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4th and 5th case of coronavirus found in San Bernardino County

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. ( — San Bernardino County reported its fourth and fifth case of coronavirus, county officials confirmed.

According to a news release, additional cases have been expected to emerge as private lab testing begins ramping up.

The first case of Covid-19 in San Bernardino County was reported on Sunday, March 15, 2020.

“In an effort to protect the public from further spread of the virus that causes Covid-19, the County’s Acting Health Officer on Tuesday ordered the cancellation of gatherings of any number of people within the county starting tomorrow through at least April 6, with key exceptions for work, public, transportation, airport travel, grocery stores, charitable food distributions, certified farmers’ markets, and shopping at stores or malls.,” stated a San Bernardino County Public Health news release.

The order does not apply to congregative living situations, including dormitories and homeless encampments.

“Residents of San Bernardino County are encouraged to stay home as much as possible while only participating in essential activities, such as critical work functions and shopping for necessities,” said acting County Health Officer Dr. Erin Gustafson. “We know these measures are challenging, but social distancing will help to protect our communities. We encourage older adults and those with chronic medical precautions to take additional precautions to avoid getting sick.”

On March 15th county health officials confirmed the first case involving a 53-year-old female who traveled to the U.K. On March 16th the second case of coronavirus in the county was confirmed. Officials said a 54-year-old male with underlying health conditions had contact with peoplers who recently traveled from Washington state. On March 17th the 3rd case in the county was reported, no details on the patient or location were given.

Additional information on the 4th and 5th patients was not released to the public.

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