Update #98
COVID-19 Emergency
August 25, 2020 - 5 pm
Total of 12 Active COVID-19 Cases Now

Hospitalization Trends Continue to Improve in San Bernardino County

ZERO Positive Tests At August 18 Big Bear Testing Event

City and Bear Mountain Family Medicine Await Delivery of Test Kits, Targeting September 1 Start Date

Next County Testing Event in Big Bear Set for Tuesday, September 22

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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TOTAL OF 12 ACTIVE COVID-19 CASES NOW
According to the latest data from San Bernardino County, there have now been a cumulative total of 97 confirmed COVID-19 cases since mid-March. Of this total, there have been 47 cases in the City of Big Bear Lake, 35 cases in Big Bear City, 13 cases in Sugarloaf, and 2 cases in Fawnskin.

The City is now receiving Big Bear Valley-specific information from San Bernardino County contact tracers. According to the latest report, 85 of these individuals have recovered from COVID-19, and there are currently 12 active cases in the Big Bear Valley. This equates to approximately 1 active case per 1,833 residents of the Big Bear Valley. Thankfully, there have been no deaths attributed to COVID-19 in the Big Bear Valley.

There have been a total of 16 cases reported in the Big Bear Valley over the past two weeks, which equates to a two-week new case rate of 73 per 100,000 population in the Big Bear Valley. This two-week new case rate remains lower than the State of California as a whole, lower than San Bernardino County, and lower than all Southern California counties, thankfully.
HOSPITALIZATION TRENDS CONTINUE TO IMPROVE IN SAN BERNARDINO 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.

According to the latest data, there are currently 402 confirmed and suspected COVID-19 patients hospitalized in San Bernardino County. This number has decreased by 45.5% since the peak of 738 patients on July 25.

According to the latest data, there are now a total of 114 COVID-19 patients in intensive care, and this number has decreased by 44.4% since the peak of 205 ICU patients on July 25. There are now a total 184 intensive care beds still available in San Bernardino County.

We are all very pleased to see COVID-19 hospitalizations continuing to decrease in our county, and are hopeful this trend will continue.
ZERO POSITIVE TESTS AT AUGUST 18 BIG BEAR TESTING EVENT
San Bernardino County public health officials tested a total of 137 individuals at the COVID-19 testing event held at the Big Bear Lake City Hall on August 18. The City is pleased to report that there were ZERO positive test results from this testing event.
CITY AND BEAR MOUNTAIN FAMILY MEDICINE AWAIT DELIVERY OF TEST KITS, TARGETING SEPTEMBER 1 START DATE
The City Council has awarded a $46,800 grant to Bear Mountain Family Medicine Urgent Care to begin offering daily COVID-19 testing, at no cost, to residents of the Big Bear Valley. Grant funds will be used to purchase 900 test kits and a testing device that will enable us to provide test results while the patient is still in the office.

Appointments will be scheduled approximately every 15 minutes, and will be administered at the Urgent Care facility at 41949 Big Bear Boulevard. It will not be necessary to have a doctor's order or have symptoms in order to receive a test.

The test kits and testing device have been ordered, and the City and Bear Mountain Family Medicine Urgent Care are awaiting delivery in the coming days. We continue to target a September 1 start date for local testing, and additional details will be provided in a future City COVID-19 update.

The City is pleased to offer this convenient, quick-result testing for all residents of the Big Bear Valley, and encourages everyone with concerns to take advantage of this opportunity.
NEXT COUNTY TESTING EVENT IN BIG BEAR SET FOR TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22
The City is again partnering with San Bernardino County to offer another County testing event in Big Bear Lake. The next County testing event will be held on Tuesday, September 22 from 10 am - 2 pm at Big Bear Lake City Hall. Appointments will be required, and testing will be provided free of charge to anyone who signs up. Additional details will be provided in a future City COVID-19 update.
PLEASE GET TESTED, EVEN IF YOU DON'T HAVE SYMPTOMS!
With testing now more readily available, San Bernardino County and the City of Big Bear Lake are encouraging EVERYONE to get tested for COVID-19, even if you don't have symptoms!

Many people are unknowingly carrying the COVID-19 virus and are asymptomatic, and more frequent testing will help to identify those individuals --- and protect others in our community who are more vulnerable. Additionally, the more people that are tested, the better understanding we'll all have about the true incidence of COVID-19 in our community, and this may allow our businesses to fully reopen sooner than might otherwise occur.

The County offers many testing sites in various locations, and you can schedule your free test by clicking here. Additionally, the City has scheduled another Big Bear Lake testing event at City Hall on September 22, and more details will be provided soon. Finally, the City is partnering with Bear Mountain Family Medicine Urgent Care, and we expect to begin offering free, daily testing by or before September 1.

To learn more about COVID-19 testing in San Bernardino County, including a greater explanation about why it's so helpful, doesn't take much time, and is quick, easy, and relatively painless, please click here.
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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