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State Public Health Officer Order of July 26, 2021 

State Public Health Officer Order of July 26, 2021 

Yesterday, July 26, 2021, the California Department of Public Health released a public health order to address the COVID-19 pandemic lingering challenges.  The Order takes effect on August 9, 2021, at 12:01 am. Facilities must be in full compliance with the Order by August 23, 2021.

The order states that, “current requirements of staff in health care settings, such as universal mask requirements for all staff, are not proving sufficient to prevent transmission of the Delta variant, which is more transmissible and may cause more severe illness. Vaccination against COVID-19 is the most effective means of preventing infection with the COVID-19 virus, and subsequent transmission and outbreaks. As we respond to the dramatic increase in cases, transmission prevention measures must be increased for the significant proportion of unvaccinated health and congregate care workers remaining to reduce the chance of transmission to vulnerable populations. Reinforcement of well-fitting facemasks for source control, emphasis on increased respiratory protection with respirators in some settings, and regular testing (when appropriately followed by isolation of individuals who test positive), should contribute to reduction of transmission risk in these high-risk settings to mitigate the absence of vaccination protection.”

‚ÄčAmbulatory Surgery Centers are listed among the other health care settings that the order applies too.  A brief summary of the order is below and all ASCs should be familiar with and incorporate policies around this public health order.

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