Biweekly Third District Update

Supervisor Washington

From the Desk of

Chuck Washington

Dear Third District Resident,

The Riverside County Third District Supervisor’s Office is working remotely to answer questions about property taxes, COVID-19 restrictions and testing, social-service 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, and someone will be in touch with you promptly. You may also visit our Facebook and Instagram pages (@supervisorchuckwashington), Twitter page (@SupWashington), and website (

Sincere regards,

Chuck Washington


California COVID-19 Update

Riverside County is currently in the State’s Purple Tier. To see what is open in Riverside County and to read industry guidelines, visit

As of Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, our adjusted case rate per 100,000 residents is 28.8, and our positivity rate is 11 percent. To move to the State’s red tier, we need to have a case rate of fewer than seven per 100,000 and a positivity rate of less than eight percent.

Schools serving students from kindergarten through 6th grade may reopen for in-person instruction when our adjusted case rate falls below 25 per 100,000 and remains there for five days. Schools must also complete a COVID-19 Safety Plan that has been reviewed and approved by state and county health officials and then post it on their website homepage. Schools serving students from 7th through 12th grade may reopen for in-person instruction when our adjusted case rate is below 7 per 100,000. To read the guidelines for reopening schools, visit the following link: If you would like to know local school districts’ plans for reopening, please contact your local school district.


The purple, widespread tier closes many non-essential businesses indoors. The red, substantial tier closes some non-essential businesses indoors.

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Riverside County COVID-19 Update

As of Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, there have been 287,200 cases of COVID-19 in Riverside County. There have been 3,599 deaths and 257,273 recoveries. For more detailed data on the County’s COVID-19 cases, visit For state updates, visit, and for national updates, visit

If you would like to make an appointment to receive a COVID-19 test, visit

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COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Currently, the County of Riverside is prioritizing vaccinating residents 65 and older. If you meet the State’s allocation criteria, but you are under the age of 65, then you may be able to get the COVID-19 vaccine from a private provider, such as a medical facility or pharmacy, or from Curative at the Riverside Convention Center and Palm Springs Convention Center. To find the State’s allocation criteria, visit

Finally, if you received your first vaccine dose at a County vaccine clinic, then a local health official will reach out to schedule your second dose. You will be sent an individualized appointment link - no one else can use that link to schedule an appointment.
Visit to find appointments for those over 65, appointments at the Curative sites, information on second-dose appointments and a list of private providers. Residents 65 and older who need assistance making an appointment can call 2-1-1.

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Office on Aging Offers Free Services to Residents.

  • The County of Riverside’s Office on Aging provides no-cost services to help older adults maintain independence and a high-quality of life.
  • Some of the services are as follows:
    • No-contact meal delivery or meal pick up;
    • Utility, medication and transportation grants; and
    • Family caregiver support;
  • To reach the Office on Aging, call 951-867-3895. Select 1 for English or 2 for Spanish, then wait for a service agent to answer your call.
  • The Office on Aging is also promoting awareness of Friendship Line California, a free intervention hotline and non-emergency warmline providing friendly conversation. To reach the Friendship Line, call 1-888-670-1360.

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State Offers Early Earthquake Warning Tools

  • Most Californians say they are very or somewhat knowledgeable about the steps they can take to prepare for a natural disaster, yet 60 percent remain highly concerned about the potential impact of a disaster on their household.
  • To ensure all Californians are prepared, the California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) is providing critical earthquake warning resources at no cost.
  • In collaboration with partner organizations, Cal OES launched the nation’s first State earthquake early warning system: Earthquake Warning California.
  • The system uses smartphone sensors to detect an earthquake before humans can feel it. It issues a ShakeAlert in real time, providing additional life-saving seconds for people to Drop, Cover, and Hold On.
  • You and your family can take steps to stay safe by downloading the MyShake App or enabling Android Earthquake Alerts or Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEAs). Location services must be “always on” for the technology to connect to nearby ground sensors.
  • For additional earthquakes resources, visit

Through It All: Organizations Offer Discounts for World Spay Day on Feb. 23

  • A coalition of shelter organizations is offering a special discount for pet owners in Riverside County on Feb. 23, also known as World Spay Day.
  • The Animal Welfare Coalition of Riverside County is offering spay surgeries for $25 on the event day.
  • Participating organizations include: Animal Friends of the Valleys (Wildomar), Animal Samaritans (Thousand Palms), Loving All Animals (Coachella), Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center (Riverside), Moreno Valley Animal Services, Palm Springs Animal Shelter, Ramona Humane Society (San Jacinto) and Riverside County Animal Services (Jurupa Valley and San Jacinto shelter locations).
  • Some organizations will offer surgeries for cats and dogs; other agencies may select to perform only cat surgeries.
  • Some of the organizations have pre-arranged appointments for the event. Interested pet owners should visit the websites for each organization to check on appointment availability. Demands for appointments will likely be high, and each organization has a finite number available.
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Veterinary Technician Cynthia Gonzalez performs post-surgery care on a dog on the mobile unit in Highgrove.