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UPDATE: MDAQMD moves most personnel to work remotely

Post Date:03/17/2020 10:00 AM

From the Desk of Brad Poiriez, Executive Director/Air Pollution Control Officer 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 18, 2020

The Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District has coordinated efforts with its staff to largely reduce the number of employees working in person at its Victorville office, following guidelines to reduce gatherings, substantially increase social distancing and prevent the spread of COVID-19/coronavirus.

Beginning March 19 through at least April 6, most personnel will perform the essential functions of their positions remotely. MDAQMD is committed to the safety of its staff, permit-holders, residents and stakeholders, and this effort allows the District to continue operating according to its authority under the Health and Safety Code of the State of California.

As staff works remotely, the District will maintain constant monitoring of ambient air quality, working to reduce emissions.

Communications staff will continue its work in relaying District information and answering questions as appropriate from the public and media.

Select staff will attend to the building in staggered schedules to follow guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and the departments of public health for San Bernardino and Riverside counties.

“We are fortunate to have the ability to continue our responsibilities and functions while taking these steps to protect our staff and residents,” said Brad Poiriez, Executive Director of the District. “Our jurisdiction includes tight-knit communities and I’m confident we will all get through this by working together in these difficult times.”

Questions about the information in this advisory and other MDAQMD business should be directed to Communications Supervisor Ryan Orr at ROrr@mdaqmd.ca.gov or 760.245.1661, ext. 3001.

MDAQMD is the air pollution control authority and permitting agency for the High Desert portion of San Bernardino County and the Palo Verde Valley in Riverside County. It’s governed by a board of 13 members representing nine incorporated municipalities and two counties within its boundaries. Visit mdaqmd.ca.gov or follow us on social media @MDAQMD.

For more information on what you can do, visit http://wp.sbcounty.gov/dph/ or https://www.rivcoph.org/.