Guidance on Quarantine for Health Care Personnel (HCP) Exposed to SARS-CoV-2 and Return to Work for HCP with COVID-19

AFL 21-08.5 From the California Department of Public Health  October 11, 2021 TO: General Acute Care Hospitals (GACHs)Acute Psychiatric Hospitals (APHs)Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) SUBJECT: Guidance on Quarantine for Health Care Personnel (HCP) Exposed to SARS-CoV-2 and Return to Work for HCP with COVID-19(This AFL supersedes AFL 21-08.4) All Facilities Letter (AFL) Summary The purpose of this AFL is to provide health care facilities with guidance on exposure risk assessment and the duration of quarantine for SARS-CoV-2 exposed HCP working in hospitals and SNFs.

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BYD Field Action Notification

AFL 21-37 From the California Department of Public Health September 22, 2021 TO: All Facilities SUBJECT: BYD Field Action Notification All Facilities Letter (AFL) Summary This AFL notifies all facilities that a subset of model DE2322 N95 respirator units that were distributed do not meet the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) criteria and should be returned to the manufacturer.

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Suspension of Regulatory Enforcement of Specified Skilled Nursing Facility Requirements

AFL 21-36 From the California Department of Public Health September 17, 2021 TO: Skilled Nursing Facilities SUBJECT: Suspension of Regulatory Enforcement of Specified Skilled Nursing Facility Requirements(This AFL supersedes AFL 20-32.3) AUTHORITY:     Proclamation of a State of Emergency (PDF)                                 Executive Orders N-39-20 (PDF), N-08-21 (PDF), and N-12-21 (PDF) All Facilities Letter (AFL) Summary This AFL notifies skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) of a temporary waiver of specified regulatory requirements due to the state of emergency related to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak.This AFL temporarily waives specified space conversion requirements until December 31, 2021.

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Guidance for In-Center Services and Operation of ADHCs during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic

AFL 21-35 From the California Department of Public Health September 17, 2021 TO: Adult Day Health Centers (ADHCs) SUBJECT: Guidance for In-Center Services and Operation of ADHCs during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic All Facilities Letter (AFL) Summary This AFL provides guidance for ADHCs to operate and safely return to in-center services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Guidance on Quarantine for Health Care Personnel (HCP) Exposed to SARS-CoV-2

AFL 21-08.4 From the California Department of Public Health September 9, 2021 TO: General Acute Care Hospitals (GACHs)Acute Psychiatric Hospitals (APHs)Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) SUBJECT: Guidance on Quarantine for Health Care Personnel (HCP) Exposed to SARS-CoV-2(This AFL supersedes AFL 21-08.3) All Facilities Letter (AFL) Summary The purpose of this AFL is to provide health care facilities with guidance on exposure risk assessment and the duration of quarantine for SARS-CoV-2 exposed HCP working in hospitals and SNFs, and SNF residents.This revision includes guidance on return to work for HCP diagnosed with COVID-19, including strategies to mitigate HCP staffing shortages.

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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Vaccine Requirement for Healthcare Personnel (HCP)

AFL 21-34 From the California Department of Public Health September 9, 2021 TO: All Facilities SUBJECT: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Vaccine Requirement for Healthcare Personnel (HCP) ​AUTHORITY:     State Public Health Order – Health Care Worker Vaccine Requirement All Facilities Letter (AFL) Summary This AFL notifies all facilities of the August 5, 2021 Public Health Order related to mandatory vaccination for health care workers in identified healthcare settings.

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Suspension of Professional Certification Requirements for Home Health Aide Training Programs (HHA Training Programs)

AFL 20-57.2 From the California Department of Public Health September 8, 2021 TO: All Facilities SUBJECT: Suspension of Professional Certification Requirements for Home Health Aide Training Programs (HHA Training Programs)(This AFL supersedes AFL 20-57.1) AUTHORITY:      Proclamation of a State of Emergency (PDF), Executive Orders  N-39-20 (PDF) and N-08-21 (PDF) All Facilities Letter (AFL) Summary This AFL notifies all HHA Training Programs of a temporary waiver of specified statutory and regulatory requirements for HHA Training Programs due to the state of emergency related to the COVID-19 outbreak.This revision notifies all facilities that the temporary waiver of specified statutory and regulatory requirements is extended until December 31, 2021 in compliance with Executive Order N-12-21 (PDF).  Background Pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order N-39-20 (PDF) related to the COVID-19 state of emergency, the Director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) may waive any of the professional certification requirements and amend scopes of practice of Chapter 8 of Division 2 of the Health and Safety Code (HSC) and accompanying regulations with respect to home health aides.

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Suspension of Professional Certification Requirements for Home Health Aides (HHAs)

AFL 20-49.3 From the California Department of Public Health September 8, 2021 TO: All Facilities SUBJECT: Suspension of Professional Certification Requirements for Home Health Aides (HHAs)(This AFL supersedes AFL 20-49.2) ​AUTHORITY:        Proclamation of a State of Emergency (PDF), Executive Orders N-39-20 (PDF) and N-08-21 (PDF) All Facilities Letter (AFL) Summary This AFL notifies all facilities of a temporary waiver of specified statutory and regulatory requirements for HHAs due to the state of emergency related to the COVID-19 outbreak.This AFL notifies all facilities that the temporary waiver of specified statutory and regulatory requirements is extended until December 31, 2021, in compliance with Executive Order N-12-21 (PDF).  Background Pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order N-39-20 (PDF) related to the COVID-19 state of emergency, the Director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) may waive any of the professional certification requirements and amend scopes of practice of Chapter 8 of Division 2 of the Health and Safety Code (HSC) and accompanying regulations with respect to HHAs.

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Suspension of Specified Regulatory Requirements for Nurse Assistant Training Programs (NATPs)

AFL 20-40.2 From the California Department of Public Health September 8, 2021 TO: All FacilitiesNurse Assistant Training Programs SUBJECT: Suspension of Specified Regulatory Requirements for Nurse Assistant Training Programs (NATPs)(This AFL supersedes AFL 20-40.1) ​AUTHORITY:     Proclamation of a State of Emergency (PDF) and Executive Orders N-39-20 (PDF), and Executive Order N-08-21 (PDF) All Facilities Letter (AFL) Summary This AFL notifies all facilities of a temporary waiver of specified statutory and regulatory requirements for NATPs and nursing facilities due to the state of emergency related to the COVID-19 outbreak. This revision notifies all facilities the temporary waiver of specified regulatory requirements contained in this AFL are extended until December 31, 2021 in compliance with Executive Order N-12-21 (PDF).

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Suspension of Professional Certification Requirements for Certified Nurse Assistants (CNAs)

AFL 20-35.5 From the California Department of Public Health September 8, 2021 TO: All Facilities SUBJECT: Suspension of Professional Certification Requirements for Certified Nurse Assistants (CNAs)(This AFL supersedes AFL 20-35.4) ​AUTHORITY:      Proclamation of a State of Emergency (PDF), Executive Order N-39-20 (PDF), and Executive Order N-08-21 (PDF)  All Facilities Letter (AFL) Summary This AFL notifies all facilities of a temporary waiver of specified statutory and regulatory requirements for CNAs due to the state of emergency related to the COVID-19 outbreak.This AFL revision informs all facilities and applicants that the temporary waiver of specified regulatory requirements contained in this AFL are extended until December 31, 2021, in compliance with Executive Order N-12-21 (PDF).This revision informs applicants and certificate holders how to obtain/maintain an active/employable status after the expiration of the listed waivers on December 31, 2021.

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