News Alert: Needles, CA: Latest information regarding the Coronavirus Disease 2019 pandemic situation.

By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):

Source: City of Needles and County of San Bernardino.

Needles, California: Here are the latest information regarding the local situation as well as closures regarding the Coronavirus Disease 2019 pandemic situation.

**** As of 8:00 p.m. PT on Monday, March 23rd, 2020: ****

– Regarding Coronavirus Disease 2019 Cases:

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels tells ZachNews that he’s in closed communications with local and county health officials regarding the pain virus pandemic situation, and currently there are no local virus cases found, as for countywide the County of San Bernardino Department of Public Health said there are at least 17 confirmed cases in the county.

– Regarding City of Needles Emergency Declaration:

According to Needles City Manager Rick Daniels, I am having the City Attorney prepare an emergency declaration for Council’s consideration to allow the City and residents/businesses to qualify for mitigation assistance.

– Regarding City of Needles and Needles City Administration (City Hall):

In order to protect residents and employees for unnecessary physical exposure, Needles City Manager Rick Daniels has closed public access to City Hall.

Phone contact will continue uninterrupted; all phone calls to City Hall will be answered and provided a prompt response.

Utility bills can now be paid by leaving the payment in the payment box in the front of the building, or over the phone or online by debit or credit card.

Building plans or land use applications can be left at City Hall with a follow up telephone call.

Utility and Public Works crews continue to work, but cautioned about keeping a social distance of at least 6 feet.

According to Needles City Manager Rick Daniels, I am encouraging those who can, to work some days from home with internet and phone connections to City Hall.

– Regarding City of Needles Meetings:

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels tells ZachNews that the upcoming Needles City Council meeting has been canceled.

– Regarding Needles Area Transit:

According to Needles City Manager Rick Daniels, the transit system continues to operate.

– Regarding Needles Recreation Center:

The Recreation Center is closed, but for parents wanting to register kids for upcoming events.

– Regarding Needles Senior Center:

The Senior Center continues to provide meals on a “grab and go’ basis, but social events like Bingo and line dancing.

– Regarding Palo Verde Community College Needles Branch:

All services at Palo Verde Community College Needles Branch have been suspended until April 30th.

– Regarding Local San Bernardino County Public Library:

The local San Bernardino County Public Library on Bailey Avenue is closed until further notice.

– Regarding Needles Skate Park:

According to Needles City Manager Rick Daniels, upon advice the from law enforcement citing the Governor’s order, the skate park is closed.

– Regarding the River Edge Golf Course:

According to Needles City Manager Rick Daniels, the Pro Shop at the River Edge Golf Course is closed.

– Regarding Needles Chamber of Commerce Office:

The Needles Chamber of Commerce Office is closed until further notice.

– Regarding Local Events:

Needles City Manager Rick Daniel telling ZachNews that all upcoming local events have been canceled, including the Colorado River Rodeo Round Up and a boating event that was to be held at the Needles Marina Resort along the Colorado River.

– Regarding Local Outdoor Activities:

According to Needles City Manager Rick Daniels is telling the community and the visiting public to remain inside and not to be doing unnecessary outdoor activities until the virus pandemic is over.

– Regarding Local Fast Food Restaurants:

Many of the local fast food restaurants in the community many of the fast-food restaurants are only open for drive-thru and pick up orders only; no dine-ins, including Carl’s Jr. fast food restaurant and Jack in the Box restaurant.

– Regarding Local Dine-In Restaurants:

Main of the local dine-in restaurants are doing takeout or to-go orders only; no dine-ins, includes Lucy’s Mexican Restaurant and Munchy’s Restaurant.

– Regarding Needles Regional Museum:

The Needles Regional Museum will be closed until March 30th or until further notice.

– Regarding Local Churches:

St Anne’s Catholic Church on D Street has suspended all masses and other activities until further notice.

– Regarding Local Businesses:

The Community Thrift Shop nextdoor to the Needles Regional Museum will be closed until March 30th or until further notice.

The Desert Hair Design remains open, but are using extra precautionary measures to protect their customers and employees, including people not 100% healthy to not come in, and doing extra cleaning and sanitizing to help keep their customers healthy.

– Regarding Local Market/ Discount Store:

The local Dollar General Store remains open, but hours of operations have changed due to the current situation, including closing an hour early; closing at 9:00 p.m. (PT) instead of 10:00 p.m. (PT), and opening at 8:00 a.m. (PT) but senior citizens customers and those at-risk priority shopping the first hour. Also customers are advised that there are limits set on several necessary items, including toilet paper, cleaning wipes and drinking water in the store which are clearly marked with signs. Also, employees are asking all of their customers to respect those limits sets and be courteous to all customers as they wait in line.

**** More Local and County Information regarding the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic at the following websites: ****

– City of Needles Website:

Home

– County of San Bernardino Department of Public Health Website:

Coronavirus 2019

– Public Information Phone Line:

1 (909) 387-3911 (9am -5pm)

– Disaster Distress Helpline:

1 (800) 985-5990

**** More information as well as health and prevention tips regarding the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic at the following websites: ****

World Health Organization (Website):

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

World Health Organization (Daily Situation Reports):

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/situation-reports

World Health Organization (Advice For Public):

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Cases In United States):

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-in-us.html

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Website):

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Prevention and Treatment):

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention-treatment.html

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