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California is responding to the spread of a respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus (COVID-19) first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Cases of COVID-19 are also being reported internationally and in the United States. California is actively working with the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), local governments, health facilities, and health care providers across the state to prepare and protect Californians from COVID-19.

Please visit the DPH COVID-19 webpage at wp.sbcounty.gov/dph/coronavirus. Information is updated as soon as it is made available. The following information has been updated on the webpage:


To learn more about COVID-19, visit the DPH COVID-19 webpage or call (800) 722-4794.




San Bernardino County Coronavirus (COVID-19) Data Dashboard






Information about Face Coverings



The San Bernardino County Department of Public Health has a new health order calling for everyone to wear face covering while out in public. A bandana or handkerchief will work just fine.
Covering your face is easy peasy. A cloth face covering is a material that covers the nose and mouth. It can be secured to the head with ties or straps or simply wrapped around the lower face. It can be made of a variety of materials, such as cotton, silk, or linen. A cloth face covering may be factory-made or sewn by hand, or can be improvised from household items such as scarfs, T-shirts, sweatshirts, or towels.






How to Wear a Mask
Use of Face Covering to slow the Spread   Sewn Face Covering Instructions   T-Shirt Face Covering Instructions




Prevention Tips (Fact Sheets and Videos)



Guide to Wash Your Hands


COVID-19 FAQ Sheet   Tips to Prevent the Spread   Cover your Cough



Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)?

Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified in Wuhan, China.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:
  • fever
  • cough
  • shortness of breath
Some patients develop severe complications, including pneumonia.

How does COVID-19 spread?

The virus that causes COVID-19 probably emerged from an animal source, but now it seems to be spreading from person to person. It's important to note that person-to-person spread can happen on a continuum. Some diseases are highly contagious (like measles), while other diseases are less so. At this time, it's unclear how easily or sustainably the virus that causes COVID-19 is spreading between people. Learn what is known about the spread of newly emerged coronaviruses at http://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/transmission.html

How can I help protect myself?

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Wash hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth, especially with unwashed hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using regular household cleaning spray or wipes at home and approved chemicals at school.
  • If someone does become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough, they should stay away from work, school or other people to avoid spreading illness and seek assistance from their healthcare provider if symptoms become severe.
  • N95 masks are not recommended outside a healthcare setting. Surgical masks can be worn by sick individuals to reduce the likelihood of spreading germs to others.

To keep from spreading respiratory illness to others, you should:

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.



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