SAN BERNARDINO (CBSLA) – The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted unanimously to table a resolution to Governor Gavin Newsom calling for more predictable reopening guidelines.
In particular, the resolution asked Newsom to stabilize the process that counties must follow to reopen activities; attach the state test metric to a fixed number instead of the median test number of all 58 counties; and allow communities with historically low infection rates to reopen.
“The ever-changing criteria for the reopening of counties have been devastating to our residents and businesses,” said Board Chair Curt Hagman. “Our county has adhered to all state public health guidelines. We have slowed the spread of COVID-19. We have reduced hospitalization rates, increased capacity and protected skilled nursing facilities. We have implemented extensive testing and tracking programs. And we’ve made fundamental investments to support our local businesses, nonprofits, schools and disadvantaged communities.
“We now ask the governor to offer consistent and stable guidelines and to consider some common sense solutions.”
Hagman said the county, which spans 20,000 square miles, is the largest county in the nation by area and many of its more remote rural areas have suffered from mandatory closures despite very low COVID-19 infection rates.
“It is not really reasonable that remote communities with minimal infection rates endure the same closures and restrictions imposed on more populated urban areas,” he said. “This one-size-fits-all solution produces a lot of harm and little or no benefit.”
The resolution was adopted after it was revealed that the county’s case rate was 9.6 per 100,000 residents and its positivity rate was 6.4 percent. Although the county’s positivity rate is within the accepted parameters for moving to the red level, the case rate has failed to drop below 7.0 per 100,000 residents needed.
Health officials on Tuesday reported 122 recently confirmed coronavirus cases and four additional deaths, bringing the nationwide totals to 56,522 cases and 966 deaths. 53,735 people had reportedly recovered.
As of Sunday, 175 COVID-19 patients were hospitalized, 49 of whom were in intensive care unit therapy. A total of 654,884 people were tested.