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September 19, 2020 marks six months since California issued a stay-at-home order to slow the spread of COVID-19.
San Bernardino County health officials reported 330 new coronavirus cases and two virus-related deaths Sunday. The county now has a total of 84,531 COVID-19 cases and 1,129 virus-related deaths.
San Bernardino County, which is California’s fifth-most populous county, is reporting the second-highest number of coronavirus cases in the state. Los Angeles County, the state’s most-populous county, has the highest number of cases in the state.
For much of the pandemic, San Bernardino County had the third-highest number of cases, but surpassed neighboring Riverside County last week, according to state data.
San Bernardino County remains in the most strict level of the state’s four-tier, color-coded reopening plan due to widespread transmission of COVID-19.
The county reported an adjusted case rate Tuesday of 27 new cases per day per 100,000 residents — an increase from 16.8 cases the week prior. Under its system, the state health department adjusts counties’ case rates based on whether they’re conducting more or fewer than the state’s average number of tests per capita.
This week, the county’s unadjusted case rate was 27.6 cases per 100,000. It was adjusted down because the county surpassed the state’s median testing rate.
The county’s positivity rate is 10.5%, up from 7.7% last week.
While California’s 4.6% positive infection rate remains lower than the 9.8% positivity rate across the U.S. as a whole, state officials fear the fast-growing rise in cases will keep accelerating and place more pressure on hospitals as flu season and the holidays approach. Gov. Gavin Newsom said not to “be misled by our lower rate,” because “our rate of increase is alarming.”
A statewide curfew that Newsom announced on Thursday began Saturday night. The month-long curfew was issued for counties in the strictest level of the state’s pandemic restrictions. Under the curfew, non-essential work and gatherings must shut down from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Earlier last week, he announced that most of the state’s 58 counties would move to the strictest level of restrictions. There are now 41 counties in the most restrictive purple tier, 11 in the red tier, four in the orange tier and two in the yellow tier.
San Bernardino County: Sunday’s numbers
Active cases: The county’s total number of known active coronavirus cases is 9,238. This total is derived by subtracting deaths (1,129) and recoveries (74,164) from the current confirmed case total of 84,531.
Recoveries: According to the county, 74,164 people have recovered, which is an increase of 1,019 since Saturday. The total is about 87% of its overall cases.
Tests: County health officials on Sunday reported that 1,017,474 coronavirus tests have been conducted — up 9,559 tests from the 1,007,915 reported Saturday. The county is urging people to get tested even if they don’t have symptoms.
Who is contracting the virus?
About 54.3% of the cases in the county involve people under the age of 40. The cases, broken down by age bracket, are as follows:
- 6,667 (7.8%) cases are among people ages 0 to 14
- 4,965 (5.8%) cases are among people ages 15-19
- 18,670 (22.1%) cases are among people ages 20-29
- 15,594 (18.4%) cases are among people ages 30-39
- 13,786 (16.3%) cases are among people ages 40-49
- 12,195 (14.4%) cases are among people ages 50-59
- 7,279 (8.6%) cases are among people ages 60-69
- 5,303 (6.3%) cases are among people older than 70
- The ages for 72 cases (0.1%) are unknown.
About 77.5% of virus-related deaths in the county are people over the age of 60, even though people over 60 make up only about 15% of cases. The deaths, broken down by age bracket, are as follows:
- No (0%) deaths were among people ages 0 to 14
- No (0%) deaths were among people ages 15-19
- 8 (0.7%) deaths were among people ages 20-29
- 42 (3.7%) deaths were among people ages 30-39
- 61 (5.4%) deaths were among people ages 40-49
- 143 (12.7%) deaths were among people ages 50-59
- 259 (22.9%) deaths were among people ages 60-69
- 616 (54.6%) deaths were among people older than 70
- No (0%) deaths were from an unknown age.
Where are the cases?
As of Saturday, here is a list of confirmed cases and deaths in the high desert, with increases from Friday’s tally in parentheses:
- Adelanto: 1,681 cases (+5), 22 deaths
- Apple Valley: 2,206 cases (+14), 35 deaths
- Baker: 14 cases
- Baldy Mesa: 1 case
- Barstow: 581 cases (+2), 14 deaths
- Daggett: 2 cases
- Helendale: 127 cases, 1 death
- Hesperia: 3,616 (+15), 31 deaths
- Hinkley: 13 cases, 1 death
- Joshua Tree: 111 cases, 4 deaths
- Landers: 16 cases, 1 death
- Lucerne Valley: 53 cases, 2 deaths
- Morongo Valley: 54 cases, 1 death
- Needles: 85 cases, 3 deaths
- Newberry Springs: 17 cases (+1)
- Oak Hills: 325 cases (+1), 1 death
- Oro Grande: 32 cases, 1 death
- Phelan: 373 cases (+2), 4 deaths
- Piñon Hills: 95 cases (+2)
- Pioneertown: 2 cases
- Trona: 16 cases
- Twentynine Palms: 170 cases, 1 death
- Victorville: 5,827 cases (+16), 49 deaths
- Yermo: 20 cases
- Yucca Valley: 327 cases, 24 deaths
Here is Saturday’s list of cases and deaths in the mountain communities:
- Angelus Oaks: 6 cases
- Big Bear City: 161 cases
- Big Bear Lake: 126 cases (+4)
- Blue Jay: 31 cases, 1 death
- Cedar Glen: 7 cases
- Crestline: 141 cases, 3 deaths
- Fawnskin: 5 cases
- Forest Falls: 10 cases
- Lake Arrowhead: 81 cases
- Rimforest: 8 cases
- Running Springs: 50 cases (+2)
- Sugarloaf: 32 cases, 1 death
- Twin Peaks: 21 cases, 1 death
- Wrightwood: 75 cases (+1)
Desert Sun reporter Nicole Hayden covers health in California. She can be reached at [email protected] or (760) 778-4623. Follow her on Twitter @Nicole_A_Hayden.