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Two dead after 12 residents at a hi-desert nursing facility test positive for coronavirus


A total of 12 residents at the Hi-Desert Continuing Care Center in Joshua Tree tested positive for coronavirus. Two of those 12 residents have died, according to Todd Burke, spokesperson for Tenet Health.

100 residents at CCC were tested after one resident began showing symptoms for coronavirus. 88 tested negative.

Burke confirmed that the other residents remain in good condition.

San Bernardino County's Health Officer issued a health order on April 6 that requires individuals to conduct a temperature screening and self-evaluation before entering a licensed facility like a skilled nursing facility.

The county also asks that anyone with mild to moderate symptoms not enter licensed facilities.

These symptoms can include:

  • Sore Throat
  • Runny Nose
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Not Feeling Well
  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Gastro-Intestinal symptoms such as:
    • Soft Stool
    • Stomach Cramps

The current total positive cases in San Bernardino County is 1,406. This includes 4 in Joshua Tree, 8 in Twentynine Palms, and 12 in Yucca Valley.

There have been 60 deaths in San Bernardino County as of April 20.

San Bernardino County residents looking for general information and resources related to coronavirus can call the county's hotline at (909) 387-3911.

Joshua Tree is scheduled to host a community drive-through testing event on April 22. The testing is by appointment only. Click here to register.

Click here for a full list of upcoming or ongoing community drive-through testing events across San Bernardino County

San Bernardino County, like Riverside County, issued a health order mandating that all residents have to wear face coverings over their
nose and mouth when out in public or working in essential businesses. Face covering can be things like scarves (dense fabric, without holes), bandanas, neck gaiters, or other fabric face coverings.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, coronavirus symptoms may include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell
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