County Public Health launches COVID-19 dashboard

By on March 27, 2020

San Bernardino County’s Department of Public Health will begin drive-thru specimen collection for novel coronavirus (COVID-19) today, March 27. A person must be displaying symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath in order to be tested.

As of time of publication appointments are no longer available, but as the County receives additional test kits more days will be scheduled. The County is advising people to check the website for future dates and availability.

“We tragically reported another death related to COVID-19 today and our hearts go out to this man’s loved ones,” said Dr. Erin Gustafson, Acting County Health Officer. The County reported 54 confirmed cases and two deaths associated with COVID-19 this evening.

The County has also published a dashboard on the COVID-19 webpage that displays a visual representation of testing results, including the number of confirmed cases and deaths, patients tested, patients that tested negative, and confirmed cases by gender and by age groups.

The Acting County Health Officer and the Board of Supervisors declared a local health emergency to help ensure county government and the public are prepared and allow flexibility in response.

As with any virus, there are a number of steps you can take to protect your health and those around you:

  • People experiencing symptoms of contagious illness should seek medical guidance.
  • Persons aged 65 years and older and persons of any age with certain underlying health conditions are at increased risk should they contract COVID-19 and are encouraged to self-quarantine.
  • Wash hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth, especially with unwashed hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using regular household cleaning spray or wipes.
  • N95 masks are not recommended outside a healthcare setting. Surgical masks can be worn by sick individuals to reduce the likelihood of spreading germs to others.

For information about the coronavirus crisis, visit the County’s coronavirus website at wp.sbcounty.gov/dph/coronavirus. New information and resources have been added and the site is being updated daily. The public can also contact the coronavirus public information line from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at (909) 387-3911, or email the County at coronavirus@dph.sbcounty.gov.