Health Professionals

COVID-19 cases continue to be identified in Orange County. Any person with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should be tested as soon as symptoms develop. For the latest county surveillance data, visit

https://occovid19.ochealthinfo.com/coronavirus-in-oc.

Current Status of COVID-19 Variants in Orange County (Updated November 9, 2021)



 

At this time, the delta variant is essentially the only variant being identified in the county.   The current variant epidemiology in Orange County can be found here.

Surveillance for COVID-19 Variants in Orange County


 

OCHCA is working with clinical laboratories and healthcare providers to assure prompt identification of suspect and confirmed variant cases. OCHCA requests that clinical laboratories in Orange County submit all COVID-19 positive PCR specimens with Ct value <30 for genomic sequencing to the OCHCA Laboratory. Healthcare providers are particularly requested to promptly report and submit nasopharyngeal specimens to OCHCA for possible whole genome sequencing from any individuals with SARS-CoV-2 virus infection who meet any of the following criteria:

  • Have possible reinfection, with recurrence of symptoms and positive molecular testing at least 90 days after initial infection;
  • Have recent international travel or exposure to persons with recent international travel.

COVID-19 Provider Advisories (CD Health Alert) 

Health Advisories from Orange County Health Care Agency for Orange County Providers can be found HERE.

COVID-19 Testing Recommendations 

With the increase in case rates and increased rates of breakthrough cases, providers are recommended to test all persons who have symptoms of infection, including those who are fully vaccinated.

Additional testing guidance resources:

 

Pfizer Vaccine Booster Recommendations for Providers

 

Monoclonal Antibody Therapy for COVID-19

Monoclonal antibody therapy can be utilized to provide high risk patients either early outpatient treatment or post-exposure prophylaxis. Additional information and resources for Orange County providers and patients can be found here.

Provider Reporting

Patients with positive results from either PCR or antigen testing are reportable to public health. Laboratories are to report both PCR and antigen positive results. Providers need to report within one business day all cases with positive antigen tests that will not be reported by laboratories.

Providers should report hospitalized patients, deaths, and any suspect or confirmed cases who are homeless or living in congregate living settings within one business day to (714) 834-8180. Clinical laboratories are routinely reporting COVID-19 positive test results to HCA.

Providers Wishing to Vaccinate Their Patients

Providers can sign up on myCAvax at https://www.calvax.org/ to vaccinate their staff and patients. 

Sign Up to Receive Provider Advisories

  • Health professionals who wish to receive OC Health Care Agency (HCA) provider advisories can register HERE.
  • HCA can assist with testing these highest risk groups if other laboratory testing options are not available. Please call (714) 834-8180 for more information.

California Crisis Care Continuum Guidelines for Health Care Facilities

With unprecedented surge in COVID-19 cases, the California Department of Public Health has outlined resources and expectations for all health facilities. These guidelines can be found HERE.