Coronavirus
(COVID-19)


Inland Regional Center is taking measures to minimize the spread of COVID-19 in our community. As an agency, we are operating under the directives of the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) and following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We are also strictly following state and county COVID-19 regulations. 

 

Currently, our Service Coordinators have begun to make visitation to clients in residential facilities and those living independently. Service Coordinators will also stay in touch with our clients and families via telephone, email, and video chat. Other IRC business will also be conducted digitally. 

 

Our Community Engagement team has created this page to help our clients and families during these challenging times. Here you will find helpful links and resources regarding public health resources, IRC service updates, testing locations, food assistance, and much more. We hope this page is of service to our community. 

This page is for general information purposes is not a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment. If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or have been exposed, contact your healthcare provider. Call 9-1-1 if you are experiencing a medical emergency, such as shortness of breath.

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19, also referred to as Coronavirus, is a new respiratory illness. COVID-19 has many symptoms that can include a cough, shortness of breath, and fever. While most people recover from Coronavirus, as of mid-July more than 137,000 Americans have already died because of this illness.

Though we are still learning about it, we know that COVID-19 spreads mostly through respiratory droplets. These droplets are produced when someone sneezes, coughs, or talks.

The best way to protect yourself is to avoid people that you do not live with. You should also practice physical distancing and wearing a mask when you do leave home. Frequent and thorough handwashing, as well as disinfecting surfaces, is also helpful.

Public Health Information

Inland Regional Center is dedicated to sharing relevant resources with our community regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. We believe that the best source of accurate, credible, and timely information are public health organizations.

The following agencies are sharing valuable resources and tips on protecting yourself, local infection data, testing locations, financial/food assistance, and much more.

COVID-19 Vaccine

The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has approved the use of multiple COVID-19 vaccines in the United States and is working to distribute these to individuals across the country. The State of California is rolling out these vaccines in phases, targeting specific groups based on risk.

Currently, San Bernardino County is operating in Phase 1A and is offering the vaccine to IRC Service Providers, at no cost, under the behavioral and mental health workers category. Service Providers must reside in San Bernardino County and will need to present an ID and pay stub for address verification.

Information regarding vaccines for other individuals, including IRC clients and other unspecified groups, will be made available as it is received.

Find out if you are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine by visiting:


MyTurn

“MyTurn” is where you can find out if it’s your turn to get vaccinated and schedule vaccination appointments. If it isn’t your turn yet, you can register to be notified when you become eligible.

https://myturn.ca.gov

Everyone in California will have an opportunity to get vaccinated against COVID-19 at no cost, but our vaccination supply is limited right now.

Are you eligible? Find out if it’s your turn by answering a few questions. It only takes a few minutes. If you’re eligible and vaccine appointments are available through “MyTurn,” you can schedule one. If it’s not your turn yet or appointments are not available, you can register to be notified when you’re eligible or when appointments open up.

NOTICE: Due to the high demand and limited supply of COVID-19 vaccines, appointments may take a few weeks to schedule. San Bernardino and Riverside Counties are adding more appointments regularly and continue to expand statewide.


Information about the vaccines and their safety, Frequently Asked Questions, and other resources can be found here:

https://www.dds.ca.gov/corona-virus-information-and-resources/vaccine-testing/

COVID-19 Testing

Testing locations are now open to any residents, regardless of whether they are experiencing current symptoms. Appointments are still required.

Announcements and Memorandums

Note: We kindly request using remote technology when contacting your loved ones in residential facilities. This is to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and ensure your love ones are safe.

If you need any assistance, please email community@inlandrc.org.

COVID-19 Vaccine Videos

Presented by the State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD)

COVID Vaccine Videos by SCDD Self-Advocates

People with intellectual and developmental disabilities are eligible to receive COVID vaccine right now! To help to make an informed decision about the vaccine, a few of our (SCDD) Councilmembers created this video to share details about the vaccine and answer frequently asked questions. Please note that since the production of the videos, there has been a new kind of COVID vaccine from Johnson and Johnson that only requires one shot.

We would like to thank Council Chair Wesley Witherspoon and Councilmember Nicole Adler for making these videos!

Videos sobre la Vacuna de COVID presentado por Auto-Abogadores de SCDD

¡Las personas con discapacidad intelectual y del desarrollo son elegibles para recibir una vacuna COVID en este momento! El 15 de Abril, cada californiano será elegible para recibir una vacuna COVID. Para ayudar a tomar una decisión informada sobre la vacuna, algunos de nuestros (SCDD) concejales crearon este video para compartir detalles sobre la vacuna y responder preguntas frecuentes. Tenga en cuenta que desde la producción de los videos, ha habido un nuevo tipo de vacuna COVID de Johnson y Johnson que sólo requiere una inyección.

¡Nos gustaría agradecer a la concejal Sandra Aldana por hacer estos videos!

Downloadable Materials and Additional Resources