The Latest on Coronavirus in the Inland Empire

Mar 10, 2020

This post will be edited as new information comes to light about coronavirus within the Inland Empire. For additional up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Riverside and SB County, check our daily MIDDAY NEWS REPORT. Listen here  

Update as of April 2nd, 2020

Riverside County Public Health Officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser extended the closure of the county’s schools to June 19 in response to the current conditions of COVID-19. Read more...

Here is a complete list of San Bernardino County closures as of today:
Services for the following County departments and offices will be available only by phone and online. Offices will be closed to the public:

  • Agriculture/Weights & Measures
  • Assessor- Recorder-Clerk
  • Child Support Services
  • Children’s Network
  • Clerk of the Board of Supervisors
  • Community Development and Housing Agency
  • County Fire and Fire Marshal
  • District Attorney
  • Economic Development
  • Human Resources
  • Inland Counties Emergency Medical Agency (ICEMA)
  • Land Use Services, which includes Planning, Building and Safety, and Code Enforcement
  • Public Defender
  • Public Works, with the exception of lobby computer access to surveyor records
  • Purchasing
  • Registrar of Voters, with the exception of election observers by appointment only
  • Risk Management
  • Special Districts Water and Sanitation
  • Transitional Assistance
  • Veterans Affairs
  • Workforce Development, however, in-person appointments will be conducted only when necessary

The following San Bernardino County attractions and services are closed to the public until the indefinite health orders are lifted:

  • Preschool Services (Head Start)
  • Big Bear Alpine Zoo at Moonridge
  • County branch libraries
  • County museums and historical sites
  • County Regional Parks, including Calico Ghost Town
  • Park and recreation district preschool in Joshua Tree
  • All Big Bear Valley Recreation and Park District Parks
  • All Bloomington Recreation and Park District Parks
  • All County Service Area Parks
  • Oak Glen Park and Museum
  • North Etiwanda Preserve
  • Joshua Tree Desert Conversation Area (Section 6)
  • The following senior and community centers (centers that conduct meal programs will make meals available via drive-thru)
    • Big Bear Senior Center
    • Bloomington Ayala Senior Center
    •  Joshua Tree Community Center
    •  Lucerne Valley Community Center
    • Wonder Valley Community Center

For information about the coronavirus crisis, visit the County’s coronavirus website at sbcovid19.com, email the County at coronavirus@dph.sbcounty.gov, or contact the coronavirus public information line from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at 909-387-3911.

 

Update as of March 31st, 2020

Joshua Tree National Park will be closed effective April 1st, 2020. Operatiopns have been modified to support federal, state and local efforts to weaken COVID-19 spread. Park rangers will remain on duty, protecting the parks. All programs, permits for special use activities and campsite reservations are cancelled until further notice. Read more...

Health officials in Riverside County are recommeding residents cover both nose and mouth when leaving the house for essential travel to doctor appointments, grocery shopping or pharmacy visits. Bandanas, fabric masks and neck gaiters are acceptable. Masks do not have to necessarily be hospital grade. Riverside COunty public health officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser has stated “We’re seeing our numbers increasing even sooner than we predicted and that means our strategy must change too. Covering your face doesn’t change the orders everyone must abide by to stay home as much as possible and maintain social distancing, but it’s an extra layer of protection that I think we need to add.”

Update as of March 30th, 2020

On Saturday a nursing facility in Yucaipa had 12 elderly residents who tested positive for COVID-19. A resident of a second nursing facility in Mentone resented symptoms of the disease. More info... 

Update as of March 26th, 2020

SB County Public Health will conduct a drive-thru specimen collection for novel coronavirus (COVID-19) on Friday, March 27. The specimen collection for COVID-19 testing will be available for the public by appointment only. Appointment sign-up and details will be available on the COVID-19 webpage on Thursday, March 26 by 8 a.m.

Update as of March 25th, 2020

Riverside County health and emergency management officials recieved a federal medical station fromt he U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Read more...

Update as of March 24th, 2020

The Mayor of Moreno Valley has released a video message to the community during the COVID-19 outbreak. The video provides Spanish subtitles for the Spanish-speaking community. Read and see more.

The City of Redlands wants to let seniors in the community know that they are never alone. A senior helpline is available for seniors that are needing resources. The helpline is 909-798-7579. Read more...

Update as of March 23rd, 2020

Medi-Cal announced Friday that it won’t bump people off their plans if they don’t renew their coverage on time. And Covered California, the state’s individual health exchange, is extending its special enrollment period past its April 30th end date. Read more...

Update as of March 22nd, 2020

The California National Guard will be deployed to the Coachella Valley, starting Monday. Riverside County and FIND Food Bank have partnered with the state to locate essential services support. FIND is anticipating a 70% loss of their volunteer workforce. The California National Guard is helping serve as FIND volunteers and will not perform any law enforcement operations. The FIND Food Bank is responsible for supporting over 120 feeding sites throughout the desert region. This includes 22 free mobile markets, homeless shelters, food pantries and community feeding sites. Read more...

Riverside Convention Center is trying to ease the shopping woes during the COVID-19 pandemic. Starting tomorrow, residents will have another option for gathering groceries. More info...

On March 15th, SB County reported its first official case of COVID-19. Additional cases have been expected as time moves forward. As of now, there are a total of 17 confirmed cases and no outstanding deaths from the virus in the county. Read more...

Update as of March 21st, 2020

The Mayor for Big Bear Lake, Rick Herrick, has publicly come forward, stating he has tested positive for COVID-19. This is the first reported case of an elected official in San Bernardino County testing positive for coronavirus. Read more...  

Update as of March 20th, 2020

The Riverside County District Attorney has released an official statement regarding price gouging within the county. When someone raises prices more than 10 percent for essential goods or services during a declared state of emergency it is considered illegal. Read more...

Riverside County health officials are encouraging Coachella Valley residents who have symptoms and are concerned they could have coronavirus (COVID-19) to get tested at a driveup facility set up at a church in Indian Wells. Read more...

As of today at 12:00pm PDT, there are 1,006 positive cases and 19 deaths in California according to California COVID-19 Response site.

Update as of March 19th, 2020

Governor Gavin Newsom has issued a statewide stay at home order. Read more...

The state has rolled out a brand new website to help ease Californian nerves with some helpful resources, including information on education, employment and taxes, healthcare and public places. Read more...

Local food banks are struggling to keep up with increased demand after the coronavirus has impacted people’s livelihoods. Read more...

Update as of March 18th, 2020

Starting today, Riverside County buildings will be closed to in-person visits. This follows the health order issued on Tuesday by Dr. Cameron Kaiser, Riverside County public health officer. Read more...

San Bernardino County today reported its fourth and fifth case of novel coronavirus. Read more...

Update as of March 17th, 2020

Several residents in both Rivco and SB Counties are experiencing the financial effects of the COVID-19 outbreak. The Employment Education Department (EDD) has provided guidelines as to what is available as a resource and what situations may very well be applicable yo an individual's circumstances. EDD has also provided a Spanish-speaking version on their website. Read more...

SMALL BUSINESSES - The United States Small Business Administration (U.S. SBA) announced guidelines  for Economic Injury Disaster Loans for California Declaration #16332 (Disaster CA-00313), Coronavirus COVID-19. If you have a small business in Rivco or SB County click here for more information. 

Update as of March 16th, 2020

The City of Redlands has updated their site with COVID-19 information. Read more...

Two deaths have occurred in the Coachella Valley. Kaiser has also ordered the closure of all Riverside County schools from elementary to college. Read more...

SB County closes several public attractions and offices. Read more...

Update as of March 15th, 2020

Today, SB County has announced their first official case of novel coronavirus. It was reported from a Kaiser Fontana patient who recently returned from London, U.K. last week. Quest Diagnostics had admimnistered the test on March 12th. SB County of Public Health was notified on Sunday, March 15th. Read more... 

Update as of March 13th, 2020

SB County's Acting Health Officer has ordered the posponment and immediate cancellation of public gatherings of 250 people or more. Read more...

Update as of March 12th, 2020

San Bernardino County has ordered the cancellation of large gatherings.

Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman announced today that the order applies to concerts, conferences, and sporting events.

The County Public Health Officer’s order does not apply to activities like attendance at regular school classes, work, or essential services.

There are still no confirmed cases in San Bernardino County as of Thursday. Additional infomation can be found here.

Information regarding large gatherings in Riverside county is available here

Update as of March 11th, 2020

Riverside University Health System – Public Health has some information about the Coronavirus, which you can read here.   In addition, the major music festival Coachella has been delayed to Oct 9th and 16th as well. Read NPR's story about the delay here.  

Update as of March 10th 2020, 4:00PM

From the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors: 

The San Bernardino County Public Health Officer and the Board of Supervisors today declared a local health emergency to help ensure county government and the public are prepared for the possibility that COVID-19 will appear within the country.

You can read that press release here