CDPH Issues County Monitoring List, Additional COVID-19 Guidance

This afternoon, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued a series of guidance and informational materials related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The CDPH guidance issued today provides sectors with information on public health modifications that should be implemented prior to reopening only upon local public health official approval and review of local data related to COVID-19 spread and county preparedness. Local health officials will make final decisions regarding the timing for opening a sector within their jurisdiction.

CDPH published the County Monitoring List to provide residents insight into how their county is performing and provide early indication of developing areas of concern. According to CDPH, the state will work closely with county health officials to target public health response activities more effectively to local outbreaks. This process will include identifying drivers of increased transmission, reviewing strategies, discussing gaps in resources, and reviewing local containment measures.

CDPH also today issued guidance documents for 12 sectors in areas including schools, day camps, and casinos operated by sovereign tribal nations. Guidance for music, film, and television production and professional sports without live audiences was also issued with a recommended implementation date of no sooner than June 12, 2020, and subject to county public health official approval.

Guidance for counties with attestations was issued in the areas of: campgrounds, RV parks, and outdoor recreation; hotels; cardrooms, satellite wagering facilities and racetracks; family entertainment centers; restaurants, bars, and wineries; fitness facilities; and museums, galleries, zoos, and aquariums. Notably, guidance in these areas is effective as of June 12, 2020, and is only implementable with local health official approval after review of local conditions.

The full CDPH press announcement is available here. Guidance documents from the state are available here.