con la pandemia

Nuestros esfuerzos para relajar los mandatos estatales

Si bien los esfuerzos del Condado han dado lugar a que el estado proporcione recursos adicionales, el Presidente Hagman dice que convencer al gobernador de relajar muchos de los mandatos relacionados con la pandemia del estado ha sido una venta mucho más difícil.

Específicamente, el Condado de San Bernardino ha presionado arduamente para que el estado reconozca las características únicas de nuestro condado (principalmente nuestra inmensa geografía), que permitiría que las áreas rurales menos pobladas sean tratadas de manera diferente que las áreas urbanas densamente pobladas.

“No sólo somos el condado más grande en los 48 estados más bajos, sino que también tenemos comunidades remotas que han experimentado literalmente cero infecciones”, dijo el Presidente Hagman. “Así que hemos estado pidiendo al Estado que nos permita ajustar los requisitos en función de cosas como las tasas de población e infección. También hemos hecho hincapié en una variedad de desafíos prácticos, como exigir a las iglesias de las comunidades desérticas que mantengan servicios de adoración al aire libre cuando las temperaturas se acerquen y superen los 100 grados”.

Cree que al gobernador Newsom le preocupa establecer precedentes para los condados que no comparten las condiciones únicas de San Bernardino, pero que sin embargo exigirán adaptaciones similares. Aun así, el Presidente Hagman hace hincapié en que el Condado no tiene intención de aliviar sus esfuerzos.

“Hemos sido muy vocales en la defensa de la relajación de muchas de las reglas asociadas con la reapertura de negocios, y hemos sido particularmente agresivos en la búsqueda de alojamiento para iglesias, sinagogas, mezquitas y otros lugares de culto”, dijo. “Hemos visto cierto éxito en esa área, pero seguimos presionando nuestros esfuerzos”.

Ignorar al Estado no es una opción viable

Aunque algunos residentes han argumentado que el condado debería simplemente ignorar las directivas del estado o adoptar un enfoque mucho más agresivo en la demanda de adaptaciones, el presidente Hagman dijo que el tono más cooperativo del condado ha dado mejores resultados, y que desafiar al Estado presenta una serie de riesgos inaceptables.

“En la mayoría de nuestras comunicaciones, hemos enfatizado nuestra disposición a trabajar con el estado en beneficio de los residentes del condado y otros en todo California”, dijo. “Estoy convencido de que nuestra actitud y tono cooperativos ha traído más beneficios al condado de San Bernardino, y que una actitud beligerante probablemente sería contraproducente”.

Los nuevos anuncios de TV de prueba de COVID comienzan esta semana

Un nuevo comercial de televisión que promueve la necesidad de pruebas en el condado de San Bernardino comienza esta semana en Spectrum, redes de streaming en línea y plataformas digitales de redes sociales.

La nueva campaña – llamada “Me hago la prueba porque …”- presenta las voces de diferentes personas en nuestro condado compartiendo sus razones personales para hacerse la prueba. Hay un lugart en inglés de 30 segundos en las redes de transmisión y streaming, así como otro lugar en español de 15 segundos con la supervisora Josie Gonzales. Dos puestos adicionales de 15 segundos también fueron producidos para ser compartidos en las redes sociales.

Los líderes del condado de San Bernardino, los funcionarios de salud pública y los profesionales médicos han estado haciendo un esfuerzo decidido para hacer que más residentes del condado se hagan pruebas para COVID-19. En pocas palabras, hacerse la prueba es lo único que los residentes pueden hacer para ayudar a que el condado de San Bernardino entre en el “nivel rojo” que abrirá nuestras escuelas, negocios e iglesias.

Entre las voces que aparecen en el comercial se encuentra el jefe de bomberos del condado Dan Munsey, la supervisora Janice Rutherford y el nuevo CEO del Condado Leonard Hernández. Los lugares destacan la variedad de razones importantes para hacerse la prueba que van desde querer tomar unas vacaciones hasta proteger a un hijo con discapacidades.

Por favor, tómese un momento para programar una cita de prueba, y compartir el comercial en inglés y el comercial en español con su familia y amigos.

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

A día de hoy, un total de 412 presos de la cárcel del condado han dado positivo por COVID-19. Muchos de los presos  sólo están experimentando síntomas menores del virus. Los presos infectados están aislados, siendo monitoreados durante todo el día, y están recibiendo tratamiento médico. Un total de 384 presos se han recuperado.

Un total de 219 empleados del departamento han dado positivo en COVID-19; con 201 hase recuperado del virus. Se espera que los otros empleados vuelvan al trabajo en las próximas semanas.

Estadísticas más recientes

65,997 Casos Confirmados       (un 1,0% más del día anterior)
1,079 Muertes                           (un 0,0% más del día anterior)
833,885 Probados                    (un 0,8% más del día anterior)

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

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

Today is Election Day in San Bernardino County!

Election Day in San Bernardino County is finally here.

You can find your assigned polling place by checking our Polling Place Look-Up Tool. You can drop your voted mail ballot at any polling place or at one of more than 70 drop boxes throughout the county. You can also search for Mail Ballot Drop Box Locations.

Today, the polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Your votes will be counted accurately because our processes are transparent and open for observation, including:

  • Testing of the voting system equipment used to count ballots prior to their use in the election
  • Examination of signatures on the mail ballot return envelopes
  • Removal of the ballots from the envelopes
  • Counting of the ballots on high speed ballot scanners
  • Hand counting of at least 1 percent of the ballots to audit the accuracy of the scanners
  • Testing of the voting system equipment used to count ballots after their use in the election

Once you cast your ballot at a polling place or it is removed from your mail ballot return envelope, it cannot be identified as your specific ballot. The Registrar of Voters only tracks that you voted in the election and the method you used to cast your ballot. No one will know the votes you marked on your ballot for a candidate or measure.

You can track when your ballot is mailed, received, and counted through the Secretary of State’s Where’s My Ballot tracking system. You can sign up to receive notifications about the status of your mail ballot via email, text message, and/or telephone call. Sign up at

The Registrar of Voters is required to certify the Presidential Election results by December 1, 2020.

If you have additional questions about the upcoming election, please visit or read answers to our frequently asked questions. You are also welcome to share our Communications Tool Kit.

Local Assistance Center opens to serve people impacted by El Dorado Fire

On Saturday, Nov. 7, San Bernardino County will open a Local Assistance Center (LAC) at the Yucaipa Community Center, 34900 Oak Glen Road in Yucaipa from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The LAC is a one-stop location to access services for residents affected by the El Dorado Fire. Resources are provided free of charge. The following agencies are scheduled to provide resources and/or services at the LAC:

County Departments:

  • Public Health
  • Aging and Adult Services
  • Transitional Assistance Department
  • Behavioral Health
  • Veterans Affairs
  • Workforce Development
  • Auditor-Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector
  • Purchasing
  • Risk Management
  • Assessor

State Agencies:

  • Cal OES
  • Department of Insurance
  • Franchise Tax Board
  • Department of Motor Vehicles

(State Educational Materials only)

  • CA Contractors State Licensing Board
  • CA Veterans Affairs
  • Employment Development Department

Other Agencies:

  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
  • City of Yucaipa

Due to COVID-19, face coverings and social distancing is required at the LAC. For more information, call (909) 790-7460 or visit

Registrar of Voters assures voters that ballots are secure

Maintaining cybersecurity and the integrity of elections is always a top priority. The Registrar of Voters has brought in state and federal agencies to evaluate our systems, including prior to this election. As a result, we have implemented stronger cybersecurity measures and continually evaluate and upgrade our systems.

Secure, accessible and locked ballot boxes are available to voters through 8 p.m. on Election Day. Mail ballot drop boxes will be bolted to concrete. Ballots will be picked up within 48 hours as required by State regulations.

Registrar of Voters staff and temporary staff (hired for each election) are responsible for counting mail-in ballots. All personnel handling this process must pass background checks and receive training.

At polling places, voters will be able to mark their choices on a paper ballot. Voters who cannot mark a paper ballot without assistance may use an accessible ballot marking device that will print the voter’s ballot after the voter makes their choices. Either way, all votes will be cast on paper ballots.

Some voters have asked the Registrar why Sharpie pens are being made available at polling places for marking ballots, expressing concern that a bleed-through pen would void a ballot. Our voting system vendor recommends the use of Sharpie pens and the ballots are readable and the votes are counted. That is because ballot scanners read marks in the oval voting target areas on the ballots. The ovals on one side of a ballot card do not align with the ovals on the other side of the card so the bleed through ink is not read by the ballot scanner.

The voting instructions on the ballots, in the County Voter Information Guide, and in the FAQ on our website all advise voters to mark their ballot with a blue or black pen. We do not specify a kind of pen.

If you have additional questions about the upcoming election, please visit or read answers to our frequently asked questions. You are also welcome to share our Communications Tool Kit.

Registrar of Voters taking measures to protect voters and poll workers

Creating a safe environment for voters and poll workers is a high priority. Poll workers will be provided with face masks, face shields, gloves, hand sanitizer, and cleaning supplies. High-touch surfaces will be cleaned throughout the day.

Because a face covering order is in effect, voters who arrive without a face mask will be offered one. Voters may also request a face shield on site for extra protection.

For anyone planning to vote in person, polling places will be open four days this year! The polls will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and November 2; and from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on November 3. Find your assigned polling place and vote early to avoid lines and crowds!

If you have additional questions about the upcoming election, please visit or read answers to our frequently asked questions. You are also welcome to share our Communications Tool Kit.

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