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CDPH All Facilities Letter: Guidance on Quarantine and Isolation for Health Care Personnel (HCP) Exposed to SARS-CoV-2 and Return to Work for HCP with COVID-19

January 8, 2022

Due to the critical staffing shortages currently being experienced across the healthcare continuum, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has released an All Facilities Letter (AFL) that provides revised temporary isolation, quarantine, and return to work criteria for healthcare personnel. The pertinent section is below. 

Temporary Isolation, Quarantine and Return to Work Criteria for HCP

  • Due to the critical staffing shortages currently being experienced across the health care continuum because of the rise in the Omicron variant, effective January 8, 2022 through February 1, 2022, CDPH is temporarily adjusting the return-to-work criteria. During this time, this guidance will supersede the tables below. 
  • During this time, HCPs who have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 and are asymptomatic may return to work immediately without isolation and without testing, and HCPs who have been exposed and are asymptomatic may return to work immediately without quarantine and without testing. These HCPs must wear an N95 respirator for source control. Facilities implementing this change must have made every attempt to bring in additional registry or contract staff and must have considered modifications to non-essential procedures. 
  • These HCPs should preferably be assigned to work with COVID-19 positive patients. However, this may not always be possible in settings such as the emergency department in which you may not know which patients are COVID-19 positive or in areas where you may be experiencing extreme staffing shortages. 
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CDPH Health Alert: SARS-CoV-2 Virus Variant of Concern B.1.1.529 (Omicron)

December 3, 2021

  • On November 26, 2021, the WHO designated a new variant, B1.1.529 (Omicron), as a variant of concern (VOC). It was first identified in Botswana and South Africa. The variant has been detected in the Los Angeles area. 
  • Long Beach Health Department and CDPH would like to remind health care providers to please ask patients about travel history. 
  • Health care providers should also collect and submit specimens for whole genome sequencing (WGS) from individuals with SARS-CoV-2 virus infection who meet at least one of the following criteria:
    • Recent international travel, especially to those countries in which the Omicron variant has been detected
    • Exposure to persons with recent international travel, especially to countries in which the Omicron variant has been detected
    • Specimens that show S gene target failure/dropout (also called SGTF) by PCR
    • Possible re-infection with symptoms and at least 90 days after initial infection
    • Infection greater than 14 days after completing a vaccination series
  • Specimens can be submitted to the Long Beach Public Health Laboratory. To submit a specimen please call the Long Beach Communicable Disease Surveillance and Control Division (CDSC) at 562-570-4302.
  • Suspected cases of the Omicron variant should be reported to the Long Beach Health Department immediately by phone at 562-570-4302
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Long Beach Health Advisory and CDC Health Alert: Updated COVID-19 Guidance 3/10/20

March 10, 2020

  • The first cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) have been diagnosed in Long Beach. Two were people with international exposure, and one was exposed domestically after traveling to an area with community transmission.
  • Providers are urged to screen their patients by telephone when possible. If provider deems patient may meet the requirements for testing, they can call the Long Beach Health Department directly for further consultation on testing. Providers should NOT refer patients directly to the Health Department for COVID-19 screening. 
  • A clinician checklist for evaluating suspect COVID-19 patients has been developed for Long Beach providers and is now available at the Long Beach COVID-19 website at www.longbeach.gov/COVID19
  • Clinical laboratories have announced COVID-19 testing is now or will soon be available, thus expanding testing to a wider group of symptomatic patients. Healthcare providers and laboratories must report all positive COVID-19 laboratory results from clinical laboratories to the Long Beach Health Department.
  • The Long Beach City Health Officer has added Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) to the list of reportable diseases in Long Beach. Providers should call the Long Beach Health Department immediately to report suspect COVID-19 cases. During regular business hours, call 562.570.4302, and after hours, contact the Public Health Duty Officer at 562.500.5537 (this number is for providers only). 
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have updated guidance on evaluation and laboratory testing. Please see below for more information.
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CDC: Update and Interim Guidance on Outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

February 28, 2020

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to closely monitor the global spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) that began in China in December 2019 and has since spread to over 45 countries and has infected over 82,000 people worldwide.
  • This CDC Health Alert Network (HAN) Update provides a situational update and interim guidance on evaluating and testing persons under investigation (PUIs) for COVID-19. The guidance provided here supersedes guidance in CDC’s HAN 427 distributed on February 2, 2020.
  • Providers should contact the Long Beach Communicable Disease Control Program immediately to report suspect cases of COVID-19 at 562.570.4302 during regular business hours or 562.500.5537 after hours and on weekends.
  • This Health Alert, along with additional COVID-19 materials, can be found on the Long Beach COVID-19 website - www.longbeach.gov/covid19.
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Outbreak of Hepatitis A Associated with Long Beach Restaurant

February 7, 2020

  • The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) is investigating a hepatitis A outbreak associated with 555 East American Steakhouse in Long Beach in patients who visited the restaurant on or around December 24, 2019.
  • Seven cases of hepatitis A have now been confirmed among people who dined at the restaurant on the same date.
  • The source of the illness is still under investigation, however there does not appear to be an ongoing risk to the public.
  • Providers should consider hepatitis A in patients who present with symptoms and report eating at 555 East American Steakhouse on or around December 24, 2019. Contact the Long Beach Communicable Disease Control Program to report suspect cases at 562.570.4302.
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CDC Update and Interim Guidance on Outbreak of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

February 1, 2020

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to closely monitor an outbreak of a 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China that began in December 2019.
  • This CDC Health Alert Network (HAN) Update provides a situational update and interim guidance to state and local health departments that supersedes guidance in CDC’s HAN 426 distributed on January 17, 2020.
  • The definition of Patients Under Investigation (PUI) has been expanded, and includes a flow chart to identify and assess 2019-nCoV, information on evaluation and testing, guidance for clinicians caring for patients with 2019-nCoV, and updated infection prevention and control guidance.
  • Providers should contact the Long Beach Communicable Disease Control Program immediately to report suspect cases of 2019-nCOV at 562.570.4302 during regular business hours or 562.500.5537 after hours and on weekends.
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CDPH News Release:
Three Confirmed Cases of Novel Coronavirus in California

January 31, 2020

  • The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has confirmed a third case of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Santa Clara, California.
  • The immediate health risk from novel coronavirus to the general public in California is low. There is no evidence of sustained person-to-person transmission of the virus in the U.S.
  • There are no cases of novel coronavirus in Long Beach at this time.
  • Providers are urged to contact the Long Beach Communicable Disease Control Program at 562.570.4302 during regular business hours or 562.500.5537 after-hours and on weekends to report any suspect cases of novel coronavirus.
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CDPH News Release and Call Briefing to Update Healthcare Providers: Two Confirmed Cases of Novel Coronavirus in California

January 26, 2020

  • California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has rescheduled the call to update health care providers on the latest information regarding the 2019 Novel Coronavirus to Tuesday, January 28 at 11am.
    • Toll-Free: 1-844-291-6358
    • Participant Access Code: 8840677
  • The two first cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) have been confirmed in California, with one case each in Los Angeles and Orange Counties. There are currently no reported cases of 2019-nCoV in Long Beach.
  • The general threat of 2019-nCoV remains low across the U.S., however more cases are expected. There is currently no evidence of person-to-person transmission of 2019-nCoV in the U.S., and all documented cases have reported recent travel to Wuhan.
  • Providers are urged to ask patients about travel history to Wuhan, China, and contact the Long Beach Communicable Disease Control Program for consultation or to report a suspect case immediately at 562.570.4302 during regular business hours or 562.500.5537 after-hours and on weekends.
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CDC: Update and Interim Guidance on Outbreak of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Wuhan, China

January 18, 2020

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to closely monitor an outbreak of a 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China that began in December 2019. 
  • Currently, there have been over 40 cases of 2019-nCOV reported in China and additional cases in Japan and Thailand. No cases have been reported in the U.S. While most cases have reported exposure to a large seafood and animal market, there may be limited person-to-person transmission occurring.
  • This updated HAN adds guidance for evaluation of patients under investigation (PUI) for 2019-nCoV, prevention and infection control guidance, including the addition of an eye protection recommendation, and additional information on specimen collection.
Providers should contact the Long Beach Communicable Disease Control Program immediately to report suspect cases of 2019-nCOV at 562.570.4302 during regular business hours or 562.500.5537 after hours and on weekends.

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CDPH Health Advisory:
Ongoing Risk of Highly Drug-Resistant Infections in Patients Following Hospitalization or Invasive Procedures in Tijuana, Mexico

November 19, 2019

  • The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is alerting healthcare providers to the ongoing risk of infections caused by Verona integron-encoded metallo-beta-lactamase (VIM)-producing carbapenem-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa (VIM-CRPA) in patients following hospitalization or invasive procedures in Tijuana, Mexico.
  • The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) is requesting that clinicians call the Communicable Disease Control Program at 562.570.4302 to report any cases of VIM-CRPA or other unusual or highly resistant organisms.
  • Mechanism testing to confirm carbapenemase-producing bacteria can also be requested through the Long Beach Health Department.
  • The CDPH Health Advisory below summarizes the current situation and provides guidance on screening, testing, and infection control measures.
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New Case of Vaping-Associated Pulmonary Injury Reported in Long Beach

November 7, 2019

  • As of November 4, 2019, there have been three total cases of serious vaping-associated pulmonary injury (VAPI) in Long Beach residents. No deaths have been reported.
  • All three cases reported vaping with THC products prior to becoming ill.
  • Providers are reminded to report cases of severe respiratory illness among patients who recently used vaping products by calling the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services at 562.570.4302 during regular business hours.
  • Statewide, cases continue. Since October 29, 2019, there have been 144 cases and three deaths reported in California, and 1,888 cases reported nationwide.
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