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California’s Department of Public Health Updates COVID Guidance

15 Jan

Update Applicable to:  Effective date
  All employers and multi-state businesses with at least 1 worker in the state of California.    See details below

What happened?

On January 9, 2024, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) updated it is COVID-19 isolation guidance, 

What are the details?

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) updated its definition and protocol for what they considered an “infectious period,” moving away from a standard five days of isolation (for COVID cases) to focus on clinical symptoms to determine when to end isolation.

The California Division of Occupational Health and Safety (Cal/OSHA) COVID regulations (in effect until 2025), incorporate the CDPH’s definition of infectious period and its guidance for isolation. This means that the revised CDPH guidance applies to workplaces covered by Cal/OSHA’s COVID-19 regulation.

The order expresses that all people should wear a mask according to the recommendations of When and Why to Wear a Mask by the CDPH.

The updated topics are:

Business Considerations

  • Update your policies to meet the new definitions.
  • It is recommended that, for a possible case, wearing a mask and getting tested are good policies to implement.
  • Follow the recommendations and regulations in the Workplace Settings here: link.


Source References

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