Guidance: Businesses & Worksites

CA Safe Reopening

In order to prevent illness among staff and customers, and to allow continued progress toward reopening of community sectors, all worksites should have COVID-19 response plans in place. These plans should outline a response to suspect or confirmed COVID-19 cases to prevent and minimize spread of in the facility.

The State of California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy, which describes the 4 reopening tiers, and the processes and metrics by which counties are able to progress through the tiers, can be found at

The State’s complete guidance to reduce risk at worksites can be found at

What public health agency do I report COVID-19 outbreaks to in Orange County?

  • Orange County employers must report COVID-19 outbreaks to the Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA).

When am I required to report COVID-19 cases to OCHCA?

  • Under California Department of Public Health (Responding to COVID-19 in the Workplace for Employers) and Cal/OSHA standards, you must report COVID-19 outbreaks in Orange County to OCHCA. For non-healthcare workplaces, this is defined as 3 or more COVID-19 cases among workers at the same worksite within a 14-day period.
  • Once this threshold is met, you have 48 hours to report to OCHCA if the worksite is located in Orange County.
  • You also must continue to notify OCHCA of additional COVID-19 cases identified among workers at the worksite.
  • All public and private employers in California must follow the AB 685 reporting requirements except health facilities (as defined in Health & Safety Code section 1250) and employers of workers who provide direct care or testing to individuals with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.

How do I report COVID-19 cases and outbreaks to OCHCA?

What additional workplace standards should I be aware of?

Additional resources for businesses: