Coronavirus Update

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SFHSS recommends members stay up to date on the Coronavirus by visiting the San Francisco Department of Public Health (DPH)'s website at

DPH offers a Coronavirus Fact Sheet available which you can download here.

Another source for information about the coronavirus is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The CDC maintains a dedicated page that is updated daily at

The City and County of San Francisco Department of Human Resources (DHR) is also a source for information regarding DHR employee policies regarding the virus. 

DHR has a Coronavirus and City Employees - What You Need to Know handout available for download here.

DHR's Novel Coronavirus Guidance for City Employees (2/8/20) is included below:

  • The San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) is working closely with the State and Federal governments to closely monitor the global outbreak of the novel coronavirus and is taking action to protect the public. The Department of Human Resources (DHR) will keep you updated as the situation continues to develop.
  • The immediate health risk in San Francisco remains low; however, the risk is higher for individuals who have recently traveled to mainland China or have come in close contact with someone who has confirmed novel coronavirus. 
  • Following CDC guidance, travelers from mainland China arriving in the United States since February 3, 2020 should be excluded from work for 14 days, beginning the day after they left China. If this applies to you, or you are not sure, please call SFDPH at 415-554-2830 to be screened and evaluated at what level of quarantine (staying home) applies to you.
  • If you arrived before February 3, 2020, monitor your health for 14 days after the last day in China. If symptoms (fever, cough, or shortness of breath) occur during this time, please contact your health provider, inform them of your travel history, and self-isolate at home pending their advice. 
    • If either of the above apply to you, and you need to stay home, 
      please contact your department’s HR team immediately;
    • you may need to use sick or other leave balances to remain home from work; and
    • you may be able to telecommute if your job duties permit.
  • At this time, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan do not have widespread novel coronavirus infections and are not considered part of mainland China for this guidance.
  • Locally, we advise City employees to take the following actions to protect themselves and their coworkers from infection:
    • 1. Take preventive measures such as frequent hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or an alcohol-based sanitizer, covering coughs and sneezes, and avoid touching your face.
    • 2. Stay home if you are sick. Employees have standard sick leave available to them should they need to stay home due to illness.
  • Employees who have a mild cough or cold symptoms and are able to work can exercise their telecommuting agreement if they have one in place to avoid infecting others.
  • San Francisco remains open for business and we are all expected to come to work as scheduled and ready to give their best, as we do every day.
  • If you do not have any symptoms of illness and have questions about novel coronavirus, please call 311.

Posted On

Feb 11, 2020

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