VOICE News Staff
On Tuesday, San Bernardino County’s Acting Health Officer Dr. Erin Gustafson announced 31 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 14 since Sunday afternoon, March 22. By Wednesday afternoon, the number of confirmed cases had increased to 38.
Gustafson projected additional cases to emerge as more test results are reported to the county.
County health officials reminded San Bernardino County residents of the stay-at-home order issued by California Governor Gavin Newsom and state health officials on March 19. “These orders are not intended to cause panic, but rather reduce the spread of infection and minimize the number of people who get sick at any one time to keep our healthcare system functioning,” said Gustafson. “We have evidence of community spread of COVID-19 in our County and urge everyone to take this very seriously. I strongly urge everyone to do their part by practicing social distancing and staying at home.”
Gustafson and the Board of Supervisors declared a local health emergency to help ensure the county government and the public are prepared and to allow flexibility in response. According to Board Chairman Curt Hagman, “Various county departments and agencies are working together and in partnership with cities, schools, and the business and nonprofit communities, to ensure an effective response.”
To help control the spread of COVID-19 and to protect your health and those around you:
- People experiencing symptoms of contagious illness should seek medical guidance.
- Persons aged 65 years and older and persons of any age with certain underlying health conditions are at increased risk should they contract COVID-19 and are encouraged to self-quarantine.
- Wash hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, beforeeating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth, especially with unwashed hands.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using regular household cleaning spray or wipes.
- N95 masks are not recommended outside a healthcare setting. Surgical masks can be worn by sick individuals to reduce the likelihood of spreading germs to others.
For information about the coronavirus crisis, visit the County’s coronavirus website. New information and resources have been added and the site is being updated daily. To access the website visit: wp.sbcounty.gov/dph/coronavirus/.
The public can also contact the coronavirus public information line from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday at (909) 387-3911, or email the county at the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Review Governor Newsom’s stay-at-home order online at https://covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs/.