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December 3, 2020 Update – Special Edition

The County Update will publish once a week on Wednesdays, 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:

  • State of California issues new stay-at-home directive for December

California Issues Limited Stay at Home Order Due to Increased Hospitalizations

It would appear that residents in San Bernardino County and all other Southern California counties will be adapting to a new Stay at Home Order in response to a rapid growth in COVID-19 cases and a substantial increase in hospitalizations and ICU admissions. The new order is expected to go into place as soon as tomorrow and will initially remain in place for three weeks.

In his press conference today, Gov. Gavin Newsom said the state is experiencing more coronavirus cases since the pandemic began, and the concern is that the statewide hospital system will become overwhelmed. The litmus test for the health order is whether a region in the state is showing 15% or less ICU (intensive care unit) capacity.

The new order segments the state into five separate districts. San Bernardino County will be part of the Southern California district, which also includes Imperial, Inyo, Mono, Orange, Riverside, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.

San Bernardino County has now reached over 85% of ICU capacity – which is similar to neighboring counties — and Public Health Director Corwin Porter is expecting the state will announce the Stay at Home Order tomorrow for Southern California. This will mandate the closure of the following within 24 hours:

  • Indoor and outdoor playgrounds
  • Personal care services, including hair and nail salons and barbershops
  • Indoor recreational facilities
  • Family entertainment centers
  • Museums, zoos and aquariums
  • Bars and wineries
  • Campgrounds (for overnight stays)
  • On-site dining at restaurants (take-out, pick-up and delivery only)
  • Hotels and motels except for critical infrastructure support

In addition, the new mandate limits retail stores to 20% capacity, and eating or drinking inside stores is prohibited. The new rules also ban non-essential travel, but outdoor recreation facilities will remain open

Schools that have received waivers permitting them to provide in-person instruction are allowed to stay open. Doctors and dentists may also continue seeing patients.

“This is a very unfortunate development, but necessary in light of current trends,” said Porter. “The key objective is to keep our hospitals and ICU units from being overrun with new cases. The fact that our numbers are actually worse than what we saw in April should give everyone pause.”

Still, Porter noted that state and county officials are still encouraging people to go outside for various forms of exercise.

“We are very mindful of how staying inside and isolated can negatively affect people’s mental health,” said Porter. “We advocate getting outside for a walk around your neighborhood, a run, a bike ride or to walk your dog — being sure to maintain social distancing and follow other well-known safety measures.”

Newsom also announced that the state has earmarked an additional $500 million in relief funds for businesses, with grants of up to $25,000 being provided to small businesses, nonprofit organizations and cultural institutions. Information on different aid options for small businesses and employers can be found at https://covid19.ca.gov/business-and-employers/.

Latest Stats

99,104 Confirmed Cases               (up 2.5% from the previous day)
1,154 Deaths                                     (up 1.6% from the previous day)
1,151,290 Tests                                (up 1.2% 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 3 de diciembre de 2020

Edición especial

A partir de la próxima semana, la Actualización del Condado publicará una vez a la semana los miércoles, 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 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:

  • El estado de California emite una nueva directiva de estancia en casa para diciembre

 California emite una Orden de estancia de casa debido al aumento de las hospitalizaciones

Parecería que los residentes en el condado de San Bernardino y todos los demás condados del sur de California se adaptarán a una nueva orden de estadía en el hogar en respuesta a un rápido crecimiento en los casos COVID-19 y un aumento sustancial en las hospitalizaciones y las admisiones de la UCI. Se espera que el nuevo pedido entre en vigor tan pronto como mañana y permanecerá inicialmente en su lugar durante tres semanas.

En su conferencia de prensa de hoy, el gobernador Gavin Newsom dijo que el estado está experimentando más casos de coronavirus desde que comenzó la pandemia, y la preocupación es que el sistema hospitalario estatal se abrumará. La prueba de fuego para la orden de salud es si una región en el estado está mostrando 15% o menos capacidad de la UCI (unidad de cuidados intensivos).

El nuevo orden segmenta el estado en cinco distritos separados. El condado de San Bernardino será parte del distrito del sur de California, que también incluye los condados Imperial, Inyo, Mono, Orange, Riverside, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Bárbara y Ventura.

El condado de San Bernardino ha alcanzado más del 85% de la capacidad de la UCI, que es similar a los condados vecinos, y el director de salud pública Corwin Porter espera que el estado anuncie el Orden de Estancia en el Hogar mañana para el sur de California. Esto exigirá el cierre de lo siguiente en un plazo de 24 horas:

  • Parques infantiles interiores y exteriores
  • Servicios de cuidado personal, incluyendo peluquerías y salones de uñas y barberías
  • Instalaciones recreativas interiores
  • Centros de entretenimiento familiar
  • Museos, zoológicos y acuarios
  • Bares y bodegas
  • Acamapads (para pernoctaciones)
  • Restaurantes en el establecimiento (solo para llevar, recogida y entrega)
  • Hoteles y moteles, excepto para el apoyo a infraestructuras críticas

Además, el nuevo mandato limita las tiendas minoristas al 20% de su capacidad, y está prohibido comer o beber dentro de las tiendas. Las nuevas normas también prohíben los viajes no esenciales, pero las instalaciones recreativas al aire libre permanecerán abiertas.

Las escuelas que han recibido exenciones que les permiten proporcionar instrucción en persona pueden permanecer abiertas. Los médicos y dentistas también pueden seguir viendo pacientes.

“Este es un acontecimiento muy desafortunado, pero necesario a la luz de las tendencias actuales”, dijo Porter. “El objetivo clave es evitar que nuestros hospitales y unidades de la UCI se vean invadidos por nuevos casos. El hecho de que nuestros números sean realmente peores de lo que vimos en abril debería dar a todos una pausa”.

Aun así, Porter señaló que los funcionarios estatales y del condado todavía están animando a la gente a salir para varias formas de ejercicio.

“Somos muy conscientes de cómo permanecer dentro y aislados puede afectar negativamente la salud mental de las personas”, dijo Porter. “Abogamos por salir a dar un paseo por su vecindario, correr, dar un paseo en bicicleta o pasear a su perro, asegurándose de mantener el distanciamiento social y seguir otras medidas de seguridad conocidas”.

Newsom también anunció que el estado ha destinado $500 millones adicionales en fondos de socorro para las empresas, con subvenciones de hasta $25,000 que se proporcionan a pequeñas empresas, organizaciones sin fines de lucro e instituciones culturales. Puede encontrar información sobre las diferentes opciones de ayuda para las pequeñas empresas y los empleadores en

https://covid19.ca.gov/business-and-employers/.

Estadísticas más recientes

99,104 Casos Confirmados       (un 2,5% más del día anterior)
1,154 Muertes                           (un 1,6% más del día anterior)
1,151,290 Probados                  (un 1,2% más del día anterior)

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

50 Responses to December 3, 2020 Update – Special Edition

  • Can you please clarify if the rules that apply to hotels and motels apply to Short-term vacation rentals? I saw a reply from the County yesterday but it is no longer there.

  • Can hotels still charge you a cancellation fee if you cancel your reservation because of the stay at home order? I have reservations at a hotel and they say we can still come, and their cancellation policy has not changed.

  • Can you please clarify how the stay-at-home order impacts short-term vacation rentals? Are they also limited to only providing lodging for essential (and not recreational) travelers?

    • Hi is there any update on if the state is going to clarify this?

      • This evening the state clarified that the rules that apply to hotels and motels also apply to short term rentals. Here is the information on the state’s website:
        Under a Regional Stay Home Order, can hotels, vacation rentals, and short-term lodging sites accept reservations?
        When any California region is under a Regional Stay Home Order, no hotel or lodging entity in California can accept or honor out of state reservations for non-essential travel, unless the reservation is for at least the minimum time period required for quarantine and the persons identified in the reservation will quarantine in the hotel or lodging entity until after that time period has expired.

        Additionally, hotels and lodging entities in a county under a Regional Stay Home Order cannot accept or honor in-state reservations for non-essential travel.

        Hotels or other commercial and residential buildings may offer lodging for essential functions and travel including COVID-19 mitigation and containment measures, treatment measures, accommodation for essential workers, or housing solutions, including measures to protect homeless populations.

    • Any clarification yet on short term rentals??? Big bear city and county areas?

  • A family home outdoor gathering will be stop by the cops? If about 20-30 people are attending?

  • Has the state clarified the rules on short term rentals? Thank you

  • Are hotels still able to host meetings for “critical infrastructure”? Meaning construction training, state testing etc. with distancing, max capacity & safety protocols in place?

  • Thrift stores, clothing stores, are not essential and are germ infested and should not be reopened until the coved-19 crisis is completely under control! Hair salons, and barber shops sterilize their equipment after each customer. it is impossible for thrift stores clothing stores and such to sterilize the things like clothing they should remain closed not at 20% capacity, 20% capacity is just enough to spread the virus!

  • I’m assuming the ban on “eating or drinking inside” for retailers is just for customer-facing areas, correct? Or would employees be required to take their breaks outside when eating or drinking?

    • Hi Ryan, you may want to contact the COVID-19 hotline for more information on your question as there are some nuances that may not be addressed in the comment section. You can contact them at (909) 387-3911 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

  • will this affect health professional STUDENTS? like will LLU be affected in terms of allowing students to come to the clinic to work on patients in dental school?

  • Do nail salon have to close in the city of San Bernardino?

  • Hello.
    What about Pet Grooming salon ? Can it be open? Or it must be closed?

  • I have a medical procedure scheduled and due to the distance between home and the doctor as well as lack of transportation I need to stay in a hotel for two days near my doctor. Will I be allowed to get a room or is that not an option during the stay at home order?

    • Hi Brandi, you may want to check with the individual hotel you plan to stay in. Here is what the state says with regard to hotels and motels: Hotels and lodging: Allow for COVID-19 mitigation and containment measures, treatment measures, provide accommodation for essential workers, or providing housing solutions, including measures to protect homeless populations.

  • If and when SB county hits the 15% capacity, what will the restrictions be for short term rentals? We already limit rentals to immediate household members and the Governor is encouraging outdoor activities, allowing ski resorts to stay open, etc. So would that mean vacation rentals remain open in the limited capacity? Can we get some clarification on STRs please?

  • Your saying continue outdoor activities, to go for a walk around your
    neighborhood or run. Have you been in my neighborhood lately( San Bernardino) officials? Clean it up and make it safe first.

  • So the order has not gone into effect yet?

  • Can you please tell me exactly the protocol to follow for Restaurants in San Bernardino County, effective Dec. 4, 2020 at 11:00 am and forward. If a Restaurant remains open, what are the consequences. Do the employees file for unemployment?

    Also, what is the protocol for a Thrift Store in Redlands, CA also effective December 4, 2020 at 11:00am

  • I am following up on Angela’s question regarding youth sports. Can you please show us or perhaps provide a link to where the new state stay at home order references youth sports? I do not see it specifically addressed and this is creating some confusion…

  • Why are you including youth sports? According to the state of California website youth sports can continue per the states guidance pertaining to youth activities. This madness needs to stop! The kids can’t go to school and now they can’t stay active outside? So San Bernardino county is going to behave even worse than our governor? Awful.

  • I do not see anywhere that hotels and lodgings must close in the state orders. I see “open with modifications.” Please advise where there is a closure required by the state orders. thank you

    • Hi Sheila, the Stay at Home order for our region has not yet gone into effect until the region hits 15 percent capacity in its ICUs. When that happens, restrictions on lodging as laid out in the update will occur as mandated by the state.

      • Hi- We are currently renting short term housing in the area for December through AirBNB. While we are changing houses once in the same city- should we expect that the region hitting 15% ICUs will cancel our lodging? (this would send us traveling out of the county)

      • Thank you.

        Where can we see County ICU numbers for ourselves?

        Is the County urgently adding substantial numbers of ICU beds for the health of residents and to improve the ratios so our businesses aren’t bankrupted by being suddenly shut for the entire holiday season?

      • Please clarify / expand on the “…restrictions on lodging as laid out in the update…” While, the Regional Stay at Home Order dated Dec 3, 2020 identifies various restrictions that will go into effect once the 15% ICU capacity threshold is reached (Items 2.a through 2.i), none of these items discuss lodging, hotels, or STRs. Item 3 of the Dec 3 Order does speak to hotel and lodging, but only so far as to restrict reservations from out-of-State.

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