San Bernardino County’s COVID-19 case rates and positivity rates have showed improvement. County officials are hopeful that we will soon qualify to move into the red tier, but we will have to first hope that the Labor Day holiday didn’t negatively impact our numbers and we must keep up our testing numbers.
County Public Health Director Corwin Porter said, “Testing is absolutely critical to show the state that we are keeping our caseloads and positivity rates down. When we see a spike of cases and related hospitalizations, it almost always comes from a social gathering and from individuals who did not show any symptoms.”
To get ahead of any spikes, residents need to take it upon themselves to get a free, easy and painless test. If you, or someone you live with, has spent any time with people not in your household, take an hour to get tested. Results are returned in less than 48 hours and it will give you peace of mind.
Walk-ups are now allowed at the Joshua Tree testing site at Copper Mountain College, although appointments are still encouraged. And remember, to ensure our numbers continue to improve we all have to keep wearing face coverings when in public, practice frequent handwashing, social distance, and avoid gatherings outside your household.