COUNTY HEALTH CLARIFIES ORDER ON MASKS AND LEAVING HOME

UPDATE:

The County Public Health Department issued yet another clarification to its stay-at-home order. As of Wednesday, April 8, all residents are required to wear a face mask when leaving their home. Drivers traveling alone or with members of their family do not need to wear a face mask in their vehicle unless they lower the vehicle’s window to interact with first responders, food service workers, or other people who are not members of their households. Masks may be homemade cloth masks, bandanas or handkerchiefs, or gaiters. In another clarification, the county’s order says that if a religious organization has already planned drive-in services for this weekend, it may continue with the drive-in religious service. However, every effort must be made to prevent contact between congregants. The County encourages single-family, home-based worshipping and activities, including Easter egg hunts among household members inside the house or in their back yards. 

The County Public Health Department issued another clarification to its stay-at-home order. As of Wednesday, April 8, all residents are required to wear a face mask when leaving their home, which includes while driving and while walking or exercising outside. Masks may be homemade cloth masks, bandanas or handkerchiefs, or gaiters. In another clarification, the county’s order says that all faith-based services must be electronic only through streaming or online technology. “People may not leave their homes for driving parades or drive-up services or to pick up non-essential items such as pre-packaged Easter eggs or bags filled with candy and toys at a drive-thru location.” The County encourages single-family, home-based worshipping and activities, including Easter egg hunts among household members inside the house or in their back yards. And finally, the county has ordered that parking lots at all parks and trailheads be closed and open only to those who are able to walk to them.

UPDATE ON COUNTY’S COVID-19 CASES

UPDATED 11:45 a.m. Wednesday with more information about the number of cases in Joshua Tree

San Bernardino County’s novel coronavirus cases ticked up by 17 as an additional death was reported, according to data released Tuesday evening. There are 547 cases of COVID-19 in the county, up from the 530 reported Monday. Seventeen people have now died from the disease. In the Morongo Basin, the County lists one confirmed case in Joshua Tree and three in Yucca Valley. There were two confirmed cases in Joshua Tree Tuesday. A spokeswoman with the County Public Health Department told Z107.7 News that the change to two cases on Tuesday must have been a mistake, as they don’t change the number of cases if a patient died.

Of the 6,368 people tested for COVID-19 in the county, 8.6 percent had positive results, the county’s data show. Of those who tested positive, 51.8 percent are male, 48 percent are female and .2 percent were unknown. Most of the cases, 230, were among people 18 to 49 years old, while 171 were 50 to 64 years old, 139 were older than 65 and six were 2 to 17 years old, according to the county.

SCHOOL BOARD EXTENDS CLOSURES TO JUNE 10

The Morongo Unified School District Board of Trustees voted unanimously at Tuesday’s special meeting to extend school closures in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Reporter Andrew Dieleman has the story…

At the special meeting Tuesday, the MUSD Board of Trustees voted unanimously to extend school closures through June 10, the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year, to help protect students and their families from the ongoing spread of COVID-19. During the meeting, Superintendent Tom Baumgarten responded to public comments regarding graduations, stating that traditional graduation ceremonies would not be taking place due to social distancing rules, but that the District is discussing options for alternative graduation ceremonies.

TWENTYNINE PALMS MARINE BASE ISSUES MASK ORDER

The commanding general of the Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center issued an order Tuesday that all military personnel and civilians are required to wear cloth face coverings on the base when they cannot maintain six feet of social distance in public areas, such as the exchanges, commissary, mess halls, and businesses. The requirement to wear face coverings in the workplace depends on whether a six-foot distance can be maintained. In addition, Marines and their family members are encouraged to wear cloth face coverings in their barracks and family housing. Children under 2 years of age and those who have trouble breathing are exempt from wearing face coverings. People without face masks will be turned away from base facilities. Acceptable face coverings include CIF-issued balaclava and neck gaiters, and uniform green T-shirt. Full masks, surgical or N-95 masks, or coverings with demeaning or derogatory logos or profanity, are not authorized.

DRIVE-THROUGH TESTING TOMORROW IN COLTON

Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton will conduct drive-through testing for COVID-19 starting tomorrow (Thursday, April 9). Testing times and dates are Thursday, April 9; Friday, April 10; Tuesday, April 14; Wednesday, April 15, and Thursday, April 16, from 8 to 5 each day. The testing will be available by appointment only. Call 855-422-8029 to make an appointment. For more information, see this link: https://www.arrowheadregional.org/covid-19-updates/

The Drive-Through testing will be conducted at the outpatient building entrance on the ARMC campus. The entrance will be on Meridian Avenue at the back of the ARMC campus. Once entering the campus from Meridian, signage will be displayed for the COVID-19 Drive-Through testing. Additional testing dates will be announced at a later date. Here is a map of the testing site. http://wp.sbcounty.gov/cao/countywire/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Testing-Map-Satellite.pdf