About Coronavirus/Flu/RSV

California is experiencing a tripledemic. 

COVID-19, influenza, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) have hit the state hard. California hospitals have seen distressing numbers. The amount of patients with COVID-19 has jumped, and hospitals are seeing similar trends with influenza and RSV. 

The rising case numbers led to shortages of over-the-counter medicines at some pharmacies, as people bought the products faster than stores could replace them. COVID-19 continued to spread, along with the flu and RSV, creating a three-pronged perfect storm. 

This tripledemic affected school and work attendance, travel plans and, of course, hospitals. It threatened to overwhelm health care centers and limit patient access to essential care.  

Despite these challenges — more children needing care because of RSV, rising flu cases, and the continuing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic — hospitals continued their life-saving work to care for patients. 

As California’s hospitals continue their life-saving work during the COVID-19 pandemic, the hospital associations continue to advocate on behalf of hospitals and their patients, in addition to offering these tools and resources:

Streamlining data with the COVID-19 Tracking Tool
Frequently asked questions
COVID-19 Surges: FAQs & Resources for Hospitals
State and federal advocacy efforts
Innovation in the Time of COVID: A Video Series
Planning for the End of the Public Health Emergency

CDPH Updates COVID-19 Health Orders, Guidance

On March 3, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced updates to several state public health officer orders and other guidance, including those related to COVID-19 vaccination, masking, isolation, and quarantine.  The updates include:  If you have questions on the CDPH-related updates, please contact CHA’s Trina A. Gonzalez, or Lois Richardson. For guidance on […]

FEMA COVID-19 Public Assistance Program to Close on May 11

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that the incident period for public assistance funding for eligible COVID-19-related work and reimbursable costs will close when the COVID-19 national and public health emergencies end on May 11.   FEMA’s public assistance program provides disaster response grants to nonprofit health care organizations and other nonprofits in addition to […]

CHA Document Provides Guidance on Continuing Space Waivers 

To assist hospitals that need to continue the use of space waivers after the state of emergency ends on Feb. 28, CHA has developed a document that provides guidance on the steps that must be taken with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Department of Health Care Access and Information (HCAI).  

Upcoming Provider Relief Fund, American Rescue Plan Rural Fund Deadlines

CHA is reminding members of upcoming deadlines for the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Rural Fund and Provider Relief Fund (PRF) Reporting Period 4.   Phase 4 PRF/ARP Rural Funds Reconsideration Process Deadline: Hospitals that believe their Phase 4 PRF or ARP Rural Fund were inaccurately calculated have until 8:59 p.m. (PT) on Feb. 21 to submit […]

CHA Creates Resource to Prepare for End of Public Health Emergency

CHA has created a resource to assist members in preparing for the termination of state and federal flexibilities at the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) declaration.     Resources cover the unwinding of certain regulatory waivers, special coverage, and payment policies. The resource will be updated with any forthcoming guidance from state […]