First Death Associated with
Recorded within San Bernardino County
San Bernardino County today reported its first death associated with novel
coronavirus (COVID-19). Earlier Friday, March 24th the County reported 31 total cases.
Seven additional cases have been confirmed since then, which brings the total
case count to 38.
The patient who died was a 50-year-old male
with underlying health conditions.
"Our hearts go out to this gentleman's loved
ones," said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. "This is a sad
milestone in our county's fight against this global pandemic. This loss reminds
us how vital it is that we comply with official health orders to keep
ourselves, our loved ones, and our communities safe."
California Gov. Gavin Newsom and the State Public Health Officer Thursday, March
19th issued a statewide stay-at-home order with exceptions for
essential tasks and services.
See details here: covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs
"The State Public Health Office extends our deepest sympathies to the
individual's loved ones in the aftermath of this tragedy," said Dr. Erin
Gustafson, San Bernardino County Acting Health Officer.”
"In these unsettled times, it is clear
that the spread of COVID-19 is broad. Everyone should assume that anyone could
have COVID-19 and unintentionally infect others. Therefore, we are appealing to
everyone who possibly can to stay safe at home."
The Acting County Health Officer and the Board of Supervisors have
declared a local health emergency to help ensure county government and the
public are prepared and allow flexibility in response. Various county
departments and agencies are working together and in partnership with cities,
schools, and the business and nonprofit communities to ensure an effective
As with any
virus, especially during the cold and flu season, there are a number of steps
you can take to protect your health and those around you:
. People experiencing symptoms of contagious illness
should seek medical guidance.
. Persons aged 65 years and older and persons of any
age with certain underlying health conditions are at increased risk should they
contract COVID-19 and are encouraged to self-quarantine.
. Wash hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds,
especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your
nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use
an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
. Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth, especially with
. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and
surfaces using regular household cleaning spray or wipes.
. N95 masks are not recommended outside a healthcare
setting. Surgical masks can be worn by sick individuals to reduce the
likelihood of spreading germs to others.
For information about the coronavirus crisis, visit the County's coronavirus
website at: wp.sbcounty.gov/dph/coronavirus
New information and resources have been added
and the website is being updated daily. The public can also contact the
coronavirus public information line from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Monday through
Friday at (909) 387-3911, or email the County at: firstname.lastname@example.org