Fontana, CA

Covid Rates Plummeting in Fontana

Eugene Adams

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Covid has been tough all over California, and Fontana is no different. There have been 38,765 confirmed cases and 336 deaths in Fontana due to Covid 19. (as of March 4th) In San Bernadino County as a whole, there have been 287,246 confirmed cases and 3,022 deaths. (as of March 4th)

The only bit of good news is that the number of cases is falling. There was a huge spike at the end of last year. But, those rates have been dropping dramatically since then. And thankfully, there are several positive signs that this trend will continue. 

More Vaccine Options

There are now 3 different vaccines that can be distributed to Fontana residents. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine was recently approved for emergency use by the FDA. The big advantage of the J&J vaccine is that it can be given in one dose instead of two. That will speed up the vaccination process greatly. 

Estimating when everyone will be able to get vaccinated is not easy. Many unpredictable circumstances could help or hinder the process. 

As things stand now, the U.S. might have enough doses to vaccinate every adult by the end of May. Having the doses to vaccinate everyone and actually administering the doses are different things. There could still be unforeseen delays in vaccine distributions. Also, it remains to be seen how many Fontana residents will decline the opportunity to get vaccinated. 

Regardless of the challenges, it is still great news that more vaccines will be available soon. 

More Vaccines Coming To The Poor

Many people have been pointing out the inequity of the current vaccine distribution. State officials have found that households making less than $40,000 have double the infection rate of households making $120,000. Wealthy populations have received twice the amount of vaccinations as the poorer ones, despite their lower infection rate.

This is not great news for Fontana. While we do have some wealthy residents, there are not as many $120,000 per year households here as there are in some other places.

California is attempting to address the problem by setting aside 40% of the available vaccine doses. They hope to use data to ensure those doses go to the hardest-hit communities. 

Governor Newsom recently made a statement explaining the reasoning behind the vaccine allocation. 

“With more vaccines online and administered, California is now in a position to take steps toward ending this pandemic by keeping our guard up and by vaccinating those Californians most at risk and most exposed. Vaccinating our most impacted communities, across our state, is the right thing to do and the fastest way to end this pandemic.”
Gavin Newsom

Attempting to ensure equity never goes exactly as planned. I am sure there will be some roadblocks. However, it is a goal worth pursuing. The sooner we get the most vulnerable vaccinated, the sooner we can go back to normal life. 

Covid Testing in Fontana

If you need to get tested for Covid, there are a couple of easy options located in Fontana. 

The Jessie Turner Center provides free testing on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. It is located at 15556 Summit Avenue. 

The Jack Bulik Center offers free testing on weekdays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. It is located at 16581 Filbert Street. 

Testing at both locations is done by appointment only. To set up an appointment, visit sbcovid19.com.

Stimulus Checks

There is a bit more good news. The third round of stimulus checks seems to be coming soon. There are still some procedural hurdles that it needs to clear, but it seems like a virtually done deal. According to President Biden, people may start seeing their $1,400 by the end of the month.

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