UPDATE: (Thursday, April 2, 2020) Mayor Pro Tem Gerardo Hernandez is confirmed to have COVID-19.
NOTE: This article has been edited. Mr. Gerardo Hernandez is believed to have COVID-19, but the second tests are still pending results. He is not yet confirmed to have COVID-19 at this time.
ADELANTO, Ca. – The wife of Gerardo Hernandez, the City of Adelanto’s Mayor Pro Tem announced on Tuesday that her husband is suffering from symptoms consistent with COVID-19.
Tracy Hernandez said that she wanted to make the announcement in order to be fully honest with the public about his condition. She said that he was admitted to the hospital on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. She said his entire stay has been a fight for his life and since the disease is highly contagious, he must be in an isolation room without any family or friends by his side. “He is in critical condition,” she explained in her written Facebook post. “He is intubated, in a medical coma, has multiple organ failure, acute kidney failure, septic shock, and is having dialysis every two days.”
Tracy said that his symptoms began as only those consistent of a common cold around Monday, March 9, 2020. Days later, on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, there was a city council meeting announcing the city’s State of Emergency. Following the meeting, as all residents were urged by the city council to do, the Hernandez family stood in their homes. Hernandez’ condition got worse, so he had a phone appointment with his doctor. The doctor believed based on the information he provided that he had the flu. The same evening, his condition deteriorated and they called 911.
“Upon arrival, the EMTs assessed my husband and deemed necessary for him to be taken via ambulance to the nearest hospital,” she said. “At the emergency room, Gerardo had various respiratory tests, x-rays and lab work completed and was admitted into the hospital.” She said she would have made a statement about his condition earlier but they did not know much and the results for the COVID-19 test were not yet in. “The first labs that were taken came back as a false negative and we are still waiting on the second labs that were done.”
The County of San Bernardino currently has 183 residents who have tested positive and six who have died as a result of COVID-19. A drive-thru specimen point of collection event for COVID-19 testing will take place at the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds located at 14800 7th Street in the City of Victorville from 1-2 p.m. or until supplies last. Meanwhile, the United States tops the charts on the growth of this illness and President Trump now projects that there will be over 200 thousand deaths if the people comply with the stay at home or shelter in place orders.
Meanwhile, Hernandez who also suffers from asthma is struggling to stay alive as Tracy is urging everyone to take the illness seriously. “Please protect yourselves, your families, your neighbors,” said Tracy. “Please stay at home, practice social distancing when necessary, self quarantine or self isolate when needed. Please take this seriously and do not underestimate the reach of this virus.”
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