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 - 

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 self-quarantine. 

"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 to:

Mar 13 2020 – County Appeals to Public       Mar 15 2020 1st Recorded COVID-19 Case    

·       For information about the coronavirus crisis, visit the County's coronavirus website at:     

County’s E-address or contact the Coronavirus Public Information line 909-387-3911, from 9:00 5:00 P.M. Monday through Friday.