Active Health Orders

Legal authority for County Health Officer orders addressing the COVID-19 pandemic is in the California Health and Safety Code, which grants broad powers to the Health Officer to protect public health during local emergencies and prevent the spread of contagious diseases. The statutes include Health and Safety Code sections 101040 and 120175. As actions taken under this statutory authority, Health Officer orders are measures taken to preserve the public health, which is an exercise of the police power contained in the California Constitution. 

 

Health Orders for the General Public

Beyond the Blueprint – Reopening California’s Economy

Date of Order: 6/15/2021
 

As of June 15, 2021, the State of California has moved Beyond the Blueprint for a Safer Economy and eliminated its color-coded tier system for counties. This means there are far fewer restrictions on business and social activity, although things still aren’t exactly like they were before the pandemic. There are no longer capacity limits on businesses, although masking is still required in many situations and settings.​

Click here to read more about the State of California’s requirements and guidance, which apply to Contra Costa County and all of California. Contra Costa County does not have any additional restrictions.

Mass Quarantine Order

Date of Order: 2/25/2021

This order supersedes HO-COVID19-38 (December 10, 2020), the order requiring the quarantine of persons exposed to a person diagnosed with COVID-19. Quarantine separates individuals who were exposed to COVID-19 from others until it is determined that they are not at risk for spreading the disease.
 

Based on updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this order includes a new exception from the quarantine requirement for specified persons who have been fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine.

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Mass Isolation Order

Date of Order: 8/5/2020

All individuals who are diagnosed with COVID-19 must immediately take the following actions:

  1. Isolate themselves in their home or another residence following all requirements listed in the “Self-Isolation Instructions for Confirmed Cases.”

  2. Tell their close contacts that they need to quarantine themselves, following the “Home Quarantine Instructions for Close Contacts.” Close contacts who should be notified to self-quarantine are people who were near them during their infectious period, as further described in the health order below. The infectious period commences 48 hours before symptoms began (or, in the absence of symptoms, 48 hours before the date of administration of a positive test) and ends when the isolation period is over (see Section 4 of the health order below). Close contacts of an individual who has COVID-19 are persons who, during the individual’s infectious period, were within six feet of the individual for 15 minutes or longer.
     

The isolation period will be one of the following:

  • Individuals without symptoms must isolate for 10 days from the date of a positive test.

  • Individuals with symptoms must isolate until:

    • At least 24 hours have passed since recovery, defined as resolution of both fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and improvement of cough, shortness of breath, and other symptoms if present AND

    • At least 10 days have passed since their symptoms started.

  • Individuals with symptoms and hospitalized in the intensive care unit must isolate until:

    • At least 24 hours have passed since recovery, defined as resolution of both fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and improvement of cough, shortness of breath, and other symptoms if present AND

    • At least 20 days have passed since their symptoms started.

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Additional Health Orders

Requiring Testing at Healthcare Facilities

Date of Order: 9/24/2020

This Order is intended to increase COVID-19 testing within Contra Costa County.

 

It requires timely testing of essential workers, as defined by the state of California, and requires healthcare facilities do not restrict the frequency of this testing by more than 7 days between tests. It also ensures that healthcare facilities do not require screening by a medical professional before scheduling testing.

 

Additionally, healthcare facilities are required to perform testing of:

  • Persons with symptoms

  • Persons who are close contacts to someone who has tested positive with COVID-19

  • Persons the health department recommends getting tested

 

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Authorizing Testing and Processing by Commercial Clinical Laboratories

Date of Order: 5/1/2020

 

This Order authorizes the testing of individuals who (1) meet the criteria for testing; (2) do not have orders from their personal physicians; and (3) provide specimens for collection at sites in the County operated by or on behalf of OptumServe or its subsidiary, Logistics Health, Inc. (collectively “OptumServe”), under contract with the State of California.  This Order also serves as an assignment of such tests for processing to clinical laboratories under Section 1288 of the California Health and Safety Code and requires the reporting of test results to the individuals tested.

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Directing all Laboratories Conducting COVID-19 Diagnostic Tests to Report COVID-19 Test Information to Local and State Public Health Authorities

Amended: 9/16/2020

This Order requires that all laboratories conducting COVID-19 diagnostic tests comply with mandated reporting requirements, including promptly reporting all individual positive, negative, and inconclusive test results electronically to the California Department of Public Health and, in limited cases where electronic reporting is not possible, to the Health Officer. 

 

This Order has been updated to require reporting of COVID-19 antigen testing to public health officials.

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