Releases Updated Guidance for Schools, Colleges & Large Public Events to
Prepare and Protect Californians from COVID-19
Date: March 7, 2020
Contact: Corey Egel | 916.440.7259 | CDPHpress@cdph.ca.gov
guidance builds off existing emergency plans and incorporates latest science on
how the virus is transmitted and global experience fighting COVID-19.
Newsom: The state of California is working around the clock to help shoulder
the burden that Californians are facing during this crisis. We really are all
– Today California officials issued updated guidance to schools, colleges and
universities, event organizers and public health officials as they plan for
further spread of COVID-19.
a question of when – not if – some California public schools will face closure
because of COVID-19. School districts must prepare for these scenarios so that
parents and children can plan for what would happen if their local school faced
closure,” said Governor Gavin Newsom.
also not lost on anyone that these scenarios would put significant stress on
families– especially those with the least financial resources. Already, we are
seeing how this outbreak is having significant economic impact on families,
workers, businesses and communities across California. The state of California
is working around the clock to help shoulder the burden that Californians are
facing during this crisis. We really are all in this together,” added Newsom.
(PDF) guidance for large events.
(PDF) guidance for schools.
(PDF) guidance for colleges and universities.
“We understand Californians are concerned about
the spread of COVID-19 and remind them that the best way to protect yourself
and others is by washing your hands, covering your sneeze or cough, staying
away from others who are sick, and staying home if you are sick. This new
guidance is designed to help California improve preparation and prevention,”
said Dr. Sonia Angell, Director of the California Department of Public Health
and State Health Officer.
Today’s guidance follows guidance
released yesterday to support elder care and congregate living facilities. Elder care and congregate (PDF) guidance.
For more information on COVID-19
and California’s response visit the CDPH website.
COVID-19 in California by the Numbers (as of 10 a.m. Pacific
88 – Positive cases
1 – Death
24 – Cases of positive tests related to federal repatriation flights
64 – Cases not related to repatriation flights
10,250+ – Number of people
self-monitoring who returned to the U.S. through SFO or LAX
49 – Number of local health jurisdictions involved in self-monitoring
15 – Labs with test kits
How Can People Protect Themselves:
Every person has a role to play. So much of protecting yourself and your family
comes down to common sense:
Washing hands with soap and
Avoiding touching eyes, nose
or mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoiding close contact with
people who are sick.
Staying away from work, school
or other people if you become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever
Following guidance from
public health officials.
What to Do if You Think You’re Sick:
Call ahead: If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and may have had contact
with a person with COVID-19 or recently traveled to countries with apparent
community spread, call your health care provider or local public health
department first before seeking medical care so that appropriate precautions
can be taken.
California’s Response to COVID-19:
We have been actively and extensively planning with our local public health and
health care delivery systems. Here are some of the things we are already
California continues to prepare and respond in
coordination with federal and local partners, hospitals and physicians.
Governor Newsom declared a State of Emergency
to make additional resources available, formalize emergency actions
already underway across multiple state agencies and departments, and help
the state prepare for broader spread of COVID-19.
Governor Gavin Newsom requested the
Legislature make up to $20 million available for state government to
respond to the spread of COVID-19.
California activated the State Operations
Center to its highest level to coordinate response efforts across the
24 million more Californians are now eligible
for free medically necessary COVID-19 testing.
California made available some of its
emergency planning reserves of 21 million N95 filtering facepiece masks
for use in certain health care settings to ease shortages of personal
The Public Health Department is providing
information, guidance documents, and technical support to local health
departments, health care facilities, providers, schools, universities,
colleges, and childcare facilities across California
The California Employee Development Department
(EDD) is encouraging individuals who are unable to work due to exposure to
COVID-19 to file a Disability Insurance claim.
EDD is also encouraging employers who are
experiencing a slowdown in their businesses or services as a result of the
Coronavirus impact on the economy to apply for an Unemployment Insurance
work sharing program.
The Public Health Department is coordinating
with federal authorities and local health departments that have
implemented screening, monitoring and, in some cases quarantine of
In coordination with the CDC, state and local
health departments, we are actively responding to cases of COVID-19.
The Public Health Department is supporting
hospitals and local public health laboratories in the collection of
specimens and testing for COVID-19.
The California Department
of Public Health’s state laboratory in Richmond and 14 other public health
department laboratories now have tests for the virus that causes COVID-19.