Orange County, California is currently in the Purple Tier of the Governor’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Multiple types of worksites are allowed to open in this tier, frequently in a modified fashion. 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 https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/COVID19CountyMonitoringOverview.aspx.
The State’s complete guidance to reduce risk at worksites can be found at https://covid19.ca.gov/industry-guidance/#top.
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?
- For a complete resource guide to reporting workplace outbreaks in Orange County, see the COVID-19 Outbreak Reporting Process for OC Businesses
- Reporting business cases and outbreaks to OCHCA is a two-step process. The report is not considered complete until both steps are done:
- Step 1: Complete and email Business COVID-19 Outbreak/Case Reporting From to OCCOVIDBusiness@ochca.com. Do NOT include personally-identifiable information (PII) or health information unless the email is secured.
- Step 2: Enter worker case and close contact information in the secure Shared Portal for Outbreak Tracking (SPOT).
- Reporting Forms and Instructions
What additional workplace standards should I be aware of?
- Cal/OSHA has issued COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards, which include standards to help workplaces establish a COVID-19 prevention program and respond to a COVID-19 outbreak.
Additional resources for businesses:
- Orange County Health Care Agency: https://occovid19.ochealthinfo.com/
- Guidance for Businesses & Worksites: https://occovid19.ochealthinfo.com/guidance-businesses-worksites
- Downloadable Flyers:
- Businesses: https://occovid19.ochealthinfo.com/downloadable-flyers-business-ownersoperators
- Symptoms, Quarantine, and others: https://occovid19.ochealthinfo.com/downloadable-flyers-residents
- AB 685:
- AB 685 bill text
- California Department of Public Health’s “Employer Questions about AB 685, California’s New COVID-19 Law,” dated 10/16/2020 https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/Employer-Questions-about-AB-685.aspx
- California Department of Public Health (CDPH):
- “COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards Frequently Asked Questions” https://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/coronavirus/COVID19FAQs.html
- Full approved text of the Emergency Temporary Standards