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This guidance is based on what is currently known about the transmission and
severity of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The California Department of
Public Health (CDPH), will update this guidance as needed and as additional
information becomes available.
This document is intended to be statewide guidance to help both individuals
and caregivers inform their decision making. Decisions by individuals and
caregivers should be determined by the specific circumstances in local
COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a novel virus that has been spreading
worldwide. Community-acquired cases have now been confirmed in California.
We are gaining more understanding of COVID-19’s epidemiology, clinical
course, immunogenicity, and other factors as time progresses, and the situation
is changing daily. CDPH is in the process of monitoring COVID-19, conducting
testing with local and federal partners, and providing guidance and resources
to prevent, detect and respond to the occurrence of COVID-19 cases in
At this time, community transmission of COVID-19 has occurred in California.
Individuals with Access and Functional Needs should prepare for possible
impacts of COVID-19 and take precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19
as well as other infectious diseases, including influenza and gastroenteritis.
The complete clinical picture with regard to COVID-19 is not fully understood.
Reported illnesses have ranged from asymptomatic to severe, including illness
resulting in death. Older people and people with certain underlying health
conditions including heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes, for example,
seem to be at greater risk of serious illness.
Individuals and caregivers can take steps now to slow the spread of respiratory
infectious diseases, including COVID-19. CDPH recommends implementing the
The comprehensive guidance from the CDC, Preventing the Spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 in Homes and Residential Communities, applies to all
who anticipate close contact with persons with possible or confirmed COVID-19
in the course of their work. This guidance discusses prevention steps for: