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California Public Health Care Officer Orders – Aug 5, 2021

Health Care Workers

Workers in specific healthcare settings are required to be fully inoculated by Sept 30.

Workers may be exempt from the vaccination requirements only upon providing the operator of the facility a declination form, signed by the individual stating either of the following: (1) the worker is declining vaccination based on Religious Beliefs, or (2) the worker is excused from receiving any COVID-19 vaccine due to Qualifying Medical Reasons.

Exempt employees must:

  • Test for covid twice weekly
  • Wear a surgical mask or higher-level respirator

Visitors in Acute Health and Long Term Care

Applies to:

  • General Acute Care Hospitals,
  • Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs), and
  • Intermediate Care Facilities (ICFs)

Visitors required to show proof of vaccination or negative test 72 bp us a before entry.

Visitors who are visiting a patient in critical condition, when death may be imminent, are exempt from the vaccination and testing requirements of this Order.

All visitors, regardless of vaccination status or test result, must:

  • wear a well-fitting face mask (a surgical mask or double masking is recommended) upon entry and at all times within the facility;
  • wear any other personal protective equipment (PPE) while in the patient’s room that facility personnel deem appropriate to the situation; and
  • physically distance from health care personnel and other patients/residents/visitors that are not part of their group at all times while in the facility.

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