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COUNTY SUPERVISORS WAITING, FOR NOW, TO REOPEN MORE BUSINESSES

San Bernardino County supervisors are eager for restaurants and churches to resume operations after weeks of coronavirus-related closures but are waiting to see how county data pairs with new state guidelines. At their meeting yesterday, they discussed the risks associated with reopening ahead of the state. Supervisors agreed to hear more from county staff before expanding the second of the state’s four-phase plan to reopen businesses. Supervisors will meet in a special meeting at 4 p.m. tomorrow (Thursday, May 21) to further discuss the matter.

“Our small businesses have sat and waited,” Supervisor Robert Lovingood said. “They’ve waited patiently as long as they can. They cannot suffer this economic suppression any longer.”

Lovingood and Supervisor Dawn Rowe, who represents our Morongo Basin, supported moving forward with the county’s recovery plan, which assesses risk and offers guidelines for reopening safely. Because that item was not on the agenda, the board agreed to tomorrow’s special meeting. Supervisor Hagman expressed concern over the risk to businesses if the county allows them to reopen earlier than allowed by the state. Supervisor Janice Rutherford cautioned Lovingood against defying the state and jeopardizing county taxpayers.

County officials continue to review Newsom’s latest loosening of the statewide stay-at-home order, which could see retail stores, churches, barbers and hair salons, restaurants and even professional sports—without live audiences—return in a few weeks.

155 COUNTY RESIDENTS HAVE DIED FROM COVID-19

In San Bernardino, 155 county residents have died from COVID-19 according to information released by the county health department. The number of residents tested went up by 513, to 38,616. 

Out of 2.1 million county residents, 1.8 percent have been tested, and of those, 9.1 percent have been positive. The number of confirmed cases in Chino jumped by 20 on Sunday, to 521. San Bernardino has 440 confirmed cases; Fontana with 404; Ontario with 287; and Redlands with 201.

Here in the Morongo Basin, the county lists 42 cases: Joshua Tree with 15 and two deaths; Yucca Valley with 15 and one death; Twentynine Palms with six cases; and Morongo Valley with six.

The doubling time, the estimated amount of time it would take the number of cases to double, also stayed the same, at 13.4 days.

Here is the list of confirmed cases and deaths by city or unincorporated community.
Adelanto: 42 cases, 2 deaths
Angelus Oaks: 0 cases, 0 deaths
Apple Valley: 45 cases, 2 deaths
Barstow: 10 cases, 2 deaths
Big Bear City: 3 cases, 0 deaths
Big Bear Lake: 6 cases, 0 deaths
Bloomington: 44 cases, 2 deaths
Blue Jay: 0 cases, 1 death
Chino Hills: 87 cases, 2 deaths
Chino: 521 cases, 6 deaths
Colton: 137 cases, 13 deaths
Crestline: 12 cases, 1 death
Fontana: 404 cases, 13 deaths
Fort Irwin: 2 cases, 0 deaths
Grand Terrace: 17 cases, 1 death
Hesperia: 84 cases, 1 death
Highland: 88 cases, 3 deaths
Joshua Tree: 15 cases, 2 deaths
Landers: 0 cases, 0 deaths
Loma Linda: 57 cases, 0 deaths
Mentone: 16 cases, 1 death
Montclair: 55 cases, 4 deaths
Morongo Valley: 6 cases, 0 deaths
Oak Hills: 17 cases, 0 deaths
Ontario: 287 cases, 17 deaths
Phelan: 12 cases, 0 deaths
Piñon Hills: 0 cases, 0 deaths
Rancho Cucamonga: 160 cases, 7 deaths
Redlands: 201 cases, 21 deaths
Rialto: 162 cases, 5 deaths
Rimforest: 1 case, 0 deaths
Running Springs: 5 cases, 0 deaths
San Bernardino: 440 cases, 6 deaths
Twentynine Palms: 6 cases, 0 deaths
Upland: 118 cases, 10 deaths
Victorville: 139 cases, 6 deaths
Wrightwood: 2 cases, 0 deaths
Yucaipa: 192 cases, 25 deaths
Yucca Valley: 15 cases, 1 death
Undetermined: 103 cases, 1 death

COUNTY REPORTS 51 NEW CASES, 1 DEATH. NO CHANGE LOCALLY (5/12/20)

San Bernardino County reported an additional death and 51 new cases of the coronavirus, Monday, May 11. Deaths reached 115, according to the county’s dashboard tracking the pandemic locally. Chino had the second-most cases in the county, with 367, after San Bernardino, which reported 385. It’s overtaken Yucaipa, which had 186 positive cases. At the prison in Chino, 291 residents had tested positive for COVID-19; four deaths are also associated with the prison. The Morongo Basin remains at 41 confirmed cases and three deaths.

The five cities with the highest number of cases per 10,000 residents include:
Chino: 39.5 cases per 10,000 residents
Yucaipa: 34.1 cases per 10,000 residents
Bloomington: 24.8 cases per 10,000 residents
Redlands: 21.8 cases per 10,000 residents
Colton: 20.7 cases per 10,000 residents

The number of cases grew 1.7 percent to 3,015, according to the county data.

In the county of more than 2.1 million residents, 31,784 people have been tested for the disease, of which 9.5 percent were positive, according to the county’s data. Testing was up 3.8 percent since Thursday.

The number of cases is doubling every 12.6 days.

CASES BY COMMUNITY
Adelanto: 38 cases, 1 death
Angelus Oaks: 0 cases, 0 deaths
Apple Valley: 41 cases, 2 deaths
Barstow: 9 cases, 2 deaths
Big Bear City: 4 cases, 0 deaths
Big Bear Lake: 6 cases, 0 deaths
Bloomington: 42 cases, 1 death
Blue Jay: 0 cases, 0 deaths
Chino: 367 cases, 4 deaths
Chino Hills: 74 cases, 2 deaths
Colton: 113 cases, 11 deaths
Crestline: 10 cases, 1 death
Fontana: 350 cases, 10 deaths
Fort Irwin: 2 cases, 0 deaths
Grand Terrace: 16 cases, 1 death
Hesperia: 75 cases, 1 death
Highland: 84 cases, 3 deaths
Joshua Tree: 15 cases, 2 deaths
Landers: 0 cases, 0 deaths
Loma Linda: 49 cases, 0 deaths
Mentone: 16 cases, 0 deaths
Montclair: 43 cases, 3 deaths
Morongo Valley: 6 cases, 0 deaths
Oak Hills: 16 cases, 0 deaths
Ontario: 246 cases, 7 deaths
Piñon Hills: 0 cases, 0 deaths
Phelan: 9 cases, 0 deaths
Rancho Cucamonga: 141 cases, 5 deaths
Redlands: 158 cases, 14 deaths
Rialto: 141 cases, 4 deaths
Rimforest: 1 case, 0 deaths
Running Springs: 4 cases, 0 deaths
San Bernardino: 385 cases, 3 deaths
Twentynine Palms: 5 cases, 0 deaths
Upland: 104 cases, 9 deaths
Victorville: 119 cases, 6 deaths
Wrightwood: 1 case, 0 deaths
Yucaipa: 186 cases, 22 deaths
Yucca Valley: 15 cases, 1 death
Undetermined: 124 cases, 0 deaths

COUNTY UPDATES VIRUS INFORMATION DASHBOARD

San Bernardino County reported another four deaths and 130 coronavirus cases Thursday, May 7. COVID-19 has killed 108 and infected 2,562 county residents, according to the county’s online dashboard that tracks the pandemic. Here in the Morongo Basin the numbers are unchanged with 38 confirmed cases and three deaths. Joshua Tree with 15 cases and two deaths, Yucca Valley with 12 cases and one death, Morongo Valley with six and Twentynine Palms, five.

In the county of more than 2.1 million residents, 26,656 people have been tested for the disease, but only 9.6 percent were positive, according to the county’s data. Testing was up 2.5 percent since Wednesday.

The number of cases is doubling every 11.9 days.

  • Adelanto: 38 cases, 1 death
  • Angelus Oaks: 0 cases, 0 deaths
  • Apple Valley: 41 cases, 2 deaths
  • Barstow: 9 cases, 2 deaths
  • Big Bear City: 3 cases, 0 deaths
  • Big Bear Lake: 5 cases, 0 deaths
  • Bloomington: 36 cases, 1 death
  • Blue Jay: 0 cases, 0 deaths
  • Chino: 168 cases, 1 death
  • Chino Hills: 69 cases, 2 deaths
  • Colton: 101 cases, 10 deaths
  • Crestline: 10 cases, 1 death
  • Fontana: 310 cases, 9 deaths
  • Fort Irwin: 2 cases, 0 deaths
  • Grand Terrace: 15 cases, 1 death
  • Hesperia: 72 cases, 1 death
  • Highland: 78 cases, 3 deaths
  • Joshua Tree: 15 cases, 2 deaths
  • Landers: 0 cases, 0 deaths
  • Loma Linda: 45 cases, 0 deaths
  • Mentone: 16 cases, 0 deaths
  • Montclair: 39 cases, 3 deaths
  • Morongo Valley: 6 cases, 0 deaths
  • Oak Hills: 15 cases, 0 deaths
  • Ontario: 215 cases, 7 deaths
  • Piñon Hills: 0 cases, 0 deaths
  • Phelan: 9 cases, 0 deaths
  • Rancho Cucamonga: 133 cases, 5 deaths
  • Redlands: 144 cases, 12 deaths
  • Rialto: 125 cases, 4 deaths
  • Rimforest: 1 case, 0 deaths
  • Running Springs: 4 cases, 0 deaths
  • San Bernardino: 330 cases, 3 deaths
  • Twentynine Palms: 5 cases, 0 deaths
  • Upland: 100 cases, 9 deaths
  • Victorville: 106 cases, 6 deaths
  • Wrightwood: 1 case, 0 deaths
  • Yucaipa: 180 cases, 22 deaths
  • Yucca Valley: 12 cases, 1 death
  • Undetermined: 104 cases, 0 deaths

COUNTY SUPERVISORS LOOK AT FRIDAY FOR PHASED REOPENING

In a presentation at a special meeting of county supervisors yesterday the board received encouraging news that COVID-19 related hospitalizations in the county have stabilized over the past 30 days. The news represents a benchmark that opens the door for county government to allow some lower risk businesses and public spaces to begin reopening as soon as this Friday. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells us what to expect…

Third District County Supervisor Dawn Rowe is hardly recognizable wearing the mandated face mask at yesterday’s special meeting of the Board of Supervisors in San Bernardino. Rowe was keenly interested in seeing more testing for COVID-19 in the Morongo Basin and the reopening of short-term vacation rentals. County video screenshot

County supervisors received news of the flattening of the curve with cautious optimism as they discussed how best to implement a plan for limited commercial re-openings and how best to keep businesses and the public informed. The task is tricky since much of the progress in slowing spread of the virus here is likely due to restrictions placed on commercial activity. The county has its work cut out for it since aid for any recovery plan will be contingent on following state guidelines. Those guidelines are not expected until tomorrow. If all goes well, Friday could see limited opening of clothing and sporting goods retailers, bookstores, and florists. Whether or not short-term vacation rentals will be added to that list remains to be seen. One thing for certain is that success of any reopening will depend in large part on the public’s use of faces masks, hand washing, and social distancing.

For general, non-medical information and resources about the virus, visit the county’s COVID-19 webpage at sbcovid19.com or call 909-387-3911 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.