County Making Progress as Testing Increases

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– Finally seeing the other side of a Labor Day case spike, San Bernardino County is making progress in our effort to move from the State’s Purple Tier to its Red Tier. The past week saw a decline in our positivity rate (from 6.5% to 6.2%), and County officials are especially encouraged by a noticeable increase in testing volume.

“We’re pleased to see that many residents are responding to our requests to get tested,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “Yet we need to maintain and even increase this growth. Getting tested is especially important for younger residents, who comprise a disproportionate percentage of new cases.”

Who’s testing positive?

Recent data show that 60.3% of our new cases involved residents between the ages of 18 and 49; more than 35% are in the 18 to 34-year-old segment of the population.

While younger individuals are less likely to face the most serious consequences from COVID-19, they can unintentionally spread it to those at much greater risk — such as people over the age of 50, who represent almost 91% of those who have been killed by the disease.

“By expanding testing, we not only move closer to the day when more schools, businesses and other establishments are permitted to open, we can also prevent the disease from spreading to some of our most vulnerable residents,” said County Health Director Corwin Porter. “We are grateful for those who have agreed to get tested, and continue to plead with everyone else to consider how much good they can accomplish with so little effort.”

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