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.
• If employees are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 because of age or health condition, it is important for employees to take precautions to reduce risk of getting sick. Actions employees can take, in addition to the above steps, to reduce the risk include: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.
• If employees are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 because of age or health condition, it is important for employees to take precautions to reduce risk of getting sick. Actions employees can take, in addition to the above steps, to reduce the risk include:
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:
Stigma affects the emotional or mental health of stigmatized groups and the communities they live in. Stopping stigma is important to making communities and community members resilient. Everyone can help stop stigma related to COVID-19 by knowing the facts and sharing them with others in the community.
This communication is intended to provide general guidance and information to employees during this time of emergency. Every effort has been made to provide current information. However, because of the evolving nature of the emergency, employees are encouraged to check the public health links provided in this communication for the most current information.
If employees have questions not addressed in this communication, they are encouraged to contact their supervisor/manager, human resources office, and/or employee representative as appropriate.