News Update: Needles, CA: Needles City Manager and Needles Mayor provides latest information regarding COVID-19 in community and upcoming Independence Day 2020 Weekend.

Source: Needles City Manager Rick Daniels and Needles Mayor Jeff Williams (Information and Press Release):

Needles, California: Needles City Manager Rick Daniels and Needles Mayor Jeff Williams released on Thursday, July 2nd, 2020 a press release regarding provides latest information on COVID-19 within community.

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Mayor Jeff Williams today provided an update on the status of the Covid-19 situation. “The good and decent people of Needles need to know the best information available on Covid-19 in their community. The City is committed to sharing that information so people can make informed decision in their personal lives. In order to get this pandemic under control we all need to work together and protect our friends, families and community.”

** By the Numbers: **

The City with a population of 5128 has had 409 residents have been tested. Of those tests San Bernardino County reports that there have been 6 positive tests as of July 2, 2020. This data changes daily and can be found at the County Department of Public Health website at sbcovid19.com . Scroll to the COVID-19 Surveillance Dashboard where one can find the cases and deaths countywide and by community. Symptomatic and asymptomatic testing is available Tri-State Community Health Center on Bailey Avenue or if anyone has been exposed at the Colorado River Medical Center, Emergency Room. To schedule testing please contact Tri-State Community Health Center at (760) 326-0222.

San Bernardino County is experiencing a serious spike in cases and hospitalizations..
The State is monitoring each County for the following five (5) thresholds;

– Cases per 100,000

– Positivity Rate (based on a seven-day average)

– Hospitalization rate (based on a percentage change in a 3-day average and has to be less than 10%)

– Hospital ICU capacity

– Ventilator availability

As of June 2, 2020, the County of San Bernardino is reporting; 1.8 cases per 100,000, a positivity rate of 11.3%, hospitalization rate of 13%, ICU capacity of 19.3% and 37.6% of ventilator utilization rate.

** Needles City Employee Exposed: **

Over the weekend, the City was notified of a field employee (non-office based) was tested positive for COVID-19. Those staff who have been potentially directly exposed have been notified and directed to get tested which was done on Monday. The City and employees are awaiting test results.

In an abundance of caution, City Hall will be closed to the public from 6/29 through 7/3. Utility Bills can be paid via a drop box outside of City Hall or online. Any transaction fees will be waived during this time period. Employee access will be limited to phone calls and emails. The City scheduled a deep cleaning of City Hall as a further precaution.

“The City takes these actions to protect the general public and City employees from unnecessary health risks in this unusual time.”, said City Manager Rick Daniels. Daniels further stated that, “All emergency calls for service will receive a response from public works and utility staff on an “on-call” basis, and all employees believed to have been exposed have been tested.”

– Needles Senior Center Exposure:

A citizen volunteer has tested positive for the virus, however has not been in the Senior Center since June 19. A Senior Center employee has developed some mild symptoms and is taking required precautionary measures to return to work. The Senior Center has been closed to the public since mid-March, so there is no chance of general exposure to our seniors.

** Bar and Inside Restaurants Closed: **

Governor Newsom today announced immediate closure of indoor operations within counties on the watch list for 3 or more consecutive days, including San Bernardino County, while allowing for outdoor operations with appropriate modifications following guidance in the following sectors:

– Restaurants

– Wineries and tasting rooms

– Movie theaters

– Family entertainment centers

– Zoos and museums

– Cardrooms (not casinos)

– Bars (indoor and outdoor) are required to close in all counties that have been on the list for more than 3 days.

Guidance for the closure can be found here. Within those sectors, those that are not able to continue their business through outdoor operations must close that portion of their business effective immediately for at least three (3) weeks, in order to further mitigate the spread of the virus.

The Governor alluded to “Enforcement Strike Teams,” which consists of ABC, CalOSHA, Dept. of Consumer Affairs, CHP, Dept. of Business Oversight. These teams will build partnerships with local DPH and be deployed throughout the 6 regions of the state, 19 Counties on the monitoring list will be first targets. Additional details are forthcoming.

– Pool and Day Camp Reopening:

The pool and Summer Day Camp is now open. Today, there were over 30 in the pool, properly distanced, attending a water aerobics class. Lap swim is available. For hours and Summer Camp Details contact the Recreation Center at: 1 (760) 326-2814.

** Visitors for Independence Day 2020 Weekend Holiday: **

With the closure of state and LA County ocean beaches, the City is expecting a very large influx of visitors this upcoming holiday weekend. That problem is further compounded by tribal beaches being closed and limited boat launches available along the river.

Limited parking is available for the First and Second Beaches across from the River’s Edge Golf Course in the newly striped area. Parking restrictions will be strictly enforced.

The Jack Smith Boat Launch is open. While the launch has considerable capacity, priority launches will be available for season passholders. Parking at Jack Smith Park is also limited, and parking restrictions will be strictly enforced.

** Avoid Covid-19 by practicing Safe Health Habits: **

The City of Needles want residents and the public, especially out of town visitors, of the following steps that should be taken to protect your health and those around you from COVID-19:

– If you are sick, stay home

– People experiencing symptoms of contagious illness should seek medical guidance.

– Testing is being offered during the week at both the Tri-State Community Healthcare Center at: 1 (760) 326-0222 and Colorado River Medical Center at: 1 (760) 326-7100 by appointment only.

– Persons aged 65 years and older and persons of any age with certain underlying health conditions are at increased risk, and should they contract COVID-19 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 80% 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.

– Avoid close contact and practice social distancing.

– Use face coverings when leaving the home or conducting essential business.

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