San Bernardino County Daily Update- April 21st

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

1,489 Confirmed Cases           67 Deaths                    13,928 Tested

LIVE Weekly Broadcast Update

Tomorrow, Wednesday, April 22, at 11:00 a.m., the County will have a LIVE broadcast update. Speakers will include Chairman of the Board Curt Hagman; Trudy Raymundo, San Bernardino County Director of Public Health; and Drs. Rodney Borger and Troy Pennington from Arrowhead Regional Medical Center.

The broadcast can be viewed on the County Facebook page, as well as on our website at http://www.sbcounty.gov/Main/Pages/ViewMeetings.aspx

Drive-Through Testing Locations Week of April 20, 2020

Monday through Friday – 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, 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, 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.

County Public Health is also conducting testing at select nursing facilities for at-risk seniors living at those facilities.

Warning to All Residents: Beware of Scammers! (Scam Alert graphic)

A sad reality: during times of public crisis, fraudsters quickly devise new scams to take advantage of peoples’ anxieties — and they are actively trying to exploit concerns about the Coronavirus.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is receiving numerous reports about fraudulent calls, texts, and emails coming from people pretending to be from government agencies such as the Social Security Administration, IRS, Census Bureau, and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Fake government messages might claim the recipient is approved for money, can get quick relief payments, or obtain cash grants due to the Coronavirus. Scammers might also promise small business loans, or send a (phishing) alert that a check is ready to be picked up.

These are all scams, and none of those messages come from an actual government agency. Here are some tips to help you avoid being taking advantage of:

 

-Don’t respond to texts, emails or calls about checks coming from the government.

-Ignore online offers for vaccinations and home test kits. There currently are no products proven to treat or prevent COVID-19.

-Hang up on robocalls.

-Watch for emails claiming to be from the CDC or WHO. Check sites such as coronavirus.gov or sbcovid19.com for the latest information on the virus.

-Do your homework when it comes to donations — and never donate in cash, by gift card or by wiring money.

 

 Stressful Times: County Offering Free Mental Health Services

Many of us are feeling worried and anxious during this pandemic. The mental strain can hit parents, caregivers, young adults and certainly our young children.

The San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) can help with FREE mental health services. The department has set up a helpline at (909) 421-9233 or (909) 458-1517, staffed from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. to take your calls. We have a specially trained, bilingual staff ready to listen, talk and provide you with support and behavioral health resources. Our discussions are confidential and again, free of charge.

“We recognize some people are overwhelmed and severely anxious over the coronavirus and need someone to talk to,” said Dr. Veronica Kelley, Director of the Department of Behavioral Health. “We’ve opened up this helpline to help County residents understand there are simple, concrete things they can do to improve their state of mind.”

County residents can also TEXT a question to the DHS at (909) 420-0560, and TTY users should dial 711.  To read more about this service, and find out about language assistance services, visit the DHS website at http://wp.sbcounty.gov/dbh/covid-19-resource-for-community-contract-providers-and-staff/

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 211.

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