News Alert: San Bernardino County, CA: County of San Bernardino orders all faith-based services must be electronic only to protect the public from further 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 faith-based services in San Bernardino County must be electronic only through streaming or online technology.

People may not leave their homes for driving parades or drive-up services or to pick up non-essential items such as pre-packaged Easter eggs or bags filled with candy and toys at a drive-thru location.

“We understand that this is an important time for Christians around the world and it is natural to want to worship and celebrate with our families. Right now, however, is a critical time for our country and our community – we can still celebrate this time from the safety of our individual homes while we help flatten the curve and save lives,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “When we stay home we help our healthcare workers and our emergency responders and vulnerable populations beat COVID-19.”

Many churches and houses of worship are hosting “virtual” services, streamed online.

The County encourages single-family, home-based worshipping and activities, including Easter egg hunts among household members inside the house or in residential back yards.

Here in Needles, California, churches such as St. Anne’s Catholic Church and Set Free Church of Needles are adapting to the current COVID-19 pandemic situation, and have been streaming their church masses and services via social media such as Facebook and YouTube.

You can view the mention churches mass and services by going to the following social media websites:

– St. Anne’s Catholic Church:

https://www.facebook.com/stanncatholic/

– Set Free Church of Needles:

https://www.facebook.com/setfreeneedles/

** 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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