Update #84
COVID-19 Emergency
July 9, 2020 - 4:30 pm
Now 11 Confirmed Cases in Big Bear Valley Since Early May

Hospitalizations Have Nearly Doubled in San Bernardino County Since June 16; 160 ICU Beds Still Available

Please Stay Home If You Have Symptoms, See Your Doctor, and Get Tested As Soon As Possible

Big Bear Lake Businesses Must Adhere to State Requirements

Big Bear Lake Businesses Encouraged to Apply for COVID-Compliant Funding

Guidance for Businesses if an Employee Has Symptoms or Tests Positive

COVID-Compliant Funding Still Available for Big Bear Lake Businesses

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!
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!
NOW 11 CONFIRMED CASES IN BIG BEAR VALLEY SINCE EARLY MAY
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 11 confirmed cases in the Big Bear Valley since early May. Of these 11, a total of 8 cases are in the City of Big Bear Lake and 3 are in unincorporated areas.

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. Including these earlier cases, the total cumulative case count now includes 13 reported cases in the City of Big Bear Lake and 7 in unincorporated areas (20 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 17,414 confirmed cases in all of San Bernardino County. A total of 169,876 tests have been administered thus far in the County, with 10.3% testing positive for COVID-19. Sadly, a total of 304 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 HAVE NEARLY DOUBLED IN SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY SINCE JUNE 16; 160 ICU BEDS STILL AVAILABLE
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. Unfortunately, the number of hospitalizations continues to increase in San Bernardino County, and in fact, hospitalizations have nearly doubled since June 16. Thankfully, there is still sufficient hospital capacity in our County, however the continuing increases are very concerning for County and City officials.

According to the latest County data, there are currently 579 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 175 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 340 patients in ICU in our County for other (non-COVID-19) reasons, and there are now a total of 160 intensive care beds still 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 140 ventilators out of the 784 ventilators in our County. Although there are still many ventilators available in our County, this is the highest number of COVID-19 patients utilizing a ventilator during the COVID-19 event. There are a total of 185 ventilators currently being utilized by patients with other ailments, and a total of 459 ventilators remain available.
PLEASE STAY HOME IF YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS, SEE YOUR DOCTOR, AND GET TESTED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE
With the number of COVID-19 cases rising in Southern California, it is critical that ANYONE experiencing symptoms or who has been exposed to someone with COVID-19 act responsibly and take appropriate steps to prevent the spread to others .

  • If you have symptoms, please stay away from others (self-quarantine), contact your doctor immediately, and make arrangements to be tested as soon as possible.

  • If you have been in close contact (within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes) with someone with COVID-19 in the 2 days before they developed symptoms or while symptomatic, please self-quarantine and monitor yourself for symptoms. If you develop symptoms, contact your doctor immediately and make arrangements to be tested as soon as possible.

  • If you have not been in close contact (within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes) but have been in the general proximity of someone with COVID-19, you should simply monitor yourself for symptoms and act accordingly if you develop symptoms.

  • Individuals should generally remain self-quarantined for approximately 14 days after first symptoms appear (consult with your doctor) or after close contact (within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes) with someone with COVID-19.

There is currently a nationwide shortage of COVID-19 tests due to high demand, and it may take longer than desired to schedule a testing appointment. Please first check with your doctor to attempt to arrange a COVID-19 test, or contact Bear Valley Community Hospital's Family Health Center at 909-878-8246. San Bernardino County continues to offer COVID-19 testing in various locations in San Bernardino County as supplies are available, and please click here to learn more and make an appointment.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, people with COVID-19 have reported a wide range of symptoms – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness.  Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus , and may include:

  • fever or chills

  • cough

  • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • fatigue

  • muscle or body aches

  • headache

  • new loss of taste or smell

  • sore throat

  • congestion or runny nose

  • nausea or vomiting

  • diarrhea.

If you have one or more of these symptoms, please act responsibly and take appropriate steps immediately. It's in your best interest, your family's best interest, and our community's best interest!

The best thing to do, in any circumstance, is to consult with your doctor and follow his / her guidance!
BIG BEAR LAKE BUSINESSES MUST ADHERE TO STATE REQUIREMENTS
All Big Bear Lake businesses are required to operate in compliance with State requirements, and links to the most current requirements for each type of business are located here. Nearly all businesses in Big Bear Lake, with a few exceptions (movie theater, bowling alley, and bars), are currently permitted to be open, but must implement proper health and safety measures.

It is critical that ALL Big Bear Lake businesses operate safely and responsibly in order to keep our community SAFE and keep our community OPEN. City and County officials will now be making more targeted educational visits to businesses, and the State is deploying a new Strike Force to take enforcement action against any businesses that do not come into compliance. Additionally, the County has established an online complaint form, and this form can be accessed here.
BIG BEAR LAKE BUSINESSES ENCOURAGED TO APPLY FOR COVID-COMPLIANT GRANT FUNDING 
San Bernardino County's new COVID-Compliant Business Partnership Program still has significant funding 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, and to become COVID-Compliant! To learn more, and to apply for your $2,500 grant, please click  here.
GUIDANCE FOR BUSINESSES IF AN EMPLOYEE HAS SYMPTOMS OR TESTS POSITIVE
San Bernardino County public health officials have prepared a helpful document to assist businesses if an employee tests positive for COVID-19, and this document can viewed here.

In short, any employee with COVID-19 symptoms (or symptoms of any illness) should stay home from work and away from everyone, and businesses should emphasize this message to all employees.

If a business has an employee that tests positive for COVID-19, the employee should stay home from work and away from everyone. Upon learning of the positive case, the business is required to thoroughly disinfect all areas where the employee was working, but is not required to close down for any defined period of time.

The COVID-19 positive employee should remain away from work, and the business should take appropriate steps to notify other employees, should keep any other employees that may have been in close contact (within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more) with the COVID-19 positive employee within 2 days prior to the first symptoms away from work also, and should make sure all employees are closely monitoring for symptoms.

Most importantly, the business should implement proper distancing among patrons and employees, require face coverings, and promote good hygiene!
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!
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