L.A. County Aligns with State on New COVID-19 Guidelines
The L.A. County Department of Public Health has aligned with the following new guidance issued by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH):
- Masking – With current COVID case and hospitalization levels, masking for the general public is based on individual preference. Vulnerable populations, including people who are elderly, immunocompromised, or have underlying health conditions, and those who have contact with them should consider masking in indoor public spaces.
- Vaccination – On April 3, CDPH will rescind COVID-19 vaccination orders for workers at correctional, detention, and adult care facilities.
- Isolation – Individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 should continue to isolate (stay home) for 5 days and may leave isolation after day 5, as long as they have been fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medicines) and they either have no symptoms or their symptoms are mild and improving. A negative COVID-19 test is no longer required to leave isolation between days 6-10. The Department of Public Health strongly recommends that people test negative prior to leaving isolation between days 6-10. Infected people should wear a well-fitting mask around others for a total of 10 days. People may now discontinue wearing a mask around others between days 6-10 if they have two sequential negative tests taken at least one day apart.
- Quarantine – It is strongly recommended but not required that a person who is a close contact to a person with a confirmed case of COVID-19 wears a well-fitting mask around others for a total of 10 days, especially in indoor settings or when near those who are at high risk for severe illness. It is recommended that close contact tests as soon as possible to determine infection status and then, if negative, test again within 3-5 days after the last known exposure.
The Department of Public Health will continue to assess the impact of COVID-19 and to protect the county’s most vulnerable residents by continuing to require robust COVID-19 case and cluster reporting by worksites, schools, and healthcare facilities to the Department of Public Health. The ongoing case and cluster reporting requirements are intended to help Public Health officials quickly identify sectors where there may be increased COVID-19 transmissions and take action to prevent unmitigated spread.
Public Health will also continue enhanced protective measures in healthcare settings. Specifically, Public Health will continue to require that healthcare workers continue to be vaccinated and boosted and wear a mask during patient care or working in patient care areas. This requirement will be re-assessed by the end of September 2023.
Public Health will continue to work to provide free vaccinations, boosters, testing and treatment, regardless of immigration or insurance status.
Even with less stringent COVID-19 guidelines going into effect, L.A. County residents are strongly recommended to stay up to date on vaccines and boosters, test before gatherings and get treatment and stay home when sick.