Update #83
COVID-19 Emergency
July 6, 2020 - 5:30 pm
Two New Cases Reported for Big Bear Valley Today

Hospitalizations Continue to Increase, 117 ICU Beds Still Available in County

COVID-19 Data Over 4 Months

Other Than Closing Down (We Don't Want That!), the Only Tools We Have Are Physical Distancing, Face Coverings, and Good Hygiene! PLEASE Do Your Part!

New State Guidance Issued for Churches and Other Places of Worship, Gyms and Fitness Centers

New Restrictions Impact Bars, Restaurants, Movie Theater, and Bowling Alley in Big Bear Lake

Please Get Tested! Free COVID-19 Testing Readily Available in San Bernardino County

Recommendations and Resources for Residents, Businesses, and Visitors
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!
TWO NEW CASES REPORTED FOR BIG BEAR VALLEY TODAY
San Bernardino County has reported two new COVID-19 cases for the Big Bear Valley today, both in the City limits.

According to the latest data from San Bernardino County, there have now been a total of 8 confirmed cases in the Big Bear Valley since early May. A total of 9 confirmed cases were reported between mid-March and early May, and it is believed that all of these cases have now recovered.

The total cumulative case count now includes 11 reported cases in the City of Big Bear Lake and 6 in unincorporated areas (17 total cases). Thankfully, there have been no deaths attributed to COVID-19 in the Big Bear Valley.

The County now reports a cumulative total of 15,345 confirmed cases in all of San Bernardino County. A total of 160,643 tests have been administered thus far in the County, with 9.6% testing positive for COVID-19. Sadly, a total of 269 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.
HOSPITALIZATIONS CONTINUE TO INCREASE, 117 ICU BEDS STILL AVAILABLE IN COUNTY
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 and ventilator data in the entire County. Thankfully, there has been sufficient capacity in San Bernardino County hospitals throughout the COVID-19 event, however, hospitalizations have increased by 90% since June 16, and continue to increase. Although there is still sufficient hospital capacity in our County, the increases are very concerning for County and City officials.

According to the latest County data, there are currently 557 confirmed and suspected COVID-19 patients hospitalized in San Bernardino County. This is now the highest number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in San Bernardino County since the COVID-19 event began. To put this in perspective, the number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients previously peaked at 451 patients on April 10, and then dropped to 196 patients by May 15. On June 16, there were a total of 293 patients hospitalized in our County.

According to the latest County data, there are now a total of 174 COVID-19 patients in intensive care. This is the highest reported number of ICU patients with suspected or confirmed cases during the COVID-19 event, eclipsing the April 10 total of 124 patients. There are now a total of 334 patients in ICU in our County for other (non-COVID-19) reasons, and there are now a total of 117 intensive care beds available in San Bernardino County. To put this in perspective, there were a total of 61 intensive care beds available on April 16, a total of 168 intensive care beds available on May 16, and 156 intensive care beds available on June 16.

According to the latest County data, COVID-19 patients are currently utilizing 116 ventilators out of the 792 ventilators in our County. There are a total of 201 ventilators currently being utilized by patients with other ailments, and a total of 475 ventilators remain available. Ventilators are still readily available, thankfully, however, this is the first time since April 11 that the number of available ventilators has dropped below 500 in our County.
COVID-19 DATA OVER 4 MONTHS
We are now just about 4 months into the COVID-19 event, and it's interesting to see how the issue has evolved in the Big Bear Valley and San Bernardino County over that time:
OTHER THAN CLOSING DOWN (WE DON'T WANT THAT!), THE ONLY TOOLS WE HAVE ARE PHYSICAL DISTANCING, FACE COVERINGS, AND GOOD HYGIENE! PLEASE DO YOUR PART!
Governor Newsom recently implemented new restrictions in many counties, including San Bernardino County, in an effort to curtail the increasing spread of COVID-19 in Southern California. Collectively, we've all got to find a way to significantly reduce the incidence and risk of COVID-19, and no one wants to see our whole community shut down again! In order to avoid further restrictions, PLEASE do your part and implement these 3 common-sense measures:

  • maintain at least 6 feet of physical distance between you and other groups,

  • wear a face covering when interacting with others, especially indoors at businesses and in close proximity to others while outdoors, and

  • practice good hygiene - wash your hands frequently and/or use hand sanitizer!

Other than shutting everything down, there are no other tools available to us, and we need your help to do everything you can to keep our community safe and open. Even if you don't agree, or can't stand wearing a face mask, or don't like the Governor, or think it's all a conspiracy of some sort, please consider the practical impacts - these common-sense measures are all we've got left! Somehow, we've all got to get past the COVID-19 threat, and it's not too much to ask for EVERYONE to implement these common-senses measures!

San Bernardino County has produced a great video , and the City encourages everyone to check it out!
NEW STATE GUIDANCE ISSUED FOR CHURCHES AND OTHER PLACES OF WORSHIP, GYMS AND FITNESS CENTERS
The State has released updated guidance for churches and other places of worship, and the updated guidance can be viewed here. The new guidance mandates that churches and places of worship discontinue singing, chanting, and similar activities, and that people inside wear face coverings.

The State has also released updated guidance for gyms and fitness centers, and the updated guidance can be viewed here. Patrons of gyms and fitness centers must now were face coverings while indoors, even while exercising.
NEW RESTRICTIONS IMPACT BARS, RESTAURANTS, MOVIE THEATER, AND BOWLING ALLEY IN BIG BEAR LAKE
The State has implemented new restrictions in several counties, including San Bernardino County. These new restrictions are expected to remain in place until at least July 22, and affect the following businesses in Big Bear Lake:

  • All bars are ordered to remain closed, and may not operate indoors or outdoors. Bars that offer food are subject to the same restrictions as restaurants.

  • Restaurants are limited to take-out, delivery, and outdoor seating only. The City encourages all restaurants to creatively (and safely) utilize available outdoor space to accommodate patrons.

  • The movie theater (Village Theaters) must remain closed.

  • The bowling alley (The Bowling Barn) must remain closed.

All other businesses may continue to operate in accordance with guidelines included in the Governor's Resilience Roadmap .

Various State agencies will be enforcing these new restrictions, and all Big Bear Lake businesses are strongly encouraged to comply with these new restrictions.
PLEASE GET TESTED!
FREE COVID-19 TESTING READILY AVAILABLE IN SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY
San Bernardino County continues to offer numerous, FREE COVID-19 testing sites all throughout our County. These sites are available to any Big Bear resident who is interested in being tested, and there are no screening requirements - anyone can get tested!

To view all of the testing sites in San Bernardino County, please click here. The City is pleased to have worked with the County to offer free testing in Big Bear Lake on April 17 and June 19, and will work to schedule additional testing in the coming weeks.
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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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 event - with an emphasis on information specific to Big Bear Lake and the entire Big Bear Valley.
 
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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