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. 

 

May 2020

 

Updated Shelter in Place Order

Date of Order: 5/18/2020

This Order supersedes the April 29, 2020, Order of the Health Officer directing all individuals to shelter in place (“Prior Order”). This Order continues to restrict most activity, travel, and governmental and business functions to essential needs and to the Outdoor Activities and Outdoor Businesses that the prior Order allowed to resume. But in light of progress achieved in slowing the spread of COVID-19 in the County of Contra Costa and neighboring counties, the Order allows a limited number of Additional Businesses (as described in Section 15.n of the Health Order and in Appendix C-1) and Additional Activities (as described in Section 15.o of the Health Order) to resume operating, subject to specified conditions and safety precautions to reduce associated risk of COVID-19 transmission. 

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Vehicle-Based Gatherings

Date of Order: 5/15/2020

 

Outdoor gatherings during which participants stay in their vehicles are now permitted in Contra Costa County if organizers follow instructions in a new health order.

 

The new order, which takes effect May 19, provides new options for religious organizations that have been unable to hold services since COVID-19 began spreading in the county, and for schools planning graduation ceremonies.

 

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Updated Mass Quarantine Order

Date of Order: 5/13/2020

This order supersedes HO-COVID19-05 (April 3), 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.

 

This order updates the description of close contacts to include anyone who has been within six feet of a person with COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes during the infectious period.

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Updated Mass Isolation Order

Date of Order: 5/13/2020

This order supersedes HO-COVID19-04 (April 3), the order requiring persons diagnosed with COVID-19 to isolate themselves to prevent the spread of the virus and inform their close contacts.

 

This order extends the required isolation period to 10 days after the onset of symptoms, updates the definition of close contacts and redefines the infectious period for asymptomatic, COVID-positive people.

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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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April 2020

Shelter at Home Order Through May 31

Date of Order: 4/29/2020

This new Order will remain in effect until 11:59 pm on Sunday, May 31, 2020, unless the Health Officer amends or extends it. This new Order replaces the shelter order issued on March 31, 2020. 

 

This updated Order continues to restrict most activity to essential functions and needs. But because of progress we have collectively achieved in slowing the spread of the disease and limiting hospitalizations, the Order allows certain additional essential businesses and activities to resume, allows certain low-risk outdoor businesses to begin operating again, and authorizes certain additional outdoor activities to take place even though they are not essential. The new Order also introduces a framework to guide the Health Officer’s decisions about further easing of restrictions, focusing on progress achieved addressing COVID-19 and ensuring that there are adequate health care resources available.
 

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Generally Requiring Members of the Public and Workers to Wear Face Coverings

Date of Order: 4/17/2020

The order, effective Wednesday, April 22, 2020, requires anyone working at or visiting an essential business, such as a grocery store or gas station, to wear face coverings to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. 

 

Members of the public must mask when they:

  • work at an essential business

  • are inside an essential business, such as a grocery store

  • visit a healthcare provider or facility

  • wait in line for or ride public transportation

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Suspending Intakes, Social Distancing at Homeless Shelters

Date of Order: 4/14/2020

There is an increased risk of COVID-19 among persons living in large homeless shelters, and that the shelters must be depopulated temporarily to help slow COVID-19’s spread and prevent the healthcare system in the County from being overwhelmed. The Shelter shall suspend the intake of persons who are not already residents. Services may continue to be offered, but only on the condition that all participants practice social distancing.

Click to read the full Health Order| Spanish


 

Requirements for Residential Care Facilities

Date of Order: 4/13/2020

There is an increased risk of COVID-19 among persons living or working in licensed healthcare facilities, residential care facilities, shelters, group homes and drug treatment recovery houses. To help slow COVID-19’s spread and protect vulnerable individuals, it is necessary to implement the following additional preventative measures:

  • Requirements for individuals entering certain licensed and other specified facilities

  • Temperature screening and self-evaluation for COVID-19 symptoms

  • Masking of all staff and visitors while in facility

  • Minimizing staff working in multiple facilities

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Mass Quarantine Order

Date of Order: 4/3/2020

To help slow COVID-19’s spread, protect vulnerable individuals, and prevent the healthcare system in the County from being overwhelmed, it is necessary to require 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.

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Mass Isolation Order

Date of Order: 4/3/2020

To help slow COVID-19’s spread, protect vulnerable individuals, and prevent the healthcare system in the County from being overwhelmed, it is necessary to isolate persons with COVID-19. Self-isolation is required because a person with COVID-19 can easily spread the virus to others.

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Updated Stay-at-Home Order with New Restrictions to Last Through May 3

Date of Order: 4/3/2020

This Order supersedes the March 16, 2020, Order of the Health Officer directing all individuals to shelter in place (“Prior Shelter Order”). This Order clarifies, strengthens, and extends certain terms of the Prior Shelter Order to increase social distancing and reduce person-to-person contact in order to further slow transmission of Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (“COVID-19”). The intent of this Order is to ensure that the maximum number of people shelter in their places of residence to the maximum extent feasible to slow the spread of COVID-19 and mitigate the impact on the delivery of critical healthcare services to those in need.

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March 2020

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

Date of Order: 3/24/2020

Because of the risk of the rapid spread of the virus, and the need to protect all members of the community and the Bay Area region, especially our members most vulnerable to the virus and healthcare providers, this Order requires that all Laboratories conducting COVID-19 Diagnostic Tests comply with mandated Reporting Requirements. These Reporting Requirements include, but are not limited to, 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. 

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Stay-at-Home Order Through April 7

Date of Order: 3/16/2020

 

The intent of this Order is to ensure that the maximum number of people self-isolate in their places of residence to the maximum extent feasible, while enabling essential services to continue, to slow the spread of COVID-19 to the maximum extent possible. When people need to leave their places of residence, whether to obtain or perform vital services, or to otherwise facilitate authorized activities necessary for continuity of social and commercial life, they should at all times reasonably possible comply with Social Distancing Requirements as defined in Section 10.

Click to read the full Order of the Health Officer: Shelter at Home Through April 7 | Spanish

 

Prohibiting Mass Gatherings of 100 or More Persons

Date of Order: 3/14/2020

 

This Order is necessary to slow the spread of COVID-19 by reducing the likelihood of exposure to it. This Order is issued to prevent circumstances often present in mass gatherings that may exacerbate the spread of COVID-19, including (1) the likelihood that mass gatherings will attract people from a broad geographic area; (b) the prolonged time period in which large numbers of people are in close proximity; (c) the difficulty tracing exposures when large numbers of people attend a single event; and (d) the inability to ensure that attendees follow adequate hygiene and social distancing practices. 

Click to read the full Order of the Health Officer: Prohibiting Mass Gatherings of 100 or More Persons| Spanish

 

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