We’re all in this together. We are working rapidly to keep our state healthy.
COVID-19 (Corona Virus)
Update: April 2, 2020
NOTICE: ALL RIALTO PARKS ARE CLOSED
UNAUTHORIZED USE IS AT YOUR OWN RISK
COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS AND PARK CLOSURE INFORMATION
- Playgrounds, Skate Parks, and Exercise Equipment are closed until further notice
- Social Distancing of 6 feet is required if you are walking through the park
- No gatherings of people are allowed
- Park restrooms are closed
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL (909) 421-4949
CARING FOR CHILDREN DURING THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK
Steps to protect children from getting sick
- Clean hands often using soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- Avoid people who are sick (coughing and sneezing)
- Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces daily in household common areas (e.g. tables, hard-backed chairs, doorknobs, light switches, remotes, handles, desks, toilets, sinks)
- Launder items including washable plush toys as appropriate in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. If possible, launder items using the warmest appropriate water setting for the items and dry items completely. Dirty laundry from an ill person can be washed with other people’s items.
You can find additional information on preventing COVID-19 at Prevention for 2019 Novel Coronavirus and at Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities. Additional information on how COVID-19 is spread is available at How COVID-19 Spreads.
Avoid In-Person Activities with School Out of Session
Practice Social Distancing: The key to slowing the spread of COVID-19 is to limit contact as much as possible. While school is out, children should not have in-person playdates with children from other households. If children are playing outside their own homes, it is essential that they remain 6 feet from anyone who is not in their own household. To help children maintain social connections while social distancing, help your children have supervised phone calls or video chats with their friends.
Clean Hands Often: Make sure children practice everyday preventive behaviors, such as washing their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. This is especially important if you have been in a public place.
Remember, if children meet outside of school in groups, it can put everyone at risk.
Help Children Continue to Learn
- Many schools are offering lessons online (virtual learning). Review assignments from the school, and help your child establish a reasonable pace for completing the work. You may need to assist your child with turning on devices, reading instructions, and typing answers.
- Communicate challenges to your school. If you face technology or connectivity issues, or if your child is having a hard time completing assignments, let the school know.
Watch for signs of stress in your child
- Some common changes to watch for include excessive worry or sadness, unhealthy eating or sleeping habits, and difficulty with attention and concentration. For more information, see the “For Parents” section on CDC’s website, Manage Anxiety and Stress.
- Take time to talk with your child or teen about the COVID-19 outbreak. Answer questions and share facts about COVID-19 in a way that your child or teen can understand.
- Go to CDC’s Helping Children Cope with Emergencies or Talking with Children About COVID-19 for more information.
Teach and reinforce everyday preventive actions
- Parents and caretakers play an important role in teaching children to wash their hands. Explain that hand washing can keep them healthy and stop the virus from spreading to others.
- Be a good role model—if you wash your hands often, they’re more likely to do the same.
- Make handwashing a family activity.
Help your child stay active
- Encourage your child to play outdoors—it’s great for physical and mental health. Take a walk with your child or go on a bike ride.
- Use indoor activity breaks (e.g., stretch breaks, dance breaks) throughout the day to help your child stay healthy and focused.
Help your child stay socially connected.
- Reach out to friends and family via phone or video chats.
- Write cards or letters to family members they may not be able to visit.
- Some schools and non-profits, such as the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning external icon and The Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence external icon, have resources for social and emotional learning. Check to see if your school has tips and guidelines to help support social and emotional needs of your child.
Rialto Fire Department: COVID-19 Public Safety Reminder (4-2-20)
Rialto Police Department: COVID-19 Public Safety Reminder (4-2-20)
Update: April 1, 2020
CLEANING AND DISINFECTING: FOR USE AGAINST THE CORONAVIRUS
Meaning of clean
Clean or disinfected? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gets technical about the difference. Cleaning refers to the removal of germs, dirt and impurities from surfaces. Cleaning does not kill germs.
Disinfecting refers to using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces. This process does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs, but by killing germs on a surface after cleaning, it can further lower the risk of spreading infection.
The CDC recommends wearing disposable gloves when cleaning and disinfecting surfaces. Hard surfaces should be cleaned using a detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
For disinfection, diluted household bleach solutions, alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol and most common EPA-registered household disinfectants should be effective. The EPA lists more than 350 disinfectants to help fight the virus.
Prepare a bleach solution by mixing: 5 tablespoons (1/3 cup) bleach per gallon of water or 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water. Products with EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens are expected to be effective against COVID-19.
Soft (porous) surfaces
For carpeted floor, rugs and drapes, remove visible contamination if present and clean with appropriate cleaners indicated for use on these surfaces. After cleaning, launder items and if possible, use the warmest appropriate water setting then dry items completely. Do not shake used or unused clothing, sheets or cloth. While the virus is glued to a porous surface, it is very inert and disintegrates only between 3 hours on fabric.
If someone is sick
Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces daily in household common areas. In the bedroom/bathroom dedicated for use by an ill person, consider reducing cleaning frequency to as-needed.
As much as possible, an ill person should stay in a specific room. The caregiver can provide personal cleaning supplies for an ill person’s room and bathroom. These supplies include tissues, paper towels, cleaners and EPA-registered disinfectants.
Bathrooms should be cleaned and disinfected after each use by an ill person. If this is not possible, the caregiver should wait as long as practical after use by an ill person to clean and disinfect the high-touch surfaces. Household members should follow home care guidance when interacting with suspected/confirmed COVID-19 cases. More info: coronavirus.org
Wash hands regularly
The CDC urges people to wash their hands regularly with soap for 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
And Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush
According to Authority Dental, 0.5% hydrogen peroxide effectively reduces human coronaviruses on a toothbrush. You can mix hydrogen peroxide with water (1 teaspoon of HP, 1 cup of water) to dilute it. Soak a brush for 1 minute then rinse it under running water.
SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM
To access the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program under the recently enacted CARES Act (COVID-19 economic stimulus package), small businesses may access programmatic information and submit an application through SBA’s website, www.sba.gov or the following link: Paycheck Protection Program.
Businesses with fewer than 500 employees are eligible for up to $10 million in loans, which can be used for payroll and other expenses, like insurance premiums, mortgages, rent or utilities. According to the SBA, the Paycheck Protection Program prioritizes millions of Americans employed by small businesses by authorizing up to $349 billion toward job retention and certain other expenses.
Small businesses and eligible nonprofit organizations, Veterans organizations, and Tribal businesses described in the Small Business Act, as well as individuals who are self-employed or are independent contractors, are eligible if they also meet program size standards.
Under this program:
- Eligible recipients may qualify for a loan up to 2.5 times their payroll or $10 million determined by 8 weeks of prior average payroll plus an additional 25% of that amount.
- Loan payments will be deferred for six months.
- The Paycheck Protection Program is retroactive to Feb. 15, meaning small businesses can go back and rehire any workers laid off after Feb. 15 – program term February 15 through June 30, 2020.
- Maximum loan rate is set at 4 percent with a maximum term of 10 years.
- If small businesses maintain their workforce, SBA is authorized to forgive the portion of the loan proceeds that are used to cover the first 8 weeks of payroll and possibly other expenses such as rent, mortgage (not including principal), sick leave, utilities and insurance premiums following loan origination – eligible payroll costs do not include individual compensation above $100,000. Canceled indebtedness resulting from this program will not be included in the borrower’s taxable income.
How to Find Out More
The Small Business Administration has a network of 1,800 approved lenders that process small business loans. If you are interested in a Paycheck Protection Program loan, you should first contact your bank to see if it is an SBA-approved lender. If your bank is not an SBA-approved lender, you can contact the SBA to find one. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Monday on Fox Business Network that small business loans will be made available starting Friday.
Information on the Paycheck Protection Program can be accessed on SBA’s website: www.sba.gov. You can reach the SBA by email at email@example.com or by phone at 1-800-827-5722. Several business groups also have published fact sheets on the SBA’s loan programs, including the Economic Innovation Group and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Update: March 30, 2020
CALIFORNIA HEALTH CORPS
“California’s health care workers are the heroes of this moment, serving on the front lines in the fight against this disease. To treat the rising number of patients with COVID-19, our state needs more workers in the health care field to join the fight. If you have a background in health care, we need your help. Sign up at healthcorps.ca.gov.” Governor Gavin Newsom.
CASES IN SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY GROW
There has been a significant increase in COVID-19 cases in San Bernardino County over the last two weeks. As of March 30, 2020 the County Department of Public Health reports over 110 cases in the County. The first outbreak in a facility in the County has been reported and the first cases in first responders (both police and fire) have been reported within the county. The County Department of Public Health has begun reporting COVID-19 cases by City in their COVID-19 Surveillance Dashboard. You will find that there are cases throughout the County. This is shared to educate not to scare; with the dispersal of cases throughout the County, including the City of Rialto, prevention practices are more important now than ever.
STAYING AT HOME AND SOCIAL DISTANCING ARE STILL YOUR BEST DEFENSE
The growing numbers reinforce the need for individuals to stay home when possible and to practice social distancing when they have to go out. Stay At-Home guidelines from the President and federal government were extended through at least April 30, 2020. The Governor’s Stay Home order remains in effect as does the San Bernardino County Health Officer’s order impacting businesses, events, and social distancing. All City of Rialto offices are closed to the public until May 4, 2020 matching the time that all schools in the county will remain closed. Please help us help you in reducing transmission and flattening the curve of the COVID-19 outbreak by following the stay at home order whenever and wherever possible.
FOOD SHOPPING / RIALTO CERTIFIED FARMER’S MARKET
Access to food, hygiene products and other essentials is critical during this time. When shopping look to maintain social distancing and wash your hands for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer frequently.
The Rialto Certified Farmer’s Market is back after a brief break. It is another option for the community in shopping for food. When attending the farmer’s market you will find mechanisms for creating social distancing in the shopping environment.
Update: March 26, 2020
ARE THERE MORE CASES IN SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY?
The San Bernardino County Department of Public Health (DPH) is the best resource for COVID-19 cases information in the county. Their website includes a simple infographic that shares the information. The one to the right was current as of March 26, 2020 at 12:30pm.
The site also has a link to the San Bernardino County COVID-19 Dashboard shown below which displays surveillance information on overall testing including gender and age of cases.
ARE YOU PREGNANT?
Medical professionals are working to learn more about how the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) impacts pregnant women and their babies. According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention there’s reportedly been no evidence of a mother passing the virus to her unborn baby. Mothers are still asked to take extreme precautions – especially in the last trimester of their pregnancy and you are encouraged to stay home to self-isolate as long as possible.
What to do if you are pregnant:
Practice social distancing, which means being separated from another person by at least 6 feet. Ask your health care provider for virtual or off-hour visits for your prenatal visits, ultrasound and lab testing. Call your hospital or birth center and ask them about any restrictions they have on the number of support persons (e.g. doula, spouses, family) allowed in the room during labor and delivery. If you are in labor and you have, or think may have COVID-19, call the hospital before you go so the staff can properly prepare and protect your baby and others from being infected.
Take care of yourself. We are living through a public health emergency that is creating a lot of stress, fear and anxiety in families across the U.S. For new moms, caring for a new baby while feeling sore, tired and stressed can be a lot to handle. But there are several things you can do to care for yourself:
- Take periodic breaks from watching or listening to the pandemic news stories or going on social media to help reduce anxiety.
- Keep in touch with people you care about and who care about you. Tell your partner, family and friends how you’re feeling.
- While COVID-19 has changed the way, daily life looks for us, there are things you can do to help keep a routine. Every day, take a shower, eat healthy foods and regular meals, drink plenty of water and get a good night’s sleep.
Update: March 25, 2020
The City of Rialto continues to work closely with local supermarkets. Many of the markets and grocery stores within the City and nearby have changed their hours to ensure that employees have time to restock shelves, sanitize, and clean facilities to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). A number of local stores are offering early or extended hours for the benefit of our seniors and those with disabilities. We will keep updating this list as we receive more information. Please be kind and respectful to each other and to store employees during this time.
|Store||Hours of Operations||Seniors & Customers with Disabilities|
|Aldi||9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.||8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Tues & Thurs*|
|Cardenas Market||8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.||7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.*|
|Costco||10:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.||8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Tues & Thurs*|
|El Super||8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.||7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.*|
|Food 4 Less||8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.||7:00 a.m. – 7:30 a.m. Mon, Wed & Fri*|
|Ralphs||8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.||7:00 a.m. – 7:30 a.m.|
|Smart & Final||8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.||7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.*|
|Sprouts||7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.|
|Stater Bros||8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.||7:45 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.*|
|Superior Grocers||8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.||7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.*|
|Target||8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.||8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Wed*|
|Vons||7:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.||7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Mon-Thurs*|
|Walmart||7:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.||6:00 a.m. – 7:00 a.m. Tues*|
|WinCo||7:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.|
The Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to California small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications.
CA Franchise Tax Board: The Franchise Tax Board announced special tax relief for California taxpayers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Affected taxpayers are granted an extension to file 2019 California tax returns and make certain payments to June 15, 2020, for all tax filings and payments due between March 15, 2020, through June 15, 2020.
CA Tax and Fee Administration: The CDTFA has the authority to assist individuals and businesses impacted by complying with a state or local public health official’s imposition or recommendation of social distancing measures related to COVID-19. This assistance includes granting extensions for filing returns and making payments, relief from interest and penalties, and filing a claim for refund.
IRS: The IRS has established a special section focused on steps to help taxpayers, businesses and others affected by the coronavirus
The impact of COVID-19 is not just physical and financial. It is impactful on our mental wellbeing as well. While social distancing is needed to help curb the spread and flatten the curve of infection the isolation is mentally taxing as well. There is a Disaster Distress Helpline is available 24-hrs a day that is answered by trained crisis counselors who can support you or someone you care about who may be feeling distress related to the coronavirus. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text ‘TalkWithUs’ to 66746.
Multi-Media from the City of Rialto:
Update: March 24, 2020
Don’t Mix your Cleaning Supplies:
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is a new respiratory virus. COVID-19 spreads mainly from person to person. It is spread through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land on people who are nearby (within 6 feet). It may also be possible for a person to get COVID-19 (Coronavirus) by touching a contaminated surface or object and then touching their own mouth, nose, or eyes.
Cleaning and disinfecting objects and surfaces, especially those that are frequently touched (such as doorknobs, handles, tabletops, etc.) can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
The City of Rialto understands that there is a shortage of cleaning supplies and it could be tempting to get creative with how you combat it. But before you reach for every cleaning product under your sink and start playing chemist, take caution. People often think that if one product works, mixing it with another one will make it even better. There are certain products, which are safe when used alone, but can sometimes cause unsafe fumes or other chemical reactions when mixed with other products.
Always read the warnings and ingredient labels on cleaning products before use.
Review the attachments on what products should not be mixed with other products.
Update: March 23, 2020
Statewide Stay At Home Order:
To protect the public’s health and slow the rate of transmission of COVID-19 Governor Gavin Newsom, the California State Public Health Officer and Director of the California Department of Public Health has ordered all individuals living in the State of California to stay home or at their place of residence to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
There are exemptions which maintain continuity of operation of the federal critical infrastructure sectors, critical government services, schools, childcare, and construction, including housing construction.
What Can I Do? What Is Open?
Essential services will remain open, such as:
· Gas stations
· Food: Grocery stores, farmers markets, food banks, convenience stores, take-out and delivery restaurants
· Laundromats/laundry services
· Essential state and local government functions will also remain open, including law enforcement and offices that provide government programs and services.
What Is The City of Rialto Doing To Comply With The Order?
City of Rialto offices remain closed to the public but remain open by phone, email, fax and other than face-to-face means to meet your service needs. Each City department has evaluated the workforce related to the Governor’s order and additional staffing changes have been made to maintain essential operations. These changes vary by department but include actions that create social distancing and reduce or eliminate travel to the work environment where possible. The actions include hours, days and shift changes; rotation of personnel; and work from home or work where you are assignments for specified personnel. Our contact information has not changed and each department will remain available to address your needs.
Ongoing State Action:
The State of California and local governments is taking extraordinary steps to protect public health in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Last week, the Governor signed emergency legislation which is allocating $1.1 billion toward the state’s response, issued the Stay at Home order, deployed the National Guard to help support food banks, and signed an executive order to prepare the health care system for a possible surge in cases. Read the Executive Order (pdf) https://covid19.ca.gov/img/Executive-Order-N-33-20.pdf
Learn more about the state’s ongoing COVID-19 emergency response https://www.gov.ca.gov/california-takes-action-to-combat-covid-19/
Update: March 19, 2020
Shopping for Food and Essentials:
To prevent the spread of COVID-19 officials around the world are taking dramatic steps to limit large groups and encourage “social distancing” in hopes of limiting the spread of the disease. Many supermarkets and other stores are taking those some precautions, especially our seniors and the disabled.
The City of Rialto is working diligently with our area supermarkets. As they work to restock shelves and calm shoppers, some stores are taking steps to protect older and vulnerable customers who may be at the greatest risk from COVID-19.
Please click here for today’s Food and Essential Supplies Resource Guide. It has information for stores with added shopping times for seniors and disabled persons as well as contact information for organizations that may be able to assist with food and hygiene products.
A Statewide Resource:
Governor Gavin Newsom launched the State of California’s COVID-19 website which includes ways to stay healthy and resources available to Californians impacted by the outbreak. These include how to apply for unemployment and paid family leave. We’re all in this together. We are working rapidly to keep our state healthy.
Update: March 18, 2020
Changes In The Community:
Beginning today March 18, 2020 the San Bernardino County Public Health Director ordered the cancellation of gatherings of any number of people within the County through at least April 6, 2020. The order also requires the closure of all movie theaters, gyms, health clubs, bars, adult entertainment establishments, and other businesses that serve alcohol but do not serve food. Food and beverage establishment must follow guidance issued by the California Department of Public Health that requires restaurants be closed for dining and open only to drive-through, pick-up and delivery.
This action is incredibly impactful to our community, but it is established to slow the spread and reduce the impact of COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released the President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America “15 Days to Slow The Spread” which notes, America can help slow the virus’ spread and keep our most high-risk populations safe:
- Listen to and follow the directions of your state and local authorities.
- 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 someone in your household has tested positive for the Coronavirus, keep the entire household at home.
- If you are an older American, stay home and away from other people.
- If you are a person with a serious underlying health condition—such as a significant heart or lung problem—stay home and away from other people.
If You Need Routine or Emergency Care:
Anyone experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 that may have had contact with a person with COVID-19, or that recently traveled to countries with apparent community spread should call their health care provider or local public health department before seeking medical care so that appropriate precautions can be taken, according to the department.
Should you need to call 9-1-1 and have flu-like symptoms or are under mandated/self-quarantine, please advise the dispatcher when you call. Sharing this vital information with 9-1-1 dispatchers will help our first responders take the necessary precautions to prevent further spread of COVID-19.
COVID-19 RESOURCES FOR BUSINESSES, EMPLOYERS, AND EMPLOYEES
The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development has compiled helpful information about COVID-19 for employers and employees in California:
The California State Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economic Development and the Economy has compiled resources available to businesses:
The Small Business Administration is offering disaster assistance to small businesses in California that are economically impacted by Coronavirus:
The California Small Business Development Centers offers both State and federal information for small businesses:
The Employment Development Department can assist businesses that have employee and employer concerns:
Update: March 17, 2020
Shopping for food, hygiene products and other essential items has become challenging, especially for seniors and other at-risk populations. Some of our local shopping locations have offered modifications to help the community:
Superior Markets – 151 W. Baseline Road will provide shopping for seniors (65 and older) and the disabled from 7am to 8am daily starting on March 18, 2020.
Walmart Supercenter – 1366 S. Riverside Avenue is providing grocery delivery via Door Dash as a new option.
As we receive information from other vendors in Rialto we will update this content.
How to Contact City Departments During Facility Closures:
Although City departments are closed to the public they are open for business by phone, email, fax and other than face-to-face means. If you need to contact one of our departments you contact them as below Monday through Thursday 7am to 6pm or navigate to their specific page on this website for additional information.
|City Clerk / Management Services||909-820-2519|
|Finance / Information Technology||909-820-2544|
|Human Resources / Risk Management||909-820-2540|
The County of San Bernardino has established a COVID-19 Public Information Line. The line is in operation from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday. The phone number is (909) 387-3911. Please note that this line is for Public Information Only. Please contact your Health Care Provider for medical related questions.
The San Bernardino County Department of Public Health Preparedness and Response Program has established a 24/7 phone number for COVID-19 inquiries by Health Care Facilities and general public, the number is 800-782-4264, press option 6.
The City of Rialto has established a COVID-19 Public Information Line. The line provides information and resources via a message updated daily. The phone number is (909) 820-2525 extension 2099.
Update: March 16, 2020
The City of Rialto continues to assess the impact of COVID-19 (Corona Virus). In accordance with best practices from Federal and State Health Agencies the City of Rialto is taking measured action, consistent with other agencies in the region, to reduce the risk of transmission and overall impact of COVID-19. The City has cancelled all City events and activities and will be closing all non-essential facilities to public at 7:00 a.m. Tuesday March 17, 2020 through at least April 6, 2020. For specific information on this action please see the City of Rialto Letter to the Community #2.
The City of Rialto is also advising residents to avoid non-essential gatherings to protect public health and slow the spread of COVID-19. If you must attend a gathering, please implement social distancing of six feet per person. Gatherings of individuals who are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19, specifically our senior community and those with underlying health conditions, should be avoided unless hygiene control and social distancing can be accomplished. The San Bernardino County Department of Public Health has established a 24/7 phone number for COVID-19 inquiries for use by Health Care Facilities and the general public. The number is 1-800-782-4264, press option 6.
Transmission Tip of the Day: The City of Rialto encourages you to help Break the Chain of Infection by following this Six Steps. (LINK TO “Coronavirus infographic….”)
Posted on March 11, 2020
The City of Rialto encourages those who live, work and play in the City to stay informed, practice prevention through good hygiene, be aware, and be prepared.
The City of Rialto has been tracking and is monitoring the emergency infections disease known as COVID-19 or Corona Virus Disease #19, commonly referred to as Corona Virus. The situation continues to evolve as a more cases are reported. The City’s Office of Emergency Services, led by your Rialto Fire Department in coordination with the Rialto Police Department and the support of all other City Departments is participating in briefings from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the State of California Department of Public Health, California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, San Bernardino County Department of Public Health, and the San Bernardino County Office of Emergency Services. The information shared is integrated into plan for COVID-19 in the City of Rialto.
What is COVID-19?
Coronaviruses are a large group of viruses that are common among animals and humans. This novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is a newly discovered coronavirus that has not been previously detected in animals or humans. The source of this virus is not yet known.
What Are the Symptoms?
Typically, human coronaviruses cause mild-to-moderate respiratory illness although COVID-19 can cause more server respiratory illness. Symptoms are very similar to the flu, including:
- Shortness of breath
Protect Yourself and Others
Clean your hands often
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact
Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
Stay home if you’re sick
Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick.
Cover coughs and sneezes
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow. Throw used tissues in the trash.
Clean and disinfect
Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks. If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
The resources below provide links to external content that is routinely updated in reference to COVID-19: