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State Public Health Officer Order on Visitors Updated

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued a Public Health Officer Order on Dec. 31, 2021, requiring skilled-nursing and other long-term care facilities to adopt a boosted-and-tested policy for indoor visitors. This is an update to the Aug. 5 and Aug. 26, 2021, State Public Health Officer Orders that required general acute care hospitals […]

CDPH Updates Quarantine Guidance – Again

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) revised its quarantine and isolation guidelines for a second time in as many weeks through a new All Facilities Letter (AFL) that takes effect today. Earlier guidance was aligned with recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance, which permitted — in the event of critical staffing shortages […]

Testing for Booster-Eligible Workers Must be Fully Implemented by Jan. 7

After feedback from CHA, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) updated its FAQs on the Dec. 22 state public health order mandating boosters for health care workers. Specifically, CDPH clarified that — while testing for booster-eligible workers must begin on Dec. 27 — health facilities have until Jan. 7 to come into full compliance.  The relevant text […]

Supreme Court to Hear CMS Vaccine Mandate Case

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on Jan. 7 in the lawsuit challenging the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) vaccine mandate for health care workers. CMS will not enforce the mandate while this case is pending. The court will also hear arguments on the federal OSHA vaccine-or-testing mandate for employees with more […]