California COVID-19 Page
CRA is in active conversations with the Newsom Administration on issues related to COVID-19. We wanted to give members resources pertaining to executive orders and other issues related to the Administration’s actions regarding the public health crisis.
If the CRA team can be of assistance on specific issues facing your company, please do not hesitate to reach out. We will continue to update members as we receive relevant communications on this issue.
Visit this page for the most up to date information regarding COVID-19 in California.
The Newsom Administration announced major changes to the vaccine delivery system that will affect the vaccine rollout in the state. Beginning in mid-February, the state will implement a statewide standard under which the following groups will be eligible to make appointments to receive the vaccine, pending vaccine availability. These are the groups identified in Phase 1B, Tier 1.
- health care workers;
- individuals 65+;
- education and childcare workers;
- emergency services personnel;
- food and agriculture workers.
Future groups will become eligible based on age. This statewide standard will move in unison across all 58 counties. This will allow the state to scale capacity up while also ensuring the vaccine goes to disproportionately impacted communities. Vaccines will no longer be available based on industry and there will no longer be a “tier” system.
Blue Shield of California will lead the new statewide vaccine network as a “third party administrator” charged with delivering doses to providers and Kaiser Permanente will run a separate program for its members and provide additional assistance to the state. Blue Shield will take over vaccine administration in mid-February.
In another effort to simplify access to the vaccine, the state is officially launching My Turn, a new system for Californians to learn when they are eligible to be vaccinated, a place to make an appointment when eligible and a mechanism to easily track vaccination data. Through My Turn, Californians can sign up for a notification when they are eligible to make an appointment and schedule one when it is their turn. My Turn will also help track those who have yet to receive a second vaccine dose and need additional outreach. This new website is currently piloted in Los Angeles and San Diego counties; individuals can visit MY TURN to register for a notification immediately.
While the state continues to focus on a faster administration of available vaccine supply, overall vaccine supply into California will continue to be dictated by the Federal government.
The CA Retailers Assn continues to follow the vaccine roll out and its impact on retail. Should members have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.
With the recent lifting of all regional Stay at Home orders including ICU capacity projected metrics, California has reverted back to its prior
Visit this page for information on what can and cannot be open in each tier, capacity limits and other important information regarding the state’s re-opening. Currently the majority of the state- 54 counties- are in the most restrictive “purple” tier, which allows for 25% retail capacity and 50% independent grocers capacity.
Every county in California is assigned to a tier based on its test positivity and adjusted case rate. At a minimum, counties must remain in a tier for at least 3 weeks before moving forward. Data is reviewed weekly and tiers are updated on Tuesdays. To move forward, a county must meet the next tier’s criteria for two consecutive weeks. If a county’s metrics worsen for two consecutive weeks, it will be assigned a more restrictive tier. Public health officials are constantly monitoring data and can step in if necessary. Counties can also choose to be stricter than the state’s assignment. For example, a county in the purple tier could choose to remain under a stay at home order. A county moved to a less restrictive red, orange and yellow tier could choose to remain in the previous more restrictive tier.
It has been clearly documented that certain communities - low-income, Black, Latino, Pacific Islander and essential workers – have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 in terms of higher rates of infection, hospitalizations and deaths. These disparities create a public health imperative to address exposure in all communities, including especially those disproportionately impacted, as a measure to protect all communities.
The Blueprint for a Safer Economy relies on two measures – case rate and test positivity – to determine when a county can move to a less restrictive tier with more sector openings and resultant increased interaction among residents. In order to avoid a surge of infections, the level of baseline infection in a community should be progressively lower as there is more movement and mixing.
A composite measure of socioeconomic opportunity applied to census tracts that includes 25 individual indicators across economic, social, education, transportation, housing, environmental and neighborhood sectors.
Workplace safety and health regulations in California require employers to take steps to protect workers exposed to infectious diseases like the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), which is widespread in the community. Cal/OSHA has posted guidance to help employers comply with these requirements and to provide workers information on how to protect themselves and prevent the spread of the disease.
Note: These guidelines and materials are subject to change as information is received and the situation evolves.
The COVID-19 Employer Playbook was revised on September 25, 2020 to require employers to report cases of COVID-19 to the local health department (LHD) in the jurisdiction in which they are located and the LHD where the infected workers reside. Employers must use the reporting threshold of three or more laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 among workers who live in different households within a two-week period to notify the LHDs. Additionally, this update aligns the minimum criteria for return to work with CDC guidance. A new table was added for employers who are considering whether to temporarily suspend operations due to a COVID-19 infection. This document provides guidance for employers to support a safe, clean environment for workers and customers. Employers must review and adhere to the modifications that apply to those industries outlined on the Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Employers may need to make adjustments to their business operations to reflect the implications of their County’s tier status.
COVID-19 DAILY CHECKLIST FOR GROCERY EMPLOYERS – Updated July 22, 2020
COVID-19 GENERAL CHECKLIST FOR GROCERY EMPLOYERS – Updated July 22, 2020
INFECTION PREVENTION IN GROCERY STORES – Updated July 22, 2020
EMPLOYER COVID-19 REPORTING REQUIREMENTS
Assembly Bill 685 (Reyes) enhances Cal/OSHA’s enforcement of COVID-19 infection prevention requirements by allowing for Orders Prohibiting Use and citations for serious violations related to COVID-19 to be issued more quickly. The law also requires employers to notify all employees who were at a worksite of all potential exposures to COVID-19 and notify the local public health agency of outbreaks. The changes will be in effect from January 1, 2021 until January 1, 2023.
On November 30, 2020, California implemented Cal/OSHA emergency temporary standards on COVID-19 infection prevention. These new temporary standards apply to most workers in California not covered by Cal/OSHA’s Aerosol Transmissible Diseases standard, and will be in place for at least 180 days.
This page contains helpful information and resources specifically related to the new emergency temporary standards for employers and workers.”