- On July 18, to slow the spread of the COVID-19 and protect students, teachers and the school community, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued a new Health Officer Order that adheres to California Department of Public Health’s directive that schools in Los Angeles County and 31 other counties on the State’s monitoring list, cannot resume in-person learning next month. Read the Health Officer Order here.
The state order allows superintendents to submit school district waiver requests to re-open elementary schools for approval by the local health officer only after review of local epidemiological data and intervention strategies, and in consultation with CDPH. In order for schools to re-open their campuses, Los Angeles County will have to remain off the monitoring list for 14 consecutive days. Counties are on the monitoring list because they have not achieved more than 150 tests per day per 100,000 people, or have more than 100 cases per 100,000 residents, or have case positivity rates greater than 8%, or have a 10% or more increase in hospitalizations over the past 3 days compared to the prior three days, or less than 20% of ICU beds are open, or less than 25% of ventilators are available.
- On July 14, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health modified the Health Officer Order to align with Governor Gavin Newsom’s directives to prevent more cases, more serious illnesses, increased hospitalizations and more deaths. Read the Health Officer Order here. The Health Officer Order requires the closure of additional indoor operations for certain sectors which promote the mixing of populations beyond households and make adherence to physical distancing with face coverings difficult:
Gyms and Fitness Centers
Places of Worship
Offices for Non-Critical Infrastructure Sectors as identified at covid19.ca.gov
Personal Care Services (including nail salons, massage parlors and tattoo parlors)
Hair Salons and Barbershops
- On July 8, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued a new Health Officer Order: Access to Diagnostic Testing through Healthcare Facilities. Healthcare facilities must provide diagnostic testing to symptomatic persons regardless of age, hospitalization status, co-morbidities or other risk factors for COVID-19 and persons with or without symptoms who were a close contact of a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19. The Health Officer Order is effective July 31. Read the Health Officer Order here.
- On July 1, a revised Health Officer Order aligned with Governor Newsom’s directives and required the closure of the following for at least 21 days: indoor, in-person dining at restaurants, indoor museums, indoor children’s museums, and indoor operations at zoos and aquariums, and cardrooms and satellite wagering facilities. The Health Officer Order also requires businesses with three or more known cases of COVID-19 within the workplace over the span of 14 days, to report the outbreak to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Employers who have one known case within the workplace must have a protocol that requires that person to self-isolate at home and anyone exposed to self-quarantine. Read the Health Officer Order here.
- Starting June 18, Governor Gavin Newsom is requiring Californians to wear face coverings in public. View the full guidance.