SAN BERNARDINO — Two people have died from the new coronavirus in San Bernardino County and 54 people have tested positive for the virus.

The county Public Heath Department reported the new numbers Wednesday night.

As test results come back from private and public laboratories, the numbers are expected to climb.

The numbers jumped from Tuesday night, when the county confirmed 38 people had the virus and one person, a 50-year-old man, had died.

In a press conference Wednesday, doctors and public health officials told everyone it is essential to stay at home except for essential activities, maintain distances of at least six feet when you do go out and wash your hands often.

Webster Wong, chief of medical staff at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, said his medical advice to prevent the spread of coronavirus was simple: Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds and stay at least six feet away from others.

“The virus is easily spread through close contact. It can survive in the air and on surfaces for long times,” Wong said.

“If you have a cough or fever and have been in contact with a coronavirus-positive person but do not have breathing problems, stay at home, isolate yourself, hydrate and control your fever with medication,” he said.

However, if you are having trouble breathing, he said, you should go to your local emergency room.

If you have a cough or fever, have been in contact with someone who tested positive and have underlying health problems, he recommends you contact your health provider.

(7) comments

Josh

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Josh

NOT COVID - 19 RELATED!! REPEAT NOT COVID! REGULAR , EVERY DAY FLU! 38,000,000 – 54,000,000 flu illnesses 18,000,000 – 26,000,000 flu medical visits 400,000 – 730,000 flu hospitalizations 24,000 – 62,000 flu deaths 2019-2020 U.S. Flu Season: Preliminary Burden Estimates | CDC https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/burden/preliminary-in-season-estimates.htm

Branson Hunter

Why is it a good idea for the county to hide the information of what cities are involved? If the public would know that they can clearly understand that safety measures must be followed. It's beginning to seem to me that the county is a problem in hiding critical information.

CheRojo

It's nuts. It's going to give people a false sense of security.

Blayd

No false sense of security from anyone I deal with. When you have friends and family in a major problem area (Brooklyn, NY) you how absolutely terrible this is becoming. I call thrice daily now to give moral support while they hunker down and hope to survive.

Social Distancing!!!

Josh

False sense of security?

Have you looked around and see how many morons are overreacting? And are still bringing their dogs into the store?

Everybody's panicking like cockroaches when the lights being turned on them.

Maybe I live in a parallel universe.

Just to keep everything in balance I've been going out more in being less sanitary.

Josh

Remember,, sarcasm and satire. I'M JUST JOKING.

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