Coronavirus (COVID-19)
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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.

HR COVID-19 Update: Senate Bill 95 (SB 95) COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave

On March 19, Governor Newsom signed Senate Bill (SB 95), which creates new Labor Code section 248.2 and mandates that public and private employers with 25 or more employees provide up to 80 hours of Supplemental Paid Sick Leave for COVID-related absences in addition to paid time off benefits employees receive by law or policy.

The law went into effect on March 29, 2021, applies retroactively to January 1, 2021, and is effective through September 30, 2021. All employees (including TAP and Per Diems) who are unable to work or telecommute due to one of the below qualifying reasons are eligible: 

  • Quarantine or isolation due to COVID-19
  • Employees advised to self-quarantine due to concerns related to COVID • Employees experiencing symptoms similar to COVID and seeking a medical diagnosis 
  • Employees caring for a family member who is subject to quarantine
  • Caring for a child whose school or place of daycare is closed due to COVID
  • Employee attending a vaccination appointment for COVID 
  • Employee experiencing symptoms as a result of the COVID vaccine 

Employees who are considered full-time or who have worked or been scheduled to work, on average, 40 hours per week in the preceding two weeks are entitled to 80 hours of COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave. All other employees, i.e. part-time employees, are entitled to the number of hours the employee would normally be scheduled to work over a two-week period. The total number of hours of COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave to which an employee is entitled is in addition to any prior COVID-19 paid sick leave received in 2020, and in addition to any leaves already available to the employee. Any COVID-related sick leave previously provided to an employee in 2021 may count toward the total number of hours provided under SB 95. Employees will not be required to use other accrued leave before using COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave. Additional information is also available in this FAQ provided by the State of California Department of Industrial Relations. 

The County is updating the COVID-19 Employee Guidelines to assist employees in understanding how SB 95 may apply to them. If you believe you are eligible to receive this COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave and are requesting retroactivity to January 1, 2021, please reach out to your supervisor/manager. If you have additional questions, please reference the poster provided by the Department of Industrial Relations or please contact your Supervisor/Manager for assistance. We’re not out of the woods yet, so continue to protect yourselves by wearing the required face coverings, practicing social distancing and washing or sanitizing your hands regularly. Thank you for your service and your assistance in keeping both yourself and others safe.

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