By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– Responding to a steady decline in virtually every COVID-19 metric — including new cases, hospitalizations and deaths — San Bernardino County has revised its website devoted to the pandemic and the County’s response to it.
The revamped site has been substantially streamlined to make finding relevant information as simple and easy as possible. Its icon-driven format quickly directs visitors’ attention to linked pages devoted to vaccination appointments, COVID testing and COVID information and resources, including an updated FAQ.
“When the pandemic struck in the spring of 2020, we knew it was essential for the county to host a website where our residents could learn everything they needed to know about the coronavirus, along with the many health orders and programs created in response,” said County Public Information Officer David Wert. “Now, with cases down, our focus is almost exclusively on vaccinations and testing and it was time to update and condense the site to make it easier.”
Wert noted that “Get Vaccinated” is now the most prominent message on the site’s new homepage. That headline links to a page with information about vaccines — including how and where to obtain a free shot. The County’s toll-free telephone hotline and hours of operation are also highlighted prominently.
In the past year, the original site was constantly updated to share information on new conditions, statewide mandates and special County programs ranging from food-delivery for seniors to the COVID-Compliant Business Partnership.
With the state reopening, most of these programs have either concluded or are steadily winding down.
“The new site also features a video banner that spotlights our health care workers, volunteers and other heroes that helped address the pandemic,” said Wert. “It’s good to remember all the people who devoted themselves to helping us get through the past year.”