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A Resource Guide for Local Health Departments
During the COVID-19 pandemic, workplaces across California have experienced COVID-19 cases and outbreaks among workers. Local health departments play an important role in working with employers to address COVID-19 in the workplace. This resource document was created to provide local health departments (LHDs) with best practices and tools for assisting employers in their jurisdictions who have identified cases of COVID-19 at the workplace.
Under current laws and regulations, non-healthcare employers must notify the LHD when they identify three or more cases of COVID-19 among workers at the workplace within a 14-day period. Once an employer reports cases to the LHD, CDPH recommends that LHDs investigate to determine whether the cases in a workplace constitute an outbreak, according to
CDPH outbreak definitions, and prioritize investigations in high risk settings described in the
Case Investigation, Contact Tracing, and Outbreak Prevention Priorities. LHDs should report confirmed workplace outbreaks to CDPH, following
CDPH workplace outbreak reporting guidance. As outbreak circumstances and work practices vary, LHDs may need to tailor their recommendations to meet the specific needs of the workplace.
This resource document is intended to provide a comprehensive set of public health best practices and strategies to help local health departments assist employers in responding to cases of COVID-19 in their workplace. In non-healthcare workplaces, employers are responsible for ensuring that their actions to protect employees comply with the legal requirements of
AB 685 (Chapter 84, Statutes of 2020) (see
CDPH FAQs) and the Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS). To avoid potential penalties, employers should be advised to consult Cal/OSHA's COVID-19 ETS regulatory language, Frequently Asked Questions, and other materials at the COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards resources webpage. This resource does not restate the comprehensive requirements of the ETS.
This resource is not intended for use in managing or preventing outbreaks in healthcare, congregate living settings, or other workplaces where Cal/OSHA's Aerosol Transmissible Diseases (ATD) standard (Title 8,
Section 5199) applies.
This LHD-specific resource is intended to supplement other CDPH guidance documents and resources. LHDs may also wish to consult CDPH's companion
Responding to COVID-19 in the Workplace for Employers resource, which includes additional sections on testing, contact tracing, and worker notification, and share this resource with employers in their communities.
Links to additional resources are provided at the end of this document. For further assistance with COVID-19 outbreaks in workplaces, LHDs may seek consultation from CDPH by emailing
Originally Published on June 16, 2020