Update #105
COVID-19 Emergency
September 17, 2020 - 4:30 pm
Total of 8 Active COVID-19 Cases in Big Bear Valley

COVID-19 Hospitalizations Have Steadily Decreased

Big Bear Mountain Resorts to Limit Daily Lift Tickets and Eliminate Walk-Up Window Sales Due to COVID-19

County Approaching Criteria to Move to Red Tier for Business Activities

Next Big Bear Testing Event Set for September 22
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.
The City issues these COVID-19 updates periodically as significant or new information emerges. To be sure you are receiving the latest and most accurate information, please sign up for this email newsletter by clicking here . PLEASE share this email newsletter with anyone and everyone, as we want to reach as many people as possible with this information. Thank you!
According to the latest data from San Bernardino County, there have now been a cumulative total of 104 confirmed COVID-19 cases since mid-March. Of this total, there have been 52 cases in the City of Big Bear Lake, 38 cases in Big Bear City, 12 cases in Sugarloaf, and 2 cases in Fawnskin.

The City receives Big Bear Valley-specific information from San Bernardino County contact tracers. According to the latest report, 96 of these individuals have recovered from COVID-19, and there are currently only 8 active cases in the Big Bear Valley. This equates to approximately 1 active case per 2,750 residents of the Big Bear Valley. Thankfully, there have been no deaths attributed to COVID-19 in the Big Bear Valley.

There have been 2 new cases reported in the Big Bear Valley over the past week, and 13 new cases reported over the last month (since August 18). The number of new cases has decreased significantly everywhere, including the Big Bear Valley, over the past few weeks, and we are obviously hopeful this trend will continue.
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 245 confirmed and suspected COVID-19 patients hospitalized in San Bernardino County. This number has decreased steadily in recent weeks, and continues to trend in the right direction.

According to the latest data, there are now a total of 67 COVID-19 patients in intensive care, and this number has also steadily decreased in recent weeks. There are now a total of 145 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.
Alterra Mountain Company, the parent company of Big Bear Mountain Resorts (Snow Summit and Bear Mountain ski areas), recently released the following statement outlining their plans for this winter:

"The health and well-being of Alterra Mountain Company guests, employees, and local communities has and will always be our company’s highest priority. Since last winter’s resort closures, our teams have been working to develop operating plans and protocols designed to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. We are intently focused on complying with local, county, and state regulations and offering the best guest experience possible for the 20/21 season. The effectiveness of these plans will rely on your cooperation with our enforcement of face coverings, social distancing and crowd management on and off the mountain.
This effort starts with controlling resort visitation levels to avoid overcrowding. We are prioritizing access for season pass holders and will tightly regulate the number of daily lift tickets that will be available by advance purchase only. To this end, walk-up window sales will be eliminated, and the sale of most undated lift ticket products will be discontinued until further notice. 
The pandemic has disrupted our lives in so many unpredictable ways. Medical professionals and scientists tell us that this constantly changing dynamic will likely continue until effective vaccines and therapeutics are developed and become available to the general public. Alterra Mountain Company and our destinations are committed to staying on top of the inevitable changes to come as best practices and health regulations throughout the two countries, six states, three Canadian provinces and 15 mountain communities in which we operate rapidly evolve. Our teams will communicate these changes to you as soon as possible so we can all adjust and plan accordingly.
Like you, I’m excited to get back to winter and the skiing and riding to come. These unprecedented times will continue to challenge us and will require tolerance and effort by all of us to help keep each other healthy and our destinations open for your enjoyment.
I look forward to seeing you on the mountain.

Rusty Gregory
Chief Executive Officer
Alterra Mountain Company"
The City of Big Bear Lake appreciates Big Bear Mountain Resorts' efforts to promote the safety of their guests, their employees, and our community this winter, while still allowing everyone to enjoy great skiing and snowboarding in Big Bear Lake this winter.
Most businesses in the City of Big Bear Lake have been operating in some form since late May, and the City continues to adhere to the State’s guidelines. Under the latest State guidelines, the only businesses in the City of Big Bear Lake that are not permitted to operate are gyms, nail salons and other personal services, the movie theater, indoor entertainment venues, and “true” bars. Restaurants continue to be limited to take-out, delivery, and outdoor dining options, and most restaurants in the City appear to have adapted well, all things considered. The City remains hopeful that ALL of our businesses will be allowed to open in some capacity sooner than later, and, with the cooler weather approaching we are hopeful that our restaurants will be permitted to resume indoor dining in some capacity very soon

The new State guidelines are included in a color-coded tier system. Under the latest State guidelines, San Bernardino County is currently in the “Purple Tier”. The State has outlined criteria that will hopefully enable the County to move to the “Red Tier” in the coming weeks, and this progression would allow most of our businesses to operate, with restrictions, and allow indoor dining at 25% capacity. The key criteria used by the State to enable movement to the “Red Tier” is the number of new cases per day and the positivity rate for new tests. San Bernardino County is approaching the required threshold for number of new cases (County is currently at 7.4 cases per day per 100,000 population, and the threshold is less than 7 cases), and already meets the threshold for positivity rate (County is currently at 6.4%, and the threshold is less than 8%). Based on the latest State guidelines, if current trends continue, it appears that the County may be able to progress to the “Red Tier” in late September or early October

In addition to the County’s likely advancement to the "Red Tier", the County is also working with the State to allow sub-regions of the County, likely including Big Bear, to progress through the tier system faster, thus enabling more business activities to occur with fewer restrictions. The Big Bear Valley has a very low new case rate and a very low positivity rate, and it is likely that the Big Bear Valley would qualify for the “Orange Tier" or "Yellow Tier”, the least restrictive tiers under the State guidelines. County leaders continue discussions with the State, and we are hopeful that the County will secure appropriate approvals to recognize sub-regions of the County - thus enabling additional business activity in Big Bear.

A list of the business activities permitted in each tier is located here.
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 are required, and testing will be provided free of charge to anyone who signs up.

The appointment portal for the Big Bear testing event will open on Saturday, September 19. Please click here to schedule your appointment.
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.
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.
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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