County services moves to virtual methods

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RIVERSIDE COUNTY – In response to the growing number of local coronavirus cases and rising hospitalizations, county services are now offered through online methods, over the phone or by mail. The Riverside County Administrative Center, along with many other county buildings, closed to the public Monday, July 13.

Community members can visit county department websites or call for assistance on how to complete requests virtually.

“Virtual methods have been long-standing and efficient ways to conduct business with the county. As one of the largest employers in the area, the county family is dedicated to providing high-quality services in a safe manner for our employees and visitors,” George Johnson, county executive officer, said. “Departments have diligently worked to add these safeguards to workspaces, including providing more telecommuting options. Returning to virtual means is one way the county is slowing the spread of the disease.”

County employees began to telecommute when practical or to work in the office while maintaining social distance from other co-workers. When employees arrive at work, they are asked health screening questions and required to wear a face covering or face shield. Employees reporting symptoms are sent home until cleared to return to work.

The supervisors’ meetings will be held virtually, including the Tuesday, July 14, meeting that was held after press time, with members of the public watching and listening online at http://livestream.com/rivcolive or http://www.facebook.com/RivCoCOB/.

Community members can speak before the board via telephone. To speak during public comment or on an agenda item, register with the clerk of the board’s office at least 24 hours in advance online at http://www.rivcocob.org/comments. A follow-up email with additional instructions will be provided.

Some essential facilities continue to be open to the public, including health services, public safety services and cooling centers. County libraries continue to offer curbside services. Residents should call ahead to determine if a county facility is open to the public before visiting.

Submitted by Riverside County.