San Bernardino Expands Testing, Organizes Local Efforts to Feed Those in Need

San Bernardino Expands Testing, Organizes Local Efforts to Feed Those in Need

San Bernardino

Beginning Thursday, April 30, 2020, county residents aged 65 and older, as well as healthcare and public safety workers, can now get tested even if they are not experiencing any symptoms.

These tests are being conducted in addition to the tests currently being offered to residents who are experiencing at least one COVID-19 symptom like a fever, cough, shortness of breath, etc. A list of available test sites and their hours of operation is available on the San Bernardino County website

In addition to testing, the county is also focused on addressing the issue of food insecurity within its jurisdiction. The need for support in this regard has reached unprecedented heights in the region due to the impact of COVID-19 on the economy resulting from the increasing number of those who are either working reduced hours, are furloughed or laid off.

In response, county officials have launched the Food Assistance Strike Force (Strike Force), a coordinated effort to feed county residents in need. The Strike Force is working to help facilitate the efforts of charitable food providers across the county offering food to residents at no cost to those in need.

The Strike Force is organized into five subgroups in alignment with the county supervisors’ districts. This helps the group facilitate and organize information to share with the public and to help assure the entire county is covered with programs directed to seniors, school children or the public at-large.

Officials are also working to further ensure all the content featured on the Food Assistance Strike Force website will also be shared through the websites and social platforms of all the county’s food assistance partners.

Among the programs included in this effort are “Grab and Go” meals which are distributed at over 30 sites across the county.

In addition this week, the county also announced plans to implement a “Home Delivered Meals” program as well as meals to unsheltered individuals through California Governor Gavin Newsom’s Project Room Key program which is sheltering high risk homeless individuals in hotel room during the COVID-19 pandemic. The county will announce more details when the “Home Delivered Meals” program is launched.

For more information about the Food Assistance site near you visit and click on the “Countywide Food Assistance” program button.

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