Community Meeting on Testing, Covid updates and New Cal/Osha guidelines
December 16th 3pm
The County, Chambers and local jurisdictions wish to invite you to a ZOOM meeting on December 16th at 3:00 PM to provide an update on latest data on COVID19 in Marin County. The meeting will begin with a 15-minute overview provided by Dr. Lisa Santora, Deputy Public Health Officer. This presentation will be followed by short discussion on TESTING lead by Pubic Health Staff Dr. Celia Golden. There will also be a short review/update on the new Cal/OSHA COVID guidelines that were released last week.
Following the presentations there will be time for questions with Public Health Staff and with Max Korten, Director of Marin Recovers. Please join us as we all work together to provide safe environments for all staff and customers.
These zoom meetings will be recorded and posted on Marin Recovers for those unable to attend on Wednesday afternoon.
Please Join ZOOM Meeting December 16th at 3:00 PM
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From the Dept. of Health & Human Services
There have been some recent changes in guidance from Cal/OSHA and the CDC that affect the workplace response to COVID-19.
1. Cal/OSHA has recently issued Cal/OSHA Emergency Regulations to Protect Workers from COVID-19, which are now in effect. There is a one-page fact sheet and FAQs which provide a summary of the regulations. Requirements include:
a. A site-specific, written COVID-19 prevention address COVID-19 health hazards, correct unsafe or unhealthy conditions, and provide face coverings.
b. Employers must provide COVID-19 testing and notify local health departments when there are multiple COVID-19 infections or outbreaks at the workplace.
c. Accurate record keeping and reporting of COVID-19 cases is required.
d. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued new guidelines permitting the shortening of the quarantine period for close contacts (isolation guidance for COVID-19 cases remains unchanged): All exposed persons must monitor for symptoms thru Day 14; if any symptoms develop, they should immediately self-isolate and contact their healthcare provider for COVID-19 testing.
e. Marin County residents can reduce quarantine to 10 days without testing if no symptoms have developed.
f. Marin County residents can reduce quarantine to 7 days if a diagnostic molecular test for COVID-19 (RT-PCR) is negative and if no symptoms have developed.
i. The specimen must be collected no earlier than 5 days after last contact with a person who has COVID-19.
ii. Quarantine cannot be discontinued earlier than after Day 7. Exposed persons must have a negative COVID-19 test result before ending quarantine.
2. Marin County, along with the state of California and much of the country, is experiencing a surge of COVID-19 cases. Please encourage your employees to stay home from work and get tested if they feel ill, and remind essential workers who work with the public (grocery store, restaurant, retail, daycare, construction workers, etc.) to get tested on a monthly basis (for testing sites, please consult Marin County testing information).
Please feel free to contact the Marin County Business Investigation Team with questions and concerns (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We appreciate your partnership in our COVID-19 prevention efforts.
Lisa Santora, MD MPH
Deputy Public Health Officer