Update #76
COVID-19 Emergency
June 19, 2020 - 4:30 pm
No Change in Confirmed Cases in Big Bear Valley

Hospital Bed, Ventilator Availability Remains Constant

Governor's Order Now Requires Face Coverings When Interacting With Others - Please Do Your Part!

Big Bear Lake Businesses Encouraged to Apply for COVID-Compliant Grant Funding - Still $22 Million Available for Award

Successful Testing Event Held in Big Bear Lake Today

City Council Authorizes July 4 Fireworks Show With Additional Precautions

Visitors Encouraged to Avoid SR 330, Should Instead Use SR 18 or SR 38 to Travel To and From Big Bear
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.
 
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!
NO CHANGE IN CONFIRMED CASES IN BIG BEAR VALLEY
San Bernardino County continues to report a total of 11 confirmed cases in the Big Bear Valley. There have been 2 new cases in our area since the beginning of May, and we remain fortunate to continue to experience a low incidence of COVID-19.

The total cumulative case count now includes 7 reported cases in the City of Big Bear Lake and 4 in unincorporated areas. It is important to note that these are cumulative totals since reporting began in early March, and that most of these individuals have fully recovered by now and have resumed normal activities. Thankfully, there have been no deaths attributed to COVID-19 in the Big Bear Valley.

The County now reports a cumulative total of 8,714 confirmed cases in all of San Bernardino County. A total of 101,622 tests have been administered thus far in the County, with 8.6% testing positive for COVID-19. Sadly, a total of 230 people have now 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.
HOSPITAL BED, VENTILATOR AVAILABILITY REMAINS CONSTANT
Thankfully, the health care systems in both the Big Bear Valley and San Bernardino County have maintained sufficient hospital bed and ventilator availability for the duration of the COVID-19 event.

There are approximately 6,000 hospital beds in San Bernardino County, and it is also important to note that the County has specifically identified 1,138 "surge capacity" beds (the number of additional beds a hospital could provide if all available space was needed) in response to the COVID-19 event. The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in San Bernardino County peaked on April 10, now 10 weeks ago, with 451 patients hospitalized. According to the latest County data, there are currently 293 COVID-19 patients hospitalized in San Bernardino County.

According to the latest San Bernardino County data, there are a total of 90 COVID-19 patients in intensive care. There are currently 156 intensive care beds still available in San Bernardino County. The number of ICU patients also peaked on April 10, now 10 weeks ago, with 124 patients in ICU.

According to the latest San Bernardino County data, COVID-19 patients are currently utilizing 70 ventilators out of the 809 ventilators in our County. There are a total of 180 ventilators currently being utilized by patients with other ailments, and a total of 559 ventilators remain available. Since April 11, there have never been less than 500 ventilators available in San Bernardino County.

Thankfully, Bear Valley Community Hospital and Big Bear Fire / EMS officials continue to experience manageable patient loads and call volumes. It is important to note, however, that any COVID-19 patients would likely be transferred from Bear Valley Community Hospital to larger hospitals in San Bernardino County (perhaps Loma Linda, Arrowhead, or others) where more specialized care is available. Thus, it is critically important for the City to monitor overall trends in San Bernardino County.
GOVERNOR'S ORDER NOW REQUIRES FACE COVERINGS WHEN INTERACTING WITH OTHERS - PLEASE DO YOUR PART!
Governor Newsom has issued a new executive order that essentially now requires everyone in California, including Big Bear Lake, to wear face coverings when interacting with others. Practically speaking, the Governor's order requires everyone to wear face coverings inside of businesses and in outdoor settings where it's not possible to maintain 6 ft. of separation.

The City has been promoting the use of face coverings throughout the COVID-19 event, and supports the Governor's new order. It's not too much to ask all of our residents, visitors, and businesses to wear face coverings! Absolutely no one wants to have to re-institute business closures and new stay-at-home orders, and face coverings, physical distancing, and frequent hand-washing are the best strategies to keep our community SAFE and OPEN!
BIG BEAR LAKE BUSINESSES ENCOURAGED TO APPLY FOR COVID-COMPLIANT GRANT FUNDING - STILL $22 MILLION AVAILABLE FOR AWARD
San Bernardino County's new COVID-Compliant Business Partnership Program still has approximately $22 million available to award to businesses to assist with the cost of implementing COVID-19 safety measures. Each business is eligible for up to $2,500, and these funds may be used for the purchase of supplies and equipment necessary to keep your customers, employees, and our community safe!

All Big Bear Lake businesses are encouraged to apply! To learn more, and to apply for your $2,500 grant, please click here.
SUCCESSFUL TESTING EVENT HELD IN BIG BEAR LAKE TODAY
San Bernardino County public health officials conducted a successful COVID-19 testing event at Big Bear Lake City Hall today, and the City greatly appreciates the County's willingness to offer testing in Big Bear. A total of 240 appointments were scheduled for swab testing and antibody testing, and results should be available within the next two weeks.
CITY COUNCIL AUTHORIZES JULY 4 FIREWORKS SHOW WITH ADDITIONAL PRECAUTIONS
The City Council conducted a special meeting earlier this week, and voted unanimously to move forward with the July 4 fireworks show in Big Bear Lake. This annual tradition will continue in 2020, however, additional safety measures are being implemented to keep our community safe.

Due to COVID-19, the City and Visit Big Bear have partnered to finance the July 4 fireworks, with significant volunteer assistance provided by the Rotary Club. This year's show is expected to be as spectacular as previous years' shows, but with important modifications:

  • the barge from which the fireworks are launched is being repositioned in the middle of the lake to increase the visibility of the fireworks from more locations around the lake to enable viewers to spread out more,

  • viewers are encouraged to view the fireworks from their home, vehicle, or boat to avoid interactions with others,

  • viewers are advised to maintain at least 6 ft. of separation from other groups while viewing the fireworks,

  • viewers should wear face coverings while viewing the fireworks near others,

  • the City and Visit Big Bear will be distributing free face masks to viewers at Rotary Park, Veterans Park, Meadow Park, and The Village, and perhaps additional locations,

  • additional hand washing stations and portable toilets will be in place at Rotary Park, Veterans Park, Meadow Park, and The Village, and perhaps additional locations, and

  • the July 4 fireworks show will be live-streamed on multiple platforms to enable those who are not comfortable venturing out to view the show.

More details will be provided in the next two weeks, and the City will also be considering additional measures to keep our community safe during the fireworks show.

The City has experienced significant visitation in recent weeks, and this high visitation is expected to continue in the coming weeks and months as people seek safe, enjoyable, and nearby recreation and travel opportunities. The City expects a large crowd during the weekend of July 4 regardless of whether or not the July 4 fireworks show is produced, and ultimately, the City is proceeding with the show in order to honor the founding of the United States of America, to give our community something to look forward to and to celebrate, and to maintain this important annual Big Bear tradition.

We look forward to hosting another spectacular July 4 fireworks show in Big Bear Lake, and appreciate everyone's cooperation by adhering to distancing and face covering requirements. Please enjoy the show, but please do so safely and responsibly!
VISITORS ENCOURAGED TO AVOID SR 330, SHOULD INSTEAD USE SR 18 OR SR 38 TO TRAVEL TO AND FROM BIG BEAR
Construction work continues on SR 330 leading from Highland to Running Springs, with one lane closed just south of the City Creek Fire Station. Considerable delays may occur as a result, and the City of Big Bear Lake advises all travelers to use either SR 18 from San Bernardino to Crestline, and then on to Running Springs and Big Bear Lake, OR to use SR 38 from Redlands up through Angelus Oaks and Big Bear City to Big Bear Lake.

The SR 18 route is only 6 miles longer, but will take less time during heavy traffic conditions. The SR 38 route is 18 miles longer, but will still take less time during heavy traffic conditions, and is a beautiful drive with fewer twists and turns along the way!
ESSENTIALLY ALL BIG BEAR LAKE BUSINESSES ARE NOW APPROVED TO REOPEN UNDER GOVERNOR'S RESILIENCE ROADMAP
Essentially all businesses in Big Bear Lake are now permitted to operate under the  Governor's Resilience Roadmap .

In order to eliminate confusion for business owners, the City advises all businesses to adhere to business-specific guidance included in the  Governor's Resilience Roadmap  when opening.




















Specific questions or complaints regarding business-specific guidance should be directed to the  Governor’s office  and/or the  California Department of Public Health .

The City encourages all Big Bear Lake businesses to take all appropriate steps to keep your employees, your customers, and our community safe!

PLEASE implement appropriate physical distancing, require face coverings, promote good hygiene, implement proper disinfection procedures, and other health and safety measures - help us keep Big Bear Lake SAFE and OPEN!
RECOMMENDATIONS AND RESOURCES FOR RESIDENTS, BUSINESSES, AND VISITORS
The City has compiled specific recommendations and resources for our residents, businesses, and visitors, and encourages everyone to diligently implement these recommendations and take advantage of these resources:







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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