Big Bear Lake NewsRoom REPORTS ...... 

FROM: Editor E T Russell

DATE:  March 2020 

Because of the numerous Notifications, Announcements and Press Releases since the Coronavirus break-out that have been submitted to Big Bear Lake NewsRoom, I’ve decided to adjust our procedures of those requesting publication, asap.

We will prepare, edit and schedule for posting, the submissions by priority; meaning that advertisers, government, utility companies, local large businesses press releases will get first attention. Depending on the content, Public Service Announcements/Press Releases may be simplified (date, time, location) changes/updates and will be posted on this NewsPage: Big Bear Lake NewsRoom REPORTS at:      

Anyone may send their announcement of closures, postponements, business changes, etc, that relate to the public Coronavirus Crisis. The NewsRoom has not in the past and will not receive or process Forwards, Reprints, newsletters, personal messages, that can cause violations of copyright. If anyone needs assistance as to how to format, we have information available, upon request.

For information or suggestions please call 909-744-0470 or send to   

Please refer to this NewsPage often to stay informed of happenings in Big Bear Valley.

Thank You for your consideration!  

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STRAIN on 9-1-1 Calls



San Bernardino County Fire Responder & Friends

 Appropriate Use of 9-1-1 System

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in San Bernardino County, local hospitals and public health officials are anticipating an increase in emergency room visits from the public; as such, this may also cause a strain on the 9-1-1 system.

 In anticipation of this potential surge, local public safety officials are urging the public to utilize the 9-1-1 system for actual emergencies only to ensure the first-responders are available for life-threatening emergencies.

To alleviate excess 9-1-1 calls, if a person is exhibiting flu-like symptoms or has another non-emergency medical situation, public health and public safety officials recommend that the public first contact their primary physician or their health care provider’s nurse health line for assistance.

Most health care providers have 24-hour nurse advice or Call for Care numbers available to serve their members for several non-emergency medical situations such as colds, coughs, sore throats, flu-like symptoms, and questions about medicines. Inland Empire Health Care (IEHP Nurse Advice Line), Kaiser Permanente (Call for Care), Molina Healthcare, and Blue Cross or Blue Shield, are examples of health care plans in the region that have 24/7 nurse advice or Call for Care lines available to their members.

The information for these services is listed on the back of the membership cards. The information can also be found on the providers’ websites and mobile apps.

You may be asked additional questions by the 9-1-1 telecommunicator to help screen for potential COVID-19 indicators.

You may also be asked to step outside to meet first responders if you are physically able to do so. These steps are necessary to minimize exposure to first responders and others in the event the symptoms are in fact COVID-19 related.

Your fire and law enforcement agencies remain committed to providing the utmost in customer service and public safety amid these unprecedented circumstances.

Help us be there when you need us most!  As always, if you or a loved-one are experiencing any life-threatening emergency, don’t hesitate to call 9-1-1 to request an emergency response.

For the latest information and preparedness tips, please visit San Bernardino County Public Health website at 

San Bernardino County Resources:
San Bernardino County Public Information Line 


9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. 

Please note this line is for general information ONLY.


San Bernardino County 2-1-1 is your one-stop connection

to thousands of community services; staff to assist callers 24 hours a day.

If you are outside the area or dialing 2-1-1 doesn’t work

at your place of business, you can call 888-435-7565 



          District 33 Assemblyman Jay Obernolte


Jay Obernolte extends assistance to those experiencing difficulties during this time of crisis. Please contact the District Office at (760) 244-5277 or at E-address:     

Send us your questions or how we can assist you, with your contact information enclosed. Rest assured that I will share any additional information, as it is made available.     

Business information:

If you have issues concerning your business, perhaps this information can give some answers. The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering aid to small businesses.

To learn more, please click here      

Report Illegal Practices:
Instances of price gouging, misinformation, and fraud should be reported to the Office of the State Attorney General. Complaints can be filed either online or by calling  (800) 952-5225.

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve you. It is a privilege to be your representative. 

          Assemblyman Jay Obernolte represents the 33rd Assembly District, which includes the San Bernardino County communities of Adelanto, Apple Valley, Baker, Barstow, Big Bear City, Big Bear Lake, Big River, Crestline, Fort Irwin, Hesperia, Johnson Valley, Lake Arrowhead, Lenwood, Lucerne Valley, Needles, Oak Hills, Phelan, Running Springs, Silver Lakes, Trona, Twentynine Palms Base, Twin Peaks and Victorville.