San Bernardino County Daily Update- April 20th

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– The County of San Bernardino is always looking to better serve the needs of our residents and businesses. As we navigate COVID-19 together, we are launching a new Daily Update (Monday through Friday) that will share important news, information and resources related to how we are battling and getting through the coronavirus pandemic. We are here for you. #SBCountyTogether


Daily Stats

1,406 Confirmed Cases           60 Deaths                    14,438 Tested

 

Drive-Through Testing Locations Week of April 20, 2020

Monday, April 20 – Arrowhead Regional Medical Center – 400 N. Pepper Ave., Colton

8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Appointment ONLY, call 1-855-422-8029

Tuesday, April 21 – Arrowhead Regional Medical Center – 400 N. Pepper Ave., Colton

8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Appointment ONLY, call 1-855-422-8029

Wednesday, April 22 – Arrowhead Regional Medical Center – 400 N. Pepper Ave., Colton

8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Appointment ONLY, call 1-855-422-8029

Wednesday, April 22 – Copper Mountain College – 6162 Rotary Way, Joshua Tree
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Appointment ONLY, details at http://sbcovid19.com/community-drive-through-events/

Friday, April 24 – Ruben S. Ayala Park – 14225 Central Ave., Chino
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Appointment ONLY, details at http://sbcovid19.com/community-drive-through-events/

County residents who are displaying any symptom of COVID-19 now or over the last two weeks, can get tested at the drive-through events. Symptoms of COVID-19 include:  fever, cough or shortness of breath. Appointments can be made at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center by phone, and for other locations at sbcovid19.com (when the appointment window for each event opens). This event is free of charge and does not require health insurance.

Alternative Care Center Stands Ready at National Orange Show Event Center

In an effort to manage mild-to-moderate symptomatic and asymptomatic COVID‐19 patients who do not require extensive medical care should the need arise, the County has set up an Alternative Care Site (ACS) at the National Orange Show in San Bernardino.

The facility is scalable to match the needs of patient care, and will be utilized only if there is a surge and need to handle an overload of COVID cases. There will be three levels of care including one for COVID-negative patients, one for COVID-positive patients, and a location for Persons Under Investigation (PUI).

“If there is a surge of cases within the County, we will be prepared to accommodate the influx of patients,” said Acting County Public Health Officer Dr. Erin Gustafson. “The Alternative Care Site is designed to treat patients who are too sick to be at home but are not displaying symptoms that require intensive care hospitalization or ventilation.” If necessary, the County can set up a second ACS at the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds in Victorville.

Upon implementation, these sites will provide initial stabilizing care, triage and distribution of 911 patients when hospitals surge efforts are nearing capacity.

“Our top priority is the health and safety of our residents. By implementing these care sites, we will be able to mitigate the possible influx of patients in our hospitals who display low-level symptoms of the virus but still require medical care,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman.

Enforcement Update: Where to report offenders

San Bernardino County is complying with the state’s stay at home directives, which require that all “non-essential” business operations be suspended until further notification. Please check here if you are not sure whether your business is considered “essential.”

Some County residents have asked how they can report business owners who are failing to comply with these orders. If you believe a business or facility is violating the Health Officer Order, please go to https://bit.ly/2Kl49Mx to complete a form that will give us the information needed to follow up and investigate or call the COVID-19 hotline at (909) 387-3911 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

We hope to avoid penalties and instead rely on common sense and good judgment of business owners to act in the best interests of their employees and the community at large. Since March 17, Public Health has sent more than 650 letters advising non-essential businesses to close or alter operations after receiving complaints about them operating in violation of health orders. Most of these businesses have complied with the order.

For offenders who continue to willfully disregard public health orders, complaints will be forwarded to the San Bernardino County Fire Marshal and Code Enforcement for follow-up investigations.

Calling all Volunteers: Supporting One Another with the Neighbor2Neighbor Program

We’ve already seen a great response to our call for volunteers, just demonstrating how many of our residents are ready to lend a hand in our fight against COVID-19. The Neighbor2Neighbor Program is looking for both medical and nonmedical volunteers who want to help those who urgently need healthcare and support.

Our goal is to relieve pressure on our health care system while effectively addressing the needs of our community. If you have time available and are looking for ways to help, please consider serving as a volunteer with the County of San Bernardino’s Neighbor2Neighbor Program.  To learn more or sign up, please click here.

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 hotline at (909) 387-3911 for general information and resources about the virus. The hotline is NOT for medical calls and is available Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. If you have questions about social services, please call 2-1-1.

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