Dawn Rowe at San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors

A screenshot shows Supervisor Dawn Rowe wearing a face mask at the Thursday, May 7, meeting of the San Bernardino County board of supervisors. She said since the supervisors encouraged their constituents to wear masks, they should lead by example.

SAN BERNARDINO - Face coverings are no longer required, but are still strongly recommended, in San Bernardino County under a new health order issued Friday afternoon.

At a request by the board of supervisors, the Department of Public Health rescinded the April 23 health order that required face coverings.

Both Supervisor Dawn Rowe, whose jurisdiction includes the Morongo Basin, and board Chairman Curt Hagman said people should continue to cover their mouths and noses when in public.

“What stops the spread of this disease is stopping the spread of droplets, frequently washing your hands and keeping distance and I would encourage Morongo Basin residents to do all of that as much as they can,” Rowe said in a telephone interview Saturday..

“We do know people can have the coronavirus and not know they have it and be asymptomatic, and still pass it on to others,” she said.

“You’re protecting other people’s loved ones (by wearing a mask),” she said. “It’s not just for our well-being, it’s for others’.”

Because the novel coronavirus 2019 is so new, labs are still studying how many people may be infected and able to pass the virus to others without having symptoms themselves.

Centers for Disease Control Director Dr. Robert Redfiled said it could be as many as 25 percent of people with the virus. A lab in Iceland found that as many as 50 percent could be asymptomatic and a study of a cruise ship where there was an outbreak found that about half the infected passengers had no symptoms.

The county “strongly urges” everyone to continue wearing face coverings in public and added that businesses may still require coverings for customers and employees, Hagman said in a released statement.

Rowe compared business’ ability to require masks to their right to enforce “no shoes, no shirt, no service.”

So why rescind the order? Rowe said it was to align the county with the state’s orders, which recommend but do not require masks.

“The bigger picture is the board of supervisors is desiring to have our health orders in line with state orders, so when Governor Newsom recalls them, San Bernardino County can recall them without calling a meeting,” she said.

In a board of supervisors meeting Tuesday, Rowe and Hagman went back and forth about the mask requirement. Rowe was the only supervisor who wore her mask for the entire meetings on Tuesday and Thursday. But she also said mandating, rather than asking, people to wear masks was upsetting many of her constituents.

“I don’t disagree with the guidelines, it’s the mandate,” she said Tuesday.

“I’ve just received a tremendous amount of pushback on that. Make it suggestive, educate us, we’re not stupid, we get it, we’ll wash our hands, we’ll wear our face mask in public, but to mandate it was the issue.”

“When people start thinking the science is made up, then our numbers will go up,” Hagman warned.

“I get the frustration about the mask and the science is very clear about the mask, but it’s not a blanket law to wear it 24/7 even when you’re outdoors. People hopefully use logic and common sense.”

Peer-reviewed studies have shown that surgical masks (the kind worn commonly by doctors and nurses, not N95 respirators) help prevent the spread of droplets carrying infections, including previous coronaviruses.

Homemade masks are less effective but have been shown to stop some transmission.

However, infected people had to be wearing masks consistently and correctly, covering their nose and mouth.

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Franklin

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treat in a way that is apparently kind or helpful but that betrays a feeling of superiority.

Blayd

"wearing a mask is upsetting......"

Wait until a loved one dies from Covid19, then some will find out what upsetting is all about.

When round two of this virus strikes if we have in fact completed round one, will we finally buckle down and be smart and safe OR will we perpetually be STUCK ON STUPID!

Don't look for common sense from our alledged leaders - tRump and Pence are stuck on stupid with regard to masks and contact points.

One infected visitor from a Los Angeles hot spot (yes they probably ARE in the area) could infect hundreds in one quick go.

The sick and the dead can't restart our local economy.

Live and Let Die!

booboo77

Using the flag as a snot rag phlegm repository is unpatriotic.

Branson Hunter

The Desert Sun reports this morning that "San Bernardino County, home to more than 2 million people, is among the worst of the large County's lagging behind... has administered the the lowest number of deaths per capita among all Southern California counties." Is this the plan? Isn't testing, at this juncture, the best method to protect residents... .

Blayd

First Defense: Masks, hand washing, surface sanitation, social distancing and avoiding gatherings. Isolation of high risk individuals (immo-comp, 70+yoa). Eventually vaccine.

Second Defense: Testing, contact tracing, isolation of infected.

Third Defence: Hospitalization of severely ill.

Evidently poor little Boo Boo, Macho-man Daddy, and Malaise Mamma find masks inconvenient so we'll just adjust the rules for the little whiners to avoid a meeting.

SpunkyBump

[crying][scared][unsure][ohmy]

This is absolutely crazy.... Don’t you people learn? When the virus takes over Calif., because people don’t want to stay safe... Maybe then you will believe and see what it’s like to loose a loved one... and how wrong we are to be so lax on keeping people safe... I was terrified shopping at the market today seeing people with no regard and no masks... This is a killer people.... Wake Up!!!

Branson Hunter

That should read SB County has the lowest number of virus tests of all 10 Southern California counties.

Blayd

Testing is only useful when combined with preventive measures and contact tracing.

One can test negative, and an hour later go shopping and be heavily exposed to an asymptomatic person(s) which renders your negative test useless. In fact you'd probably infect others thinking that you're good to go. It's a false sense of security.

Here is the link to the world wide stats:. You can toggle the colomns or do drill down to specific jurisdictions. Plenty of info including per capital infections, deaths, testing, ect

www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/#countries

Dumb donald and pestilence pence runs around without masks, while Putin watches from afar in isolation as the poo poo hits the propeller. Mother Russia is in the running for second place for infections.

NoCorporatePersonhood

Classic gutless politicians that want to have it both ways. Either the science says we should be wearing masks or it says we do not need masks. I think anyone with common sense knows masks should be mandatory.

Patti Leary

Well...the hundreds of youth gathering tonight at the JT Valero station...were in close contact and not wearing masks. And while tires were being burned and not police were in sight....it felt, to this reporter....an appropriate homage to the slain 24 yr old Shane Castro...May he rest in peace....

Blayd

I am not sure Mr. Castro would have encouraged homage of one senseless act with another senseless act.

I understand the need for his friends to grieve, but to make this tragedy into a larger one is just as senseless and foolish.

I hope Mr. Castro's friends and peers can redirect their justified anger to more constructive deeds as homage.

Rholder

Not sure what these said "senseless acts" are but I, for one, am blessed beyond measure that so much love is being shown for Shane. Mask or no mask we need to hug each other right now. We need to love each other right now. Thanks for commenting what you think Shane would or wouldn't encourage. As his family I can tell you he would encourage all the love that is being spread right now. You can't live in fear. Love without fear....unconditionally....mask or no mask.

booboo77

I ALWAYS wear a mask!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

gagec11

I FIND IT SO INTERESTING THAT PEOPLE CONTINUE TO PARROT THE LINES FED THEM BY THOSE WHO HAVE AN AGENDA. DO YOU REMEMBER ANY TIME IN THE HISTORY OF THIS NATION, WHERE HEALTHY PEOPLE WERE QUARANTINED?

I CERTAINLY DON'T. NOT GOING OUT AS NORMAL AMERICANS HAS PROHIBITED THE HUMAN IMMUNE SYSTEM IT'S RIGHT TO "HERD IMMUNITY" WHICH MEANS THAT EVEN THOUGH 98% OF THE POPULATION CAN CATCH A DISEASE, ONLY 1.5% WOULD DIE FROM IT. ALSO; DR. DEBRA BIRX (NIH) ANNOUNCED LAST WEEK THAT THE NUMBER OF DEATHS FROM COVID19 WERE EXAGGERATED BY A MINIMUM OF 25% AND SHE PREDICTS THE NUMBER IS LESS THAN 65k, WHICH MEANS THE DEATH RATE IS LESS THAN THAT OF THE ANNUAL FLU.

TAKE THE TIME TO TEACH YOURSELVES ABOUT THE DISEASE AND IT'S MECHANISMS BEFORE YOU JUMP TO THE CONCLUSION. THAT WHAT WE ARE BEING TOLD A TRUTH....WHICH COULD VERY WELL BE THAT SOME OF IT IS A LIE.

BBB

During the Spanish flu epidemic the authorities in St. Louis used quarantine to keep deaths down, while Philadelphia went on with business as usual. Soon bodies were stacked like cord wood in streets of Brotherly Love. You obviously don't remember or never learned about polio in this world. My grandfather, a physician, sent my father and sisters to live with relatives on their farm during summer months to be away from crowds. I'm old enough to remember seeing little kids and adults dragging their useless legs, holding themselves up with uncomfortable metal crutches. Rather than finding enlightenment on Facebook, you might be well served finding an old dusty history book. Love the all caps.

don mckinney

It is obvious to ALL that our enemies have won the war . That enemy is the enemy of the world . It is the Global CORPORATIONS that create all wars . It is driven by the CORPORATE MASS MEDIA that gave us all false flag events and exagerated them for financial gain . Always something to FEAR . That works the best and there never is a lag between the false flag events except now while this one is ongoing . Where are the school shooting hoaxes now ? We are handed a basket of rotten fruit to vote for by the mass media only . The choice between two rotten lemons is not which is worse . They are all from the same tree that Eve ate from . Wake up and demand a real candidate for office for a real change . Where are the churches during wars of aggression ? Bankrolling both sides for their own profit obviously . Their silence is their consent to these wars of aggression for the foreign country that all the fighting is for . And it is not for Americans , but foreign owned CORPORATIONS . 2020 will be remembered for the Sheeple with no toilet paper , when a roll of toilet paper could buy a barrel of oil .

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