County Approaching the Orange Tier, but Springtime Caution is Still Important

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– As we enjoy Spring Break and the upcoming Easter weekend, the county continues to show favorable numbers for case rates and hospitalizations, and officials say if positive trends continue, San Bernardino County could proceed into the Orange Tier very soon.

Yet officials are also cautioning that the pandemic is still with us — and that we all need to continue being careful to ensure conditions continue to improve.

“We seem to be improving rapidly, especially as we continue to vaccinate more and more residents every day,” said County Interim Public Health Director Andrew Goldfrach. “But to be honest, we’ve seen a plateau in the decline of COVID-19 cases recently, reminding us that we need to remain vigilant if we’re to keep the coronavirus at bay.”

Goldfrach wants to remind residents that those not yet “fully vaccinated” — meaning it’s been 14 days since their second shot of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine (or first shot of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine) — are still at some risk of either catching or spreading the virus. And everyone else not yet vaccinated needs to continue wearing face masks when indoors (and outdoors when social distancing isn’t practical), avoiding close contact with others, and washing their hands frequently.

“We’ve made excellent progress the past few weeks,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “We’re thrilled our residents will be able to celebrate this Easter with few restrictions, and that our weather outlook bodes well for small, mixed household outdoor gatherings. But let’s all remain cautious and keep safety top of mind until everyone has a chance to get vaccinated.”

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