San Bernardino County —  Four news cases of novel coronavirus 2019 were reported in San Bernardino County on Friday, March 20. The county now has a total of nine confirmed cases and no deaths related to the virus. 

The county reported its first case on Sunday, March 15. Additional cases are expected to emerge as private lab testing begins ramping up.

When asked where in the county these cases have been reported Supervisor Dawn Rowe responded that, due to privacy laws, that information can not be released.

“We’ve decided not to identify the location of each new case because all of us should assume and behave as if coronavirus is everywhere,” said Public Information Officer David Wert on Thursday, March 19. “We don’t want to create panic in one community and false complacency in other communities.”

He expects once the county has gotten several more cases, it may create a map to show the spread.

“We talked to the sheriff and he agreed identifying the communities could create panic that could create law enforcement issues,” Wert added.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom and the State Public Health Office issued a statewide stay-at-home order on Tuesday with exceptions for essential tasks and services. At the time, Newsom said that the purpose of the order was to reduce the spread of the virus which was projected to reach 56 percent of people in the state if no action was taken. 

“Complying with public health orders is essential to our continued health and safety,” said acting County Health Officer Dr. Erin Gustafson in a press release. “These orders are not intended to spark panic, but rather reduce the spread of infection and minimize the number of people who get sick at any one time to keep our healthcare system functioning.”

For information about the coronavirus crisis, visit the County’s coronavirus website at wp.sbcounty.gov/dph/coronavirus, contact the coronavirus public information line from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at (909) 387-3911, or email the County at coronavirus@dph.sbcounty.gov.

(8) comments

CheRojo

1 of the cases is in Yucca Valley

Branson Hunter

Che how do you know that? Assuming so, when will the public find out about this after an epidemic breaks out and scores of people are affected? We do need transparency. That's been established weeks ago

Whatup

The Marine Corp base posted there was a confirmed case in Yucca Valley and claimed it to be a man. I guess we don’t know for sure but that’s what is being reported.

Jt1954

I feel that at the very least they should let the public know where the infected person was from, its wrong not to tell us. Also I call BS on the privacy issue being used as an excuse not to inform us, since it has nothing to do with the individuals ID and as for fear of panic, well if you been inside any supermarket lately and seen the empty shelves then you know we already past that point.

Parker

I would rather know than not, when it hits our communities, as I said on another article...

There are too many people feeling too complacent. This is too serious of a health/life issue. Social distancing is a good thing. We are at war with an invisible enemy. We all must step up to stop this awful Chinese corona virus. But no need to panic.

I say, why worry when you can pray. That's the easiest thing to do first. This event will pass.

NothingButTheTruth

I've had shortness of breath, chest compression, and cough the past couple of days but because I'm actually feeling better there was no need for me to come in and take a test. You better believe Corona virus is EVERYWHERE already people. Stop waiting for confirmed cases, this thing is bigger than that already. You see 9 think 9,000 or more already but they're not testing those of us who are already recovering or asymptomatic. Honestly! Just stay home already.

Branson Hunter

@ Parker:

Covid-19, to be accurate, is the name the science Community has given to the Coronavirus.

tdwills

As an elderly man with COPD asthma & COPD Emphysema I would like to know where, (general location), coronavirus has occurred.

We have plenty of food, perishables and non-perishables, firewood, gas for our generator. We did not expect to be caught shorthanded on TP and diaper wipes for our special needs adult son. We leave home to find them and I would rather avoid known hot-spots. We can use napkins, tissues, & newspaper if we cannot leave.

Just asking for the general location, San Bernardino county is the largest county in california.

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