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OSHPD Clarifies Grace Period for Temporary Work for COVID-19 Until March 1

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The Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) has posted to its COVID-19 Resources web page the clarification that an OSHPD permit is not required for temporary changes or use of modifications to the physical environment for COVID-19 during the period of California Department of Public Health All Facilities Letter 20-26.3, which is in place until March 1, 2021, unless extended.

Hospitals need to notify only the OSHPD compliance officer responsible for their hospital. To determine the OSHPD compliance officer responsible for your hospital, select your hospital on OSHPD’s Facility Detail web page.

Examples of the types of temporary work done by hospitals to date without prior OSHPD permit approval include erecting surge tents, repurposing rooms, and installing temporary barriers.