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.

Updated COVID-19 Guide for Employees concerning Federal and State laws regarding COVID-19

As the County continues to navigate and adapt to the ever-changing guidelines and laws concerning COVID-19 we continue to update the Guides for both Employees and Supervisors/Managers to inform you of the changes in the laws and how they affect you.

The federal and state governments have recently released new guidelines pertaining to which workers are eligible for COVID leave, new Workers’ Compensation guidelines and extended safety protocols pertaining specifically to COVID. The County has updated the COVID-19 Guidance for Employees to specifically address the following: 

a) Department of Labor’s (DOL) revised regulations that provide an updated definition of “health care provider”; 

b) The obligations and entitlements related to COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave, as provided in Assembly Bill (AB) 1867; 

c) Senate Bill (SB) 1159, which allows for certain workers’ compensation presumptions related to COVID-19 related illnesses and;

d) Updates related to Assembly Bill 685 (AB 685) effective January 1, 2021. 

Additionally, the Public Health Department has updated the protocols in place to be followed if an employee has symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19. Separate protocols apply for various groups including First Responders, Healthcare Workers in Acute Care Hospitals, Healthcare Workers working in Skilled Nursing Facilities and Health and Human Services Providers. The Public Health protocols are included in the attached COVID-19 Guidance for Employees. 

If you have additional questions about the updated Guides, please reach out to your Supervisor/Manager or your Human Resources Departmental Representative for assistance. As public servants, our residents, businesses and visitors rely on the services and MESSAGE FROM the ASSISTANT CEO/HR DIRECTOR 2 | HR COVID-19 UPDATE programs we provide across Riverside County. Therefore, the County is committed to providing information as soon as possible amidst the rapidly changing circumstances surrounding COVID-19. We are encouraging each of you to continue to protect yourselves by wearing the required face coverings, practicing social distancing, washing or sanitizing your hands regularly and taking good care of yourselves during this challenging time. Thank you for your service and your assistance in keeping both yourself and others safe.

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