Coronavirus tests

A technician processes tests in the San Bernardino County Public Health Department laboratory.

SAN BERNARDINO — The number of confirmed cases of the new coronavirus in San Bernardino County surged past 100 over the weekend, with 111 people testing positive and three deaths confirmed by Monday morning.

County and private labs have processed 996 tests so far, according to the Department of Public Health.

The sick include 12 elderly residents of a nursing facility in Yucaipa who tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday, March 28.

Another resident of the nursing home, an 89-year-old woman with underlying health issues, died from COVID-19 Thursday, March 26.

A resident of a second nursing facility in Mentone is presenting symptoms of the disease, the county announced.

Public Health professionals are working with both facilities to expedite the immediate testing of everyone who lives and works in both facilities, according to the county.

“This is the first instance we have had in our county of a concentrated COVID-19 outbreak,” said Acting County Health Officer Dr. Erin Gustafson. “The county will do everything within its ability and authority to minimize the tragedy this pandemic has the potential to create in our communities.”

She called the outbreak a signal to anyone who is resisting complying with public health orders and guidelines.

“Staying at home, minimizing non-essential contact with others, maintaining social distancing from even people we know and with whom we have regular contact, and consistently practicing good hygiene is our best hope of making forward the other side of this pandemic,” Gustafson said.

County residents who have tested positive also include two sheriff’s deputies who work in county jails. The Sheriff’s Department announced they had tested positive Sunday, March 29.

The county fire department announced on the same day that two firefighters have tested positive for the new coronavirus. These are the first two positive cases of firefighter first responders within the county.

One works for the San Bernardino County Fire Protection District (the county fire department) and the other for the Montclair Fire Department.

One of the ongoing criticisms of San Bernardino County during the pandemic has been its refusal to reveal in what communities people have tested positive.

The county website says it will partly change that this week. It will begin reporting the number of cases in each of the county’s 24 incorporated cities and towns as soon as Monday.

The cases will be reported on the coronavirus dashboard at

(4) comments

T Twelvetrees

It is about time for SBCO to release the communities that have positive test results. Of course in big font it tells us that there are no appointments available to be tested in the county. I could not be more disappointed in the county leadership burying their heads in the sand and hiding the truth...We are over the 100 mark...We shall see if BG Turner had correct information or not...

T Twelvetrees

Thank you to the HDS for getting the truth out to us. Since you ban't get tested in SBCO, let's hope the number remains at just one confirmed in Yucca Valley. I was in Grocery Outlet with my full anti virus outfit on along with my wife when a couple of guys holding hands thought it was so stupid they laughed. After I flipped them of, I decided to just chill and let it pass. You can't fix stupid....


I certainly hope that those using Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) gear against the Covid19 are considering all possible transmission points when disrobing/dismounting of it.

Personal Protection Equipment isn't of much use if one cannot dismount and isolate the bio-hazard it's protecting you from.

If you're using PPE, please learn how to effectively use it in a proper manner.

There should be plenty of training videos online in proper bio-hazard PPE use.


Health officials say bandanas, fabric masks, and neck gaiters will work. Fabric covers and bandanas can be washed and used again.

The reasoning officials are using to recommend that you cover your face comes from the belief that transmission occurs primarily through droplets from an infected individual. Fabrics can easily filter those droplets.

Fabrics not only helps to reduce the risk that a healthy person can breathe the droplets in but also protects others around someone with mild symptoms who may not yet realize they have the illness.

Face covering should be worn anytime a person is outside of their home, even in offices of essential businesses.

Local officials had previously not recommended the large-scale use of face coverings, but circumstances have changed.

"When the situation changes, the rulebook changes,” said Dr. Cameron Kaiser, Riverside County public health officer. “We’re seeing our numbers increasing even sooner than we predicted and that means our strategy must change too. Covering your face doesn’t change the orders everyone must abide by to stay home as much as possible and maintain social distancing, but it’s an extra layer of protection that I think we need to add.”

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