In San Bernardino County
TODAY, Wednesday, March 18, 2020…… San Bernardino
County Acting Health Officer reports, Two New Cases of Novel Coronavirus were recorded
within San Bernardino County.
TODAY, the County reported its fourth and fifth cases of Novel Coronavirus; while
first reporting its first
case Sunday, March 15th. Additional
cases are expected to emerge as private lab testing begins ramping up.
In an effort to protect the public from further spread of the
virus that causes COVID-19, Tuesday,
March 17th the County's Acting Health Officer ordered the
cancellation of gatherings of any number of people within the county starting
tomorrow through at least April 6, 2020, with key exceptions for work, public transportation,
airport travel, grocery stores, charitable food distribution, certified
farmers' markets, and shopping at stores or malls.
The order also requires, starting TODAY,
Wednesday, March 18, 2020, the closing of all movie theatres, gyms,
health clubs, bars, adult entertainment establishments, and other businesses
that serve alcohol but do not serve food.
Food and beverage establishments must
follow guidance issued by the California Department of Public Health - www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/OPA/Pages/NR20-024.aspx
The order does not apply to congregate living situations, including dormitories
and homeless encampments. All San Bernardino County public schools have
voluntarily closed as part of the effort to stop the spread of the virus,
according to the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools.
The order also strongly cautions that persons aged 65 years and older and
person of any age with certain underlying health conditions are at increased
risk, should they contract COVID-19, and encourages them to
"Residents of San Bernardino County are encouraged to stay home as much as
possible while only participating in essential activities, such as critical
work functions and shopping for necessities," said Acting County Health
Officer Dr. Erin Gustafson.
"We know these measures are
challenging, but social distancing will help to protect all of our communities.
We encourage older adults and those with chronic medical conditions to take
additional precautions to avoid getting sick."
FROM The Editor E T Russell
For County’s 2 previous Novel Coronavirus reports, please refer
Mar 13 2020 – County Appeals to Public Mar 15 2020 1st Recorded COVID-19
· For information about the coronavirus crisis, visit the County's
coronavirus website at: http://wp.sbcounty.gov/dph/coronavirus/
County’s E-address firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the Coronavirus
Public Information line 909-387-3911, from 9:00 A.M.to 5:00 P.M. Monday through Friday.