The number of coronavirus cases in San Bernardino County passed 10,000 Tuesday (June 23), as the county reported its highest one-day case increase yet. An additional 649 cases were announced Tuesday, bringing the total number of residents infected with COVID-19 to 10,010. Deaths remained at 234.
Here in the Morongo Basin we have 69 confirmed cases: Yucca Valley with 32, Joshua Tree 18, Twentynine Palms 12, and Morongo Valley seven.
The percentage of all tests that come back positive has been 8.6 percent. The state requires an 8 percent positivity rate averaged over a seven-day period. Case increases are being tied to gatherings held over Mother’s Day and Memorial Day weekends, re-openings, and protests over police brutality that drew crowds.
More younger people are testing positive; one-third of the new cases diagnosed in the past month were in county residents under age 30. There are now more confirmed cases in people under 30 than those over 60. No county residents under 30 have died so far. People 60 and older continue to make up about 80 percent of deaths in San Bernardino County.
A projected 5,666 people have recovered from the disease, according to the county.
The time it takes for the virus to double in the community continues to increase at 19.1 days. Testing was up 2.3 percent from Monday, with an additional 2,529 people getting tested for the disease.
In the county of 2.1 million residents, 111,590 have been tested, of which 9 percent were positive. The county has given 16,451 serology tests, of which 1.17 percent were positive for coronavirus antibodies.
Monday, June 22, 301 COVID-19 positive patients and 84 suspected patients were in county hospitals. There were 109 positive patients and 14 suspected patients in intensive care, up from 97 and 11 Monday, the state’s data show. As of Sunday, June 21, 31 of the 1,136 beds available for a surge of patients were in use and 159 intensive care beds were still available, according to the dashboard. There were 266 ventilators in use and 543 still available on Sunday, the dashboard shows.
Adelanto      137
Apple Valley  136
Barstow          37
Big Bear City           4
Big Bear Lake           7
Bloomington 161
Chino           1,244
Chino Hills    195
Colton           422
Crestline        19
Fontana       1,114
Fort Irwin       2
Grand Terrace         45
Hesperia        272
Highland      301
Joshua Tree 18
Loma Linda 111
Mentone       46
Montclair      223
Morongo Valley        7
Needles         4
Oak Hills        37
Ontario         955
Phelan           36
Rancho Cucamonga 444
Redlands     419
Rialto 570
Rimforest       1
Running Springs      5
San Bernardino      1,646
Twentynine Palms   12
Upland         259
Victorville     429
Wrightwood   2
Yucaipa        292
Yucca Valley           32
Undetermined          366
Grand Total   10,010


Americans experienced months of heavy restrictions on their everyday life in order to fight the coronavirus pandemic, but now all states have at least partially reopened and are gradually expanding the types of businesses that are open. In order to determine the states with the fewest coronavirus restrictions, the personal finance website, WalletHub, compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 16 key metrics. Managing editor Tami Roleff says California ranks as one of the most restrictive states…

Overall, California ranks as having the third most coronavirus restrictions. The rankings are based on requirements for having a face covering; travel restrictions for state employees, civilians, and members of the military; whether large gatherings were banned; the closure of all schools; whether it ordered bars and restaurants to close, and issuing guidance for them to reopen; the re-opening of child care centers and non-essential businesses; and more.

Coronavirus Restrictions in California (1=Fewest, 25=Avg.):

  • 17th– Requirement to Wear a Face Mask in Public
  • 31st– Reopening of Child-Care Programs
  • 15th– Travel Restrictions
  • 51st– Large Gatherings Restrictions
  • 46th– Strictness of “Shelter in Place” Order
  • 23rd – Reopening of Non-Essential Businesses
  • 18th – Reopening of Restaurants and Bars

Note: Rankings are based on data available as of 12:30 p.m. ET on Monday, June 22, 2020.


As a witness to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Morongo Basin Historical Society wants to hear how the coronavirus pandemic has affected you. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells us what it’s looking for and how to give your testimony…

Perhaps you are dealing with a pandemic-related hardship; or maybe the new normal has revealed an unexpected opportunity or enhanced some aspect of your life. Some may remember lessons learned from the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic; others may reflect on how the recent economic downturn compares with the Great Depression. The Morongo Basin Historical Society says now is the time to put your thoughts into a story, essay, poem, original song, a painting or other artwork as part of the Citizen Historian program. Submit your entry to Submissions must be your own original, non-political work. The Historical Society Museum is also collecting masks, gloves, COVID-19 signs, magazine and newspaper headlines and family photos to add to a pandemic collection.

The Morongo Basin Historical Society is an all-volunteer, 501(c)3 non-profit organization.


The Morongo Valley Community Services District Board of Directors held a special meeting last night to review four different options for the district’s proposed $800,000 budget for the 2020-2021 fiscal year. As discussions on employee salaries were brought up, tempers began to flare. Reporter Andrew Dieleman has the details…

The Morongo Valley CSD Board of Directors went into extensive discussions on budget salaries and stipends at last night’s budget meeting, including arguments over past compensation for Fire Chief Gary Yearsley and the legality and budget impact of combining the district’s fire chief and general manager positions into one director of operations position. One argument between President Gayl Swarat and Director Johnny Tolbert nearly prompted Swarat to end the meeting early.

After lengthy discussion, the board chose to create a finance committee to introduce a fifth budget option that will add additional financial planning to the future of the CSD. The board will discuss the option during its regular meeting on July 15 to finalize the budget during its regular meeting on August 19.

The board also went into closed session for nearly two hours to conference regarding labor negotiations, reporting back that it had fully reviewed the district’s MOU with the fire department, which will now go to the labor union for review.

During public comment for the budget workshop, some Morongo Valley residents accused Vice President Kristina brook of being in financial conflict of interest with the CSD since she owns a grant-writing company (K&M Enterprises) that does business with the CSD. Brook firmly stated that her company has always donated its time to write grants for the CSD and has never made a profit from any grant-writing project related to the CSD.


With amusement parks and other thrill-seeking attractions closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some people are left itching for an adrenaline rush. As if 2020 weren’t crazy enough, we sent reporter Cassidy Zimarik to jump out of a plane and find out what it’s like to skydive during a pandemic.

“What are we doing?”

“We’re going to jump out of a perfectly fine airplane!”

Z107.7 News Reporter Cassidy Zimarik went skydiving with Skydive West Coast

Tucked away in the Banning Municipal Airport, Skydive West Coast is joining businesses across California in the attempt to have a successful reopening. In their third year of operation, closing for so long was difficult, but owners Tanya and Robbie Spencer, did what they could, and donated masks to those who needed them in the community.

As for their reopening, Skydive West Coast is being cautious and doing temperature checks of all patrons entering the building to ensure that everyone jumping is healthy.

Once inside, you can relax while they train you for the jump and how they will harness you to an instructor. After that, it’s time to harness up and go.

“Alright! Here we go!”

They fly you to 12,500 feet, and then it’s time to take the jump

“Alright, ready, set, here we go!”

For thrill seekers, the reopening is a warm welcome in a pandemic. For skydiving, business is booming.

“You like it?”

“You can see the whole world up here! That was insane!”

Z107.7 News Reporter Cassidy Zimarik went skydiving with Skydive West Coast. Skydive West Coast photo