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California Allows Theme Parks to Reopen, But Disney and Universal May Not Return Until Next Summer

California has cleared theme parks to reopen after more than seven months of coronavirus closures provided they follow newly issued COVID-19 health and safety guidelines, but Disney, Universal and other large parks may not be able to return until next summer. California Health and Human Services Secretary Mark Ghaly announced during a news conference on Tuesday, Oct. 20 that reopening guidelines for amusement parks have been added to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s four-tier Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Learn More

Emergency COVID-19 Rules Coming Soon

In this episode of The Workplace podcast, CalChamber Executive Vice President and General Counsel Erika Frank and CalChamber policy advocate Robert Moutrie discuss the upcoming California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) Board vote in November on pending emergency COVID-19 regulations and why the five-day public notice period given by the agency is problematic for employers. Learn More

No Mask, No Problem. In California, Maskless Voters Can Cast Ballots on Election Day

...Nowhere in California will a voter who refuses to wear a mask be turned away, election officials said. Learn More

Coronavirus Updates: California’s Plateau Continues; Newsom Talks Vaccine Timeline

With coronavirus numbers growing increasingly dire in other parts of the United States, COVID-19 activity has now continued on a plateauing trend in California for at least a month. Learn More

Register Today for HR Symposium: Nov. 5 Virtual Event to Cover COVID-19 Issues, New Laws, Workers’ Comp Presumptions

The deadline to register for this year’s California Chamber of Commerce HR Symposium is less than two weeks away. October 29 is the last day to register for this year’s Symposium, which will be held as a virtual event, live and on demand. Learn More

CDBG-CV Microenterprise Business Grant Program

The City of Chino will be opening the third round of applications for their CDBG-CV Microenterprise Business Grant Program. The program is intended to assist business owners who have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic. Microenterprise Businesses will be eligible to receive $10,000 or up to three (3) months of rental assistance, whichever comes first. For more details, please see below:

 

  • Applications will be accepted from October 19, 2020, 5 PM through October 26, 2020, 5 PM on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

  • You must be a Microenterprise Business, five (5) employees or less, including the owner.

 

  • The business owner’s household is low-moderate Income (LMI), 51% of the employees are LMI or the business provides services to a LMI area within the census tract of the City.

 

  • Applicants will be required to provide evidence highlighting a reduction in income due to COVID-19.

 

  • An incomplete application may be significantly delayed, or NOT accepted. Please be sure to provide all required documents before submitting your application.

 

  • The program is subject to regulation by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

 

Interested? Please contact the Economic Development Division at (909) 334-3254, or visit our website at cityofchino.org/bizgrant

California Readies Its COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan

California has prepared an unprecedented vaccination campaign against the COVID-19 virus, according to a plan submitted to federal authorities on Friday, a major step along the Golden State’s roadmap to protect 40 million residents from the deadly disease. Learn More

Deadline to Join the COVID-Compliant Business Partnership Program Fast Approaching

Department demonstrating how it serves County residents year-after-year

There is still time to apply for assistance through the County’s successful COVID Compliant Business Partnership program, but not much! Applications have to be submitted before Oct. 31.

The more than 4,000 County businesses, nonprofit organizations, and schools operating on waivers that currently participating in the partnership have collectively received more than $10 million from the County to offset costs related to compliance with COVID-19-related public health protocols.

Applications are being accepted online at https://sbcovid19.com/now through Friday, October 30 or until funding is exhausted. All businesses that apply and are determined to be a COVID-Compliant Business Partner will be issued a “This Business Partner is COVID Compliant” window graphic to show customers and clients that they are doing their part.

County Purchasing Department Continues to Get Recognition

It’s not a department that most people even think about it, but the County’s Purchasing Department plays a critical role securing the resources needed for many of the critical services our residents expect.

The Purchasing Department is responsible for ensuring that the County’s purchase of goods and services is at fair and reasonable prices, under contract terms which represent the best interest of county taxpayers. It is this department’s duty to conduct purchasing processes in an ethical manner that builds public confidence.

The National Procurement Institute has recognized San Bernardino County’s superb performance in this area by awarding the Purchasing Department the prestigious Achievement of Excellence in Procurement (AEP) for 2020. And what’s more, this is the 19th consecutive year the department has received this honor.

The AEP Award is earned by agencies that demonstrate a commitment to procurement excellence. The AEP program evaluates staff professional development, procurement ethics, continuous improvement, customer service and use of technology. This year’s award recognized the Purchasing Department’s commitment to customer service, partnership, innovation and professional standards, while upholding its legal requirements and fiduciary responsibility to the citizens of San Bernardino County.

“During the last fiscal year, our Purchasing Department processed more than $600 million worth of purchase orders touching every county department, and it currently is managing some 200 countywide contracts,” Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman said. “Winning this award year after year is a clear demonstration of how carefully and skillfully the county manages the public’s tax dollars.”

Just some of the supplies and services purchased through the department every year include medical supplies, fire and law enforcement equipment, road safety supplies, food, and office and technology equipment.

Every year, each of the department’s 26 employees engage in a rigorous professional development schedule that is designed to help improve the department’s efficiency and best practices.

County Registrar of Voters Offers Tips for Early Voters

Every vote counts! The San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters is committed to protecting each registered voter’s right to cast a ballot safely and securely. For some voting in the 2020 Presidential General Election, this may be the first time you are casting a mail ballot.

Here are some helpful tips to make sure your ballot makes it to the finish line.

Submit your ballot on time. If returning it by mail, your ballot must be postmarked by November 3 in order to get counted. If you want to cast your completed mail ballot at a drop box, the Registrar of Voters office or another Early Vote Site, or a polling place, you must drop it off by 8 p.m. on November 3.

Check your records. Visit My Elections Gateway at www.SBCountyElections.com to check that your correct name and spelling is on record.

Make your mark. Double check you have filled in the ovals in every contest on the ballot that you wanted to vote. Then, seal, sign, and date the return envelope itself.

Choose your ink wisely. The ballot scanners do not read red ink – opt for blue or black.

No postage necessary. No need to worry about getting the right stamp for your ballot – each one will come with a prepaid postage envelope.

Check for damage. Make sure your ballot and its envelope is not torn and all of the writing is clear.

In fact, track your ballot! Enroll in “Where’s My Ballot” to receive email, text, or phone notifications about the status of your ballot. Go to WheresMyBallot.sos.ca.gov.

If you have additional questions about mail ballot voting, please contact the Registrar of Voters at (909) 387-8300 or Communications@SBCountyElections.com. All of this and more can be found on the Registrar of Voters website.

Board of Supervisors Delivering Nearly 2,000 Laptops to Schools

Most of our children in San Bernardino County are taking part in distance learning, meaning they critically need access to a computer so they can fully participate in class sessions and assignments.

This has been challenging to some students with limited access to technology, or the computers they are using are outdated or shared with other members of their household.

The Board of Supervisors recognized this need and allocated $1.4 million of CARES Act funding to purchase nearly 2,000 laptops for students. The laptops are being delivered to the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools this week.

“While we would all rather have our children in school, right now our students need these computers for their remote learning,” said Curt Hagman, chairman of the Board of Supervisors. “We think it is important that all students have the same opportunities to learn and we are excited that many more will now have access to the latest technology to help them through this pandemic.”

According to San Bernardino County Schools Superintendent Ted Alejandre, too many of the over 400,000 students in the County are struggling with connectivity or dysfunctional devices. These students either have to share their devices with others in the home, or they simply don’t have access to one that is capable of connecting to the internet for distance learning.

“We need to get laptops directly to our students because otherwise they simply can’t receive the lessons and direction from their teachers that they desperately need,” said Alejandre. “We are extremely grateful for the partnership with the Board of Supervisors.”

Districts that are receiving laptops were selected based on their response to a California Department of Education survey that gauged the need for student devices. The laptops are being delivered to the following school districts, ROP program and charter schools: Barstow Unified, Etiwanda, Chaffey Joint Union High, Helendale, Morongo, Mt. Baldy, Oro Grande, Trona Joint Unified, Upland, Victor Valley Union High, and Yucaipa Calimesa, Baldy View ROP, Academy of Academic Excellence in Apple Valley and Norton Science and Language Academy in San Bernardino.

Click here for a video segment on the laptop distribution.

SBA and Treasury Announce Simpler PPP Forgiveness for Loans of $50,000 or Less

WASHINGTONThe U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Treasury Department, today released a simpler loan forgiveness application for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans of $50,000 or less. This action streamlines the PPP forgiveness process to provide financial and administrative relief to America’s smallest businesses while also ensuring sound stewardship of taxpayer dollars.

“The PPP has provided 5.2 million loans worth $525 billion to American small businesses, providing critical economic relief and supporting more than 51 million jobs,” said Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin.  “Today’s action streamlines the forgiveness process for PPP borrowers with loans of $50,000 or less and thousands of PPP lenders who worked around the clock to process loans quickly,” he continued.  “We are committed to making the PPP forgiveness process as simple as possible while also protecting against fraud and misuse of funds.  We continue to favor additional legislation to further simplify the forgiveness process.”

“Nothing will stop the Trump Administration from supporting great American businesses and our great American workers. The Paycheck Protection Program has been an overwhelming success and served as a historic lifeline to America’s hurting small businesses and tens of millions of workers. The new form introduced today demonstrates our relentless commitment to using every tool in our toolbelt to help small businesses and the banks that have participated in this program,” said Administrator Jovita Carranza. “We are continuing to ensure that small businesses are supported as they recover.”

SBA and Treasury have also eased the burden on PPP lenders, allowing lenders to process forgiveness applications more swiftly.

SBA began approving PPP forgiveness applications and remitting forgiveness payments to PPP lenders for PPP borrowers on October 2, 2020.  SBA will continue to process all PPP forgiveness applications in an expeditious manner.

Click here to view the simpler loan forgiveness application.

Click here to view the instructions for completing the simpler loan forgiveness application.

Click here to view the Interim Final Rule on the simpler forgiveness process for loans of $50,000 or less.

Will California’s Property Tax Initiative Hurt Small Business? What You Need to Know

...“This is going to affect small businesses,” said Terri Sexton, a retired Sacramento State economist who has studied California property tax law for decades. Learn More

Newsom Formally Allows Social Gatherings in California for First Time During Pandemic

California health officials late Friday released rules allowing social gatherings for the first time since the pandemic began, enabling up to three households to get together outdoors. Learn More

Webinar: Sustainable economies

San Bernardino County is a supporting partner for a series of no-cost webinars on sustainable economies. Interested parties are invited to join as we create a re-imagined future and the community map needed to get there. These interactive webinars will begin with a panel or a “Ted-style” talk followed by breakouts. Dr. Angelo Farooq, chairman of the California Workforce & Development Board, is hosting the sessions.

Thursday, October 29, 1 p.m.

Register Now: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sustainable-economies-webinar-fall-season-tickets-119559779519

Flu Vaccinations: “This Year It’s More Important Than Ever”

The Public Health Department is offering flu vaccinations to all residents at no cost at convenient clinics all around the County, with more locations (including mobile clinics) to come.

“This year it’s more important than ever for residents to get a flu vaccination,” said County Public Health Director Corwin Porter. “This year’s flu season is overlapping with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, so we’re doing everything we can to avoid what we’re calling a ‘twindemic.’”

Porter said getting a flu shot will not only reduce your risk of illness, hospitalization, and even death, but it will also help free-up capacity for those who require medical attention for COVID-19 or other ailments.

“People who get vaccinated for the flu are much less likely to require medical care, which will save medical resources and reduce the burden on an already-strained healthcare system,” he said.

Following is a list of flu clinics providing free vaccinations throughout October. Many of the sites also offer COVID-19 tests, which the County is also encouraging residents to get. Additional information on the flu and the flu vaccination, along with a more extensive list of vaccination clinics, can be found by clicking here.

Sites offering flu vaccinations and COVID-19 tests

National Orange Show (NOS) (The Dome)

689 S. E St., San Bernardino

Oct. 21 from 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Jessie Turner Health and Fitness Community Center

15556 Summit Ave., Fontana

Oct. 23 from 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Copper Mountain College (Bell Center)

6162 Rotary Way, Joshua Tree

Oct. 30 from 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Sites offering flu vaccinations only

Victorville Activities Center

15075 Hesperia Rd., Victorville

Oct. 24 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Lytle Creek Community Center

14082 Center Rd., Lytle Creek

Oct. 26 from 2 – 6 p.m.

County Showing Progress Following Post-Labor Day Spike in Cases

Following a three-week period during which the County experienced significant increases in new COVID-19 cases and positivity rates — which public health data indicate were largely due to public gatherings over the Labor Day weekend — we’ve recently seen welcomed improvements in two key metrics: new cases and testing.

“Our case rate has declined from 9.6 to 9.1 new cases out of every 100,000 County residents,” said Corwin Porter, County health director. “While we still have a way to go to get to the state’s Red Tier, this is a notable improvement from prior weeks and — we hope — signals a favorable new trend. Moreover, we’ve seen a solid jump in our testing rate — from about 178 tests per 100,000 residents to just under 190.”

Porter reminded readers that the County needs to test an average of 216 people per 100,000 residents per day to meet the state’s requirements for reopening additional businesses and schools. He encouraged everyone to get tested at their earliest convenience.

“Getting tested is one of the few specific steps — beyond following basic guidelines such as wearing a mask, social distancing and avoiding gatherings — that residents can take to help us move into the state’s Red Tier,” he said. “And getting to the Red Tier will allow us to reopen more schools, churches and businesses.

Getting tested is free and is available to anyone who either lives or works in San Bernardino County.

Among the County’s multiple testing sites are two that are providing tests on Saturdays through November 21: the Department of Behavioral Health Auditorium in Rialto and Victor Valley College in Victorville. In addition, Loveland Church in Fontana is doing tests this Saturday (only) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

While scheduling an appointment is encouraged, most sites also offer walk-ups. To see all testing sites, review the FAQs and to make an appointment, visit our testing webpage here.

It’s Complicated: School Reopenings, Hybrid Learning Look Different Across California

As schools get the green light to reopen, the form their teaching will take will vary widely, sometimes even within the same district. Learn More

U.S. Weekly Jobless Claims Inch Lower, But Remain Stubbornly High

The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits inched down last week, signaling the U.S. labor market is making little fresh headway in getting millions of people back on the job after being out of work due to COVID-19 disruptions. Learn More

‘We’re Going to Be Stubborn About It.’ Gavin Newsom Says Theme Parks Won’t Reopen Anytime Soon

Disneyland, and other large theme parks in California, won’t be reopening any time soon. That’s the message California Gov. Gavin Newsom sent when asked about it during a press conference on Wednesday. Learn More

COVID-19: Moving Between Tiers

In this episode of The Workplace podcast, CalChamber Executive Vice President and General Counsel Erika Frank and employment law expert Jennifer Shaw discuss California’s COVID-19 Tier Framework and what employers should keep in mind as counties transition into and out of tiers. Learn More

Free Document Shredding Event

In honor of your COVID cleanouts, San Bernardino County Supervisor Curt Hagman, in partnership with the Ontario Police Department will be hosting a free document shredding event for all San Bernardino County residents.

The event will be on Saturday, November 14, 2020, from 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. or until the truck is full, at the Ontario Police Department, located at 2500 Archibald Avenue, located in Ontario.

Please note, face masks/coverings are required.

Documents will be shredded on-site

Limit of 3 standard filing boxes per vehicle

No CD's, DVD's, binders, plastics, x-rays, etc.

Receive tips from law enforcement on how to protect your identity

Upcoming Webinars Address Exporting and Sustainable Economies

San Bernardino County in conjunction with other partners both regionally and throughout the state are pleased to bring business owners and interested residents ongoing webinars on a variety of important topics. We aim to do everything we can to help businesses succeed during this difficult time.

Global export industry webinars

These webinars provide information on how to make a business more competitive, expand its customer base, and enter more markets while learning how to save time and money establishing a presence in a new market. Our second webinar will dive even deeper into strategic steps needed to expand an international presence and creating an export strategy.

Sustainable economies

San Bernardino County is a supporting partner for a series of no-cost webinars on Sustainable Economies. Interested parties are invited to join as we create a re-imagined future and the community map needed to get there. These interactive webinars will begin with a panel or a “Ted-style” talk followed by breakouts.

Dr. Angelo Farooq, chairman of the California Workforce & Development Board, will kick-off the first in a series of three sessions held in October.  His presentation on the “Jobs & Climate Action Plan for 2030” will provide insights into a statewide blueprint addressing our most pressing challenges.

Thursday, October 29, 1 p.m.

Register Now: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sustainable-economies-webinar-fall-season-tickets-119559779519

 

Updated on 10/07/20

Helpful Links:

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California Suffers Harsh Budget Blow as Trump Ends Coronavirus Stimulus Talks - Learn More

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Planning to Vote in Person for the 2020 Election in California? Here’s What to Expect

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To Tackle Racial Disparities in COVID-19, California Enacts New Metric for Reopening

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Helpful Links:

County’s Move into Red Tier is Delayed - county status webpage

State Announces New Guidelines for Reopening Playgrounds - which can be found here on the CDPH website

Governor Vetoes ‘Right to Recall’ Job Killer Bill and Tax Disclosure Bill, Signs Pay Data Disclosure - Learn More

Coronavirus Updates: 10 California Counties Cleared for More Reopening as Tiers Are Upgraded - Learn More

County Testing Sites See Expanded Hours, Some Sites Open Saturday - visit our testing webpage here

County Offers Guidelines for a Safe and Healthy Halloween - guidelines explaining how activities such as trick-or-treating can be enjoyed safely , guidance for operators of pumpkin patches

Virtual workplace etiquette -  https://remotework2020.eventbrite.com

Hire right the first time - https://hiring2020.eventbrite.com

Sustainable economies - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sustainable-economies-webinar-fall-season-tickets-119559779519

Calculating Federal COVID-19 Paid Leave for Illness, Distance Learning - Learn More

HR Symposium to Cover COVID-19 Issues, Diversity in the Workplace in Virtual Format - Learn More

Final Status Report on Major Business Bills - Learn More

California Adds COVID-19 Equity Requirement. It Could Trip Up Counties’ Reopenings - Learn More

New COVID-19 County Health Equity Requirement Begins Tomorrow - Learn More

Salary, Retaining Talent Concerns During COVID-19 - Learn More

Salary, Retaining Talent Concerns During COVID-19

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the ability to retain valued staff is a primary concern among senior management, according to a new Robert Half survey conducted online from July 10 to August 9, 2020. More specifically, 88 percent of senior managers worry about this — and of those, 39 percent say salary reductions and planned salary freezes are the cause. Learn More

New COVID-19 County Health Equity Requirement Begins Tomorrow

In an effort to reduce COVID-19 transmission across all of California’s communities, starting tomorrow, October 6, 2020, the more populous counties will need to meet a health equity metric in order to further open their economies. Learn More

California Adds COVID-19 Equity Requirement. It Could Trip Up Counties’ Reopenings

California’s larger counties will not be permitted to reopen their economies further unless they reduce coronavirus infections in the hardest-hit places where the poor, Black people, Latinos and Pacific Islanders live. Learn More

Final Status Report on Major Business Bills

The following list summarizes the final status of California Chamber of Commerce priority bills that were sent to the Governor this year. Learn More

HR Symposium to Cover COVID-19 Issues, Diversity in the Workplace in Virtual Format

The California Chamber of Commerce annual HR Symposium returns in 2020 as a virtual event—live and on demand. Learn More

Calculating Federal COVID-19 Paid Leave for Illness, Distance Learning

How much time is an employee entitled to use under federal COVID-19 law if he needs to stay home to supervise distance learning for his children but previously took time off for his
COVID-19 illness? Learn More

Upcoming Webinars Address Workplace Etiquette, Hiring and Sustainable Economies

San Bernardino County in conjunction with other partners both regionally and throughout the state are pleased to bring business owners and interested residents ongoing webinars on a variety of important topics. We aim to do everything we can to help businesses succeed during this difficult time.

Virtual workplace etiquette

This webinar will focus on the professional courtesies necessary for working in a productive virtual environment. The objectives of the course will focus on basic rules of courtesy, consideration, and respect to ensure productive and harmonious remote working relationships.

Thursday, October 8, 10 a.m. to Noon

Register: https://remotework2020.eventbrite.com

Hire right the first time

Harvard University wrote a book titled Hiring and Keeping the Best People, which talks about the cost of poor hiring practices. The Business Essentials book stated that bad hiring brings down performance and can be painfully costly in the long run. Painfully costly is defined as 24 times the base compensation of the poorly hired person. Can you afford it? CEA’s hiring system will help businesses and HR professionals avoid costly hiring mistakes.

Thursday, October 15, 10 a.m. to Noon

Register: https://hiring2020.eventbrite.com

Sustainable economies

San Bernardino County is a supporting partner for a series of no-cost webinars on sustainable economies. Interested parties are invited to join as we create a re-imagined future and the community map needed to get there. These interactive webinars will begin with a panel or a “Ted-style” talk followed by breakouts. Dr. Angelo Farooq, chairman of the California Workforce & Development Board, is hosting the sessions.

Thursday, October 15, 1 p.m.

Thursday, October 29, 1 p.m.

Register Now: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sustainable-economies-webinar-fall-season-tickets-119559779519

County Offers Guidelines for a Safe and Healthy Halloween

With San Bernardino County still struggling to escape from the State’s purple tier and modestly relax restrictions on restaurants, theaters, museums, gyms and worship services, County officials have expressed concerns about Halloween — and have offered guidance to help residents and businesses avoid practices that could lead to further spread of COVID-19.

“Halloween typically involves trick-or-treating, gathering with friends and neighbors, and visiting pumpkin patches and haunted houses,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “We unfortunately have already seen how get-togethers during the Fourth of July and Labor Day holidays led to noticeable increases in infection rates, so we are asking everyone to be extremely cautious this Halloween season. We are specifically urging residents to consider safer alternatives to traditional activities.”

The state currently forbids amusement park rides of any kind, along with other high-touch or close contact attractions such as haunted houses, animal rides, petting zoos, slides, bounce houses, and ball pits.

To help residents consider alternatives to their usual Halloween activities, the County has produced guidelines explaining how activities such as trick-or-treating can be enjoyed safely, while also suggesting a variety of safer alternatives. It advises those who are feeling sick or may have been exposed to the virus, along with those at highest risk of serious illness (e.g., people who are immune-compromised, have pre-existing conditions or are age 65 or older) to simply avoid Halloween activities this year.

The guidelines include specific recommendations for parents of children planning to go trick-or-treating, as well as households that intend to hand out treats, and encourages residents to consider creative ways to safely dispense candy. It also lists a variety of activities that can provide safe alternatives to some common Halloween practices.

The County has also developed guidance for operators of pumpkin patches. Outdoor sales of pumpkins are allowed, and food, beverages, games, mazes, and other activities can be offered under certain conditions. Pumpkin patch operators should contact the County with questions before opening.

County Testing Sites See Expanded Hours, Some Sites Open Saturday

We are hoping all County residents are spreading the word on the importance of getting tested, even if you don’t show any symptoms.

Testing is one thing everyone can do to help reopen our economy and help our local businesses. Residents and businesses are also doing their part by wearing masks when they are close to other people, social distancing, and keeping their hands clean. The Board of Supervisors is doing its part by constantly urging the State to recognize the County’s COVID-fighting efforts and clear the way for more of our economy to open up.

The County is trying to make getting tested as easy as possible and testing sites are now open until 6 p.m. While reservations are still strongly suggested, you can simply walk into any testing site without an appointment. And again, testing is painless, takes only a few minutes, and available at no cost to you (although your insurance information will be taken so the County can seek reimbursement).

In addition, testing sites in Rialto and Victorville will now be open on Saturdays to accommodate even more residents. To see all testing sites, review the FAQs and to make an appointment, visit our testing webpage here.

Coronavirus Updates: 10 California Counties Cleared for More Reopening as Tiers Are Upgraded

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Governor Vetoes ‘Right to Recall’ Job Killer Bill and Tax Disclosure Bill, Signs Pay Data Disclosure

In the final hours of yesterday’s deadline to act on legislation, Governor Gavin Newsom vetoed a California Chamber of Commerce job killer bill that would have imposed a “right to recall” mandate on certain industries in California. The Governor also has vetoed two CalChamber-opposed bills, SB 972 and AB 2360, and signed opposed bill SB 973. Learn More

State Announces New Guidelines for Reopening Playgrounds

It has been a common site for anyone visiting a county or city park: yellow caution tape closing off playgrounds. Last night the California Department of Public Health released guidelines that allow for the reopening of outdoor playgrounds and other outdoor recreational facilities.

“This is certainly welcome news for all parents, caregivers and their families,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “The new guidelines are consistent with what has become smart, common-sense guidelines as we get through this pandemic, and we’re all confident that families will be very conscientious in creating a safe atmosphere for our children.”

Central to the new guidelines, which can be found here on the CDPH website, is the consistent practice that face masks are required for everyone 2 years of age or older, and that there is a conscious effort by families to keep a safe (six-feet) distance between households. It is expected that families and caregivers will be sensitive to overcrowding, and try to avoid a playground if overcapacity or impossible to maintain a safe distance from other households.

Also, the guidelines reinforce that a playground should absolutely be avoided by the elderly or persons with an underlying health condition, if children are present.

The guidelines also state that children should refrain from eating or drinking while using playground equipment, and visits should be limited to 30 minutes or less when others are present. And of course, the use of hand sanitizers and frequent hand washing remains very important when using playground equipment.

County’s Move into Red Tier is Delayed

We are deeply disappointed to share the news that a late spike in cases due to the Labor Day holiday weekend caused the San Bernardino County case rate to exceed the criteria for achieving a red-tier designation. Specifically, our positivity rate of 5.67% was low enough to make the cut; unfortunately, we reported 7.75 cases per day per 100,000 residents, which is well above the figure the state requires to proceed to the less restrictive tier.

Moreover, because the state requires a county to maintain supportive numbers for a full two-week period (and continue those numbers to remain in the favorable tier), we are forced to “reset the clock” and begin a new 14-day tracking period. Where we stand with the State can be clearly seen on their county status webpage.

The problem? Though our county has made excellent progress since July, when COVID-19 infections peaked, we recently experienced a notable spike in new cases — which our analysis shows was largely due to social gatherings over the Labor Day weekend. Specifically, data presented to the Board of Supervisors earlier today from Director of Public Health Corwin Porter showed a spike in cases in persons age 18-34, and that 58.3% of the reported cases the last 28 days stemmed from gatherings of friends or family members.

Today, members of the Board of Supervisors vowed to continue pressing the state to adopt less-restrictive criteria and allow the county’s economy to reopen.

“We share in the disappointment in this news, but at the same time, we know we continue to be very close to breaking this threshold,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “With a little more effort, we can enable restaurants and other businesses to serve customers indoors, theaters to open, churches and synagogues to expand worship services, and schools to provide in-person instruction.

“The bottom line is that this means continuing to wear face coverings and maintaining social distancing, and most of all, resisting the temptation to gather with friends,” Hagman continued.

Hagman also noted that the County is working with the state to identify areas where restrictions may be relaxed, for example by allowing the county’s vast rural areas to reopen while public health officials focus on reducing infections in more densely populated urban areas.

Porter stressed the need for greatly expanded testing, and encouraged all residents, including those showing no signs of the disease, to get tested at their earliest convenience.

“We need to increase the number of tests performed by at least 1,000 a day to avoid state penalties,” Porter said. “Testing quickly identifies infected individuals, including the asymptomatic, so the County can use its Contact Tracing system to notify and reduce the chance of passing the virus to others. And remember, expanded testing will increase the number of residents producing negative results, which lowers the county’s positivity rate.”

San Bernardino County has made the process of getting tested as easy as possible. Combined with state, local and retail partners, there are over two dozen testing locations, and that includes weekend testing, after-hour sites and even the ability for employers to establish on-site testing for their employees.

Though scheduling an appointment is encouraged, most sites will accept walk ups. Readers can click here for more information on testing, including locations and hours of operation.

Updated 09/29/2020

Helpful Links:

Disaster Relief Resources from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Community Resilience and Disaster Response program is closely monitoring the wildfires across the west. We are here to provide support for you, your employees, your members, and your community during these uncertain times.  Please find resources below provided by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation to help businesses prepare and recover from a disaster. We encourage you to share this information with your members, including the Disaster Help Desk for Business, which is available 24/7 at 1-888-692-4943.

Disaster Help Desk for Business—Businesses and chambers can call 1-888-My-Biz-Help (888-692-4943) for direct support from disaster recovery experts.

Resilience in a Box—Resource guide based on best practices designed to help educate business leaders on disaster preparedness and business resilience.

Disaster Recovery Quick Guides—Made possible by Shell, has tailored tips for small businesses and chambers looking to prepare and recover.

COVID19 and County Updates Virtual Townhall

Supervisor Curt Hagman would like to invite you to join him for a COVID19 and County Updates Virtual Townhall. The event will be held on Thursday, October 8th, from 6:00 pm until 7:00 pm on Supervisor Hagman's Facebook page.

If you would like email reminders regarding the Virtual Townhall, please complete the form with your information.

If you have any questions regarding the Townhall, please contact my District Office at (909) 465-5265.

Upcoming Webinars Address Exporting and Sustainable Economies

San Bernardino County in conjunction with other partners both regionally and throughout the state are pleased to bring business owners and interested residents ongoing webinars on a variety of important topics. We aim to do everything we can to help businesses succeed during this difficult time.

Global export industry webinars

These webinars provide information on how to make a business more competitive, expand its customer base, and enter more markets while learning how to save time and money establishing a presence in a new market. Our second webinar will dive even deeper into strategic steps needed to expand an international presence and creating an export strategy.

October 1, 10 a.m. “Expand Your Global Footprint”

Register Now: https://www.selectsbcounty.com/events/expand-your-global-footprint

Sustainable economies

San Bernardino County is a supporting partner for a series of no-cost webinars on Sustainable Economies. Interested parties are invited to join as we create a re-imagined future and the community map needed to get there. These interactive webinars will begin with a panel or a “Ted-style” talk followed by breakouts.

Dr. Angelo Farooq, chairman of the California Workforce & Development Board, will kick-off the first in a series of three sessions held in October. His presentation on the “Jobs & Climate Action Plan for 2030” will provide insights into a statewide blueprint addressing our most pressing challenges.

Thursday, October 1, 1 p.m.

Thursday, October 15, 1 p.m.

Thursday, October 29, 1 p.m.

Register Now: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sustainable-economies-webinar-fall-season-tickets-119559779519

“FightFluTogether” Campaign Encourages Californians to Get Vaccinated Against the Flu

This year, a flu shot is more important than ever. That’s why San Bernardino County, California hospitals, physicians and public health officials are joining with a coalition of healthcare stakeholders, social service organizations and governmental agencies to launch the statewide “FightFluTogether” campaign.

The campaign aims to underscore the importance of getting a flu shot as California works to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and preserve scarce health care resources for those in need.

“As we continue to confront the COVID-19 pandemic, flu shots are important to keeping you healthy and key to keeping people out of hospitals,” said Carmela Coyle, California Hospital Association President & CEO. “More people getting flu shots will ensure that hospitals are not overburdened and remain able to treat COVID-19 patients. Because the symptoms of flu are similar to those of COVID-19, limited resources like testing supplies, personal protective equipment, and medical devices can be maximized if the number of flu cases is kept down.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 42.9% of California adults and 63.5% of children age six months to 17 got a flu shot during the 2018-19 season. The goal of the “FightFluTogether” campaign is to increase those percentages this year.

The centerpiece of the “FightFluTogether” campaign is a website — that features links to the CDC’s VaccineFinder, to help Californians locate a flu shot provider quickly, as well as useful facts to help you protect yourself during flu season, and timely news articles. The site will be available in both English and Spanish language versions. CHA also has developed a public service announcement in Spanish and English that will be distributed to news agencies throughout the state.

Flu shots are an inexpensive (in many cases free), safe, and simple (often you don’t even need to get out of your car) way to avoid getting sick and possibly ending up in the hospital. With few exceptions, the CDC recommends a flu vaccine for anyone 6 months and older.

According to the CDC, an influenza vaccination can help reduce the overall effects of respiratory illnesses on the population. Engaging in best practices such as hand washing, wearing masks, and social distancing can also help fight the flu and reduce hospital visits and the strain on the health care system.

“Don’t ignore your health, especially not this year,” Coyle said. “The flu is a potentially deadly disease and getting a flu shot is the best way to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your friends.”

Supervisors Announce New Position to Better Address COVID-19 Fiscal Challenges

As part of the County’s ongoing effort to meet the unprecedented challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, Sept. 29, plans to modify Chief Executive Officer Gary McBride’s contract with the County, placing him in the newly created position of Strategic Projects Director. The Board on Tuesday will begin discussions on the appointment of a new CEO.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has placed highly complex strains on the County’s fiscal and organizational status and outlook. This crisis requires the undivided focus of Gary’s experience, unique understating of County finance, and problem-solving talents,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman.

“This is a great opportunity for me to concentrate my talents and passions in a way that will be of great service and benefit to the people of this County, the Board of Supervisors, and this organization,” McBride said. “The crisis of COVID-19 presents us with opportunities to rethink how we address public health challenges and funding in this new era. Those are the kind of challenges I love tackling and I am excited that the Board wants to focus on them.”

McBride has spent his entire 26-year professional career in San Bernardino County government and has served as CEO since November 2017. He previously served for four years as the County’s Chief Financial Officer.

As Strategic Projects Director, McBride will assist with the development of Countywide strategies to improve outcomes and efficiencies. Initial projects would include analyzing and developing strategies to address the immediate and long-term fiscal impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, including identifying the most effective application of CARES Act monies and other available funding vehicles.

McBride will also be charged with providing the County information for determining strategic direction related to complex issues that require a multi-departmental response. One example of this is the nexus between homelessness, mental health, and incarceration.

The creation of this position marks the latest innovation by the County in addressing the extraordinary and unprecedented demands of the COVID-19 pandemic. These innovations include:

• San Bernardino County created the first-in-the-nation COVID-Compliant Business Partnership Program, which provides cash grants to businesses, churches, schools, and nonprofit organizations who agree to operate in a COVID-safe manner to assist with the costs of safety supplies and modifications.

• In order to create additional capacity within the County Public Health Department so it could strategically focus on health guidance, contact tracing, vaccinations, and other core health duties, the County proactively assigned other key pandemic-related functions to other County departments and agencies for greater efficiency.

• The County assigned the management of COVID-19 testing to the County Office of Emergency Services, which specializes in securing facilities, staff, and supplies in crisis situations.

• The County assigned management of the SNF (Skilled Nursing Facility) Task Force, created by Public Health to address and help prevent outbreaks in state-regulated nursing facilities, to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center.

• The County assigned complaints about noncompliant businesses and enforcement to a multi-agency task force headed by the County Administrative Office, which created the proactive Education/Engagement/Enforcement Plan. Partners include the Sheriff’s Department, County Fire Marshal, Environmental Health Services, Code Enforcement, and County Counsel.

“These innovative measures demonstrate the Board of Supervisors’ commitment to protecting the public’s health, our Countywide economy, and County Government’s ability to function fiscally and organizationally through this pandemic and beyond,” Hagman said.

San Bernardino County Moving Closer to Red Tier

The State’s multicolored tier system has led to some confusion about what’s allowed to open and operate in San Bernardino County.

Hair salons, barbershops, nail salons, and elementary schools with waivers can operate indoors in San Bernardino County, and restaurants, gyms, and places of worship can operate outdoors while we are in the State’s purple tier. Our County, in partnership with our residents and businesses, has made tremendous strides toward getting our COVID-19 numbers very close to the red tier, which will allow tattoo and massage businesses to reopen and restaurants, gyms, and places of worship to operate indoors with some restrictions.

San Bernardino County is very close to achieving red-tier status. Everyone getting tested by making a fast, simple, and painless appointment will help get us there, as will avoiding gatherings, wearing masks, and social distancing.

California Reopens More Widely as Infections Hit Lowest Rate

More of California was cleared to reopen additional businesses Tuesday, including most of the San Francisco Bay Area and one of Southern California’s largest counties, as coronavirus infection rates have fallen to their lowest level of the pandemic. Learn More

U.S. Labor Department Could Make it Easier to Treat Workers as Independent Contractors

The U.S. Department of Labor on Tuesday said it would soon propose a rule that could make it easier to classify workers as independent contractors rather than employees, a major issue for the “gig economy” and other industries that use contractors to contain costs. Learn More

California’s COVID-19 Positivity Rate Drops Below 3% for the First Time

The share of Californians who tested positive for COVID-19 in the last week dipped below 3% for the first time, a sign that the Golden State is finally starting to beat back the spread of the coronavirus, officials said Monday. Learn More

Workers’ Comp Coverage Immediately Expanded for COVID-19 Infections

On September 17, 2020, Governor Newsom signed SB 1159, which goes into effect immediately, expanding workers’ compensation coverage for employees who contract COVID-19 through the year 2022. Learn More

New Law Expands CFRA to Small Business

CalChamber Executive Vice President and General Counsel Erika Frank and employment law expert Jennifer Shaw discuss how employers should prepare for the newly signed family and medical leave law (SB 1383) that expands the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) and takes effect on January 1, 2021. Learn More

Nail Salons Can Reopen Indoors, COVID Tests Now Available to All

A bit of good news for Californians who have been putting off their mani-pedis because of the pandemic: the state will relax restrictions on nail salons and allow them to resume indoor operations with some modifications, the state’s top health official said today. Learn More

Updated on 9/21/2020

Helpful Links:

  • Governor Newsom Signs Bill Extending Job-Protected Family Leave to Nearly 6 Million Californians - Learn More
  • Inland Empire Latino Economic & Policy Summit (Two Day Virtual Event) - Register Now
  • Inland Empire Economic Partnership Presents: 8th Annual Turning Red Tape into Red Carpet - Learn More
  • Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development Acting Director Releases Joint Statement with California Labor Secretary on August Employment Numbers - Learn More
  • *Covid-19 Economic Disaster Relief Programs Email Notification Service Now Available - List of Available Programs
  • New Law Expands CFRA to Small Business - Learn More
  • New Law Expands CFRA to Small Business

CalChamber Executive Vice President and General Counsel Erika Frank and employment law expert Jennifer Shaw discuss how employers should prepare for the newly signed family and medical leave law (SB 1383) that expands the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) and takes effect on January 1, 2021. Learn More

*Covid-19 Economic Disaster Relief Programs Email Notification Service Now Available

Small businesses and non-profits can now register for the BRP's Instant Email Notification Service to stay updated on the availability of new disaster relief programs.

As part of our coronavirus debt relief efforts,new economic injury disaster programs are continuously being made available.The BRP is providing economic disaster relief programs information via online portal and email notification service to small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In order to be eligible to receive email notifications of new federal, state, and local programs, you must register at the BRP online portal (here or button below).

List of Available Programs

Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development Acting Director Releases Joint Statement with California Labor Secretary on August Employment Numbers

Following the California Employment Development Department’s (EDD) release of the state’s employment data from August, the Acting Director of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), Chris Dombrowski issued the following joint statement with California’s Labor Secretary, Julie A. Su. Learn More

Inland Empire Economic Partnership Presents: 8th Annual Turning Red Tape into Red Carpet

Join us virtually as we recognize the local governments and public agencies that are helping businesses grow during this challenging time.
About this Event
Facing one of the biggest health and economic crises in US history, many local governments have stepped up to assist residents and businesses. On November 5, 2020, IEEP will recognize the Inland Empire’s outstanding public agencies that are helping businesses grow and succeed by proactively cutting through bureaucratic red tape.

We invite our public partners and other leading agencies to submit a nomination form to be considered for an award for one of the following categories:

1. Business Retention and Expansion Award

2. Real Estate Redevelopment and Reuse Award

3. Sustainable and Green Development Award

4. Cooperation Among Cities, Counties or Agencies Award

5. Innovative Use of Technology Award

6. Arts Innovation Award

7. Public-Private Partnership Award

8. Leadership in Public Service Award

Learn More

Inland Empire Latino Economic & Policy Summit (Two Day Virtual Event)

This Summit will bring together high level policy makers, corporate partners, education & community leaders! Don't miss this opportunity!

About this Event
Since 2016, the Inland Empire has been comprised of a majority of Latino residents (51.1 percent) according to census data. This exceeds the percentage of Latino populations in Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties. The roughly 2.3 million Latinos in the Inland Empire make it the 4th largest Latino Metropolitan region in the country. This region can be the example for the state and the nation on sound policy making that results in economic mobility and inclusion for the largest growing demographic in the United States. Additionally, COVID-19 and subsequent social unrest has magnified the existing inequality and growing challenges for economic upward mobility faced by Latinos in the region and state.

*Ticket price includes access to both days: October 13 and 14, 2020; 9am-12pm PST. *Selecting Day One (1) on October 13 will automatically give access to Day Two (2) on October 14*

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Governor Newsom Signs Bill Extending Job-Protected Family Leave to Nearly 6 Million Californians

Governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation ensuring millions more Californians can utilize Paid Family Leave benefits they pay for without the fear of job loss. SB 1383 was developed through the Paid Family Leave Task Force convened by the Administration last year and builds on previous work to extend Paid Family Leave benefits from six to eight weeks for each parent of a newborn. Learn More

  • Updated On 9-18-2020
  • Helpful Links:
  • $3M grant to Directly Support Hundreds of Latino-owned Small Businesses in California - apply here
  • California Governor Signs Laws to Protect Workers From Virus - Learn More
  • To ‘V’ or Not to ‘V,’ That is the Question - Learn More
  • SB County is Looking for a Few Good Poll Workers - this link to our online poll worker application
  • SB County Getting Closer to Red Tier but More Testing is Critical - Visit our COVID-19 Testing Page to see the testing site nearest you
  • Private Schools Now Eligible for County’s COVID Compliant Partnership Funds - COVID Compliant Business Partnership
  • New California Supplemental COVID-19 Sick Leave Poster, Guidance Available - Learn More
  • The Workplace Podcast: COVID-19 Laws Employers Need to Know - Learn More
  • EXPAND YOUR GLOBAL FOOTPRINT WEBINAR - Register Now
  • PREPARING YOUR ORGANIZATION TO EXPORT WEBINAR - Register Now
  • DISABILITY AWARENESS TRAINING, BREAKING BARRIERSRegister Now
  • SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIES INTERACTIVE WEBINAR SERIES - Register Now
  • SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY IS OFFERING UP TO A $1200 GRANT - www.sbcovid19.com
  • ‘Nothing Left in the Bucket’: Wildfire Resources Run Thin - Learn More
  • California Coronavirus Updates: Fitness Centers Sue State Over Closures - Learn More
  • Webinar: Special Edition of Path Forward Featuring Surgeon General Jerome Adams - Register Now
  • $3M grant to Directly Support Hundreds of Latino-owned Small Businesses in California
  • In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Google has announced a $3M grant to the Hispanics in Philanthropy PowerUp Fund to directly support hundreds of Latino-owned small businesses in California. Qualifying Small Businesses ca apply here through October 14, 2020.
  • DMV & EDD
  • As a reminder‚ if you need assistance with state agencies such as the DMV or EDD‚ please do not hesitate to email Senator.Chang@senate.ca.gov. We’re here to help.
  • Financial Relief for Small Businesses
  • The governor signed two bills I supported that provide financial relief for small businesses. AB 1577 protects PPP loan recipients from potentially having to pay thousands of dollars in unexpected state income tax on their forgiven PPP loans‚ and under SB 1447‚ qualified small-business employers who hire full-time-equivalent employees between July 1 and Nov. 30 are eligible for a $1‚000 tax credit for each hired employee‚ to a maximum credit of $100‚000.
  • Helping Nonprofits
  • SB 934‚ approved by the governor‚ helps non-profits save money‚ reduce paperwork‚ and makes state government more efficient. I proudly supported this measure to eliminate the filing and return fees paid by non-profits to the California Franchise Tax Board (FTB). According to FTB‚ it actually costs more to collect these fees than the amount of money they bring into the state.
  • Housing Assistance
  • Renters‚ Homeowners‚ and Small landlords: The Tenant‚ Homeowner and Small Landlord Relief and Stabilization Act of 2020 provides renters‚ homeowners‚ and small landlords with relief if coronavirus has impacted your ability to pay your rent or mortgage. More information is available here.
  • Homeowners and Small Landlords: Foreclosure protection is available for homeowners and small landlords who have federally-backed mortgages through the federal CARES Act. Homeowners or small landlords who don’t have federally-backed loans can contact their loan servicers to request forbearance. In addition‚ these financial institutions may be able to reduce or delay your monthly payment.
  • Status of Activities in Your County
  • Not sure what’s open in your county? Check the latest status of activities in your county here.
  • November 3 General Election
  • Counties will mail ballots to voters in California no later than October 5‚ 2020 and voters will be able to cast ballots early‚ in-person at their county registrar’s office. Make sure to verify your status at VoterStatus.sos.ca.gov.
  • Utilities
  • Many utility providers will not turn off services due to non-payment. Check with the California Public Utilities Commission for more information on utility consumer protections during COVID-19.
  • Wildfires
  • As of September 16‚ 2020‚ over 17‚600 firefighters remain on the frontlines of 25 major wildfires and 2 extended attack wildfires in California. Since the beginning of the year‚ wildfires have burned over 3.3 million acres in California. Learn how to prepare for any emergency at www.ReadyForWildfire.org. You can also join Red Cross for a virtual home fire preparedness presentation on Wednesday‚ September 30 at 10:00AM. Click here to join.
  • California Governor Signs Laws to Protect Workers From Virus
  • Business groups, including the California Chamber of Commerce, opposed the bill because they said the law is vague and will be difficult for businesses to comply with, resulting in “good employers” facing hefty fines. Learn More
  • To ‘V’ or Not to ‘V,’ That is the Question…
  • The COVID-19 induced recession of 2020 began with the ferocity of an unexpected tsunami smashing onto the shore—one month the economy was fine, the next it was in freefall. Learn More
  • SB County is Looking for a Few Good Poll Workers!
  • The San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters (ROV) is recruiting poll workers for the upcoming 2020 Presidential General Election. Due to the current pandemic, polling places will be open Saturday, Oct. 31 through Tuesday, Nov. 3, and it’s extremely important to have enough poll workers to staff these locations all four days.
  • Being a poll worker is a great way to be a part of our democracy at work, and assist your neighbors at the polling place. Consider some of the benefits of becoming a poll worker:
  • Serving your community
  • Being a part of the democratic process
  • Earning some extra money
  • We encourage you to apply and share this information with your friends and family. To learn more, and to complete an application, visit this link to our online poll worker application. If you have any questions, please contact the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters at 909-387-8300 or email the ROV directly at Communications@SBCountyElections.com.
  • SB County Getting Closer to Red Tier but More Testing is Critical
  • San Bernardino County’s COVID-19 case rates and positivity rates have showed improvement over the last few weeks. County officials are very hopeful that if this trend continues that the County will soon qualify to move into the red tier, but we will have to first hope that the Labor Day holiday didn’t negatively impact our numbers, and just as important, we must keep up our testing numbers.
  • “Testing is absolutely critical to show the state that we are keeping our caseloads and positivity rates down,” said County Public Health Director Corwin Porter. “When we see a spike of cases and related hospitalizations, it almost always comes from a social gathering and from individuals who did not show any symptoms.
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  • To get ahead of any spikes, County residents need to take it upon themselves to get a free, easy and painless test at any of the more than 30 testing sites throughout the County. Bottom line: If you -- or someone you live with -- has spent any time with people not in your household, please take an hour to get tested! Results are returned in less than 48 hours and it will give you peace of mind.
  • Walk-ups are now allowed at all County testing sites, although appointments are still strongly encouraged. Visit our COVID-19 Testing Page to see the testing site nearest you and to schedule an appointment.
  • And remember, to ensure our numbers continue to improve we all have to keep wearing face coverings when in public, practice frequent handwashing, social distance, and avoid gatherings outside your household.
  • Private Schools Now Eligible for County’s COVID Compliant Partnership Funds
  • Private elementary schools meeting the State’s requirements to allow in-person instruction may now participate in the County’s successful COVID Compliant Business Partnership program.
  • Among other benefits, the program gives participants financial assistance while assuring staff, students and their parents that the school is following a series of stringent procedures designed to protect their health and safety. To date, 31 private TK-6th Grade schools in the County have secured waivers allowing them to open for in-person instruction. Several additional schools have submitted applications that are currently being reviewed by County and state public health officials.
  • “We want to help sustain in-person instruction at schools across the County and are encouraging them to apply for membership in the Partnership,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “Participating schools can now obtain money to help with the acquisition of necessities such as personal protection equipment and disinfection supplies.”
  • Eligible schools will receive funding based on their respective enrollment levels. Schools with up to 100 students can receive $2,500, those with 101 to 499 students can get $5,000, and schools with 500 or more students are eligible for $7,500.
  • The more than 4,000 County businesses currently participating in the partnership have collectively received more than $10 million from the County to offset costs related to compliance with COVID-19-related public health protocols.
  • Applications will be accepted through Friday, October 30, 2020. A list of approved schools, along with everything a school needs to know about re-opening and staying open, can be found on a new County webpage dedicated to the waiver process and the guidelines for operating safely.
  • To secure a waiver from State mandates forbidding in-person instruction, a school must complete a Waiver Application Cover Form showing that its local health jurisdiction has experienced fewer than 14 daily cases per 100,000 residents over the prior 14 days. San Bernardino County successfully worked with the State to secure consideration for schools located in communities that are meeting the State criteria even if the county as a whole is not.
  • New California Supplemental COVID-19 Sick Leave Poster, Guidance Available
  • The California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) has issued both guidance on the new COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave requirements and model posters that employers may use to comply with the new law’s notice requirements. Learn More
  • The Workplace Podcast: COVID-19 Laws Employers Need to Know
  • CalChamber Executive Vice President and General Counsel Erika Frank, and CalChamber Policy Advocate Ashley Hoffman discuss three important employment-related bills that came out of the Legislature this year; two bills, AB 2257 and AB 1867, have been signed into law, and one bill, SB 1159, awaits action by Governor Gavin Newsom. Learn More
  • EXPAND YOUR GLOBAL FOOTPRINT WEBINAR
  • OCT 1, 2020 | 10 a.m.-11 a.m.
  • This webinar will address the strategic steps needed to expand your international presence. It will also provide tools for reviewing your current export strategy in order to build upon it and develop an optimized market entry strategy for new markets.
  • Discussion will include:
  • •Global Footprint Expansion Market Analysis
    •Match your capabilities to New Markets
    •Identifying Specific Opportunities in New Markets
  • Expanding your global footprint can be a simple process. Let us help you, develop a Global
    Strategic Expansion.
  • Register Now
  • PREPARING YOUR ORGANIZATION TO EXPORT WEBINAR
  • SEPT 29, 2020 | 10am-11am
  • In this webinar you will learn how your business can be more competitive, expand your customer base, enter more markets and how to save time and money establishing a presence in a new market.
  • Discussion will include:
  • •Why Export
    •Export Readiness Assessment
    •Market Entry Strategy
    •How to Identify Opportunities
  • Exporting doesn’t have to be difficult. Allow us to guide you through the process of understanding and implementing exporting.
  • Register Now
  • DISABILITY AWARENESS TRAINING, BREAKING BARRIERS
  • SEPT 22, 2020 | 10:00 a.m.
  • This training is designed for human resources staff, hiring managers and supervisors to successfully include persons with disabilities as an excellent labor resource.
  • Topics will include:
    How to access employees with disabilities
    The different types of disabilities and the best ways to interact with employees in the workplace.
    General overview of the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • No Cost Webinar hosted by the Workforce Development Board
  • Register Now
  • SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIES INTERACTIVE WEBINAR SERIES
  • OCT 1, 2020 | 1:00 p.m
    OCT 15, 2020 | 1:00 p.m
    OCT 29, 2020 | 1:00 p.m
  • San Bernardino County is a supporting partner for a series of no-cost webinars on Sustainable Economies.Interested parties are invited to join as we create a re-imagined future and the community map needed to get there. These interactive webinars will begin with a panel or a “Ted” style talk followed by breakouts.
  • Dr. Angelo Farooq, chairman of the California Workforce & Development Board, will kick-off the first in a series of three sessions held in October.  His presentation on the “Jobs & Climate Action Plan for 2030” will provide insights into a statewide blueprint addressing our most pressing challenges.

Register Now

SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY IS OFFERING UP TO A $1200 GRANT To businesses that relocated their operations outdoors

Businesses eligible for this grant include but not limited to:
Restaurants, Shopping Malls, Nail Salons, Hair Salons, Barbershops, Religious Services/Churches, Fitness Facilities, Service Businesses, etc.

How do I apply and is there a deadline?
Applications are being accepted
online at: www.sbcovid19.comnow, until 10/31/2020 or until funding is exhausted

Who do I contact with questions?
Email:sbcovidbusiness@eda.sbcounty.gov
Phone: 909-387-3911

For Information in English click here

For Information in Spanish pclick here

‘Nothing Left in the Bucket’: Wildfire Resources Run Thin

...This year’s blazes have taxed the human, mechanical and financial resources of the nation’s wildfire fighting forces to an extraordinary degree. And half of the fire season is yet to come. Heat, drought and a strategic decision to attack the flames early combined with the coronavirus to put a historically heavy burden on fire teams. Learn More

California Coronavirus Updates: Fitness Centers Sue State Over Closures

California fitness centers have filed a lawsuit alleging Gov. Gavin Newsom’s measures aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus unfairly target the industry and are demanding they be allowed to reopen. Learn More

Webinar: Special Edition of Path Forward Featuring Surgeon General Jerome Adams

Tomorrow, Thursday, September 17

3:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. ET

Join us tomorrow for a special edition of Path Forward featuring Surgeon General Jerome Adams in conversation with U.S. Chamber President Suzanne Clark.

We'll hear from Dr. Adams about how what we know about the novel coronavirus has changed since March, what a timeline for vaccine production and distribution might look like, the link between community health and economic prosperity, and much more.

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County Schools Gaining Approval for In-Person Instruction

Department of Public Health assists with detailed guidelines to help schools open — and stay open

The County Department of Public Health (DPH) reports that 28 elementary schools have thus far been given permission to provide in-person instruction, while another 14 applications are currently under review by DPH and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). To date, only two school applications have been denied.

The list of these schools, along with everything a school needs to know about re-opening and staying open, can be found on a new County webpage dedicated to the waiver process and the guidelines for operating safely.

To secure a waiver from State mandates forbidding in-person instruction, a school must complete a Waiver Application Cover Form showing that its local health jurisdiction has experienced fewer than 14 daily cases per 100,000 residents over the prior 14 days. San Bernardino County successfully worked with the State to secure consideration for schools located in communities that are meeting the State criteria even if the county as a whole is not.

In addition, the application must include a plan detailing a variety of steps the school is taking to protect students and staff from COVID-19 infection. Elements of the plan must conform to the guidance provided by DPH and the CDPH and include such components as:

  • Physical distancing and the establishment of student cohorts
  • Health screenings for students, teachers and staff
  • Education and training
  • Facility cleaning and disinfection
  • Use of face coverings and essential protective gear
  • Healthy hygiene practices
  • Triggers for resuming distance learning; and
  • Communications describing how school officials will communicate with students, teachers, staff and parents about cases and potential exposures

“We are pursuing a delicate balancing act,” said County Public Health Director Corwin Porter. “Our goal is to allow as many schools as possible to offer in-person instruction, while at the same time doing everything possible to prevent further spread of COVID-19. That requires each school to maintain strict procedures for ensuring the safety of students, teachers and staff, as well as having a detailed plan for quickly responding to potential outbreaks. Achieving this balance will require all of us to work together diligently.”

To assist schools in the effort, the County has produced the COVID-19 Response Guidance for K-12 Schools, which offers detailed instructions for schools seeking approval to provide in-person instruction. The Guidance includes step-by-step procedures schools should follow as part of their waiver application process.

“The County is working closely with officials at State Public Health to do everything we can to get young people back into school while also keeping them, their teachers and their family members from getting sick,” said Porter. “While public health is our top priority, we also recognize the benefits of in-class learning and urge everyone to follow the steps needed to achieve both objectives.”

Get Digital CA! California’s Office of the Small Business Advocate Helps Small Businesses Grow Digital Footprint

Sacramento, CA – The California Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA), operating within the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), today announced the “Grow with Google” workshop series, which will launch September 22 and is designed to help California small businesses grow their digital footprints.

Through this partnership with Google, as well as California’s network of small business centers, diverse small business groups, and other corporate partners, CalOSBA is launching the first component of its new e-commerce initiative, “Get Digital CA,” an effort to promote e-commerce to help California small businesses build the skills they need to compete in an online marketplace, increase their revenues, and improve resilience in the face of California’s current multi-disaster environment.

Small business resilience is strengthened with technology and e-commerce strategies. A recent research report by Connected Commerce Council and Google found that 93% of small businesses were disrupted by COVID-19 and, as a result, 85% of small businesses have had to rethink their approach to digital tools, with many small businesses using digital tools more and in new ways. This research also found that small business leaders of color have been disproportionately impacted by this pandemic, and businesses that have remained open attribute their resilience to embracing technology. The initiative will focus on advancing equity goals with targeted programming in historically under-resourced regions of the state and with entrepreneurs who have been hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, including businesses owned by people of color.

“California’s small businesses are an indomitable force, tirelessly working to pivot and address the ever-changing challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. We have seen thousands of these businesses embrace change to adapt their businesses to a new marketplace, including adopting digital technology at higher rates,” said Isabel Guzman, CalOSBA’s Director. “This initiative will give our small businesses the extra help they need to go from surviving in a digital marketplace to thriving.”

“We’re proud to partner with California’s Office of the Small Business Advocate and GO-Biz to host four free digital skills workshops. ‘Grow with Google,’ helps create economic opportunities for job seekers and small businesses through free digital tools and trainings, which has become increasingly important as we navigate today’s challenges,” said Lisa Gevelber, Vice President Grow with Google. “These workshops will help small business owners in California understand how online tools can help them serve their customers and grow their business.”

The dates and topics for the "Grow with Google" workshop series can be found below. To register, click here.

  • 09/22/2020: Get Your Local Business on Google Search and Maps: Learn about Google My Business – 10:00 AM PT A free tool for local businesses who want to connect with customers on Google Search and Maps. Get hands-on help creating or updating your business profile or a simple website.
  • 09/24/2020: Ponga su negocio local en Google Search y Maps - 10:00 AM PT Explore Google My Business, una herramienta gratuita para empresas que desean conectarse con clientes en Google Search y Maps.
  • 09/30/2020: Make Your Website Work for You - 10:00 AM PT In this presentation, learners will discover how to create a search-friendly website that drives user action and supports their goals. Whether launching a new website or sprucing up an old one, this workshop will help.
  • 10/07/2020: Use YouTube to Grow Your Business - 10:00 AM PT Get best practices for creating a YouTube Channel and compelling video content that promotes your products and services and drives engagement with your brand.

CalOSBA’s “Get Digital CA” initiative builds off its work supporting the “Calling ALL Californians: #ShopSafeShopLocal” campaign launched in July, and the 40+ free or discounted partner resources offered to support small businesses get digital. For more information and to connect to these important resources, visit https://business.ca.gov/shopsafeshoplocal/calosba-resources/

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Updated EEOC COVID-19 Guidance … Again

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Upcoming Webinars for Financial Management and Global Exporting

San Bernardino County in conjunction with other partners both regionally and throughout the state are pleased to bring business owners and interested residents ongoing webinars on a variety of important topics. We aim to do everything we can to help businesses succeed during this difficult time.

No cost business webinars hosted by the Workforce Development Board

San Bernardino County’s Workforce Development Board has partnered with regional business experts to provide employers in San Bernardino County access to free and informative business webinars.

Sept 17, 2020, 10 a.m. “Financial Management During COVID-19 Crisis, Part 1”

Sept 24, 2020, 10 a.m. “Financial Management During COVID-19 Crisis, Part 2”

To learn more and to register: https://wp.sbcounty.gov/workforce/business-services/workshops/

Global Export Industry Webinars

These webinars provide information on how to make a business more competitive, expand its customer base, and enter more markets while learning how to save time and money establishing a presence in a new market. Our second webinar will dive even deeper into strategic steps needed to expand an international presence and creating an export strategy.

September 29, 2020, 10 a.m. “Preparing Your Organization to Export”

Register Now: https://www.selectsbcounty.com/events/preparing-your-organization-to-export

October 1, 2020, 10 a.m. “Expand Your Global Footprint”

Register Now: https://www.selectsbcounty.com/events/expand-your-global-footprint

El Dorado Fire Consumes Over 12,600 Acres

San Bernardino County firefighters continue to battle the aggressive El Dorado Fire, which continues to threaten homes and property along Highway 38. Firefighters worked through the night to save hundreds of homes. Damage assessment teams are in the area recording any structure losses. Three County firefighters have endured injuries battling fire and winds.

New evacuation orders were issued to residents between Angelus Oaks and Onyx Summit along Highway 38. Forest Falls, Oak Glen, North Bench Yucaipa, Mountain Home Village, Hidden Meadows and a portion of southern Cherry Valley were also evacuated, according to San Bernardino County officials.

“Our firefighters continue to combat this fire and are putting their lives on the line to protect lives and property,” said County Fire Chief Dan Munsey. “We’re making progress, but we implore residents to follow evacuation orders for their own safety and the safety of firefighters.”

The El Dorado Fire began Saturday morning at El Dorado Ranch Park in Yucaipa. Here is where County residents can find the latest information and resources:

    • Red Cross has established a reception site for evacuees at Redlands East Valley High School, 31000 E. Colton Avenue in Redlands. Red Cross evacuation assistance can be had by calling (442) 242-0946.
    • To stay abreast of fire conditions and firefighting efforts, monitor the Twitter and Facebook feeds of San Bernardino County Fire.
  • San Bernardino County Animal Care and Control can assist with animal evacuations by calling (800) 472-5609.

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On August 27, GO-Biz announced the California Rebuilding Fund, a new public-private partnership that will leverage government backed capital to support California’s small businesses – especially the smallest under-served firms and entrepreneurs from communities that have been historically disenfranchised. Click here to read the announcement, click here to visit IBank's new website sharing details on the Fund.

Gov. Newsom Announces New Color-Coded Reopening Plan for Counties; Hair Salons, Barbers, Retail and Malls Can Resume Indoor Operations

Gov. Gavin Newsom today announced a move from the existing state Monitoring List to a four-tier, color-coded system that governs the ability of counties to reopen businesses amid the coronavirus pandemic. The new system is more gradual than before to guard against loosening restrictions too quickly and subsequent case surges.

Counties will move through the new, four-tier system based on two specific metrics: case rates and the percentage of positive tests.

San Bernardino County’s status would be unchanged in the new system, where we fall into the Purple Tier along with 37 other counties in the state, representing 87% of the state’s population. In this tier, the virus is considered “widespread” with more than 8 percent of tests coming back positive and more than 7 new cases daily per 100,000. The County’s current dashboard, which looks at cases over 14 days, does not yet reflect these new criteria.

Hair salons and barbers can reopen, along with indoor malls

Adding some positive news, the governor also announced an easing of restrictions on hair salons and barbers, allowing these businesses throughout the state to reopen indoors beginning Monday, August 31, with modifications. This applies to counties in all tiers, including purple.

“We will take a few days to sort out what the new tier system and updated criteria means for San Bernardino County, but we are still optimistic knowing that in recent weeks we have been on a consistent, positive trend to lowering our case and positivity rates,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “What is exciting, however, is that our county’s hair salons and barbers can now reopen indoors and bring in patrons who have been waiting patiently to visit their favorite stylist or barber.”

Business owners should review and follow the posted guidelines for hair salons and barbers, to ensure they are operating within COVID-compliant business practices. To be clear, the announcement today specifically says these business may open with restrictions, which include face mask requirements, social distancing between stations, and specific cleaning protocols.

Also able to open Monday are all indoor retail, shopping centers and malls, at maximum 25% capacity. Until this announcement, only retail stores with outside facing entrances were allowed to be open.

Updated 8/27/20

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New Initiative Looks to Support Smallest of California Small Businesses

Sacramento, CA – The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) today announced the California Rebuilding Fund, a new public-private partnership that will leverage government backed capital to support California’s small businesses – especially the smallest under-served firms and entrepreneurs from communities that have been historically disenfranchised.

The initiative was approved yesterday during the California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank’s (IBank) August board meeting. Prior to the approval, the State of California allocated $25 million and new statutory authority to IBank to enable a collaboration with the state’s private sector. This public-private partnership will in turn drive capital to Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) and other mission-based lenders that provide much-needed loans to California’s underbanked small businesses. With the support of this new IBank funding, California’s CDFIs increase their capacity to help small businesses recover and reposition themselves to survive the realities of the COVID-19 marketplace.

“Businesses across California have been devastated by COVID-19 and our smallest businesses have been the hardest hit,” said Governor Newsom. “Ensuring that these businesses have access to capital will help jumpstart economic growth in communities across the state and provide needed support for entrepreneurs working hard to keep their doors open.”

The California Rebuilding Fund is the latest program supported by the State of California aimed at helping the state’s smallest small businesses in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Additional small business support by the State includes:

  • On April 2, Governor Newsom announced that the state would allocate $50 million to IBank for a COVID Disaster Relief Loan Guarantee Program (DRLGP) that mitigates barriers to capital for those small businesses that do not qualify for federal disaster funds, including low wealth and immigrant communities. The program has since been expanded to include under-served businesses that may have received insufficient federal relief. In addition, the California Rebuilding Fund will also raise capital to enable CDFIs to fully utilize the COVID DRLGP.In his signing of the State Budget, Governor Newsom provided an additional $50 million across all IBank Small Business Finance Center programs for loan loss mitigation and reducing the cost of capital for small businesses.
  • The California Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA) with California’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) have coordinated with six regional hubs to distribute free personal protective equipment (PPE) to under-served and impacted small businesses throughout the state. Orders for delivery as of 8/24 include: 7,188,010 face masks, 580,372 16.9oz bottles and 1,004 gallons of sanitizer, and 645,672 face shields for distribution.
  • The California Entrepreneurship Task Force launched a series of virtual trainings to create a supportive community to help small businesses innovate and pivot during COVID-19.
  • On July 8, California declared the month of July to be “California for All Small Business Month” and launched a new campaign, Calling ALL Californians: #ShopSafeShopLocal, to rally Californians to support their local small businesses and help connect California’s small business owners to digital tools and resources to help them get digital and adapt to the market during COVID-19.
  • The State of California has leveraged its supported network of 86 small business centers that provide free one-on-one consulting and no-cost or low-cost trainings to help businesses create safe operations, access capital and develop strategies to adapt. Their support in over 30 languages has been critical to helping California small businesses survive.

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, 4.1 million small businesses operated in the state, with those that have less than 50 employees employing just over 40% of all workers. The California Rebuilding Fund will emphasize supporting these smallest of small businesses, which have traditionally been underbanked or have difficulty accessing capital.

“IBank’s Board of Directors approved this initiative to address a vital part of the California economy, by helping under-served small businesses adapt to the ‘new normal’ and seek long-term solutions for ensuring success,” said Scott Wu, IBank’s Executive Director.

“Now more than ever small businesses need access to capital and this innovative new public/private partnership program will assist those small businesses with needed funds to survive and thrive,” said California State Treasurer Fiona Ma.

“Across multiple industries, COVID-19 has fundamentally changed day-to-day business operations. Small businesses have been highly impacted, yet they persevere and embrace change finding new ways to pivot and survive in this marketplace,” said Isabel Guzman, Director of the CalOSBA. “By supporting our network of mission-based lenders, this funding will build a public-private partnership to help save California’s beloved Main Streets and preserve the small businesses that define our diverse communities.”

“The pandemic has left 30 to 40% of California's small businesses on the verge of failure. To prevent a wave of closures, small businesses need access to affordable and responsible capital. However, due to large gaps in available capital and a system designed to naturally favor well-connected businesses, many of the smallest and most diverse businesses in our state are at risk of being left behind,” said Mark Herbert, Vice President, California at Small Business Majority. “If our economy is to recover, we must bridge this divide. Small Business Majority strongly supports this investment in the California Rebuilding Fund and applauds the IBank for taking action to ensure that small businesses have the resources they need during this time of crisis.”

“If we do not act quickly and intentionally, this multi-layered crisis may wipe out an entire segment of California’s economy – very small businesses. Often owned by immigrants and entrepreneurs of color, these businesses provide critical jobs and services in communities across our state,” said Luz Urrutia, CEO, Opportunity Fund. “The California Rebuilding Fund is a vital piece of the solution – leveraging public support to unlock private capital from banks and other investors. This effort will enable mission-based lenders like Opportunity Fund to provide financing and advising to entrepreneurs to restart, regenerate and rebuild California’s Main Street economy.”

The COVID-19 pandemic and efforts to mitigate the spread of the virus have presented extraordinary challenges for California’s small businesses. Small businesses across the state have stepped up to protect their employees and customers with innovations that meet the moment.

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County Firefighters are in the Heat of the Battle Against Wildfires

Fires are continuing to range throughout California, with well over one million acres having burned since August 15. Combating these blazes are more than 14,000 brave men and women — including many from the San Bernardino County Fire Department.

“Our people are battling multiple fires throughout the state, assisting in wildfire suppression and lending both equipment and expertise to the effort,” said Fire Chief Dan Munsey. “They are working with fire personnel from federal, state and local agencies on a collaborative effort to protect property and save lives.”

Many of the fires ravaging the state have been triggered by lightning, with an estimated 11,000 lightning strikes responsible for some 367 fires, which are then exacerbated by dry conditions and searing temperatures. The most devastating fires are largely concentrated in the northern part of the state.

The County Fire Department is part of the state’s Master Mutual Aid system, a cooperative emergency-response program established to fight major forest and brush wildfires. County firefighters, management and equipment are dispatched to areas of the state facing the greatest threats. For example, County firefighters previously battling the Lake Fire in north Los Angeles County were recently redeployed to the Carmel Fire near Salinas. County crews are also contributing to the fight against the LNU Lightning Complex, primarily focusing on preventing the destruction of structures.

Chief Munsey stressed, however, that while County firefighters have traveled north to fight some of the state's worst fires, the department has not neglected local blazes.

“We have fought the Ranch 2 Fire in the Angeles National Forest, the Dome Fire in the desert between the I-15 and I-40 highways, and a vegetative fire in Joshua Tree, among others,” Chief Munsey said. “At the same time, we’re careful to ensure that our own stations are covered, and regularly respond to small fires in the County before they become more dangerous conflagrations.”

San Bernardino County Fire resources deployed to other counties are fully reimbursed for all costs through the Master Mutual Aid agreement.

Munsey also noted that peak fire season — which is typically occurs between late September and the end of October — is still more than a month away. He emphasized the steps local residents can take to reduce the threat and help protect their own homes and businesses.

“We have created a series of tools and materials to help County residents prepare for potential fires, all of which can be found on the San Bernardino County Fire website. Our “Ready! Set! Go! - Fire” program provides a wealth of information that can make the difference between inconvenience and disaster.”

He urged residents to download the San Bernardino Community Preparedness App, which features a five-step family emergency plan creation wizard, relevant news and timely alerts from the County, live information on evacuation routes and shelters, one-button status sharing, and a library of emergency preparedness eGuides.

Chief Munsey also suggested following the department’s Twitter and Facebook feeds to access updated information on an almost real-time basis.

State Issues Guidance for Small Cohorts and Groups of Youth

Groups of children and youth in controlled, supervised and indoor environments operated by local educational agencies, nonprofits, some private and public schools, day care settings and “distance learning hubs” were givenhealth guidance by the state on Tuesday.

cohort is described as a stable group of no more than 14 children or youth and no more than two supervising adults in a supervised environment in which supervising adults and children stay together for all activities such as meals and recreation, and avoid contact with people outside of their group in the setting.

Guidance and directives related to schools, child care, day camps, youth sports, and institutions of higher education are not superseded by this guidance and still apply to those specified settings.

Considerations for cohorts

Utilizing cohorts minimizes the number of people exposed if a COVID-19 case is identified in a child or youth attendee, provider, other instructional support provider, or staff member of a particular cohort.

Children or youth, attendees and adults in supervised care environments during the COVID-19 pandemic must be in groups as small as possible. This practice decreases opportunities for exposure to or transmission of the virus; facilitates more efficient contact tracing in the event of a positive case; and allows for targeted testing, quarantine, and isolation of a single cohort instead of an entire population of children or youth and supervising adults in the event of a positive case or cluster of cases.

While present at the supervised care environment, children or youth and supervising adults in one cohort must not physically interact with children or youth and supervising adults in other cohorts, other child facility staff, or parents of children or youth in other cohorts.

Cohort size

    • Cohorts must be limited to no more than 14 children and youth.
    • Cohorts must be limited to no more than two supervising adults.
    • Requirements for adult to child ratios continue to apply for licensed child care programs.
    • Cohorts can be divided, as needed, into subgroups of children and youth from the same cohort, as long as the 14-to-2 ratio is not exceeded.
    • The maximum cohort size applies to all children and youth in the cohort, even when all children are not participating at the same time. For example:
      • A cohort may not include 6 children or youth who attend full‐time, 6 children on Mon/Wed/Fri, and 6 children on Tue/Thu (total of 18).
      • A cohort may not include 8 children or youth who attend for the entire day, 4 who attend mornings only, and 4 who attend afternoons only (total of 16).

Cohort mixing

    • Prevent interactions between cohorts, including interactions between staff assigned to different cohorts.
      • Assign children and youth who live together or carpool together to the same cohort, if possible.
      • Avoid moving children and youth from one cohort to another, unless needed for a child's overall safety and wellness.
      • Cohorts must be kept separate from one another for special activities such as art, music, and exercise. Stagger playground time and other activities so that no two cohorts are in the same place at the same time.
    • One-to-one specialized services can be provided to a child or youth by a support service provider that is not part of the child or youth's cohort.
    • Specialized service includes but not limited to occupational therapy services, speech and language services, and other medical, behavioral services, or educational support services as part of a targeted intervention strategy.
    • Services must be provided consistent with the industry guidance for Limited Services (PDF).

Considerations for staff

Supervising adults should be assigned to one cohort and must work solely with that cohort. Avoid changing staff assignments to the extent practicable. Substitute providers who are covering for short‐term staff absences are allowed but must only work with one cohort of children per day.

Meetings among the staff from different cohorts must be conducted remotely, outdoors, or in a large room in which all providers wear cloth face coverings and maintain at least 6 feet distance from other providers. Outdoor meetings and meetings in large rooms with the windows open are preferred over meetings in small rooms with windows closed.

Precautions and Considerations

Physical distancing, in combination with the use of face coverings, decreases the risk of COVID‐19 from respiratory droplets. Physical distancing between adults must be maintained as much as possible, and adults and students must use face coverings at all times, pursuant to the CDPH Schools Guidance regarding face coverings. Physical distancing between young children in the same cohort should be balanced with developmental and socio‐emotional needs of this age group. Supervised care settings should follow applicable industry guidance on appropriate use of face coverings by children and youth.

See the CDPH Guidance on Schools and School Based Programs (PDF) and on Child Care (PDF) for additional considerations regarding, face masks, meals, cleaning, drop off and pick up and health screening.

What the County is Doing to Get Off the State’s Monitoring List

In partnership with our residents, cities, and businesses, San Bernardino County is taking positive steps toward meeting the metrics that will get the County off of the state monitoring list and allow our businesses and schools to reopen if they want to.

The list includes 35 of California’s 58 counties, including San Bernardino, Riverside, and Los Angeles counties.

San Bernardino County has activated programs that are showing consistent, positive results. Five counties in the state have recently demonstrated enough progress in their fight against COVID-19 to be removed from the list. We are confident that with continued commitment and patience from our residents and businesses, San Bernardino County can do the same.

Monitoring List Criteria

The state has listed six criteria that put a county on its Monitoring List:

Experiencing an increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations of 10% or more over the previous three days. San Bernardino County is well within state standards.

Having fewer than 20% of ICU beds in the County available at any given time. San Bernardino County is well within state standards.

Having fewer than 25% of hospital ventilators available for use at any given time. San Bernardino County is well within state standards.

Performing fewer than 150 tests per 100,000 residents per day (over a 7-day average). For San Bernardino County that means averaging approximately 3,000 tests per day – and we are very close to achieving this.

Having more than 100 new cases per 100,000 residents over the past 14 days. The County’s current average is about 200, but improving.

Having more than 25 new cases per 100,000 residents and an 8% test positivity rate. Our positivity rate currently stands at 10.6% and it is steadily declining.

San Bernardino County’s progress toward meeting the State’s metrics can be tracked by clicking the COVID-19 Surveillance Dashboard directly from our sbcovid19.com website and going to the CDPH Monitoring tab.

How we are making headway

In recent months, the County has launched several key initiatives that are showing results. Our COVID-Compliant Business Partnership is an overwhelming success, and thousands of businesses are practicing strict safety guidelines in their facilities. This initiative has been combined with the Education/Engagement/Enforcement (EEE) Plan that has seen us already visit 2,000 high risk businesses with education and resources.

We have also increased our testing capacity with a new, painless nasal testing system that can deliver results in under three days. And we have a robust contact tracing system that can identify and isolate infected individuals to quickly stop the spread of the virus.

The County Department of Public Health engages with the State Department of Public Health on a nearly daily basis to discuss key data points and the County’s strategies and progress. The County was recently successful in convincing the state to consider regional data within our vast region when considering school waivers rather than judging schools against countywide numbers.

Meeting the challenge of news cases and positivity rates

Corwin Porter, the County’s director of public health, said that although we have improved our performance in news cases and positivity rates, we still need to do a much better job if we’re to get off the Monitoring List.

“Our performance on these measures is improving,” Porter said. “We have done an excellent job preparing our hospitals for a potential surge in seriously ill patients. Now, residents need to not let their guard down and be cautious about gathering with family and friends.”

Another area where the County is dramatically improving its performance is testing, which is also lowering our positivity rate. The state requires an average (over seven days) of at least 150 tests per 100,000 residents per day, which in our case means an average of about 3,000 tests per day. Since Aug. 9, after investing heavily in better and quicker testing and promoting testing to the public, the County has averaged 4,679 tests per day.

Porter noted that getting more County residents (including those who show no signs of the disease) to take a test will improve our performance on this benchmark while reducing our positivity rate. Thankfully, the recent expansion in the County’s testing capacity is now enabling many more residents to get a test, which is free, painless, and can be scheduled without a doctor’s appointment.

The County has many appointments available each day, and the test literally takes only a few minutes to administer. Every resident should visit our Testing webpage to read up on the FAQs and make an appointment.

“Among other benefits, testing will identify asymptomatic carriers who could be unwittingly spreading the virus,” Porter said. “By identifying these individuals and those with whom they have been in close contact, we can enable them to quickly isolate themselves and thus reduce the spread of the virus.

”We can get off the monitoring list if everyone continues to follow the guidelines we’ve been emphasizing: maintain a safe distance from other people, wear a mask or face covering when such distancing is impractical, and please, please avoid gathering with people outside your immediate household,” added Porter. “The more consistently we follow these simple rules, the more quickly we can get off the state’s list and get back to business.”

All of us should add to this list of guidelines to get tested now. And if you work with the public, or found yourself in an unsafe gathering, you should get tested again.

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Global trade flows collapsed in the spring, marking the largest fall in two decades, as coronavirus lockdowns disrupted air and sea transport and dealt a blow to the demand for many consumer and investment goods. Learn More

Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) Requirements, Employee Access

... As previously reported, the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) recently updated its guidance on employers’ obligation to establish and implement an IIPP with respect to COVID-19. Employers should also make sure they’re following Cal/OSHA’s updated regulations that provide employees the right to access their employer’s IIPP. Learn More

Remote Work: Workers’ Comp Liabilities

CalChamber Executive Vice President and General Counsel Erika Frank and workers’ compensation expert Randy Pollak discuss current workers’ compensation trends, and talk about what workers’ compensation liabilities exist when employees work remotely. Learn More

County Announces Program Adjustments for COVID Compliant Business Partnership Program

To support our local small businesses and help ensure ongoing compliance with State and County Health orders and direction, San Bernardino County launched the COVID Compliant Business Partnership Program. To date, we’ve had thousands of businesses participate. To make the program available to even more business owners, the County recently made a number of program adjustments.

The new application deadline is October 31, 2020. Some of the major revisions to the program include:

  • All non-profits with a storefront or physical space would now be eligible to participate
  • Short Term Rentals (STRs) would now be eligible to participate at a lower level of funding. The financial support is $500 for each STR owner to offset the basic cost of safety improvements and increased sanitization requirements
  • Any additional STR under the same owner would be eligible for an additional $250 each
  • Sole Proprietors (0 employees) would now be eligible for the program funding if they have a retail space or storefront
  • Home-based businesses that service customers would now be eligible. This includes home daycare operators for example.

D&I Critical to Strong Organizations

CalChamber President and CEO Allan Zaremberg and Dr. Jessica Milam, Inclusion and Diversity Advisor to the U.S. Navy, discuss practical applications employers can glean from the U.S. Navy’s diversity and inclusion programs. Learn More

Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development Acting Director Releases Joint Statement with California Labor Secretary on July Employment Numbers

Following the California Employment Development Department’s (EDD) release of the state’s employment data from July, the Acting Director of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), Chris Dombrowski issued the following joint statement with California’s Labor Secretary, Julie A. Su:

“The unemployment rate for July decreased slightly to 13.3 percent and 140,400 jobs were added to the economy. This is still 1 percentage point above the 12.3 percent peak from the Great Recession. As we slow the spread of COVID-19, in the midst of high heat alerts and fires, we continue to work with the federal government and ask Congress to allocate additional funds for unemployed workers and employers who have had to reduce or pause operations during this challenging time. A strong economic recovery is tied to keeping the social safety net funded so workers and small business owners can continue to make ends meet. A successful recovery also depends on Californians choosing to wear face masks, staying at home when possible, and following state and local guidance. Our actions save lives and help our economy recover more quickly.”

California Wildfires: Employee Pay, Smoke Protection

As of August 19, more than 360 wildfires were simultaneously raging across California, destroying property and prompting evacuation of hundreds of thousands of residents. On August 18, Newsom declared a statewide emergency due to the wildfires that have worsened due to both the current heat wave and continuous high winds. Learn More

No Deal Yet in Sacramento to Help Struggling California Renters

The measure, AB 1436, would block evictions of renters who missed payments during the COVID-19 “emergency period,” which would end 90 days after the state of emergency order is lifted or April 1, 2021, whichever occurs first...The measure is opposed by groups including the California Chamber of Commerce and the California Apartment Assn., which represents 50,000 owners and managers. Learn More

California Legislature Tackles COVID Workers Compensation Presumptions

... Heavily opposed by the California Chamber of Commerce and other business groups, AB 196 passed the Assembly on May 16, 2020, and on August 11, 2020 was referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee. Learn More

New DIR COVID-19 Guidance Issued

CalChamber Executive Vice President and General Counsel Erika Frank is joined by employment law experts Bianca Saad and Matthew Roberts to discuss the California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) guidance, “Safe Reopening FAQs for Workers and Employers,” which addresses a number of workplace-related issues as employers and employees continue to navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn More

IE Together Webinar: Responding to COVID-19 as a Small Business Owner & Operator

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County Director of Public Health Urges all Residents to Get Tested

If we want to beat back the coronavirus, and move to reopen our economy, we need to stop the spread of COVID-19. Our County’s Public Health Director Corwin Porter shares this important Public Service Announcement from one of the County’s many testing sites, to share why testing is important, and show us how easy and painless it is.

Take a minute to click on this video about COVID-19 testing, and please consider sharing the video on your own social media platforms. We’re all in this together, and together we can get SB County off the state’s Monitoring List.

Find a Cool Space Indoors During This Heat Wave

We are in the middle of an Excessive Heat Warning and we want everyone to be safe! The County website has this list of indoor cooling centers, each with their own operating hours and restrictions. With conditions constantly in flux due to COVID-19, be sure to call the venue before visiting. Seniors can also take advantage of the Senior Information and Assistance Hotline at 1-800-510-2020.

Please stay inside as much as possible, especially during the hottest time of day between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Limit your exposure to the sun, and if you do go outside, take frequent breaks, drink plenty of water, find shade, and wear light clothing and a hat.

Children, older adults, and pets tend to be more vulnerable to extreme heat, so monitor family members and check-in with friends, family, and neighbors to make sure they’re okay. This is especially important for those that don’t have air conditioning.

California Wildfires More Than Double in Size, Force, and Degrade Air Quality; Tens of Thousands to Evacuate

Wildfires touched off by a barrage of lightning strikes in central and northern California continue to expand, with one grouping of fires — known as the LNU Lightning Complex in Napa and Sonoma counties — more than doubling in area since Wednesday, to 124,100 acres. According to Cal Fire, the state firefighting agency, this fire complex threatens 25,000 structures. Learn More

The Tough Questions Pushing California to an Eviction Cliff

...Landlord groups and their allies — including the California Chamber of Commerce and the banking industry — oppose Chiu’s measure and are tentatively more supportive of Senate Bill 1410 from Sen. Steve Bradford, a Los Angeles Democrat. The proposal would grant landlords a tax credit equal to the amount of rent they’ve missed, which landlords could in term sell on secondary markets to free up cash in the short term. Learn More

California Counties Ramp Up COVID-19 Health Orders Enforcement

As COVID-19 cases surged and California “re-dimmed,” the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (OES) began stepping up COVID-19 health orders enforcement using a task force of 10 different government agencies. Now, many counties, who passed COVID-19-related urgency ordinances establishing administrative fines for violations of public health orders, are stepping up their own enforcement. Learn More

Updated on 8/18/20

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Free Webinars Hosted by the Workforce Development Board

San Bernardino County’s Workforce Development Board has partnered with regional business experts to provide employers in San Bernardino County access to free and informative business webinars. A number of topics are scheduled for August. To see what is coming up and to register, go to https://wp.sbcounty.gov/workforce/events/

 

Register now for these upcoming webinars:

 

In addition, the County is still offeringCOVID-Compliant Business Partnership informational webinarsfor anyone interested in joining. Learn more and get your questions answered at either of these two upcoming events.

 

Job Killer Bill Lays COVID-19 Economic Fallout on Rental Property Owners

A California Chamber of Commerce job killer bill that shifts the COVID-19 pandemic’s economic fallout for tenants onto rental property owners will be considered this morning in the Senate Judiciary Committee. Learn More

As California Clears Backlog of COVID-19 Cases, Deaths Hit a Low for the Month

California received a batch of mostly positive pandemic-related developments on Monday with data showing that the number of people dying of COVID-19 is beginning to decline and hospitalization rates continue to fall steadily. Learn More

Updated on 8/17/20

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With Data Backlog Cleared, California Coronavirus Cases Officially Decreasing, Newsom Says

California has cleared the backlog of nearly 300,000 coronavirus test results that has hampered its virus strategy over the past two weeks, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday, and officials got the news they were hoping for: COVID-19 is trending downward in the state. Learn More

Coping with Heat During a Pandemic

We don’t need to tell you how hot it can get in San Bernardino County and throughout Southern California, and forecasters are saying this current triple-digit heat wave is unlikely to break within the next week to 10 days.

But the extreme weather does not eliminate the need to socially distance or to wear a mask when in close contact with others. At the same time, however, it’s important to recognize that wearing masks, while essential for mitigating the spread of coronavirus, can make things worse for some people.

Matthew Levy, D.O., M.Sc., an associate professor of emergency medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, advises people to be especially cautious when going outside, particularly if they have a respiratory condition or other underlying health problems. He also said that people shouldn’t try to cool themselves by dousing their mask or face covering in water, since that can compromise their filtration capabilities.

The best idea is to stay inside as much as possible. It’s especially important to avoid being outside (or at least skip any strenuous activities) during the hottest time of day — generally between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Limit your exposure to the sun, and if you do go outside, take frequent breaks, find shade, wear light clothing and a hat, and use sunscreen.

The County website has this list of indoor cooling centers, each with their own operating hours and restrictions. With conditions constantly in flux due to COVID-19, be sure to call the venue before visiting. Seniors should take advantage of the Senior Information and Assistance Hotline at 1-800-510-2020.

Following are some additional tips for keeping cool while helping prevent the spread of COVID-19:

Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water, even if you aren’t thirsty, and avoid dehydrating beverages such as caffeine and alcohol. And please don’t share water bottles or canteens, which can spread the virus.

Take steps to prepare your home if you don't have air conditioning. Cover any windows that receive morning or afternoon sun with drapes, shades, or even sheets. You might consider making temporary window reflectors, such as aluminum foil-covered cardboard, to place between windows and drapes. Taking a cool bath or applying a wet towel to your forehead can help you stay cool when it’s hot indoors.

Never leave children, pets or adults alone in closed vehicles. The temperature inside a parked vehicle can rapidly rise to a dangerous level for children, pets, and adults. Leaving the windows slightly open does not significantly decrease the heating rate.

Recognize the potential dangers of excessive heat. Know the  signs and symptomsof heatstroke, heat exhaustion, and heat cramps, and call 9-1-1 if you or a loved one is experiencing them.

Children, older adults and pets tend to be more vulnerable to extreme heat, so monitor family members and connect virtually with friends, family, and neighbors to make sure they’re okay. This is especially important for those that don’t have air conditioning.

Extreme hot weather can be a real inconvenience at any time and can be particularly challenge during this pandemic. Be careful, and take the necessary steps to protect your health — and the health of others.

State and San Bernardino County OK resumption of youth sports – with restrictions

via Victor Valley News
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — The State Department of Public Health has issued long-anticipated guidance allowing youth sports and physical education – including school-based, club, and recreational programs – to resume, as long as they are limited to groups of participants who regularly gather, such as a class or organized team, and only when physical distancing of at least six feet can be maintained.
Activities should take place outside to the maximum extent possible.
Sporting events, assemblies, and other activities that require close contact or that would promote congregating, such as tournaments and competitions, are not yet permitted either indoors or outdoors.
“This is an opportunity for young people to stay healthy, stay in shape, and be ready when the State allows team and other group activities to resume,” said San Bernardino County Public Health Director Corwin Porter. The County Health Officer has approved implementation of the guidance within San Bernardino County.

California Public Health Officials Release Guidance on Higher Education

Institutions of Higher Education Must Make Modifications to Reduce Risk of COVID-19 Transmission for In-Person Instruction
Collegiate Athletics Must Follow Vigorous Testing Procedures
Today, the California Department of Public Health released statewide interim guidance for institutions of higher education (IHE). The guidance is intended to help institutions and their communities plan and prepare to resume in-person instruction when appropriate based on local conditions. IHE must take steps to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission on campus and to protect students, faculty, workers, and families. The IHE guidance also outlines conditions under which collegiate athletics may return. This includes:
  • Teams must require masks for coaches, staff, media and any players not engaged in play at each match.
  • Practice may resume, only if regular periodic COVID-19 testing of athletes and support staff must be established and implemented by the IHE. Isolation and quarantine will be required upon a positive test.

COVID-COMPLIANT Business Partnership Program

California’s Lack of Protective Gear Cost Lives, Study Finds

Nearly 21,000 essential workers wouldn’t have contracted COVID-19 and dozens likely wouldn’t have died if California had an adequate stockpile of personal protective equipment at the outset of the pandemic, according to a Wednesday report from UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health and Labor Center.
Other key findings:
  • The stockpile would have saved the state $93 million weekly in unemployment benefits by allowing employees to safely return to work earlier.
  • Stockpiling masks and other protective gear in advance would have been 83% cheaper than buying them in the middle of the pandemic.
Newsom last month announced plans to create a stockpile of 100 million N95 masks and 200 million surgical masks to prepare for a surge of cases in the fall, and lawmakers are considering a bill that would require California to maintain 90 days worth of medical supplies. At the outset of the pandemic, the state had an emergency stockpile of 21 million N95 masks — all of which were expired.

2020 - 2021 Regional Leadership Academy

Now in it's 8th year!
The academy is intended to serve actively engaged members of the regional community in the public and private sectors.
Participants will develop their leadership skills while gaining an in-depth understanding of key issues facing the Inland Empire on a regional and state level.
Ideal candidates will be interested in advancing their knowledge of regional issues, public policy, political and cultural perceptions of the Inland Empire.

County Announces Program Adjustments for COVID Compliant Business Partnership Program

To support our local small businesses and help ensure ongoing compliance with State and County Health orders and direction, San Bernardino County launched the COVID Compliant Business Partnership Program. To date, we’ve had thousands of businesses participate. To make the program available to even more business owners, the County recently made a number of program adjustments.

The new application deadline is October 31, 2020. Some of the major revisions to the program include:

  1. All non-profits with a storefront or physical space would now be eligible to participate
  2. Short Term Rentals (STRs) would now be eligible to participate at a lower level of funding – The  financial support is $500 for each STR owner to offset basic cost of safety improvements and increased sanitization requirements
    1. Any additional STR under the same owner would be eligible for an additional $250 each
  3. Sole Proprietors (0 employees) would now be eligible for the program funding if they have a retail space or storefront
  4. Home-based businesses that service customers would now be eligible. This includes  home day care operators for example.

Informational Webinars
Learn more and get your questions answered.
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  • August 26, 2020 at 11am PST
  • August 27, 2020 at 11am PST

For more information and to apply, go to https://sbcovid19.com/covid-compliant-business-partnership-program/.

SUBJECT: Malicious Cyber Actor Spoofing COVID-19 Loan Relief Webpage via Phishing Emails

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is currently tracking an unknown malicious cyber actor who is spoofing the Small Business Administration (SBA) COVID-19 loan relief webpage via phishing emails. These emails include a malicious link to the spoofed SBA website that the cyber actor is using for malicious re-directs and credential stealing.

COVID-19 Federal, State, & Private Emergency Assistance

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E.R. Physician Shares Dangers of Social Gathering

Dr. Troy Pennington from Arrowhead Regional Medical Center took some time to share the reality behind family and social gathering events, and how it contributes to the spread of the coronavirus. https://youtu.be/_Tks2oGvyNQ.

New FAQs for COVID-19 Testing

With all San Bernardino County residents being asked to consider testing for the coronavirus, regardless of having any symptoms, we wanted to share a partial list of Frequently Asked Questions that can be found on the Testing Sites webpage.

Where does San Bernardino County stand now in its testing capacity?

The County has significantly expanded COVID-19 testing over the past several months. Since the pandemic began in March, we have conducted nearly 300,000 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests, which indicate whether a person is currently infected with the coronavirus.

San Bernardino County is currently operating 11 COVID-19 testing sites, strategically located throughout the 20,000-square-mile County, as well as four County Health Centers that provide care to underserved and vulnerable populations. In partnership with the California Department of Public Health, we also have three state testing sites in the county. Additionally, private clinics, certain Rite-Aid Pharmacy locations, and HMO-operated facilities are also offering COVID-19 testing.

Who can be tested?

In the early weeks of the pandemic, testing was limited to certain at-risk individuals or frontline healthcare workers. However, we are now encouraging everyone to get tested — whether or not you have shown any symptoms of the disease.

I do not have any of the symptoms associated with COVID-19. Why should I get tested?

Studies have shown that many infected people show no symptoms of the disease, otherwise known as an asymptomatic carrier. That means that most of the people who carry the virus do not know it. Simply put, it’s possible that thousands of infected people could unknowingly spread the disease.

Moreover, our ability to open certain sectors of the economy and keep them open depends on our meeting certain criteria set by the state of California. These indicators include the number of test conducted and positivity rates. If we can show we are testing a large number of people -- while keeping the percentage who test positive down -- we can avoid further restrictions from the state and reopen sooner.

How easy is it to get tested? How much time does it take?

Getting tested is easy. You will first need to make an appointment on the COVID-19 Testing Sites web page, which can be accessed from the sbcovid19.com website. There may be a few different testing methods depending on the location or facility. All County-operated testing sites currently use a self-swab nasal test, while state and private sites my use other collection methods, such as a nasopharyngeal specimen collection which is a nasal swab administered by a healthcare professional.

Testing takes 10-15 minutes. Sometimes there is a wait time so please prepare by using the restroom ahead of time, bring water to stay hydrated and something to keep yourself entertained while you wait. Wearing a face covering to your appointment is required. It is very important that you keep your appointment. Skipping your appointment means you might be keeping another County resident from getting tested. If you are unable to make your appointment, please cancel it via the cancellation link in your appointment confirmation email.

Do I need a doctor’s prescription to get tested?

No, a doctor’s prescription is not required.

How much does it cost to get a test? Is it covered by insurance?

There is no cost for receiving the test. When you sign-up for an appointment online, you will be asked some basic information, including the name of your insurance provider, policy number and the name of your physician. Providing that information allows the County to file a claim with your insurance company and obtain reimbursement for the costs associated with your test. You will NOT be charged a co-pay, and the cost of the test will not be applied to your deductible. If you do not have insurance, you will be given the option of skipping that section of the appointment registration process. Either way, you will not be charged for taking the test.

Do I need to make an appointment or can I just show up to a testing site?

Yes, you must make an appointment to get tested. Visit sbcovid19.com and go to the COVID-19 Testing Sites page to register for an appointment. Individuals with no internet access or who have access/functional needs can call 909-387-3911 for assistance, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Is the test painful or unpleasant?

Most people do not consider any current test method painful, but the nasal self-swab test used at County testing sites is certainly the easier and less invasive of the different testing options. To see how to properly use the nasal self-swab test, visit https://youtu.be/x7PTJBOIsQU (Español)

With a nasopharyngeal collection, a healthcare professional will gently pass a sterile cotton-tipped swab through the nostril and into the nasopharynx, which is the upper part of the throat behind the nose.

How long before I learn the results of the test?

Test results are usually available within 72 hours, but can be up to 3-5 days. If you test positive, Public Health staff (or a health care provider) will call you as soon as possible. If you test negative, you will not receive a call from Public Health. Test results are delivered to the participant via patient portal or other electronic means such as email or text message. Information regarding the delivery of test results will be provided at the test location. If you have not received your test results within 5 days, please call the Test Results call center at 909-387-5811. If you test positive or negative for COVID-19, you should still should take preventive measures to protect yourself and others.

Will my test show whether I’ve previously had the virus?

The PCR test only indicates whether or not you are currently infected with the coronavirus. It does not show whether you were previously infected and successfully fought off the disease.

If I test positive, do I have to “self-quarantine”? For how long? Are you going to put my name in a database?

If you test positive, stay at home and away from others for at least 14 days, starting from the date you were tested. If living conditions make it difficult for you to stay away from others (such as family/household members), stay in a specific room and away from other people and even pets in your home as much as you can. If possible, you should use a separate bathroom. If you need to be around other people or animals in or outside of the home, wear a cloth face covering. (Additional guidance is available for those living in close quarters and shared housing). Click hereto learn more about how to take care of yourself and help protect others in your home and community.

If you test positive, your patient information will be entered into the California Reportable Disease Information Exchange (CalREDIE), a secure system that the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has implemented for electronic disease reporting and surveillance. The public cannot access your information in CalREDIE; access is limited to a select group of healthcare and public health professionals.

How reliable are the tests? I’ve read there can be ‘false negative’ results.

The tests are more than 90% reliable but it is possible to get a ‘false negative’ result. If you have tested negative for COVID-19, but you are showing COVID-19-like symptoms, or have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19, you should get tested again.

Why should I bother getting tested if I’m not feeling sick?

We are searching aggressively for asymptomatic carriers, meaning people who have the virus but are not showing any symptoms. This is especially important now that the County is reopening businesses and public facilities. Our goal is to avoid large increases in new cases, which could threaten our efforts to relax stay-at-home orders mandated by the state. That requires identifying those who are infectious but have not (and likely will never) develop symptoms. Widespread testing will give us a better idea of how many people are sick, and help us research infection pathways for COVID-19. It also provides a more accurate understanding of what new infections look like and the extent of community spread throughout the County overall.

Finally, for our economy to recover, it is essential for people to feel safe in public. Only then will they be comfortable patronizing stores, restaurants and other recently opened businesses.

Are there any people/groups of people who are particularly encouraged to get tested?

While we are encouraging all residents to get tested, it is particularly important for people who have frequent contact with the public, including delivery drivers, emergency workers, and those who work in retail, food service or high-density workplaces

County Sees Increase in Testing, Hopes to Continue Momentum

Efforts include on-site testing for County employees and targeting large employers

San Bernardino County has seen an impressive response to its initial call for more widespread testing.

Since hiring a new testing provider and encouraging all residents, especially those without symptoms, to get tested, the county’s testing rate has jumped with some 21,500 tests being conducted since July 27.

“We are very pleased with the initial response asking our residents to get tested,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “We want to keep the momentum going, so we are continuing to urge all County residents to make an appointment to get a free, painless test. Continual improvement in our testing numbers will not only protect people’s health and save lives, but also enable us to continue reopening our economy.”

Large employer strategy

To further this effort, the County is looking to enlist large employers to establish dedicated, on-site testing events. This began last week with the County’s own 22,000 employees, who now have an opportunity to get tested at different sites, on different days of the week, throughout the month.

“We want to set a positive example by demonstrating our commitment to getting as many people tested as possible,” said County CEO Gary McBride. “We also want County employees and residents alike to know that we consider their health and safety a top priority.”

McBride also noted that widespread testing of County employees should reassure residents who engage with them at County offices or within the community.

The County is initially inviting employers with 300 or more employees to contact our Administrative Office to begin the process that could result in an on-site testing event (or alternatively, a dedicated day and time at one of the 11 existing County testing sites). Interested large employers should begin the process by sending an email with their interest to COVID19Testing@oes.sbcounty.gov.

Benefits of widespread testing

We now know that many of the people who carry the coronavirus do not know it since they exhibit no symptoms of the disease (referred to as asymptomatic carriers). As a result, hundreds of thousands of infected people could be unintentionally spreading the virus to others.

“Increasing the number of people tested is essential to lowering the infection rate, getting the County back to work, and allowing businesses to open and stay open,” said County Public Health Director Corwin Porter. “Testing gives us a better idea of community spread and the scope of infections, and helps us concentrate medical resources where they are needed most. And working in concert with our contact tracing team, we can better stop the spread of the virus.”

Updated on 8/12/20

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  • Webinar: COVID-19 and the Reopening of K-12 Schools - Register Now
  • Friendship with California More Important than Ever in Global Pandemic Fallout - Learn More
  • Has California ‘Bent the Curve’? Hospital Numbers Suggest Plateau of Summer Coronavirus Surge - Learn More
  • Amid Pandemic Chaos, California Legislators Fight for Major Health Care Bills - Learn More
  • Free 2020 Midyear Employment Law White Paper - Learn More
  • Still No Clear Compliance Path for Wildfire Smoke Regulation - Learn More
  • California’s Coronavirus Cases Jump as Counties Process Data Backlog - Learn More
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Vote Nears on Resuming Eviction Proceedings in California

Eviction and foreclosure proceedings in California could resume Sept. 1, California’s chief justice announced Tuesday, putting pressure on the state Legislature to pass a law by the end of the month to prevent what many fear could be an “eviction tsunami” similar to the bursting of the housing bubble a decade ago. Learn More

Rural California Ranchers Deal with Uncertainty as Meatpacking Plants Struggle with COVID-19

...COVID-19 has caused massive disruptions to the beef industry, making this one of the most difficult years Azevedo remembers. Slaughterhouses started reporting cases of the virus just weeks into the pandemic. The numbers grew, quickly, and many plants closed or significantly slowed their operations. Learn More

Webinar Series: Leading in a New Reality: Understanding Police Reform

Free webinar held on August 13 from 2:00 p.m.–3 p.m.
"Since the police killing of George Floyd – and the killing of Breonna Taylor – two cases in a lengthy history of police killing unarmed Black men and women – there have been protests and a movement for reform to policing practices. LEAD and partner JONES are bringing together local leaders, Councilmember Monica Montgomery, Joshua Chanin, and Jerry Sanders. The discussion will break things down into a deeper understanding of the police reform movement, and discuss ways we can be involved." Register Now

California’s Coronavirus Cases Jump as Counties Process Data Backlog

As coronavirus hospitalizations continue to decline across California, counties reported more than 13,000 new cases Monday, a marked uptick as they began processing the thousands of lab reports that had been backlogged for more than a week within the state’s reporting system. Learn More

Still No Clear Compliance Path for Wildfire Smoke Regulation

In the midst of COVID-19, it is easy to forget the host of other regulations and obligations with which businesses must comply in California. As summer temperatures continue to be high and winds pick up, one regulation to keep an eye on is Cal/OSHA’s Wildfire Smoke Protection Emergency Regulation (Section 51.41.1) which (among other provisions) requires employers to have on hand for their employees, N95 respirators when the AQI for PM2.5 hits 150 – or close down. Learn More

Free 2020 Midyear Employment Law White Paper

As we chug along in one of recent history’s most interesting years (to put it mildly), much of the focus has been on the COVID-19 pandemic, but employers should also be aware of some non-COVID developments — including new discrimination and safety regulations, privacy enforcement, local minimum wage updates, and recent court decisions. Learn More

Amid Pandemic Chaos, California Legislators Fight for Major Health Care Bills

...SB-793 is an enormously controversial bill that would go beyond the recent federal ban on flavors in vape cartridges, which excludes menthol and tobacco flavors. This measure would ban the sale of most flavored tobacco products statewide, including menthol cigarettes, an idea that has died and been resurrected in many forms in both the Senate and Assembly. Learn More

Has California ‘Bent the Curve’? Hospital Numbers Suggest Plateau of Summer Coronavirus Surge

California may be bending the curve again in its coronavirus fight after a turbulent two months of rising rates, although once-burned officials remain shy about offering any boasts that the resilient virus is anywhere near tamed. Learn More

Friendship with California More Important than Ever in Global Pandemic Fallout

The following answers to questions posed by the California Chamber of Commerce are from Rana Sarkar, consul general of Canada, Northern California. Learn More

Webinar: COVID-19 and the Reopening of K-12 Schools

Join Us on Thursday, August 13, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. PST

Schools are making decisions about reopening during the coronavirus pandemic, prompting questions from parents and employers about the impact this will have on health, safety, education, and our ability to get people back to work.

Dan Domenech from the American Association of School Administrators and Dr. Rainu Kaushal from Cornell Medicine will join us to answer your most pressing questions on the re-opening of K-12 schools across the United States.

We’ll discuss how schools are adapting to current challenges, what physical distancing and sanitization might look like, how schools are planning to keep students and teachers healthy, and what we can learn from other parts of the world that have reopened schools during the pandemic.

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Updated 8/10/20

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California Labor Commissioner Enforcing Food Sector Workers Emergency Paid Sick Leave Order

As previously reported, on April 16, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order (EO) N-51-20, providing supplemental paid sick leave to food sector workers along the retail food chain. It was designed to cover a gap for employees who weren’t covered by the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) because an employer with more than 500 employees employed those workers. Learn More

CA Director of Public Health Resigns

...2. California redistricting commission complete
The final six Californians who will redraw the Golden State’s electoral map — defining its legislative and congressional districts for the next decade — were selected Friday by the eight other members of California’s Citizens Redistricting Commission. Learn More

In Executive Actions, Trump Extends Some Unemployment Benefits, Defers Payroll Taxes

At his Bedminster, N.J., golf resort on Saturday, President Trump signed four executive actions to provide economic relief amid the coronavirus pandemic. The actions amount to a stopgap measure, after failing to secure an agreement with Congress. Learn More

Webinar: Asian Development Bank programs and resources

GO-Biz, U.S Commercial Service and CalAsian Chamber of Commerce/Sacramento MBDA Export Center present a live webinar series to learn about Asian Development Bank programs and resources that will help businesses to bid and win global contracts across various industries. Click here, or the below image, to register for the series.

Recent Action by Governor Newsom

On August 4, Governor Newsom announced that he has signed tribal-state gaming compacts between the State of California and the Ione Band of Miwok Indians, the Mooretown Rancheria of Maidu Indians, the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians, the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians, the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation and the Tule River Indian Tribe of California. The Governor has also concurred with the Department of the Interior’s decision to allow 40 acres in Tulare County to be placed in trust for the Tule River Indian Tribe of California, for the purpose of relocating the Tribe’s casino. Read more here.

The Importance of Coping with “COVID Fatigue”

A concerning new trend sweeping the country may be contributing to our County’s recent spike in cases. Feeling exasperated by the quarantine and shutdowns, many residents have begun to experience “COVID Fatigue” (or “Caution Fatigue”), leading them to neglect safety precautions. In such cases social distancing requirements are ignored, face coverings rejected, and social gatherings become more common, leading to a sharp uptick in COVID-19 infections.

Fatigue or not, relaxing safety guidelines leads to a vicious cycle whereby cases and hospitalizations can rise, and perhaps lead to more social restrictions.

“Certainly all of us can related to being exhausted by it all. We’re into five months of careful distancing and masks, and it can simply be draining,” said Dr. Veronica Kelley, director of the County’s Department of Behavioral Health. “But we simply can’t stop listening to health leaders and the science.”

What we can do, says Dr. Kelley, is focus on some lifestyle habits that can alleviate our stress in a healthy way. Following are some ideas that Dr. Kelley and many other health experts suggest can help.

Exercise

Exercise reduces the body's stress hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol, and stimulates the production of endorphins – the mood-elevating hormone. Find a local, low-traffic path in your area to get started on a run or walk, or consider working out at home to let some adrenaline out of your system. If nothing else, at least step outside to get at least five minutes of sunshine and fresh air each day.

Talking

Avoid repressing your discontent or unhappiness. Failure to communicate emotions can lead to feeling hopeless or a sense of losing control. Simply airing out your frustrations and discussing them with the right person can work to reduce the stress experienced during shutdown. It can be very helpful to be reminded we’re all in this together.

Be Mindful

Ground yourself in the present moment and mitigate the stress that often comes from projecting into the future or ruminating about the past. Take a few moments to meditate or sit quietly in a chair and focus on your breathing. No one is certain how long current conditions will last, but taking life day by day is a crucial step in taking control of your mental state.

Mindful Breathing

Something you can do throughout the day, anywhere you are, is some mindful breathing exercises whenever you’re feeling stressed. Inhale for a count of 4, hold it in for a count of 7, and exhale for a count of 8. This focuses your brain on breathing, and allows oxygen you take in to go to your brain and core organs, reinvigorating your ability to cope.

Yawn and Stretch

Even if you’re not particular tired, reset your brain by taking a conscious moment to stand up, yawn and stretch a little. If you’re busy worrying about all of life’s pressures, you need this sort of conscious stop to keep yourself from any catastrophic thinking.

Need Critical County Documents? ARC is Serving Residents Safely

As our community continues to fight the spread of COVID-19, the Assessor-Recorder-Clerk (ARC) is committed to providing services while keeping the public safe. While ARC offers most services by mail, email and phone, in-person appointments are now available for marriage license and ceremony services; birth, death, marriage certificate requests; document recording; and records research.

This new public service video from ARC shares all you need to know for a visit to ARC, including an easy-to-use new appointment system that allows for a contact-free check-in for Recorder-Clerk services.

Project Homekey Looks to Help Homeless with Housing

New program expands on Project Roomkey initiative, addressing public health concerns

San Bernardino County is submitting applications for grants to fund the purchase and rehabilitation of properties that will be converted into interim or permanent housing for many of our most vulnerable homeless residents.

The grants will be awarded under the state of California’s $600 million “Project Homekey initiative to help counties and cities secure housing for those at high risk for serious illness from COVID-19. The federal Coronavirus Aid Relief Fund is providing $550 million for the program, with the remaining $50 million coming from the State’s general fund. Approximately $60 million has been earmarked for five Southern California counties: San Bernardino, Ventura, Orange, Riverside, and Imperial. (Los Angeles and San Diego counties are being targeted separately.)

“This new program will build on the success of Project Roomkey, which provided temporary housing to our most vulnerable residents — not only protecting them, but also promoting public health by reducing spread of the virus in the community,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “We are excited about the potential to offer a more long-term solution to this formidable challenge.”

The County is currently investigating suitable properties that it hopes to acquire and renovate, with a goal of securing permanent housing for up to 100 households in the first round of the initiative.

To be awarded a Project Homekey grant, the County must meet several requirements, including the development team’s experience and capacity to acquire and operate the properties, the ability to show how the project will serve target populations and address racial equities, and the extent to which the County can demonstrate the project’s favorable community impact.

Another critical requirement: the County must be able to actually disburse the funds by December 30, 2020. Fortunately, the program includes elements to help expedite the process. For example, hotel conversions are exempt from environmental review — a locally controlled process that could otherwise delay construction for two and a half years, according to a Legislative Analyst’s Office report.

“Homekey is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to massively expand housing for the homeless in California with federal stimulus funds,” said Governor Gavin Newsom. “This unique opportunity requires us to move quickly, in close collaboration with our city and county partners, to protect the most vulnerable people in our state.”

The July 2020 U.S. Employment Report: Kinda Good News

As usual on the first Friday of the month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) published the employment report for the previous month, in this case the July 2020 employment and unemployment numbers. The good news is that the national unemployment rate continues to fall from its record setting level in April (14.7%) and now stands at 10.2%. It declined by almost one percentage point from the June number. The somewhat disappointing fact is that we did not continue to see decreases at a higher rate, which we had experienced from April to May (-1.4 percentage points) and May to June (-2.2 percentage points). The U.S. economy created 1.77 million non-farm jobs, which is slightly less than 1⁄2 of the 4.8 million positions generated from May to June. But that was not really going to happen after the shutting down of certain businesses earlier in the month in states that experienced increased levels of new Coronavirus cases (the survey is always conducted around the 12th day of the previous month and therefore contained reflected the resulting increase in unemployment). Many of us had feared that the unemployment rate would not improve at all or that it actually would increase slightly.
So much for the big picture. We mentioned before that if you want to understand the effects of the government shutdown in mid-March, you simply have to focus on five sectors, which experienced 2⁄3 of the overall decrease in employment. If you read about other sectors in the news, say Government or Construction, simply remember that developments there are dwarfed when compared to these five sectors. They are: Leisure and Hospitality (including restaurants, hotels, and amusement parks), Retail Trade (retail shops), Health and Education, Other Services (including hair salons and nail salons, but also tattoo parlors), and Professional and Business Services. If we want to see a full recovery, then we should focus on these sectors, all of which involve some face-to-face interaction of people.
The five sectors generated 2⁄3 of the employment gains during the month for a total of 1.77 million. Leisure and Hospitality led the employment increases with 592,000, Retail Trade hired 258,000, followed by Health Services with 191,000, Professional and Business Services at 170,000, and Other Services with 149,000. The pleasant surprise this month came from the Government sector, which had shed jobs over the previous months due to lower tax receipts and the following adjustments caused by concerns regarding their budgets. This sector added a healthy 301,000 positions. The figure below shows the employment gains/losses of the eleven major sectors of the economy. A red bar represents employment losses in sectors that have somewhat recovered (dark versus light red bar). The blue sectors had lost jobs continuously until June. Download Report

California Sets In-Person Voting Rules Amid Coronavirus

Worried about the unpredictable coronavirus wreaking havoc on the November election, California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday signed a law to let counties offer fewer in-person polling places in exchange for opening the sites earlier. Learn More

Coronavirus: California Bill Would Make Employers Report Exposures

Business groups, including the California Chamber of Commerce are fighting the bill. “Its definition of ‘exposure’ is broad and vague, resulting in triggering ‘exposures’ in non-sensical scenarios,” a statement of opposition filed in the legislature says. “If an infected employee (or customer) briefly visits a workplace, wearing a mask, drops off an item, speaks briefly to a clerk who is 10 feet away behind a desk, then leaves is that an ‘exposure?'” Learn More

Free Webinars hosted by the Workforce Development Board

San Bernardino County’s Workforce Development Board has partnered with regional business experts to provide employers in San Bernardino County access to free and informative business webinars. A number of topics are scheduled for August. To see what is coming up and to register, go to https://wp.sbcounty.gov/workforce/events/

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Application Period Now Open for California Competes Tax Credit

The California Competes Tax Credit (CCTC) is an income tax credit available to businesses that want to stay and grow in California. The next CCTC application period kicked off Monday, July 27, 2020, with $180 million in available tax credits.

Tax credit agreements are negotiated by GO-Biz, the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. The deadline to submit applications is Monday, August 17, 2020, and the online application website will automatically close once this deadline has passed. The online application can be accessed at www.calcompetes.ca.gov. Members of the CCTC team are available to provide technical application assistance at CalCompetes@gobiz.ca.gov or by calling 916-322-4051.

GO-Biz is hosting a number of live webinars explaining the application process for businesses interested in applying.  An application guide, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), program regulations, and access to the webinars are all available on the California Competes Tax Credit robust website.

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County Announces Program Adjustments for COVID Compliant Business Partnership Program

To support our local small businesses and help ensure ongoing compliance with State and County Health orders and direction, San Bernardino County launched the COVID Compliant Business Partnership Program. To date, we’ve had thousands of businesses participate. To make the program available to even more business owners, the County recently made a number of program adjustments.

The new application deadline is October 31, 2020. Some of the major revisions to the program include:

  1. All non-profits with a storefront or physical space would now be eligible to participate
  2. Short Term Rentals (STRs) would now be eligible to participate at a lower level of funding – The  financial support is $500 for each STR owner to offset basic cost of safety improvements and increased sanitization requirements
    1. Any additional STR under the same owner would be eligible for an additional $250 each
  3. Sole Proprietors (0 employees) would now be eligible for the program funding if they have a retail space or storefront
  4. Home-based businesses that service customers would now be eligible. This includes  home day care operators for example.

For more information and to apply, go to https://sbcovid19.com/covid-compliant-business-partnership-program/.

All Californians Lose If Split Roll Tax Passes

The California Chamber of Commerce and a coalition of business and taxpayer groups are leading a strong effort to defeat the split roll property tax measure, Proposition 15 on the November ballot. Learn More

Updated on 08/07/20

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All Californians Lose If Split Roll Tax Passes

The California Chamber of Commerce and a coalition of business and taxpayer groups are leading a strong effort to defeat the split roll property tax measure, Proposition 15 on the November ballot. Learn More

California Considers Worker Notification for Virus Exposure

“If an infected employee (or customer) briefly visits a workplace, wearing a mask, drops off an item, speaks briefly to a clerk who is 10 feet away behind a desk, then leaves — is that an ‘exposure?’ ” Robert Moutrie, policy advocate for the California Chamber of Commerce, wrote in a letter to the Senate Labor, Public Employment and Retirement Committee last week. “Because of this vagueness, even employers doing their best to comply will face potential criminal liability.” Learn More

Free Webinars Hosted by the Workforce Development Board

San Bernardino County’s Workforce Development Board has partnered with regional business experts to provide employers in the County access to free and informative business webinars. A number of topics are scheduled for August. To see what is coming up and to register, go to https://wp.sbcounty.gov/workforce/events/.

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County Residents Urged to Get Tested at Convenient Sites

San Bernardino County has contracted with a new supplier for COVID-19 testing and is encouraging all County residents, regardless of whether you are experiencing symptoms, to get tested.

“Now that our testing capacity has expanded and stabilized, we hope that every resident, regardless of whether they have experienced any symptoms, will make an appointment to get tested,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman.“ Testing is free, painless, takes only a few minutes, and can be obtained without a doctor’s prescription.”

The County is now offering testing with an appointment at 10 locations, using an easy-to-administer nasal self-swab. Results can also be expected in no more than 5 days, but usually within 72 hours. There is no cost to take the test, however County residents will be asked to enter insurance information when setting an appointment in order to assist taxpayers in recouping some of the costs associated with testing.

Residents are encouraged to visit the County’s Testing Sites webpageto see all the County, state and private testing options, and to schedule an appointment.

There are testing sites in Fontana, Hesperia, Montclair, Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga, Redlands, Rialto, San Bernardino and Victorville, along with the Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton. In addition, tests (and other services) are provided to underserved and vulnerable populations at County Health Centers in Adelanto, Hesperia, Ontario and San Bernardino. In addition, COVID-19 testing is being conducted at various state-run testing sites, as well as sites operated by private clinics, certain Rite-Aid Pharmacy locations, and HMO-operated facilities. (Note: State sites and private clinics may be using providers other than Fulgent, and testing methods vary at these other locations.)

Benefits of widespread testing

Public health experts believe that many of the people who carry the coronavirus do not know it, since they exhibit no symptoms of the disease (referred to as asymptomatic carriers). As a result, hundreds of thousands of infected people could be unintentionally spreading the virus to others.

Expanded testing and lowering our positivity rate will help San Bernardino County get off the state’s Monitoring List and allow more flexibility in our reopening efforts.

To learn more about the County’s testing program, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page

Nonprofits and Other Community Organizations all Play a Part

Great Plates Delivered is not the only food assistance campaign helping County residents cope with recent difficulties.

Efforts also include Food Assistance programs such as Meal and Diaper Distribution program and the Grab and Go School Meals program. In the latter program, the County’s Preschool Services Dept. has been working with Sunrise Produceto distribute 150,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables to County residents during the first two phases of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Famers-to-Families program. We are anticipating approval on Phase 3, which will add meat, eggs and dairy to the menu of items we’ll be providing San Bernardino County residents.

More than 100 food banks and pantries have been providing meals to County residents who have lost their jobs or have otherwise been severely affected by economic challenges. Operated by nonprofits, school districts, churches and other faith-based organizations, these food banks have played a critical role in ensuring County residents avoid going hungry during these arduous times.

“We are very proud of the way the County has been fulfilling its mission to meet the needs of the community, and impressed by the heartfelt, collaborative spirit we’ve seen from community groups and private businesses alike,” Hagman said. “It is truly gratifying to see how members of the local community have joined together during a time of crisis to help our fellow citizens.”

Great Plates Delivered Program Helping Prevent Hunger

Responding to the COVID-19 outbreak and statewide Stay at Home Orders, the County has launched a variety of programs — ranging from limits on evictions to the COVID Compliant Business Partnership— to help residents and businesses cope with these unprecedented challenges. Much of our focus has been assisting the County’s most vulnerable populations.

One standout program is Great Plates Delivered, a food delivery campaign for senior residents that is being implemented by the County Department of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS) in collaboration with the Office of Emergency Services, 2-1-1 San Bernardino County and the County Joint Information Center, along with the State and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA.

DAAS began by recruiting 37 local restaurants to participate in the program. These community-minded establishments prepare three nutritious meals a day for delivery to older residents who meet a variety of criteria (e.g., having pre-existing health conditions and income levels well below the federal poverty limit).

In addition to assisting County residents the program has benefitted restaurant owners and employees by generating a crucial new source of revenue.

"Because of the program, we were able to bring back 75% of our staff," said Mark Furuuchi, owner of Gourmet Gourmet Catering.

“Thus far we have served nearly 35,000 meals, and the response from recipients has been 100% gratitude.”

Chef Henry Gonzalez, who owns Spaggis Restaurant, agreed. “I train my staff to cook with passion — as if they were cooking for their own parents or grandparents,” he said. “With our food, seniors are feeling the love of their County and the state. At the same time, this program has helped our business, it’s helped our vendors, and it’s helped us keep all our people employed.”

Since its launch in early May, the program has already provided more than 485,000 meals to almost 2,700 residents living in 60 communities throughout the County — from the City of San Bernardino to Needles and Twentynine Palms. Great Plates Delivered was originally slated to conclude in June, has been extended until Sept. 9.

“We’ve been very pleased with this program and its impact on residents who are susceptible to the disease and face a variety of related challenges,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “We are thankful for the participating restaurants, which have helped ensure people obtain delicious, healthy food, as well as the volunteers who have given their time to deliver those meals.”

Residents can see and hear more in this inspiring and informational video about how Great Plates Delivered is succeeding in San Bernardino County.

Equality of Opportunity Initiative Toolkit

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is committed to working with our members, partners, and stakeholders across the country to promote effective solutions while reaffirming the American promise of opportunity for all. We encourage you to continue informing and helping to shape these critical and ongoing conversations by sharing the Equality of Opportunity Initiative bill endorsements, new study, and agenda with your personal networks using our Equality of Opportunity Toolkit—equipped with sample copy, social media graphics, and more. Click hereto access the Equality of Opportunity Initiative Toolkit.

The Equality of Opportunity Initiative - U.S. Chamber of Commerce

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce launched the Equality of Opportunity Initiative
to develop real, sustainable solutions to help close race-based opportunity gaps in
four areas: education, employment, entrepreneurship, and criminal justice. Systemic
inequalities in these four areas perpetuate broader inequalities in our society, hold
back individual and business success, and hinder economic growth.

Driven by data and informed by conversations with business, government, academic,
and civic leaders, we developed the Equality of Opportunity Agenda to advance
private sector solutions and best practices, scale impactful programs, and drive policy
action at the federal, state, and local level.

We also will continue to identify and advance other solutions to help close the equality of
opportunity gaps.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the largest lobbying organization in the nation
representing businesses of all sizes across all sectors, is committed to putting the
collective muscle of American business behind the Equality of Opportunity Agenda.
Together, we can—and we must—turn national dialogue into nationwide action.
We are committed to reclaiming and reaffirming the American promise of equal
opportunity for all.

VISIT USCHAMBER.COM/EQUALITY-AGENDA FOR MORE INFORMATION

Elementary Education Waivers

The Newsom Administration released highly anticipated guidance for local health officers (LHOs) to consider when reviewing Elementary Education Waivers that would allow elementary schools to open for in-person instruction under specified conditions.

The full waiver guidance can be found here.

Waiver process

Under state guidance, schools located in counties on the state's COVID watch list cannot open for in-person instruction. The only exceptions to the ban are elementary schools that receive a public health waiver. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) guidance outlines the factors that LHOs must consider when reviewing waiver applications, including the ability to keep children in "small, stable" groups and available scientific evidence on the risks of transmission at elementary schools "along with the health-related risks for children who are not provided in-person instruction."

Waiver applicants must submit a waiver application form, to be provided by the LHO.

The elementary school waiver is applicable only for grades TK-6, even if the grade configuration at the school includes additional grades. Applications and all supporting documents must be submitted to the LHO at least 14 days prior to the desired reopening date.

Consulting with parents and teachers

Waiver applications must "include evidence of (1) consultation with labor, parent, and community organizations and (2) publication of the elementary school reopening plans on the website of the local educational agency (or equivalent).

  • "The applicant must sign an attestation confirming the names and dates that the organizations were consulted. If school staff are not represented by a labor organization, then the applicant must describe the process by which it consulted with school staff."
  • "The applicant must confirm publication of the elementary school reopening plans on the website of the local educational agency (or equivalent)."

Probably should not open

The guidance also states, in bold, "CDPH recommends that schools within jurisdictions with 14-day case rates more than two times the threshold to be on the County Monitoring List (>200 cases/100,000 population) should not be considered for a waiver to re-open in-person instruction."

California Passes 500,000 Cases; 97% of Residents on Watchlist

California officially surpassed 500,000 total lab-confirmed coronavirus infections and set a new daily high for reported COVID-19 deaths over the weekend, while Sacramento County reached the 10,000-case mark. Learn More

Updated On August 3, 2020

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A Click Away From Congress Virtual Event

A Click Away From Congress on Tuesday, August 4 at 3pm. Congresswoman Norma Torres will be available during this virtual event to respond to your questions and concerns as our community combats the COVID-19 pandemic. RSVP today!

County Offering Free Face Masks to Nonprofits

The County is now providing complimentary disposable face masks to help 501(c)3 organizations throughout San Bernardino County.

To obtain free masks through the County's Purchasing Department, please email a request to vendor@pur.sbcounty.gov. In your email, share documentation designating your organization as a 501(c)3 non-profit, along with the number of masks needed for your organization. The Purchasing Department will contact you when the complimentary disposable masks may be picked up.

Mask are available as supplies last, so don’t delay. The County is also asking that our County nonprofits only request what they need so we can help as many as possible.

County Libraries Now Open for Summer with Limited Hours

Most San Bernardino County libraries have begun opening their doors with limited library services and modified hours. Although COVID-19 conditions are continually evolving, locations in the High Desert, Chino, and more will be operational Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with some variations for some locations.

County residents can visit a webpage to view a full list of County libraries open to the public, along with hours and safety measures.

Libraries have implemented a variety of safety measures, including temperature testing for all employees, installation of sneeze guards at all service counters and removal of some furniture to ensure proper social distancing. In addition, computer sessions have been reduced to one hour and face coverings are required for all employees and visitors.

The move to reopen comes as San Bernardino County libraries is featuring an online Summer Reading Program. Students can use their library card to register on Beanstack, an online tool for facilitating reading programs and begin logging in their reading progress for reward badges and potential prizes. Programs are organized into several age categories, with an adult program also available for participation.

County libraries also offer program kits to library card holders for weekly crafts tutorials hosted on Facebook Live. Participants follow along online and are provided with instructions and materials in a prepackaged kit available for pickup at their open local library. Patrons are also strongly encouraged to visit the County Library website to place items on hold, use self-checkout, and have access to all available eContent such as audiobooks, eBooks, and magazines.

County Overcomes Testing Supply Shortage with New Supplier

All residents urged to get tested at convenient sites using easy-to-use nasal swabs

Responding to a recent statewide shortage in COVID-19 testing materials, San Bernardino County has contracted with a new supplier to secure an adequate supply of test equipment and is now encouraging all County residents to get tested.

“Now that our testing capacity has expanded and stabilized, we hope that every resident, regardless of whether they have experienced any symptoms, will make an appointment to get tested,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “Testing is free, painless, takes only a few minutes, and can be obtained without a doctor’s prescription.”

The County is now offering testing with an appointment at 10 locations, using an easy-to-administer nasal self-swab. Results can also be expected in no more than 5 days, but usually within 72 hours. There is no cost to take the test, however County residents will be asked to enter insurance information when setting an appointment in order to assist taxpayers in recouping some of the costs associated with testing.

New supplier, improved nasal tests

The County’s new supplier is Fulgent Genetics, a Southern California-based genetics testing company that provides diagnostic testing for improved patient care. The company’s COVID-19 polymersace chain reaction (PCR) tests involve a relatively short nasal swab, which most patients consider much less uncomfortable than the longer “nasopharyngeal swabs” commonly used earlier during the pandemic. Fulgent collaborates with Healthvana, an HIPAA-secure information portal, to provide test results 3-5 days after testing.

The County has established testing sites In Fontana, Hesperia, Montclair, Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga, Redlands, Rialto, San Bernardino and Victorville, along with the Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton. In addition, tests (and other services) are provided to underserved and vulnerable populations at County Health Centers in Adelante, Hesperia, Ontario and San Bernardino.

In addition, COVID-19 testing is being conducted at various state-run testing sites, as well as sites operated by private clinics, certain Rite-Aid Pharmacy locations, and HMO-operated facilities. State sites and private clinics may be using providers other than Fulgent, and testing methods vary at these other locations. Residents are encouraged to visit the County’s Testing Sites webpage to see all the County, state and private testing options, and to schedule an appointment.

Benefits of widespread testing

Public health experts believe that many of the people who carry the coronavirus do not know it, since they exhibit no symptoms of the disease (referred to as asymptomatic carriers). As a result, hundreds of thousands of infected people could be unintentionally spreading the virus to others.

“Increasing the number of people tested is essential to lowering the infection rate, getting the County back to work, and allowing recently reopened businesses to stay open,” said County Public Health Director Corwin Porter. “Testing gives us a better idea of community spread and the scope of infections, and helps us concentrate medical resources where they are needed most. And working in concert with our contact tracing team, we can better stop the spread of the virus.”

Expanded testing and lowering our positivity rate will help San Bernardino County get off the state’s Monitoring List and allow more flexibility in our reopening efforts.

Porter cautioned, however, that a negative test result should not be seen as permission to stop being cautious.

“Regardless of your test results, you still need to avoid gathering with people outside your immediate household.” Porter said. “You also should continue social distancing, continue wearing a face covering whenever in public, and diligent washing of your hands. Expanding our testing is an essential step in our war against COVID, but we’ve already seen what can happen if we relax prematurely.”

To learn more about the County’s testing program, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Job Loss During COVID-19

On July 29, Governor Newsom announced a series of actions to better serve workers that have experienced job loss during the COVID-19 pandemic, including the formation of an Employment Development Department (EDD) strike team, and a renewed focus on processing unpaid claims. Read more here.

Minimum Wage Increase

On July 29, Governor Newsom announced that over $1 billion has gone back into the pockets of more than 3.6 million working Californians and their families through the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC) and Young Child Tax Credit (YCTC). He also announced that Californians will get the raise they deserve, by declining to use his authority to suspend the scheduled minimum wage increase in 2021, up to $14 per hour.Read more here.

Safeguards for California

On July 24, Governor Newsom announced a host of new safeguards for California workers who face the greatest risk of COVID-19. In addition to support for workers, including agricultural and farmworkers, to isolate and quarantine, Governor Newsom unveiled a robust education campaign for workers and employers. Read more here

Remote Work, Child Care, Mask Enforcement: COVID-19 Is Re-Writing Employment Law

Hundreds of pandemic-related labor lawsuits have been filed, and that’s just the beginning of what’s to come, legal experts say. Learn More

Cooling Center Opens as Extreme Heat Expected

San Bernardino County Cooling Center locations are open. For locations click here or call 211. Social distancing and face coverings required.

COVID Business Resource Guide

During this unprecedented national health crisis, San Bernardino County has continued its work to provide information to help our County businesses to cope with the COVID- 19 pandemic and begin to carefully move forward.
It is no simple task. Each day we are reminded by the challenges and priority to keep our communities healthy and safe while providing the right guidance to business for re-opening.

We are encouraged by the generosity and support of County businesses and residents to support, source, and shop local. Working together will make the difference in our recovery.

The County is following State of California guidelines for re-opening as we move through the approved recovery stages per Governor Newsom. The guidelines are designed to help businesses reduce the risk of COVID-19 and create a safer environment for workers and customers. Learn More

PPP Application Deadline Extended to August 8, 2020

Small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic now have until August 8 to apply for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which provides loans that are entirely forgivable if borrowers spend at least 60% of the loan funds on payroll expenses. SBA will forgive loans if all employee retention criteria are met, and the funds are used for eligible expenses. Click hereto read more about PPP loan forgiveness. Learn More 

Notice: SBA Now Accepting New Applications for COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loans

In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, small business owners in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories are able to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Advance of up to $10,000. This advance is designed to provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. This loan advance will not have to be repaid.

SBA resumed processing EIDL applications that were submitted before the portal stopped accepting new applications on April 15 and will be processing those applications on a first-come, first-served basis. On June 15, SBA began accepting new EIDL and EIDL Advance applications from qualified small businesses and U.S. agricultural businesses.

The new eligibility for agricultural businesses is made possible as a result of additional funding appropriated by Congress in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Agricultural businesses includes those businesses engaged in the production of food and fiber, ranching, and raising of livestock, aquaculture, and all other farming and agricultural related industries (as defined by section 18(b) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 647(b)).
  • SBA is encouraging all eligible agricultural businesses with 500 or fewer employees wishing to apply to begin preparing their business financial information needed for their application.

Applicants who have already submitted their applications will continue to be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. For agricultural businesses that submitted an EIDL application through the streamlined application portal prior to the legislative change, SBA will process these applications without the need for re-applying. Learn More

Document Shredding Event

In honor of those who have been purging and cleaning during COVID, San Bernardino County Supervisor Curt Hagman, in partnership with the City of Upland, will be hosting a free document shredding event for all San Bernardino County residents.

The event will be on Saturday, August 8, 2020, from 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.* at the Public Works Yard, located at 1370 N. Benson Avenue, in Upland.

Please note, face masks/coverings are required.

    • Documents will be shred on-site while you watch
    • Limit of 5 standard filing boxes per vehicle
    • No CD's, DVD's, binders, plastics, x-rays, etc.
    • Receive tips from law enforcement on how to protect your identity
    • San Bernardino County residents only

Free Webinars Hosted by the Workforce Development Board

San Bernardino County’s Workforce Development Board has partnered with regional business experts to provide employers in San Bernardino County access to free and informative business webinars. A number of topics are scheduled for July and August. To see what is coming up and to register, go to

https://wp.sbcounty.gov/workforce/events/

Register now for these upcoming webinars:

August 6: How to Maximize Your Online Reach
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-to-maximize-your-online-reach-tickets-109014754064

COVID Addressed in California Responsible Travel Code

Prior to the COVID-19 shutdown, travel and tourism spending was at an all-time high of $4.9 billion in San Bernardino County. The pandemic means we will not be coming close to these numbers, and stay-at-home orders limits traveling to members of the same family or household.

For families and households that are looking to enjoy summer weather and spend some time outdoors together, it is especially critical that they strictly follow safe and responsible practices. Not mingling with people outside of your household, wearing face masks and respecting social distancing are of paramount importance.

Visit California, a nonprofit organization that promotes and markets California as a premier tourism destination, has responded to the call for safe and responsible travel. They have established a California Responsible Travel Code asking visitors to travel with an acronym of R.E.S.P.E.C.T. by committing to seven best practices when exploring the Golden State.

The California Responsible Travel Code

California is a place of wide-open spaces that champions open-mindedness and celebrates diversity. The new Code starts with remembering to first familiarize yourself with local guidelines and regulations for different statewide destinations. From there, travelers are asked to keep these seven practices in mind.

Roam Responsibly. I will explore California thoughtfully and responsibly, maintaining the utmost respect for everyone and everything I encounter.

Educate Myself. I will do my research before traveling across the state, familiarizing myself with local regulations and community concerns, which may have changed over time. This is especially important in rural communities with limited healthcare resources.

Safety First. I will follow public health directives from government officials, including physical distancing measures. I will take all necessary steps to minimize health risks to myself and others and stay home if I’m sick.

Preserve California. I will protect and nurture the Golden State’s pristine outdoor spaces and cultural icons, by maintaining a light footprint at every turn and paying special attention to delicate ecosystems.

Embrace Community. I will support local businesses and do my part to ensure the long-term prosperity of the places I visit.

Celebrate Culture. I will immerse myself in California’s diverse local cultures and embrace the traditions and practices I encounter.

Teach Others. I will lead by example and share these practices with fellow travelers, acknowledging that we all share the responsibility to protect California.

The code and links to other important resources can be found on theCalifornia Responsible Travel Code webpage.

Application Period Now Open for California Competes Tax Credit

The California Competes Tax Credit (CCTC) is an income tax credit available to businesses that want to stay and grow in California. The next CCTC application period kicked off Monday, July 27, 2020, with $180 million in available tax credits.

Tax credit agreements are negotiated by GO-Biz, the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. The deadline to submit applications is Monday, August 17, 2020 and the online application website will automatically close once this deadline has passed. The online application can be accessed at www.calcompetes.ca.gov. Members of the CCTC team are available to provide technical application assistance at CalCompetes@gobiz.ca.gov or by calling 916-322-4051.

GO-Biz is hosting a number of live webinars explaining the application process for businesses interested in applying.  An application guide, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), program regulations, and access to the webinars are all available on the California Competes Tax Credit robust website.

The next informational webinar will be held on Thursday, August 6.

 

Updated on July 29, 2020

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COVID-19: What Employers Ask Part 3 - Learn More

Treasury, U.S. Postal Service Reach Agreement on $10 Billion Coronavirus-Relief Loan - Learn More

Treasury, U.S. Postal Service Reach Agreement on $10 Billion Coronavirus-Relief Loan

The Treasury Department said Wednesday that it has reached an agreement to lend up to $10 billion to the U.S. Postal Service under a provision of the coronavirus-relief package passed by Congress in March. Learn More

COVID-19: What Employers Ask Part 3

CalChamber Executive Vice President and General Counsel Erika Frank is joined by employment law experts Bianca Saad and Matthew Roberts to discuss the most common COVID-19-related questions employers have been asking the CalChamber’s Labor Law Helpline this month, including requiring test results, what to do if an employee doesn’t want to return to work, workplace mask obligations, and mental health considerations. Learn More

FDA Warning on Hand Sanitizer with Methanol Also Known as Wood Alcohol

The FDA is reiterating their warning about hand sanitizer products that have been contaminated with methanol, or wood alcohol, that is a toxic substance when absorbed through the skin or life-threatening when ingested. For their press release, click here.

August 05, 2020 | 9:30am - 11:30am

Eventbrite: https://2020logisticssummit.eventbrite.com

Featuring:

Assemblymember Jim Frazier

Chair of the Assembly Transportation Committee

John McLaurin

President, Pacific Merchant Shipping Association

Fran Inman

Senior Vice President, Majestic Realty Co.

Robert C. Lapsley

President, California Business Roundtable

Wayne Nastri

Executive Officer, South Coast AQMD

Nate Kaplan

State Director, GoRail

San Bernardino County Covid-19 Business Resources

Learn about resources for businesses in San Bernardino here.

County Offers Nonprofits Face Masks at No Cost

We know that obtaining Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) can be difficult at times, especially for our County’s important nonprofit organizations. In response to this need, the County will be providing complimentary disposable face masks to help 501(c)3 organizations throughout San Bernardino County.

To obtain free masks through the County's Purchasing Department, please email a request to vendor@pur.sbcounty.gov. In your email, share documentation designating your organization as a 501(c)3 non-profit, along with the number of masks needed for your organization. The Purchasing Department will contact you when the complimentary disposable masks may be picked up.

“We know that our nonprofits are bringing invaluable assistance to County residents during this pandemic, and we need to support them however we can,” said County CEO Gary McBride.

While the County has a significant number of masks, they are only available as supplies last, so don’t delay. The County is also asking that our County nonprofits only request what they need so we can help as many as possible. If you have any questions or need further assistance, please contact Valerie Clay with the County’s Support Services Group via email vclay@cao.sbcounty.gov.

County Readies Alternate Sites in Advance of Hospitalization Surge

Responding to recent spikes in positive COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, San Bernardino County is bringing back Alternate Care Sites (ACS) to handle possible hospital overload while ensuring those who need medical care are able to receive it.

An initial ACS has been set up in Parking Lot 14 at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC) in Colton and is being referred to as the ACS Village. It is comprised of a nursing unit, patient care areas with 32 beds, an Isolation Pod, and a command center for staff breaks. The County is currently investigating additional potential sites near other County medical facilities.

“Our previous peak in hospitalizations was in early April, but we’ve recently experienced a significant increase in patients, including a doubling of our hospitalization rate over the past 30 days,” said Dr. Troy Pennington, an emergency room physician at ARMC. “Many of our hospitals are nearing the point of using beds beyond their normal licensed capacity.”

While County hospitals are currently able to handle the increased demand, the Alternate Care Sites are being established to handle potential surges in cases, allowing hospitals to focus resources on those patients with the most serious needs.

“We developed the Alternate Care Sites (ACS) under the authority of the County of San Bernardino and the Board of Supervisors. Locally, the ACS will be operated by ARMC and provide medical care 24/7. Any surge will first be handled within hospital areas, but ACS Village provides an opportunity to care for patients should our hospital fill up,” said ARMC Hospital Director, William Gilbert. “We are grateful to all of the County partners, physicians, nurses and other health care providers who have helped make this happen.”

ACS patients whose conditions worsen will be transferred back to a hospital. Dr. Pennington noted, however, that each ACS is equipped to handle the vast majority of patient needs and is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“We will devote the Alternate Care Sites to patients who have already been treated in a hospital and have significantly recovered, yet still require some care before returning home,” Dr. Pennington said. “That will free up beds and other resources for more severely affected COVID-19 patients, as well as people suffering from strokes, heart attacks, accidents and other emergency conditions.”

Document Shredding Event

In honor of those who have been purging and cleaning during COVID, San Bernardino County Supervisor Curt Hagman, in partnership with the City of Upland, will be hosting a free document shredding event for all San Bernardino County residents.

The event will be on Saturday, August 8, 2020, from 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.* at the Public Works Yard, located at 1370 N. Benson Avenue, in Upland.

Please note, face masks/coverings are required.

  • Documents will be shred on-site while you watch
  • Limit of 5 standard filing boxes per vehicle
  • No CD's, DVD's, binders, plastics, x-rays, etc.
  • Receive tips from law enforcement on how to protect your identity
  • San Bernardino County residents only

*Or until the truck reaches capacity.

GO-Biz Now Accepting Applications for California Competes Tax Credits

The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) is now accepting applications for the California Competes Tax Credit (CCTC).  There are $80 million in tax credits available during this application period for businesses that are expanding and adding full-time jobs in the state.  The deadline to submit applications is Monday, August 17, at 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Time) and the online application website will automatically close once this deadline has passed.  The online application can be accessed at www.calcompetes.ca.gov.

Members of the CCTC team are available to provide technical application assistance.  In addition, an updated application guide, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), and program regulations are available at www.business.ca.gov/california-competes-tax-credit.  For applicants that are reapplying, the FAQs include instructions on how to copy information from a previously submitted application.

Businesses interested in learning more about the CCTC can participate in free application webinars.

July 29, 2020
Details and Registration

August 6, 2020
Details and Registration

August 11, 2020
Details and Registration

If you have any questions regarding the CCTC program or application process, please call (916) 322-4051 or email CalCompetes@gobiz.ca.gov.

Free COVID-19 Testing is Now Available for all LA County and San Bernardino County Residents

Whether you are experiencing symptoms or not, LA County residents, you can make an appointment HERE.  For information on San Bernardino County testing events, click HERE.  You can also find more testing resources on my COVID-19 testing webpage HERE

COVID-19’s LOCAL IMPACT, AS OF July 24:

Note: The newsletter retrieves COVID-19 statistics directly from county and city websites. Some cities have discrepancies in case numbers because cases are reclassified from where the person was tested to where the person resides, which could be a different city. For further questions on these numbers, please contact the respective county or city.

  • Los Angeles County: 168,757 confirmed cases, 4,300 deaths
    • Pomona: 2,993 cases
  • San Bernardino: 29,796 confirmed cases, 372 deaths
    • Bloomington: 550 cases
    • Chino: 2,093 cases*
    • Fontana: 3,385 cases
    • Montclair: 574 cases
    • Ontario: 2,566 cases
    • Rialto: 1,612 cases
  • Riverside: 34,467 confirmed cases, 637 deaths
  • Orange County: 33,358 confirmed cases, 556 deaths

*State inmate population at CIM and CIW accounts for a large percentage of cases reported in Chino. See sbcovid19.com and cdcr.ca.gov/covid19/population-status-tracking/ for details.

LA County Public Health Department Reported 57% of New COVID-19 Cases are in People Under 41 Years Old

Officials confirm that the surge of infections and COVID-19 spread is being driven by younger people. People over the age of 65 years old account for 11% of all cases but account for nearly 75% of all deaths. For more details, click here.

State Stockpile of N-95 Masks and Surgical Masks

Governor Newsom announced that the state stockpile has acquired 120 million N-95 masks and 300 million more surgical masks. California's long-term supply of Personal Protective Equipment is to protect the essential workforce and  for the recent surge in cases. For more details, click here.

The City of Chino's Micro-Enterprise Business Grant Program

The City of Chino's Micro-enterprise Business Grant Program deadline is July 28 at 5 p.m. This program will provide Chino businesses with grants of up to $10,000 to cover up to three months of rent. For more details, click here.

California's Statewide Emergency Rules

California's Statewide Emergency rules state that Courts will not process new eviction cases unless needed to protect public health and safety.

This rule applies to cases filed after April 6, 2020. The court will not issue a summons for an eviction case filed after April 6, 2020. In cases filed before April 6, 2020, the Court will not enter a default judgement against a tenant unless the eviction is needed to protect public health and safety and that the tenant did not answer by the legal deadline. Moratorium on evictions does not stop the tenant's obligation to pay rent on time. For more details, click here.

California Department of Public Health Reported the Highest Number of Deaths in a Single Day

157 deaths were reported with 12,040 new cases. For more details, click here.

The City of Ontario Has Two New Housing Programs

The CARES Act Community Development Block Grant to assist qualified low-income Ontario residents in recovering from income loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Funding is available on a first-qualified first-served basis. For more details, click here.

Nine Inmates and 20 Sheriff’s Employees Test Positive for COVID-19

Nine County jail inmates have tested positive for COVID-19. Four inmates are at the West Valley Detention Center, three are at the Central Detention Center, one is at the Glen Helen Rehabilitation Center, and one is at the High Desert Detention Center.

A total of 210 County jail inmates have tested positive for COVID-19. Many of the inmates are only experiencing minor symptoms of the virus. The infected inmates are in isolation, being monitored around the clock, and are being provided with medical treatment. One hundred and sixty-seven inmates have recovered from the illness.

All inmates continue to be provided with face coverings, cleaning supplies, soap, and are urged to wash their hands repeatedly throughout the day. They are routinely reminded of the need to practice social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Twenty department employees have tested positive for COVID-19 and are self-isolating at home. A total of 138 department employees have tested positive for COVID-19. Ninety-five employees have recovered from the virus; other employees are expected to return to work in the next few weeks.

Young SB Woman with No Underlying Conditions Dies from COVID

A 25-year-old San Bernardino woman died on July 15, becoming the youngest person to die from COVID-19 in San Bernardino County. The woman had no underlying health conditions.

“Our hearts go out to the family and friends of this young woman,” said Acting Public Health Officer, Dr. Erin Gustafson. “This devastating loss is a reminder that this virus can be deadly to anyone, regardless of age or medical history. We urge citizens of San Bernardino County to continue to take this virus seriously and abide by public health recommendations.”

Wear a mask, practice physical distancing, and wash your hands frequently to help control the virus from spreading. As of today, 358 County residents – our friends, family members, coworkers and neighbors – have died from COVID-19.

Her passing is a reminder that this virus can hit all ages. As of today, 43% of COVID-19 cases in San Bernardino County are those between the age of 20 and 39, and the median age of COVID-19 cases is 38 years old.

Working the Frontline of a Pandemic

Dr. Pennington’s fight against COVID-19 is both professional and personal. Dr. Troy Pennington, an emergency room physician at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC), has been on the frontline of the COVID-19 outbreak from the start. A lifetime of emergency response training has prepared him for the toughest challenge in his career.

His passion for emergency medical problem-solving all started from an initial career as a firefighter and paramedic. This eventually led him to pursue medical school and a career at ARMC where he is double board certified in emergency medicine and emergency medical services.

As the grandson to the fire chief in Flint, Michigan, Dr. Pennington started out at the young age of 15 as a volunteer firefighter in a small town in Texas. Fast-forward and he is now a respected medical expert in our County continuing a lifelong career as a first responder; although he never anticipated he would be on the frontlines of a pandemic or that it would hit so close to home.

In May, Dr. Pennington’s wife Loren suddenly began experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. She was a healthy, active 31-year-old with no underlying health conditions, but nonetheless was suddenly knocked down by an intense fever. Dr. Pennington remembers the day he received the call while at work.

“It was really frightening -- it never occurred to me that she would be the one to get it,” said Dr. Pennington. “My wife was now a statistic on the dashboard I filled out, and I had to explain to our 5-year-old that he couldn’t be with his mom.”

She was admitted to the hospital because her oxygen saturation levels dropped below normal, but she was able to move back home under treatment by her husband physician.

She spent three weeks in a makeshift hospital bed and for two weeks she was on oxygen. “Once at home, she was quarantined in a bedroom and the rest of the house was deep cleaned. We set up security cameras in the bedroom to monitor her from a distance and our son would Facetime with her regularly,” added Dr. Pennington.

In all, Loren fought COVID-19 for 26 days, in what Dr. Pennington said was a “scary and difficult time.” His wife is now seemingly recovered and Dr. Pennington is back on-call in the emergency room as COVID-19 cases spike. Hospitals throughout the County are filling back up and the County has prepared an Alternative Care Site to possibly address overcrowding.

Speaking from both professional and personal experience, Dr. Pennington urges all residents to be cautious, wear masks, and practice social distancing because “while we don’t know who will get it, we do know what we can do to slow the spread.”

Starting next week, Dr. Troy Pennington will be featured in an upcoming series of informational videos on a variety of topics important to all County residents.

County Launches 'Education/Engagement/Enforcement Plan' to Boost Compliance

Intensifying its efforts to combat COVID-19 and diminish spread of the coronavirus, the County is implementing a COVID-19 Compliance Education/Engagement/Enforcement (EEE) Plan in coordination with local cities. The new campaign is designed to encourage compliance with federal, state and County public health mandates.

“Our County remains on the state’s Monitoring List, which restricts our ability to continue reopening our economy or allow schools to provide in-person instruction,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “Getting off the list requires us to show tangible success in reducing new positive cases, hospitalizations and ICU admissions — and that requires strict compliance with various public health mandates.”

Earlier this month, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the creation of Strike Teams comprising 10 state agencies working in conjunction with local officials. The Strike Teams, which are focusing on businesses that continue to defy safety mandates, include such agencies as the Alcoholic Beverage Commission, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the California Highway Patrol. The Education, Engagement & Enforcement Plan was established to support these Strike Teams.

“Our primary emphasis is on educating high-risk businesses about the critical need to comply with these directives, while offering guidance to assist them in these efforts,” Hagman said. “That includes engaging with business owners to make sure they’re aware of the resources we’ve made available. We prefer to avoid punitive actions but will have no other choice if businesses continue to disregard public health ordinances.”

Initial focus on high-risk operations

The plan’s initial focus will be on identifying high-risk businesses such as bars, restaurants and gyms; the County will also respond to citizen reports of companies flouting public health mandates. The County will work with cities to coordinate efforts and share lists of these businesses, while allowing cities to take the lead in contacting businesses within their borders.

The County Fire Marshal and County Environmental Health Services Division will field a team of 30 inspectors who will be tasked with visiting businesses, confirm reported violations, and offer assistance to help them come into compliance. They will also share details of the industry guidelines developed by the state and encourage them to participate in the County’s COVID-Compliant Business Partnership Program.

Enforcement as a last resort

Businesses that continue to operate while ignoring public health requirements will be reported to the state Strike Team and/or local authorities for follow-up. Business owners or residents interested in reviewing the details can find a PDF of the EEE Plan on this webpage within the County’s COVID-19 website.

“Since our initial response to the pandemic, our goal has been to gain voluntary compliance from County businesses and residents, many of whom have suffered from COVID-19 and the resulting economic lockdowns,” said Sheriff John McMahon. “We want to help them survive and prosper — while doing everything possible to halt the spread of this disease. But we need their cooperation if we are to succeed in this effort.”

Webinar: Calling All California Small Business Exporters

Go-Biz has teamed up with Kallman Worldwide and the U.S. Commercial Service to offer California businesses an online series of virtual trade missions designed to link California suppliers directly with pre-screened international buyers, potential partners and buying authorities. Click Here to Register

Employer Playbook for Reopening Safely

Governor Newsom announced new supports for California’s workforce, including preventative measures, employer education and long-lasting worker protections.

Read the Employer Playbook, which provides guidance for employers to support a safe, clean environment for workers and customers.

California Competes Tax Credit Application to Open

The next California Competes Tax Credit application period starts Monday, July 27, with $80 million in available tax credits. Businesses interested in applying can register for a webinar explaining the application process. The deadline to submit applications is Monday, August 17, at 11:59 p.m. Click here to learn more.

COVID Business Resource Guide

During this unprecedented national health crisis, San Bernardino County has continued its work to provide information to help our County businesses to cope with the COVID- 19 pandemic and begin to carefully move forward.
It is no simple task. Each day we are reminded by the challenges and priority to keep our communities healthy and safe while providing the right guidance to business for re-opening.

We are encouraged by the generosity and support of County businesses and residents to support, source, and shop local. Working together will make the difference in our recovery.

The County is following State of California guidelines for re-opening as we move through the approved recovery stages per Governor Newsom. The guidelines are designed to help businesses reduce the risk of COVID-19 and create a safer environment for workers and customers. Learn More

PPP Application Deadline Extended to August 8, 2020

Small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic now have until August 8 to apply for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which provides loans that are entirely forgivable if borrowers spend at least 60% of the loan funds on payroll expenses. SBA will forgive loans if all employee retention criteria are met, and the funds are used for eligible expenses. Click here to read more about PPP loan forgiveness.

SBA Now Accepting New Applications for COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loans

In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, small business owners in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories are able to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Advance of up to $10,000. This advance is designed to provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. This loan advance will not have to be repaid.

SBA resumed processing EIDL applications that were submitted before the portal stopped accepting new applications on April 15 and will be processing those applications on a first-come, first-served basis. On June 15, SBA began accepting new EIDL and EIDL Advance applications from qualified small businesses and U.S. agricultural businesses.

The new eligibility for agricultural businesses is made possible as a result of additional funding appropriated by Congress in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Agricultural businesses includes those businesses engaged in the production of food and fiber, ranching, and raising of livestock, aquaculture, and all other farming and agricultural related industries (as defined by section 18(b) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 647(b)).
  • SBA is encouraging all eligible agricultural businesses with 500 or fewer employees wishing to apply to begin preparing their business financial information needed for their application.

Applicants who have already submitted their applications will continue to be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. For agricultural businesses that submitted an EIDL application through the streamlined application portal prior to the legislative change, SBA will process these applications without the need for re-applying. Learn More

COVID-19: Enforcing Mask Rules at Work

Executive Vice President and General Counsel Erika Frank and employment law expert Jennifer Shaw discuss ways employers can ensure employees comply with state guidelines on masks and social distancing, and continue fostering a healthy workplace. Learn More

COVID-19 and a New Hire’s Expired Identity Document

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a temporary policy beginning on May 1, 2020 that allows an identity document with an expiration date on or after March 1, 2020 to be accepted for I-9 purposes. Learn More

K-12 Schools Re-Opening Plan

Governor Newsom and the California Department of Public Health issued new guidance on schools reopening in the fall and instructions for school faculty to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Districts may not open schools to in-person instruction until their county has been off the State’s county monitoring list for more than 14 days. For more details on the in-person reopening requirement click here. For the State’s guidelines on how schools should reopen click here.

Eviction Moratorium Extended in LA County

LA County Board of Supervisors voted on July 21st to extend the Eviction Moratorium through September 30, 2020. To contact rent counselors for assistance call (833) 223-7368 and for more details visit rent.lacounty.gov

Updated on 06/23/20

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COVID-19 Testing and Vaccines: What's happening now, and what's next to come?

Friday, July 24, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Eastern

Pharmaceutical companies are working at record speeds to develop a COVID-19 vaccine. Before it arrives, we know swift, accurate, and widespread testing is key to a successful reopening strategy.

When can we expect a vaccine? Who will have the first access? What are the latest testing strategies, and will they keep up with demand?

On Friday, guests including Dr. Lloyd B. Minor, Dean of the Stanford University School of Medicine, will join us to discuss the latest updates on testing and vaccines, and address your pressing questions during a live Q&A.

Register Now

Eviction Moratorium extended in LA County

LA County Board of Supervisors voted on July 21st to extend the Eviction Moratorium through September 30, 2020. To contact rent counselors for assistance call (833) 223-7368 and for more details visit rent.lacounty.gov

Mask Requirements Across America: An Analysis and Interactive State Map

Masks have proven to be effective in minimizing the spread of COVID-19, and yet the recent debate and politicization of mask-wearing continue to threaten the reopening of our economy. In an attempt to curb a recent spike in cases, many governors have issued orders requiring masks to be worn in public. As is the case with many corona-related issues; however, guidance related to mask-wearing consists of a patchwork of rules across counties and states, which undermines consumer confidence and thus slows the recovery of economic activity. Learn More

How Public Transportation Agencies are Protecting Riders

As businesses and organizations see at least partial reopening, many County residents will look to buses and trains as their primary means of transportation. It’s important for community members to remain cautious when traveling and fortunately, Omnitrans, Mountain Transit, and Metrolink are taking steps to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

While these organizations have all instituted a variety of common precautions -- such as requiring riders and drivers to wear a face covering -- we wanted to share some additional measures each service is taking to try and ensure your safety.

Serving the San Bernardino Mountain communities, Mountain Transit has transitioned its services to be as contactless as possible, and they strongly recommend carrying exact change to reduce the amount of currency you touch during your transaction. In addition, high-touch areas are routinely cleaned throughout service. Prior to your next trip, the agency encourages residents to download its Mountain Transit DoubleMap app that allows community members to track their bus in real time. Many line schedules have recently been affected by low ridership, so be sure to visit the agency’s website to find up-to-date schedules.

Omnitrans’ bus network has implemented new procedures and changes to provide a safe ridership experience to residents. The agency installed Plexiglas barriers and developed contactless fare options to reduce exposure between drivers and riders. Informational signs have been posted reminding riders to practice social distancing, wear a face mask, and use the newly installed hand sanitizer stations aboard the bus. Omnitrans also routinely deep cleans the inside of all of its buses with electrostatic sprayers. These devices penetrate hard-to-reach surfaces with positively charged particles that aggressively adhere to surfaces and objects. These particles coat the surface while the sanitizing agent disinfects it. Be sure to visit the Omnitrans websitefor updated bus schedule changes.

Metrolink’s cross-county train service has also implemented significant safety improvements in the fight against COVID. Each car is equipped with two hand sanitizer stations, face covering signage, and social distancing reminders. In addition, nightly deep cleaning is performed with electrostatic sprayers to disinfect all high touch surfaces.

As part of Metrolink’s effort to improve its online social distancing tools, the rail system strongly recommends pre-purchasing ticketsonline via their website, or on their mobile app. Metrolink has also recently implemented a new social distancing tool called How Full is My Train. This web feature allows you to check the recent ridership of your train and confirm there’s adequate room for social distancing. More safety improvements can be found on the Metrolink website, along with any relevant scheduling changes that may affect your next ride.

When using any type of public transportation, it’s important to remain cautious. The Center for Disease Control website providesadditional recommendations for staying safe when using public transitand other forms of transportation.

Businesses Take Advantage of COVID Compliant Business Program

Early on, the County launched its COVID Compliant Business Partnership Program to help provide funds for businesses working hard to comply with State and County Health orders and direction. In many ways the funding of $2,500 for eligible small businesses has done more than just provide dollars to invest in PPE support, it has also helped keep people employed and ensure day-to-day business operations.

In this issue we talked to one of our partners in the county. If you are a small business in the county that could use extra funding to support compliance, apply for the program at www.sbcovid19.com. Eligible businesses can receive funding of $2,500 for the first business location and another $1,000 for each additional qualifying location. Deadline for application is August 31, 2020.

From Internet Rights to Streeteries, How the Pandemic Is Changing Working From Home

The pandemic has exposed the state’s long-standing digital divide with a significant share of low-income and rural households lacking reliable internet access. And even though employers have quickly adapted to remote work, the opportunity to work from home has not spread evenly across the workforce. Learn More

Coronavirus Infections Far Higher Than Confirmed But Most Americans Still Not Exposed

Coronavirus infections in the United States are far higher than what has been confirmed, although the number of Americans who have been exposed is far below what is required for widespread immunity, according to data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Learn More

COVID-19: Planning for School Closures

CalChamber Executive Vice President and General Counsel Erika Frank is joined by employment law experts Bianca Saad and Matthew Roberts to discuss what leave options are available to employees affected by school closures, and how employers should prepare for school closures during the incoming fall school term. Learn More

GO-Biz Hosting Webinars for Businesses Interested in Applying for $80 Million in Tax Credits

The next California Competes Tax Credit (CCTC) application period starts Monday, July 27, 2020, with $80 million in available tax credits.  Businesses interested in applying can register to view a live webinar explaining the application process.

The deadline to submit applications is Monday, August 17, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Time) and the online application website will automatically close once this deadline has passed.  The online application can be accessed starting July 27, 2020, at www.calcompetes.ca.gov.

Members of the CCTC team are available to provide technical application assistance (CalCompetes@gobiz.ca.gov / 916-322-4051).  An application guide, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), program regulations, and a downloadable version of the webinar presentation are available here.

Complete List of Upcoming Webinars

July 29, 2020
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August 6, 2020
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August 11, 2020
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About California Competes

The California Competes Tax Credit is an income tax credit available to businesses that want to come to California or stay and grow in California. Tax credit agreements are negotiated by GO-Biz and approved by a statutorily created “California Competes Tax Credit Committee,” consisting of the State Treasurer, the Director of the Department of Finance, the Director of GO-Biz, and one appointee each by the Speaker of the Assembly and Senate Committee on Rules.

About the California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development

The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) serves as the State of California’s leader for job growth and economic development efforts. GO-Biz offers a range of services to business owners including: attraction, retention, and expansion services, site selection, permit streamlining, regulatory guidance, small business assistance, international trade development, assistance with state government, and much more. For more information visit: www.business.ca.gov.

K-12 schools re-opening plan

Governor Newsom and the California Department of Public Health issued new guidance on schools reopening in the fall and instructions for school faculty to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Districts may not open schools to in-person instruction until their county has been off the State’s county monitoring list for more than 14 days. For more details on the in-person reopening requirement click here. For the State’s guidelines on how schools should reopen click here.

Updated on 06/21/20

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Webinar: Restaurant and Food Service Reopening Rollback Best Practices Q&A

Thursday, July 23, 2020

10am - 11am

In response to the recent state reopening rollback, the County of San Bernardino has partnered with the California Restaurant Association to discuss restaurant best practices for in-door dining closure, alternative dining options, marketing and more.

Register Now

Avoiding and Identifying COVID-19 Scams

It’s sad, but true: whenever the nation suffers a crisis, criminals seek to take advantage — and the COVID-19 pandemic is no different. Scammers have exploited the crisis to find new ways to cash in at the expense of residents.

Fraud reports have spiked due to uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, leaving many residents unsure how to avoid scams or report them to authorities. Following are examples of common frauds and tips for recognizing them and avoid being scammed:

Fake at-home COVID-19 testing kits or vaccinations

Scammers may email you or post advertisements on social media promoting remedies to cure or keep you safe from COVID-19. These ads are completely misleading and are tailored to take as much of your money as possible. Moreover, these kits can also negatively impact your health by exposing you to unknown chemicals.

There are no FDA-authorized home test kits or vaccinations for the coronavirus. Visit sites like coronavirus.govand usa.gov/coronavirus to check for any official medical breakthrough that may occur in the future.

IRS impersonators

You may be contacted by criminals impersonating the IRS who ask about your stimulus check or request your personal information, claiming such information is necessary if you are to receive future financial support. In reality, the IRS will never call you or contact you via email or text.

Do not provide any personal information — especially with credit card or social security numbers — to anyone contacting you regarding your stimulus check. They are only pretending to be the IRS.

Illegal robocalls

Robocalls are often used by scammers to try and sell you phony low-priced health insurance and work-at-home schemes. Hang up immediately on illegal robocalls. Avoid pressing any numbers during the call as that may lead to more robocalls in the future.

Check with your phone service provider to see if they offer any spam call filters, and be sure to also register yourself on the National Do Not Call Registry to reduce robocalls to your phone.

Fake charities

Scammers often pretend to be representatives of a legitimate charity and prey on a person’s goodwill by asking for donations to their cause. They may call or email you for donations with no (or fake) proof of official affiliation to a charity they claim to be representing. By donating, your money will end up in the scammers’ pockets and not with the charity you were hoping to support.

Always do your homework before donating and make sure you only submit funds through the charity’s official channels, such as its website or official address. Never respond to a charity that asks for donations in cash, by gift card, or by wiring money.

It’s important for residents to do their own research, and if any scammers contact you, report their suspicious activity to the Federal Trade Commission at ftccomplaintassistant.gov.

State Changes Course Again on Hair and Nail Salons and Barbershops: Outdoor Operations Now Allowed

The governor today announced that after some back and forth last week hair salons, nail salons, barbershops and other personal care services are now allowed to operate outdoors under specific guidance issued by the State today.

The new guidance also applies to esthetic, skin care, cosmetology and massage therapy in non-healthcare settings.

Electrology, tattooing and piercing services may not be provided in outdoor settings because they are invasive procedures that require a controlled hygienic environment to be performed safely.

You might recall that last week the State announced it was limiting these services to the outdoors in counties on the State Monitoring List, including San Bernardino County. Later in the week, the State announced outdoor service would not be allowed due to existing California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology regulations. That changed today.

California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology regulations along with those of Cal/OSHA still apply, but hair salons and barbershops may operate outdoors in Monitoring List counties if the following guidance is followed:

  • Outdoor operations may be conducted under a tent, canopy, or other sun shelter as long as no more than one side is closed, allowing sufficient outdoor air movement.
  • Salons and barbershops should not perform a service that would require a customer to have to enter the establishment.
  • Ensure any outdoor shade or outdoor working area has the same ventilation and airflow as the outdoors. Outdoor shaded areas can be configured to block wind but cannot be enclosed or partially enclosed on more than one side in a way that otherwise restricts normal airflow.
  • Rewiring and the use of electrical extension cords can increase the likelihood of electrical hazards, including fire and electrocution. Ensure that outdoor operations comply with Cal/OSHA and all code requirements.
  • Ensure there are no tripping hazards from cords or other equipment in outdoor work areas.
  • Use skin protection when not under shade.
  • Stop operations, move away from electrical wiring and equipment, and seek indoor shelter if there is lightning within six miles of your location.

Business owners should refer to the official new guidance for hair salons and barbershopsand personal care services. More information can be found on the California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology website.

DMV Extension

The DMV is providing an automatic one-year extension to Californians age 70 and older with a noncommercial driver license with an expiration date between March 1 and December 31, 2020. Here is a full summary of driver license extensions:

Expiration Month Status
Age 70 & older
(noncommercial)
March-December 2020 Extended one year from original expiration date
Age 69 & younger
(noncommercial)
March-July 2020 Extended to July 31, 2020 Expanded eligibility to renew online or by mail
Commercial (all ages)

 

March-September 2020 Extended to September 30, 2020
Learner’s permits March-August 2020 Extended six months or to a date 24 months from the date of application

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Extended to August 8, 2020

The PPP resumed accepting applications July 6, 2020 in response to the program’s extension legislation. The new deadline to apply for a PPP loan is August 8, 2020. Learn more here.

Tax Relief for California Employers

California employers are gaining some relief associated with unemployment benefits resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here and view page 3 for more details.

Testing Locations

Find a COVID-19 testing site near you by clicking here. Alternatively, you can view testing information by selecting a county: OrangeLos Angeles, or San Bernardino.

Contact Tracing

Contact tracing is an important step in slowing the spread of COVID-19. Health workers will talk to those who have tested positive, alerting individuals they may have been exposed and discuss the next steps. Any information collected by public health workers is confidential. Learn more about California’s contact tracing program.

California Unemployment Falls, But Virus Surge Likely to Reverse Job Gains

California added 558,200 jobs from mid-May to mid-June and state unemployment fell from 16.4% to 14.9% — but don’t start celebrating yet. The numbers don’t account for the resurgence of COVID-19 cases throughout the U.S. and in California in the last half of June or the retreat in plans to reopen the economy. Learn More

Beware of New Unemployment Insurance Scams

As the nation continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, including an 11.1 percent unemployment rate in June, a new threat has emerged — unemployment insurance scams. Learn More

Face Masks Really Do Matter. The Scientific Evidence Is Growing.

Face masks are emerging as one of the most powerful weapons to fight the novel coronavirus, with growing evidence that facial coverings help prevent transmission—even if an infected wearer is in close contact with others. Learn More

Resources for Small Businesses and Startups

Today, the California Entrepreneurship Task Force (ETF), with the support of the Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA) at GO-Biz, hosted a rapid response session entitled, "Small Business Relief and Recovery." Today's session featured a discussion on small business recovery and strategies for marketplace adaptation, capital, and technology.

To watch today's session, which featured the speakers listed below, click the image above or here:
Isabel Guzman, Director of the CalOSBA and State Government Lead of the ETF
Sarah Friar, CEO, Nextdoor
Everett Sands, CEO, Lendistry

We are here for you. The rapid response sessions for California small businesses and entrepreneurs occur every Friday, alternating in Spanish and English. To learn more about the next sessions, click here.

Fourteen County Jail Inmates; 10 Sheriff’s Employees Test Positive For COVID-19

Fourteen County jail inmates have tested positive for COVID-19. Eight inmates are at the West Valley Detention Center, two are at the Central Detention Center, one is at the Glen Helen Rehabilitation Center, and three are at the High Desert Detention Center. Five inmates were new arrests and determined to be positive for the virus during their medical assessment when they arrived at the jail.

A total of 188 County jail inmates have tested positive for COVID-19. Many of the inmates are only experiencing minor symptoms of the virus. The infected inmates are in isolation, being monitored around the clock, and are being provided with medical treatment. One hundred and fifty-five inmates have recovered from the illness.

All inmates continue to be provided with face coverings, cleaning supplies, soap, and are urged to wash their hands repeatedly throughout the day. They are routinely reminded of the need to practice social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Ten department employees have tested positive for COVID-19 and are self-isolating at home. A total of 115 department employees have tested positive for COVID-19. Eighty-seven employees have recovered from the virus; other employees are expected to return to work in the next few weeks.

Clarifying State Mandate on Closed Personal Care Services

Effective July 13, Governor Gavin Newsom ordered that specific businesses on the county monitoring list must close immediately in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19. This applies to all hair salons, barber shops and personal care services (which includes nail salons, esthetic salons, and electrology offices) that are within the monitored counties, which includes San Bernardino County.

There was some question on whether these services could be performed outdoors, however Section 7317 of the Business and Professions Code requires that all barbering, cosmetology and electrology services be performed in a licensed establishment. Therefore, establishments that are within San Bernardino County must close immediately and not offer any services (including any outdoor services).

County Data Shows Majority of COVID Cases Comes from Private Gatherings

Four months into closures and stay-at-home efforts, we are all tired of the COVID-19 pandemic and wish we could just get back to normal. Unfortunately, the virus and the disease are still with us. It’s still infecting County residents (over 21,000 so far). It’s still sending people to the hospital (some 600 are there right now). And it’s still killing our family members, friends, neighbors and colleagues (310 of our County residents are no longer with us).

So while we’d all enjoy getting together with friends and extended family members, these types of gatherings are still prohibited under the State’s stay-at-home order, and public health officials are strenuously warning against violating that order, pointing out that private gatherings have been clearly linked to recent COVID-19 outbreaks.

In the last 28 days, 71% of those infected with COVID-19 told a contact tracer that they had attended a family gathering in the last 14 days -- a total of 228 people out of 319 interviewed by contact tracers that indicated they attended a gathering. Three percent of those infected told contact tracers that they had attended a religious service and 3 percent indicated they had attended a protest in the last 14 days.

All of this means that the safest option for a family get together still remains a virtual gathering, using digital tools such as Zoom or Facetime. It is foolish to endanger the lives of those you love the most.

Remember that anyone can get COVID-19, and the data now shows that the majority of confirmed cases (52.2%) is coming from those between the age of 20 and 39. And 24.4% of the cases are between the age of 10 and 19. What hasn’t changed is that the elderly and those with underlying health conditions are at extreme risk of death if they contract COVID-19. Please, think twice about exposing them to younger family members who may have been socializing with others outside the household.

Despite any order or health expert advice, we know there will always be some who will gather anyway and put all of us at risk. We hope those who do will at the very least minimize the size of their gatherings; keep everyone outdoors, masked, and at least six feet apart at all times; and ensure no items are touched by more than one person.

Gathering with family and friends from other households -- chatting, laughing, and having a great time -- is precisely how this virus spreads. That’s why the State’s stay-at-home order banning gatherings among people from different households is an order, not simply advice.

The best option for you and those you love is to gather virtually, or wait until orders have been lifted. The more we care about our families and friends by being responsible, the sooner we will defeat COVID-19 and the sooner life can return to normal.

State Limits County Schools to Distance Learning to Start School Year

Gov. Gavin Newsom today announced a new policy affecting all K-12 schools in those counties on the State’s Monitoring List — which currently includes San Bernardino County. The new policy mandates that schools limit instruction to distance learning until the County is removed from the Monitoring List for 14 days — at which point they may resume in-person instruction with specific guidelines and limitations.

“This announcement reaffirms how important it is for all County residents and businesses to work together so we can move off the state’s Monitoring List,” said Corwin Porter, interim director of the County’s Department of Public Health.

The Monitoring List also governs whether we can reopen business sectors. It points to specific criteria in elevated case transmission, hospitalization and ICU bed capacity. Residents can monitor our County’s daily progress for these essential criteria on our COVID-19 Surveillance Dashboardunder the CDPH Monitoring tab.

“Rigorous distance learning”

In his announcement today, Gov. Newsom stressed the importance of “rigorous distance learning” and noted there will be state assistance in technology devices.

“The virus will be with us for a year or more, and school districts must provide meaningful instruction in the midst of this pandemic,” the governor said in a statement. “Students, staff and parents all prefer in-classroom instruction, but only if it can be done safely.”

In his press conference, Gov. Newsom addressed distance learning by saying teachers must have have daily interactions with students, challenging assignments and work that can be adapted for ESL and special education students.

Strict criteria announced when schools do re-open

When our County is allowed to reopen – subject to staying off the Monitoring List for 14 days – all staff and students in third grade and above will be required to wear masks, have symptom checks to enter school, and have sanitation stations. In addition, social distancing between students and teachers are required.

The state’s new guidelines largely conform to a COVID-19 Guide and Toolkit in development by the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health in consultation with County school districts. The toolkit, which is being modified in consideration of the State’s announcement today, will offer specific guidance for how schools should respond to the emergence of positive cases of COVID-19 among students, teachers, staff and school visitors. It will list actions school officials should take to isolate and protect individuals who have tested positive or have possibly been exposed to the virus, as well as guidance for implementing contact tracing to curtail further infections.

“We will continue to work closely with school districts in the County to help them prepare for resumption of in-person instructions when conditions permit,” Porter said. “The Toolkit will be an invaluable tool once we gain permission to reopen in-person instruction.”

US Chamber of Commerce Foundation

Today we sat down with Dr. Anthony Fauci to discuss the current state of the pandemic, where we are on testing and vaccines, and how businesses should prepare for the coming months. Watch Video

To continue to the conversation from Monday’s program, here is the event video with Starbucks, IBM, and Dow on the lessons we can learn from companies that have been operating throughout the pandemic and the best practices they’ve developed along the way. Watch Video

We hope these episodes were helpful to you and that you’ll share these videos with your networks. We look forward to hosting you again next Thursday, July 23 for a deep dive discussion on testing and vaccines.

Message From Senator Ling Ling Chang

Dear Friend,

As you may know, the Governor announced that California is closing certain indoor businesses operations. In Orange, Los Angeles, and San Bernardino Counties the following indoor operations must close: dine in restaurants; wineries & tasting rooms; movie theaters; family entertainment centers; zoos and museums; cardrooms; all bars; fitness centers; places of worship, offices for non-critical sectors; personal care services; hair salons and barbershops; and malls.

I know you are frustrated with the constant modifications and an uncertain future in this coronavirus world. I assure you that I’m committed to making change, and I invite you to help me better advocate for you by taking this five question survey on schools, work, and reopening.

As always, please do not hesitate to email me at Senator.Chang@senate.ca.gov or call 714-671-9474 if I may be of assistance.

Sincerely,
Ling Ling Chang
29th District

US, Canada and Mexico Borders to Stay Closed for Travelers

The U.S., Canada and Mexico have agreed to keep their shared borders closed to non-essential traffic until at least late August because of COVID-19. Learn More

Reminder: FFCRA Requires Most Employers to Provide Paid Leave for COVID-19-Related Reasons

As COVID-19 cases increase, employers may be getting more requests for leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), the federal law passed in March that requires employers to provide paid leave to employees for certain COVID-19-related reasons. Additionally, some employers who were shut down when the new law passed may get FFCRA requests for the first time but not be familiar with the law. Here’s a quick refresher on the basics of the new FFCRA leaves. Learn More

Coronavirus: Breaking Down the Outbreaks in Northern and Southern California

Cut California in half and you’re still left with two of five largest remaining states. You’re also left with two distinct coronavirus outbreaks — one that has been raging for months and another that is just catching up. Learn More

Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development Acting Director Releases Joint Statement with California Labor Secretary on June Employment Numbers

Following the California Employment Development Department’s (EDD) release of the state’s employment data from June, the Acting Director of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), Chris Dombrowski issued the following joint statement with California’s Labor Secretary, Julie A. Su:

“The unemployment rate for June decreased slightly to 14.9 percent as California began modifying its Stay at Home order and 558,200 jobs were added to the economy. In the face of the COVID-19 global pandemic, it is crucial that we remember that every Californian has a role to play as we work to safely recover. Our individual actions impact our collective future which is why wearing a face covering, washing hands, staying home when possible, and adhering to state and local guidance will help slow the spread of COVID-19 and ensure we can once again regrow our economy.”

City of Chino Hills Adopts Temporary Policies to Help Businesses and Restaurants

Chino Hills, CA – The City of Chino Hills has approved temporary policies to help restaurants and businesses facing significant economic impact due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Restaurants and retail food facilities are encouraged to contact the City to take advantage of a streamlined, simplified process, to provide additional seating outdoors in adjacent parking areas or patios. Staff is providing expedited processing for the no cost Outdoor Dining Patio permit. An application is available online at www.chinohills.org/OutdoorDining. In addition, permit fees for temporary banners and special retail business promotion events have been waived. Contact the Community Development Department at (909) 364-2740 for an appointment and information. The City Council also relaxed yard sale regulations temporarily waiving the limit of three yard sales per year, and dropping the permit requirement during the COVID-19 pandemic.

PR20-055 Chino Hills Adopts Temporary Policies for Outdoor Dining, etc

U.S. Chamber’s Policy Priorities

U.S. Chamber CEO Tom Donohue sent a letter to the president and congressional leaders urging temporary and targeted legislative action in the following five key areas:

1. Liability Protection Against Unwarranted Lawsuits

2. Support for Small and Mid-Size Employers

3. Financial Assistance for Childcare Providers and K-12 Schools

4. Unemployment Benefits and Funding for Job Training

5. Assistance for State and Local Governments

Parents Must Have a Say in Districts’ Distance Learning Plans Under New California Law

Dissatisfied with the uneven quality of distance learning among school districts after they closed in March, Gov. Gavin Newsom and the Legislature established minimum requirements for the next school year in legislation accompanying the 2020-21 budget. Learn More

Facing COVID-19 on California’s Rural Front

California’s most heavily populated counties are drawing the most attention as COVID-19 spikes and spreads, with Los Angeles reporting more than 140,000 cases and nearly 3,900 deaths since March. Learn More

More Time to Apply for Paycheck Protection Program Loans

Legislation signed by the President last weekend extends the deadline to apply for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans to August 8, 2020. Learn More

Free Business Webinars hosted by the Workforce Development Board

San Bernardino County’s Workforce Development Board has partnered with regional business experts to provide employers in San Bernardino County access to free and informative business webinars. A number of topics are scheduled for July and August. To see what is coming up and to register, go to https://wp.sbcounty.gov/workforce/events/

Register now for these upcoming webinars:

July 23: Maintaining, Improving, and Sustaining Productivity in the COVID-19 Virtual Workplace.
https://covidsafe.eventbrite.com

July 30: Supply Chain Optimization on the Road to Recovery. https://supplychainopt.eventbrite.com

Keeping You Informed on When and How Businesses Can Open

Industry sectors in the County are getting constantly shifting news on whether they can open or close almost weekly. We’re trying to keep you up-to-date with the latest “What’s Open?” news at sbcovid19.com. When you click the “What’s Open/What’s Not” page link, you will see a current list of business sectors and services that are open or closed along with state required guidelines.

Our goal is to continue on the path of reopening, but to get there, we’ll need everyone’s cooperation. Please remember to wear a mask, wash your hands, and practice six-feet social distancing. Let’s show our local businesses some love by working together so that they can keep their doors open and employees safe.

Here is a current list of open businesses and recreational activities:

Campgrounds

Child care

Convenience stores

Restaurants and food trucks (only outdoor and takeout)

Limited services (appliance repair, car washes, dog walking, pet grooming, residential and janitorial cleaning, plumbing)

Lodging

Retail

Schools

Eat Local Web Map

San Bernardino County is home to many restaurants and a variety of dining experiences. In an effort to support our local economy, the Economic Development team has created an interactive map to showcase various local restaurants – where you can take advantage of take out and outdoor dining.

Find a new favorite and support your neighborhood eateries! Visit our Eat Local WebMap!

Calling all Californians: #ShopSafeShopLocal

As we all know, small businesses in San Bernardino County have been hit hard by the pandemic and have struggled to keep their doors open and employees hired.

To help bring patrons back, the state has announced a new campaign -- “Calling All Californians: #ShopSafeShopLocal” – that encourages people to support small businesses in their communities who have made the important modifications to protect public health and desperately need customers back in their stores.

The campaign is a call to action to help our County’s diverse neighborhoods thrive and help small business owners grow their digital footprints. As the core of the campaign is a website that offers small business owners critical tools and online resources, including social media graphics, free consulting and access to personal protective equipment (PPE). These resources will help California’s entrepreneurs adapt to new consumer and market demands and create safer shopping experiences by improving those small businesses’ online presence.

Specifically, business owners can find links at https://business.ca.gov/shopsafeshoplocal to find:

A free digital media toolkit with graphics and content to be used on a business’ social media pages or website

Free consulting, in 31 different languages

Resources and offers to help businesses operate safely and build a digital footprint

Easy links to find the latest guidelines and county variances for different industry sectors

Access to PPE through SafelyMakingCA.org, California’s new PPE marketplace

Some of California’s industry leaders have partnered with the state to assist small businesses in this campaign, such as Google, UPS, GoDaddy, Nextdoor, eBay and Yelp, to name a few.

Helpful Links:

  • California Officials Rolling Back Reopenings as Coronavirus Surge Creates New Crisis -Learn More
  • California Orders Closure of Indoor Operations of Additional Sectors - State’s COVID-19 website.
  • IMPORTANT DEADLINE: Pandemic EBT benefits Deadline Extended this Wednesday - ca.p-ebt.org.
  • Why Temperature Checks, Doctor's Note May Be OK for COVID-19 - Learn More
  • Vacation Policy Factors to Consider During COVID-19 Pandemic - Learn More
  • California DMV Gives Another Extension to Seniors with Expiring Driver Licenses - Learn More
  • COVID-19: Enforcing Mask Rules at Work - Learn More
  • San Bernardino County Hospitals Have Reached a New Hospitalization Record with 587 COVID-19 Patients - click here.
  • Riverside County ICU beds were 99% full on Sunday - click here
  • The City of Chino's Microenterprise Business Grant Program will Reopen Application Submissions -cityofchino.org/bizgrant
  • COVID-19 Testing Appointments are Available to Book Online and to Check Testing Availability - sbcovid19.com
  • Ovitt Family Community Library in Ontario is Open - ontarioca.gov/library
  • Employees Who Have Symptoms -click here
  • Resources Available for Citizens' Emotional Support and Well-Being - clicking here
  • More than 900 Inmates Have Tested Positive at California Institution for Men at Chino - click here.
  • California Revamps Testing Guidelines as Virus Surges - Learn More
  • Will California Students Fill Classrooms in the Fall? - Learn More

Will California Students Fill Classrooms in the Fall?

Newsom Says It Depends on the District. Without a definitive statewide decision on whether schools should reopen their physical doors during the coronavirus outbreak this fall, each California district is pursuing its own path. Local officials are left balancing teachers unions concerns over members’ safety with the demands of some parents eager for their children to return to school. Learn More

California Revamps Testing Guidelines as Virus Surges

California revamped its guidelines for COVID-19 testing to focus of those in hospitals or considered at high risk of infection as the surging pandemic strained testing capacity. Learn More

Riverside County ICU beds were 99% full on Sunday

More than a third of the occupied beds were suspected and confirmed coronavirus patients. Hospitals redirected the overflow of patients into surge-capacity beds equipped with ventilators and IV pumps. For the full article, click here.

The City of Chino's Microenterprise Business Grant Program will Reopen Application Submissions

July 14 through July 28 at 5 pm. The grants awarded to Chino businesses amount up to $10,000 to cover up to three months of rent and lease payments. Funding for qualifying businesses will be first come, first serve and applications can be found at cityofchino.org/bizgrant

COVID-19 Testing Appointments are Available to Book Online and to Check Testing Availability

No symptoms required and the test is free. Face coverings must be worn at all times. To book an appointment, visitsbcovid19.com

Ovitt Family Community Library in Ontario is Open

By appointment only and limited to one hour blocks. Access to computer and printing is available. To make an appointment visit ontarioca.gov/library

Employees Who Have Symptoms

When they arrive at work or become sick during the day should immediately be separated from others. Immediately notify your supervisor and stay home if you develop symptoms outside of work. For more information on preparing your small business for covid-19, click here

Resources Available for Citizens' Emotional Support and Well-Being

24-hour hotlines for those that wish to speak to someone and more resources can be found by clicking here.

More than 900 Inmates Have Tested Positive at California Institution for Men at Chino

On May 30th 121 inmates were transferred from Chino to San Quentin. As of July 7th, San Quentin has 1,441 confirmed cases on Covid 19, more than one-third of the prison's inmate population of 3,450. For more info, click here.

San Bernardino County Hospitals Have Reached a New Hospitalization Record with 587 COVID-19 Patients as of Sunday

166 COVID-19 patients were in the ICU as of Sunday. For more details on COVID-19 hospitalization by county, click here.

COVID-19: Enforcing Mask Rules at Work

CalChamber Executive Vice President and General Counsel Erika Frank and employment law expert Jennifer Shaw discuss ways employers can ensure employees comply with state guidelines on masks and social distancing, and continue fostering a healthy workplace. Learn More

California DMV Gives Another Extension to Seniors with Expiring Driver Licenses

The new grace period from the California Department of Motor Vehicles is meant to prevent drivers 70 and older — a population vulnerable to COVID 19 — from visiting a field office during the pandemic. Now, for those with licenses set to expire between March and December, a visit won’t be needed until that time in 2021. Learn More

Vacation Policy Factors to Consider During COVID-19 Pandemic

A consequence of the prolonged shelter-in-place and stay-at-home orders issued as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic is dramatically reduced travel. As a result, during this time many employees are not taking earned vacation time and may not do so for months resulting in the following question from employers: Can we change our vacation policies as a result of the employees not using their time? Learn More

Why Temperature Checks, Doctor’s Note May Be OK for COVID-19

With the current coronavirus pandemic, I have been wondering what I can do to protect my employees in the workplace. May we take the temperature of our employees before they begin working each day? If I have an employee who reports that he has tested positive for COVID-19, can I require him to provide me with a doctor’s note certifying his fitness for duty before returning to work? Learn More

Hospitalizations Rates Increase in the County, but Not Death Rates

Hospitalizations due to the coronavirus have been on the rise across San Bernardino County, but despite the increase, the County has seen death rates drop in area hospitals. According to local health professionals, this is partially due to local healthcare workers’ ability to manage and treat COVID-19.

In short, doctors have learned a lot since seeing and treating the first rush of COVID-19 patients in March, when most had never seen a person sick with the virus. Four months later, nearly every emergency room and intensive care physician in the country is intimately familiar with the disease. In that time, they’ve learned a lot about how best to treat patients.

For example, in the initial months of the pandemic, patients hospitalized with low oxygen saturation levels were put on ventilators, which is common with similar respiratory issues such as pneumonia. As health experts became more familiar with the virus, there’s been alternatives to help patients get enough oxygen to avoid needing a ventilator. In some cases, patients experiencing low oxygen saturation levels benefit from CPAP or BiPAP machines.

CPAP or BiPAP machines are non-invasive mechanical ventilation systems that can help a patient breathe by pushing air through a mask that is placed over the nose and mouth. Straps keep the mask in place. A machine pushes air and oxygen through the mask, and the pressure of the air helps the patient breathe.

A ventilator, on the other hand, uses a machine to push air and oxygen into the lungs through a tube in a patient’s windpipe. The tube goes through the mouth or nose, through the windpipe and into the lungs. The tube is about as big around as a dime.

“We find that we can bridge people on these high-flow oxygen devices for a period of several days and in many cases avoid intubation,” said Dr. Troy Pennington from Arrowhead Regional Medical Center.

Also, doctors now are more vigilant to the threat from blood clots, which have appeared in many COVID-19 patients over the past months. Healthcare professionals can now act quickly to provide treatment as blood clots occur at a higher rate in COVID-19 patients.

And finally, doctors now have better medications for hospitalized patients. Since March, doctors have worked through different options like hydroxychloroquine, which turned out not to be effective. Now they are using remdesivir, an antiviral drug that is helping many COVID-19 patients recover more quickly, as well as the steroid dexamethasone, which helps improve the survival rate for patients on ventilators.

IMPORTANT DEADLINE: Pandemic EBT benefits Deadline Extended this Wednesday

Families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals and did not get their Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) card in the mail can apply online. Make sure to apply by July 15th, 2020, at ca.p-ebt.org.

California Orders Closure of Indoor Operations of Additional Sectors

Responding to significant increases in positive test results, hospitalizations and ICU admissions, Gov. Gavin Newsom today announced further mandates to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Details can be found on the State’s COVID-19 website.

The State has immediately expanded closures previously only required for counties on the state’s monitoring list to the entire state. These include indoor operations for dine-in restaurants, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, museums and cardrooms. Breweries, bars and pubs are required to close both indoor and outdoor operations entirely in every county.

In addition, within the 31 counties on the state’s monitoring list – which include San Bernardino, Riverside and Los Angeles counties and represent approximately 80% of the state’s population – the State requires the closure of indoor operations in sectors that tend to promote the mixing of populations which make adherence to social distancing and wearing face masks difficult. Businesses in these sectors that are unable to operate outdoors must close immediately under the State’s order. They include:

Gyms and fitness centers
Place of worship
Offices for non-critical sectors
Personal care services (e.g., nail salons, massage and tattoo facilities)
Hair salons and barber shops
Indoor malls

Gov. Newsom noted that while the increase in testing has led to growth in positive cases, the positivity rate has recently trended down. However, new positive cases are averaging 8,211 a day. Moreover, hospitalizations have increased 28% over the past 14 days and ICU admissions have jumped 39% over the same period. Overall, the state has had more than 320,000 COVID-19 cases and 7,000 deaths.

“Until we have a vaccine or effective therapy, we have no choice but to continue taking steps to mitigate the spread of the virus,” said Newsom. “Californians must adapt to new behaviors if we are to slow the spread.”

California Officials Rolling Back Reopenings as Coronavirus Surge Creates New Crisis

With the coronavirus death toll in California jumping past 7,000 and cases continuing to surge, more parts of the state are rolling back reopening plans as they try desperately to slow outbreaks and prevent more hospitals from hitting capacity. Learn More

 

Helpful Links:

Covid Compliant Business Partnership Program Funds Still Available - https://sbcovid19.com/

CDC Health Advisory - click here

Businesses Must Close Indoor Operations - click here

Pandemic EBT Benefits Deadline Extended - ca.p-ebt.org

Guidelines for Restaurants to Shift From Indoor Seating to Outdoor Dining - listed here

Coronavirus Unemployment: California Jobless Claims Drop for Two Weeks in a Row - Learn More

Schools May Return to 100% Distance Learning - Learn More

CalChamber Compiles Resources to Help Employers Foster Diversity in the Workplace - Lean More

 

Ridesharing Safety During COVID-19

Although current COVID-19 conditions suggest now may not be the time to use ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft, new safety guidelines are available for people who need to hail a car. The major services have updated their protocols in response to the COVID-19 outbreak and are expected to continue updating them as conditions evolve.

Both Uber and Lyft have implemented safety protocols based on guidelines developed by the CDC. Although there are minor differences between each company’s policies, both require drivers and riders to wear face coverings and drivers are instructed to clean and sanitize high-touch areas of their vehicles following each ride.

Both services have added a mandatory personal health checklist for drivers, and Uber also requires drivers to verify they are wearing a face mask via selfie detecting software. Maximum rider capacity has also been reduced from four to three people, and all shared-ride options have been suspended.

Most importantly, both companies are urgently asking customers to refrain from their services if they are feeling even slightly ill. The ridesharing services are expected to continue modifying their safety protocols in response to updated CDC guidelines.

Guidance for Employees Exposed to COVID-19

With many businesses and enterprises reopening, employers and employees are asking how they should respond if an employee tests positive for COVID-19. The answer is simple: the infected employee must stay home and self-quarantine for at least 10 days following the first appearance of symptoms.

In addition, the individual must show improvement in resolving respiratory symptoms (such as a cough or shortness of breath). Once the employee returns to work, they should follow all public health recommendations, maintain good hygiene and continue to self-monitor for symptoms.

The County’s Department of Public Health has put together a detailed flow-chart for employers to reference, which can be found here. This information can and should be shared with the workforce.

When family or household members test positive

A more challenging question is how to handle cases where an employee’s family or household member tests positive for COVID-19. San Bernardino County Public Health officials recommend a Symptom- and Time-Based Approach to handling these cases, as opposed to needing multiple negative test results in order to return to work.

If an employee has a household member who tests positive, the first step is to determine whether the employee had prolonged exposure in the prior two days to the infected person. If not, the individual may continue to work as long as they can avoid close contact with the infected household member. Nonetheless, the employee should still carefully monitor him- or herself for symptoms and immediately contact their healthcare provider if symptoms develop.

On the other hand, if an employee has had prolonged exposure to an infected person, then he or she should remain at home under quarantine until 14 days after the infected household member has been released from isolation (i.e., confirmed to be non-infectious). In such cases the employee should be allowed to work remotely if at all possible.

If the employee develops no symptoms during this period, they may return to work 14 days after the infected individual has been released from isolation. If the employee does develop symptoms, they should contact their healthcare provider, who will likely arrange a test. If the employee tests positive, they should follow the guidelines outlined previously (stay home, self-quarantine for at least 10 days, have no fever, etc.). If the employee’s test results are negative, they should continue to quarantine until 14 days after the infected household member is released from isolation.

Employees engaged in critical infrastructure and/or essential services

If an employee who is engaged in critical infrastructure and/or essential services tests positive or develops symptoms, the same rules apply as to anyone else. However, when such individuals do not show symptoms, they may be allowed to continue working under the following conditions.

First, whenever possible, organizations should allow employees with the highest risk factors — those who’ve had prolonged or close contact with a confirmed case, those who are 65-years-old and above, and those having underlying medical conditions — to stay home.

However, when that option is not feasible, the employee may continue providing services so long as they avoid working with high-risk populations and adhere to a Workplace Monitoring Program. The program, which is based on the CDC’s Safety Practices for Critical Infrastructure Workers Exposed to COVID-19, is designed to protect all employees and members of the community. Remember: If an employee actually develops symptoms they must return home immediately.

Workplace Monitoring Program

Businesses or other enterprises that provide critical infrastructure and/or essential services are strongly encouraged to establish and maintain a Workplace Monitoring Program comprising the following elements. A Workplace Monitoring Program is suggested for all employers in the County, large and small.

Pre-screening. The employer should measure a (potentially) exposed employee’s temperature — ideally before they actually enter the workplace facility.

Monitor. Exposed employees should self-monitor for symptoms.

Face Coverings. The exposed employee must wear a face mask at all times until 14 days after last exposure to an infected individual.

Social distancing. An exposed employee must maintain 6 feet of distance and practice social distancing whenever work duties safely permit.

Disinfection. Both the employer and an exposed employee must routinely clean and disinfect workspaces, including offices, common areas and restrooms, as well as high-touch surfaces and shared equipment.

If an exposed employee tests negative for the disease and displays no symptoms, they should nevertheless continue to self-quarantine and follow the guidance presented above. It is important to remember that a negative test does not eliminate the possibility of developing symptoms later.

CalChamber Compiles Resources to Help Employers Foster Diversity in the Workplace

To help employers foster an inclusive workforce and learn other ways to address systemic bias,
the CalChamber has developed a webpage compiling relevant information and educational resources. Lean More

Schools May Return to 100% Distance Learning

... Some school districts may return to 100% distance learning this fall as California’s coronavirus surge pushes them to rethink their reopening plans. Learn More

Coronavirus Unemployment: California Jobless Claims Drop for Two Weeks in a Row

California’s battered job market showed signs of improvement amid widespread business shutdowns and cutbacks due to the coronavirus with a decrease in first-time claims for unemployment, federal labor officials reported Thursday. Learn More

Guidelines for Restaurants to Shift From Indoor Seating to Outdoor Dining

San Bernardino County released guidelines for restaurants in unincorporated areas to relocate from indoor seating to outdoor COVID-compliant dining. The guidelines are listed here.

Pandemic EBT Benefits Deadline Extended

Families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals and did not get their Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) card in the mail can apply online. Make sure to apply by July 15th, 2020, at ca.p-ebt.org.

Businesses must close indoor operations

The California Department of Public Health is requiring LA County, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Orange County to close indoor operation of dine-in restaurants, wineries, and tasting rooms, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, zoos, museums, and card rooms. Additionally, bars and breweries will shutdown indoor and outdoor operations. For more details, click here.

CDC Health Advisory

Do not use any hand sanitizer manufactured by "Eskbiochen SA de CV", due to the presence of a toxic alcohol which can cause blindness and/or death when absorbed through the skin or when swallowed. For more details, click here.

COVID-Compliant Business Partnership Program Funds Still Available

To support San Bernardino County small businesses and ensure ongoing compliance with State and County Health orders and guidelines, the County launched the COVID-Compliant Business Partnership Program.

Since its launch close to 3,500 County businesses have received funding to support adoption of these important guidelines. Businesses that meet requirements can receive $2,500 in funding. Business owners with additional eligible locations in the County can receive $1,000 for each additional location.

Applications are being accepted online at https://sbcovid19.com/ now until August 31 or until funding is exhausted. All businesses that apply and are determined to be a COVID-Compliant Business Partner will be issued a “This Business Partner is COVID Compliant” window graphic to show customers and clients that they are doing their part.

Outdoor Dining Guidelines Released

With temporary restrictions now in place on certain indoor business operations, including indoor dining, we have announced the following guidelines for businesses in unincorporated areas that wish to temporarily relocate indoor seating from a permitted facility for outdoor COVID-compliant dining:

These guidelines apply to businesses in the unincorporated areas of San Bernardino County. Businesses within a specific city need to understand that city’s specific requirements.

Due to the temporary nature of the restrictions, relocating indoor seating to outdoors will be considered in substantial conformance with existing County permits. Only a courtesy COVID compliance/safety inspection is required.
A maximum of 50% on-site parking spaces may be converted to dining space.
Outdoor seating must maintain six feet of separation between tables.

Outdoor dining must not encroach into drive aisles, or conflict with any vehicle traffic or pedestrian access to the facility.
Encroachment permits are required for any obstruction in public right-of-way.
Other permit requirements, including hours of operation, remain in effect.
Outdoor dining must not impede disabled access.

CAL/OSHA and Department of Public Health requirements remain in effect.
Temporary authorization from ABC is required for outdoor alcohol service.
Contact County Code Enforcement at (909) 884-4056 for a courtesy inspection.

National Testing Supply Shortage Impacting CountyTesting Capabilities

For the immediate short term, San Bernardino County will be limiting COVID-19 testing in response to severe supply chain disruptions. The County hopes to resume its expanded testing regime by next week, once it obtains adequate testing supplies.

“There have been concerns about testing supply shortages throughout the state and within our county,” said Interim County Public Health Director Corwin Porter. “We are continuously trying to obtain the necessary resources to ensure that we can provide testing in our county at peak capacity.”

The supply shortage is not limited to San Bernardino County, but rather is affecting communities around the state and the nation. According to a recent survey by the Association for Molecular Pathology, more than 70% of U.S. clinical laboratories have suffered significant delays to COVID-19 testing programs as a result of ongoing supply chain disruptions. The organization said that the expansion of COVD-19 testing capacity at laboratories around the country has put pressure on supply chains that handle reagents and other materials used to learn whether a patient is infected.

California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly acknowledged the state is facing a testing supply shortage.

“As more states begin to scale their testing capabilities, new constraints are materializing within the supply chain,” Ghaly said. “Simultaneously, laboratories are becoming overwhelmed with high numbers of specimens, slowing down processing timelines.” He urged laboratories to “prioritize testing turnaround for individuals who are most at risk of spreading the virus to others.”

Those with existing appointments should check their email to learn if their appointment has been cancelled.

“Our hope is that we can obtain the necessary supplies very soon so that we can maintain our testing capacity,” Porter said. “Without a sufficient supply of tests, this will bring challenges in identifying cases and treating those who are diagnosed positive for COVID-19. Tests are necessary to identify and isolate positive cases quickly so that we can keep the virus from spreading throughout our county.”

The County will share news and updates immediately when we confirm testing supplies are adequate to meet demand.

 

  • Helpful Links:
  • Free Webinar, Resources to Help Employers Foster an Inclusive WorkplaceLearn More
  • Senator Chang Teleconference on COVID-19 on Wednesday, July 8 at 2:00PMRSVP here.
  • Guidelines for Restaurants to Shift from Indoor Seating to Outdoor Dininglisted here.
  • California Extends Unemployment Benefits by 7 More WeeksLearn More
  • Pandemic EBT Benefits Deadline Extendedca.p-ebt.org.
  • California’s Face Mask Requirements Can Help Keep Businesses OpenLearn More
  • Businesses will Close Indoor Operations - click here.
  • Small Business Fundamentals Webinar - Register Now
  • ShopSafeShopLocal - business.ca.gov/shopsafeshoplocal/
  • COVID-19 Positive: Employer Obligations - Learn More
  • 42% Increase in Reported COVID-19 Cases - click here
  • EDD Announces Up to 20-Week UI Extension - Learn More

 

EDD Announces Up to 20-Week UI Extension

The California Employment Development Department (EDD) has taken action to further assist people who are unemployed due to the economic impact of COVID-19.

On July 8, the EDD will complete its phased rollout of the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) extension, providing up to 13 weeks of additional unemployment insurance (UI) benefits to people who’ve run out of their traditional UI benefits. EDD will begin notifying claimants this week of their potential eligibility for the PUEC extension, which are funded by the federal government’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES). Learn More

COVID-19 Positive: Employer Obligations

CalChamber Executive Vice President and General Counsel Erika Frank and employment law expert Jennifer Shaw discuss what employers should do if an employee tests positive with COVID-19.

Shaw tells Frank that while there is a lot of guidance available, there are only a few steps employers need to take should an employee test positive for COVID-19: Learn More

42% Increase in Reported COVID-19 Cases

The California Department of Public health reported that the new infection rate and hospitalization reached its highest levels since the pandemic began.

The 14-day average of coronavirus infections continue to trend upward and show a 42% increase in positive cases and 62% increase in hospitalizations. For more details click here.

National Testing Supply Shortage Impacting County Testing Capabilities

For the immediate short term, San Bernardino County will be limiting COVID-19 testing in response to severe supply chain disruptions. The County hopes to resume its expanded testing regime by next week, once it obtains adequate testing supplies.

“There have been concerns about testing supply shortages throughout the state and within our county,” said Interim County Public Health Director Corwin Porter. “We are continuously trying to obtain the necessary resources to ensure that we can provide testing in our county at peak capacity.”

The supply shortage is not limited to San Bernardino County, but rather is affecting communities around the state and the nation. According to a recent survey by the Association for Molecular Pathology, more than 70% of U.S. clinical laboratories have suffered significant delays to COVID-19 testing programs as a result of ongoing supply chain disruptions. The organization said that the expansion of COVD-19 testing capacity at laboratories around the country has put pressure on supply chains that handle reagents and other materials used to learn whether a patient is infected.

California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly acknowledged the state is facing a testing supply shortage.

“As more states begin to scale their testing capabilities, new constraints are materializing within the supply chain,” Ghaly said. “Simultaneously, laboratories are becoming overwhelmed with high numbers of specimens, slowing down processing timelines.” He urged laboratories to “prioritize testing turnaround for individuals who are most at risk of spreading the virus to others.”

Those with existing appointments should check their email to learn if their appointment has been cancelled.

“Our hope is that we can obtain the necessary supplies very soon so that we can maintain our testing capacity,” Porter said. “Without a sufficient supply of tests, this will bring challenges in identifying cases and treating those who are diagnosed positive for COVID-19. Tests are necessary to identify and isolate positive cases quickly so that we can keep the virus from spreading throughout our county.”

The County will share news and updates immediately when we confirm testing supplies are adequate to meet demand.

Announcement from Congresswoman Norma Torres

San Bernardino County COVID-19 Test Cancellations
I'm hearing from constituents whose coronavirus test appointments were cancelled due to a shortage of tests in San Bernardino County. I have notified state and federal authorities, and I will keep you updated here as soon as we know more.

Calling All Californians: #ShopSafeShopLocal

The Governor’s Task Force on Business and Jobs Recovery today announced a new campaign, Calling All Californians: #ShopSafeShopLocal, to encourage Californians to support small businesses in their communities as they make modifications to protect public health and help our state’s diverse neighborhoods thrive. Running through July, the campaign is a call to action to help all California small businesses operate safely amid the COVID-19 pandemic and grow their digital footprints.

As part of this campaign, the State of California has partnered with industry-leading companies, such as Nextdoor, Google, and UPS, and launched a website that connects California’s small business owners to critical tools and resources. These resources will help California’s entrepreneurs adapt to new consumer and market demands and create safer shopping experiences by improving those small businesses’ online presence.

The website includes links to:

  • Free consulting, in 31 different languages, from California’s network of small business centers
  • Resources and offers from our partners to help businesses operate safely and build a digital footprint
  • Latest state industry guidance and county variances
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE) through SafelyMakingCA.org, California’s new PPE marketplace
  • A free digital media toolkit for small businesses and partners

“Across multiple industries, COVID-19 has fundamentally changed day-to-day operations. Businesses have had to pivot, adopt new technology, open online, and change how they engage with their customers,” said Isabel Guzman, the Task Force’s Small Business Subcommittee co-chair and Director of the California Office of the Small Business Advocate which is spearheading this campaign for the Task Force. “Yet they persevere and embrace the new marketplace. It is up to us as Californians to support all of our diverse small businesses by shopping with their survival and everyone’s health in mind.”

“When local businesses thrive, communities thrive. It will take all of our collective actions to achieve a new balance of shopping safe and local to support these tenacious businesses,” said Sarah Friar, Small Business Subcommittee co-chair and CEO of Nextdoor, the neighborhood hub. “Together, let’s start a chain reaction of neighborly action to help California’s small businesses survive.”

“Small businesses are the cornerstone of our economy. At Google, we're committed to helping small businesses in California and throughout the country get through this unprecedented time,” said Mary Ellen Coe, President of Global Customer Solutions at Google. “According to a recent report by the Connected Commerce Council, 70% of small businesses say digital tools have been useful to them during the COVID crisis, with 30% of them saying digital tools have been essential. We're proud to support the Governor’s Task Force on Business and Jobs Recovery in this initiative to help even more small businesses adopt digital tools and connect with customers.”

“The pandemic has accelerated the growth of e-commerce to levels that were not expected for two or three more years. As consumers look for more products online, it is vital for small and medium businesses to strengthen their presence in this channel. From appearing on the first page of search engine results to providing a frictionless path to purchase and easy returns, local businesses can leverage the access to experts that this website will provide,” said Eduardo Lopez-Soriano, Marketing Vice President of UPS.

The COVID-19 pandemic and efforts to mitigate the spread of the virus have presented extraordinary challenges for California’s small businesses. Small businesses across the state have stepped up to protect their employees and customers with innovations that meet the moment, but thousands have shut down or paused operations and face the threat of permanent closures. According to the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, the United States has experienced a 15% drop of active business owners between February and May. That decrease is nearly double for Black-owned and operated businesses at 26%. Latinx, Asian, and immigrant business owners have also seen declines greater than the national average.

During this month-long campaign, the collective actions of all Californians – workers, consumers, and business owners – to follow public health guidelines and shop safe and local can help all California’s small businesses survive and thrive.

For more information, please visit our website: business.ca.gov/shopsafeshoplocal/

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New Restrictions on Youth Sports

Along with the closing of indoor operations to prevent the spread of COVID-19, youth sports are not allowed under current state guidelines. Many counties, including the County of San Bernardino, were under the impression that youth sports for purposes of conditioning, drills and exercise activities were allowed with social distancing, frequent hand washing and use of masks when closer than six feet or indoors. However, according to the state this is not the case.

At this time recreational team and youth sports of any kind, including purposes of conditioning, drills and exercise activities are not permitted. It is unfortunate and we understand that children would like the opportunity to participate in their normal team activities but now is not the time to let our guard down. We will share official guidelines for recreational team and youth sports when they are made available by the state. In the meantime, we encourage you to do your part to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Free Webinar, Resources to Help Employers Foster an Inclusive Workplace

This is an important time when employers and employees must work together to address and bring change to address racial inequality and its impact on all aspects of society, including the workplace. Learn More

Senator Chang Teleconference on COVID-19 on Wednesday, July 8 at 2:00PM

Our guest speakers include experts from L.A. County Department of Public Health, U.C. Irvine, and CVS Health. There is limited capacity for this call and those who wish to participate must RSVP here.

Due to the volume of callers we are expecting, live questions will not be possible. Please submit any questions you may have for our guests to Senator.Chang@senate.ca.gov.

Guidelines for Restaurants to Shift from Indoor Seating to Outdoor Dining

San Bernardino County released guidelines for restaurants in unincorporated areas to relocate from indoor seating to outdoor COVID-compliant dining. The list of guidelines is listed here.

California Extends Unemployment Benefits by 7 More Weeks

Jobless Californians could get up to seven additional weeks of unemployment benefits, bringing the maximum duration to 59 weeks for those on regular state unemployment and 46 weeks for those receiving Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. Learn More

Pandemic EBT Benefits Deadline Extended

Families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals and did not get their Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) card in the mail can apply online. Make sure to apply by July 15th, 2020, at ca.p-ebt.org.

California’s Face Mask Requirements Can Help Keep Businesses Open

It’s been almost two weeks since the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) required Californians to wear a cloth face mask when outside the home, with limited exceptions. As cases of COVID-19 rise, it’s becoming increasingly more important to wear a mask to slow the disease’s spread — and ultimately, the face mask requirement helps businesses to stay open during these uncertain times. Learn More

Businesses will Close Indoor Operations

Effective immediately, the California Department of Public Health is requiring LA County, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Orange County to close indoor operations. Additionally, bars and breweries will shutdown indoor and outdoor operations. For more details,click here.

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Celebrating Independence Day Safely During Coronavirus

Most Fourth of July events around our County have been postponed, or cancelled altogether, due to continuously evolving COVID-19 conditions. The challenge is that firework displays are usually part of citywide celebrations in a park or stadium, which encourages public gatherings.

 

Like many things this year, a large gathering with strangers is simply not smart as the virus continues to infect people throughout the County. But this certainly doesn’t mean we shouldn’t celebrate the birth of our nation!

 

This is the year to have a smaller, household celebration instead of traveling or having that traditional block party. Instead, like everything else since COVID hit, this is the year to get creative with family and friends on how to safely and enthusiastically show you patriotism.

 

From lawn displays to a backyard campout, there are literally dozens of ways to celebrate. In fact, Country Living Magazine is sharing “18 4th of July Activities to Keep the Family Entertained” which can be found here; and “12 Patriotic Virtual 4th of July Party Ideas”, that can be found here.

 

But what about the fireworks?

This year will not see the traditional, city-sponsored firework celebrations. The cities of Chino, Fontana, Ontario, Redlands, Rialto, Yucca Valley and Yucaipa have cancelled or postponed their city-sponsored firework shows this year. Other cities are moving forward, but without the “public gathering” component of their celebrations.

 

Those cities moving forward with their firework display include Apple Valley, Big Bear Lake, Lake Arrowhead, Rancho Cucamonga, Twentynine Palms, and Victorville. We recommend following these cities on social media or visiting their website for any up-to-the-minute updates or cancellations.

 

“Safe and Sane” fireworks (the kind you can buy from the corner firework stands) are only allowed in the following cities: Adelanto, Chino, Colton, Needles and Rialto, as well as specific locations in Fontana, Grand Terrace, and San Bernardino. Contact your local fire department for more information about “safe and sane” fireworks and if they are permitted in your area.

 

All fireworks are illegal elsewhere in the County, including all unincorporated areas. And any fireworks that explode, shoot into the air or move along the ground are termed dangerous and are illegal anywhere in California.

 

Possession and use of illegal fireworks like firecrackers, skyrockets, and others will result in a ticket and potential injury. With San Bernardino County facing a dangerous wildland fire season, the San Bernardino County Fire Department has increased its vigilance in enforcing state and County firework laws to protect public health and safety.

 

Fire and law enforcement agencies will be conducting operations this year to stop illegal fireworks with fines up to $1,250 for the first offense with the possibility of arrest. Property owners may be cited if they allow fireworks to be possessed, stored or used on their property.

 

“Residents play an important role in our fireworks investigations. If you see something, say something. Call the authorities or WeTip hotline at 1-800-47-ARSON to anonymously report illegal fireworks,” said County Fire Marshal Mike Horton.

 

The Office of the Fire Marshal just launched an Illegal Fireworks Reporter website that allows people to report illegal fireworks online. To make an anonymous report, residents may visit https://bit.ly/SBCoReportFireworks. Be sure to include the date, time, and specific location of the alleged activity. Any photos and videos of incidents will aid in the investigation of alleged violations. Photos and videos may be included in the submission of each report.

Cases Continue to Spike; County Urges ALL Residents to Get Tested

Following a period of steady decline in COVID-19 infections in the County leading to our re-opening of Stage 2 and 3 businesses, we’re sorry to share that we have begun experiencing an unmistakable spike in positive cases, as well as in hospitalizations. The situation is similar in other nearby counties.

In response to the uptick, yesterday Gov. Newsom and the California Department of Public Health released guidance for the closure of bars for those counties on the state’s County Monitoring List. Five counties, including Los Angeles, were issued mandatory bar closure orders. San Bernardino County (along with Riverside and four other counties) received recommended bar closure guidance.

San Bernardino County is carefully examining the details of the State’s guidance, seeking additional information from the State, and seriously assessing local conditions in determining what action to take.

“This renewed growth in infections not only increases the risk of people getting sick and even dying, but also threatens our ability to continue reopening our economy,” said Board Chairman Curt Hagman. “It is critical that you continue practicing social distancing and wearing a mask when you’re around other people.”

Many COVID-19 infections are coming from asymptomatic carriers
County residents should keep in mind that a face covering is not intended to protect you from the virus, but rather to significantly reduce the risk of inadvertently spreading the virus to others. The data has become clear: many people infected with the virus experience mild or no symptoms of the disease. In other words, you may feel perfectly fine and still infect others.

That’s why it also is essential for everyone — including those who are seemingly healthy — to get tested for the virus.

Fortunately, getting tested is quick, easy and free. You do not need a doctor’s prescription or symptoms. There are more than two dozen testing sites strategically spread out throughout the County. Simply go here to find the nearest location and schedule an appointment at a convenient time. You will receive an appointment confirmation number, which you’ll need to bring with you. (If you do not have internet access, please call 909-387-3911 to schedule an appointment.)

The entire testing process takes 10-15 minutes. It’s possible you may have a brief wait, so we strongly suggest using the restroom before leaving for your appointment and bringing water to avoid getting thirsty. We also suggest bringing a smartphone or something to read while you wait. And please don’t forget to wear your face covering.

It is absolutely critical that we not let down our guard and assume the virus has abated. It is still here, and it is still a serious problem. So please: continue to socially distance. Continue to wear a face covering when distancing is not possible. And schedule an appointment to have yourself tested, whether or not you are showing any symptoms.

Tips for Working with the EDD for Unemployment due to the impact of COVID-19

  • Check your mail and portal as often as possible
  • Respond to all mail communication as soon as you receive it regardless of whether the due date has passed
  • All documentation must have your social security listed on each page
  • Make sure your phone is able to receive calls from a number with a Blocked ID. EDD staff will attempt to contact you several times if they need more information for your account. If they are unable to communicate with you, they will have to make a decision based on the information already available to them. You do not want to miss these calls.

EDD Certification Questions
If you are collecting and certifying for unemployment due to the impact of COVID-19 (reduced hours or furloughed due to the impact of safer at home guidelines at your place of work), you generally will want to provide the following answers (**These are only suggested examples. You should always answer truthfully for your situation) :

  • Question 1: Were you too sick or injured to work? NO
  • Question 2: Was there any reason (other than sickness of injury) that you could not have accepted full-time work each workday? NO – Often times, people will answer ‘yes’ to this question in reference to the impacts of COVID-19. This question is to determine if you are available for work. Available means you are ready and willing to accept work. A ‘yes’ answer will trigger questions regarding your eligibility to receive unemployment insurance benefits and will move your status to ‘pending’.
  • Question 3: Did you look for work? Answer truthfully.

Helpful links to review: Unemployment Insurance Benefits: What You Need to Know,UI Online Certify for Continued Benefits Using UI Online, and UI Online: Certify for Continued Benefits using UI Online Mobile

Do NOT Provide False Information
If you withhold or give false information to receive benefits, such as not reporting work or wages, you are committing fraud. Penalties may include a loss of benefits, a false statement disqualification, and/or criminal prosecution.

The FDA Advises Consumers to Stop Using the Following Hand Sanitizers

May be toxic; dispose of them immediately:

• All-Clean Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-002-01)
• Esk Biochem Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-007-01)
• CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-008-04)
• Lavar 70 Gel Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-006-01)
• The Good Gel Antibacterial Gel Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-010-10)
• CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-005-03)
• CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-009-01)
• CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-003-01)
• Saniderm Advanced Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-001-01)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Adds New Symptoms

The CDC added three new coronavirus symptoms to its list: congestion or runny nose, nausea, and diarrhea.

County Adopts Resolution Declaring Racism a Public Health Crisis

This week, San Bernardino became the first county in California to adopt a resolution declaring racism a public health crisis. Read Resolution

New Online Search Tool Will Help Residents Find COVID-Compliant Businesses

As part of ongoing efforts to help local businesses recover from the COVID-related economic shutdown -- while also reassuring patrons and staff of safe reopening – the County is launching the COVID-Compliant Business Partner Locator, an online search database.

The Locator will enable County residents (and others) to quickly and easily find those businesses committed to ensuring the health and safety of employees and customers. The businesses are those who are participating in the County’s COVID-Compliant Business Partnership. Partnership members have agreed to comply with state and county public health orders and incorporate a variety of safety measures in their day-to-day operations. In exchange, they receive a $2,500 grant from the County, along with window signs confirming their compliance and the ability to obtain personal protective equipment at cost.

“This is another tool to reward those businesses that take other people’s well-being seriously,” said Chairman Curt Hagman. “Workers and customers alike prefer to interact with companies that make their health and safety a priority, and the Locator will help them easily find such companies.”

Participating businesses are invited to fill out a listing form providing an array of relevant information, including company name, products and services, location, contact information (including website address), social media links, hours of operation and employment opportunities. The listing form, which is free of charge to all Partnership members, can be found here.

County Cases, Hospitalizations See Troublesome Increase

This week, the number of COVID-19 cases in San Bernardino County passed 10,000 and our County reported its highest one-day case increase. We’re seeing increased positivity rates and increased hospitalizations with fewer intensive care hospital beds available from previous weeks.

 

And like the rest of California, we’re seeing increases in cases among our younger populations. These stats have unfortunately returned our County to the state’s watch list of counties that have seen case and hospitalization increases.

 

Until now, San Bernardino County has done an exceptional job in flattening the curve. From what we can tell, this week’s significant case increases can be tied in part to an increase in testing, but more likely can be attributed to gatherings held over Memorial Day weekend, public protests and a general complacency with COVID during our County’s re-opening.

 

“In relation to these gatherings we’ve seen since Memorial Day, too many were held with relaxed precautions,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “And as a whole, we have not been regularly practicing social distancing and wearing masks. And it’s hurting us.”

 

Our hospitals have ICU and medical surgical beds with remaining capacity, but at the rate of growth being experienced, preparation for a surge is underway. So the time is NOW to reverse this trend, and get back to numbers that fall within acceptable levels.

 

“We absolutely all need to do our part – we have it within our power to make this happen,” said Corwin Porter, the County’s interim director of public health. “We know this process is long – and we can and should support each other through this. We know practicing social distancing, wearing of face coverings and hand washing helps us, but we also need to share the word to get tested.”

 

Testing is for everyone

With any communicable disease outbreak – like COVID-19 – testing is critical to slowing the spread.

 

Testing leads to quick identification of cases, quick treatment for those people who are diagnosed positive, and immediate isolation to keep someone from unwittingly spreading the virus. Early testing also helps to identify anyone who came into contact with infected people so they too can be quickly treated.

 

The County is encouraging all residents, including those who have experienced no symptoms of COVID-19, to be tested for the coronavirus. Data is showing that a significant proportion of those infected with the virus are asymptomatic, meaning they show no symptoms of the disease. Because of this, virtually anyone could spread the disease to others. That’s why EVERYONE needs to get tested.

 

This weekend, we have added five more testing locations to the more than two dozen sites available throughout the County. While no prescription or doctor order is necessary, you do need to make an appointment. Please review the list of testing locations and times at our testing webpage located at https://sbcovid19.com/community-drive-through-events/.

"Safely Making California" Marketplace

Governor Newsom announced a new partnership between the State of California, the California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA), and Autodesk. This partnership has created the "Safely Making California” Marketplace to help fill a critical gap for all sectors during the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will connect CMTA member manufacturers and other manufacturers to employers who have the need to purchase non-medical grade Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Visit Website

“Rebuilding Trust: Strategies for Bringing Back Your Business”

As businesses begin to reopen across the country and consumers start to resume their routines, there is an overwhelming feeling of uncertainty and unease, along with higher expectations for away-from-home environments. Let P&G Professional arm you with consumer insights, marketing strategies, and confidence-building techniques for your employees to help make these next several months a success.

Event Participants will:
• Learn unique consumer insights that will help you run your day-to-day operations and more
• Discover marketing strategies and techniques to help impact your profitability
• Understand your employees to solidify their confidence in you, your business and their work environment

Speakers:
• Ryan Gromfin, The Restaurant Boss
• Mark Villegas, Associate Brand Director, P&G
• Natasha D’Mello, Analytics & Insights Senior Manager, P&G Professional

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Restaurant CEO Webinar

During this 4 webinar series, restaurant owners will get to work hand in hand with a group of our food industry expert SBDC consultants to help them navigate their challenges and concerns related to the current COVID-19 situation. In addition to the webinar, restaurant owners will have the opportunity to work 1:1 with an SBDC consultant to help address their immediate questions in between webinar sessions. All at no cost.

Series Schedule:
Mondays
• July 6 - Plan
• July 13 - Employees
• July 20 - Customers
• July 27 - Cash

Time:
All webinars start @ 2 PM

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COVID-19 Return-to-Work Plan

A free CalChamber checklist designed to help employers develop a COVID-19 return-to-work plan is available at hrcalifornia.calchamber.com/forms-tools/forms/return-to-work-checklist.

Chino Hills High School will be providing free COVID-19 drive-thru testing on June 30th

No symptoms and no health insurance needed. Appointments can be made at sbcovid19.comor call (909) 387-3911. Details can be found here.

Apply today for Pandemic EBT benefits

Families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals and did not get their Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) card in the mail can apply online. Make sure to apply before June 30, 2020, at ca.p-ebt.org.

Apply for up to $5,000 in Diversion benefits by June 30

If you have a CalWORKs application pending and can't work right now due to COVID-19, you may be eligible for Diversion benefits instead of CalWORKs.  Diversion provides up to $5,000 for rent, utilities, or other needs as you re-enter the workforce.  Apply by June 30, 2020.  For more information visit http://dpss.lacounty.gov/wps/portal/dpssor call (866) 613-3777.

Updated on 06-25-20

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Telephone Town Hall with Congresswoman Norma Torres

The rising number of new COVID-19 cases has many of us worried about the virus’ impact on our families and livelihoods. I am hosting a live telephone town hall on Tuesday, June 30 at 6 p.m. PST to discuss the latest updates on coronavirus and local efforts to combat it. I will be joined by Los Angeles and San Bernardino County public health officials to answer your questions on COVID-19 and how to keep you and your loved ones safe and healthy.

I invite you to join the conversation - click here to RSVP and submit your questions.

Please visit my websitefor a Coronavirus online resource guide detailing information on symptoms and prevention, testing sites, community resources, and much more.

Por favor visite mi sitio web para un guía detallando síntomas, prevención, estado de restricciones de viaje, y más sobre el Coronavirus.

My top priority is the health and wellbeing of our community. As always, please feel free to contact my offices in D.C. or Ontario with any questions or concerns.

Reps. Cisneros and Balderson Lead Bipartisan Letter to Support CDEs and Expand PPP and EIDL

WASHINGTON, DC - Representatives Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (D-CA-39) and Troy Balderson (R-OH-12) led a bipartisan letter with 19 Democratic and Republican House colleagues urging congressional leadership to support Community Development Entities (CDEs) and expand small business disaster relief programs, like PPP and EIDL, to CDE beneficiaries that have minority private equity investments. The Small Business Administration (SBA) Affiliation Rule disqualifies small businesses who have private equity investment funding from accessing SBA disaster relief programs. Many of these small businesses are low-income and rural or minority-owned. Read More

California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) Enforcement Begins July 1

As previously reported, the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) went into effect on January 1, 2020, but the earliest date the California Attorney General could enforce the law was July 1, 2020. That day is quickly approaching and, despite a lack of final CCPA regulations for employers to rely on, it looks like the Attorney General will not delay enforcing the law. Learn More

2020 All-Mail Election

How do you hold an election during a global pandemic? Without knowing it, California voters have been practicing for years.

Since the 1920s — and before that, with a brief foray during the Civil War — a growing share of the statewide electorate has been voting remotely. Now that the coronavirus pandemic has turned public assembly, waiting in line, exchanging envelopes and all the other trappings of Election Day into a latent superspreader event, Democratic lawmakers are looking for another way: the mailbox.

If all goes as planned, every registered, regular voter in the state can expect to get a ballot in the mail before the November 2020 election — whether they ask for one or not. Learn More

Updated 06-24-20

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Apply today for Pandemic EBT benefits

Families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals and did not get their Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) card in the mail can apply online. Make sure to apply before June 30, 2020, atca.p-ebt.org.

Small Businesses can Apply for Disaster Loan Assistance

As a result of additional COVID-19 funding passed by Congress, the SBA is now accepting new Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance applications from qualified small businesses and U.S. agricultural businesses.  The EIDL Advance is up to $10,000 and designed to provide economic relief to businesses currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue.  Eligible businesses may apply for this disaster loan assistance HERE.

 

How to Stay Safe with Businesses Reopening

Dr. Takashi Wada from IEHP shares important tips and reminders on how we can stay as safe as possible as we re-engage with businesses and each other. https://vimeo.com/427554556/3398393df6

 

Ontario Airport Implements Safety Measures - and Drive-In Movies!

As Ontario International Airport (ONT) strives to protect its workers and visitors from COVID-19, it has implemented a number of changes affecting virtually every facet of its services – from parking management to the onboarding process.

And this summer, the oft-used location for Hollywood hits will also be hosting free drive-in movies for families tired of streaming videos and binge-watching old sitcoms.

Safety protocols

To start, frequent travelers have probably already seen that airlines have adapted their flight schedules. The airlines have reduced flight routes and adjusted schedules to allow for proper social distancing. For specific information about each airline, please check their respective websites or contact them directly with any inquires.

The airlines currently flying in and out of Ontario International Airport are Alaska, American, Delta, Frontier,JetBlue, Southwest, United and Volaris

Parking and transportation at the airport has been reduced. Lots 3 and 5 are temporarily closed, and valet parking at both Terminals 2 and 4 are temporarily suspended.

Within the terminals, travelers should understand there is mandatory face covering for all customers, visitors, and employees. Visitors will find ample sanitizer stations throughout both secure and non-secure levels of the airport. Food vendors are open, and are now offering delivery direct to your gate with the At Your Gateapp.

Further security measures are being implemented by the Transportation Security Agency (TSA) and its staff, a full list of which can be found on TSA website here.

Summer drive-in movie series

The airport has partnered with the City of Ontario and Street Food Cinema to offer a series of free drive-in movies, displayed on two 50-foot screens with digital sound fed directly into your vehicle via your FM radio. “Drive-In Movie Nights at Your Airport” will take place over three different nights through July at Lot 5 on the northeast corner of the airport property.

The series will feature “The Sandlot” on July 3, “Princess Bride” on July 17, and “Napoleon Dynamite” on July 31. Showtime for all four nights is 8:30 p.m. The movie series is designed to bring neighboring communities together while providing critically needed support to local food banks. To that end, movie-goers are encouraged to bring donations of canned or boxed food.

Movie-goers are asked to reserve their spot via Eventbrite. Food will be available for sale from several vendors, including Poutine Brothers, the Grilled Cheese Truck, After’s Ice Cream and My Delight Cupcakery.

SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to California Businesses and Residents Affected by Civil Unrest

Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to California businesses and residents affected by civil unrest that began May 26, 2020. The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino and Ventura counties.

In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, for this disaster SBA will establish a virtual Disaster Loan Outreach Center to answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program, explain the application process and help each individual complete their electronic loan application.
Virtual Disaster Loan Outreach Center:

Mondays – Fridays
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

FOCWAssistance@sba.gov

(916) 735-1500

These services are only available for the California disaster declaration as a result of civil unrest that began May 26, 2020, and not for COVID-19 related assistance. For the full news release, click HERE.

Newsom Agrees to Downsize his California Budget Cuts in a Deal with Lawmakers

Gov. Gavin Newsom has agreed to mostly abandon far-reaching spending reductions he said were necessary for California without new federal coronavirus relief funds. A budget compromise with leaders of the state Legislature relies on a more optimistic economic outlook as the basis for fewer cuts and protection of public school funding.

Formal approval of the full deal with the governor isn't expected until later this week. Read More

 

2020 Southern California E-Commerce & Logistics Summit

JUST ANNOUNCED!

 

David Libatique,

Deputy Executive Director,

The Port of Los Angeles

 

Will be joining the "State of Supply Chain in 2020 Panel" at this year's Southern California E-commerce & Logistics Summit.

 

David Libatique oversees and manages all communications on behalf of America’s Port® via the Community Relations, Media Relations, Government Affairs, Trade Development, and Labor Relations and Workforce Development Divisions.

 

Libatique holds a bachelor of arts in economics from UC Berkeley and a MPP from Harvard University.

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Rep. Cisneros Reminds CA-39 Small Business of June 30th PPP Loan Application Deadline

FULLERTON, CA - Today, Representative Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (CA-39) reminded small businesses in California’s 39th District of the June 30th application deadline for the Paycheck Protection Program. For more information and to apply for the forgivable loan, click here.

 

“The Paycheck Protection Program has been an important lifeline for small businesses in the 39th District. The PPP Flexibility Act has made the loan easier to be forgiven and expands access to those that need it the most,” said Rep. Cisneros. “I strongly urge our small businesses to apply for PPP before June 30th and reach out to my office if you have any questions. I remain committed to helping everyone in the 39th District get the resources they need to weather this storm.”

 

On May 28th, Rep. Cisneros voted to passthe Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act, a bipartisan bill he cosponsored.

 

The Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act includes the following provisions:

  • Allowing loan forgiveness for expenses beyond the 8-week covered period to 24 weeks and extending the rehiring deadline;
  • Increasing the current limitation on the use of loan proceeds for non-payroll expenses from 25 percent to 40 percent;
  • Extending the program from June 30 to December 31;
  • Extending loan terms from two years to five years;
  • Ensuring full access to payroll tax deferment for businesses that take PPP loans.

 

CalWORKS Program

On June 15, Governor Newsom signed an executive order addressing a variety of issues in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The order extends waivers temporarily broadening the capability of counties to enroll persons into the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) program, allowing for self-attestation of pregnancy and conditions of eligibility, and waiving in-person identification requirements.Read more here.

IE COVID-19 Resilience Fund

The Inland Empire Community Foundation established the COVID-19 Resilience to support nonprofit organizations on the front lines of COVID 19, to help them help our families and communities, and to support their survival through this crisis.

Focus Areas and Grant Amounts
Apply for ONE (1) Focus Area only

Basic Needs and/or Emergency services for low income people in the Inland Empire provided by single organizations or coalitions – Up to $20,000

Food, shelter, healthcare, childcare, cash assistance
Capacity Building assistance to nonprofits for financial management and planning and strategies for long-term financial survival:

Technical assistance grants to individual nonprofits for financial management, planning, restructuring, legal, etc. - Up to $5,000

Remote work and technology adaptation for a single organization or coalition of groups – Up to $10,000

Eligibility

Nonprofit, public benefit organizations with evidence of tax-exempt status under Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code and not classified as a private foundation.

Grant Period

The grant period is May 25, 2020 to November 30, 2020.

How to Apply

1) Complete the intake survey form by clicking https://socialinnovation.ucr.edu/IE-covid19
2) Complete the attached Cover Sheet
3) Complete the Narrative: Provide responses for your respective request (1 or 2 per above Focus Area, see Narrative section) in one (1) page maximum, 12 font.
4) Complete the Project Budget
5) Email the completed Cover Sheet, Narrative (maximum 2 pages) and Budget Table IN ONE FILE

to covid19@iegives.org

Review and Notification of Results

Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis, with responses within 15 work days.

Required Report

A simple report will be required with information collected about numbers served and impact on the community and/or nonprofit operations.

Questions

Email Celia Cudiamat, Senior Vice President of Grants & Community Impact at ccudiamat@iegives.org

https://www.iegives.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/IE-COVID19-Guidelines-Application-Information.pdf

New Guidelines for Youth Sports, Weddings and Interacting with Family and Friends

Now is the time to get children back into youth sports. The County has a three-phase plan for getting our kids back out to play safely. Currently, the County is in Phase 1, which allows youths to engage in conditioning, drills and exercise activities while practicing social distancing. If your child participates in these activities, take steps to keep everyone safe:

Keep six feet apart
Wear a mask within six feet of another person not from your household
Go outdoors instead of indoors when possible
Wash hands frequently
Clean and disinfect equipment or supplies between uses
When Phase 2 of youth sports begins, teams will be able to practice and play games without an audience. Phase 3 would allow games with an audience.

Wedding ceremonies held in secular venues now join houses of worship to allow 25 percent of capacity or 100 people in attendance, whichever is less. There is not an attendance cap for outdoor weddings. Venues that hold ceremonies outdoors are only limited by the ability to keep people not of the same household six feet or more apart. Wedding ceremonies are considered cultural ceremonies, but wedding receptions and parties are still not permitted. Guidelines for wedding venues are here: https://covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-places-of-worship.pdf

One of the most frequent questions asked is why people can’t visit their family and friends as businesses begin to reopen. The statewide Stay at Home order is still in effect and it is best to stay connected to loved ones through phone and video calls as visiting people outside your household still presents a risk of spreading COVID-19. We are sure your aunt would love to see you, but we are pretty sure she doesn’t want COVID-19. Keeping distance from others is especially important for people that are at higher risk of getting very sick, including older people, and people of any age who have underlying medical conditions.

If you must visit or check on family or friends who don’t live in your home, take steps to keep everyone safe:

Keep at least 6 feet between yourself and others
Visit outdoors instead of indoors when possible
Wear a face covering or cloth mask
Wash your hands often
Clean and disinfect commonly-touched surfaces

Californians now required to wear face coverings in public

Californians are now required to wear face coverings in public spaces. Cloth face coverings or masks help reduce the spread of coronavirus, especially when combined with physical distancing and frequent hand washing. To learn more about the state's new guidance and limited exceptions, click HERE.

Caveats to Using Virus Monitoring Apps

Numerous phone apps have come on the market that help employers keep track of their employees’ symptoms. Some ask only a few basic questions—such as, “Are you experiencing a cough?”—while others keep track of employees’ temperatures.

Given that some counties are asking employers to report the symptoms of their employees, such monitoring apps may provide a streamlined way to provide the data back to the county, Frank says. But, what are the liabilities for employers?Read More

Paid Family Leave Claims Filed July 1 Gain 2 More Weeks of Benefits

Your employee can choose to wait until July to file her Paid Family Leave (PFL) claim.

For claims filed on or after July 1, 2020, the maximum duration of California’s PFL benefits will be extended from six weeks to eight weeks.

The PFL program, administered by California’s Employment Development Department (EDD), provides partial wage replacement benefits to employees who take time off work to bond with a child within one year from birth or placement for foster care or adoption, or to care for a seriously ill family member.

It is important to note that this extension of benefits from six weeks to eight weeks is available only for PFL claims filed with EDD on or after July 1, 2020. Read More

SBIR Talks: Crisis As Catalyst - The COVID -19 Impact On Innovation

Guest speaker, Shomit Ghose, is a general partner at Silicon Valley venture capital firm, ONSET Ventures, which he joined in 2001. Prior to becoming an investor he was a start-up entrepreneur with multiple successful exits. He has also served as a lecturer at UC Berkeley’s College of Engineering and at the University of San Francisco’s School of Management.

Date and Time:
Wednesday, July 1 @ 12:30 PM

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You Are the Brand - Building Your Image Online

Now, more than ever, branding is important for growing your business. If done properly, branding can lead to speaking opportunities, publicity and media exposure, strategic partnerships, and more customers. Attend this workshop and learn simple strategies for personal branding, marketing tips, and much more to increase your brand awareness.

Date and Time:
Tuesday, June 23 @ 10 AM

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Comercia Business $ense Recovery Bootcamp

This series of webinars will cover what loans are available right now, what alternative financing are available and what marketing strategies you can implement on your road to recovery.

Dates and Time:
Thursdays, June 25 - July 2 @ 11 AM

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Understanding Certification, Contracting, and Procurement Series

Certifications are a great way to increase your companies revenue and grow your business. This four-part series will help your business understand the needed certifications, capabilities, and commitments needed to work with Federal, State, Local governments, utilities, and Fortune 500 companies.

Series Schedule:

Wednesdays
June 24 - The Various Certifications Available for Small Businesses
July 1 - I'm Certified, Now What?
July 8 - Doing Business with the Department of General Services (DGS)
July 15 - What is 8(A) Certification and am I a Good Fit?

Time:
All webinars start @ 11:00 AM

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Updated on 06/18/20 at 5:13 p.m.

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Californians now required to wear face coverings in public

Californians are now required to wear face coverings in public spaces.  Cloth face coverings or masks help reduce the spread of coronavirus, especially when combined with physical distancing and frequent hand washing.  To learn more about the state's new guidance and limited exceptions, click HERE.

COVID-Compliant Business Program Informational Webinars

The San Bernardino Economic Development Department and SBDC are hosting two information webinars on the COVID-Compliant Business Partnership Program. The webinars will take place at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, June 23 and Thursday, June 25. Join us to get your questions answered and to learn more about this helpful program. Register here for one of the sessions.

Small businesses can again apply for disaster loan assistance

As a result of additional COVID-19 funding passed by Congress, the SBA is now accepting new Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance applications from qualified small businesses and U.S. agricultural businesses.  The EIDL Advance is up to $10,000 and designed to provide economic relief to businesses currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue.  Eligible businesses may apply for this disaster loan assistance HERE.

 

COVID-19 testing at Chino Neighborhood Activity Center

The Chino Neighborhood Activity Center (5201 D St.) is now open for COVID-19 testing Monday through Friday from 7 AM to 7 PM.  Testing is by appointment only through June 26.  To schedule an appointment, visithttp://LHI.care/covidtesting or call (888) 634-1123.

 

Hospitality Unemployment Assistance Webinar on June 18 at 4 PM

Our hospitality workers have been among the hardest hit by the COVID19 pandemic. I’m hosting a Hospitality Unemployment Assistance Webinar this Thursday, June 18 at 4 PM with the California Employment Development Department, Unite Here Local 11, and the American Hotel and Lodging Association to connect workers with resources to get through these trying times. RSVP HERE.

 

Small Business Webinar on June 19 at 11 AM

I am hosting a small business COVID-19 webinar with the Small Business Administration and Small Business Development Center on Friday, June 19 at 11 AM.  This panel will provide resources on Coronavirus funding still available for our small businesses.  To participate,RSVP HERE.

Businesses can now apply for City of Chino grants to receive up to $10,000

As a result of the CARES Act passed by Congress, the City of Chino is allocating $285,471 to grants for low to moderate-income businesses.  Eligible businesses financially impacted by COVID-19 can receive up to $10,000. Applications are open NOW.  For more information visit http://cityofchino.org/bizgrant.

Updated on 06/17/20 at 12:39 p.m.

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COVID-19: Monitoring Off-Duty Workers

In this episode of The Workplace podcast, CalChamber Executive Vice President and General Counsel Erika Frank and employment law expert Jennifer Shaw discuss the obligations employers have if they decide to monitor off-duty employees as a means of reducing the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace. Read More

Small Businesses Disaster Loan Assistance

As a result of additional COVID-19 funding passed by Congress, the SBA is now accepting new Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance applications from qualified small businesses and U.S. agricultural businesses.  The EIDL Advance is up to $10,000 and designed to provide economic relief to businesses currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue.  Eligible businesses may apply for this disaster loan assistance HERE.

Webinar: Hospitality Unemployment Assistance

With our hospitality workers among the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, Congresswoman Norma Torres is hosting a Hospitality Unemployment Assistance Webinar this Thursday with the California Employment Development Department, Unite Here Local 11, and the American Hotel and Lodging Association to connect these workers with resources to get through these unprecedented times.

 

Date

Thursday, June 18, 2020

4:00pm – 5:00pm

Topics of Discussion

The State of the Hospitality Industry

COVID-19's Impact on Hospitality Workers

Unemployment Benefits for Hospitality Workers

RSVP HERE

No-Cost Student Meal Programs Extended for Summer

Beginning this month, many of our County school districts are extending their meal programs through the summer to ensure children have the food they need during these challenging times. Meal pick-up dates and times vary by district, so please check with your individual school district for details:

Adelanto Elementary School DistrictBarstow Unified School DistrictBear Valley Unified School District Central School DistrictChino Valley Unified School DistrictThe Colton Joint Unified School DistrictMountain View School DistrictOntario-Montclair School DistrictOro Grande School DistrictRedlands Unified School DistrictRialto Unified School DistrictSan Bernardino City Unified School DistrictSnowline Joint Unified School DistrictVictor Elementary School DistrictVictor Valley Union High School DistrictYucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District

As an example, San Bernardino City Unified School District extended its free Grab-and-Go meal program to students from June 8 to July 29. Meals can be picked up from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, and children 18 and under are eligible. Many of these schools require a parent or guardian to accompany the student.

Deadline to apply for a Paycheck Protection Program Loan is June 30!

With the passage of the Flexibility Act, the PPP loan has become much more flexible.

Click here to view all SBA COVID-19 Business Resources like a list of local PPP lenders and our SBA Q&A Zoom recordings

Clickhere to register for our SBA LIVE: EIDL and Paycheck Protection Q&A webinars

The Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance application portal is now open to all eligible small businesses, non-profits, and agricultural businesses impacted by COVID-19

ClickHERE to learn more & apply for Disaster Assistance!

COVID-19 Rapid Response Session with Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs

The GO-Biz California Entrepreneurship Task Force (ETF) invites you to a virtual learning series to connect with small businesses and startups, and share resources, strategies, and insights on how to adapt to the marketplace during COVID-19. The ETF is continuing its virtual rapid response sessions with a deep dive into capital and connections to support reopening, recovery, and future resilience. Please join us for the first of a 2-part series on capital as we learn from lenders and small businesses through a discussion on resources, strategies, partnerships and opportunities with a focus on access for diverse founders and small businesses.

Join us Friday, June 19, for this week's session:
"Capital and Connections Part I - Loans and Resources"

A conversation with:
Dilawar Syed, CEO, Lumiata and ETF Chair
Charlotta Carter, President & CEO, GRI Technology Solutions LLC
Everett Sands, CEO, Lendistry

Hosted/Moderated by: Isabel Guzman, Director, CalOSBA

Jun 19, 2020 11:00 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Movie Theaters, Public Pools Join Other Stage 3 Businesses and Activities Allowed to Open

California has added community (i.e., public) swimming pools and movie theaters with limited capacity to schools day camps, bars, gyms and other sectors to begin reopening today. These are among several Stage 3 businesses and activities the State Department of Public Health is allowing to reopen in those counties that have met certain thresholds on the number of cases, testing and preparedness.

The state has issued guidance documents for these new sectors:

We have had several inquires about youth sports and wanted to clarify that youth sports activities within day camps are permitted, but organized sports outside of day camps are not permitted at this time.

Libraries were also added to today’s reopening and the state just released guidance to allow personal services such as nail salons and tattoo studios to reopen ‪on June 19.‬

State guidelines specific to each business or activity must be followed.

Small businesses that need assistance complying with the guidance should look into the San Bernardino County COVID Compliant Business Partnership Program,https://sbcovid19.com/covid-compliant-business-partnership-program/. Participating small businesses can receive up to $2,500 in funding to pay for improvement, equipment, and supplies needed to comply with safety guidance.

Small Business COVID 19 Webinar

COVID-19 certainly altered how we work, live, and play, leaving our small businesses in financial uncertainty. Congresswoman Norma J. Torres is hosting a Small Business COVID-19 Webinar with the Small Businesses Administration and Small Business Development Center to provide resources on the billions of dollars in Coronavirus funding still available for your small businesses. We look forward to your participation.

Please be sure to RSVP below and submit questions you may have for our panel.

Friday, June 19, 2020

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Guest Speakers: Small Business Administration (SBA) & Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

Topics of Discussion: Paycheck Protection Program, Economic Injury Disaster Loan, Loan Forgiveness, Small Business 7(a) Loan, & Local Small Business Resources

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If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Julie.leyba@mail.house.gov or my cell at (909) 238-9303.

Do not throw away a prepaid VISA card you may receive in the mail

The Treasury Department and IRS are sending Economic Impact Payments (EIP) by prepaid debit cards. EIP Card recipients can make purchases, get cash from in-network ATMs, and transfer funds to their personal bank account without incurring any fees. If you receive a prepaid VISA card in the mail from “Money Network Cardholder Services”, it is not a scam – this is your EIP card. To learn more, click HERE andHERE. You can also sign up for automatic updates urgent updates from the IRS HERE.

Apply today for Pandemic EBT benefits

Families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals and did not get their Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) card in the mail can apply online. Make sure to apply before June 30, 2020, at ca.p-ebt.org.

Have you filled out the Census?

62% of California's 35th district have responded to their 2020 Census questionnaire! Have you? You can self respond by phone, online, email, or by mail until October 31, 2020. Online responses can be accessed at my2020census.gov and by phone at (844-330-2020).

NEW walk-up COVID-19 testing site at Chino's Neighborhood Activity Center

You can now receive a COVID-19 test at Chino's Neighborhood Activity Center (5201 D St.).  The test is free and no symptoms required.  To make an appointment, call (888) 634-1123 or visit sbcovid19.com.

Apply for up to $5,000 in Diversion benefits by June 30

If you have a CalWORKs application pending and can't work right now due to COVID-19, you may be eligible for Diversion benefits instead of CalWORKs.  Diversion provides up to $5,000 for rent, utilities, or other needs as you re-enter the workforce.  Apply by June 30, 2020.  For more information visit http://dpss.lacounty.gov/wps/portal/dpss or call (866) 613-3777.

City of Chino Contract Classes

The City of Chino Community Services Department now offers virtual contract classes. There are over 25 virtual classes and camps available for you to choose from. For a full list of class offerings Click Here, or go to cityofchino.org/programs. For more information please call, 909.334.3258. Space is limited, register on-line today!

Foresight 2020

These are challenging times. Uncertainty is the only certainty in many parts of the world. It's not easy, but there are strategies you can use to plan with a clear view of the future.

Join us Wednesday, June 17, from 12:00 p.m. to I:00 p.m. EST for a special program from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation focused on Foresight 2020.

Chris Pallaris, the founder of i-intelligence, will join us for an interactive event that explores how the world is changing, and what you can do to anticipate the implications of those changes for you and your organization.

We will explore the nature of uncertainty, why it matters, and some of the models organizations of any size can use to avoid being swept away by the news of the day.

This event is free and open to the public. But space is limited. Please reserve your spot today.

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Federal Government Amends Paycheck Protection Program Rules

As COVID-19 began to impact businesses, the federal government resolved to help by creating the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which offers loans to help small businesses with fewer than 500 employees stay afloat and keep workers employed—but also has caused a fair amount of confusion.

In response to concerns about the inflexibility of the PPP, Congress recently passed amendments to the program that allow employers to better take advantage of the program. The amendments, which the President signed into law on June 5, address a variety of issues regarding how the funds should be spent, when the funds should be spent, and how to handle re-staffing problems during the pandemic. Read More

Webinar: State of the Pandemic + What COVID-19 Means for Children

Tuesday, June 16 at 3:00 p.m. EST

This Tuesday, we will host a special Path Forward program with some of the country’s top experts to answer your most pressing questions about the state of the pandemic and what schools and others are doing to protect young people from infection.

Dr. Margaret Hamburg, an internationally recognized leader in public health, will provide an update on the fight against COVID-19. As a former FDA commissioner and NYC health commissioner, Dr. Hamburg brings a critical perspective on everything from the global race to develop a vaccine to the steps local leaders are taking to prevent community spread of the coronavirus.

Kevin Washington, president and CEO of the YMCA of the USA, will explain how his organization has been filling the gap during school closures and what they're doing over the summer.

Susana Cordova, superintendent of Denver Public Schools, will discuss the impact COVID-19 has had on schools and what educators are doing to keep students safe now and in the fall.

Register now to reserve your spot.

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SB County VA Office Appointments

SB County VA officesare now taking a limited number of appointments. To schedule an appointment or speak with a Veteran Service Officer, call (909) 382-3290 for San Bernardino, (909) 948-6470 for Rancho Cucamonga, and (760) 995-8010 for Hesperia.  Office visits are by appointment only, no walk-in visitors at this time.

The Chino Senior Center Meal Delivery Service Donation Drive

The Chino Senior Center delivers over 1,000 meals to seniors each week and is asking for donations of CARE package items.  The next donation drive will be on June 18 from 9 AM to 12 PM at the Senior Center (13170 Central Ave).  For more information, click HERE.

Have you filled out the Census?

62% of California's 35th district have responded to their 2020 Census questionnaire! Have you? You can self respond by phone, online, email, or by mail until October 31, 2020. Online responses can be accessed at my2020census.gov and by phone at (844-330-2020).

Apply today for Pandemic EBT benefits

Families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals and did not get their Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) card in the mail can apply online. Make sure to apply before June 30, 2020, at ca.p-ebt.org.

Free COVID-19 test for First Responders and their Families

First responders and their families can get a free COVID-19 test this Friday, June 12 at the Rancho Cucamonga Sports Center (8303 Rochester Ave.) from 9 AM to 3:30 PM.  To register, call (909) 387-3911 or clickHERE.

NEW walk-up COVID-19 testing site at Chino's Neighborhood Activity Center

You can now receive a COVID-19 test at Chino's Neighborhood Activity Center (5201 D St.).  The test is free and no symptoms required.  To make an appointment, call (888) 634-1123 or visit sbcovid19.com.

COVID-Compliant Business Partnership Program

Have You Applied? Take Advantage of COVID Compliant Business Partnership Program

The County of San Bernardino is committed to rebuilding and sustaining a high quality of life for its residents and businesses. To support local small businesses and help ensure ongoing compliance with State and County Health orders and direction, San Bernardino County is implementing the COVID Compliant Business Partnership Program.

Are You Ready to Open – and Stay Open?

Critical to the success of reopening all of our businesses is a strict adherence to COVID-19 safety protocols.

This specifically means using the State guidance documents to create an operational plan that is meant to keep both employees and patrons safe. By now we all know the drill – require both employee and patron face coverings around strangers, except when sitting down to eat. Maintain safe distancing in your operation, with signs and ground markers to help patrons know what this means in your business. And provide sanitizer and encourage frequent hand
washing.

The bottom line is that a surge in cases or hospitalization may prompt the State to reverse course on re-openings. If we want to keep our doors open, we have to keep COVID out!

Helpful Links:

2020 Southern California E-Commerce & Logistics Summit

Now in a three part summer series from July - August, attendees have the option to purchase the entire series at a discounted rate or separately in an a la carte model.

Deadline to purchase the series at a discounted rate is July 6, 2020.

Session One Details:

Navigating the uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the E-Commerce and Supply Chain industries in Southern California have been crucial in ensuring the delivery of essential items and products all across the United States.

During session one, we will be hearing from the following industry leaders who are providing innovative solutions to mitigate the COVID-19 threat on the supply chain:

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EBT & WIC Assistance Program Webinar

Date

Thursday, June 11, 2020

4:00pm to 5:00pm

 

Topics of Discussion

SNAP in Congress' CARES Act

Changes in Resources/Work Requirements

Increases in EBT & WIC Demand

Restrictions & New Opportunities with EBT and WIC

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Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020

Signed into law on June 5, 2020

The Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 modifies some of the central provisions to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), allowing more flexibility for borrowers. The bill increases flexibility and access to PPP loans by providing small businesses more time to spend loan funds and still obtain forgiveness.

Key Provisions to Help Small Business Owners

  • Businesses now have 24 weeks to spend loan proceeds, up from 8 weeks;
  • Reduces mandatory payroll spending from 75% to 60%, allowing additional funding for rent/ personal property leases, utilities, mortgage interest, and interest on other debt;
  • Extends the forgiveness period from June 30 to December 31, 2020;
  • Time to pay off the loan has been extended to five years from the original two years for new loans;
  • Borrowers can obtain loan forgiveness and utilize the payroll tax deferral.

Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act

Signed into law on April 24, 2020

The Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act is intended to help Latino-owned businesses by setting aside $30 billion for community-based lenders, small banks, and credit unions and providing $60 billion in disaster loans and grants.  The bill also includes new COVID-19 demographic data reporting requirements, which will provide a much-needed national depiction of how Latinos are impacted by the health crisis.

Small Business Assistance

  • Strengthened the Paycheck Protection Program with $310 billion in additional funding;
  • $30 billion reserved for community-based lenders, small banks, and credit unions, including mission-based lenders that focus on serving minority and underserved communities;
  • $30 billion for medium-sized banks and credit unions;
  • $50 billion for SBA disaster lending and $10 billion in SBA disaster grants, funding for those who generally cannot access credit elsewhere.

Hospitals and Health Care Workers

  • $75 billion to provide resources to the frontlines, including PPE;
  • $25 billion for COVID-19 testing.

Demographic Reporting Requirements

  • Mandates HHS issue a report on COVID-19 testing in a disaggregated manner, including data on demographic characteristics, including race, ethnicity and geographic region;
  • Mandates HHS to issue a report on the number of positive diagnoses, hospitalizations, and deaths as a result of COVID-19, disaggregated nationally by race, ethnicity, age, sex, geographic region, and other relevant factors.

Virtual Cocktails & Conversation with Senator Connie Leyva

On Friday, June 19, we'll be holding our first ever virtual Conversation & Cocktails event.  I'm excited to announce that CA Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond along with other surprise guests will join us for an energizing hour that includes trivia giveaways and an opportunity to reconnect.  Be sure to bring your favorite cocktail/mocktail to our virtual party as we toast to our ongoing work together for progress, equality and opportunity for all Californians.

Your invitation is below but here are the details:

Friday, June 19

5:00 - 6:00 pm

Community Members $25 / Couple $40

Sponsorships Opportunities: $ 100 - $4,700

Event Zoom Link provided upon RSVP / ticket purchase

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR TICKETS IN ADVANCE  or  EMAIL US HERE TO RSVP or CONFIRM YOUR PLANS TO SPONSOR.  Should you have further questions, please call Carina Franck at (714) 675-3653.

Coronavirus and the Law - Webinar

Thursday, June 11 at 3 p.m. EST 

Some of the thorniest issues employers face during the coronavirus pandemic involve the legal system, ranging from concerns about liability to fears of insolvency.

This week’s episode of Path Forward is designed to give you valuable insights into how COVID-19 is impacting the courts, and why that matters to every for-profit and non-profit organization in the country. We’ll also discuss how the legal system is adapting to unprecedented stresses, and what that means for you, your organization, and the broader economy.

Join former Delaware Supreme Court Chief Justice Leo Strine, Jr., former U.S. Deputy Attorney General Jamie Gorelick, leading bankruptcy litigator Peter Friedman, and COVID-19 data guru Torsten Kracht for this important discussion with U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Suzanne Clark.

As always, you’ll have the opportunity to pose your own questions during the Path Forward program.

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Local Small Business Grant Opportunities

City of Fountain Valley Small Business Emergency Relief Grant Program Informational Webinar

The City of Fountain Valley has announced a grant program to help their small businesses experiencing financial losses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic in partnership with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) hosted by Cal State Fullerton. City officials and SBDC representatives will be conducting informational webinars to discuss the grant program and eligibility as well as answer questions live. The grant application will open Wednesday, June 10, at 5:00 pm and close Tuesday, June 16, at 5:00 pm.

Informational Webinar:
June 9 @ 11 AM - Vietnamese Webinar

Did you miss the English webinar? Watch it here!

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City of Newport Small Business Relief Grant Program Informational Webinar

The City of Newport has announced a grant program to help their small businesses experiencing financial losses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic in partnership with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) hosted by Cal State Fullerton. City officials and SBDC representatives will be conducting informational webinars to discuss the grant program and eligibility as well as answer questions live.

Informational Webinars:
June 9 @ 4 PM
June 11 @ 10 AM

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City of Tustin Small Business Emergency Relief Grant Program Informational Webinar

The City of Tustin has announced a grant program to help their small businesses experiencing financial losses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic in partnership with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) hosted by Cal State Fullerton. City officials and SBDC representatives will be conducting informational webinars to discuss the grant program and eligibility as well as answer questions live. The grant application will open on Friday, June 12, at 9 AM until Thursday, June 18 at 5 PM.

Informational Webinars:
June 10 @ 11 AM - English Webinar
June 10 @ 12 PM - Spanish Webinar
June 11 @ 11 AM - English and Spanish Webinar

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Restaurant Recovery and Online Tools

As restaurants start to reopen, there are many uncertainties on how to reopen successfully. Owners must remodel their business to conform to the new era post-COVID-19. Check out these upcoming webinars that will help guide you through reopening your restaurant!

Restaurant Rapid Recovery Series

This week's topic will cover customer experience with direction, supply chain management, and ways to grow your repeat customer base. We will discuss how to do greetings and directions with a virtual embrace, non-contact efforts you can implement to improve safety, creative perception ideas, and the little things that go a long way. We will also go over the expected changes in supply and the system, new supply needs, and price shopping and comparing. Additionally, we will ask about creative ideas to bring in guests and keep them returning alongside their friends.

Series Schedule:

Tuesdays
June 9
June 16

Time:
All Webinars will start at 10 AM

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Online Menu Solutions for COVID

As restaurants re-open their dining rooms, one key question that continues to surface is how will guests order food, and how will menus need to be re-imagined? There are some interesting options to both satisfy the need for safety as well as improve the guest experience. Ed Barrett from Zuppler will discuss how some of their clients are addressing these challenges, and how the guest experience can be supported by new technologies as restaurants reopen.

Time:
Wednesday, June 10 at 10 AM

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How The SBDC Can Help - No Cost
We’re here to support you through these difficult times and provide you with step-by-step guidance. Our 100+ SBDC consultants are ready now to help walk you through loan applications, employee resources, your lease, and more.

For immediate assistance please call us at 1-800-616-7232.

President Trump signs PPP Flexibility Act

President Donald Trump signed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act into law Friday, bringing some tweaks to the $669 billion in lending relief favored by business owners.

 

SB County Will Soon Share Guidelines for Schools to Reopen in August

Our County Superintendent of Schools Ted Alejandre took time in today’s weekly video briefing to congratulate graduating seniors, thank the County’s 33 school districts that worked very hard to provide distance learning as much as possible, and also share that there will be official guidelines for the districts coming out next week.

“We know how important it is to our families and students to be back in the classroom, and we all want to provide the safest environment possible for our staff and returning students,” said Alejandre. “I’ve been working with district superintendents, state agencies and as part of the state superintendent’s Back to School Task Force to develop key areas of guidance for schools on how to reopen. This guidance is being finalized now by the Department of Education and is expected to be released next week, along with another set of key guidelines being developed by the California Department of Public Health. This will all be critical information for districts to finalize their planning for the new school year.”

Alejandre said that most district calendars plan to have schools starting in August, but some will be pushed out based on conditions on the ground. The Superintendent’s office has been working in close collaboration with the Department of Public Health to determine the timeline for each district.

“All districts have been planning for different reopening scenarios that could include onsite traditional learning, distant learning and a hybrid model, said Alejandre. “Health and safety is critical, so when looking at social distancing for example, a traditional classroom that might usually hold 34 students may only have the capacity for 12. We are looking at staggered schedules and other modifications, especially as it relates to social distancing, personal hygiene and transportation.”

Districts will continue to have key conversations with labor and management groups to ensure reopening is part of a team effort. Districts have been surveying parents and community to gather input, concerns and recommendations. Districts are also beefing up communications channels so all parents are aware of new policies and procedures.

Finally, a County Collaborative has been established with representatives from all 33 districts, which will ensure our districts are sharing with each other the best ideas, strategies and resources to have a successful reopening for all 500 schools and 400,000 students in San Bernardino County.

Preparation Guidance Issued for Gyms, Bars, Camping, and Other Businesses and Activities

California will allow schools, day camps, bars, gyms and other sectors to begin reopening next Friday, June 12. These are among several new businesses and activities the State Department of Public Health today announced can reopen in those counties that have met certain thresholds on the number of cases, testing and preparedness.

The state today issued new guidance documents for these new sectors, giving each business or activity adequate time to create reopening plans. The following are the sectors that will be allowed to reopen next Friday:

Not included in today’s announcement were nail salons, movie theaters and youth sports, which are not authorized to reopen. Most of the new businesses are part of “Stage 3” on the state’s County’s 4-Stage Reopening Plan. We will share guidance links for these sectors in the Monday Update.

Small businesses that need assistance complying with the guidance should look into the San Bernardino County COVID Compliant Business Partnership Program, https://sbcovid19.com/covid-compliant-business-partnership-program/. Participating small businesses can receive up to $2,500 in funding to pay for improvement, equipment, and supplies needed to comply with safety guidance.

SoCalGas Webinar-reopening Food & Beverage Establishments w/Safety & Efficiency: June 10

SoCalGas in support of our restaurant, food & beverage customers is partnering with the International Association of Plumbing & Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) to bring you a series of webinars to help prepare businesses re-open quickly & safely. You are invited to register and share with your contacts this free webinar titled, “After COVID-19: Plumbing and Gas Considerations for Food and Beverage Establishments” .   The “After COVID-19” series is designed to provide Food & Beverage establishments, health departments, building owners/managers & contractors with detailed information and guidance on reopening their various buildings.

 

To register: After COVID-19: Plumbing and Gas Considerations for Food and Beverage Establishments

Date: Wed, Jun 10, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM PDT

 

Webinar Description:

This free in-depth presentation will cover natural gas appliances, potential plumbing-related issues re: water usage and waste drainage when reopening food and beverage establishments after a prolonged closure or greatly reduced use. Addressing the need to review natural gas systems energy efficiency & safety. Discussions will address appliances and equipment most commonly found in restaurants, bars, and cafeterias.

 

CalChamber-Opposed Bills Await Assembly, Senate Action

With just weeks left before legislators leave Sacramento for summer recess, major bills having a significant impact on business will  be voted on soon by the Senate or Assembly.

Below are the California Chamber of Commerce-opposed bills scheduled to be considered by the Senate and Assembly as soon as Monday, June 8. If passed, the bills will move onto the second legislative house, a key hurdle for bills advancing in the legislative process. Read More

Helpful Links:

Local Minimum Wage Increases Coming July 1 - Learn More

How to Stay Safe as Businesses Reopen - Learn More

Remote Workers May be Subject to Local Wage, Sick Leave Ordinances - Learn More

New Task Force Focuses on Inland Empire's Economic Recovery from Coronavirus - Read More

 

New task force focuses on Inland Empire’s economic recovery from coronavirus

Inland Empire Employment and Workforce Recovery Task Force began meeting last week

A newly formed working group with San Bernardino and Riverside county leaders of industry, government, academia and the nonprofit sector is tasked with pulling the region out of the economic cellar caused by the coronavirus pandemic

 

The Senate passed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020.  The measure, which was passed by the House last week by a vote of 417-1, makes significant changes to the Paycheck Protection Program that are designed to help small business borrowers.

 

The key provisions include:

-          Extends the time period in which borrowers must spend their PPP loans from 8 weeks to 24 weeks.

-          Lowers the percentage of loan proceeds that must be spent on payroll from 75 to 60 percent.

-          Extends the loan coverage period from June 30 to December 31, 2020.

-          For the portion of the loan that isn’t forgiven, the measure extends the loan term from 2 years to 5 years.

 

The bill now heads to the president’s desk and is expected to be signed shortly. Read More

Remote Workers May Be Subject to Local Wage, Sick Leave Ordinances

If our work site is located in an area where only the California minimum wage rate applies, but due to COVID-19, some of our employees are now working remotely from home in a city or county with a local minimum wage ordinance, do we have to pay the local minimum wage rate?

Local minimum wage requirements may apply depending on the ordinance issued by each city or county where the employee works — or in this case, from where the employee is working remotely. Each ordinance defines the coverage and eligibility, and the rules vary. Learn More

How to Stay Safe as Businesses Reopen

San Bernardino County released a video on how to stay safe as businesses reopen, including wearing a face covering and staying 6 feet away from others.  To watch it, click HERE.

 

Local Minimum Wage Increases Coming July 1

July is just around the corner, and with it comes several local minimum wage increases throughout California. Here’s a list of localities that will have minimum wage increases effective July 1, 2020:

  • Alameda: $15/hour.
  • Berkeley: $16.07/hour.
  • Emeryville: $16.84/hour;
  • Fremont: $15/hour for employers with 26 or more employees; $13.50/hour for employers with 25 or fewer employees.
  • Los Angeles City: $15/hour for employers with 26 or more employees; $14.25 for employers with 25 or fewer employees.
  • Los Angeles County (unincorporated areas): $15/hour for employers with 26 or more employees; $14.25 for employers with 25 or fewer employees.
  • Malibu: $15/hour for employers with 26 or more employees; $14.25 for employers with 25 or fewer employees.
  • Milpitas: $15.40/hour.
  • Novato: $15/hour for employers with 100 or more employees; $14/hour for employers with 26-99 employees; $13/hour for employers with 25 or fewer employees.
  • Pasadena: $15/hour for employers with 26 or more employees; $14.25 for employers with 25 or fewer employees.
  • San Francisco: $16.07/hour.
  • San Leandro: $15/hour.
  • Santa Monica: $15/hour for employers with 26 or more employees; $14.25 for employers with 25 or fewer employees.
  • (NEW) Santa Rosa: $15/hour for employers with 26 or more employees; $14/hour for employers with fewer than 25 employees

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Department of Public Health Can Help Test Your Employees

A large part of the County’s reopening plan depends on businesses being able to serve the public while ensuring the health and safety of employees. Businesses can take many different measures to make sure that their employees are safer from COVID-19, such as requiring masks, putting up shields, social distancing, and daily health/wellness checks.

Right now the Department of Public Health (DPH) is reaching out to assess the interest level of businesses within the County to conduct on-site testing for their employees. Expanding testing to businesses will help us greatly increase the amount of testing being done in our County. This will help us better track the infection in our communities and also provide the data we need to demonstrate it is safe to keep our businesses open, as well as eventually relax the remaining restrictions.

DPH can partner with your businesses to increase COVID-19 testing among your employees and support those who are positive or exposed. Use this Business Partnership Form if you:

• Would like to provide testing to your employees

• Are interested in hosting public testing

• Are already providing public testing

So far, 14 businesses throughout San Bernardino County have expressed interest in the testing program. They range in size from more than 300 employees in the logistics sector, to midsize restaurants and small retailers.

For interested business owners, a County official will be in touch. If you have any questions or wish to contact the County’s Public Health Department, please call (909) 252-4406.

 

Helpful Links:

  • "Reopening: Navigating State and Local Guidance to Bring Customers Back Safely." Online Session: https://zoom.us/rec/play/

Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act

This morning, the House passed H.R. 7010, the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act on a vote of 417-1. This bill makes the following changes to the Paycheck Protection Program:
  • Extends the loan term from 8 weeks to 24 weeks;
  • Lowers the percentage of loan proceeds that must be used on payroll from 75% to 60%; and
  • Extends the PPP from June 30 to Dec. 31, 2020.
Unfortunately, it does not expand the program to 501(c)(6) non-profits. We will continue to push to make this change as Congress takes up the Phase Four bill sometime next month.
H.R. 7010 must now pass the Senate. Additionally, we have attached the Key Vote letter that the U.S. Chamber sent in support of this bill.
House passes bill to ease small business emergency loan rules

Hair Salon and Barbershop Owners Eligible for the COVID-Compliant Business Partnership Program

Tuesday’s announcement by the County that hair salons and barbershops can reopen was great news for shaggy and gray-rooted county residents. And here’s some great news for salon and barbershop owners: You are eligible for cash grants under the County’s COVID-Compliant Business Partnership Program!
The County recognizes that the business model for many salons and barbershops has them rent out space to stylists, so those shops technically have zero employees. That’s why the County carved out a special place for the owners of these businesses in the COVID-Compliant program. This is important because shops that cut, style, and color hair have to comply with more safety requirements than other businesses under the State’s rules, https://covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-hair-salons.pdf. The County’s funding support of up to $2,500 for eligible businesses are intended to fund COVID-compliant modifications and supplies. Stylists who rent space and don’t own a shop are not eligible for the program.
So far, more than 2,400 businesses have applied to be COVID-compliant partners and more than 1,200 have been approved for funding. More than 50 businesses not eligible for funding have signed up so they can show their customers they are committed to keeping San Bernardino County safe and open for business.
Visit http://sbcovid19.com/covid-compliant-business-partnership-program/ to find out more about the COVID-Compliant Business Partnership Program and apply. Funds are limited and awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

Resources for Small Businesses and Startups

The California Entrepreneurship Task Force (ETF), with the support of the Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA) at GO-Biz, hosted a rapid response session entitled, "Reopening: Navigating State and Local Guidance to Bring Customers Back Safely." The discussion featured small business owners, who shared how they are adapting and pivoting during COVID-19.
To watch the session, which featured the speakers listed below, click the image above or here
  • Isabel Guzman, Director of the CalOSBA and State Government Lead of the ETF
  • Dilawar Syed, ETF Chair and CEO, Lumiata
  • Patricia Röckenwagner, Co-Owner, Röckenwagner Bakery and ETF Member
  • Christin Evans, Owner, Booksmith
We are here for you. The rapid response sessions for California small businesses and entrepreneurs occur every Friday, alternating in Spanish and English. To learn more about the next sessions, click here.

Restaurant Rapid Recovery Series

As restaurants start to reopen, there are many uncertainties on how to reopen successfully. Owners must remodel their business to conform to the new era post-COVID-19. Restaurants must also gain the trust of customers and adhere to their perceptions as well as the public's view to ensure they feel safe.
This week's topic will cover menu revisions and re-costing, as well as employees returning and training. Menus and expenses may have to be modified. We will go over how you can increase profits by lowering food costs, continuing curbside services, simplifying ingredients, having vendor sale opportunities, packaging costs and ideas, and managing contactless ordering. Owners also need to manage returning employees and training them to adhere to the new procedures. We will discuss which rehiring procedures to implement and which not to re-implement, how to use your workforce resources, how and why to use personal protective equipment, and figuring out who is in charge.
These are interactive webinars where the first 20 minutes will consist of the content presented on various timely topics in response to COVID-19 relevant to you, the restaurateur. The remaining 40 minutes will be dedicated to your questions and concerns, answered by SBDC food industry experts and invited panelists. Each week, the content will be based on the previous week’s discussion and questions, so the topics are dynamic and in direct response to your needs. For the next 3 weeks we would also like to hear from you, the restaurateur, what plans you have made, and the questions you have.
Series Schedule:
Tuesdays
  • June 2
  • June 9
  • June 16
Time:
All Webinars will start at 10 AM

Helpful Links:

Back in Business?

We've fielded several calls from our community asking about which businesses are open and which are not. To help our community we have created a list of businesses that are "Back in Business."
We also want to let our community know the safety cautions our local businesses are putting in place so they can make informed decisions about where to do business.
We will be sharing this information on our website, social media and through emails to make the public aware of open businesses in the Chino Valley.
Help us get the word out by answering a few questions regarding your business.
Please click HERE if you wish to be included in our list of companies that are back in business.

Review State Guidelines to Create Your Workplace Specific Plan

The County has now authorized accelerated Stage 2 businesses to open, including malls and shopping centers, retail shops and dine-in restaurants. Hair salons and barbershops are now clear to open as well. The following PDFs share industry-specific COVID guidelines from the California Department of Public Health, endorsed by the County of San Bernardino.
Guidance for dine-in restaurants:
Guidance for shopping centers:
Guidance for retailers:
Guidance for hair salons and barbershops:
For other businesses seeking greater clarification on the statewide guidance to follow if permitted to open, visit: https://covid19.ca.gov/industry-guidance/

Southern California Edison is Hiring Asian Language Speaking Reps

Edison is hiring Asian language speaking reps in the call center. If you know anyone who’s interested, they can sign up for an informational session (see flyer).
When applying, the can put my name (Joyce Lui) as the one who referred them
Registration for Informational Session here:

Helpful Links:

EIDL and Paycheck Protection Q&A - Register

Pandemic Risk Insurance Act - View Bill

San Bernardino County Industry-Specific Guidelines - https://covid19.ca.gov/industry-guidance.

Job Killer Bills Impose New Leave Mandates; Raise Costs, Burdens on Employers - View Article

San Bernardino County’s COVID-19 website - http://sbcovid19.com.

COVID-19 Rapid Response Session with small Businesses and Entrepreneurs - Register for Webinar

COVID-19 Workers Comp Explained - https://advocacy.calchamber.com/2020/05/22/covid-19-workers-comp-order-explained/

Compliant Business Partnernip Program Application- http://sbcovid19.com/covid-compliant-business-partnership-program/

Join us for SBA LIVE: EIDL and Paycheck Protection Q&A

With these new programs available, we understand you have a lot of questions. Please join this afternoon's Zoom call at 2 p.m. (PST) to learn more about the EIDL and Paycheck Protection Program and get your questions answered.

If you joined us for previous sessions, we will be covering the same information with a Q&A session for attendees. Join us again if you didn’t get your question answered.

May 27,2020 
2p.m.

Rep. Cisneros Cosponsors Pandemic Risk Insurance Act to Protect Small Businesses

Today, Representative Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (CA-39) cosponsored the Pandemic Risk Insurance Act (PRIA) of 2020. This legislation will create the Pandemic Risk Reinsurance Program, a system of shared public and private compensation for business interruption losses resulting from future pandemics or public health emergencies. Like the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA), the federal government would serve as a backstop to maintain marketplace stability and to share the burden alongside private industry. The text of the bill can be found here.

County Begins Reopening Accelerated Stage 2 Businesses, Plus Hair Salons and Barbershops!

This Memorial Day weekend saw the first significant reemergence of San Bernardino County businesses, as dine-in restaurants, stores and malls began reopening following a state-ordered shutdown lasting more than two months.

Businesses that reopen are agreeing to adhere to County and state safety guidelines, including those in the County’s Readiness and Reopening Plan, as well as industry-specific guidelines proposed by the state, that can be found at https://covid19.ca.gov/industry-guidance.

COVID-19 Rapid Response Session with Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs

The GO-Biz California Entrepreneurship Task Force (ETF)  invites you to a virtual learning series to connect with small businesses and startups, and share resources, strategies, and insights on how to adapt to the marketplace during COVID-19. California has issued industry guidance to help businesses reopen and operate safely for their employees, clients, and communities. Recognizing that the conditions across the state are distinctive with local variance, and that businesses must now implement or prepare to launch strategies to address the guidelines, we are gathering with experts and business owners to get tactical.

Join us Friday, May 29, for this week's session,
"Reopening:  Navigating State and Local Guidance to Bring Customers Back Safely"

A conversation with:
Patricia Röckenwagner, Co-Owner, Röckenwagner Bakery and ETF Member
Dilawar Syed, CEO, Lumiata and ETF Chair, and
Christin Evans, Owner, Booksmith

Hosted/Moderated by:
Isabel Guzman, Director, CalOSBA

County Approves First COVID Compliant Business Partner!

Congratulations to Imperial Cleaners of Chino Hills and owner Mira Koh, who quickly jumped on her application to be a COVID Compliant Business Partner. She not only receives a grant for $2,500 to help make safety improvements for her business, but she can display a window sign that shows her customers she is taking the necessary steps to keep them safe.

Start your application now! The COVID Compliant Business Partnership will assist 12,000 County businesses, with grants being issued to qualified applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the funds are exhausted.  Businesses can begin the application process by going to http://sbcovid19.com/covid-compliant-business-partnership-program/, where application contents and other submission requirements are listed. The application deadline is August 31, 2020.

To be eligible for participation in the Partnership, a business must have been located in San Bernardino County for at least one year, have between one and 100 employees, and be current on property tax payments. Nonprofit organizations with storefronts are eligible for the program. A key County priority is to help companies that have not received support from either the state or the federal government. Businesses that are too new or too large for the funding can still participate and receive a window sign.

Helpful Links:

SB County small businesses can now apply for the COVID-Compliant Business Partnership Program

Small Businesses in San Bernardino County - you can now apply to become a COVID-Compliant Business partner with the County and receive up to $2,500. To find out more about eligibility and the application process, visit http://sbcovid19.com and click on "COVID-Compliant Business Partnership Program."

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) Information

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) Outreach presentations online to Employees and Employers so you have a better understanding of the new law and how it may apply to you. These Outreaches are available in multiple languages.

Inland Empire Economic Center Business Survey

The main target of the survey are businesses that produce the sales tax necessary to support the critical services provided by cities and counties. All individual responses will remain confidential.
The deadline to respond to the survey is Monday, May 25. We will present preliminary findings at the State of the Region event on May 28. Thank you in advance for all your support.
https://bit.ly/2WZNjZt

Paycheck Protection Program Guidelines

The U.S. Chamber published a new Paycheck Protection Program Guide to Forgiveness. Like our previous guides, this document provides businesses with an easy to understand explanation of what they need to do to apply for forgiveness of their PPP loans.  Click here to download the guide. Please note, this guide will be updated as new guidance is issued by the Dept. of the Treasury.
Also, we continue to update our Reopening Business Digital Resource Center as new state guidance is issued.  Click here to access the resources center, and see below for more information.

COVID-19 EIDL Webinar - Applying For Reconsideration

Are you a small business owner who has been denied for the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan? The SBDC is here to help you! Join us for our COVID-19 EIDL webinar as we discuss your options for funding and how to apply for reconsideration. You will have the opportunity to ask your EIDL reconsideration questions at the end of the presentation.
Date and Time:
Thursday, May 28 @ 4 PM

Magic Johnson to Assist Minority-Owned Businesses

Former NBA player and Hall of Fame member Magic Johnson announced this week that EquiTrust Life Insurance Co. - of which he owns a majority - is providing $100 million in capital to fund federal loans for minority and women business owners who have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.
EquiTrust will work with MBE Capital Partners to distribute the loans through the federal government's Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).
The goal is to help 100,000 businesses secure resources that will sustain them through the pandemic.

Business Recovery Survey

To better assist you and provide services that meet your recovery needs, we are gathering information regarding the challenges you're facing now as a result of COVID-19.
Your response will be immensely helpful in planning our training opportunities, developing consulting services, and organizing our workforce to better assist you and thousands of other small businesses.
We appreciate your willingness to share how your business was affected during this pandemic and your business plans. Please click the button below to share your response with us.
The information you provide in this survey is confidential and will be used to develop our service offerings. If reported, it will only be reported in aggregate.
This survey should take about 5-7 minutes to complete. Thank you for time in advance. We're always here to help your business plan and recover - no cost, no catch.
If you have already taken the survey, thank you we appreciate your feedback!
If you have already filled it out, please disregard this email.Thank you

Are You a COVID Compliant Business?

As we reopen the economy, the County wants to help your customers know that you care about their health and safety! When a business applies and is approved to become a COVID Compliant Business Partner at http://sbcovid19.com/covid-compliant-business-partnership-program/, we will send you a COVID Compliant window sign that will let your customers know you are implementing strict protocols to keep both employees and patrons as safe as possible.

Learn More about the COVID Compliant Business Partnership Program

Soua Vang, interim director of the Economic Development Department, took some time to share some details about the popular COVID Compliant Business Partnership Program. If you’re a small business owner, you want to take advantage of this opportunity!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkC2rmcyMls&feature=youtu.be

Updated on 5/19/20 at 7:28pm

Helpful Links:

 

What is Open and What’s Not Open … So Far

Your County Supervisors are working with state officials, neighboring counties and our own Recovery Coalition Team to safely and methodically reopen our local economy. We are in the early Phase 2 stage, which allows many of our businesses to open in a very limited fashion. The governor today announced new variances that could allow counties to move further into Phase 2. The County hopes to have an announcement very soon on how this will affect our communities.

This transition time allows business owners time to develop their own individual operational plans that will ensure employee safety, customer distancing and sanitation protocols, as well as industry specific guidelines that can be found here. Below is a graphic that summarizes where we stand as of today.

Updated Industry Guidance

Industries that are currently allowed to resume full or modified operations,  if they’re permitted to open per county health rules, can be found on the industry guidance website

Paycheck Protection Program

The Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, released the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Application and detailed instructions for the application.

The form and instructions inform borrowers how to apply for forgiveness of their PPP loans, consistent with the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).  SBA will also soon issue regulations and guidance to further assist borrowers as they complete their applications, and to provide lenders with guidance on their responsibilities.

The form and instructions include several measures to reduce compliance burdens and simplify the process for borrowers, including:

  • Options for borrowers to calculate payroll costs using an “alternative payroll covered period” that aligns with borrowers’ regular payroll cycles
  • Flexibility to include eligible payroll and non-payroll expenses paid or incurred during the eight-week period after receiving their PPP loan
  • Step-by-step instructions on how to perform the calculations required by the CARES Act to confirm eligibility for loan forgiveness
  • Borrower-friendly implementation of statutory exemptions from loan forgiveness reduction based on rehiring by June 30
  • Addition of a new exemption from the loan forgiveness reduction for borrowers who have made a good-faith, written offer to rehire workers that was declined

The PPP was created by the CARES Act to provide forgivable loans to eligible small businesses to keep American workers on the payroll during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The documents released today will help small businesses seek forgiveness at the conclusion of the eight week covered period, which begins with the disbursement of their loans.

Click here to view the application and instructions

(Updated 5/15/20 at 4:35pm)

Helpful Links:

 

How County Businesses Can Ensure a Safe and Sustainable Reopening

With the limited re-opening of some Phase 2 businesses beginning last Friday, the County is looking to owners and managers of our businesses and facilities to establish safe reopening guidelines.

“All of our residents and business owners need to know that a successful reopening of our economy takes personal responsibility,” said Curt Hagman, chairman of the County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors. “We must all act responsibly, whether we work in a store or look to visit one. We are asking all our residents to please respect safe distances and absolutely wear a face cover when indoors around other people. If we can support one another during this reopening, we can get through this that much sooner, and most importantly, safely.”

The County will greatly assist local businesses in achieving a safe and sustainable reopening on Thursday when we launch the COVID-Compliant Business Partnership Program. The program will help all businesses establish and promote a safe and prosperous environment for owners, employees, and customers, and provide cash incentives to small businesses that pledge to require physical distancing, face coverings, and rigorous hygiene. A website with details on the program and information on how to participate will be launched Thursday.

The San Bernardino County COVID Recovery Coalition, made up of various government, business, and organizational leaders from throughout the county, wants all workforces, starting with those in early Stage 2 businesses, to address the following areas of concern.

  1. Perform a detailed risk assessment and implement a site-specific protection plan. Every workforce is different, with unique characteristics and challenges. No one is in a better place to know how to conduct operations safely than the owner, managers and employees of an individual facility. Start by reviewing this linked guidance, https://covid19.ca.gov/industry-guidance/ for each early Stage 2 business, specific to California’s roadmap to reopening.
  2. Protect and support worker health and safety. Limit workforces to essential personnel and, whenever possible, ensure that vulnerable workers have alternative assignments. Supply and require use of face coverings and personal protective equipment. Develop policies that ensure employees stay at home when they are sick. Relocate break areas outdoors with physically distant seating.
  3. Ensure appropriate physical distancing. Ease into opening by limiting occupancy initially by 25% capacity in order to evaluate operational protocols. Use floor markings and manage traffic flow to ensure 6-foot distancing between individuals as much as possible. Request all patrons wear face covers at entrances and while indoors. Avoid congregating.
  4. Ensure proper infection control. Follow strict cleaning and sanitation standards, appropriate for your place of work or business. Establish operational procedures to frequently clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces.
  5. Train all employees on new procedures. All workers need to understand your site-specific protection plan. Consider use of temperature checking apparatus, but at the least, ensure employees know how to screen themselves for symptoms and stay home if they have them.
  6. Communicate with the public. Post clear signage to communicate your new safety protocols to visitors, including the requirement to wear a face covering when indoors and interacting with workers or strangers. Participants in the COVID-Compliant Business Partnership Program will receive signage from the County.
  7. Offer transactions and services online and at curbside whenever feasible. Accommodate curbside pick-up to keep vulnerable populations safe. Continue to encourage takeout and delivery service.

We can all look to the model set by our grocery stores and other Phase 1 essential businesses that have shown how to offer a safe retail environment. The bottom line is that if we want to keep our economy open, we all have to take responsibility in keeping one another safe.

Let’s do the right thing and keep the curve flat. We are confident our businesses, employees and patrons can do what it takes to get through this together.

Governor Modifies Early Stage 2 Requirements to Open More Businesses

Governor Newsom today added more businesses to participate in Stage 2 including:

  • car washes
  • pet grooming
  • landscape gardening
  • office-based business (telework remains strongly encouraged)
  • childcare for those outside of the essential workforce
  • outdoor museums, and open gallery spaces and other public spaces with modifications

Last Friday, the governor had allowed curbside retail, and the manufacturing and logistics sectors to open throughout the state.

Face Masks Are Now Optional, But Still Strongly Encouraged

A new health order issued by the Board of Supervisors last Friday repeals the April 23 health order requiring face coverings and certain social distancing mandates. However, County leaders are still strongly recommending wearing face coverings and practicing social distancing to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

The example set by grocery stores and other Phase 1 essential businesses these past several weeks provide the model for other businesses to imitate moving forward. Specifically, that means requiring masks when indoors or interacting with workers or strangers, keeping safe distances, and frequent hand washing or sanitizing.

Supervisors are also reminding residents and businesses that the County is still under California’s “stay-at-home” order that prohibits gatherings and short-term rentals.

“The County strongly urges everyone to continue wearing face coverings in public to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and businesses should still require face coverings and physical distancing for customers and employees,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “But repealing the local health orders will allow the County to reopen businesses more quickly as the governor continues to relax standards.”

The Board of Supervisors decided to rescind the April 23 omnibus health order to permit some flexibility as Phase 2 businesses gradually reopen.

“We prefer avoiding using a heavy hand in mandating restrictions on residents and businesses,” said Hagman. “But at the same time we are trusting people to take the steps necessary to keep their friends, neighbors, employees and customers healthy."

Many types of businesses were allowed to open on Friday under certain conditions (curbside only), and the Board adopted a Business and Reopening Plan providing guidelines to help businesses operate while keeping staff and customers safe.

Also, Chairman Hagman is looking to partner with other Southern California county board of supervisors chairs on seeking a dialogue with the governor on the criteria for safely reopening additional business sectors.

Testing Now Open to Any Interested Residents

All public testing locations are now open to any residents, regardless of whether you are experiencing current symptoms. Appointments, however, are still required. A list of current testing locations can be found at the bottom of this Update, or by visiting http://sbcovid19.com/community-drive-through-events/.

Charity Governance During the COVID-19 Pandemic

During the COVID-19 pandemic and the State’s shelter-in-place order, charitable organizations are called upon more than ever to meet critical needs of our communities.  The Attorney General’s Charitable Trusts Section has created the Charity Governance During the COVID-19 Pandemic publication to inform nonprofit corporations of the State laws that allow them to fulfill some of their governance obligations remotely to adhere to social distancing requirements.

 

A copy of the publication is attached or you may view it on our website: oag.ca.gov/charities

From the San Bernardino Workforce Development Department:

 

Guidance to Employers and Workers

http://sbcovid19.com/#tab-employersbusinesses

·         This link provides guidance for Employers and Workers!

Economic Development Agency

https://www.selectsbcounty.com/major-initiatives/covid-19

·         Including resources, initiatives, archived webinars and more.

Disinfecting Guidance from the Department of Public Health

http://wp.sbcounty.gov/dph/wp-content/uploads/sites/7/2020/03/COVID-19-Disinfection-Instructions.pdf

 

U.S. Small Business Administration 

·         Federal disaster loans for businesses, private nonprofits, homeowners and renters

https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela

Helpful Links:

COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave from CalChamber

Reasonable Accommodations During the COVID-19 Pandemic from CalChamber

 

COVID-19 Relief from Norma Torres:

 

Please DO NOT drink or inject disinfectants.  For information on how to prevent COVID-19, please visit the CDC's website HERE.

A drive-through test will be available on May 4 at the Toyota Arena in Ontario from 10 AM to 2 PM.  This test is by appointment only.  More details will be announced HERE throughout the coming weeks. For more information on COVID-19 testing locations, click here.

Today, the President signed into law the $484 billion coronavirus relief package that includes an additional $310 billion in funding for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).  Certain lenders may currently be accepting/reviewing applications. Please contact your lender about applying to the PPP program and submitting an application to get the most up-to-date information on how they are handling PPP applications. If you were denied due to a lack of PPP funds, you will need to reapply. Click HERE for a list of SBA lenders or reach out to an SBA office near you HERE.

Starting April 25, San Bernardino County is opening county parks and lakes for recreational activities.  Park amenities like playgrounds, sporting facilities, and parking lots are still closed until further notice.  Please make sure to maintain social distance and practice good hygiene.

Reminder - If you are filing an unemployment insurance claim, online is still the fastest way to do it.  Click HERE to get started.  If you need to speak with a representative, the California Employment Development Department (EDD) has expanded call center hours to 7 days a week from 8 AM to 8 PM.  To use the UI self-service phone line, call 1 (866) 333-4606.  To speak to a UI representative, call 1 (800) 300-5616 for English and 1 (800) 326-8937 for Spanish.

SSI and VA recipients who have children and were not required to file tax returns in 2018 or 2019 - enter your information as soon as possible on the IRS website and receive the $500 per dependent child payment in addition to your $1,200 individual payment.  Please visit the Non-Filer: Enter Payment Info Here tool on IRS.gov to provide the IRS with your information.

  • Remember to fill out your 2020 Census.  The online form is available at www.2020census.gov. If your household has not yet responded online, you will be getting a reminder invitation and paper questionnaire from the Census Bureau in the mail within the next week or so.  Mailing your census form is FREE.  If you’re having trouble with the form, contact the Census hotline at (844) 330-2020 between 4 AM and 11 AM PT.   
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  • TODAY Congress passed a $484 billion coronavirus relief bill, including an additional $310 billion in funding for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).  The legislation also provides new funding for hospitals and medical practitioners, including for personal protective equipment (PPE), as well as funding to expand COVID-19 testing capacity.   
  • For Small Businesses
    This bill provides $310 billion in funding for PPP, allowing the Small Business Association (SBA) to once again process these vital loans. Certain lenders may currently be accepting/reviewing applications. Please contact your lender about applying to the PPP program and submitting an application to get the most up-to-date information on how they are handling PPP applications. If you were denied due to a lack of PPP funds, you will need to reapply. Click HERE for a list of SBA lenders or reach out to an SBA office near you HERE.  Click HERE for SBA and Treasury guidance on frequently asked borrower and lender questions.  
  • For Hospitals and Health Care Workers
    This bill provides $75 billion in funding for health care providers, including reimbursement for coronavirus-related expenses and additional resources like Personal Protective Equipment.   
  • For Testing
    This bill provides $25 billion for COVID-19 testing, which is key to reopening the economy and resuming our lives.  These funds can be used for expanding manufacturing and distributing of tests, procuring additional equipment needed to conduct tests, and increasing contract tracing.

 

Amazon Hiring

 

Hope you and your family are safe during this time. I wanted to let you know that Amazon is currently hiring for entry-level warehouse positions.

Note that these jobs are Seasonal, Full-Time. We have warehouses in Chino, Eastvale, Fontana, and Rialto that are hiring with day and night shifts.

Job-seekers can visit amazon.force.com to apply.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

 

 

(Updated 4/22/20 at 3:05pm)

 

Our Chino Valley Leaders on the Coronavirus Webinar Video is up on Facebook Live and YouTube.

 

Chino Police Chief Wes Simmons

 

Helpful Links:

 

 

 

Senate Votes to Increase CARES Act Funding

oon, the U.S. Senate approved additional funding for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), as well as the SBA Economic Disaster Loan Program.  We expect the House to vote on this bill on Thursday, April 23rd.   Click here to urge you member of Congress to support this desperately needed funding.

 

A top line summary and text of the bill are linked below; here are some of the highlights:

 

$310 billion increase (total of $659 billion) for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

-          $30 billion set aside for loans made by Insured Depository Institutions and Credit Unions that have assets between $10 billion and $50 billion; and

-          $30 billion set aside for loans made by Community Financial Institutions, Small Insured Depository Institutions, and Credit Unions with assets less than $10 billion

-          No changes to eligibility for the PPP (No fix for (c)6’s and other nonprofits)

$10 billion increase (total of $20 Billion) for EIDL Grants and an additional $50 billion to support EIDL Loans

-          Allows agricultural enterprises as defined by section 18(b) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 647(b)) with not more than 500 employees to receive EIDL grants and loans.

 

Unfortunately, this legislation did not include a change to allow 501(c)(6) chambers of commerce and other nonprofits to access the PPP.  While this is disappointing, it is not surprising.  In fact, it is a reminder that we need to keep the pressure on Congress to include all non-profits in the PPP when they move to consideration of the Phase Four bill.  Therefore, if you have not already done so, please be sure to sign our letter to Congress by Thursday at 4:00pm ET / 2:00pm MT / 1:00pm PT / 10:00am Hawaii.  Click here to read and sign the letter.

 

Are You a Chaffey Alumni?:

 

Chaffey College has created the Chaffey College Alumni Panther Connections to feature alumni-owned small businesses. The goal is to help them market their brand.

They are going to create a newsletter format that can be emailed, as well as feature the pieces on our Panther social media. I think it might be fun to include a photo or their favorite memory of being a Chaffey student as well.

Please have any interested alumni reach out to Heather Nishioka either via email Heather.Nishioka@chaffey.edu or cell (310) 770-4006.

 

San Bernardino County Workforce Development Survey:

 

The San Bernardino County Workforce Development Board (WDB) is seeking your help in distributing the following survey to business owners, to better gauge the impact of COVID-19 on our local economy and to help steer employers toward services and resources available to them during this difficult period. The simple survey takes just a few minutes to complete and is accessible through this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WDBCOVID19b .

 

CalChamber Email:

 

CalChamber has created an email account for those with ideas on what will help your company or industry reopen while still complying with the directives to be safe to submit to. If you have ideas or priorities you would like to share, please email them to recovery@calchamber.com.

 

Employment Opportunity:

 

Majestic Terminal Services is in urgent need of 50 cargo and ramp agents for their Ontario location.

Ramp Agent ($15.00 - $17.00);

available shifts include 1245 – 2045, 1545 – 2315, 2000 – 0100 , 1900 – 0300, 2045 – 0400, 0300 – 0830 and 0100 – 0930

Freight Agent ($15.00)

available shifts include 1900 – 0330, 0530 – 0930

Please help distribute this flyer.  Click on the link for more information : https://www.primeflight.com/careers

 

Job Opportunity at Majestic

 

Southern California Edison Webinar: Resources to Help Your Business

 

 

Facebook Launches Small Business Grants Program

 

See if Facebook grants are available in your area

See Available Locations