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.
California has a new blueprint for reducing COVID-19 in the state with revised criteria for loosening and tightening restrictions on activities. Every county in California is assigned to a tier based on its test positivity and adjusted case rate for tier assignment including metrics from the last three weeks. Additionally, a new health equity metric took effect on October 6, 2020. In order to advance to the next less restrictive tier, each county will need to meet an equity metric or demonstrate targeted investments to eliminate disparities in levels of COVID-19 transmission, depending on its size. The California Health Equity Metric is designed to help guide counties in their continuing efforts to reduce COVID-19 cases in all communities and requires more intensive efforts to prevent and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 among Californians who have been disproportionately impacted by this pandemic.
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.
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.
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.