The State of California continues to act to protect public health and safety as we respond to novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The state is mobilizing every level of government to prepare for and respond to the spread of the virus. Departments are reviewing and applying all guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local public health departments to ensure the safety of our employees as the situation evolves.
Employees should stay informed. The state has created a comprehensive website for
COVID-19 information. Also, please visit the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website and the
California Department of Public Health website. These websites are regularly updated with the latest information and advice for the public.
Discuss options for telework and flexiblework schedules with your supervisor.
Stay away from large gatherings and crowds.
Avoid cruise travel and non-essential air travel.
Clean and disinfect homes to remove germs; practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces.
In response to this new virus, employees should remember to be respectful, fair, and without bias in interactions with all persons. Do not assume someone of a particular national origin, race, or background is more likely to have COVID-19. Public health emergencies, such as the outbreak of COVID-19, are stressful times for people and communities. Fear and anxiety about a disease can lead to social
stigma toward people, places, or things. For example, stigma and discrimination can occur when people associate a disease, such as COVID-19, with a population or nationality, even though not everyone in that population or from that region is specifically at risk for the disease. Stigma can also occur after a person has been released from COVID-19 quarantine even though they are not considered a risk for spreading the virus to others.
Stigma hurts everyone by creating fear or anger towards other people. Stigmatized groups may be subjected to: