- Riverside County to begin coronavirus antibody testing as part of prevalence study – June 22, 2020
- Statewide face covering requirement responds to increased cases, supports local reopening efforts English / Spanish / Face Covering Guidance – June 18, 2020
- Riverside County creates “mobile testing team” to serve targeted communities English / Spanish – June 17, 2020
- Additional personal care businesses to reopen Friday with enhanced safety measures in place English / Spanish – June 17, 2020
- Coronavirus testing returns to Blythe; other changes announced for test sites – June 12, 2020
- Riverside County passes 10,000-case mark of confirmed coronavirus cases: English / Spanish – June 11, 2020
- Cancelling Coachella And Stagecoach on Dates Currently Scheduled – June 10, 2020
- Coachella and Stagecoach music festivals canceled English / Spanish– June 10, 2020
- More businesses set to reopen Friday English / Spanish – June 10, 2020
- Short-term vacation rentals to resume in Riverside County English / Spanish – May 29, 2020
- Cool centers open throughout Riverside County; offer escape from extreme heat English / Spanish – May 29, 2020
- Coronavirus drive-up testing site to open at former Sears location in Riverside – May 27, 2020
- Coronavirus patients from Imperial County transferred to Riverside County hospitals – May 27, 2020
- Barbershops, hair salons can now open in Riverside County English / Spanish – May 26, 2020
- Houses of worship to reopen in Riverside County following statewide guidance English / Spanish – May 25, 2020
- GUIDANCE Places of Worship and Providers of Religious Services and Cultural Ceremonies – May 25, 2020
- Three new walk-up coronavirus testing locations to open Tuesday – May 22, 2020
- Riverside County Guidelines for Safe Reopening | Shopping | Dine-In Restaurants – May 22, 2020
- State approves Riverside County’s readiness to move to accelerated stage 2 English | Spanish – May 22, 2020
- Two new walk-up coronavirus testing sites opened in Riverside County – May 18, 2020
- Riverside County attests readiness to safely reopen based on public health data – May 15, 2020
- More business for restaurants that join new meal program English | Spanish – May 13, 2020
- Four Riverside County Youth Probationers Positive for COVID-19 Returned from Out-Of-State Facility – May 13, 2020
- Teenagers and young adults encouraged to get tested for coronavirus English | Spanish – May 11, 2020
- Riverside County reverts to state orders – May 8, 2020
- Curb-side retail starts tomorrow in Riverside County – May 7, 2020
- Riverside County buildings illuminated in lime green – May 7, 2020
- County Buildings to be Lit Lime Green for Mental Health Month – May 6, 2020
- Environmental Health issues guidance on shared pools in response to coronavirus English / Spanish – May 6, 2020
- State testing sites to open in Riverside County English | Spanish – May 5, 2020
- Resources available for seniors in Riverside County during heat wave – May 4, 2020
- Riverside County launches Economic Recovery Task Force – May 1, 2020
- Clarification of local health officer orders – April 29, 2020
- Riverside County Offers Growing List of Food Resources for Homebound Seniors – April 29, 2020
- Health Officer orders amended; face coverings, social distancing continues English / Spanish – April 29, 2020
- Jobseekers may apply for workforce assistance programs English | Spanish – April 28, 2020
- Confirmed cases of coronavirus increases in skilled nursing facilities English | Spanish – April 27, 2020
- Coachella Valley seniors encouraged to run air conditioning during heat wave English / Spanish – April 24, 2020
- County receives CARES funding to support coronavirus response English / Spanish – April 24, 2020
- Riverside County launches map of local food resources English / Spanish – April 23, 2020
- Behavioral health support available to public to assist with coping and anxiety – April 23, 2020
- Golf courses and some outdoor activities may reopen with restrictions English / Spanish – April 20, 2020
- Testing for coronavirus expanded to residents without symptoms English / Spanish – April 17, 2020
- Teams deploy to support licensed care facilities English / Spanish – April 14, 2020
- County urges residents to volunteer for medical and nonmedical positions – April 11, 2020
- Fourth drive-up COVID-19 testing site scheduled to open in Perris – April 11, 2020
- Drive-in religious services permitted this weekend only – April 11, 2020
- Riverside County launches mobile app to report nonessential businesses – April 9, 2020
- Second federal medical station to be set up in Riverside English / Spanish – April 9, 2020
- A skilled nursing facility in Riverside evacuated English | Spanish– April 8, 2020
- Public health officer extends order on short-term lodging restrictions to June 19 – April 6, 2020
- COVID-19 cases found at a skilled nursing facility in Riverside English | Spanish– April 5, 2020
- Riverside County Public Health Officer orders public to stay home and cover face when leaving – April 4, 2020
- Riverside County Public Health officer orders golf courses closed – April 2, 2020
- Riverside County Public Health officer extends school closure order to June 19 – April 2, 2020
- Recreational vehicle parks deemed essential businesses – April 1, 2020
- Medical donations and medical volunteers needed to prepare for COVID-19 surge – March 30, 2020
- Third drive-up COVID-19 testing site opens in Riverside – March 30, 2020
- Coachella Valley drive-up testing site relocated to county fairgrounds – March 28, 2020
- Governor Newsom Takes Executive Action to Establish a Statewide Moratorium on Evictions– March 28, 2020
- Doctor tests positive for COVID-19, patients potentially exposed– March 27, 2020
- Death of 25-year-old shows deadly disease can impact anyone– March 27, 2020
- Riverside County receives federal medical station to increase hospital capacity– March 25, 2020
- County provides emergency housing for homeless individuals– March 23, 2020
- California Governor Gavin Newsom’s 3/19/20 stay at home order has changed the previous allowance for dining room seating. The recent order now prohibits dining in restaurants. Delivery and pick-up services are encouraged. – March 23, 2020
- Riverside County expands COVID-19 testing capacity in western Riverside County as part of California Community-Based Testing Program– March 22, 2020
- Critical food bank operations in Coachella Valley to be supported by California National Guard – March 22, 2020
- CA Governor Gavin Newsom issues ‘safer at home’ executive order – March 20, 2020
- Riverside County to help carry out governor’s statewide stay at home order – March 20, 2020
- Drive-up COVID-19 testing in Coachella Valley available by appointment only – March 19, 2020
- Drive-up COVID-19 testing in western Riverside County to open on Saturday by appointment only – March 19, 2020
- Vendor at skilled nursing facility tests positive for COVID-19 – March 19, 2020
- Message to Food facilities regarding occupancy – March 18, 2020
- Extended school closure order – March 18, 2020
- County buildings will close to in-person visits – March 17, 2020
- First COVID-19 cases announced in western Riverside County – March 17, 2020
- First COVID-19 deaths reported in Riverside County – March 16, 2020
- Cancellation orders of gatherings of more than 10 – March 16, 2020
- COVID-19 information for people living with HIV – March 16, 2020
*** Update As of 3/26/20 ***
The Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce is making personal phone calls to all of our member businesses to check in on how COVID-19 is affecting your business. Many of our member businesses are facing dynamic challenges. When these challenges are met with a rapid pace of change and uncertainty – more of our members are expressing a need for help, resources, and connection. So, I called (and am emailing now) to do just that.
Please give me a call or email back with any questions or support you might need. Also, we’d like to update the information we have for your business (so we can get relevant information to the right people at your business). If you have any HR, Sales, or Operations Managers whose contact information you can share, we’ll keep them informed of relevant resources for their part of the business.
Lastly, Please feel free to visit TVCC’s COVID-19 Information & Resources page. It has an extraordinary amount of information and resources for residents, employers, & employees. We also feature current feed from the Healthcare and Governmental influencers and decision makers over our community.
TVCC is here for you. Please reach them any time for support or assistance. Thank you!
*** Update As of 3/25/20 ***
As Inland Empire residents continue to feel the economic impacts of the coronavirus crisis, I wanted to share some helpful resources for employees and business owners.
Information For Workers
There are options to help working people who have lost their jobs or seen reduced wages or hours as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. These options include Disability Benefits, Paid Family Leave Benefits, and Unemployment Insurance Benefits. Information on California’s options for filing for any coronavirus-related unemployment, leave, or disability benefits can be found here.
Unemployment Insurance Information
Recently, Congress passed legislation to enhance states’ unemployment insurance programs and to alter requirements to help workers affected by closures or lay-offs as a result of the coronavirus crisis.If you are temporarily out of work and plan to return to the same employer, you do not need to meet the usual requirement of looking for work while you are collecting UI benefits.
If you are self-employed or an independent contractor and are unable to work as a result of the spread of coronavirus, you may be eligible for unemployment insurance.
You may also be eligible to file a claim if your employer has reduced your hours or suspended operations due to coronavirus. To estimate your weekly benefit amount, use California’s Unemployment Insurance Benefit Calculator. To learn more about Unemployment Insurance or file a claim, click here.
Disability Insurance Information
If you are sick with COVID-19 or are in a medically-advised quarantine due to exposure to COVID-19, and you have the necessary supporting medical documentation, you are eligible to file a claim for Disability Insurance. This benefit will help provide temporary income assistance to those who are eligible. Learn more here.
Paid Family Leave Information
If you have to care for a family member who is sick or quarantined as a result of COVID-19 and are unable to work, you may be eligible for paid family leave benefits. You may also qualify if your normal means of childcare have been disrupted due to COVID-19. Benefits amounts are approximately 60-70% of wages depending on income. Learn more about paid family leave benefits here.
Information for Employers and Business Owners
What if I have to cut wages or hours for my employees?
The Unemployment Insurance Work Sharing Program can help business owners avoid potential layoffs. The program allows employers to retain employees and offset wage reduction with unemployment insurance benefits. To qualify, hours and wages must be reduced by no more than 60%. More information on the program is available here.
What happens to employees who are temporarily laid off?
Employees can file for unemployment benefits as long as they are unemployed and otherwise eligible. Workers who expect to return to their jobs are not required to actively seek work during the time they’re unemployed. Contact the Employment Development Department to learn more.
Is tax relief available for my business?
The Governor’s office recently issued guidance stating California business owners may request an extension of up to 60 days to file payroll taxes. To learn more about requesting this extension, click here.
The IRS has also delayed the federal tax filing deadline from April 15 to July 15, 2020.
How do I protect my employees and customers?
On March 21, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order stating that all non-essential businesses should be closed at this time. You can find a list of businesses considered essential here.
If your business is staying open, the State of California has updated guidance on keeping employees and customers safe here.
*** Update As of 3/20/20 ***
Helpful Resources/Links for Employers in California Regarding COVID-19
As an employer in California there are specific items to be aware of. Almost everyone including Employers, HR departments and Employees have questions regarding COVID-19. It is important that we continue to communicate often as we respond to this challenge together.
California Payroll wants to ensure you that you can continue to look to us for the support to assist your organization as the situation evolves. Below are links to key resources with helpful information:
HR Resources for California Employers EDD: Work Sharing Program (in CA):
Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) – FAQs on laws enforced by the California
Labor Commissioner’s Office: https://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/2019-Novel-Coronavirus.htm
The California Labor & Workforce Development Agency (LWDA): Guidance for Employers and Workers (in CA):
Benefits for Workers Impacted by COVID-19 (in CA):
EDD: Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19):
EDD: Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) FAQs (for employee):
California Labor Commissioner’s Office Frequently Asked Questions:
Coronavirus (COVID-19) in California:
Small Business Disaster Assistance SBA Disaster Assistance in Response to the Coronavirus:
Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19):
Drive-up COVID-19 testing in western Riverside County to open on Saturday by appointment only
Riverside County health officials are encouraging western Riverside County residents who have symptoms and are concerned they could have coronavirus (COVID-19) to get tested at a drive-up facility set up at the Diamond Stadium in Lake Elsinore. Testing will begin Saturday (March 21) and run through Sunday (March 22) by appointment only.
Those who want to get tested must have symptoms and must call 800-945-6171 to schedule an appointment before showing up at Diamond Stadium. Call wait times may vary. Drive-ups without appointments cannot be accommodated. Some of the symptoms include fever, sore throat, cough, runny nose or congestion. Those who have a risk of exposure may also be tested, which means exposure to a confirmed case or have
traveled to an affected area. “Just as we demonstrated during the Holy Fire, the Holy Floods and the Super Bloom now is the time to take this situation seriously and to unite and support one another to overcome this
latest crisis,” Lake Elsinore Mayor Brian Tisdale said. “This is going to take extreme measures, and it is our turn to step in and offer our support to ensure a coordinated and collaborative approach to best serve and protect all of Riverside County.” Testing starts at 9:30 a.m. and runs until 3 p.m. by appointment only. The address is 500 Diamond Drive in Lake Elsinore. Testing will be set up in parking lot C.
Lake Elsinore City Manager declared a public emergency on Tuesday (March 17) and the proclamation will be ratified by the city council at its next meeting (March 24).
Read more about the city’s efforts to address COVID-19 at www.lake-elsinore.org/coronavirus.
*** Update As of 3/18/2020 ***
As you’ve likely heard, there are now multiple cases of COVID-19 confirmed in San Bernardino County. While we must continue to be cautious and use social-distancing to prevent the spread of the virus, there is still no need to panic. In this message, you’ll find helpful guidance and a list of resources available to those in our community who have been affected by this crisis.
Keeping Your Family Safe
Right now, the best thing we can do to contain the spread of this virus is practice social-distancing. This means avoiding any large crowds, minimizing contact with others and staying away from public spaces. By doing this, we can limit the number of new cases, allowing our health care system to treat those who need care most urgently.
If you have non-medical questions about COVID-19, its effects in our community or resources available, I encourage you to call the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health’s coronavirus hotline at (909) 387-3911 or email email@example.com.
Further guidance on how to best care for yourself and your loved ones, including what to do if you feel sick, can be found here:
- San Bernardino County Department of Public Health Coronavirus Information
- Updates from the California Department of Public Health
- Latest Guidance from the Centers for Disease Control
Meal Services for Students
While schools in our region remain closed, many school districts are still offering meal services for the students. Information on each district’s meal services is available at the following links:
- San Bernardino Unified School District
- Colton Joint Unified School District
- Fontana Unified School District
- Redlands Unified School District
- Rialto Unified School District
- Cucamonga School District
- Alta Loma School District
- Chaffey Joint Union High School District
- Central School District
- Upland Unified School District
- Riverside County Office of Education
Resources for Small Businesses
I understand that the restrictions on public gatherings and dining out are hurting small business owners and families throughout San Bernardino County. If you or someone you know owns a small business that’s been affected by closures as a result of coronavirus, resources are available. The Small Business Administration is now offering Economic Injury Disaster Loans to businesses in need of assistance. Click here to learn more.
Resources for Veterans
To help limit the spread of COVID-19 throughout our veterans’ health system, veterans feeling symptoms such as shortness of breath, cough, or fever should call the Loma Linda VA at (909) 825-7084 ext. 5085 prior to visiting a medical center. More information for veterans can be found here.
Continued Federal Efforts
As you may know, the House of Representatives passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act late last week. The bill establishes two weeks of paid sick leave, up to three months of paid family and medical leave, and enhances unemployment insurance for American workers. It also increases funds for food security programs such as SNAP, and makes all coronavirus tests free to patients. The bill is currently pending before the Senate. Please know that I will continue to do all I can to ensure our community has the resources we need to face this crisis head on.
As this situation continues to evolve, I urge you to take the necessary precautions to keep you and your family healthy. Remember, we’re all in this together, and will come out the other side stronger than ever.
Efforts to contain the spread of this virus are ongoing, but each of us can do our part to help educate our community and prevent the spread of infectious diseases like Coronavirus. Below are some steps recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and California Department of Public Health to help keep you and your family safe.
- Wash your hands regularly with soap and water, especially after spending time in public spaces or interacting with others.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Clean and disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- You do not need a mask unless you are symptomatic.
- Stay away from work, school or other people if you become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough.
So far, there have not been any confirmed cases of Coronavirus in the Inland Empire. While it is important to take precautions to keep yourself healthy, there is no need to panic. The majority of Coronavirus cases are mild with symptoms similar to the common cold. Should you begin to feel unwell, call your primary care provider right away.
One of the most important steps you can take to help combat the spread of this virus is to help combat the spread of misinformation. Be aware of false or misleading information on social media, and rely on trusted sources such as the CDC.