9-16-22: The County of Los Angeles Order of the Health Officer
Health Care Worker Vaccination Requirement has been revised to align with
State Health Officer’s Health Care Worker Vaccine Requirement Order. The required testing of workers with COVID-19 vaccination exemptions for medical reasons or religious beliefs have been removed (except as specifically noted for Skilled Nursing Facilities who must comply with federal requirements). The Orders are effective on Saturday, September 17, 2022.
Please note that this guidance is in the process of being updated and does not yet reflect the changes outlined in the Order.
This guidance outlines specific steps facilities should take to help prevent and reduce the spread of COVID-19 in their facility. Updated 11-24-20
Each Community Care Facility’s (CCF) staff person must have training in fundamental infection prevention and control principles. Ongoing education is necessary to remain aware of new information, trends, best practices, and to refresh existing knowledge. This resource includes a list of recommended trainings or resources in several key areas of infection prevention.
Project Firstline is the CDC’s new infection control training collaborative designed to help every frontline healthcare worker gain knowledge and confidence about infection control. Learn more about Project Firstline and upcoming trainings.
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has information on standard precautions that is useful for all health care providers in long term care facilities.
LAC DPH Acute Communicable Disease Control (ACDC) provides signs that can be printed and posted in the facility outlining transmission based precautions for different types of infectious disease.
Antigen testing fulfills many of the screening, response, and exposure testing requirements for most staff and residents as described in the Guidance for Community Care Facilities. For guidance on when an antigen test needs to be followed up by a PCR test, see the LAC DPH Antigen Testing Guidelines.
The Health Officer Order for Healthcare Personnel requires staff members for most CCFs to be up to date with COVID-19 vaccines or to be tested at a regular interval (weekly or biweekly). There are a few options available to employers seeking COVID-19 testing to meet these requirements, summarized here: