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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.

63 Responses to County orders cancellation of all gatherings; Third case confirmed

  • Rents for those affected with this? Can we be removed from our apartments if we can’t pay the rent this month?

    • If you live in an unincorporated area of the County, the Board of Supervisors has imposed a moratorium on evictions. If you live in a City, you may want to check with your city council to see if they have taken similar action.

  • Can you inform us how the 3rd case acquired Covid-19? Travel, person-to-person, community (unknown)?

  • Can you please let us know which cities these cases are from. We would appreciate it. Thank you

  • Does this apply to our work place? I am the Director of Oak Glen Christian Conference Center and there are 6 of us (full time staff) that are currently working in separate offices?

  • Does the closure also pertain to the Health and Beauty Industry?

    Hair Salons, Nail Salons, Massage Salons, Chiropractors and Dental Offices?

  • Can you please provide information as to how individuals in San Bernardino County who tested positive may have contracted their infections? Specifically, was it from traveling abroad, or was the origin “unknown.” This information can help people assess whether there is an undetected outbreak in the community, considering the information we’ve been receiving that what we are seeing now is a snapshot of what was actually going on 2 weeks ago.

  • There are many places of business that are still conducting business. Those of which are in direct contact with the public. I am speaking about the beauty industry. These people will not stop working as there is no financial support for them. Please put a stop to this. Help this industry. These are self-employed people that support this community. This virus will spread if they are not forced to close. It is not a necessary service. It can wait.

  • I operate spa business in the county and understand our jobs involves with direct physical contact to our clients and already closed operation the business on March 16th . I tried to reach out to the city to get a clear direction for our business type but nobody responded either phone call or email . My questions will be are there any help from the county for small business in this situation because we still have to pay for all expensive to keep the business and also we have to pay personal expensive as home rental and more.. ? I am sure the county will fight with us through this crisis and we are willing to do what it take to help public safety also our workers safety but it’s tough for us small businesses and everybody in this situation. Please let us know how the county will help us through this.

    Respectfully

  • We have a small business in Hesperia, Ca. High Desert Sports Training is a training center for school age athletes. Typically 7 years old up to 25 years old. We also have batting cages, bullpens & an open turf area. With all local schools and sporting activities being shut down, we are about to suffer greatly. We were hoping to get some info on the commercial rent leniency & how to go about filing for the small business emergency relief funds. We’re literally posting, commenting mailing anywhere we can. Thanks in advance for any help

  • Are massage business required to close down during this horrific time

  • I don’t understand how you guys are asking for people not to have gatherings when stores are still open, people are still going to work. This 6 feet policy is a joke because i have people sitting next to me every day at work. You guys are asking the people to take caution yet you guys are STILL putting us at risk every single day.

  • Being the largest county in the USA, we would expect that you could give us additional information. Not on the person, but the locations within this very large area. You can identify the hospital or city or closest city if unincorporated area. This is expected as we are doing our best as citizens. Also, what the county orders for gathering sizes should be applied to the county workers as well. rotating shifts, etc. social distancing, cleaning and sanitary products for shared spaces.

  • There are people who are working within the county where I’m located who are coughing and sneezing, and are not going home. This includes some managers as well. My concern is I am exposed to this. Can people who are coughing and sneezing be ordered to stay home. Or, for my safety, can I volunteer to stay home to not be exposed to this. But, I want to still be paid. I should not have to suffer because other people are being selfish.

  • All gatherings? So why not allow people to work from home?

  • This information is detailed and thorough and very appreciative for this publication. What I cannot understand is why retail stores that provide no vital need are still opened, i.e., Bass Pro Shops. I was there briefly on Monday and realized, “What am I doing here?” I was so disheartened when I saw the amount of people in the store and how it was business as usual. This retailer, along with all other entertainment retails pose zero need to the public during this pandemic that’s a matter of life and death and poses a significant threat to the compromised and healthy public never bring a stop, instead a spread of this wicked invisible enemy. I hope to see this county shut down retailers that are of no daily essential needs and only brings people together in close quarters who disrespect the well being of others.

  • can you please provide a link to the exact tart of the order? Thanks.

  • How many cases in San Bernardino first it was “1” case now “3” would like to know what geographical areas

  • Whome to it may concern,

    how would self-employed workers be protected? Such as truck drivers. My husband hasn’t stopped a day, rain or no rain. Worked slowed down since warehouse workers are worried of catching the coronavirus, they haven’t showed up for work, making it harder for truck drivers to get home safe.

  • The order is vague: “…gatherings of any number of people,” and “…does not apply to activities essential to the functioning of the state, including work…” is so general as to be unenforceable.

    Is there a link to the actual language of the official order?

  • Thank you for all your hard work

  • These actions are already quite intense to stem the spread of the virus. I am glad that San Bernardino county is not responding with a heavier hand and causing additional panic in this matter.

  • Do private preschools need to close?

  • Wait for the looting to start and crimes of every kind to go up people have to provide for their families not just food wise but a place to live and without an income you are forcing normal law abiding citizens to think about committing crimes in order for their loved ones not to suffer

  • This should imply on all disabled adults and the disabled adult programs right

  • Is this applicable to attending church?

  • This is ridiculous! People are overreacting and now we’re all paying the price for it!

  • San Bernardino county is the largest county in Calif! Can you at least give us an idea of the vicinity of the 3 cases and their circumstances… recent airline passengers, healthcare employees, etc? If you can’t give us more information tell us why not? Why are you so secretive to the nth degree? What do you think will happen? We are adults trying to come to terms with this distressing situation, being treated like children or worse is not helpful or justified.

  • Truth tabernacle church in Bloomington Ca is having all its members gathering tomorrow Wednesday 3/18/20 at the church. 300+ people

    18025 San Bernardino Ave
    Bloomington 92316

  • Define gatherings
    Are gas stations open?

  • San Bernardino is a huge County. I’m not asking for these sick people’s home address, but at least the city where they were diagnosed would be nice.

  • My husband is in the high risk group
    He is a C6C7 incomplete quadriplegic, currently with g tube due to lack of speech and shallow. He was in a ventilator for 6 months, trake was in a total of 8 months. Today is my husbands 1 year anniversary of SCI injury.

    We are currently supplied well.

    • Please keep us updated on the location of corona Virus exposed or positive people. Please please keeps this information as current as possible

  • Does this include churches? Can churches meet in smaller groups? We have are a small church with 17 members, can we still meet? Can we meet for Bible Studies of 10 or less?

  • Can employers in San Bernadino County mandate temperature taking? Can they send an employee home without pay for refusing.? Even when employee requested to use own thermometer in employers presence.

  • What do they mean by “private” gatherings. Visiting family?

  • What about businesses? Orange County has closed all business offices for the sake of citizens health.

  • So if the county is doing “everything they can” to help stop this virus…why are they still allowing state facilities like DMV to be open?! These buildings are breeding grounds for this virus. Mandate they close and protect the public.

  • Does this include child day cares in San Bernardino County?

  • Should beauty salons and barbershops close? I own a shop and have heard nothing from the governor or Board of Barbering and Cosmetology.

  • Please let us know what cities the cases have been reported in. San Bernardino is a large area.

  • Does this include drug and alcohol out-patient facilities? We have cut our groups down to 5-6 people, but have not discontinued them yet.

  • How about large parties a private clubs?

  • Are Church Worship exempt?

  • Question if our grandkids go back and forth from one parent to the other , what is the directive ?

  • What this an order voted by the county supervisor? A resolution a policy or what? What was the vote and the agendized item for this noticed item?

    Regards,

  • Please provide details for transparency and to keep the public informed so we can protect ourselves! Where did the woman live? Is community spread from SB County suspected? Did she come into contact with others? If so, where/when? How many tests have been given in SB County? Are all persons with the relevant combination of symptoms or history of exposure through travel/contact being tested?

  • Well the mental health dept doesn’t close its doors and they still have the Deal with the public mentally ill public are you going to be able to test your workers on a regular basis for this virus and case they get sick and due to the fact that they have to stay open

  • If you already have a respiratory infection, but do not know if it’s the virus, is it best to stay home or go get tested just in case you do have the virus? My children and I have been sick for a while with respiratory infections.

  • may i know where in san bernardino these cases were discovered

  • What are they doing for daycare centers and preschools

  • If we gather in a mosque to offer weekly Friday services, would we violate any county laws?

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