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:
CDPH Announces Expedited Process for Nurse Staffing Ratio Waivers The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is now offering an expedited option for hospitals to flex the nurse staffing ratios. This process, which took effect immediately with the release of All-Facilities Letter 20-26.4, means hospitals can use certain alternative measures as soon as they submit the waiver […]
On Dec. 2, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued updated Options to Reduce Quarantine for Contacts of Persons with SARS-CoV-2 Infection Using Symptom Monitoring and Diagnostic Testing, modifying the recommended quarantine time for exposed individuals.
Initial Vaccine Allocation Guidelines Released; CDPH to Hold Office Hours Dec. 11 On Dec. 5, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released its recommended guidelines for allocating the COVID-19 vaccine during Phase 1-A of statewide distribution. The guidelines were developed by California’s COVID-19 Drafting Guidelines Workgroup and Community Vaccine Advisory Committee using a phased approach to allocating the initially limited […]
Today, Gov. Newsom announced a new, voluntary app called CA Notify that will launch statewide on Dec. 10. It’s designed to quickly notify individuals when they’ve been in sustained contact (per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines) with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. The app does not share personal data or provide unnecessary digital details that could compromise privacy.
This is how the app, which is available for download, works:
Testing Plan Deadline Extended by CDPH until Dec. 14As CHA continues to work with CDPH to address the many questions members have, the department is developing FAQs on the testing recommendations that it released in All-Facilities Letter 20-88. CDPH has notified CHA that those FAQs, which had been slated for release by end of day Dec. […]
CDPH Issues Weekly Testing Recommendation for Hospital Health Care Staff; CHA Members-Only Webinar Dec. 3 Despite CHA’s request to postpone a weekly testing recommendation for hospital health care personnel, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released that recommendation in All-Facilities Letter (AFL) 20-88 on Nov. 25. CDPH expects general acute care hospitals to submit a testing plan to […]
Vaccine Updates: CHA Issues Primer, CDPH to Host Hospital Calls, Statewide Advisory Committee Announced
CDPH Sends Hospitals Enrollment Instructions for COVID-19 Vaccination Program On Nov. 16, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) notified general acute care hospitals via email that its COVID-19 vaccination provider registration system, COVIDReadi, is available for hospitals to complete the registration process. All providers that plan to receive and administer COVID-19 vaccines must be enrolled. […]
On its 9 a.m. call this morning with hospitals, the California Department of Public Health will present planning considerations for COVID-19 vaccine implementation. Please refer to this slide deck for the discussion, which will include an overview of the state’s plan, allocation framework, general acute care hospital data, vaccine storage/handling, and provider registration. Please see the call-in […]