As you may already know, on Saturday, March 7 the Department of Public Health confirmed the first locally acquired coronavirus (COVID-19) case in Riverside County. On Sunday, March 8, Riverside County Public Health Officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser declared a local health emergency in order to harness the full range of resources available. The City of Corona continues to work collaboratively with the Riverside County Public Health Department, Riverside County Emergency Management Department, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to actively monitor the situation.
With the emergence of the Coronavirus over the past couple of months and the accompanying 24/7 press coverage, we’ve all been reminded of the importance of being proactive in looking after the health and safety of our community and our employees. We each play an important role in protecting ourselves, our family, and our coworkers. By practicing healthy habits, we can each do our part to help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses.
You may have noticed the new signs in our restrooms encouraging hand washing. Keeping hands clean is one of the most important things we can do to stop the spread of germs and stay healthy. Our maintenance staff are also continually working to ensure all touchless hand sanitizers are filled. If you see a Touchless Hand Sanitizer Dispenser that needs to be refilled, please email DWP.FrontDesk@CoronaCA.gov to request a refill.
Help keep yourself and others healthy:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
Social Distancing Tips
Social distancing can help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses.
- Substitute face-to-face meetings with phone meetings when possible.
- Use larger conference rooms if you must meet face-to-face
- Avoid handshakes and skin-to-skin contact.
Stay home when you are sick.
- We encourage staff who have symptoms of respiratory illnesses to stay home and not come to work until they are free of fever (100.4° F [37.8° C] or below using an oral thermometer), signs of a fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours.
- Always notify your supervisor if you are sick and plan to use paid sick leave.
- Call Human Resources to discuss your leave options: (951) 736-2209.
The most current information regarding Coronavirus is available at www.rivcoph.org/coronavirus. The county has also established 2-1-1 as a call center to answer general questions from the public and are partnering with IEHP to establish a nurse advice line for all Riverside County residents who have concerns about exposures or testing.
Thank you for your continued service and dedication to serving our community.
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