SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY — A 50-year-old man with the novel coronavirus 2019 within San Bernardino County died from the virus, marking the first death within the county from COVID-19.
“Our hearts go out to this gentleman’s loved ones,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt
Hagman. “This is a sad milestone in the county’s fight against this global pandemic. The loss reminds us how vital it is that we comply with official health orders to keep ourselves, our loved ones and our communities safe.”
The patient had underlying health conditions and, at this time, the county has decided to not release any further information about his identity, like where he resided, to comply with HIPAA and maintain patient privacy.
Trudy Raymundo, director of the Public Health Department, said she has seen cases everywhere, throughout the county, and everyone should assume and act like the virus is in their community.
“It is in all of our cities. People need to already assume that it is in your community and already in your city,” she said. “We absolutely already have community spread and we need residents to be prepared at the highest level of responsiveness.”
On Tuesday, seven additional cases of COVID-19 were confirmed within the county bringing the total cases to 38.
Acting County Health Officer Dr. Erin Giustafson said that as cases continue to increase the county urges everyone to stay home and comply with state and county orders.
“In these unsettling times, it is clear that the spread of COVID-19 is broad,” he said. “Everyone should assume that anyone could have COVID-19 and unintentionally infect others. Therefore, we are appealing to everyone who possibly can to stay safe at home.”