Update #110
COVID-19 Emergency
October 8, 2020 - 5:30 pm
Currently 5 Active COVID-19 Cases in Big Bear Valley

County Hospitalizations Increase Slightly

Monthly Comprehensive COVID-19 Update Available for Public Review

City Council to Consider Special Events at October 12 Council Meeting

State Keeps San Bernardino County at Purple Tier,
County and City Continue to Seek Special Consideration for Rural Areas Like Big Bear

Next Big Bear COVID-19 Testing Event Set for October 20,
Will Also Include Free Flu Shots

Please Get Tested, Even if You Don't Have Symptoms
THIS IS THE OFFICIAL COVID-19 GUIDANCE FROM THE CITY OF BIG BEAR LAKE
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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CURRENTLY 5 ACTIVE COVID-19 CASES IN BIG BEAR VALLEY
According to the latest data from San Bernardino County, there have now been a cumulative total of 129 confirmed COVID-19 cases since mid-March. Of this total, there have been 59 cases in the City of Big Bear Lake, 54 cases in Big Bear City, 13 cases in Sugarloaf, and 3 cases in Fawnskin.

The City receives Big Bear Valley-specific information from San Bernardino County contact tracers. According to the latest report, 124 individuals have recovered from COVID-19, and there are currently 5 active cases in the Big Bear Valley. Thankfully, there have been no deaths attributed to COVID-19 in the Big Bear Valley.

There have been 6 new cases reported for the Big Bear Valley over the past week, and 14 new cases over the past 2 weeks. The number of new cases appears to be slowing down somewhat after a small spike in mid and late September.

Overall, the Big Bear Valley continues to be fortunate to experience a low incidence of COVID-19.
COUNTY HOSPITALIZATIONS INCREASE SLIGHTLY
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 249 confirmed and suspected COVID-19 patients hospitalized in San Bernardino County. This number decreased from a peak of 738 patients on July 25 down to 196 on September 24, but has gradually increased over the past 2 weeks.

According to the latest data, there are now a total of 50 COVID-19 patients in intensive care, and this number has remained relatively constant over the past month. There are now a total of 149 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.
MONTHLY COMPREHENSIVE COVID-19 UPDATE AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC REVIEW
The City Manager prepares a monthly comprehensive update about the City's efforts with regard to COVID-19, and presents this information to the City Council and the public at each monthly City Council meeting. The next update will be provided at the October 12 City Council meeting in City Hall, and a copy of the written materials is available by clicking here.
CITY COUNCIL TO CONSIDER SPECIAL EVENTS AT OCTOBER 12 COUNCIL MEETING
At its regular monthly meeting on October 12, the City Council will decide whether or not to produce the annual Halloween in The Village event on October 31. City Council will also decide whether or not to present the rescheduled July 4 Fireworks display on November 11.

City staff have developed two modified plans for the Halloween in The Village event in order to maximize physical distancing - one that includes a segregated one-way pedestrian route along Pine Knot Avenue and Village Drive on Saturday, October 31, and another that includes a similar approach on a smaller scale in the Bartlett Road public parking lot on Friday, October 30. City Council will decide whether or not to implement one of these modified plans, or cancel the event altogether.

City staff have also developed a plan for a special Big Bear fireworks display on Wednesday, November 11. The proposed plan would fire the show from the end of the jetty at Pine Knot Marina, approximately 800 linear feet from the nearest structure and surrounded primarily by water. The proposed show is being considered as a delayed celebration of July 4, a celebration of our amazing veterans, an early celebration of the City's 40th anniversary of incorporation (November 28), and as a special treat geared primarily for the locals in the Big Bear Valley. City Council will decide whether or not to proceed with a November 11 show or postpone the event again until sometime in 2021.

To learn the details about the proposals for both special events, please view the City Manager's monthly comprehensive COVID-19 update by clicking here. Please scroll through the document to view diagrams of the proposed plans.
STATE KEEPS SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY AT PURPLE TIER,
COUNTY AND CITY CONTINUE TO SEEK SPECIAL CONSIDERATION FOR RURAL AREAS LIKE BIG BEAR
The State released updated tier designations on Tuesday, and, unfortunately, San Bernardino County remains in the "Purple Tier". This setback was expected, but is disappointing, as it is important for our local businesses to move the the "Red Tier" and hopefully on to the less restrictive "Orange Tier" and "Yellow Tier" as colder temperatures arrive.

County and City officials continue to seek special consideration from the State to allow San Bernardino County to be divided into sub-regions for purposes of determining COVID-19 reopening. If the State approved sub-regions, the Big Bear Valley would likely qualify for the "Orange Tier" based on the most recent data. Similar outcomes are likely in the other rural areas in San Bernardino County, and the County and other rural communities are increasingly frustrated by the State's inflexible approach.

San Bernardino County is THE largest county in land area in the United States, and is nearly as large as the entire state of West Virginia. San Bernardino County is also nearly twice as large as the next largest county in California (Inyo County). It's also important to note the significant diversity of communities and environments in our County, which includes large suburban communities, smaller mountain communities like Big Bear, and isolated small communities in the desert. Based on these factors, the division of San Bernardino County into sub-regions seems reasonable and logical, and the City remains hopeful that the State will adjust its position in the near future.
NEXT BIG BEAR TESTING EVENT SET FOR OCTOBER 20,
WILL ALSO INCLUDE FREE FLU SHOTS
The City, in partnership with San Bernardino County, will host another Big Bear COVID-19 testing event at City Hall on October 20. The appointment portal will likely open on or around October 16 or 17, and additional details will be included in a future City update.

The October 20 event will also offer free flu shots for residents of the Big Bear Valley, and everyone is encouraged to get a flu shot!
PLEASE GET TESTED, EVEN IF YOU DON'T HAVE SYMPTOMS
San Bernardino County continues to offer free COVID-19 testing at numerous locations off the mountain, and a complete list of testing sites and dates is available here.

The City and the County encourage EVERYONE to get tested, regardless of whether or not you have symptoms, and to get tested REPEATEDLY. Frequent testing enables infected individuals without symptoms to avoid others sooner, helping to keep everyone safe. More testing by everyone in San Bernardino County will also help the County meet the reopening criteria outlined by the State, and will help us move to the "Red Tier" sooner and allow more indoor business activities.

The City and Bear Mountain Family Medicine Urgent Care continue to wait for the delivery of COVID-19 test kits, working in partnership to provide daily testing and nearly immediate results. This testing will begin as soon as the test kits are received, and additional information will be included in future City COVID-19 updates.
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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