MASKS NO LONGER REQUIRED, BUT RECOMMENDED

Face coverings are no longer required – but still strongly recommended – in San Bernardino County as the result of new health order requested by the Board of Supervisors. The new order repeals the April 23 health order that required face coverings as well as social distancing at essential businesses, and banned gatherings and short-term rentals. Although no longer regulated by a county health order, gatherings and short-term rentals are still prohibited and social distancing at essential businesses are still required under the state’s “stay-at-home” order.

2 BROWN DOGS FOUND IN WONDER VALLEY

2 BROWN DOGS FOUND IN WONDER VALLEY

Two brown dogs found together, look like siblings

Both wearing harnesses. Not microchipped.

Found near: Mojave & Amboy Rd. in Wonder Valley.

A couple miles past Sunmore Estates.

Call: Tanya 760-221-8384

PITBULL LOST IN MORONGO VALLEY

PITBULL LOST IN MORONGO VALLEY

Male Pitbull sandy, tan brindle pattern with white on chest and tips of toes

Wearing collar & tags, microchipped & neutered

Lost near: Buena Vista near Juniper & Pinion in Morongo Valley

Call: Aubrey 760-774-2647

STATE ALLOWING SOME RETAILERS TO OPEN, WITH STRICT GUIDELINES

Governor Gavin Newsom

California Governor Gavin Newsom issued the broadest loosening of his stay-at-home order so far Thursday, allowing some retailers to reopen but not have customers in stores. The announcement was the result of improvement in battling the coronavirus and moves California into the second phase of a four-step process to full reopening. It covers only a sliver of retail businesses as well as manufacturers’ warehouses considered low risk for the virus. Stores that will be allowed to open with curbside service if they meet other safety requirements include bookstores, clothing stores, florists, and sporting goods stores. Higher-risk businesses like hair salons and gyms, offices, and dine-in restaurants will come later. Newsom’s plan may allow some local governments to move faster than the state if they hit certain criteria. Counties must show they can meet certain testing and tracing requirements and that their health care systems can handle a potential surge. The state is tracking six indicators to determine when to ease restrictions.

GOVERNOR’S PLAN STUNS THE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

Yesterday Governor Gavin Newsom laid out a number of conditions that California counties will need to satisfy if they aim to break from the state’s timetable for reopening. The conditions were much more stringent than anything anticipated by county supervisors who had hoped to be granted enough autonomy to initiate an expanded Phase Two opening as soon as today. Reporter Mike Lipsitz highlights some of the governor’s conditions and county supervisor’s response to them…

The governor’s plan allows clothing and sporting goods retailers, bookstores, and florists to open in limited capacities starting today. Before our county can expand that list, the following conditions, and others, must be met:

  • No more than one case of COVID-19 per 10,000 residents for the past 14 days; we are now at 70.
  • Zero COVID-19 related deaths per day for two weeks; we are averaging two per day.
  • Daily testing of 1.5 people per 1,300 residents; far more than what we are testing now.
  • Have in place an extensive system for contact tracing; 15 tracers per 1,000 cases.

The governor’s conditions had a stunning effect on the board of supervisors who will now appeal to Newsom for more autonomy in deciding when and how to grease the wheels of commerce in our county. Supervisors next meet in a special session on Tuesday.

For general, non-medical information and resources about the virus, visit the county’s COVID-19 webpage at sbcovid19.com or call 909-387-3911 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.