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The number of coronavirus hospitalizations in San Bernardino County is up 21% from a week ago, according to numbers released Monday, October 26. San Bernardino County now has had 62,774 confirmed cases, up 155 from Sunday, (October 25) averaging 428 reported per day in the past week. There have been 1,072 deaths, no change from Sunday, averaging 7.3 reported per day in the past week. 219 confirmed and 42 suspected patients were hospitalized Sunday, including 45 confirmed and 7 suspected patients in the ICU, confirmed patients is up 21.0% from a week earlier.

Here in the Morongo Basin, there are 510 confirmed cases and 31 deaths; Yucca Valley with 251 cases and 24 deaths; Joshua Tree, 99 cases and four deaths; Twentynine Palms, 99 cases and one death; Morongo Valley, 47 cases and one death; Landers, 12 cases and one death; and Pioneertown with two cases.

People tested: 780,190 total, up 6,312 from Sunday, averaging 7,183 reported per day in the past week

Resolved cases (estimate): 59,457 total, up 275 from Sunday, averaging 326 per day in the past week

Reopening plan tier: Purple (widespread risk level, many non-essential indoor business operations are closed) based on these metrics as of Tuesday:

New cases per day per 100,000 residents: 10.8

Case rate adjusted for testing volume: 10.9

Test positivity rate: 6.2% (8.5% in socioeconomically challenged neighborhoods)

What’s next: San Bernardino County is not meeting the criteria to move to a less-restrictive tier. When it has met them for two consecutive weeks, it can advance. The state updates numbers and tiers on Tuesdays.


The last agenda item at tomorrow’s regular 10 a.m. meeting of county supervisors in San Bernardino is a public hearing on a proposal by Land Use Services. The likely approval of the resolution will essentially free county planners from having to consider community input on development in the unincorporated communities. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has more about what is at stake here…

Approval of agenda item 100 tomorrow will amend the County General Plan and approve a Countywide Plan including repeal of existing Community Plans for Joshua Tree, Lucerne Valley, Morongo Valley as well as the communities of Landers, Flamingo Heights, Yucca Mesa, Johnson Valley, and others. The legally binding Community Plans for those areas will be replaced with what are being called Community Action Guides. These “Guides,” according to protests filed by the Morongo Basin Conservation Association with the state attorney general, will rob the county’s unincorporated communities from having a say in future development. They will ask county supervisors to reject the resolution at tomorrow’s public hearing.

The public may survey tomorrow’s meeting online or at the county government building in Joshua Tree where comments may be made via live video link.

The Board of Supervisors’ meetings are open to the public, including the remote site locations, for participation. Public access to the San Bernardino Government Center will be through the west doors, facing Arrowhead Avenue. All members of the public entering the building are required to go through a security scan and visitor health check, which includes a temperature reading. Facial coverings are required in all locations, and standing or sitting in the lobby is not permitted.

The following applies to meetings:

(1) The public may view the Board Meeting live stream at http://www.sbcounty.gov/Main/Pages/ViewMeetings.aspx;

(2) If you wish to make a comment on a specific agenda item or a general public comment prior to the Board meeting, please submit comments via U.S. Mail*, email at BoardMeetingComments@cob.sbcounty.gov or online at http://www.sbcounty.gov/cob/publiccomments/default.aspx. Comments received prior to the start of the meeting will be forwarded to the Board of Supervisors for review;

(3) If you wish to make a comment on a specific item or a general public comment while watching the live stream, please submit comments, limited to 250 words or less, to the Clerk of the Board at http://www.sbcounty.gov/cob/publiccomments/default.aspx. Comments received prior to the end of the meeting will be provided to the Board of Supervisors after the meeting;

(4) If attending in person, facial coverings and a temperature reading are required. Seating in the board chambers is limited. Additional seating with video and audio of the meeting is available in the Joshua Room and the Rotunda, located on the first floor of the Government Center, adjacent to the chambers. (5) Any person interested in viewing or addressing the Board by interactive video (the Board members may see as well as hear speakers) may do so at the Bob Burke Joshua Tree Government Center, 63665 Twentynine Palms Highway, in Joshua Tree.


The Morongo Valley Community Services District Board of Directors held its regular monthly meeting last night. Reporter Andrew Dieleman has the details…

At last night’s meeting, the Morongo Valley CSD Board of Directors heard a presentation from resident Christina Gorke on several possible COVID-19 compliant events the CSD could host this Halloween, including an art walk through trails around Covington Park and a drive-thru trick-or-treat event at the Morongo Valley Fire Station. After lengthy discussion and with great sadness, the board voted 4-1 (Director Christina Brook voting yes) to hold no community Halloween event this year due primarily to concerns over liability. Gorke and resident Sue Lefevre stated they would instead investigate the possibility of creating a community Halloween event held on private property.

The board also took no action regarding Covington Park, choosing to leave the park closed to the public until further notice.

Additionally, the board discussed the donation of a $5,000 commercial freezer to the Morongo Valley Fire Department; Morongo Valley Deputy Fire Chief Jim Brakebill discussed fire department activity over the past month, including assistance in battling the recent EL Dorado Fire; and the board discussed holding future meetings with CalTrans and County representatives over traffic safety issues on Highway 62 and on Morongo Valley residential streets.


The Morongo Valley Community Services District Board of Directors will hold its regular board meeting tonight, October 21. Reporter Andrew Dieleman has the agenda…

At tonight’s meeting, the Morongo Valley CSD Board of Directors will begin with discussing whether or not it is safe to reopen Covington Park to the public and approve a COVID-19 compliant method to distribute candy during their trunk-or-treat event. Morongo Valley Fire Chief Gary Yearsley will also give an update on the fire department’s involvement in the recent El Dorado fire. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. via Zoom phone conference.

Call: 1 (669) 900-6833
Meeting ID: 506 966 7982
Password: 629875


Updated 7:15 p.m. with information from the California Highway Patrol

A 15-year-old boy was injured when he was hit by a car in Morongo Valley Sunday morning. The California Highway Patrol said the Matthew Brake, of Morongo Valley, was jogging north on Park Avenue about 6 a.m. Brake was wearing dark-colored clothing and it was still dark. When Brake entered the crosswalk at Park and Highway 62, he was struck by a 2012 Hyundai Sonata driven westbound by Ramon Lomeli, 31, of Yucca Valley. Brake told Morongo Valley firefighters he misjudged the speed of an oncoming car as he was crossing the highway; he was hit in the number 1 lane as he crossed southbound. Lomeli, who stopped to help the boy, said he didn’t see Brake until it was too late. Family members said Brake suffered a broken pelvis and foot, along with road rash. He was transported by Morongo Basin Ambulance to Desert Hospital in Palm Springs. The CHP reminds residents to use caution when approaching crosswalks, and pedestrians should wear light-colored and reflective clothing during the hours of darkness.