San Bernardino County reported 11 coronavirus deaths and 397 new cases Wednesday (June 24) as public health officials say a backlog of cases is behind recent increases. In the county, 245 people have died from COVID-19, and 10,407 have tested positive so far. The jump in cases has increased the county’s percentage of tests that come back positive, one of the numbers being monitored by the state.
Here in the Morongo Basin, the number of confirmed cases ticked up to 72, with Yucca Valley reporting 35, Joshua Tree has 18, Twentynine Palms at 12, and Morongo Valley with seven. The state requires counties to have an average positivity rate of 8 percent or lower over a seven-day period. Monday the county’s positivity rate was 8.7 percent; 9.1 percent of the 114,640 people tested for the disease were positive. Testing was up with an additional 3,050 people getting tested.
Apple Valley 140
Big Bear City 4
Big Bear Lake 7
Chino Hills 203
Fort Irwin 2
Grand Terrace 47
Joshua Tree 18
Loma Linda 115
Morongo Valley 7
Oak Hills 39
Rancho Cucamonga 459
Running Springs 6
San Bernardino 1,743
Twentynine Palms 12
Yucca Valley 35
Grand Total 10,407
Contact tracing is the process of identifying people who have come in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, instructing them to quarantine and monitoring their symptoms daily. The Federal Trade Commission reports that residents are now getting spam text messages from scammers who pretending to be contact tracers. Hilary Sloane has more information about how you can not fall for this scam…
There’s no question, contact tracing plays a vital role in helping to stop the spread of COVID-19. But scammers, pretending to be contact tracers and taking advantage of how the process works, are also sending text messages. Unlike a legitimate text message from a health department, which only wants to let you know they’ll be calling, this message includes a link to click. Don’t take the bait. Clicking on the link will download software onto your device, giving scammers access to your personal and financial information. Ignore and delete these scam messages.
The COVID-19 walk-up testing site at Copper Mountain College in Joshua Tree is continuing weekdays from 10 to 3 through August 30. The county has opened up appointment registration through June 26. Anyone who wants to get tested can get tested; you do not have to show symptoms. Serology testing is also offered while supplies last and there is no charge. All clients are required to wear a face covering. Appointments are required by going to sbcovid19.com or calling 909-387-3911.
Despite the obvious challenges presented by COVID-19, planning for this year’s Pioneer Days will proceed, starting with a planning meeting open to the public. Reporter Heather Clisby has the details…
The Twentynine Palms’ Parks and Recreation Department is now in the process of discussing and planning the 2020 Pioneer Days Celebration despite certain restrictions on large gatherings due to COVID-19.
A public planning meeting for the event will be held on Wednesday, July 1 at 5:30 pm at Twentynine Palms City Hall, 6136 Adobe Road.
When the weather gets hot, the County usually directs seniors in need to air-conditioned “cooling centers” such as libraries and shopping centers.
However, under the state health order, those places are now closed.
Seniors without air conditioning at home who need to cool down during the days ahead should call the County’s Adult Protective Services Hotline toll-free at 877-565-2020.
County staff will bring fans to their homes or even put them up in air-conditioned hotel rooms. If you know a senior who might need help, please check on them. If you think the County can help, call the hotline at 877-565-2020.