Zero hospitalizations for Covid-19 in San Bernardino hospital

Doctor Rodney Borger (center left) with a team of doctors. (Supplied)

Photo: Courtesy/ARMC / Courtesy

San Bernardino County health authorities celebrate the lowest numbers of hospitalizations for Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic in March 2020.

On Friday, the Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC) hospital reported that there were no patients hospitalized for the coronavirus. Since then, two patients have been reported admitted but are expected to improve completely, said Dr. Rodney Borger, chairman of the department of emergency medicine at ARMC.

Borger said that after two very difficult years it is a relief to see these results at the county hospital, which has 456 beds.

“There has been a downward trend in recent weeks and we had never reached zero, but we discharged our last Covid patient a few days ago,” Borger said.

The doctor believes that the good results may be due to a combination of several facts. First that the virus is changing the original that arrived two years ago. Also, 67% of the county population over the age of 5 has received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine and finally, of the people who have not been immunized, a large part have already been infected with the virus. which gives them a certain type of immunity.

“I think people are cautiously optimistic and are now hoping to look to the future to get back to normal again,” Borger said.

San Bernardino County announced the good news on its Facebook page, where it also publicly recognized the work of doctors, nurses and other health personnel with a video. Borger said that the participation of all of them was vital to combat the virus.

“Our healthcare workers have stepped up their roles in recent years by working overtime, they have sacrificed their time with their family. They gave up vacations for more than two years,” Borger said.

The doctor expressed that despite the easing of restrictions in the county there has not been a higher number of infections and this gives hope that everything can return to normal in the near future.

“Now the concern is that we have been optimistic before and the future looks good, but we still need to be cautiously optimistic,” he stressed. “I think this time [la disminución] It will remain”.

numbers prevail

Michelle Escobedo, a resident of the city of Fontana in San Bernardino County, said that for several weeks she has not heard anything of contagion with family or friends. She also noticed that people are no longer wearing the masks since about two months ago.

“My family continues to use them, but in the gym and stores you hardly see people wearing masks anymore,” he said. “Things are already getting back to normal.”

She added that hearing that the numbers are almost minimal pleases her since everyone in her home was infected and although they have already recovered, she hopes it will not happen again.

“My parents and a nephew got infected the first year and a friend and I this year,” she said, adding that they are all vaccinated.

The San Bernardino Unified School District, which oversees 75 schools and currently has 46,898 students attending in-person classes and 8,197 school staff members, reported just two positive cases of COVID on Friday, one school staff member and one student.

San Bernardino County has a population of approximately 2,220,081 people. Data from April 3 showed that 1,159,116 people (66.7%) were fully vaccinated and 193,903 partially vaccinated. Additionally, 525,458 county residents have received a booster shot.

Statewide, more than 28 million Californians, or 75%, over the age of 5 have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and an estimated 3.5 million over the age of 5 are partially vaccinated.

The ARMC, located in Colton, which is the San Bernardino County Hospital, is a university-affiliated teaching hospital licensed by the State of California Department of Public Health and operated by San Bernardino County.

The ARMC operates a regional burn center, a comprehensive stroke center, a trauma center, a freestanding behavioral health center, five primary care centers, including four off-site family health centers, and more than 40 emergency services. specialized outpatient care.