San Bernardino County issued guidelines on Friday that allows more businesses to open, albeit with limited services. Managing editor Tami Roleff runs down some of the newly re-opened businesses…
If you need to get your teeth cleaned, you can make that appointment now. The county announced Friday that dental and preventive care services are now permitted. Retail businesses that are allowed to reopen are appliance repair, car washes, dog walking and grooming, janitorial services, and office work. Also allowed to reopen are outdoor museums, child care, drive-up graduation ceremonies and drive-up church services. Weddings and funerals are limited to 10 people. Short-term vacation rentals and campgrounds are allowed to take reservations, although gatherings are still prohibited and rentals and campsites are limited to immediate family members only.
Still closed:
Community centers/convention centers
Dine-in restaurants
Group campsites
Entertainment venues (movie theaters, casinos, arcades, sports, indoor museums, zoos, libraries, concerts, theme parks)
Bars, wineries, tasting rooms, lounges
Hotels and motels for leisure and tourism
In-person graduation ceremonies
Fireworks shows
Hair and nail salons, tattoo parlors, gyms/fitness centers
Picnic areas and playgrounds
Public pools


The number of San Bernardino County residents with confirmed cases of coronavirus rose by 82 on Monday (May 18), to 3,593. No new deaths were reported for the second day in a row, according to data released by the county. The number of residents tested went up by 463 from Sunday. While most locations in the county saw positive cases increase by a few, if at all, Chino, Fontana and Ontario each saw numbers rise by 13. All three cities have known outbreaks. In the Morongo Basin Confirmed cases remain at 42.
With 2.1 million residents, 39,079, or about 1.9 percent of the county’s population has been tested, 9.2 percent are confirmed positive. The time it would take the number of cases to double is 13.9 days.

Adelanto: 44 cases, 2 deaths
Angelus Oaks: 0 cases, 0 deaths
Apple Valley: 47 cases, 2 deaths
Barstow: 12 cases, 2 deaths
Big Bear City: 3 cases, 0 deaths
Big Bear Lake: 6 cases, 0 deaths
Bloomington: 44 cases, 2 deaths
Blue Jay: 0 cases, 1 death
Chino Hills: 86 cases, 2 deaths
Chino: 534 cases, 6 deaths
Colton: 142 cases, 13 deaths
Crestline: 12 cases, 1 death
Fontana: 417 cases, 13 deaths
Fort Irwin: 2 cases, 0 deaths
Grand Terrace: 17 cases, 1 death
Hesperia: 85 cases, 1 death
Highland: 90 cases, 3 deaths
Joshua Tree: 15 cases, 2 deaths
Landers: 0 cases, 0 deaths
Loma Linda: 57 cases, 0 deaths
Mentone: 17 cases, 1 death
Montclair: 56 cases, 4 deaths
Morongo Valley: 6 cases, 0 deaths
Oak Hills: 17 cases, 0 deaths
Ontario: 300 cases, 17 deaths
Phelan: 13 cases, 0 deaths
Piñon Hills: 0 cases, 0 deaths
Rancho Cucamonga: 160 cases, 7 deaths
Redlands: 204 cases, 21 deaths
Rialto: 169 cases, 5 deaths
Rimforest: 1 case, 0 deaths
Running Springs: 5 cases, 0 deaths
San Bernardino: 449 cases, 6 deaths
Twentynine Palms: 6 cases, 0 deaths
Upland: 119 cases, 10 deaths
Victorville: 143 cases, 6 deaths
Wrightwood: 2 cases, 0 deaths
Yucaipa: 192 cases, 25 deaths
Yucca Valley: 15 cases, 1 death
Undetermined: 106 cases, 1 death


With the societal shutdown due to COVID-19, San Bernardino County has seen calls to its child abuse hotline drop dramatically. Normally, that would be cause for celebration but during this shutdown, officials fear the worst. Reporter Heather Clisby has the details…

Ever since Governor Gavin Newsom issued the stay-at-home order March 19, state residents have faced imposed serious family bonding time. For some children, this can mean more concentrated time with an abuser and fewer witnesses to the abuse.

Marlene Hagen, director of San Bernardino County Children and Family Services, stated that the county’s child abuse hotline has seen a 50 percent decrease in calls since mid-March. Without the usual contact with those beyond immediate family, Hagen fears that child abuse is now being unreported.

The county believes this is because children are not having face-to-face contact with mandated child abuse reporters such as doctors, teachers and mental health counselors.

“Not to mention the fact that there’s limited contact right now with children having contact with extended relatives, friends and neighbors,” said Hagen. “So, anything our community members can do to check up on families—at a safe distance, of course—to insure their needs are being met could mean a great deal to insure a child’s well being.”

To report suspected child abuse, call 211 or the Child Abuse Hotline at 800-827-8724. Otherwise, urgent and potentially life-threatening emergencies should always be reported to 911.


Several Morongo Basin residents reported seeing a fiery meteor streaking through the eastern sky early Monday morning. Arie Mayer of Yucca Valley caught the meteor on her Ring doorbell camera at 2:42 a.m. Monday. The three-second video show the extremely bright meteor—which some residents said appeared to be green in color—lighting up the sky before exploding behind a small hill in the distance. Astronomer Dennis Mammana said the video shows what appears to be a bolide, a fireball that explodes near the end of its trajectory. The greenish color indicates there was magnesium in the fireball, but he said that doesn’t confirm whether the fireball was natural or man-made.


Morongo Valley firefighters made quick work of a debris fire Monday night. Crews were called to the 11300 block of Hess Boulevard at 11:12 p.m. Winds in excess of 15 miles per hour had helped spread the small fire into nearby vegetation and threatened structures and parked cars, but firefighters were able to stop the forward spread in about 10 minutes. The fire was out before a CalFire fire engine from Yucca Valley made it to the scene. The cause of the fire is under investigation, although the Sheriff’s Department received several calls about fireworks in the area earlier. Firefighters remind residents to remain vigilant as we enter wildfire season.