A 5.5 EARTHQUAKE IN NEARBY RIDGECREST IS A REMINDER TO BE PREPARED

An earthquake rattled the Morongo Basin Wednesday evening. According to the US Geologic Society, the 5.5 magnitude earthquake struck at 6:32 p.m. near Ridgecrest. The earthquake joins a growing list of recent earthquakes that shook Southern California, including the 6.4 magnitude earthquake that hit midway between Las Vegas and Lake Tahoe on May 14; the 4.2 magnitude earthquake near Skull Rock in Joshua Tree National Park in July 2019; and the magnitude 6.4 earthquake northeast of Ridgecrest, also in July 2019. These earthquakes are a reminder to make sure you know what to do when “The Big One” hits. Rebecca Havely offers these earthquake safety tips…

Before an earthquake happens is the optimal time to take steps to learn what you can do to lesson the chances of injury or death in the event of an earthquake. First, during the temblor; if you are indoors, duck or drop down to the floor and hold on. Stay clear of windows, or any thing that could fall causing injury. If you are in a crowded area, take cover where you are, if outside get into the open, away from buildings and power lines. While driving, stop if it is safe, stay inside your car. Stay away from bridges, overpasses and tunnels. After an earthquake check for injuries. Look for and extinguish small fires and gas leaks. If your home has experienced damage, get out. Listen to a portable, battery-operated radio for updated emergency information and instructions from Z107.7; this may be your main source of information. And lastly, expect aftershocks. Each time you feel one, drop, cover, and hold on! Be safe, and be prepared for next “big one”

COUNTY WILL CONDUCT ON-SITE COVID-19 TESTING FOR AREA BUSINESSES

As San Bernardino County prepares to reopen after the COVID-19 shutdown, many business owners are wondering how they can safely serve their customers while still ensuring the health of their employees. The County’s Department of Public Health (DPH) is floating the idea of on-site employee testing to help with the process. Reporter Heather Clisby has the details…

Over the past several weeks, San Bernardino County residents have successfully flattened the curve of new COVID-19 cases and some businesses are now reopening. While still encouraging measures to halt a coronavirus spread, such as mask requirements, shields, social distancing and wellness checks, the Department of Public Health is now gauging interest in on-site employee testing program for business owners.

In addition to providing piece of mind, the expanded testing will also help the county better track infection and provide useful data that can be used to keep businesses open.

Expanding testing to businesses will help the county greatly increase the amount of testing being done, which will help better track the infection in our communities and also provide the data needed to demonstrate it is safe to keep businesses open, as well as eventually relax the remaining restrictions.

DPH can partner with your businesses to increase COVID-19 testing among your employees and support those who are positive or exposed. If you would like to provide testing to your employees, or are interested in hosting public testing, or are already providing public testing, fill out this form:

https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/3957c73fcb1d4265a4815d51527d178b

DPH hopes to partner with business owners and, at this time, 14 county businesses of all sizes have expressed interest. The businesses range in size from more than 300 employees in the logistics sector, to midsize restaurants and small retailers.

For more information, business owners should contact the County’s Public Health Department at 909-252-4406.

WALK-UP TESTING CONTINUES IN JOSHUA TREE, APPOINTMENTS REQUIRED

The walk-up testing site at Copper Mountain College in Joshua Tree is expected to continue for about three more weeks. Anyone who wants to get tested can get tested. Serology testing is also offered. Appointments are required by going to sbcovid19.com or calling 909-387-3911.

2,888 HAVE RECOVERED IN THE COUNTY, 50 CONFIRMED CASES IN THE MORONGO BASIN

In San Bernardino County, 2,888 residents have recovered from the coronavirus. According to new data released Wednesday (June 3), 5,650 people have tested positive for COVID-19. The county reported one new death Wednesday, bringing the total to 209. Here in the Morongo Basin we have had 50 confirmed cases: Yucca Valley, 17; Joshua Tree, 15; Twentynine Palms, 11; and Morongo Valley, seven.
The county added other new information to its online dashboard, including a graph comparing the number of new daily cases with the average number of cases and a seven-day moving average number of cases. The dashboard now also includes a graph showing the continued growth in doubling time, which was 16.1 days as of Wednesday. In March, the doubling time was about five days.
In the county of 2.1 million residents, 65,857 have been tested, of which 8.6 percent were positive. Testing was up 1.9 percent from the day before.

Adelanto: 81
Angelus Oaks: 0
Apple Valley: 71
Barstow: 18
Big Bear City: 3
Big Bear Lake: 6
Bloomington: 73
Blue Jay: 0
Chino: 863
Chino Hills: 120
Colton: 236
Crestline: 13
Fontana: 594
Fort Irwin: 2
Grand Terrace: 23
Hesperia: 137
Highland: 156
Joshua Tree: 15
Landers: 0
Loma Linda: 81
Mentone: 24
Montclair: 121
Morongo Valley: 7
Needles: 2
Oak Hills: 21
Ontario: 526
Piñon Hills: 0
Phelan: 18
Rancho Cucamonga: 254
Redlands: 285
Rialto: 279
Rimforest: 1
Running Springs: 5
San Bernardino: 850
Twentynine Palms: 11
Upland: 158
Victorville: 223
Wrightwood: 1
Yucaipa: 220
Yucca Valley: 19
Undetermined: 133

HI-DESERT WATER ADJUST CODES AND EMPLOYEE VEHICLE USE RULES

The Hi-Desert Water District held its board meeting yesterday at 5 p.m. Reporter Joshua King has the details on the resolutions that were discussed…

The board began its meeting by updating a section of the District Municipal Code in accordance with CalPERS that states that employees who retired on and after January 1, 2011 will be required to enroll in Medicare Parts A and B at their earliest eligibility or relinquish their district-paid medical benefits upon retirement. Following that, a vote passed approving the District Employee Vehicle Use Indemnification Agreement, a document detailing the rights and protections of employees using district vehicles. Finally, an agenda item concerning wastewater employee hours was pulled on the spot as the matter had been resolved prior to the meeting. The final resolution discussed an agreement between the Hi-Desert Water District and Southwest Desert Telecomm. A one-year collaborative relationship was approved, with Southwest Desert Telecomm offering services such as communications consultation and radio operator certification in return for operating out of the Paxton Hill site owned by the Hi-Desert Water District.