Update #102
COVID-19 Emergency
September 8, 2020 - 4 pm
Now 9 Active COVID-19 Cases

Now 266 COVID-19 Hospitalizations in San Bernardino County

Big Bear Businesses Eligible for Additional $1,200 of COVID-Compliant Funding for Outdoor Operations

City Still Awaiting Delivery of COVID-19 Test Kits, Will Begin As Soon as Received

City Continues to Consider Future Special Events
The City of Big Bear Lake is working hard to ensure that the residents, second home owners, investors, businesses, and visitors in our community have the correct information about the status of COVID-19 in Big Bear Lake and the City's response to the COVID-19 event.

This email newsletter is the official guidance from the City of Big Bear Lake, and the City appreciates everyone's adherence to the guidance outlined herein. This email newsletter also serves as the City's official press release regarding the City's COVID-19 response, and press inquiries may be directed to City Manager Frank Rush at 909-866-5832 or via email.
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According to the latest data from San Bernardino County, there have now been a cumulative total of 100 confirmed COVID-19 cases since mid-March. Of this total, there have been 50 cases in the City of Big Bear Lake, 36 cases in Big Bear City, 12 cases in Sugarloaf, and 2 cases in Fawnskin.

The City is now receiving Big Bear Valley-specific information from San Bernardino County contact tracers. According to the latest report, 91 of these individuals have recovered from COVID-19, and there are currently only 9 active cases in the Big Bear Valley. This equates to approximately 1 active case per 2,444 residents of the Big Bear Valley. Thankfully, there have been no deaths attributed to COVID-19 in the Big Bear Valley.

There have been a total of 3 new cases reported in the Big Bear Valley over the past two weeks, which equates to a two-week new case rate of 14 per 100,000 population in the Big Bear Valley. This two-week new case rate remains lower than the State of California as a whole, lower than San Bernardino County, and lower than all Southern California counties, thankfully.
Because any COVID-19 patients from the Big Bear Valley would likely be treated by other, larger hospitals in San Bernardino County, City officials continue to closely monitor hospitalization data in the entire County.

According to the latest data, there are currently 266 confirmed and suspected COVID-19 patients hospitalized in San Bernardino County. This number has decreased steadily in recent weeks, and is now at the lowest level since June 10.

According to the latest data, there are now a total of 90 COVID-19 patients in intensive care, and this number has also decreased steadily in recent weeks. There are now a total of 162 intensive care beds still available in San Bernardino County.

Thankfully, the County's health care system has maintained sufficient capacity throughout the COVID-19 emergency.
San Bernardino County recently announced the availability of additional COVID-Compliant funding for businesses, and all Big Bear businesses are encouraged to apply.

The County has further modified the program to support small businesses that have incurred expenses moving their operations outdoors. In addition to the original $2,500 provided to participants, the County is now offering an additional $1,200 per business to restaurants and other businesses that have been forced to move outdoors in response to State regulations.

To learn more and apply for additional funding, please click here.
The City and Bear Mountain Family Medicine Urgent Care have entered into a partnership to offer daily COVID-19 testing, at no cost, to residents of the Big Bear Valley. The City had hoped to begin offering testing by September 1, however, the test kits have not yet been delivered. We are expecting delivery any day now, and this testing will begin as soon as possible. Appointments will be scheduled approximately every 15 minutes, and will be administered at the Urgent Care facility at 41949 Big Bear Boulevard. It will not be necessary to have a doctor's order or have symptoms in order to receive a test. Additional details will be announced in a future City COVID-19 update.

The City is again partnering with San Bernardino County to offer another County testing event in Big Bear Lake on Tuesday, September 22 from 10 am - 2 pm at Big Bear Lake City Hall. Appointments will be required, and testing will be provided free of charge to anyone who signs up. Additional details will be provided in a future City COVID-19 update.

The City is pleased to offer convenient COVID-19 testing opportunities in the Big Bear Valley. The quicker a positive COVID-19 case is identified, the quicker the appropriate actions can be taken to keep others safe, and the better data we have available for our community to manage the COVID-19 event here in the Big Bear Valley. Please take advantage of one of these testing options in September!
With COVID-19 expected to continue to impact us into the fall and winter months, the City continues to work closely with Visit Big Bear and other stakeholders to consider the appropriate scheduling and protective measures for the City's most popular special events.

The City will ultimately make decisions in the coming weeks on Halloween in The Village (normally October 31), Christmas in The Village (with Christmas tree lighting and Santa's arrival, normally the day after Thanksgiving), and the rescheduling of July 4 fireworks. The City's primary concern will be the current status of COVID-19 in our community and our ability to produce the event in a safe manner, perhaps with helpful modifications. The City Council will ultimately make these decisions at the October and/or November regular City Council meetings.
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Frank A. Rush, Jr., City Manager
City of Big Bear Lake
39707 Big Bear Blvd. PO Box 10000, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315
Phone: (909) 866-5831 | Fax: (909) 866-5491