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.


Latest News

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

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.

The purpose of this bulletin is to provide clarity. As an employer in California, the County is subject to the standards set by Cal/OSHA. In November 2020 Cal/OSHA adopted COVID-19 prevention Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS) to protect workers from COVID-19. While there were proposed revisions to the ETS to delineate between COVID-19 vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals those revisions ultimately were not adopted. As such, the County remains subject to the ETS in place since November 2020. As a reminder, here is a high-level overview of the ETS that remain in place regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status: 

The ETS applies to all employers and employees with the following exceptions: 

  • Workplaces where this is only one employee who does not have contact with other people 
  • Employees who are working from home 
  • Employees who are covered by the Aerosol Transmissible Diseases regulation
  • The ETS requires physical distancing of at least six feet unless it is not possible

The ETS requires employees to wear face coverings and requires the County to ensure the face coverings are worn over the nose and mouth when indoors and outdoors, and within 6 feet of another. Exceptions include:

  • When an employee is alone in a room.
  • While eating and drinking at the workplace, provided employees are at least six feet apart and outside air supply to the area, if indoors, has been maximized to the extent possible.
  • Employees wearing respiratory protection in accordance with section 5144 or other title safety orders.
  • Employees who cannot wear face coverings due to a medical or mental health condition or disability, or who are hearing-impaired or communicating with a hearing-impaired person.
  • Specific tasks which cannot feasibly be performed with a face covering. 

When/if the Cal/OHSA standards change, notification will be provided. We encourage each of you to continue to protect yourselves by practicing physical distancing, washing, and/or sanitizing your hands regularly and taking good care of yourselves during these challenging times. Thank you for your service and your assistance in keeping both yourself and others safe.

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