About Coronavirus

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:

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 […]

CDC Endorses Boosters for Younger Adolescents 

On Jan. 5, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) endorsed the recommendation made earlier that day by its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices that eligibility for a single booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine be expanded to ages 12-15.   

FDA Authorizes COVID-19 Boosters for Ages 12-15

On Jan. 3, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized COVID-19 booster shots for ages 12-15.  Citing lab studies and Israeli data, the FDA has shortened the time frame between completion of the primary vaccination series with the Pfizer-BioNTech shot — the only one authorized for anyone 12 and older — and when someone can get a booster to at least five […]

CDPH Issues New All Facilities Letters on Dec. 22 Booster Mandate

On Dec. 22, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued a public health order that requires all eligible workers to receive their booster on or before Feb. 1. The order also requires twice-weekly testing for workers who are unvaccinated or workers who are vaccinated, due for a booster, but not currently boosted. As per the order’s FAQ, this testing regime […]

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 […]