Update #31
COVID-19 Emergency
April 14, 2020 - 8 pm
No Change in Cases Reported by SB County Today

Governor Newsom Outlines Key Indicators To Be Considered in Modifying Stay-At-Home Order

City Council to Consider COVID-19 Issues at Special Meeting on April 16

Drive-Thru Testing Event Set for Big Bear Lake on April 17
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 threats in Big Bear Lake and the City's response to these threats.

This email newsletter is the official guidance from the City of Big Bear Lake, and the City appreciates everyone's adherence to the restrictions and recommendations 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 Frank A. Rush, Jr., City Manager, at 909-866-5832 or via email.
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!
San Bernardino County has not yet updated its COVID-19 data today. As such, there remain a total of 3 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the City of Big Bear Lake and 2 confirmed cases in the Big Bear City area. HIPAA requirements prohibit the release of additional information about the patients or their specific location.

As of 5 pm yesterday, there were a total of 977 confirmed cases in San Bernardino County. A total of 9,358 tests have been administered thus far in the County, and approximately 10.4% of those tested have been positive for COVID-19. Sadly, a total of 31 people have died from COVID-19 in San Bernardino County.

This data is updated daily at the County's COVID-19 dashboard, and the City encourages everyone to view this site for the most accurate information.
Earlier today, Governor Newsom outlined the State's approach going forward, and outlined six key indicators for modifying the current "stay-at-home" order that has been in place since March 19. The Governor did not indicate specific timelines, but will be using these indicators to establish the strategies and timelines for modifying restrictions. It is anticipated that more specifics will be announced gradually in the coming weeks, and may include different strategies and timelines for different geographic areas. To view the Governor's press release outlining the State's approach, please click here.

The City's decisions to modify current restrictions and recommendations will be heavily dependent on guidance from President Trump, Governor Newsom, the County Supervisors, and San Bernardino County public health officials, and this guidance will be factored along with specific local conditions and specific public concerns in Big Bear Lake. The City's decisions will thoughtfully consider all higher guidance and the concerns of every segment of our community.

In the meantime, it is critical for all of us to continue to remain "sheltered in place" to the maximum extent practical, practice effective social distancing when we do need to interact with others, and maintain good personal hygiene.  PLEASE continue to be vigilant, and do your part to help us keep our residents safe and "get back to normal" sooner rather than later!
The City Council will conduct a special meeting on Thursday, April 16 at 10 am via the ZOOM online platform and via a telephone call-in number.

The purpose of the meeting is for City Council to receive an update on COVID-19 issues in the City of Big Bear Lake, discuss potential assistance for the lodging and vacation rental industry, and consider any other helpful actions to promote public health and safety, and also the City's eventual economic recovery.

The agenda for this meeting can be accessed here, along with instructions for the public to share comments with the City Council before and during the meeting.
The City and San Bernardino County are pleased to host a drive-thru COVID-19 testing event in Big Bear Lake on Friday, April 17 from 10 am - 2 pm.

The testing event will be held at the Big Bear Mountain Resorts parking lot on Fox Farm Road, adjacent to Bear Valley Community Hospital, and tests will be administered by appointment only. The testing event is limited to residents of the mountain communities only, and there are several other testing events scheduled for residents in other areas of San Bernardino County over the next few weeks.

If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, including fever, cough, and shortness of breath, please make an appointment to be tested. Appointments can be scheduled by clicking here when the appointment portal opens later this week. County public health officials expect to collect and test specimens from approximately 350 individuals at the Big Bear Lake event.

The testing event will be coordinated so that you don't need to leave your vehicle. In order to promote efficient traffic flow all vehicles will be directed to access the drive-thru test site on Fox Farm Road from Big Bear Boulevard on the day of the testing event.

Additional information will be included in the April 15 and April 16 COVID-19 updates.
Many individuals in Big Bear Lake and San Bernardino County are suffering financially as a result of the COVID-19 emergency. If you'd like to make a contribution to help others, here are two suggestions to consider:

  • The Big Bear Chamber of Commerce has established a "virtual tip jar" to donate a "tip" to a service industry provider who has lost or been laid off from a job. The program is targeted to service industry employees such as restaurants, bars, hair and nail salons, spa services, dog groomers, and anyone who normally relies on tips. Displaced service employees can sign up for the program by clicking here. If you'd like to leave a virtual tip for your favorite service industry employee, please click here. 

  • San Bernardino County has established a partnership with Arrowhead United Way, and contributions can be made by clicking here. The San Bernardino (SB) United COVID-19 Relief Fund will support those most at risk and affected by COVID-19. This fund will serve to assist unsheltered residents, low-income individuals, entire families, and those who will face economic hardships due to COVID-19. All funds will remain local and be distributed to the 25 cities that their organization already currently serves. All donations are 100% tax-deductible. 

Thank you for your kindness and generosity!
The 2020 Census is now underway, and the City of Big Bear Lake needs your help to make sure all of us in Big Bear Lake are counted! An accurate census count makes a huge difference in the amount of Federal and State funding distributed to California, San Bernardino County, and Big Bear Lake, and also determines how much representation we have in Sacramento and Washington, DC!

This year, it's SIMPLE to make sure you are counted - all you need to do is visit  https://2020census.gov/ and complete the short questionnaire. We're only looking for about 10 minutes of your time, and you can even complete it on your smartphone - it's that easy! If you are a permanent resident of Big Bear Lake OR if you are a second homeowner in Big Bear Lake who spends more than 6 months and 1 day per year at your home in Big Bear Lake, PLEASE take the time to complete the questionnaire.

All responses are confidential, and thus far only about 2% of Big Bear Lake's population has responded. We need to change that, as now more than ever, it's important to make sure you and your family are counted! Please take some time while you're home during the COVID-19 emergency and help us maximize the funding allocated to our community and maximize our representation - so that we can do the best possible job serving you!
There are many resources available to local businesses impacted by COVID-19 and in need of financial assistance. Some of the most helpful sources are listed below.

  • The US Small Business Administration is administering several programs designed to assist businesses impacted by the COVID-19 emergency. To visit the Orange County / Inland Empire SBA office, please click here.

  • USDA Rural Development also offers programs that may be helpful to Big Bear businesses, and you can learn more about their programs here.

  • The San Bernardino County Economic Development Agency is also an excellent local resource for Big Bear businesses, offering information, webinars, and assistance. To learn more, please click here.

  • The Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (California Go-Biz) includes information about various programs available to assist small business, including assistance for California businesses that are not eligible for SBA programs. To learn more, please visit their website.

  • Accountingprose, a small business bookkeeping and payroll service with offices in Phoenix and Denver, has prepared an excellent summary of the various Federal and private sector programs offering assistance to small businesses. To learn more, please click here, and be sure to click on the various tabs at the top of the page, as there are numerous programs available.

The Big Bear Chamber of Commerce and the City of Big Bear Lake are happy to assist our local businesses seeking assistance during the COVID-19 crisis. The City's point person for business assistance is Christine Bennett , Senior Administrative Services Analyst. Please contact Christine at (909) 866-5831, and she will be happy to help!
The City of Big Bear Lake has implemented various public health recommendations and restrictions for the past several weeks, and continues to do so.

The City encourages everyone to heed the following recommendations:

  • diligently honor the Governor's order to "shelter in place",

  • limit your interactions with others to the maximum extent practical,

  • plan your essential trips out accordingly, and limit the number of trips to the grocery store, drug store, etc.,

  • keep at least 6 feet of distance between you and others you come into contact with,

  • wash your hands ALL THE TIME,

  • if you need to get outside, take a walk, go for a run, take a bike ride, or go on a hike by yourself or with your family - but stay far way from others!

The following key restrictions remain in effect in Big Bear Lake:
  • everyone in Big Bear Lake is directed to "shelter in place", especially those age 65 and older and those who are especially vulnerable to COVID-19, however, travel is permitted for work and to conduct personal business,

  • face coverings must be worn when you are interacting with others out in the community,

  • grocery stores, drug stores, and other essential retail and service businesses may operate,

  • construction and repair activities may continue,

  • bars, nightclubs, movie theaters, gyms, bowling alleys, ski areas, snow play areas, and other similar businesses may not operate,

  • restaurants are closed for in-restaurant seated dining, however, take-out and delivery services are permitted,

  • lodging and vacation rentals may no longer operate, except for very limited situations,

  • non-essential group gatherings of any size are prohibited, including commercial establishments, churches, community groups, and other formal and informal group activities,

  • snow play is not permitted, except on your own property,

  • isolated, outdoor exercise is permitted, including walking your dog, and

  • City parks (for pedestrian access, no parking available) and the Alpine Pedal Path remain open, however, these facilities should be enjoyed by yourself, with your small family group, and users should avoid close contact with others.
The San Bernardino County Department of Public Health operates a COVID-19 Hotline for residents with questions about COVID-19. Please call (909) 387-3911 for assistance.
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The City of Big Bear Lake strives to keep our residents, property owners, investors, businesses, and visitors well-informed about the City's issues and initiatives - including the COVID-19 threat - with an emphasis on information specific to Big Bear Lake and the entire Big Bear Valley.
The easiest way to stay-informed is to sign up for the City's email newsletter and other updates. It's easy to sign up - simply visit the City's website and click on "Text & Email Notifications" in the top center of the homepage. Simply click on the link, enter your name and email address, and you're all set. Signing up will ensure that you receive periodic updates about COVID-19 in Big Bear Lake, the City's new monthly newsletter - Elevation 6752', and other special communications from the City of Big Bear Lake for emergency situations, special events, and more.
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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