News Alert: San Bernardino County, CA: County of San Bernardino orders all residents to wear face coverings when leaving home to slow the spread of COVID-19.

By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):

Source: County of San Bernardino and County of San Bernardino Department of Public Health (Information and Press Releases):

San Bernardino County, California: In an effort to protect the public from further spread of COVID-19, the County’s Acting Health Officer has formally ordered everyone in San Bernardino County to wear a face covering when leaving home.

Face coverings may include coverings that secure to the ears or back of the head and encompass the mouth and nose. Homemade cloth ear loop covers, bandannas and handkerchiefs, and neck gaiters may be used to reduce the spread of COVID-19 particularly among asymptomatic people. Surgical masks and N95 masks must be preserved for healthcare workers and emergency responders.

“Staying home, practicing social distancing and frequent handwashing are far more effective ways to combat the spread of COVID-19, and face coverings are not a substitute for those practices,” said Dr. Erin Gustafson, the County’s Acting Public Health Officer.

As of today, San Bernardino County has 530 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and the deaths of 16 county residents have been associated with the disease.

The Acting Health Officer’s order may be viewed here. Violation of the order is a crime punishable by up to a $1,000 fine or imprisonment up to 90 days, or both.

** More COVID-19 Information and Resources: **

The public can contact the County of San Bernardino’s COVID-19 Public Information Phone Line for general information and resources about the COVID-19 virus at either by phone at: 1 (909) 387-3911 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. PT (California Time) or email at: coronavirus@dph.sbcounty.gov

The County of San Bernardino wants to remind the public that the COVID-19 Public Information Phone Line is not for medical calls, and if you’re feeling sick, you’re being asked to please contact your health care provider.

Also, the County of San Bernardino wants to remind the public to only call 9-1-1 if you have a medical emergency.

For questions about social services, the County of San Bernardino wants to remind the public to please call: 2-1-1.

More information as well as resources regarding COVID-19 in San Bernardino County, California can also be found on the County of San Bernardino’s COVID-19 website at: http://wp.sbcounty.gov/dph/coronavirus/

More information as well as resources regarding COVID-19 in California can also be found on the State of California’s COVID-19 website at: https://covid19.ca.gov/

Please Stay Healthy, Stay Home and Stay Strong Everybody in Needles, California and San Bernardino County, California.

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