COVID-19 News

COVID News – URGENT (shared by the Emergency Operations Collaborative (EOC) of Diocese of San Bernardino)

Cedars-Sinai Hospital research staff in Los Angeles – which has NOW been designated as the mega-center of the virus in the US, according to Johns Hopkins University, the major medical institution tracking this virus in the US.

New Virus Strain, unique at this point, to Southern California. California has had more than 3 million cases of COVID, more than 1 million of which have occurred since Thanksgiving. This is one third more than the state of Texas; twice that of Florida; and two- and one-half times that of New York!  (For those who are interested in data and statistics, please visit John Hopkins University website for COVID 19 by Googling same.)

It is important to note that the increase of cases in So California – while initially projected to have been a result of ‘holiday social gatherings’ – is now ALSO seen as a result of the rapid spread of this new virus mutation – spreading nearly 70% faster than the original COVID 19 virus itself.

During the past 30 days – basically since Christmas – the new strain accounts for one out of every four NEW cases of COVID in the So Cal counties – and that number is twice that in Los Angeles County alone.

We share this with you so you are cognizant of the risk of shared ‘live-work-play’ activities between Los Angeles County and the Inland Empire – particularly the west end of San Bernardino County, which has seamless interaction with East LA.

Both Riv and SB Counties reported that increased vaccination supplies should be received within the next two weeks – making the registration much less stressful and frustrating. We pray that is
the case – as so many of those 65 and older have been stymied by the inability to respond quickly to the registration links and the complex process.

Please continue to practice COVID protocols every day…at home, work, and permissible recreation.

New CDC and Federal COVID mandates/guidelines will be forthcoming very soon, as you are aware…they will be shared when finally, approved and available for distribution.

COVID Testing information

COVID-19 Vaccination Distribution Phases /Fases de distribución de la vacunación COVID-19

Recently announced changes to State and Federal guidelines allow additional groups to register for a COVID-19 vaccination. In addition to healthcare workers, other frontline essential workers and persons age 65 and older listed in the “Phase 1B, Tier 1” category may now register via the Riverside County vaccine hub, and find information on other vaccine providers in our area, including pharmacies:

Seniors 65 years or older who need assistance with getting a vaccine can call the Riverside County Office on Aging at 800-510-2020. 

Los cambios recientemente anunciados a las pautas estatales y federales permiten que grupos adicionales se registren para una vacuna COVID-19. Además de los trabajadores de la salud, otros trabajadores esenciales de primera línea y las personas mayores de 65 años que figuran en la categoría “Fase 1B, Nivel 1” ahora pueden registrarse a través del centro de vacunas del condado de Riverside y encontrar información sobre otros proveedores de vacunas en nuestra área, incluidas las farmacias. :

Las personas mayores de 65 años o más que necesiten ayuda para vacunarse pueden llamar a la Oficina de Envejecimiento del Condado de Riverside al 800-510-2020.

Talleres Virtuales informativos de ansiedad y depresion

Tips to cope with the spread of COVID-19
Consejos para sobrellevar el contagio de COVID-19

The Community Action Partnership of Riverside County

The Community Action Partnership of Riverside County has a “Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program” available for residents. CAP Riverside can now help residents who qualify with heating and cooling bills, as well as water, sewer, trash, telephone, and Internet bills.

CAP Riverside is currently accepting applications for assistance by mail, email, or in one of its four drop boxes (Blythe, Desert Hot Springs, Hemet, and Riverside).

Residents can find the application online or by calling CAP Riverside at 951-955-4900 to request an application be mailed to them

For electric and gas utility assistance, customers should fill out the application at

Over $3 Mil available for utility assistance for Riverside County households.

10 Things you can do to manage your COVID-19 symptoms at home

FIND Food Bank Mobile Market Locations

For Seniors

For Parents:

Help2Others Water Application

Housing for the Harvest 

This is a program that offers temporary hotel housing to agricultural workers who need to isolate due to COVID-19. It helps positive or exposed workers protect their loved ones and coworkers by giving them space to self-isolate. Farm and food processing workers play an essential role in maintaining our food supply. But some who need to self-isolate are finding it difficult due to their housing situation.

 For more information:

Immigrant Families Fund

Millions of immigrants are working on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis, risking their health and well-being every day to keep our society going. And yet, many immigrants were left out of the CARES Act relief. The COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund is providing financial support to immigrant families who have been left out of the federal government’s relief efforts. Immigrants may be eligible to receive a $500 grant to help cover whatever is most pressing in their lives.


  • Not eligible to receive a CARES Recovery Rebate (coronavirus stimulus check) from the Federal government.
  • Earned less than $99,000 or total household income below $198,000 in 2019.
  • Experienced an income disruption due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.


  • Step 1: PRE-APPLY – Submit a pre-application today.
  • Step 2: APPLY – Depending on eligibility, equity, and available funding, we may invite you to submit a full grant application. If you are invited, you will receive an email from MAF inviting you to submit your full application in our secure portal.
  • Step 3: APPROVAL – If we approve your application, we will deposit a $500 grant directly into your bank account within 2-5 business days.

Click here to pre-apply

Importance of wearing a mask and wearing it properly

Please follow the YouTube link. It will visually demonstrate how the coronavirus travels from person to person. Notice how social distance becomes important and how the risk has increased as we spend more time indoors because of the cold weather. Notice too, how the risk is reduced (not eliminated) when the face mask is used and even more so, when the mask is properly fitted. An additional note, an easy way to tell if you have a good mask is simply to try to blow out a candle. If you are able to blow it out, it has failed the test.

Let us use extra care, please.

SoCalGas Bill Assists during COVID

SunLine Transit Agency Offering Free Fares