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Monthly Archives: June 2021

June 9, 2021 Update

The County Update publishes once a week on Wednesdays and also as needed to share important news and resources in our battle against COVID-19. We remain here for you. #SBCountyTogether

In today’s Update:

  • Vaccinations by the numbers
  • What will it look like on June 15 when COVID-19 restrictions are lifted?
  • Help family and friends find a vaccination location
  • County goes door-to-door with “Operation Sneakers” to share vaccine facts
  • Metrolink brings both vaccines and free tickets to commuters
  • County recognized for pandemic response
  • County Sheriff Update

 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.

Vaccinating San Bernardino County (as of June 8, 2021)

 

 

 

Doses administered to county residents 1,559,392
County residents fully vaccinated 723,004
Percentage of 12+ residents any vaccination 48.8%
Percentage of 12+ residents fully vaccinated 40%

California Reopens June 15 with Vaccinations Up, and Infections Down

San Bernardino County, along with the rest of the state, will fully reopen its economy on June 15 — eliminating various restrictions and saying farewell to the color-coded county tier system we’ve been living under for the past several months.

Beginning next Tuesday, everyday life here will largely return to pre-COVID norms. Restaurants, bars, retail stores, theaters, hotels and entertainment centers may return to usual operations — meaning no capacity limitations and no requirements for social distancing.

All of California’s restrictions on travel outside the state will be lifted, and the state says it is not considering creating a vaccine passport.

“This is a day we’ve all been waiting for,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “While we have been through one of the most challenging periods in our County’s history, I’m very proud of the way we’ve pulled together as a community — with everyone from hospital workers and grocery clerks to local business owners working together to protect each other and overcome this pandemic.”

The question of masks

On June 15, California will align with the revised mask guidelines recently announced by the CDC. This states: “Fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.”

This means while fully vaccinated individuals won’t need to wear face coverings in most indoor and outdoor settings, they will still be required to wear a mask on planes, buses, trains, airports and transportation stations. Other places where vaccinated people will still need to wear masks, include health care settings, prisons, homeless shelters and schools. In addition, private businesses may choose to continue requiring facial coverings.

And of course, anyone is free to wear a mask anytime they’d like, especially when around children and others who are vulnerable or not yet eligible for vaccination.

Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals will still be required to wear facial coverings outside of their home. Unvaccinated Californians, can only take off their masks in public when they’re outside and can maintain 6 feet of distance with others.

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, better known as Cal/OSHA, is still mulling what the masking rules will be for workplaces in the state starting on Tuesday.

Also, what the state deems “mega events” — outdoor live events attended by more than 10,000 people and indoor events with 5,000 or more attendees — still face some restrictions. Those attending indoor events must either be vaccinated or have recently achieved a negative COVID-19 test. The same guidelines are recommended (though not mandated) for outdoor events. Businesses and venue operators may require proof or self-attestation at point of registration, during ticket purchase or on the day of the event prior to entry into the venue. The mega event requirements will remain in place until October 1.

Helpful Info and Links for Friends and Family Needing a Vaccination

Readers of our County Update know we have tried to keep our residents up-to-date on where and how to get a COVID-19 vaccine. We are providing this convenient reference that can be copied and shared with anyone needing help finding where to receive this life saving vaccination.

County-operated stationary sites

The County continues to operate 14 ongoing stationary vaccination clinics that are open (unless noted otherwise below) Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. All sites accept walk-ins. Anyone can pre-register for their visit by visiting MyTurn.CA.gov. Every clinic offers the Pfizer vaccine (ages 12+ with a parent or guardian present with minors). And beginning this week, the Jessie Turner Community Center in Fontana will be open late until 8 p.m.!

  • Bloomington, Ayala Park Community Center (18313 Valley Blvd.)
  • Fontana, Jessie Turner Health & Fitness Community Center Gym (15556 Summit Ave) *open late from noon to 8 p.m.
  • Hesperia, Hesperia Health Center (16453 Bear Valley Rd.) *only open until 5 p.m.
  • Joshua Tree, Joshua Tree Community Center (6171 Sunburst St)
  • Montclair, Montclair Place (5060 E North Montclair Plaza Lane)
  • Ontario, Ontario Convention Center (2000 E. Convention Center Way)
  • Rancho Cucamonga, Inland Empire Health Plan (10801 6th St.)
  • Rancho Cucamonga, Rancho Cucamonga Sports Complex (8303 Rochester Ave.)
  • Rialto, ARMC Family Health Center – Westside Clinic (850 E. Foothill Blvd.)
    *Drive-in! Wednesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Rialto, Grace Vargas Senior Center (1411 S. Riverside Ave.)
  • San Bernardino, National Orange Show Event Center Dome (467 W Mill Street)
  • San Bernardino, Arroyo Valley High School (1881 West Baseline St.)
  • Victorville, Hook Community Center (14973 Joshua St.)
  • Yucaipa, Yucaipa Senior Center (12202 1st St.)

Hospitals, clinics and pharmacies

There are hundreds of hospitals, health centers, clinics and pharmacies throughout the County offering vaccinations. Individuals can use the County website or go through their physician groups associated with Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, Loma Linda University Health, San Antonio Regional Hospital, Mountains Community Hospital, Redlands Community Hospital, Bear Valley Community Healthcare or the San Bernardino Clinics. An appointment is always welcome and encouraged for any vaccination. For hospitals, clinics and County-run sites, use MyTurn.CA.gov

In addition, Moderna vaccines are being given at the San Bernardino County Health Centers in San Bernardino, Ontario, Hesperia and Adelanto. For clinic locations, visit the County Public Health Clinic website or call 1-800-722-4777.

Finally, there are participating pharmacies administering doses throughout the county, including Albertsons, Costco, Ralphs, Rite-Aid, Sav-On, Vons, Walgreens and Walmart, as well as many independent pharmacies. Individuals should check directly with their preferred, neighborhood pharmacy, or again, check the list at vaccines.gov.

Special Events and Mobile Pop-ups Vaccine Clinics in our Community

Use our interactive mobile map to find both ongoing stationary vaccine sites and mobile special vaccine events being held throughout the county. Special event vaccine clinics are also listed on our County vaccine page.

“Operation Sneakers and Vaccine Speakers” Canvassing Campaign Hitting 42 Targeted Neighborhoods

The County has launched a hyperlocal outreach campaign largely focusing on residents in traditionally underserved communities. The campaign, dubbed “Operation Sneakers and Vaccine Speakers,” features several street teams that are canvassing areas where residents have been at most risk of COVID-19 infection.

Operation Sneakers is designed to bring bilingual information and facts about the COVID-19 vaccines to residents, and early results are already showing that many people appreciate the opportunity to talk about the safety and efficacy of the vaccines before making the decision to get protected. On just their first day, the teams reported more than 1,598 positive interactions and conversations with the community.

“We want to make sure people understand that getting vaccinated is both easy and convenient,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “Residents will learn that vaccination sites are now located literally just down the street, in their neighborhood. We’ll even provide transportation to those who need it. Plus, the shots are absolutely free and there is no requirement for insurance coverage.”

Some of the locations being canvassed include neighborhoods, shopping centers, schools, parks, libraries and even supermarkets. The campaign will run through mid-June.

All County vaccination sites are staffed by public health professionals and others well-versed in the issues surrounding COVID-19 and the vaccines. Spanish-speaking representatives are on hand to support communications with non-English speaking residents.

Metrolink Offers Free Tickets as Incentive to Get Vaccinated

Building on a campaign to vaccinate Metrolink riders at different stations in San Bernardino County, those riders choosing to get a vaccine dose will now also receive a free, one-day roundtrip ticket valued at $20. The program will be running at different stations through July.

Metrolink will be providing Pfizer COVID-19 vaccinations from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Montclair, Upland and Fontana stations through June 12 and second dose appointments will be made when the first dose is administered. The Pfizer or the Johnson & Johnson one-dose vaccine will be offered at these locations.

From June 15 through June 19, participating stations will be Rialto, Downtown San Bernardino, and San Bernardino Santa Fe Depot stations. More stations, as well as nearby bus depots, will be announced later.

“This is a great opportunity for busy commuters and anyone who lives near these stations to protect themselves and those they care about from COVID-19,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman.

County Wins National Awards for COVID-19 Pandemic Response

Innovative public service programs, many of them aimed at addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, earned San Bernardino County a record 60 National Association of Counties 2021 Achievement Awards, the most awards won since 2019 when the County claimed 52 NACo awards.

A majority of the NACo Achievement Awards recognized programs and resources that helped our residents during the global COVID-19 pandemic and vaccination effort, including this County Update, which promoted the #SBCountyTogether bilingual public information and outreach campaign. The COVID-Compliant Business Partnership Program, the COVID-19 data dashboard, the nursing home task force, and our alternative care sites also won NACo awards.

The County Public Health Department and its staff, who were on the front lines of the battle against COVID-19, won 14 of the awards, the most of any County department. The Public Health data team developed and maintain the COVID-19 data dashboard, which shows daily information on COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, deaths, the status of the virus in the county’s cities and towns and schools along with testing and vaccination metrics.

Three County departments, the County Administrative Office, the Economic Development Department and the Innovation and Technology Department, won awards for the COVID-Compliant Business Partnership Program, which provided $30 million in CARES Act funding to help local businesses and nonprofits comply with COVID-19 health orders to keep their employees and customers safe.

“I am extremely proud of our County staff for being creative and using technology to get our residents and businesses through these past 15 months,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “County staff worked long hours through a lot of uncertainty to try to get ahead of the virus and keep us all safe. I am pleased to see the great work they do each and every day recognized on the national stage.”

A full list of the County’s NACo Awards may be viewed here.

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

A total of 1,003 County jail inmates have tested positive for COVID-19 since the outbreak of the pandemic, and all of the inmates have recovered.

A total of 1,034 department employees have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,026 of the employees have recovered from the virus. Other employees are expected to return to work in the next few weeks. It is unknown when or where the employees were infected with the virus. The department continues to encourage all department members to heed the warnings of health officials.

Latest Stats

298,808 Confirmed Cases             (up 0% from the previous day)
4,591 Deaths                                  (up 0.2% from the previous day)
3,301,594 Tests                             (up 0.1% from the previous day)

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

For all COVID-19 related information, including case statistics, FAQs, guidelines and resources, visit the County’s COVID-19 webpage at http://sbcovid19.com/. Residents of San Bernardino County may also call the COVID-19 helpline at (909) 387-3911 for general information and resources about the virus. The phone line is NOT for medical calls and is available Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you have questions about social services, please call 211.

Board adopts 2021-22 County budget with eye toward economic recovery

The Board of Supervisors adopted the 2021-22 County budget on Tuesday, which invests in San Bernardino County’s communities, residents and businesses to help them recover from the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This year, the $7.6 billion budget recognizes the relative stability of County revenues and plans to keep significant resources available to address any possible future economic challenges.  The Board has maintained its long-standing fiscally prudent approach by setting aside an additional $41 million towards its General Purpose Reserve and is projecting to end 2021-22 with a $19 million General Fund operating surplus.

“We are being fiscally responsible with your tax dollars and we are listening to your priorities,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “We are putting resources in the right direction and this budget gives us the opportunity to move this county forward.”

While not included in the initial recommended budget, the Board also took action today to adopt a plan for the use of $423.5 million of federal funding from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA).  This significant resource will help the County continue to respond to the pandemic, help with economic recovery and infrastructure and improve government operations.

“The 2021-22 Recommended Budget represents a significant step toward recovery from the pandemic,” Chief Executive Officer Leonard X. Hernandez wrote in a letter to the Board. “Through the investment of available financing sources, this budget will both strengthen the County’s fiscal stability while expanding and enhancing the County’s ability to provide high-quality services to our residents and investors.”

To address community concerns, the Board allocated $10.4 million over the next several years to help combat illegal marijuana cultivation, short-term rental oversight, illegal dumping and graffiti abatement, snow play nuisance abatement, illegal vending in problem areas and illegal trucking activities.

“This budget reflects your commitment to public safety in the county,” said San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon, citing the issue of illegal marijuana cultivation in the county.

The post-pandemic desire for outdoor activities prompted an additional $5 million investment in the County’s Regional Parks with capital improvements planned at Glen Helen, Yucaipa, Prado, Guasti, and Mojave Narrows regional parks.

Fighting homelessness remains a priority in the County budget. There is a renewed focus and staffing added to the Homeless Strategic Plan, which aligns the county’s homeless population with health and housing services provided by the County and its partners.

In addition, technological upgrades are due for County systems and online services that help residents and businesses receive a necessary and evolving level of service that is timely and convenient and helps the County generate revenue to continue serving the public’s needs.

Board applauds ‘American Idol’ winner Chayce Beckham

American Idol Winner Chayce Beckham of Apple Valley

The Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution Tuesday congratulating Apple Valley’s Chayce Beckham for becoming the first San Bernardino County resident to win ‘American Idol.’

The 24-year-old is a native of the High Desert and the first winner of American Idol from Southern California.

“I am extremely proud to hear that our first ever Southern Californian American Idol winner comes from San Bernardino County,” said First District Supervisor Col. Paul Cook (Ret.). “Congratulations Chayce, we are all proud of you and excited to see you embark on this new journey.”

Beckham was born in Victorville and lived in Hesperia and Apple Valley where he attended Vanguard Preparatory School and Sitting Bull Academy. He got his first guitar when he was three years old. Before Idol, Beckham and his friends formed a band called the Sinking Sailors performing punk, reggae and funk music and they frequently played local gigs. He last worked as a heavy machine operator for United Rentals.

The gravel-voiced country singer and songwriter wowed Idol judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan and ultimately viewers at home who voted him the winner of the popular singing competition. As the 2021 American Idol winner, Beckham takes home a cash prize and most importantly, a record deal of his own.

While on American Idol, Beckham wrote and recorded his own hit single, “23” which rose to No. 1 on iTunes Country charts and No. 2 on iTunes Top 10 songs.

A year ago, Beckham decided to audition for American Idol at the urging of his family.

County wins record 60 awards from National Association of Counties

Innovative public service programs, many of them aimed at addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, earned San Bernardino County a record 60 National Association of Counties 2021 Achievement Awards, the most awards won since 2019 when the County claimed 52 NACo awards.

A majority of the NACo Achievement Awards recognized programs and resources that helped our residents during the global COVID-19 pandemic and vaccination effort, including the #SBCountyTogether bilingual public information and outreach campaign, the COVID-Compliant Business Partnership Program, the COVID-19 data dashboard, the nursing home task force, and our alternative care sites.

The County Public Health Department and its staff, who were on the front lines of the battle against COVID-19, won 14 2021 NACo Awards, the most of any County department. The Public Health data team developed and maintain the COVID-19 data dashboard, which shows daily information on COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, deaths, the status of the virus in the county’s cities and towns and schools along with testing and vaccination metrics.

Two County departments, the Economic Development Department and the Innovation and Technology Department won awards for the COVID-Compliant Business Partnership Program, which provided $30 million in CARES Act funding to help local businesses and nonprofits comply with COVID-19 health orders to keep their employees and customers safe.

“I am extremely proud of our County staff for being creative and using technology to get our residents and businesses through these past 15 months,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “County staff worked long hours through a lot of uncertainty to try to get ahead of the virus and keep us all safe. I am pleased to see the great work they do each and every day recognized on the national stage.”

Since 2010, San Bernardino County has won 441 Achievement Awards from NACo, an organization that honors innovative, effective county government programs that enhance services for residents.

Nationally, NACo Achievement Awards are given in 18 different categories that reflect the variety of services counties provide. San Bernardino County won awards in 14 categories.  This year, NACo reviewed 884 entries from counties in 28 states.

The Board of Supervisors will recognize and honor the people and departments responsible for the winning programs and services below at an upcoming event. The County’s winners are:

CATEGORY: Arts, Culture and Historic Preservation

County Museum – Arthropolooza – the Ultimate Bugfest

County Museum – Developing Ethnobotany: Creative Collaboration and Indigenous Stories

County Museum – Museum Programs Gone Virtual

County Museum – Spooktacular: Demystifying Science for our County Families

Public Works – Desert View Recreational Trails

CATEGORY: Children and Youth

Children and Family Services – Children and Family Services Electronic Warrants Process

Children and Family Services – Enhancing Educational Attainment Among Foster Youth through Collaboration

Children and Family Services – Helping Our Population by Empowerment

Children and Family Services – Special Collaboration with Marine Bases to Keep Children Safe

CATEGORY: Civic Education and Public Information

County Administrative Office, Arrowhead Regional Medical Center and Behavioral Health- #SBCountyTogether Communication Program

CATEGORY: Community and Economic Development

Economic Development and County Administrative Office – COVID Compliant Business Partnership Program

Economic Development – San Bernardino County Film Office (FilmSBC)

Economic Development – San Bernardino County Opportunity Zone Program

Purchasing – San Bernardino County Online COVID-19 Store

Purchasing – Surplus Distribution Hub

Workforce Development – Virtual Career Fair

Workforce Development – Virtual Hiring Event

Workforce Development – Virtual Rapid Response

CATEGORY: County Administration and Management

Auditor-Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector – Payroll Electronic Document System (PEDS)

Fleet Management – Vehicle COVID-19 Sanitizing Procedure

CATEGORY: Criminal Justice and Public Safety

County Fire – San Bernardino County Illegal Fireworks Reporter

District Attorney – Digital Victim Advocate Program

Public Defender – New Hope/Abundant Living Church

Sheriff – Parental Intervention Project

CATEGORY: Financial Management

Auditor-Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector – Process Server Checks Project

CATEGORY: Health

Arrowhead Regional Medical Center – Arrowhead Regional Medical Center Charts Pandemic Response Path for Local Hospitals

Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, Inland Counties Emergency Medical Agency (ICEMA), County Administrative Office, Public Health, Behavioral Health and Aging and Adult Services – Caring for Our Most Vulnerable – Bold Actions in Midst of Pandemic

Behavioral Health – Care Coordination

Behavioral Health – Consumer Evaluation Council

Public Health – Inland Empire Black Breastfeeding Week 2020

Public Health – Reducing Health Inequity and Hunger Among Veterans During COVID and Beyond

Inland Counties Emergency Medical Agency (ICEMA), Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, County Fire, County Administrative Office – Alternative Care Sites

CATEGORY: Human Services

Aging and Adult Services and Behavioral Health – Age Wise’s 24/7 Hotline Expands Seniors’ Access to Vital Services

Aging and Adult Services – Reducing Homelessness through the At-Home Program

Aging and Adult Services – Successful Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) Implementation Methods

Preschool Services, Public Health and Aging and Behavioral Health – Distance Learning Program

Transitional Assistance, Workforce Development and Public Health – CalFresh Employment and Training COVID-19 Response

Transitional Assistance, Public Health  and Aging and Adult Services – TAD/DAAS-PG CalFresh Targeted Outreach to Seniors and Disabled Persons

Transitional Assistance and Public Health – Housing Services Assistance Agreement

CATEGORY: Information Technology

Assessor-Recorder-Clerk – ARC Online Modernization of Services Program

Auditor-Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector, Arrowhead Regional Medical Center and Purchasing – Arrowhead Regional Medical Center SAP Inventory Management Module (ARMC | SAP IMM)

Auditor-Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector – Robotic Process Automation

Auditor-Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector – Tax Collector Kiosk Project

Public Health – CAIR / QIE Bidirectional Interface

Public Health – Cisco Call Center Systems

Public Health – COVID-19 Operation Dashboard and Hub Pages

Public Health – Education and Engagement Indicator

Public Health – Internship and Volunteer Program

Public Health – Remote Customer Service

Public Health – VSRO Birth & Death Certificate Automation

Innovation and Technology – Election Virtual Dashboard and Command Center

Innovation and Technology, Economic Development, and County Administrative Office – Utilizing GIS Technology for COVID Compliant Business Partnership Program

Inland Counties Emergency Medical Agency (ICEMA) – Resource Management Program

Registrar of Voters and Innovation and Technology – Online Candidate Filing Program

CATEGORY: Libraries

County Library – Converting Programs to Meet the Need

County Library – Instant Digital Library Card

CATEGORY: Parks and Recreation

Public Works – Big Bear Alpine Zoo

CATEGORY: Personnel Management, Employment and Training

Behavioral Health – Transparency Through Talk Project

CATEGORY: Risk and Emergency Management

Purchasing – Emergency Purchase Orders (POs)

Inland Counties Emergency Medical Agency (ICEMA) and County Fire – Incident Management Team

County leaders celebrate grand opening of new Behavioral Health building

Today, top local, state, and national leaders gathered in San Bernardino to celebrate the grand opening of a new 11,375-square-foot facility serving the Juvenile Justice Program (JJP) within San Bernardino County’s Department of Behavioral Health. The facility will serve an estimated 400 to 900 families per year, advancing the JJP’s mission to provide a comprehensive and effective continuum of adolescent behavioral health care for justice-involved youth, in or out of custody, who have mental illness.

“The Juvenile Justice Program reduces recidivism, promotes wellness and recovery, and enhances the quality of life in our county,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “Also, this project was developed in a Qualified Opportunity Zone, which benefits both the public and private sectors and creates vital community benefit. The value of bringing new investment to underserved communities underscores the importance of this program.”

Vice Chair Dawn Rowe

“This new space will serve as a key resource for many deserving individuals and families in the region. It will be instrumental in giving youth and their families hope for a better future by promoting wellness and resiliency,” said Board of Supervisors Vice Chair Dawn Rowe. The facility is located within Vice Chair Rowe’s Third Supervisorial District.

The new office space will be located proximate to the San Bernardino Children’s Assessment Center, Juvenile Court, Probation Office, and several schools. This new location will help facilitate collaboration as JJP staff members conduct community outreach and serve justice involved youth and their families.

“The critical need for outpatient behavioral health services has never been greater, especially when we are addressing restorative justice for youth living in this community. This is a great day for our youth, for equity and for our San Bernardino County at large,” said Dr. Veronica Kelley, Director for the Department of Behavioral Health.

Notably, the facility is located in a Qualified Opportunity Zone (QOZ) census tract – one of 57 Opportunity Zone tracts in the County – a designation created in 2017 via bipartisan legislation co-sponsored by U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) and U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ). Under the initiative, investors who make long-term investments in QOZ communities are eligible for a series of tax benefits. The neighborhood is amongst the most distressed in the nation, scoring a 92.2 out of 100 on the Economic Innovation Group’s Distressed Communities Index. Further, its youngest residents are disconnected from vital services and are not well-positioned to reach their full potential. The Child Opportunity Index finds that neighborhood conditions scored very low for the census tract, suppressing the potential for local children and young adults to achieve upward mobility.

U.S. Sen. Tim Scott

“Already millions of Americans have seen and benefited from the incredible potential of Opportunity Zones across the nation,” said Senator Tim Scott, who attended and spoke at the event. “I am amazed by the great work being done here at the San Bernardino Medical Center and look forward to hearing the success stories that come from their efforts.”

The project was highlighted as a national best practice in a May 2020 report by the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council, which included several case studies of Opportunity Zone investments across the country.

“Today is another sign of the growing promise of San Bernardino,” said San Bernardino Mayor John Valdivia. “First and foremost, this new facility will help us better meet the needs of youth and families in our community. More broadly, the 500+ jobs created by the project and millions in new private investment generated are proof positive that San Bernardino is open for business and poised for growth. I commend my colleagues at the County for reaching this milestone, and thank Senator Scott, RevOZ Capital, and Sudweeks Development for their commitment to our community.”

Opportunity Zone capital proved essential to the building’s viability and construction. In 2018, San Bernardino County selected California-based developer Sudweeks Development and Investment Co. (SDIC) to finance and build a new government office building. The county pre-leased the building for 15 years. However, SDIC found that potential equity partners were not willing to invest in such a highly-distressed community, even though the long-term commitment from the county (an S&P rated AA+ tenant) reduced the risk of the project. Fortunately, RevOZ Capital, a nationally-recognized Opportunity Zone fund, partnered with SDIC and the County.  RevOZ and its affiliates made a 10-year investment to support construction of the San Bernardino Medical Center

“This project embodies so much of what RevOZ aspires to achieve,” said Lisa Merage, RevOZ Capital Managing Partner and Chair of the RevOZ Social Impact Council. “We believe deeply both in the potential of emerging communities like San Bernardino, and in the potential of Opportunity Zone investments to create real economic, financial, and community benefits. We thank all of our partners for their support on this project, and are excited to explore further opportunities in the community to create economic and social impact.”

“Public–Private Partnerships have been the cornerstone of our business for the past several years,” said Brandon Sudweeks, Managing Member of SDIC. “Our team truly enjoys bringing together public, private, and community interests to address deep, unmet needs. I’m grateful to the County for their collaboration, and particularly thankful to Senator Scott and RevOZ for seeing the potential of Opportunity Zone financing to bring this project to fruition. Completing such a timely and important project – especially in light of the challenges posed by Covid over the past year – is a credit to our team and a tremendous source of pride.”

County staff anticipate completing final preparatory activities in the coming days and open the facility to patients later this month. For more information on the DBH Juvenile Justice Program, please visit www.sbcounty.gov/dbh.

The Juvenile Justice Program (JJP) is a collaboration of the San Bernardino County Probation Department and the Department of Behavioral Health. It is a team entrusted by the public to provide quality mental health services to juveniles in the justice system and to their families in an effort to reduce recidivism and enhance the quality of their lives. Juvenile Justice Program services are only available to minors involved in the San Bernardino County juvenile justice system who are referred to the program through the Probation Department and Juvenile Court system.

June 2, 2021 Update

The County Update publishes once a week on Wednesdays and also as needed to share important news and resources in our battle against COVID-19. We remain here for you. #SBCountyTogether

In today’s Update:

  • Vaccinations by the numbers
  • County launches door-to-door “Operation Sneakers and Vaccine Speakers”
  • Metrolink brings vaccinations to commuters
  • New online interactive map gives dates and locations of County vaccination sites
  • $116.5 million “Vax for the Win” incentive plan currently underway
  • County Sheriff Update

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.

Vaccinating San Bernardino County (as of June 2, 2021)

 

 

Doses administered to county residents 1,506,340
County residents fully vaccinated 690.934
Percentage of 12+ residents any vaccination 47.6%
Percentage of 12+ residents fully vaccinated 38.2%

County Launches “Operation Sneakers and Vaccine Speakers” Campaign

Door-to-Door Canvassing Effort Promotes Neighborhood Vaccine Sites, Ease of Access

The County has introduced a new, hyperlocal outreach campaign largely focusing on residents in traditionally underserved communities. The campaign, dubbed “Operation Sneakers and Vaccine Speakers,” will highlight conveniently located, neighborhood-based vaccination sites within those communities while providing additional information about the County’s vaccination program.

The campaign will also help promote the state’s new $116.5 million, multi-faceted vaccine-incentive effort encouraging Californians to get vaccinated before the state’s reopening on June 15 (see related story).

“We want to make sure people understand that getting vaccinated is both easy and convenient,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “Residents will learn that vaccination sites are now located literally just down the street, in their neighborhood. We’ll even provide transportation to those who need it. Plus, the shots are absolutely free and there is no requirement for insurance coverage.”

Each vaccination site will be staffed by public health professionals and others well-versed in the issues surrounding COVID-19 and the vaccines. Spanish-speaking representatives will be on hand to support communications with non-English speaking residents, and no reservation is required.

“This is a real ‘boots-on-the-ground’ campaign to remind people that getting protected against COVID-19 is an easy, straightforward process,” said Hagman.  “Our goal is simply to inform people about the availability and accessibility of vaccines. We are doing everything we can to remove any obstacles that might discourage residents from getting vaccinated.”

The County has already begun printing a variety of informational materials (flyers, door hangers, posters, etc.) to support the campaign. Staff training, which will focus on customer service, safety, logistics and appropriate messaging, will begin June 4. The campaign itself will launch on June 7 and run for approximately 10 days.

Most of the vaccination sites are open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 am to 6 pm. Please check here for more information on vaccination sites and operating hours.

Metrolink Makes Vaccination Part of Your Daily Commute

Many San Bernardino County residents want to vaccinated, but haven’t done so yet because they can’t make time in their busy schedules to find and visit a vaccination clinic.

Metrolink is addressing that need by partnering with public health professionals to provide Pfizer COVID-19 vaccinations at Metrolink stations from Montclair through San Bernardino. The first transit station vaccination sites will operate next week from June 8 through Saturday, June 12 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Montclair, Upland and Fontana Metrolink sites.

“This is a great opportunity for busy commuters and anyone who lives near these stations to protect themselves and those they care about from COVID-19,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman.

200 doses of the Pfizer vaccine will be available at each site each day. The sites will operate again on June 29 through July 3 to administer.

The program will be extended to the Rialto, Downtown San Bernardino, and San Bernardino Santa Fe Depot stations from June 15 through June 19 and again from July 6 through July 10.

The Montclair Station is located at 5091 Richton St. The Upland station is at 300 East A Street, and the Fontana station is at 16777 Orange Way.

New Interactive Online Map Shares Vaccination Sites Near You

Residents Can See Both Stationary and Mobile Pop-up Sites

In addition to 14 ongoing County stationary sites distributing doses every week from Tuesday through Saturday, San Bernardino County residents can also use a new interactive map to find any of the mobile, pop-up events happening almost daily from the valley to the deserts.

This online map dashboard shows the sites and dates of all upcoming mobile vaccination events (best seen in Chrome). The stars on the map indicate the stationary vaccine sites throughout our county.

Along with the mobile and stationary sites, there are dozens of hospitals, health centers, clinics and pharmacies that are offering vaccine doses.

“We have reached a point where those complacent or hesitant about getting a COVID-19 vaccine need to take action,” said County Public Health Officer Dr. Michael Sequeira. “Delaying getting your vaccine is an unnecessary risk. There is no reason not to get this shot while there is a possibility of serious illness, long-term problems or even death.”

Ongoing County-operated sites

All 14 County-operated sites operate Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. All sites are offering the Pfizer vaccine and both appointments and walk-ups are accepted.

  • Apple Valley, Our Lady of the Desert Catholic Church (affiliated with Providence St. Joseph Health,
    18386 Corwin Rd.)
  • Bloomington, Ayala Park Community Center (18313 Valley Blvd.)
  • Fontana, Jessie Turner Health & Fitness Community Center (15556 Summit Ave,)
  • Hesperia, Hesperia Health Center (16453 Bear Valley Rd.)
  • Joshua Tree, Copper Mountain College (6162 Rotary Way)
  • Montclair, Montclair Place (5060 E North Montclair Plaza Lane)
  • Ontario, Ontario Convention Center (2000 E. Convention Center Way)
  • Rancho Cucamonga, Inland Empire Health Plan (10801 6th St.)
  • Rancho Cucamonga, Rancho Cucamonga Sports Complex (8303 Rochester Ave.)
  • Rialto, Grace Vargas Senior Center (1411 S. Riverside Ave.)
  • San Bernardino, National Orange Show Event Center (689 South E St.)
  • San Bernardino, Arroyo Valley High School (1881 West Baseline St.)
  • Victorville, Hook Community Center (14973 Joshua St.)
  • Yucaipa, Yucaipa Senior Center (12202 1st St.)

People who walk-up to a vaccination site should be prepared to register in person, which will include answering health-screening questions. Appointments can be made for all sites at sbcovid19.com/vaccine.

Hospitals, health centers, clinics and pharmacies

In addition to the above ongoing County-operated vaccine sites, many hospitals in San Bernardino County have vaccines on hand, as well as several clinics and health centers.

Individuals can use the County website or go through their physician groups associated with Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, Loma Linda University Health, San Antonio Regional Hospital, Mountains Community Hospital, Redlands Community Hospital, Bear Valley Community Healthcare or the San Bernardino Clinic.

In addition, Moderna vaccines are being given at the San Bernardino County Health Centers in San Bernardino, Ontario, Hesperia and Adelanto.

Finally, there are participating pharmacies administering doses throughout the county, including Albertsons, Costco, Ralphs, Rite-Aid, Sav-On, Vons, Walgreens and Walmart, as well as many independent pharmacies. Individuals should check directly with their preferred, neighborhood pharmacy, or again, check the list at sbcovid19.com/vaccine.

Get Vaccinated and Win Cash, Receive $50 Gift Cards

This Friday, June 4, anyone who has received at least one shot of the COVID-19 vaccine will have a chance to be among 15 Californians randomly selected to win $50,000. Another 15 people will be drawn on June 11, and finally, on June 15, 10 lucky state residents will each win $1.5 million/

This is all part of a $116.5 million “Vax for the Win” incentive plan announced last week, designed to encourage more people to get their dose. In addition, the next 2 million residents who get vaccinated will receive a $50 online or grocery gift card.

“There are a lot of San Bernardino County residents who want to get vaccinated but haven’t because they have busy lives and higher priorities,” said Board of Supervisors Curt Hagman. “Hopefully the chance at winning a serious amount of state money will drive them to their nearest vaccination center.”

All Californians 12 years or older are eligible. The State will place the winnings of those under 18 into a savings account until they reach adulthood. Program details can be found on the State’s Vax for the Win website.

Becoming eligible for these winnings is easy in San Bernardino County. All 14 County-operated sites (listed above) operate Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. All sites are offering the Pfizer vaccine and both appointments and walk-ups are accepted.

There are also dozens of hospitals, health centers, clinics, pharmacies and now even high schools (see accompanying story), that are offering vaccine doses. Residents can check the list at sbcovid19.com/vaccine.

In addition to the ongoing County stationary sites, county residents can also use a new interactive map to find any of the mobile, pop-up events happening almost daily from the valley to the deserts. Visitors to this online map dashboard shows the sites and dates of all upcoming mobile vaccination events (best seen in Chrome). The stars on the map indicate the stationary vaccine sites throughout our county.

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

A total of 1,003 County jail inmates have tested positive for COVID-19 since the outbreak of the pandemic, and all of the inmates have recovered.

A total of 1,034 department employees have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,026 of the employees have recovered from the virus. Other employees are expected to return to work in the next few weeks. It is unknown when or where the employees were infected with the virus. The department continues to encourage all department members to heed the warnings of health officials.

Latest Stats

298,545 Confirmed Cases             (up 0.1% from the previous day)
4,560 Deaths                                  (up 0.1% from the previous day)
3,265,639 Tests                             (up 0.7% from the previous day)

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

For all COVID-19 related information, including case statistics, FAQs, guidelines and resources, visit the County’s COVID-19 webpage at http://sbcovid19.com/. Residents of San Bernardino County may also call the COVID-19 helpline at (909) 387-3911 for general information and resources about the virus. The phone line is NOT for medical calls and is available Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you have questions about social services, please call 211.

Actualización del 2 de junio de 2021

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

En la actualización de hoy:

  • Vacunas por los números
  • El condado lanza la campaña “Operación Zapatillas de Deporte y Oradores de Vacunas”,
  • Metrolink lleva las vacunas a los viajeros
  • Nuevo mapa interactivo en línea comparte sitios de vacunación cerca de usted
  • Plan de incentivos “Vax for the Win” de 116.5 millones de dólares actualmente en curso
  • Actualización del Sheriff del condado

Para programar una cita, por favor visite la página de vacunación del condado County vaccination page 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.

Vacunación del Condado de San Bernardino (desde el 2 de junio de 2021)

 

 

 

Dosis administradas a los residentes del condado 1,506,340
Residentes del condado totalmente vacunados 690.934
Porcentaje de 12 años o más del condado cualquier vacuna 47.6%
Porcentaje de residentes 12 años o más totalmente vacunados  38.2%

El condado lanza la campaña “Operación Zapatillas de Deporte y Oradores de Vacunas”,

El esfuerzo de puerta a puerta promueve los sitios de vacunación en el vecindario y la facilidad de acceso

El condado ha introducido una nueva campaña de alcance hiperlocal que se centra principalmente en los residentes de comunidades tradicionalmente desatendidas. La campaña, denominada “Operación Zapatillas de Deporte y Oradores de Vacunas”, destacará los lugares de vacunación ubicados convenientemente en los vecindarios dentro de esas comunidades, al tiempo que proporcionará información adicional sobre el programa de vacunación del condado.

La campaña también ayudará a promover el nuevo esfuerzo de incentivos de vacunas multifacético de $ 116.5 millones del estado para animar a los californianos a vacunarse antes de la reapertura del estado el 15 de junio (vea la historia relacionada).

“Queremos asegurarnos de que la gente comprenda que vacunarse es fácil y conveniente”, dijo el Presidente de la Junta de Supervisores, Curt Hagman. “Los residentes aprenderán que los sitios de vacunación ahora están ubicados literalmente al final de la calle, en su vecindario. Incluso proporcionaremos transporte a quienes lo necesiten. Además, las vacunas son absolutamente gratuitas y no hay ningún requisito de cobertura de seguro “.

Cada sitio de vacunación contará con profesionales de la salud pública y otros expertos en los temas relacionados con COVID-19 y las vacunas. Los representantes que hablan español estarán a su disposición para apoyar las comunicaciones con residentes que no hablan inglés, y no se requiere reserva.

“Esta es una verdadera campaña de ‘botas sobre el terreno’ para recordarle a la gente que protegerse contra COVID-19 es un proceso sencillo y directo”, dijo Hagman. “Nuestro objetivo es simplemente informar a las personas sobre la disponibilidad y accesibilidad de las vacunas. Estamos haciendo todo lo posible para eliminar cualquier obstáculo que pueda desalentar a los residentes de vacunarse ”.

El condado ya ha comenzado a imprimir una variedad de materiales informativos (volantes, colgadores de puertas, carteles, etc.) para apoyar la campaña. La capacitación del personal, que se centrará en el servicio al cliente, la seguridad, la logística y la mensajería adecuada, comenzará el 4 de junio. La campaña se lanzará el 7 de junio y durará aproximadamente 10 días.

La mayoría de los sitios de vacunación están abiertos de martes a sábado de 10 a.m. a 6 p.m. Consulte aquí para obtener más información sobre los lugares de vacunación y las horas de atención.

Metrolink hace que la vacunación sea parte de su viaje diario

Muchos residentes del Condado de San Bernardino quieren vacunarse, pero aún no lo han hecho porque no pueden hacer tiempo en sus horarios ocupados para encontrar y visitar una clínica de vacunación.

Metrolink está abordando esa necesidad asociándose con profesionales de la salud pública para proporcionar vacunas Pfizer COVID-19 en las estaciones de Metrolink desde Montclair hasta San Bernardino. Los primeros sitios de vacunación de estaciones de tránsito operarán la próxima semana del 8 al sábado 12 de junio de 11 a.m. a 6 p.m. en los sitios de Montclair, Upland y Fontana Metrolink.

“Esta es una gran oportunidad para los viajeros ocupados y cualquier persona que viva cerca de estas estaciones para protegerse a sí mismos ya sus seres queridos del COVID-19”, dijo el Presidente de la Junta de Supervisores, Curt Hagman.

Cada día habrá 200 dosis de la vacuna Pfizer disponibles en cada sitio. Los sitios volverán a operar del 29 de junio al 3 de julio para administrar.

El programa se extenderá a las estaciones de Rialto, Centro de San Bernardino y San Bernardino Santa Fe Depot desde el 15 de junio hasta el 19 de junio y nuevamente desde el 6 de julio hasta el 10 de julio.

La estación Montclair está ubicada en 5091 Richton St. La estación Upland está en 300 East A Street, y la estación Fontana está en 16777 Orange Way.

Nuevo mapa interactivo en línea comparte sitios de vacunación cerca de usted

Los residentes pueden ver sitios emergentes tanto fijos como móviles

Además de los 14 sitios estacionarios del condado que distribuyen dosis cada semana de martes a sábado, los residentes del Condado de San Bernardino también pueden usar un nuevo mapa interactivo para encontrar cualquiera de los eventos emergentes móviles que ocurren casi casi diariamente desde el valle hasta los desiertos.

Este tablero de mapa en línea muestra los sitios y las fechas de todos los próximos eventos de vacunación móvil (mejor visto en Chrome). Las estrellas en el mapa indican los sitios estacionarios de vacunas en todo nuestro condado.

Junto con los sitios móviles y estacionarios, hay docenas de hospitales, centros de salud, clínicas y farmacias que están ofreciendo dosis de vacunas.

“Hemos llegado a un punto en el que aquellos complacientes o indecisos acerca de recibir una vacuna COVID-19 necesitan tomar medida”, dijo el Dr. Michael Sequeira, Oficial de Salud Pública del Condado. “Retrasar la vacunación es un riesgo innecesario. No hay razón para no recibir esta inyección mientras haya una posibilidad de enfermedad grave, problemas a largo plazo o incluso la muerte “.

Sitios en curso operados por el Condado

Los 14 sitios operados por el condado operan de martes a sábado de 10 a.m. a 6 p.m. Todos los sitios ofrecen la vacuna Pfizer y se aceptan citas y visitas sin cita previa.

  • Apple Valley, Our Lady of the Desert Catholic Church (affiliated with Providence St. Joseph Health,
    18386 Corwin Rd.)
  • Bloomington, Ayala Park Community Center (18313 Valley Blvd.)
  • Fontana, Jessie Turner Health & Fitness Community Center (15556 Summit Ave,)
  • Hesperia, Hesperia Health Center (16453 Bear Valley Rd.)
  • Joshua Tree, Copper Mountain College (6162 Rotary Way)
  • Montclair, Montclair Place (5060 E North Montclair Plaza Lane)
  • Ontario, Ontario Convention Center (2000 E. Convention Center Way)
  • Rancho Cucamonga, Inland Empire Health Plan (10801 6th St.)
  • Rancho Cucamonga, Rancho Cucamonga Sports Complex (8303 Rochester Ave.)
  • Rialto, Grace Vargas Senior Center (1411 S. Riverside Ave.)
  • San Bernardino, National Orange Show Event Center (689 South E St.)
  • San Bernardino, Arroyo Valley High School (1881 West Baseline St.)
  • Victorville, Hook Community Center (14973 Joshua St.)
  • Yucaipa, Yucaipa Senior Center (12202 1st St.)

Las personas que llegan a pie a un sitio de vacunación deben estar preparadas para registrarse en persona, lo que incluirá responder preguntas de detección de salud. Las citas se pueden hacer para todos los sitios en  sbcovid19.com/vaccine.

Hospitales, centros de salud, clínicas y farmacias

Además de los sitios de vacunación operados por el Condado en curso, muchos hospitales en el condado de San Bernardino tienen vacunas a mano, así como varias clínicas y centros de salud.

Las personas pueden usar el sitio web del Condado o pasar por sus grupos médicos asociados con Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, Loma Linda University Health, San Antonio Regional Hospital, Mountains Community Hospital, Redlands Community Hospital, Bear Valley Community Healthcare o la Clínica San Bernardino.

Además, se están administrando vacunas Moderna en los Centros de Salud del Condado de San Bernardino en San Bernardino, Ontario, Hesperia y Adelanto.

Por último, hay farmacias participantes que administran dosis en todo el condado incluyen Albertsons, Costco, Ralphs, Rite-Aid, Sav-On, Vons, Walgreens y Walmart, así como muchas farmacias independientes. Las personas deben consultar directamente con su farmacia de barrio preferida, o de nuevo, verifique la lista en sbcovid19.com/vaccine.

Vacúnese y gane dinero en efectivo, reciba tarjetas de regalo de $ 50

Este viernes 4 de junio, cualquier persona que haya recibido al menos una inyección de la vacuna COVID-19 tendrá la oportunidad de estar entre los 15 californianos seleccionados al azar para ganar $ 50,000. Otras 15 personas serán sorteadas el 11 de junio y, finalmente, el 15 de junio, 10 afortunados residentes del estado ganarán $ 1.5 millones cada uno.

Todo esto es parte de un plan de incentivos “Vax for the Win” de $ 116.5 millones anunciado la semana pasada, diseñado para animar a más personas a recibir su dosis. Además, los próximos 2 millones de residentes que se vacunen recibirán una tarjeta de regalo en línea o de supermercado de $ 50.

“Hay muchos residentes del condado de San Bernardino que quieren vacunarse pero no lo han hecho porque tienen vidas ocupadas y prioridades más altas”, dijo la Junta de Supervisores Curt Hagman. “Con suerte, la oportunidad de ganar una gran cantidad de dinero estatal los llevará al centro de vacunación más cercano”.

Todos los californianos de 12 años o más son elegibles. El Estado colocará las ganancias de los menores de 18 años en una cuenta de ahorros hasta que alcancen la edad adulta. Los detalles del programa se pueden encontrar en el sitio web estatal State’s Vax for the Win website.

Ser elegible para estas ganancias es fácil en el condado de San Bernardino. Los 14 sitios operados por el condado (listados arriba) operan de martes a sábado de 10 a.m. a 6 p.m. Todos los sitios ofrecen la vacuna Pfizer y se aceptan citas y visitas sin cita previa.

También hay docenas de hospitales, centros de salud, clínicas, farmacias y ahora incluso escuelas secundarias (ver artículo adjunto) que ofrecen dosis de vacunas. Los residentes pueden consultar la lista en sbcovid19.com/vaccine .

Además de los sitios estacionarios del condado en curso, los residentes del condado también pueden usar un nuevo mapa interactivo para encontrar cualquiera de los eventos móviles emergentes que ocurren casi diariamente desde el valle hasta los desiertos. Los visitantes de este panel de mapa en línea muestran los sitios y las fechas de todos los próximos eventos de vacunación móvil (se ven mejor en Chrome). Las estrellas en el mapa indican los sitios estacionarios de vacunas en todo nuestro condado.

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

Un total de 1,003 presos de la cárcel del condado han dado positivo en COVID-19 desde el estallido de la pandemia, y todos los presos se han recuperado.

Un total de 1,034 empleados del departamento han dado positivo en COVID-19 y 1,026 de los empleados se han recuperado del virus. Se espera que otros empleados regresen al trabajo en las próximas semanas. Se desconoce cuándo o dónde los empleados fueron infectados con el virus. El departamento sigue alentando a todos los miembros del departamento a hacer caso a las advertencias de los funcionarios de salud.

Últimas estadísticas

298,545 Casos Confirmados        (un 0.1% más desde el día anterior)
4,560 Muertes                                (un 0.1% más desde el día anterior)
3,265,639 Pruebas                         (un 0.7% más desde el día anterior)

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

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

Flags lowered to half-staff for fallen Sheriff’s sergeant

Sgt. Dominic Vaca

Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman has ordered flags at all county government facilities to fly at half-staff in honor of Sheriff’s Sgt. Dominic Vaca, who was killed in the line of duty on Monday.

Chairman Hagman encourages all county residents, businesses and government agencies to do the same.

“Sgt. Vaca lost his life bravely protecting the people of this county. He made the ultimate sacrifice so that someday all of us can live our lives free from the fear of violent crime,” Hagman said.

Sgt. Vaca was a 17-year veteran of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. He was killed when a motorcyclist opened fire on deputies who had been pursuing him in Yucca Valley. The gunman was killed during the gunfight with deputies.

“Our hearts are broken. Sgt. Vaca was a true hero and a beloved member of our Morongo Basin community,” said Board of Supervisors Vice Chair Dawn Rowe, a resident of Yucca Valley. “Our thoughts, prayers and support are with his dear family during this tragic time.”

A memorial fund has been established to assist Sgt. Vaca’s wife and children.

The County will keep flags at half-staff until sunset on the day of Sgt. Vaca’s interment, which has yet to be determined.

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