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December 8, 2020 Update – Special Edition

The County Update publishes each Wednesday, and also as needed, 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:

  • County swears in new Supervisors
  • Regional Stay Home Order now in effect

 County Welcomes New Supervisors

Former Congressman and retired U.S. Marine Col. Paul Cook, County Supervisor Dawn Rowe, and former Rialto Councilman and State Assembly Member Joe Baca, Jr. were administered the oath of office on Monday, Dec. 7, and began four-year terms on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.

Supervisor Paul Cook

They join Supervisor and Board Chairman Curt Hagman and Supervisor Janice Rutherford on the body that governs an award-winning organization made up of more than 23,000 employees and more than 100 departments, divisions, and agencies offering a diverse array of essential and quality-of-life services to more than 2.2 million county residents.

“I am very, very honored to be here,” Supervisor Cook said after being sworn in by his wife Jeanne. “Local government is where it all begins. This is part of the reason I got involved – to make a difference.”

After being administered the oath by her father, Robert Haynes, Supervisor Rowe said, “I would like to thank the voters. It is an honor to be here. It has been a long journey for me since the time I was appointed in December 2018.”

Supervisor Dawn Rowe

“I’ve had the chance to work with great people and I’ve learned a lot,” Rowe said. “I’m very blessed that God has placed me here to do good work for our citizens.”

“These are challenging times, and I’m looking forward to taking on the challenge and working with all of you and working for this community,” Supervisor Baca said after being sworn in by his father, retired seven-term Congressman Joe Baca, Sr.

Due to COVID-19, attendance was limited to a small group of masked and socially distanced family members, staff, and friends. A recording of the event can be viewed on the CountyDirect Broadcast Network under the “Other Meetings and Events tab.

Supervisor Joe Baca, Jr.

Supervisor Cook was elected in March to represent the First Supervisorial District, which includes the Town of Apple Valley and the cities of Adelanto, Hesperia, Needles, and Victorville. Cook had served in Congress since 2013 and also served in the State Assembly and on the Yucca Valley Town Council. Cook succeeds Robert Lovingood, who retired after serving two terms on the Board of Supervisors.

Supervisor Rowe was elected in March to represent the Third Supervisorial District, which includes the Town of Yucca Valley and the cities of Barstow, Big Bear Lake, Colton, Grand Terrace, Highland, Loma Linda, Redlands, San Bernardino, Twentynine Palms, and Yucaipa. Rowe has served on the Board of Supervisors since December 2018 and previously served on the Yucca Valley Town Council.

Supervisor Baca was elected in November to represent the Fifth Supervisorial District, which includes the cities of Colton, Fontana, Rialto, and San Bernardino. Baca had served on the Rialto City Council since 2006 and also served in the State Assembly. Baca succeeds Josie Gonzales, who retired after serving four terms on the Board of Supervisors.

San Bernardino County Now in State Regional Stay Home Order Due to Increased Hospitalizations

Due to an alarming decrease in ICU capacity in San Bernardino County and throughout Southern California, residents and businesses here are now under a State-mandated Regional Stay Home Order. The new order went into effect at midnight on Sunday and will remain in place for at least three weeks.

“Our county’s hospitalization rate has been rising rapidly for several weeks and our ICU capacity is dwindling toward the single digits. We must ensure capacity for our sickest and most vulnerable residents,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “That’s why county leadership and the county’s healthcare and public heath teams are working tirelessly and employing all innovations to increase capacity and move us toward better community health and safety.”

The new State order segments the state into five separate regions. San Bernardino County is part of the Southern California region, which also includes Imperial, Inyo, Mono, Orange, Riverside, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. Southern California and the San Joaquin Valley regions are currently under the State stay-at-home mandate.

The State Regional Stay Home Order (PDF), announced December 3, 2020, and a supplemental order, signed December 6, 2020, goes into effect the day after a region has been announced to have less than 15% ICU availability. These orders prohibit private gatherings of any size, close sector operations except for critical infrastructure and retail, and require 100% masking and physical distancing in all others. The Southern California region currently has a 10.1% ICU availability, as of today, Dec. 8.

Once triggered, these State directives will remain in effect for at least 3 weeks. After that period, they will be lifted when a region’s projected ICU capacity meets or exceeds 15%. This will be assessed on a weekly basis after the initial 3 week period. Learn more about these orders on the California Department of Public Health website.

The State order limits retail stores to 20% capacity and 35% for standalone grocery stores. Eating or drinking inside stores is prohibited. Non-essential businesses, meaning those that are not defined as critical infrastructure, must close for in-person activities, with the exception of retail. Essential work is permitted to continue. The new rules also ban non-essential travel, but outdoor recreation facilities will remain open.

Details on what constitutes essential work and businesses, as well as many other Frequently Asked Questions, can be found at https://covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs/.

“The decrease in our ICU capacity is not to be taken lightly. We must do what we can to ensure we have the resources to treat those who need help the most. That’s why the County continues to urge everyone to wear masks, physically distance, and avoid gatherings whenever possible,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman, noting that local data clearly shows that private gatherings of families and friends continues are far and away the leading source of spread within San Bernardino County.

“At the same time, we will continue to work on behalf of our residents and businesses for fair and effective safety measures, and, most of all, securing adequate amounts of vaccine as soon as they are available,” Hagman said.

The County’s posture on the State’s order will be to continue to educate and engage with businesses and organizations on a cooperative basis on safe practices and current health orders, and respond to complaints about violations as appropriate on a case-by-case basis. Complaints can be made through the County’s COVID-19 website.

County attorneys, at the Board of Supervisors’ direction, are continuing to examine what legal options might be available to provide relief to struggling businesses in those areas of the county with lower COVID-19 numbers than the county as a whole.

Latest Stats

108,946 Confirmed Cases             (up 0.9% from the previous day)
1,207 Deaths                                    (up 1.1% from the previous day)
1,232,457 Tests                               (up 1% from the previous day)

Current Southern California ICU Capacity: 10.1 % (Goal to lift State Stay-at-Home Order: 15%)

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 8 de diciembre de 2020

Edición Especial

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. Permanecemos aquí para usted. #SBCountyTogether

Para las estadísticas más recientes y enlaces importantes, desplácese hasta la parte inferior de la actualización de hoy.

En la actualización de hoy:

  • El juramiento de nuevos supervisors del Condado
  • Orden regional de permanecer en casa ahora en efecto

El condado da la bienvenida a los nuevos supervisores

Supervisor Paul Cook

El ex congresista y el ex coronel de la Marina de los Estados Unidos, Paul Cook, la supervisora del condado Dawn Rowe, y el ex concejal de Rialto y miembro de la Asamblea del Estado, Joe Baca, Jr., recibieron el juramento de cargo el lunes 7 de diciembre. Y comenzó cuatro años de duración en la Junta de supervisores del Condado de San Bernardino

Se unen con el Supervisor y Presidente de la Junta de supervisores, Curt Hagman, y la Supervisora, Janice Rutherford, en el organismo que gobierna una organización galardonada compuesta por más de 23,000 empleados y más de 100 departamentos, divisiones, y agencias que ofrecen una variedad diversa de servicios esenciales y de calidad de vida a más de 2.2 millones de residentes del condado.

Supervisor Dawn Rowe

“Es un gran honor para mí estar aquí”, dijo el Supervisor Cook después de haber sido jurado por su esposa Jeanne. “El gobierno local es donde todo comienza. Esto es parte de la razón por la que me involucré – para hacer una diferencia.”

Después de ser administrada el juramento por su padre, Robert Haynes, Supervisora Rowe dijo: “Me gustaría dar las gracias a los votantes. Es un honor estar aquí. Ha sido un largo viaje para mí desde que fui nombrada en diciembre de 2018.”

“He tenido la oportunidad de trabajar con gente estupenda y he aprendido mucho”, dijo Rowe. “Estoy muy bendecida porque Dios me ha puesto aquí para hacer un buen trabajo para nuestros ciudadanos”.

“Estos son tiempos difíciles, y estoy deseando asumir el desafío y trabajar con todos ustedes y trabajar para esta comunidad”, dijo el Supervisor Baca después de haber sido jurado por su padre, el congresista jubilado de siete mandatos Joe Baca, Sr.

Debido a COVID-19, la asistencia se limitó a un pequeño grupo de familiares, miembros del personal y amigos usando máscaras y socialmente distanciados. Una grabación del evento puede verse en la difusión del Condado en la ficha “otras Reuniones y Eventos CountyDirect Broadcast Network.

Supervisor Joe Baca, Jr.

El Supervisor Cook fue elegido en marzo para representar al primer Distrito Supervisor, que incluye la Ciudad de Apple Valley y las ciudades de Adelanto, Hesperia, Needles y Victorville. Cook había servido en el Congreso desde 2013 y también sirvió en la Asamblea Estatal y en el Consejo Municipal de Yucca Valley. Cook sucede a Robert Lovingood, quien se retiró después de cumplir dos términos en la Junta de supervisores.

La supervisora Rowe fue elegida en marzo para representar al Tercer Distrito Supervisor, que incluye la ciudad de Yucca Valley y las ciudades de Barstow, Big Bear Lake, Colton, Grand Terrace, Highland, Loma Linda, Redlands, San Bernardino, Twentynine Palms y Yucaipa. Rowe ha servido en la Junta de Supervisores desde diciembre de 2018 y anteriormente sirvió en el Consejo Municipal de Yucca Valley.

El supervisor Baca fue elegido en noviembre para representar al Quinto Distrito Supervisor, que incluye las ciudades de Colton, Fontana, Rialto y San Bernardino. Baca había servido en el Ayuntamiento de Rialto desde 2006 y también sirvió en la Asamblea Estatal. Baca sucede a Josie Gonzales, quien se retiró después de servir cuatro mandatos en la Junta de Supervisores.

El Condado de San Bernardino ahora bajo un mandato estatal, la Orden Regional de permanecer en casa debido al aumento de hospitalizaciones

Debido a una disminución alarmante en la capacidad de las unidades de cuidados intensivos (ICU) en el condado de San Bernardino y en todo el sur de California, los residentes y negocios aquí están ahora bajo un mandato estatal Orden Regional de permanecer en casa. La nueva orden entró en vigor a medianoche del domingo y permanecerá en vigor al menos 3 semanas.

“La tasa de hospitalización de nuestro condado ha estado aumentando rápidamente durante varias semanas y nuestra capacidad de las unidades de cuidados intensivos (ICU) está bajado al menos de 10%. Debemos garantizar la capacidad de nuestros residentes más enfermos y vulnerables”, dijo el presidente de la Junta de supervisores, Curt Hagman. “por eso los líderes del condado y los equipos de salud y salud pública del condado están trabajando incansablemente y empleando todas las innovaciones para aumentar la capacidad y movernos hacia una mejor salud y seguridad de la comunidad”.

La nueva orden estatal divide el estado en cinco regiones distintas. El Condado de San Bernardino es parte de la región 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 sur de California y las regiones del Valle de San Joaquín están actualmente bajo el mandato de permanecer en casa del Estado.

La Orden Regional de permanecer en casa del Estado Regional Stay Home Order (PDF), anunciada el 3 de diciembre de 2020, y una orden suplementaria supplemental order, firmada el 6 de diciembre de 2020, entra en vigor el día después de que se haya anunciado que una región que tiene menos del 15% en las unidades de cuidados intensivos ( ICU). Estas órdenes prohíben las reuniones privadas de cualquier tamaño, cierra las operaciones del sector cercano excepto para la infraestructura crítica y la venta al por menor, y requieren 100% de uso de mascarilla y distanciamiento físico en todos los demás. La región del sur de California tiene actualmente una disponibilidad de 10.1% en UCI, hasta hoy, 8 de diciembre.

Una vez activadas, estas directivas estatales permanecerán en vigor al menos 3 semanas y, después de este periodo, se levantará cuando la capacidad proyectada de las ICU de una región alcance o exceda el 15 %. Esta será evaluada semanalmente después del periodo inicial de 3 semanas.

Obtenga más información sobre estos pedidos en el sitio web del Departamento de Salud Pública de California Learn more about these orders on the California Department of Public Health.

El pedido estatal limita las tiendas minoristas a un 20% de capacidad y un 35% para las tiendas de comestibles independientes. Está prohibido comer o beber dentro de las tiendas. Las empresas no esenciales, es decir, aquellas que no se definen como infraestructuras críticas, deben cerrar para las actividades en persona, con excepción de la venta al por menor. Se permite que continúe el trabajo esencial. Las nuevas normas también prohíben los viajes no esenciales, pero las instalaciones de recreación al aire libre seguirán abiertas.

Los detalles sobre lo que constituye el trabajo esencial y las empresas, así como muchas otras preguntas frecuentes, se pueden encontrar en https://covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs/.

“La disminución de nuestra capacidad en las unidades de cuidados intensivos (ICU) no debe tomarse a la ligera. Debemos hacer lo que podamos para asegurarnos de que contamos con los recursos necesarios para tratar a quienes más necesitan ayuda. Por eso el Condado sigue instando a todos a usar máscaras, mantener la distancia física, y evitar reuniones siempre que sea posible”, dijo el presidente de la Junta de supervisores, Curt Hagman, señalando que los datos locales muestran claramente que las reuniones privadas de familias y amigos continúan siendo la principal fuente de propagación dentro del Condado de San Bernardino.

“Al mismo tiempo, seguiremos trabajando de parte de nuestros residentes y negocios para medidas de seguridad justas y efectivas y, sobre todo, para asegurar cantidades adecuadas de vacuna tan pronto como estén disponibles”, dijo Hagman.

La posición del Condado con la orden del estado será continuar educando y interactuando con las empresas y organizaciones de manera cooperativa sobre prácticas seguras y órdenes de salud actuales, y responder a las quejas sobre violaciones según corresponda caso por caso. Las quejas se pueden hacer a través del sitio web COVID-19 del Condado County’s COVID-19 website.

Los abogados del condado, bajo la dirección de la Junta de supervisores, continúan examinando qué opciones legales podrían estar disponibles para proporcionar alivio a los negocios en dificultades en aquellas áreas del condado con números COVID-19 más bajos que el condado entero.

Estadísticas más recientes

108,946 Casos Confirmados         (un 0.9% desde el día anterior)
1,207 Muertes                                  (un 1.1% desde el día anterior)
1,232,457 Pruebas                          (un 1% desde el día anterior)

Capacidad actual de las unidades de cuidados intensivos (UCI) del sur de California: 10.1 % (objetivo para levantar el pedido de permanencia en casa del estado: el 15 %)

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.

               

10 thoughts on "December 8, 2020 Update – Special Edition"

  1. sheila says:

    Appreciate the County looking at a more surgical approach as it is counterproductive to cram over half the state into one “region,” that includes LA County, then shut that half the state down when LA County ICU capacity drops.

    The eastern 2/3 of SB county has very few cases. The Morongo Basin has under 200 total cases, which means hardly any hospitalizations and virtually no ICU cases, despite a very active tourism economy.

    We are really struggling out there and need the holiday income to help make up for the massive losses from earlier this year, especially if our businesses are in remote areas and are completely no-contact (like many of the short term rentals in that area)….

    Thank you.

    1. sheila says:

      …. and SB County’s available ICU beds is 27%, nowhere near “single digits,” so we should not be bankrupted because hundreds of miles away unrelated hospitals are crowded!

      1. Unfortunately, our ICU beds in the County are not at 27 percent. That is an unadjusted number that includes pediatric and NICU beds. We are working to update our dashboard with a new graphic that explains the true ICU numbers.

        1. sheila says:

          Well, the state changed the accounting method back in July so that pediatric and NICU beds are NOT counted, and as of yesterday, 82 of 299 ICU beds are available. Are you saying that SB County did not change their method when or since CA changed it 5 months ago?

  2. Sharon says:

    Please provide the data that supports your statement that “local data clearly shows that private gatherings of families and friends continues are far and away the leading source of spread within San Bernardino County.” Guess you ignore the fact that family and friends gathering have also been shopping at various retail establishments or doing other things which could have caused exposure. There is no data that supports shutting down outdoor dining at restaurants – it is just what the “so called” experts want everyone to believe based on nothing. Why is there no data that supports “it is safe” to go to the grocery store, Target, WalMart, Lowes, Home Depot, or retail stores? My guess, there is NO data that supports any of the lockdowns. Be assured, the lockdown does not stop me from going shopping – I go where ever I want to.

  3. Janus Huerta says:

    Why are you still investing resources to allow businesses operating in rural areas to skirt these measures when you’re not providing them with local care? Residents who need emergency hospitalization but live in rural areas have nowhere to go but the same ICUs that are now overburdened. How is it fair to facilitate transmission of disease vectors that don’t care where you live? Why not agitate the federal government to provide more relief, of which there is ample because most of it was kicked backed to the Reserve, instead of whinging at Sacramento and filing ridiculous grandstanding lawsuits that don’t get people working or get them the unemployment benefits they deserve?

  4. Davis says:

    What is the status of short term rental operations?

    1. Mark Stoker says:

      Supervisor Rowe’s office had put out this email “Based on the information that was released by the California Department of Public Health, Short-Term Rentals are prohibited from hosting guests that are engaged in non-essential travel.”

      Why can’t SBC get its act together and tell us what to do??

      Which statement is accurate yours OR Supervisor Rowe??

      1. Hi Mark, at the time that we put out this information, the state had not yet clarified their stance on short-term rentals and now they have told us that they are not allowed to operate to non-essential travel. We worked diligently to try to get this information from the state prior to yesterday but only heard this from the state yesterday afternoon.

  5. Mark Grisamore says:

    Why are Casinos still open. They have indoor dining and you sit in your seat 1 ft from the next person. And you close outdoor dining. Come on!!!

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