Dear Third District Resident,

    At the bottom of this email, you will find a list of COVID-19 resources and information. It has been updated as of Wednesday, May 6, 2020. To keep this email relatively brief, some of the older Third District resources are available at supervisorchuckwashington.com/community-resources

     The Riverside County Third District Supervisor’s Office is working remotely to answer constituent questions about property taxes, COVID-19 restrictions and mandates, obtaining benefits and other County-related matters. Staff members are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please call 951-955-1030 or send an email to d3email@rivco.org, and someone will be in touch with you promptly. You may also visit our Facebook and Instagram pages (@supervisorchuckwashington) and Twitter page (@SupWashington).

    Sincere regards,

   Chuck Washington 

California Stage 2 Reopening

Governor Newsom has announced that, as part of California’s Stage 2 reopening process, some businesses can begin reopening on Friday, May 8 if they can meet the guidelines provided by the state. Not all Stage 2 businesses will be able to open Friday. Some examples of businesses that can open with modifications include bookstores, clothing stores, florists and sporting goods stores. Offices, seated dining at restaurants, shopping malls or schools will NOT be opening this Friday – these establishments will be part of a later Stage 2 reopening.

The governor also announced that counties can move more quickly through Stage 2 if they attest that they meet the state’s readiness criteria. Counties must create and submit a readiness plan which the state will make publicly available.

To read the full update on the Stage 2 reopening, click here.

Riverside County COVID-19 Update

As of Wednesday, May 6, 2020, there are 4,672 cases of COVID-19 in Riverside County. There have been 186 deaths and 2,025 recoveries. For more detailed data on the County’s COVID-19 cases, visit www.rivcoph.org/coronavirus. For state updates, visit www.cdph.ca.gov, and for national updates, visit www.cdc.gov.     

Today, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors considered an item to cancel all local public health orders. After more than nine hours of public comments, the Board decided to revisit the item on Friday, May 8 after the County has received more guidance on the governor’s Stage 2 reopening plan. In the past few days, my office has received numerous emails in support and opposition of this agenda item. Therefore, I think it is important to clarify that this item does NOT reopen most businesses in the County. This item contains language that could rescind the local public health orders closing schools, limiting short-term lodging, restricting golf course usage and requiring people to wear face coverings and practice social distancing in public. 

Please be assured that I do not take this item lightly. My office has received hundreds of emails, phone calls and direct messages with your comments – the Third District staff is taking note of all of them.

  • Restaurants Needed for Food Delivery Services
    • Governor Newsom recently announced a new and innovative “Great Plates Delivered” program, which is designed to provide restaurant deliveries to seniors and other adults who are at high risk from COVID-19. This program has the dual purpose of supporting local businesses while providing food to vulnerable populations. The County of Riverside is working diligently to partner with food providers that have capacity to deliver. If your business would like to become a vendor in this program AND you have a delivery system in place, please indicate your interest by filling out the form found in this link.
    • Please note that the Riverside County Office on Aging is still in the implementation process of this program. Your patience is appreciated. To contact the Office on Aging, call 800-510-2020 or visit www.rcaging.org.
  • Assistance Available for Jobseekers
    • Riverside County residents who lost employment due to COVID-19 may receive up to $800 in job loss benefits. The funds can be used for housing assistance, utility assistance, telework equipment and internet access, childcare assistance and transportation assistance.
    • Jobseekers who suffered a permanent job loss due to economic impacts of COVID-19 will be prioritized for assistance.
    • In addition to supportive services, jobseekers enrolled in the program will receive comprehensive workforce services which include career coaching, paid training, on the job training and job placement.
    • For more information on the supportive service program, please call 951-955-9742 or send an email to workforcehelp@rivco.org.
  • Riverside County Launches Economic Recovery Task Force
    • Riverside County launched an economic recovery task force to provide recommendations to the Board of Supervisors on restarting the local economy and rebounding from the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • The board formed this task force with business and community leaders from throughout Riverside County to study how to support businesses in their recovery efforts. The task force is expected to be in place for 18 months and will identify both short- and long-term strategies to assist the local economy.
    • Representing each of the five supervisorial districts and regions of the county, the task force draws upon the established business expertise and resources from local chambers of commerce, tourism bureaus, industry leaders and public sector partners. County staff members from the Economic Development Department and Transportation and Land Management Agency will work alongside the task force to support the critically important objectives of the task force. Special thanks to our The Third District Representatives on the task force: Emily Fallappino, Kimberly Adams, Patrick Ellis and Phil Baily.
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