Coronavirus (COVID-19)
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and guidance regarding County of Riverside employees.

General Information

The guidance provided below is based on the information we have about COVID-19 and its presence in Riverside County at this time. The situation is fluid and the general advice provided below as to how to handle issues that arise may as a result of the virus may change. Please ensure that you are reviewing the most recent version of this document. If you encounter an unusual circumstance or your specific circumstance is not addressed below, please contact your supervisor or manager for direction.

What is Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.

What are the symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Individuals affected with COVID-19 have mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

Preventing Transmission

It is advised that everyone clean their hands often by washing their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or in the absence of soap and water apply an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60-95% alcohol. If hands are visibly dirty washing them with soap and water is preferred.


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Latest News

Learn more about the recent updates regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) pertaining to County of Riverside employees.

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Kareem Gongora, Senior Public Information Specialist

Updated COVID-19 Protocols

In response to the updated guidance provided by Cal/OSHA on June 17, 2021, the Riverside County Department of Public Health issued updated COVID-19 Protocols effective July 21, 2021 for County Workers, First Responders, and Health Care Personnel in General Acute Care and Acute Psychiatric Hospitals. The purpose of this bulletin is to provide additional clarity regarding the updated COVID-19 Protocols, as well as to further clarify face covering requirements and COVID-19 screening for County employees entering a County building or worksite.

Guidance for Face Coverings

As you may have heard, the state of California is anticipated to reopen on June 15th, 2021. With the reopening and various organizations (California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), California Department of Public Health (CDPH) providing guidance it’s easy to get overwhelmed and confused by all the information being disseminated.

County Reopening & Other Updates

Riverside County’s new coronavirus cases have been steadily decreasing over the past few weeks, resulting in fewer patients requiring hospitalization and intensive care. These decreases are attributed to the safety measures put in place to reduce the community spread of coronavirus. Actions like increasing telecommuting options, online services and wearing face coverings have helped to protect employees and residents alike. 

HR COVID-19 Update: Updated COVID Guides & Public Health Protocols

The screening protocol will now take place at the entry into any County Building.  In an effort to expedite the screening process, the County continues to provide the option to use a mobile application for employees, developed by Riverside County IT, to perform self-assessments using one question that covers all approved screening questions (and will be updated as changes are approved).  Employees may complete a Person to Person screening or optionally leverage this application and simply show the “Cleared Entry Screen” to a screener as they walk by to accelerate the process.  The app does not store data and responses are deleted daily.  

Updated COVID-19 Guides Amid County Reopening

On Wednesday, June 10, 2020, the County Executive Officer, George Johnson, enacted new guidelines in response to COVID-19 amidst the County’s efforts to reopen effective Monday, June 15, 2020.  Human Resources has updated the COVID-19 Guidance for Employees to assist in understanding our response to the County’s reopening and the changes being put in place to ensure a successful transition. The additional guidelines specifically address mandated facial coverings and updated screening protocols.  

Public Health Protocols

As you are likely aware, COVID-19 is increasing in our communities as we reopened businesses and a variety of social type activities. On June 18, 2020, the State released a directive requiring the use of facial coverings for everyone when in areas where social distancing is not possible, such as places of employment, grocery stores, churches, etc.