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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
**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.