A MESSAGE TO OUR RC COMMUNITY - UPDATE #5 (4/14/20)
The motto for the City of Rancho Cucamonga is “ A World Class Community .” This theme has guided the planning and development of Rancho Cucamonga for 40+ years through our General Plan, City Council goals, programs and services. World class embodies excellence in all things both large and small. World class, especially as applied over time, does not come accidentally but is the result of consistently cultivating a habit for excellence at all times, both on large matters and especially in the small things.

Let’s look at a few examples of that excellence in the RCcommUNITY. Each time a new order has come out from the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health, our resilient community quickly adapts to do our part in fighting the spread of COVID-19. Elimination of public gatherings, reduced non-essential travel, and even support for our business community through increased takeout and pickup of food rather than dining out. Little things in isolation, perhaps, but indicative of critical habits.  
  
As we continue the fight against the COVID-19 virus, our constant attention to the proper performance of what might seem like little inconveniences will become critical habits. Are we practicing physical distancing and staying 6 feet apart? If we are around other people, are we wearing face coverings? Did we remember to wash our hands after handling items touched by others. Little habits, and they may seem unimportant in isolation, but cumulatively those consistent habits will help us achieve the outcome we are seeking in overcoming the virus. Especially bearing in mind that until a vaccine or cure is developed, the virus will be constant threat we must acknowledge and account for if we are to prevent a recurrence of the outbreak we are experiencing.  
  
In addition to our new habits aimed at prevention, efforts continue to evolve on the testing horizon. The County of San Bernardino recently announced new COVID-19 testing events. San Bernardino County residents who display symptoms of COVID-19 including fever, cough, and shortness of breath can get tested at specimen-collection events through the end of April. San Bernardino County residents who have had COVID-19 symptoms over the last two weeks can make an appointment on the County’s COVID-19 website at  www.SBcovid19.com . These events are free of charge and do not require health insurance. Residents that cannot access the form online can call the COVID-19 hotline at (909) 387-3911 and staff can assist in completing the request form.  
  
Below are the three testing locations for San Bernardino County Residents:   

  • Friday, April 17, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.   
Fox Farm Lot – 41850 Garstin Dr., Big Bear Lake  
  • Wednesday, April 22, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.   
Copper Mountain College – 6162 Rotary Way, Joshua Tree  
  • Monday, April 27, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.   
LoanMart Field (Quakes Stadium) – 8498 Rochester Ave., Rancho Cucamonga   
  
Prevention and even testing are not enough, however, we need to acknowledge that the economic impacts of the virus are very real, and very severe for many of our residents. As part of our commitment to being a World Class Community, the Community Services Department has been accepting donations for the last several weeks to serve our most vulnerable community members. The community response has been heartwarming to see and we thank you for your generous donations. A one day only donation distribution to Seniors 65+ will be held on Thursday, April 16th at Goldy S. Lewis Community Center at Central Park between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. The parking lot will open at 12:30 p.m. – no early line-up will be allowed. Donated items will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis; one bag will be given per senior household, while supplies last. All seniors must be a resident of Rancho Cucamonga, 65+ and show picture ID for pick-up. Seniors are asked to display their picture ID through the window of their vehicle. Staff attendants will then place the donation in the trunk. This event will be held in compliance with all current restrictions on face coverings, physical distancing and other critical habits during this time.   
  
Another part of what makes Rancho Cucamonga special are the unique, diverse and amazing business owners who choose to stake their livelihoods here. Under normal circumstances these places of business are where we shop, conduct business, unwind, celebrate, and spend time with friends and family by eating dinner, having drinks or satisfying our sweet tooth. Although it is not business as usual, many businesses are still open, and at the City we are privileged to be able to use our resources to try and help support these businesses during these trying times. We recognize that no World Class Community exists without a strong business sector. To that end, the City’s world class experts on GIS have created a  list of businesses  that are deemed as essential and operating. We encourage you in the weeks to come to support our RC businesses! And if you are a business owner in this community and you would like to be included in this list, you can do so by completing this Open for Business Survey
  
What makes us stand out as a World Class Community is our resilient residents committed to following the State and County guidance, supporting those around them in times of need, keeping local businesses working and people employed and in all these things making a difference that is flattening the curve of COVID-19 in our community. More than ever, we can visibly see the difference which shows how strong our RCcommUNITY is. Keep up the great work RC. Things always seem darkest right before the dawn. But the habits we forge now will carry us through to a better tomorrow.