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County COVID-19 dashboard now includes confirmed cases by city

The County COVID-19 dashboard now includes confirmed cases of COVID-19 by city. The dashboard can be viewed on wp.sbcounty.gov/dph/coronavirus. “The number of cases by city provides a picture of community spread within our county,” stated County Acting Health Officer Dr. Erin Gustafson. “However, residents of cities not listed or with low case numbers should assume and behave as if there are cases within their communities and comply with the statewide stay-at-home order. Residents of cities that are listed should not panic and feel the need to go somewhere else. I cannot stress strongly enough the importance of staying at home and practicing good hygiene to reduce further community spread.” The city data added today is intended to represent the places of residence for each confirmed case within the county, regardless of where they were tested or where they might be hospitalized. Cities and communities not listed have zero confirmed cases.Those who view the data should also keep in mind that residence data is based on information contained on lab slips that accompany test results. In some cases, that information might pertain the hospital where a…

San Bernardino County school districts extend school closures through May 1

In a unified effort to protect the health of students, staff and school communities, San Bernardino County Superintendent Ted Alejandre and school district superintendents countywide, in collaboration with the County Department of Public Health, made the collective decision to extend public school closures at least through May 1. “Because of the increasing spread of the novel coronavirus in our region and across the state, we are taking a proactive and aggressive approach to maintain the health, safety and well-being of our schools and communities,” County Superintendent Alejandre said. “These are very difficult circumstances for our education leaders, since developments with this virus are happening so quickly,” he added. “I fully support our district superintendents’ collective decision to do what is best for our students, employees and families across our county.” Most districts in the county decided on March 13 to close schools as a preventative measure to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Since the closures, confirmed cases of COVID-19 in San Bernardino County continue to rise. On March 17, the Board of Supervisors issued a countywide order to help stop the spread of…

Highland resident, Eugene Weems, overcomes imprisonment and runs for Congress

Highland Resident Eugene Weems, 45, served over 17 years in the department of corrections and today, he eyes a seat as U.S. Representative District 31 currently held by Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-Redlands). Weems’ campaign is true to his life and experience, he is about the people and combatting homelessness, recidivism, low income, bullying, discrimination, healthcare cost, and mitigating criminal activity. “My goal is to represent everyone, I am not a politician, I am a citizen…just like you. I am running to make our neighborhoods safe and prosperous again. Second, I want to ensure people receive the care they are promised and deserve. In California homelessness is a national emergency,” shared District 31 write-in candidate Weems. Weems shared that when he was released from prison, a little over two years ago, he had nowhere to go. “When I got out of prison, there were no resources. I have developed a successful re-entry program for those who are released from prison, to allow them the opportunity to become law abiding citizens,” continued Weems. “When I came home I could not land a job, the housing that I…

San Manuel shows appreciation to Inland Empire wildfire first responders

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians hosted first responders from San Bernardino, Redlands, Highland, Yucaipa and Loma Linda at the Bear Springs Hotel Event Center for a special thank you brunch on Thursday, Jan. 23. In 2019, the nearest fire, police and paramedics were on-scene to face down threats from the Hillside, Old Water and Sandalwood Fires. These brave men and women are not only heroes here at home, but across the region as they jumped in to help with the 46, Hill and Tick fires among others. To show their appreciation, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and San Manuel Casino treated first responders to breakfast burritos from local favorite Rosa Marias and a BBQ lunch provided by San Manuel Casino’s Just Barbeque. The gathering was an open house-style reception from 9 -2 p.m. “We want to thank all of the first responders for always putting the Inland Empire community and the safety of its residents first,” said San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Chairwoman Lynn Valbuena. “It does not go unnoticed that these brave men and women sacrifice time with their…

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