Share the Gift of Safety this Season

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– We hate saying it as much as you hate hearing it: but despite the inconvenience and fatigue, there is no skirting around the fact that every County resident must do all we can to avoid catching, and spreading, COVID-19 this holiday season.

We understand your frustration. All of us truly want to spend the holidays with family and friends. Unfortunately, there is no “fake news” in the headlines – we’re in the middle of a very alarming spike in COVID-19 cases, which county data predominantly attributes to social gatherings.

Our hospital numbers tell the real story…and it’s a distressing one.

San Bernardino County hospitals are running out of beds overall and have hit capacity in their intensive care units (ICUs). Put another way, at the current time, our hospitals have no more ICU beds available. And while we previously might have gained assistance from nearby counties, today their ICU situation is as difficult as ours. The current shortage of hospital beds not only affects COVID-19 patients, but others who require serious medical attention.

Intensifying our challenge is the fact that our medical personnel have been working exhaustive hours and they are nearing their breaking points. While their dedication is inspiring, their abilities are not limitless.

Unfortunately, there is little any of us can do to help hospital staff and their patients – but what we can do is take every precaution possible to ensure we stay healthy and avoid spreading the virus to others. So please avoid gatherings with those outside your immediate family. Maintain social distancing. Wear a mask whenever you’re in close proximity to others. And wash your hands thoroughly and regularly.

We safe and be well this holiday season. Thank you.

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