COVID requirements changing as declaration of emergency lifted

The Plumas County Public Health Agency released updated information on COVID-19 practices — some took effect March 13; others go into effect April 3. Following is the agency’s announcement that was released today:

The state’s declaration of emergency for COVID-19 was terminated Feb. 28. Due to the end of the state of emergency, the state public health officer orders have been updated. There have also been changes to COVID-19 safety requirements in the workplace by Cal-OSHA, for more details go to the Cal-OSHA website:https://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/coronavirus/Non_Emergency_Regulations/

Here are some of the changes which may affect you:

• Reduced Isolation Time After Positive COVID-19 Test

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Beginning March 13, a COVID-19 positive person may end isolation after five days if they feel well, have improving symptoms, and are fever-free for 24 hours, with less emphasis on testing negative. This change aligns with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations and takes effect on Monday, March 13.

• Redetermination for Medi-Cal Benefits

The public health emergency required the state to maintain continuous coverage for people enrolled in Medi-Cal. With the end of the state of emergency, the regular process of reconfirming Medi-Cal eligibility will resume April 1 and Medi-Cal beneficiaries will be notified to update their information and ensure they still qualify. Beneficiaries who have changed address or do not receive a notice before their renewal date should contact Plumas County Social Services (530) 283-6350. For more information visithttp://www.keepmedicalcoverage.org/.

• Masking in High-risk and Health Care Settings

Beginning April 3, masks will no longer be required in indoor high-risk and health care settings. This includes health care, long-term care, and correctional facilities as well as homeless, emergency, and warming and cooling centers. CDPH’s recommendations for the use of face masks for individuals remain unchanged. See masking guidance.

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• Vaccine Requirements for Health Care Workers

Beginning April 3, with federal rules continuing to ensure that most health care workers remain vaccinated for COVID-19, the state will no longer require vaccination for health care workers including those in adult care, direct care, correctional facilities, and detention centers.

Resources remain available: Access to Vaccines, Testing and Treatment

  • COVID-19 vaccines, testing, and treatment continue to be available through providers and local pharmacies.
  • Free home tests available for Medi-Cal clients and free tests for everyone through USPS: https://special.usps.com/testkits
  • Treatment is available through local test to treat sites: PDH: 530-283-2121 and EPHC 530-832-6600
  • Individuals who are uninsured or can’t get timely treatment can call 833-686-5051 or visit sesamecare.com/covidca

The complete state press release is available here: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/OPA/Pages/NR23-014.aspx For more local information on COVID-19 and resources go to Plumas County Public Health website at https://plumascounty.us/2839/COVID-19-Home