COUNTY CORONAVIRUS CASES TICK UP; NEW HOURS FOR JOSHUA TREE COVID-19 TEST SITE

Another 274 people have tested positive for coronavirus, according to numbers released by San Bernardino County Sunday (Oct. 4). No new deaths were reported. At the peak in July, seven-day averages of daily new cases were in the 700s for more than half of the month. The number of COVID-19 patients in county hospitals had been mostly going down since a high of 638 on July 25, but the number has been ticking up for five of the last seven days, according to state data.

The Joshua Tree COVID-19 test site at Copper Mountain College has new hours of operation from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; they take lunch from 12 to 1. They cannot complete any tests after 3 p.m. because of the lab pickup schedule. The Joshua Tree site is advertising that results take 3-5 days, however many are receiving results in 12 to 24 hours. Walk-ins are welcome but if clients have an appointment it will be faster. The county says it will be expanding services to include a flu shot clinic in the near future.  

Here are the latest numbers, according to county and state public health officials.

San Bernardino County

  • Confirmed cases: 56,275 total, up 274 from Saturday, averaging 257 reported per day in the past week
  • Deaths: 962 total, no change from Saturday, averaging 5.3 reported per day in the past week
  • Hospital survey: 170 confirmed and 54 suspected patients hospitalized Saturday, including 43 confirmed and 7 suspected patients in the ICU, with 24 of 25 facilities reporting. The number of confirmed patients is up 11.8% from a week earlier.
  • People tested: 648,439 total, up 5,825 from Saturday, averaging 4,546 reported per day in the past week
  • Resolved cases (estimate): 53,299 total, up 319 from Saturday, averaging 174 per day in the past week 

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