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State of California—Health and Human Services Agency
California Department of Public Health

AFL 20-45
April 20, 2020

All Facilities

Hotels for Healthcare Workers

​​​​​​​NOTE: This AFL is no longer in effect and is for historical purposes only. ​​

All Facilities Letter (AFL) Summary

  • This AFL notifies healthcare facilities of the Non-Congregate Sheltering for California Healthcare Workers Program, a program that provides hotel rooms to frontline healthcare workers who are exposed to or test positive for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
  • Healthcare facilities must certify to the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) that they treat confirmed or suspected COVID-19 patients for their employees to be eligible. This AFL provides letter templates for facilities to submit to Cal OES.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, California is providing hotel rooms to frontline healthcare workers who are exposed to or test positive for COVID-19. By providing hotel rooms in close proximity to medical facilities, healthcare workers avoid potentially spreading the virus once leaving their shift by electing to stay at pre-identified hotel rooms that are provided at no charge or at a discounted rate. The federal and state government will cover the costs of this program.

To meet the criteria established by this program, the State is requesting that healthcare facilities certify that employees within their healthcare facility have presumably been exposed to COVID-19 and should self-isolate and/or quarantine to avoid further spreading the virus in the community.

Healthcare facilities may use the attached letter template (PDF) to submit to Cal OES for certification. Please save or print the completed and signed letter on your facility official letterhead. Submit all completed and signed letters to by April 30, 2020.

Please note that to meet Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) requirements, this letter must be signed by a leading or supervisory medical official (e.g., Chief Medical Officer, and not an Administrative Official).

If you have any questions about this AFL, please contact the Non-Congregate Sheltering for California Healthcare Workers Program at



Original signed by Heidi W. Steinecker

Heidi W. Steinecker
Deputy Director



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