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04 Aug

August 2021: California Department of Public Health Issues Health Care Worker Mandate

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Update Applicable to:
All employers in California who operate or have employees in the facilities listed below. 

What happened?
On July 26, 2021, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued a new order for health care workers due to the rise in COVID-19 cases. 

What are the details?
Effective August 9, 2021, employers with employees in the following facilities are covered and applicable to the COVID-19 prevention order released by the CDPH. With full compliance being required to have been achieved by August 31, 2021.

  • Acute health care and long-term care settings, including:
    • General Acute Care Hospitals
    • Skilled Nursing Facilities (including Subacute Facilities)
    • Intermediate Care Facilities
  • High-risk congregate settings, including:
    • Adult and Senior Care Facilities
    • Homeless Shelters
    • State and Local Correctional Facilities and Detention Centers
  • Other health care settings, including:
    • Acute Psychiatric Hospitals
    • Adult Day Health Care Centers and Adult Day Programs Licensed by the California Department of Social Services
    • Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) and PACE Centers
    • Ambulatory Surgery Centers
    • Chemical Dependency Recovery Hospitals
    • Clinics and Doctor Offices (including behavioral health, surgical)
    • Congregate Living Health Facilities
    • Dental Offices
    • Dialysis Centers
    • Hospice Facilities
    • Pediatric Day Health and Respite Care Facilities
    • Residential Substance Use Treatment and Mental Health Treatment Facilities 

The order requires that the covered facilities verify the vaccination status of workers and implement a plan to track verified worker vaccination statuses. In addition, the order mandates COVID-19 testing requirements for employees who are unvaccinated or incompletely vaccinated. The requirements are based on the type of facility that the employee works at. The order also sets mask and respirator requirements for covered facilities that must be followed.

The order is here

An article on the order is here. 

What do employers need to do?
Employers in covered facilities should review the order in full here and follow the guidance provided to implement the requirements stated to stay in compliance with the CDPH and their COVID-19 prevention efforts provided by the order.