CDPH Revises COVID-19 Reporting Requirements by Providers and Laboratories

On Thursday, California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Tomás Aragón issued a State Public Health Officer Order temporarily modifying certain COVID-19 reporting requirements for health care providers and laboratories.

Under the order that took effect immediately:

  • Health care providers must report hospitalization and/or death of a patient due to COVID-19 within one working day; previously, providers were required to report all COVID-19 cases immediately.
  • Laboratories must report all COVID-19 test results within 24 hours from the time the laboratory notifies the health care provider or other person authorized to receive the report; previously, laboratories were required to report results more expeditiously.

The reporting of hospitalizations and deaths by health care providers is in addition to weekly reporting of hospitalized COVID-19 cases by hospitals, required under All Facilities Letter 21-25. Health care providers conducting point-of-care testing must still report test results consistent with requirements for laboratories.

Additional information is available here.