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Coronavirus/COVID-19

What To Do If You Have A Positive COVID-19 Case At Your Food Facility

Coronavirus

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). This occurs through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes with the potential of fomite transfer. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby, on surfaces, or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Older adults and people who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness. Every person has a role to play.

  • If you feel sick, stay home.  Do not go to work.  Contact your medical provider.
  • If your children are sick, keep them at home.  Contact your medical provider.
  • If you are an older person or have a serious underlying health condition (for example, a condition that impairs your lung or heart function or weakens your immune system), stay home and away from other people. 
  • Wash your hands, especially after touching any frequently used item or surface.
  • Disinfect frequently used items and surfaces as much as possible. 
  • Sneeze or cough into a tissue, or the inside of your elbow.

Riverside County Environmental Health is committed to providing guidance to the public and businesses we serve.  Continue to visit this page for additional information that will be posted here as it becomes available.  

FAQ COVID 19 Information

Current Emergency Public Health Orders supersede all prior Environmental Health guidance

News and Events

The State of California ordered that all Body Art facilities must close and remain closed until further notice due to rising cases of COVID-19. 14 July 2020

The State of California ordered that all Body Art facilities must close and remain closed until further notice due to rising cases of COVID-19.

Bars and Indoor Dining Ordered Closed in Riverside County in Response to Upswing in Coronavirus Cases 7 July 2020

Bars and Indoor Dining Ordered Closed in Riverside County in Response to Upswing in Coronavirus Cases

The California Governor has ordered all bars and indoor dining in Riverside County closed to help slow the spread of coronavirus, which has seen a recent upswing in confirmed cases.

State of California Issues Updated Guidance for Swimming Pools 12 June 2020

State of California Issues Updated Guidance for Swimming Pools

Riverside County Approved for Accelerated Stage 2 by Governor's Office 22 May 2020

Riverside County Approved for Accelerated Stage 2 by Governor's Office

Additional types of retail stores and dining rooms of restaurants are allowed to open with restrictions/modifications .

Riverside County is in the Early Stage 2 Phase of California's Roadmap to Modify the Stay-at-Home Order 13 May 2020

Riverside County is in the Early Stage 2 Phase of California's Roadmap to Modify the Stay-at-Home Order

Golf Courses and Some Outdoor Activities May Reopen with Restrictions 21 April 2020

Golf Courses and Some Outdoor Activities May Reopen with Restrictions

Private and public golf courses in Riverside County closed because of the coronavirus pandemic will be allowed to operate, but with certain restrictions under a revised order.

California Governor Gavin Newsom’s 3/19/20 stay at home order has changed the previous allowance for dining room seating 23 March 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.

Underground Storage Tank Requirements During Government Imposed Coronavirus (COVID1-9) Public Health & Safety Restrictions 20 March 2020

Underground Storage Tank Requirements During Government Imposed Coronavirus (COVID1-9) Public Health & Safety Restrictions

Many counties and cities are under shelter-in-place orders, and occupants of these and other areas are subject to imposed restrictions associated with travel and gathering. The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) understands the hardship this creates for the entire underground storage tank (UST) community, and is aware that non-compliance with regulatory requirements will occur due to these public health and safety restrictions. In areas where public health and safety restrictions are in effect the State Water Board recommends the following: (Click to see the full letter to all UST Stakeholders)

Coronavirus and Retail Food, Beverage, and Other Related Service Venues 17 March 2020

Coronavirus and Retail Food, Beverage, and Other Related Service Venues

This California Department of Public Health guidance is based on what is currently known about the transmission and severity of the coronavirus relating to retail food, beverage, and other service venues

Retail Food, Beverage, and Other Related service venues bring people from multiple communities into close contact with each other and have the potential to increase COVID-19 transmission.

Coronavirus Prevention Guidelines for Food Facilities 10 March 2020

Coronavirus Prevention Guidelines for Food Facilities

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is easily transmissible by droplet contamination. It is likely to be transmissible in foods, drinks, and from most surfaces.

These preventive guidelines can be applied to all levels of food facilities, from temporary to mobile to fixed.

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The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is easily transmissible by droplet contamination. It is likely to be transmissible in foods, drinks, and from most surfaces. These preventive guidelines can be applied to all levels of food facilities, from temporary to mobile to fixed. Fortunately, the virus is easy to destroy. The California Retail Food Code (CRFC) regarding cleaning and sanitizing of equipment and utensils, as well as employee health and hygiene, are effective measures against the spread of COVID-19. Unlike bacteria and fungi, viruses are not alive and can persist on surfaces or in food products for up to a few hours. Once in a human host they quickly multiply and cause illness or disease.

The outbreak of coronavirus, or COVID-19, has led to strict requirements for businesses in California. Many businesses have been restricted or decided to close; however, facilities vital to food distribution are critical to communities and can make changes to stay open*. These changes are being enacted to decrease the spread of COVID-19 while also providing the necessary food for our communities. Read these guidelines for detailed information.

 

 

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