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

September 18, 2020

All Californians

Responding to COVID-19 in the Workplace for Employers

Click here for a pdf of the checklist

Released June 16, 2020                                                             

  • Revised on September 18, 2020 to:
  1. require all employers to notify local health departments when they meet the reporting threshold of three or more cases of COVID-19 in their workplace within a two-week period.
  2. align return to work criteria with updated guidance from CDC on release from isolation, issued on July 17, 2020.
  3. provide employers information on how COVID-19 exposure or infection in the workplace may impact operations.

Responding to COVID-19 in the Workplace

This checklist is intended for use by employers identifying cases of COVID-19 in their workplace. In non-healthcare or non-residential congregate setting workplaces, CDPH requires employers to report cases of COVID-19 to the local health department (LHD) in the jurisdiction in which they are located and the LHD where the infected workers reside. Employers must use the reporting threshold of three or more laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 among workers who live in different households within a two-week period to notify the LHDs. Employers should be proactive and keep in mind that identification of even a single positive case among workers may quickly develop into a large outbreak. As outbreak circumstances and work practices vary, employers may need assistance from their LHD to plan and coordinate a response that meets the needs of the workplace.

This guidance is not intended for use in managing or preventing outbreaks in healthcare, congregate living settings, or other workplaces where the California Aerosol Transmissible Diseases (ATD) standard (title 8 section 5199) applies.

Employers should also consult:

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