Health care providers (HCP) are required to report cases of Coronavirus disease 2019
(COVID-19) pursuant to provisions of title 17, California Code of Regulations sections 2500.
HCP reporting is required under section 2500, which states that HCPs must report every
confirmed or suspect case within one working day. (Cal. Code Regs., tit. 17, § 2500, subd.
HCP reporting is largely not automated and requires manual processes that are more time
consuming. In the context of the very large number of COVID-19 cases currently being
identified, HCP reporting remains difficult. At this stage in the pandemic, reporting of all
cases by HCP is not feasible due to volume.
As CDPH currently already depends primarily on laboratory reporting for identification and
monitoring of COVID-19 cases, limiting HCP reporting to COVID-19 hospitalizations and
deaths, reflects the priorities for COVID-19 surveillance. If the situation arises such that the
California Department of Public Health and/or a local health officer requests COVID-19
information from an HCP, this information would still be made available pursuant to section
Please note that HCPs conducting point of care COVID-19 testing are considered to be
laboratories, and therefore are required to report all COVID-19 test results, consistent with
laboratory reporting requirements.
CDPH has updated the State Public Health Officer order Revision Of Mandatory Reporting Of Covid-19 Results By Health Care Providers to align reporting requirements to changes in the
California Code of Regulations and to the evolving priorities for COVID-19 surveillance. These
changes took effect on Tuesday, October 4th, 2022.
Summary of Setting Specific Updates:
- Limits the requirement for COVID-19 reporting by HCPs to only hospitalizations and
deaths: limiting reporting requirements to hospitalizations and deaths reflects the
evolving priorities for COVID-19 surveillance. This adjustment continues the COVID-19
reporting requirements for HCP of a previous order.
- The requirement for HCPs to report COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths is within one
- HCPs conducting point of care testing must still report test results: While reporting
requirements for HCPs have changed, HCPs conducting point of care testing must still
report test results consistent with the requirements for laboratories.
State Public Health Officer order Revision Of Mandatory Reporting Of Covid-19 Results By Health Care Providers