County Offices Begin Reopening

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– Weeks after closing County offices to prevent the spread of coronavirus, San Bernardino County has begun reopening its offices to the general public. The reopening, which began June 1, will be implemented over a four-week period ending June 29.

Each County department is using a risk mitigation “Department Operation Plan” to ensure a safe environment for staff and visitors. The various County departments have devised plans on the basis of extensive research, including study of best practices and focus group interviews with representatives of a variety of departments.

The plans will conform to guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, California Department of Public Health, and the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Elements include:

-Infection prevention measures

-Protocols for social distancing

-Communications and training

-Processes for when employees test positive (for COVID-19)

-Telework guidelines

The different department plans specify a variety of procedures to prevent spread of the coronavirus, including mandating face masks for employees and visitors; social distancing (including the use of floor markers and other tools); installation of freestanding hand sanitizers and sneeze guards for public counters; and blocking off or removing seats in waiting rooms.

They also detail procedures for cleaning and disinfecting facilities, with an emphasis on frequently touched areas such as light switches, doorknobs, elevator buttons and counter tops using disinfectants.

County employees are being asked to remain at home if they are sick, or experiencing mild to moderate symptoms of COVID-19. In addition, every employee is subjected to a temperature check upon arrival to their respective offices. Those with temperatures of 100 degrees and over are sent home.

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