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This page provides information about regulatory issues related to emergencies that may affect clinical and public health laboratories. 

Currently, some laboratories are still requesting information regarding testing “severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2” (SARS-CoV-2), the virus that causes “coronavirus disease 2019” (COVID-19). Links to information and resources will be maintained on this page. 

As other emergencies arise, information of interest to clinical and public health laboratories will be posted on this page.

SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 Information

On February 28, 2023, the Governor of California issued a proclamation terminating the state’s COVID-19 State of Emergency. On May 11, 2023, the federal COVID-19 public health emergency declaration ended.

The state’s SMARTER Plan will maintain California’s operational preparedness to address the next phase of the COVID-19 pandemic and will continue to guide the state’s work to support communities across the state. Additionally, COVID-19 vaccines, testing, and treatment continue to be available at sites within local communities across the state.

For general information about COVID-19, please visit the CDPH Division of Communicable Disease Control webpage​ and the California COVID-19 webpage​, where you can find regular updates with information about COVID-19, including numbers in California, news releases and updates, and guidelines for the general public.

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