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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…

International Heart Institute launches Inland Empire’s first Women’s Heart Health Clinic

Loma Linda University International Heart Institute has launched a Women’s Heart Health Clinic to help provide specialized cardiac care for women, many of whom are misdiagnosed for cardiovascular conditions. Our women heart experts are able to diagnose and treat different cardiovascular conditions seen in women. Patients are empowered through guided talks with physicians about detecting heart issues and receive resources that will teach them how to advocate for themselves. The clinic’s founder and director, Purvi Parwani, MD, says women are often ignored when presenting with heart attack symptoms in emergency rooms. Parwani says, “This clinic provides specialized care to a population that is often ignored even when presenting with classic chest pain and equips women with the diagnosis, treatment and information regarding their complex cardiac conditions.” Heart disease is the No. 1 killer for women in the United States every year, according to the American Heart Association; yet only 56% of women are aware of this statistic, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The International Heart Institute, founded in 2019, has already helped saved the lives of many women in the Inland Empire, like that of Lisa…

Over $1 million raised for Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital at 27th annual Foundation Gala

More than 1,000 community philanthropists and hospital supporters raised $1,452,685 for Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital during the 27th annual Foundation Gala presented by Walter’s Automotive Group on February 20. The theme, “Creating a Masterpiece,” points to the hospital’s strides toward healthcare excellence through Vision 2020 Campaign — bringing hope and healing to the children in the community and beyond. Scott Perryman, senior vice president and administrator of Children’s Hospital, addressed guests saying their collective investments were flourishing teaching and healing efforts for children throughout the region. “As we move many of our services into the new tower next spring, we will be able to expand our care,” said Perryman. “This has been made possible by the thousands of friendships and partnerships in this room tonight. Thank you for what your big hearts have given to improve the little hearts of our children.” Funds raised will benefit Vision 2020 – The Campaign for a Whole Tomorrow, which supports the continued construction of the new Children’s Hospital tower, leading up to its expected opening in mid-2021. The new tower opening will provide enhanced access for mothers and…

Neuropathic Therapy Center seeking participants for diabetic peripheral neuropathy study

Loma Linda University Health is seeking volunteers with moderate to severe below-ankle neuropathy for a graduate student research study titled The Effect of Intraneural Facilitation Therapy on Diabetic Patients with Peripheral Neuropathy.The study hypothesizes that Intraneural Facilitation therapy (INF) — a treatment that uses three physical holds to stretch specific nerve areas and bring pressurized blood flow to damaged nerves — may relieve patients with diabetic neuropathy of pain and discomfort. The study will be done in conjunction with Loma Linda University Health Neuropathic Therapy Center, Loma Linda University School of Allied Health Professions’ Lee Berk, DrPH, MPH, FACSM, CHES, CLS, and graduate student investigator Kyan Sahba DPT, PhDc.  To be considered for the study, individuals must be between 50-75 years old and diagnosed with Type II Diabetes. These individuals may regularly experience moderate to severe neuropathy below the ankles that includes feelings of burning, numbness, tingling, sharp pain and sensitivity of the feet.  Participation will be required for a total of five weeks, with only one visit required in the first week for baseline measurements. The study requirements are as follows: Three visits a week for four consecutive weeks…

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