In San Bernardino County
“…a matter of time”
SUNDAY, March 15, 2020 1:00 P.M
publication, Big Bear Lake NewsRoom was notified of the first case of Novel Coronavirus
recorded within County of San Bernardino. Today, recorded its first case of novel coronavirus. The case
appeared in a Kaiser Fontana patient who returned from London, U.K., sometime
The test was
administered by Quest Diagnostics on Thursday, March 12. The results were
reported to the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health today, March 15,
The patient, a
53-year-old female, presented herself to the Kaiser Fontana emergency
department on March 12th, with symptoms consistent with COVID-19.
The County Department of Public Health is working to identify the patient's contacts
to monitor them for signs and symptoms of the illness and to take measures to
prevent transmission. As should always be the case, people experiencing
symptoms of contagious illness should seek medical guidance, not attend work or
school, and avoid unnecessary contact with other people.
"We knew it
was only a matter of time before we recorded our first case," said Acting
County Health Officer Dr. Erin Gustafson. "This does not change our level
of readiness and alert because the county is in a state of emergency, we are
prepared from a public health standpoint, and our residents, cities, businesses
and other key communities have been informed about safe practices."
The County Department of Public Health activated its Department
Operations Center on February 13, 2020.
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:
For more information on COVID-19, please call (800) 722-4794 or visit the
County Public Health COVID-19 webpage at wp.sbcounty.gov/dph/coronavirus Information is updated as soon as it is made available.
Anyone with questions or concerns can contact County Public Health at email@example.com