Latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates
The health and safety of Hesperia residents is our top priority. Please visit this page often for information and updates on the COVID-19 pandemic. City officials are closely monitoring the guidelines and directives issued in responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic by lead agencies including the Federal Government, the Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC) and the local lead agency, the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health.
**UPDATE 5/27 Pfizer vaccine approved by FDA for 12-15 year olds; Countywide Vaccination milestones and State reopening plans
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced this week that children aged 12 to 15 are now eligible to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine and San Bernardino County will soon be taking appointments and walk-ups for children ages 12-15.
For more information, please visit https://wp.sbcounty.gov/cao/countywire/?p=11761.
The State last week provided an update on the Beyond the Blueprint Framework for the State’s June 15 reopening. In less than three weeks, the State will clear all industry and business sectors listed in the current Blueprint Activities and Business Tiers Chart to return to usual operations with no capacity limits or physical distancing requirements, with limited exceptions for what the State is calling “mega events.”
|Vaccinating San Bernardino County (as of May 18, 2021)|
|Doses administered to county residents||1,455,813|
|County residents fully vaccinated||663,986|
|Percentage of 16+ residents any vaccination||49.8%|
|Percentage of 16+ residents fully vaccinated||39.6%|
For more information, please visit https://wp.sbcounty.gov/cao/countywire/?p=11852
**UPDATE 4/21/2021 San Bernardino County providing rental assistance to renters and landlords
San Bernardino County has established an emergency rental assistance program that will disperse more than $46.8 million in rental assistance to residents affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and economic shutdown. The funds were provided through the federal Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021.
The San Bernardino County Rent Relief Partnership, established in collaboration with Inland SoCal 211+, will contribute up to 12 months of overdue rent and/or potential rent payments to residents who have struggled to make payments. Applicants can apply for arrears accrued from March 13, 2020 to present and the program will be available through Dec. 31, 2021 or until all funds are exhausted.
**UPDATE 4/8/2021 San Bernardino County moves into Orange Tier; Vaccines available to everyone aged 16+.
San Bernardino County has met the criteria to move into the less restrictive Orange Tier of the state's reopening plan. Certain institutions and businesses may now open to 50% capacity — a notable increase from the Red Tier’s limit of 25%. And some businesses, like bars and bowling alleys, can now reopen for the first time in over a year.
Any bar in San Bernardino County may now open for outdoor service. Movie theaters, museums, and restaurants may double the number of guests allowed inside. Wineries and breweries can allow patrons to enjoy their beverages indoors. And outdoor stadiums can open at 33% capacity. For more information, please visit https://wp.sbcounty.gov/cao/countywire/?p=11382
San Bernardino County officials have announced that every County resident aged 16 and older is now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. The decision means thousands of additional residents may now schedule an appointment to receive one of the three FDA-approved vaccines.
More than 785,000 vaccinations have been administered to San Bernardino County residents, according to the COVID-19 Surveillance Dashboard on the County’s COVID-19 website. The vaccines have been administered through County-run sites and a variety of independent providers such as hospitals, physician practices and major pharmacies. To schedule an appointment, please visit the County vaccination page or call the COVID-19 helpline at (909) 387-3911, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
**UPDATE 3/25/2021 Vaccines will be open to everyone aged 50+ starting April 1st and everyone aged 16+ starting April 15th.
San Bernardino County’s effort to vaccinate all of its residents will shift into high gear on April 1 all county residents age 50 and over will be eligible for vaccination, and accelerate even more on April 15 when county residents 16 and over will be eligible, regardless of health condition or occupation.
And effective immediately, those who accompany an eligible family member to an appointment are eligible, too, even if they don’t fall into an eligible category – but they must have an appointment at the same location and at approximately the same time as their eligible family member. Those accompanying someone 65 or over, a person with a serious underlying health condition or disability, a food worker, or anyone else who is eligible should sign up for an appointment as a member of that eligible cohort, and accompany that eligible person to the appointment.
People can check eligibility and make an appointment by visiting the county’s vaccination website. Those who need further assistance can call the county’s COVID-19 hotline at 909-387-3911 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
For more information, please view the County update here https://wp.sbcounty.gov/cao/countywire/?p=11244.
**UPDATE 3/18/2021 Disabled and high-risk patients between the age of 16-64 now eligible for vaccinations
Individuals aged 16 to 64 whose medical condition puts them at high risk should they contract COVID-19 are now eligible for vaccination in San Bernardino County.
Per state guidelines, people qualify if they are likely to develop severe life-threatening illness or die from COVID-19, or if getting adequate and timely COVID-19 care will be particularly challenging as a result of their disability.
Those with disabilities and underlying health conditions should work directly with their primary health care provider to get a vaccination. Those for whom this is not an option should make an appointment at a county or state public health site, local pharmacy, physician’s office, or hospital. Appointments can be made on the County’s vaccination website or by calling the County COVID hotline at 909-387-3911.
Those being vaccinated at a County-operated site will have to sign a form acknowledging they are eligible.
For detailed information about eligibility of people with a disability and/or medical condition, please visit the state website at https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/vaccine-high-risk-factsheet.aspx.
**UPDATE 3/15/2021 San Bernardino County moves into less-restrictive Red Tier resulting in significant reopening in numerous sectors.
County officials are reporting welcome news: with vaccination rates rising and COVID-19 cases declining, San Bernardino County will transition from the State’s most restrictive Purple Tier, where it has been since last August, to the more open Red Tier on Sunday, March 14.
The move into the Red Tier means numerous local businesses, including gyms, restaurants, movie theaters and museums, can open for indoor services with modifications. Further details on activity and business tiers can be found here.
- Gyms will be allowed to open indoors at 10% capacity
- Retailers and malls can operate at 50% capacity
- Hair and nail salons can continue to operate indoors with modifications
- Restaurants can operate indoors at 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer
- Movie theaters can reopen at 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer
- Museums, zoos, and aquariums can reopen indoors at 25% capacity
- Libraries can open at 50% capacity
- Outdoor live events can resume at 20% capacity (effective April 1)
- Amusement parks can reopen at 15% capacity and small group restrictions (effective April 1)
- Schools may reopen fully for in-person instruction following re-opening guidance. Local school officials will decide whether and when that will occur.
**UPDATE 3/4/2021 Vaccination efforts expand in San Bernardino County as more people become eligible for the vaccine; City of Hesperia opens Council Meetings to the public with limited capacity.
The County will now accept appointments for food and agriculture workers to receive a COVID-19 vaccination shot. This sector includes grocery store workers, restaurant workers, farmworkers, food supply chain workers and others in support functions or adjacent fields. According to the State, 169,202 county residents (7.7% of the county population) are within this sector.
Workers in the food and agricultural industries can visit the vaccination section of the County’s COVID-19 website to see about scheduling an appointment. Eligible persons should also remember that County-run vaccination sites are not the only places to receive a vaccine, so they should check with pharmacies, state-run sites and their own doctor about vaccines. For more details on eligibility and vaccine rollout, please visit https://wp.sbcounty.gov/cao/countywire/?p=10866.
City Council meetings will now be open to the public at 25% maximum capacity to allow for social distancing. Meeting attendees will be admitted on a first come, first served basis, with doors opening at 6 p.m. When capacity is reached, signage will be placed in front of City Hall indicating the Council Chambers has reached capacity and no further members will be permitted entrance.
Public Comments can be made in-person at City Council Meetings within the guidelines outlined above and/or via telephone by calling ahead of time and recording a message with the City Clerk’s office at (760) 947-1007.
For more information on the council meetings, please view this document.
**UPDATE 2/16/2021 San Bernardino County launches COVID-19 vaccination data dashboard.
A comprehensive COVID-19 vaccination dashboard created by the County’s Public Health data team launched today at sbcovid19.com to provide an at-a-glance look at the status of vaccine distribution and administration in San Bernardino County.
The dashboard displays information about:
- COVID-19 vaccine doses administered to San Bernardino County residents
- COVID-19 vaccine doses administered by San Bernardino County providers
- The number of residents vaccinated with a breakdown of first and second doses
- The percent of the population that has received vaccines in our county
- Demographic data about who has received COVID-19 vaccines by age, race, ethnicity and gender
- A countywide map listing the vaccination numbers in each city that shows the number of residents vaccinated and the rate of those vaccinated in each location.
- A mapped listing of San Bernardino County providers who have received doses of vaccine and how many of those vaccines have been administered to San Bernardino County residents
- COVID-19 vaccine inventory by brand (Pfizer, Moderna)
The dashboard is best viewed on a desktop computer screen. To view the new vaccine data, visit sbcovid19.com and click on “COVID-19 Dashboard.”
**UPDATE 2/9/2021 State now allows indoor worship services; County intensifies vaccinate process for residents 65+.
The State has announced that places of worship in California are no longer limited to outdoor activities and can immediately gather indoors at up to 25% capacity. The State requires places of worship to observe guidance issued in July 2020: https://files.covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-places-of-worship–en.pdf. The State relaxed restrictions after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against the State’s ban on indoor services.
San Bernardino County is further intensifying its efforts to vaccinate the area’s residents aged 65 and older, and make it easier for them to schedule vaccination appointments at its five major public heath vaccination sites:
- Ontario Convention Center
- Arroyo Valley High School, San Bernardino
- Hook Community Center, Victorville
- Hesperia Health Center
- Copper Mountain College, Joshua Tree
40,000 vaccination appointments are available for seniors. To make a reservation, please visit https://sbcovid19.com/vaccine/locations/
**UPDATE 1/25/2021 Governor Newsom lifts stay-at-home orders for all counties; Residents aged 65+ to begin receiving vaccinations.
With the state easing out of the post-holiday COVID-19 spike, and ICU capacity increasing throughout the state, including in San Bernardino County, Gov. Gavin Newsom today lifted the strict regional stay-at-home orders issued in December — moving the County back into the previous tier system. San Bernardino County remains in the Purple Tier. As a result, local restaurants will be allowed to open for outdoor service, personal care services (such as hair and nail salons) may reopen with modifications, retailers may allow more customers into their stores and campgrounds may resume operations, among other changes.
For more information, please visit https://wp.sbcounty.gov/cao/countywire/?p=10321
Since California authorized counties to provide COVID-19 vaccines to all individuals aged 65 and over, thousands of older residents in San Bernardino County have begun to receive their first dose or have made a reservation for a future appointment.
At this time, however, all available appointment times at County Public Health sites are full and the County is advising residents that a current shortage of vaccines will delay that effort. The County hosts a registration page on its vaccine website for County sites, hospitals, and pharmacies that are administering vaccinations.
For more information, please visit https://wp.sbcounty.gov/cao/countywire/?p=10279
**UPDATE 1/19/2021 Hesperia Emergency Housing and Utility Assistance Program
**UPDATE 1/19/2021 Hesperia Emergency Business Assistance Program
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**UPDATE 12/30/2020 San Bernardino County will adapt new state recommendations for vaccine distributions
San Bernardino County is making steady progress through Phase 1A of the state’s vaccination campaign, and is monitoring recommendations being considered by California’s Community Vaccine Advisory Committee. The new guidelines were announced by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday, Dec. 28 and are expected to be finalized by the state California Department of Public Health very soon.
For full details on the COVID-19 vaccination roadmap, please visit https://wp.sbcounty.gov/cao/countywire/?p=10102
**UPDATE 12/9/2020 San Bernardino County welcomes new Supervisors; FAQs on new vaccines now available on County website
Former Congressman and retired U.S. Marine Col. Paul Cook, County Supervisor Dawn Rowe, and former Rialto Councilman and State Assembly Member Joe Baca, Jr. were administered the oath of office on Monday, Dec. 7, and began four-year terms on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors. They join Supervisor and Board Chairman Curt Hagman and Supervisor Janice Rutherford on the body that governs an award-winning organization made up of more than 23,000 employees and more than 100 departments, divisions, and agencies offering a diverse array of essential and quality-of-life services to more than 2.2 million county residents.
The County of San Bernardino and Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC) are committed to implementing a comprehensive response to the COVID-19 vaccination process based on guidelines established by the CDC, California Department of Public Health and the San Bernardino County COVID-19 Vaccination Task Force.
For more information, please visit https://wp.sbcounty.gov/cao/countywire/?p=9886.
**UPDATE 12/3/2020 California issues limited stay-at-home order due to increased hospitalizations
Due to the substantial increase in hospitalizations and ICU admissions, Governor Newsom has ordered a limited stay at home order which will initially remain in place for three weeks. San Bernardino County has reached over 85% of ICU capacity and will fall under the new mandate. This will mandate the closure of the following:
- Indoor and outdoor playgrounds
- Personal care services, including hair and nail salons and barbershops
- Indoor recreational facilities
- Family entertainment centers
- Museums, zoos and aquariums
- Bars and wineries
- Campgrounds (for overnight stays)
- On-site dining at restaurants (take-out, pick-up and delivery only)
- Hotels and motels except for critical infrastructure support
In addition, the new mandate limits retail stores to 20% capacity, and eating or drinking inside stores is prohibited. The new rules also ban non-essential travel, but outdoor recreation facilities will remain open
Schools that have received waivers permitting them to provide in-person instruction are allowed to stay open. Doctors and dentists may also continue seeing patients.
**UPDATE 11/20/2020 San Bernardino County issues night-time stay-at-home order; County extends COVID Compliant Business Partnership Program to Dec. 13;
The San Bernardino County has issued a 10PM - 5AM limited stay at home order effective, Nov. 21, for the 41 of 58 California counties under the Purple Tier of California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy including San Bernardino County. The order prohibits all non-essential activities conducted outside the home with members of other households between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. beginning Nov. 21 and extending until at least Dec. 21. Under the State order, residents can leave their homes, but cannot engage or interact with people from other households.
In an effort to support as many businesses as possible that are dealing with state public health restrictions and the arrival of colder weather, the County of San Bernardino has announced an extension of the COVID-Compliant Business Partnership Program with increased funding and adjusted eligibility criteria.
A business or nonprofit, no more than 100 employees and has been in business prior to January 1, 2020 are now eligible to receive the funding, providing they demonstrate continued compliance with state/county public health orders, and incorporate safety and social distancing practices and measures in their business operations.
The amount funded for these operations is now $5,000 for an initial location and $2,000 for each additional location, with an additional amount of $2,500 for any business that is relocating operations to outdoors. For business partners that participated in the program earlier this year, they will receive additional funding to bring their total allotment to these new levels. Short Term Rentals and private schools are excluded from additional funding.
Interested businesses that have not previously applied have until Dec. 13 to apply for the funds. To date, 5,125 entities have been funded, and nearly $12.5 million has been distributed to eligible small businesses or nonprofits. For those who already applied, the County will be contacting you in the very near future to coordinate the additional funding.
**UPDATE 11/3/2020 San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters offers instructions on returning your ballot, voting in person, and tracking your ballot. Mail ballots are verified and secure. The RoV will take measures to protect voters and poll workers.
The San Bernardino County will have polling places open from Saturday through Election Day. You can use the county’s polling place search tool or look on the back of your Voter Information Guide to find your assigned polling place. If possible, voters should try to use their assigned polling place for the most efficient and quickest process. On November 3rd, polling places will be open from 7:00AM - 8:00PM.
The Registrar of Voters assures voters that mail ballots are verified and secure. Your official mail ballot envelope has a barcode that identifies it as yours. When you return your voted ballot to the Registrar of Voters, your mail ballot envelope is scanned on a sorting machine, capturing an image of your signature. To return your ballot, there are two options available:
- Mail Ballot Drop-Box Locations. Voters can submit completed ballots at drop-box locations listed here. Voted mail ballots may also be dropped off at the Registrar of Voters office, 777 E. Rialto Avenue in San Bernardino, any early vote site, and any polling place.
- Polling Places. For voters who want to mark and cast their ballot in person, the County will have 210 polling locations available this election. You can view the locations here. Find your assigned polling place and vote early to avoid lines and crowds. Your polling place will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on November 3, Election Day.
To ensure a safe environment for voters and poll workers, poll workers will be provided with face masks, face shields, gloves, hand sanitizer, and cleaning supplies. High-touch surfaces will be cleaned throughout the day. Because a face covering order is in effect, voters who arrive without a face mask will be offered one. Voters may also request a face shield on site for extra protection.
**UPDATE 10/27/2020 County and State relaxes guidelines for social gatherings; Concerns addressed over voting in the election.
New guidance from the California Department of Public Health states private outdoor gatherings of people from three (or fewer) households are now compliant with State health orders. Gatherings of individuals from more than three households are still not allowed with the State orders. Gatherings should be outdoors to reduce the risk of spreading COVID between family members.
Twice as many San Bernardino County voters have already voted in this 2020 Presidential General Election than had a week before the 2016 election. To avoid long wait times on Tuesday, Nov. 3, the Registrar of Voters recommends voters take advantage of the opportunity to vote early. Six early vote sites are now open that allow registered voters to cast their mail ballot in-person at a COVID-safe location. Two of these sites are located in the High Desert
1. Town of Apple Valley Recreation Center
- 14955 Dale Evans Parkway, Apple Valley
- Open daily through Oct. 30 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
2. Hook Community Center
- 14973 Joshua Street, Victorville
- Open daily through Oct. 30 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Voters can bring their ballot with them to the following early vote sites, or choose to ask for a replacement mail ballot. First time voters can also register to vote and receive a ballot at an early vote site.
All locations are indoors and will be following COVID-safe guidelines such as mask wearing, social distancing and cleaning protocols.
**UPDATE 10/6/2020 County offers guidelines for a safe and healthy Halloween; County offers free flu vaccinations for all residents.
With San Bernardino County still struggling to escape from the State’s purple tier and modestly relax restrictions on restaurants, theaters, museums, gyms and worship services, County officials have expressed concerns about Halloween — and have offered guidance to help residents and businesses avoid practices that could lead to further spread of COVID-19. For more information, please visit https://wp.sbcounty.gov/cao/countywire/?p=9073
The County’s Public Health Department is sponsoring a flu vaccination campaign offering every resident a flu shot at no cost. The department has established “medical point of dispensing” (MPOD) sites throughout the County and plans to add additional sites (including mobile clinics) throughout the flu season.
For more information and free flu shot locations, please visit https://wp.sbcounty.gov/cao/countywire/?p=9103
**UPDATE 9/23/2020 Governor Newsom allows the reopening of nail salons with County approval. San Bernardino County prepares to move down to Red Tier (Tier 2) from Purple Tier (Tier 1)
California state officials announced Tuesday that nail salons can reopen regardless of a county's tier status under the state's coronavirus reopening protocols. State Health Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly stated businesses in the industry can operate safely and it is no longer necessary to keep them closed. It will be up to the individual counties to determine if nail salons can reopen in their regions. For more information on the reopening of nail salons, please visit https://sbcovid19.com/resources/#news.
San Bernardino County has been in the Purple Tier (highest tier of community disease transmission) since the state release of reopening guidelines which is slated at 7 new cases per 100,000 people per day with a testing positivity rate of above 8%. For counties to be downgraded to a safer tier, it must meet the next tier's criteria for two consecutive weeks. San Bernardino County has met the Red Tier (2nd tier) requirements for one week. As of today, the county sits at 6.7 cases per 100,000 with a positivity rate of 5.7%. If San Bernardino County holds these numbers for one more week, the county should be able to move into Red Tier. For more information, please visit https://wp.sbcounty.gov/cao/countywire/?p=8881.
**UPDATE 8/28/2020 New COVID-19 guidelines released by the state. Hair salons and barbers allowed to reopen along with indoor malls.
California's new guidelines for counties to reopen specific business sectors offer a simpler, more limited set of metrics. The new system is a four-tiered, color category system. A county’s reopening guidelines are based on whether a county is ranked as purple (widespread risk), red (substantial), orange (moderate) or yellow (minimal).
To view the new tiered system, please visit https://wp.sbcounty.gov/cao/countywire/?p=8616
Adding some positive news, the governor also announced an easing of restrictions on hair salons and barbers, allowing these businesses throughout the state to reopen indoors beginning Monday, August 31, with modifications. This applies to counties in all tiers, including purple. For more information, please visit https://wp.sbcounty.gov/cao/countywire/?p=8600
**UPDATE 7/31/2020 San Bernardino County urges all residents to get tested regardless of symptoms. The County appoints new Public Health Director and contracts with new COVID testing supplier.
Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman encourages all residents to get tested regardless of whether they have experienced any symptoms. Testing is free, painless, takes a few minutes, and can be obtained without a doctor's prescription.
For more information, please visit https://wp.sbcounty.gov/cao/countywire/?p=8290
**UPDATE 7/20/2020 California limits San Bernardino County schools to start the school year with distance learning; State changes its course on reopening of certain businesses
Governor Newsom announced a new policy that mandates schools to employ distance learning until the County is removed from the Monitoring List for 14 days - at which point they may resume in-person instruction with specific guidelines and limitations. For more information on the distance learning, please view the San Bernardino County announcement https://wp.sbcounty.gov/cao/countywire/?p=8106
The State has changed its course again on hair salons, nail salons, and barbershops. Personal care services are now allowed to operate outdoors under specific guidance issued by the State. The new guidance also applies to esthetic, skin care, cosmetology, and massage therapy. For more information on business guidance, please view the San Bernardino County announcement https://wp.sbcounty.gov/cao/countywire/?p=8148
**UPDATE 7/13/2020 California orders closure of indoor operations of additional sectors
Responding to significant increases in positive test results, hospitalizations and ICU admissions, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced further mandates to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Details can be found on the State’s COVID-19 website. The State has immediately expanded closures to include indoor operations for:
- Dine-in restaurants
- Movie theaters
- Family entertainment centers
Breweries, bars and pubs are required to close both indoor and outdoor operations entirely in every county.
In addition, within the 31 counties on the state’s monitoring list (which includes San Bernardino), the State requires the closure of indoor operations in sectors that tend to promote the mixing of populations which make adherence to social distancing and wearing face masks difficult. Businesses in these sectors that are unable to operate outdoors must close immediately under the State’s order. They include:
- Gyms and fitness centers
- Place of worship
- Offices for non-critical sectors
- Personal care services (e.g., nail salons, massage and tattoo facilities)
- Hair salons and barber shops
- Indoor malls
For more information, please view the County update at https://wp.sbcounty.gov/cao/countywire/?p=8046
**UPDATE 7/1/2020 Governor Newsom orders 19 California counties to close certain businesses and operations including San Bernardino County.
In response to the rising numbers of coronavirus cases in California, Governor Newsom has ordered additional action to slow community transmission. The guidance applies for a minimum of three weeks and is subject to an extension based on epidemiologic indicators. The following guidance applies to the following sectors:
- Indoor Dine-in restaurants
- Indoor Wineries and Tasting Rooms
- Indoor Family Entertainment Centers
- Indoor Movie Theaters
- Indoor Zoos and Museums
- Indoor Cardrooms
In addition, all brewpubs, breweries, bars, and pubs in these counties must close immediately, both indoor and outdoor.
For further information, please visit the following links:
- California Department of Health announcement https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/OPA/Pages/NR20-143.aspx
- San Bernardino County announcement https://wp.sbcounty.gov/cao/countywire/?p=7880
**UPDATE 6/29/2020 Governor Newsom orders bars to close in 7 counties; recommends closing bars in 8 other counties.
The number of COVID-19 cases in San Bernardino County passed 10,000 and reported its highest one-day case increase. Due to the troublesome increases in positive COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, Governor Newsom has ordered bars to close in Fresno, Imperial, Kern, Lings, Los Angeles, San Joaquin, and Tulare counties. He also recommended bar closures for Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Contra Costa, Stanislaus, and Ventura counties.
For the latest news on coronavirus in the San Bernardino County, please visit https://sbcovid19.com/resources/#news
**UPDATE 6/18/2020 Governor Newsom requires all Californians to wear face coverings or masks
Starting June 18th, Californians must wear face coverings in common and public indoor spaces and outdoors when distancing is not possible. Cloth face coverings or masks help reduce the spread of coronavirus especially when combined with physical distancing and frequent hand washing. Learn more about guidance and limited exceptions here.
For more information, please visit the State’s COVID-19 website https://covid19.ca.gov/
**UPDATE 6/15/2020 Nail salons, tattoo studios, personal services to join other stage 3 businesses and activities to reopen
As announced last week, our County is moving into reopening businesses as part of Stage 3 of the California’s four-stage reopening plan. Starting June 19, nail salons, tattoo studios, body waxing and other personal services are allowed to reopen in San Bernardino County with modifications. These are among several Stage 3 businesses and activities the state Department of Public Health is allowing to reopen in counties like ours that have met certain thresholds on number of cases, testing and preparedness.
For more information, please visit https://wp.sbcounty.gov/cao/countywire/?p=7623
**UPDATE 6/11/2020 OptumServe is providing free coronavirus testing to San Bernardino County residents.
Optumserve has partnered up with the San Bernardino County to administer coronavirus testing for residents. No symptoms are required for testing and it is free for all individuals including uninsured, underinsured, undocumented, or homeless. Optumserve is available for testing Monday - Friday, 7AM - 7PM by appointment only.
For more information, please view their flier
**UPDATE 6/8/2020 California issues guidance for reopening schools, campgrounds, bars, gyms, hotels, entertainment centers, and more.
The State of California will allow these industries to begin reopening this Friday, June 12th. Most of the new businesses allowed to reopen are part of "Stage 3" on the State’s 4-Stage Reopening Plan. For more information, please visit https://wp.sbcounty.gov/cao/countywire/?p=7458.
For guidance on specifics businesses, please see the links below:
- Bars and wineries https://covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-restaurants-bars.pdf
- Family entertainment centers https://covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-family-entertainment.pdf
- Museums, galleries and zoos https://covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-zoos-museums.pdf
- Fitness facilities https://covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-fitness.pdf
- Campgrounds https://covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-campgrounds.pdf
- Hotels https://covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-hotels-lodging-rentals.pdf
- Satellite wagering facilities https://covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-cardrooms-racetracks.pdf
**UPDATE 5/27/2020 San Bernardino County adds hair salons and barbershops to the accelerated reopening Stage 2 plan; DMV reopening 46 more DMV field offices including Victorville
The California Department of Public Health annouced that most counties can reopen barbershops and hair salons with modifications. For specifics on the business reopening guidance, please visit https://covid19.ca.gov/industry-guidance/.
The California Department of Motor Vehicles will reopen 46 more field offices throughout the state for a total of 71 locations assisting customers with a current appointment at the specific office and limited transactions that require an in-person visit. For more information on the reopening of select DMV offices, please visit https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/pubs/newsrel/2020/2020_19
**UPDATE 5/26/2020 City of Hesperia reopens its facilities to the public; San Bernardino County reopens restaurants, stores, malls, and other businesses; New guidelines allow places of worship to resume services
The City of Hesperia is now open to the public. City facilities will continue to operate its normal business hours. To ensure safety for our employees and citizens, the City will require face coverings and social distancing for individuals conducting business within City facilities. The City has also installed plexiglass barriers, signs, and designated standing areas to ensure safety for our residents.
The San Bernardino County has flattened the COVID-19 curve and secured the resources needed to continue keeping the novel coronavirus under control. Therefore, dine-in restaurants, stores and malls can now reopen with safety measures throughout the county. Businesses that plan to reopen are required to follow state guidance. For more information on the County announcement, please visit http://wp.sbcounty.gov/cao/countywire/?p=7067. For more information on the Statewide industry reopening guidance, please visit https://covid19.ca.gov/industry-guidance/.
The County has announced the reopening of places of worship with new State-specified guidelines. Under the new State guidance, places of worship can hold religious services if attendance is limited to 25 percent of a building’s capacity, but no more than 100 attendees. For more information on this announcement, please visit http://wp.sbcounty.gov/cao/countywire/?p=7166.
**UPDATE 5/14/20 San Bernardino County announces Small Business Stimulus Package
San Bernardino County has announced a $30 million COVID-19 Compliant Business Program for small businesses that have less than one hundred employees. This program was created to assist small businesses that have experienced financial hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic. Please visit the County’s website below and fill in your information to find out if your business is eligible. Eligible businesses may receive up to $2,500. The program will be available on Thursday, May 14th (subject to minor delays).
In addition, the County has opened up a Self-Certification COVID-19 Training Course to allow businesses to “self-certify” as COVID-19 compliant. The certificate will help customers feel safer and more at ease to enter those businesses. The course is also scheduled to be available Thursday, May 14th (subject to minor delays) on the County’s website.
To find out if your business qualifies for the COVID-19 Compliant Business Program or to take the online COVID-19 Training, please visit the County website at http://sbcovid19.com or call the COVID-19 hotline at (909)387-3911.
**UPDATE 5/8/20 Face coverings now optional, but still encouraged in San Bernardino County; Free box fans available to seniors for heat relief
San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors has issued a new health order repealing the mandatory face covering requirement. Although face coverings are no longer required, it is still strongly recommended. For more information, please view the update at http://wp.sbcounty.gov/cao/countywire/?p=6592.
With temperatures nearing 100 degrees and our County Cooling Centers closed due to coronavirus restrictions, the Department of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS) is pleased to share that approximately 150 purchased and donated box fans are available for eligible seniors in San Bernardino County.
Seniors can call the Adult Protective Services hotline at (877) 565-2020 where they will be assessed for this and other needs. There are specific age requirements for services: individuals must be 65 and older, or 18-65 dependent adults and at risk for severe neglect or abuse. Callers to 211 will be directed to this program. For more information, please view the May 8th County update http://wp.sbcounty.gov/cao/countywire/?p=6565
**UPDATE 5/4/20 Coronavirus testing available at Victor Valley College for two weeks; San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors discusses plans for Phase 2 Business Reopening
Victor Valley College (VVC) will serve as a coronavirus testing site for two weeks. Appointments can be made by visiting https://lhi.care/covidtesting or calling (888) 634-1123. Phone registration is only for people without internet access. There will be no on-site registration. For more information, please view our Drive-Thru Testing Information page.
The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors discussed a preliminary plan for reopening sectors of the County’s businesses as early as this Friday. The discussion about reopening followed an announcement by the governor that "low-risk" sectors could reopen as part of "Phase 2" of the state’s COVID-19 mitigation policy. "Low-risk" sectors include businesses such as florists, sporting good stores, apparel retailers, manufacturers, and distributors. Other business sector including sit-down restaurants, shopping malls, gyms, and beauty salons would be addressed in the ramp-up to Phase 3. Please stay tuned for more information about the County’s plan to reopen businesses.
**UPDATE 4/22/20 Hesperia and Apple Valley to host drive-thru testing
San Bernardino County Public Health officials are partnering with the Town of Apple Valley and the City of Hesperia to host free COVID-19 drive-thru testing events available by appointment only. The events will be free of charge and do not require health insurance. Approximately 600 appointments will be made available online for the Hesperia site on April 30th. You may register for appointments by calling the number or visiting the link below.
- Website - SBCOVID19
- Phone number - (909)387-3711
For more information related to drive-thru testing in Hesperia, please visit our Drive-Thru Testing Information page.
**UPDATE 4/15/20 Animal shelter information across the High Desert
Due to the coronavirus the Hesperia Animal Shelter remains closed to the public at this time and is not accepting owner turn-ins or strays that are walked in. High Desert residents may call their respective shelters to report stray animals at the phone numbers listed below:
|Animal Shelter||Phone Number||Business Hours|
|Hesperia Animal Shelter||(760)947-1700||Tuesday & Thursday 10 AM – 5 PM|
Wednesday 10 AM – 6 PM
Friday & Saturday 10 AM – 4 PM
|Apple Valley Municipal Animal Shelter||(760)240-7000||Tuesday & Saturday 9 AM – 4 PM|
|Devore Animal Shelter||(909)386-9820||Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 10 AM – 6:30 PM|
Wednesday 10 AM – 7 PM
Saturday & Sunday 10 AM – 5 PM
|Barstow Humane Society||(760)252-4800||Tuesday & Friday 10 AM – 5 PM|
Saturday 9 AM – 4 PM
|Adelanto Animal Control||(760)246-2300||Monday - Thursday 8 AM – 6 PM|
|Victorville Animal Control||(760)955-5089||Monday - Thursday 7 AM – 4 PM|
Friday 7 AM - 3 PM
|Unicorporated San Bernardino County Area Animal Services||(800)472-5609|
**UPDATE 4/10/20 San Bernardino County provides more locations for drive-thru testing
San Bernardino County Department of Public Health is implementing five different drive-thru sites for coronavirus testing. The testing is by appointment only and tests are limited. If you’ve had COVID-19 symptoms over the last two weeks, please make an appointment when the appointment window for each event opens using the link below:
- Crafton Hills College –11711 San Canyon Rd., Yucaipa, April 11, from 10 AM – 1 PM, (link: http://yucaipa.org/)
- Montclair Place – 5060 E. Montclair Plaza Ln., Montclair, April 14, from 10 AM – 2 PM
- Fox Farm Lot – 41850 Garstin Dr., Big Bear Lake, April 17, from 10 AM – 2 PM (recommended for mountain residents due to the hazardous driving conditions)
- Copper Mountain College - 6162 Rotary Way, Joshua Tree, April 22, from 10 AM – 2 PM
- LoanMart Field (Quakes Stadium) – 8408 Rochester Ave., Rancho Cucamonga, April 27, from 10 AM – 2PM
For more information on how to set up appointments, please visit http://wp.sbcounty.gov/cao/countywire/?p=5937.
**UPDATE 4/8/20 Clarification of religious services and face coverings order
The County acknowledges the manner in which the order and guidance were created and disseminated created unintended consequences and hardships. As a result, the County is making some clarifications on the religious services and face coverings order.
Organizations that have planned such services for the coming weekend should proceed with those services if they choose to do so and make every effort to prevent contact between congregants.
Regarding the use of face-coverings while driving, there is no need for drivers traveling alone or with members of their households to wear face coverings unless they must lower their windows to interact with first responders, food service workers, or others who are not members of their households.
In the subject of enforcement, the public is advised that although violation of a health order is a violation of the California Health and Safety Code, the County does not expect law enforcement to broadly impose citations on violators. The expectation is that law enforcement will rely upon community members to use good judgment, common sense, and act in the best interests of their own health and the health of their loved ones and the community at large. The imposition of penalties on members of the public who willfully and grossly disregard public health orders by putting others at risk of exposure to this infectious disease is meant as a tool for law enforcement to use as a deterrent.
Other clarifying guidance will be forthcoming. For more information, please view the San Bernardino County update http://wp.sbcounty.gov/cao/countywire/?p=5862
**UPDATE 4/8/20 Hesperia Animal Services releases 53 animals in one week
Hesperia Animal Services has been working tirelessly during these difficult times to take exceptional care of our animals. Thanks to the diligent work of our staff, Hesperia Animal Shelter has helped find homes for 53 animals during the week of 3/29/2020!
|Type of Release||Total animals released|
|Return to Owner (RTO)||6|
|Spay/Neuter Release (SNR)||6|
If you would like to donate to the Hesperia Animal Shelter or adopt a pet yourself, please visit our animal services page or call us at (760)947-1700.
**UPDATE 4/8/20 Arrowhead Regional Medical Center to offer drive-thru testing
Arrowhead Regional Medical Center has announced that beginning Thursday, COVID-19 testing will be available on multiple days for the public and by appointment only. The “Drive-Through Community Testing” event will be conducted at the outpatient building entrance on the ARMC campus in Colton. The entrance to the testing site will be on Meridian Avenue at the back of the ARMC campus located at 400 N. Pepper Avenue. After entering the campus from Meridian, signage will be displayed for the COVID-19 testing.
Testing dates are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and April 14-16. Additional testing dates in Colton have yet to be announced.
For appointments, call 855-422-8029. Instructions are available online at www.ArrowheadRegional.org/covid-19-updates.
**UPDATE 4/7/20 San Bernardino Public Health officers orders everyone to wear face covering when leaving home
In an effort to protect the public from further spread of COVID-19, the County’s Acting Health Officer has formally ordered everyone in San Bernardino County to wear a face covering when leaving home. To read more about the countywide order, please view the Public Health press release wp.sbcounty.gov/cao/countywire/?p=5854.
**UPDATE 4/2/20 San Bernardino County of Public Health officer recommends face coverings during essential outings
The San Bernardino County Department of Public Health has issued guidance for residents to begin wearing face coverings such as scarves, bandannas, and handkerchiefs to limit the transmission of COVID-19 when outside the home conducting essential errands. The recommendation does not substitute the existing stay-at-home order, social distancing, and handwashing guidelines. The advisory should serve as an extra measure of protection.
For more information, please view the Public Health press release http://wp.sbcounty.gov/cao/countywire/?p=5794
**UPDATE 3/31/20 In Support of Local Businesses, Hesperia Suspends Requirements for Portions of City Sign Ordinance
In support of local businesses deemed essential per the California Governor’s Order, the City of Hesperia is suspending requirements for businesses to obtain a special event permit for temporary signage. This suspension will take effect beginning Wednesday, April 1, 2020 and will remain in effect until the orders by the State of California and/or County of San Bernardino Public Health Department are amended to allow businesses to operate as normal.
The City of Hesperia is sensitive to the struggles of local businesses and wants to aid their ability to advertise their hours of operation.
“Hesperia will continue to rally around our residents and businesses and support them to the best of our ability,” said Mayor Larry Bird.
Legislation enacted by the state and federal government, and entities such as the Public Utilities Commission, has provided assurances for those facing utilities shut-offs and evictions – so the City has focused on identifying the needs of our local community and those ordinances within Hesperia’s jurisdiction to bring about positive change.
The City has coordinated with the Hesperia Chamber of Commerce to publish a list of restaurants that are open for business, which is available on the City website. Hesperia businesses wishing to add their operating hours to the list are encouraged to email email@example.com.
**UPDATE 3/31/20 San Bernardino County Holds 2nd Drive-Thru Testing
San Bernardino County Public Health will conduct a drive-thru sample collection event for novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the High Desert on Thursday, April 2nd. This event is open to San Bernardino County residents only. Residents can request an appointment at wp.sbcounty.gov/dph/coronavirus at 2PM, March 31st. Residents who cannot access the form online can call the COVID-19 hotline at (909)387-3911 and staff will assist in completing the request form.
Location: San Bernardino County Fairgrounds
Address: 14800 7th St., Victorville
Time: 10AM - 1PM for appointments, 1PM - 2PM for walk-ins (or until supplies last)
For more information, please view the following documents:
**UPDATE 3/25/20 San Bernardino County COVID-19 Surveillance Dashboard & Public Hotline
The County has also established a COVID-19 Surveillance Dashboard, which gives updates on confirmed cases in our County. To stay updated on the spread of COVID-19 in San Bernardino County, please view the dashboard.
Additionally, the County of San Bernardino established a public hotline for residents who have questions about coronavirus which is available Monday - Sunday, 9AM - 5PM. You can contact them at 909-387-3911 or visit their website here. Contact 211 for social services questions. Contact 911 for medical emergencies ONLY.
**UPDATE 3/17/20 City of Hesperia Closes its Facilities to the Public
In light of the guidelines issued by the numerous government agencies, City facilities will be closed to public access beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020. City facilities continue to be closed to the public, however staff is available by phone and email to assist residents. Facility closures will continue to be evaluated as the situation evolves.