Guidance - Preparedness and Planning

Guidance-Preparedness and Planning

Resource Acronyms

CA State: California State COVID-19 Website
CDPH: California Department of Public Health 
CDC: Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
EPA: Environmental Protection Agency
HCA-BHS: OC Health Care Agency, Behavioral Health Services
OSHA: Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OCEH: Orange County Environmental Health
ReadyOC: Ready Orange County Preparation
USDA: United States Department of Agriculture
WHO: World Health Organization

Business Guidance:

The CDC has issued the following interim guidance that may help prevent workplace exposures to COVID-19 should there be widespread exposures and community outbreaks:

  • Encourage sick employees to stay home if they have symptoms of acute respiratory illness.
  • Make sure your sick leave policies are flexible and consistent with public health guidance and that employees are aware of them.
  • Have a plan in place should a large number of employees get sick or need to work from home.
  • Sick leave policies should be flexible and permit employees to stay home if they need to care for a sick family member.
  • If an employee shows to work sick or becomes sick during work hours, separate them and send them home.
  • Encourage sneezing and coughing etiquette and hand hygiene by all employees.
  • Perform routine cleaning of all frequently touched surfaces in the workplace, such as workstations, countertops and doorknobs.


Community-Based Organizations and Faith-Based Organizations:


Households and Family Guidelines:

  • Store a two-week supply of food, beverages, and water, including food for family pets. Ensure an adequate supply of prescribed and routine medications are on hand.
  • Plan ways to care for those who are at greater risk for serious complications and who will take care of sick family members.
  • If you have family members with increased risk of getting seriously sick, check with your medical providers about symptoms and treatment. 
  • Create an emergency contact list of family and friends, teachers and employers.
  • Have a plan in case your school, childcare, or employer closes temporarily.
  • Talk with your children, family, and friends about what to do if an outbreak occurs and what each person would need. 


Mental Health Guidance:

Practicing social distancing does not mean we have to be socially isolated. Stay in touch with friends, family and co-workers by texting, sending emails, talking on the phone, and video chatting. Some people are holding online hangouts or streaming online movies as a group. Let people know how much you care for them. Reaching out to others is an important part of staying both mentally and physically healthy.

If you need someone to turn to but are having difficulty connecting with someone in your support network, there is online or phone support available through:

  • SAMHSA's Disaster Distress Line (24/7): Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.
  • The Peer-Run Warm Line (24/7): Call 1(855) 845-7415 for peer-run non-emergency emotional support
  • The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (24/7): Call 1(80) 273-8255./li>
  • Nami Warmline: 1(877) 910-WARM for telephone-based, non-crisis for anyone struggling with mental health and/or substance use issues.
  • OC-Links: 1 (855) 625-4657 for information and referrals to OC Behavior Health Services.
  • CDC: Manage Anxiety & Stress (3/14/2020)

Supporting Documents:



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