VOICE News Staff
San Bernardino, CA – This past week, San Bernardino officials reported the county’s first COVID-19 related death. The patient transitioned the same day the county recorded 38 total confirmed cases of the virus.
The patient who passed away reportedly had underlying health conditions that were not disclosed by health officials.
Commenting on the tragic and untimely loss, San Bernardino Board Chair Curt Hagman stated, “Our hearts go out to this gentleman’s loved ones.” Adding, “This is a sad milestone in our county’s fight against this global pandemic.”
Hagman reminded the community of how vital it is that everyone comply with official health orders to keep, “[O]urselves, our loved ones, and our communities safe.”
Governor Newsom issued a statewide stay at home order on March 19. Details of the order are available at covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs/.
San Bernardino’s Acting Health Officer Dr. Erin Gustafson also lamented about Tuesday’s loss of life. “Public Health extends our deepest sympathy to the individual’s loved ones in the aftermath of this tragedy,” he shared. “In these unsettled times, it is clear that the spread of COVID-19 is broad. Everyone should assume that anyone could have COVID-19 and unintentionally infect others. Therefore, we are appealing to everyone who possibly can to stay safe at home.”
Gustafson and the Board have already declared a local health emergency and various county departments and agencies are working together in partnership with cities, schools, and the business and nonprofit communities, to ensure an effective response.
To protect your health and the health of those around you:
- If you experience symptoms of the virus, seek medical advice.
- Those over the age of 65 years and individuals with underlying health conditions are encouraged to self-quarantine,
- Wash your hands with warm soapy water for 20 seconds several times a day (or use a hand sanitizer that is at least 60 percent alcohol);
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched areas.
For additional information contact the county’s COVID-19 website at wp.sbcounty.gov/dph/coronavirus/, new information, resources are added to the site daily, or call the coronavirus public information line at (909) 387-3911 (Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., or email the county at firstname.lastname@example.org.