California – California Department of Public Health

CDPH Landing Page
California Department of Public Health Landing Page for Guidance Documents re COVID-19

SNFs: Infection Control
AFL 20-22.9 Guidance for Limiting the Transmission of COVID-19 in Long-Term Care Facilities (8/12/21)

ICF/DD-H-N-CN Facilities: Visitation Guidance
AFL 21-14: Visitation Guidance for ICF/DD-H-N-CN Facilities During the COVID-19 Pandemic (8/12/21)

SNFs: Testing of Health Care Personnel and Residents
AFL 20-53.2: COVID-19 Mitigation Plan Recommendations for Testing of Health Care Personnel and Residents at Skilled Nursing Facilities (8/3/21)

Hospitals and SNFs: Guidance for HCP Following COVID-19 Exposure
AFL 21-08.3: Guidance on Quarantine for Health Care Personnel (HCP) Exposed to SARS-CoV-2 (6/28/21)

AFL 21-15: Request for 30-day Sustainment Supply of the State’s PPE Inventory (5/13/21)

SNFs: PPE Push Packs
AFL 21-13: PPE Push Pack Distribution (4/30/21)

Hospitals: COVID-19 Vaccination – Practitioner Order Requirement
AFL 21-12: Temporary Waiver of Practitioner’s Order for Administration of the COVID-19 Vaccine (4/16/21)

SNFs: Dialysis Services
AFL 20-66: Updated Guidance for the Provision of Home Dialysis Services in a Skilled Nursing Facility (4/16/21)

Hospitals: Suspension of Enforcement
AFL 20-26.8: Suspension of Regulatory Enforcement of Hospital Requirements (5/17/21)

Visitor Limitations
AFL 20-38.6: Visitor Limitation Guidance (3/16/21)

CDPH Survey Priorities
AFL 20-69.1: Survey Priorities during the COVID-19 Pandemic (3/1/21)

SNFs: Suspension of Enforcement
AFL 20-32.2: Suspension of Regulatory Enforcement of Specified Skilled Nursing Facility Requirements (3/1/21)

ADHCs: Licensing Requirements
AFL 20-34.3 Suspension of Regulatory Enforcement of Specified ADHC Requirements (3/1/21)

PCCs & MHCUs: Suspension of  Enforcement
AFL 20-30.1: ​Suspension of Regulatory Enforcement of Specified Primary Care Clinic and Mobile Health Care Unit Requirements (2/26/21)

Hospitals: Additional Temporary Licensing Waivers
AFL 21-09: Additional Temporary Waivers Tied to the Hospital Surge Public Health Order (2/1/21)

Hospitals and SNFs: Staffing Levels
AFL 20-21.7: Maintain Efforts to Increase Staffing Levels (1/24/21)

COVID-19 Testing Guidance (Updated 9/22/20)

SNF Non-Emergency Transportation
AFL 20-70: Non-Emergency Transportation during the COVID-19 Pandemic (9/14/20)

SNFs: Participation in HSAG QI Initiatives
AFL 20-68: Health Services Advisory Group CMS Initiatives to Support Nursing Home Quality Improvement (9/3/20)

SNFs: Emergency Resident Transfers
AFL 20-67 Transfers Emergency Resident Transfers during the COVID-19 Pandemic (8/20/20)

SNFs: Online Application for Surveys and Investigations
AFL 20-63.1: Deployment of Online Survey Application for COVID-19 SNF Mitigation Surveys (8/7/20)

ICFs: Daily Reporting
AFL 20-62: ICF COVID-19 Daily Reporting (7/25/20)

SNFs: Transportation for Dialysis
AFL 20-61: Dialysis Transportation for COVID-19 Positive Resident
s (7/21/20)

NFs: Weekly Reporting
AFL 20-60: SNF Weekly Reporting of COVID-19 Surveillance/Response-Driven Testing (7/17/20)

Home Health Aide Training Programs
AFL 20-57: Suspension of Professional Certification Requirements for Home Health Aide Training Programs (6/19/20)

SNFs: Temporary Managers
AFL-20-56: Request for Interest in Serving as a Temporary Manager (6/12/20)

SNFs: Holiday Season Infection Control Recommendations
AFL 20-86: ​COVID-19 Infection Control Recommendations during Holiday Celebrations (11/16/2020)

Hospitals: Vaccination Planning Survey
AFL 20-81: GACH COVID-19 Vaccination Survey (10/12/20)

Behavioral Health: Mitigation Strategies
CDPH/DHCS California Behavioral Health Programs COVID-19 Mitigation Strategies (10/1/2020)

COVID-19 Investigation and Reporting
AAFL-20-75: COVID-19 Outbreak Investigation and Reporting Thresholds (9/22/20)

HHAs: Suspension of Enforcement
AFL 20-72: Suspension of Regulatory Enforcement of Home Health Agency Requirements (9/17/20)

SNFs: Baseline Testing Reporting
AFL 20-55: SNF COVID-19 Baseline Testing Reporting (6/2/20)

SNFs: Mitigation Plans and Infection Control Guidance
AFL-20-52 COVID-19 Mitigation Plan Implementation and Submission Requirements for SNFs and Infection Control Guidance for Health Care Personnel (5/11/20)

COVID-19 Symptoms
AFL 20-51: Updated COVID-19 Symptoms, 5/9/20

SNF Weekly Infection Prevention Calls
AFL 20-50: Skilled Nursing Facility Infection Prevention Calls (4/30/20)

CDPH Guidance re Resuming California’s Deferred and Preventive Health Care (4/27/20)

Clinical Laboratories
Letter to Laboratories – Important information for laboratories about testing for COVID-19 (4/24/20)

Medi-Cal Program Flexibilities
All Plan Letter 20-011 re Governor’s Executive Order N-55-20 (4/24/20)

Home Health Aide Certification
AFL 20-49: Suspension of Professional Certification Requirements for Home Health Aides (4/24/20)

Transfers to Alternate Care Sites
AFL 20-48: Transfers to Low Acuity Alternate Care Sites During COVID-19 Pandemic (4/24/20)

Hospice: Licensing Requirements
AFL 20-47: Suspension of Regulatory Enforcement of Hospice Requirements (4/23/20)

Facility and Alternate Care Site Staffing
AFL 20-46: Requests for Urgent Staffing Resources for COVID-19 (4/21/20)

Crisis Care Guidelines
California SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic: Health Care Surge Crisis Care Guidelines (4/19/20)

Access to Testing
AFL 20-44: Expanding Access to Testing: Updated Interim Guidance on Prioritization for COVID-19 Laboratory Testing (4/19/20)

SNFs: Daily Reporting
AFL 20-43: SNF COVID-19 Daily Reporting (4/19/20)

APHs: Reporting
AFL 20-42: COVID-19 APH Reporting (4/17/20)

Infection Control (Health Care Workers)
AFL 20-45: Hotels for Healthcare Workers

Strategic National Stockpile
AFL 20-41: Prohibition on charging for federally supplied assets or pharmaceuticals from the Strategic National Stockpile

SNFs: Preparing for COVID-19
AFL 20-25.2: Preparing for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in California Skilled Nursing Facilities (4/15/20)

Nurse Assistant Training Programs
AFL 20-40: Suspension of Specified Regulatory Requirements for Nurse Assistant Training Programs (NATPs) (4/14/20)

Personal Protective Equipment
AFL 20-39: COVID-19 Optimizing the Use of Personal Protective Equipment (4/14/20)

N95 Respirator Reuse
AFL 20-36: Guidance for Decontamination and Reuse of N95 Filtering Facepiece Respirators (4/11/20)

ASC Ventilator Inventory
AFL 20-37: ASC Ventilator Inventory Survey (4/8/20)

Alternate Care Site FAQs (4/6/20)

CNA Certification
AFL 20-35: Suspension of Professional Certification Requirements for CNAs (4/5/20) 

SNFs: Resident Transfer
AFL 20-33 Interim Guidance for Transfer of Residents with Suspected or Confirmed Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) (4/1/20)

Hospital Bed Reporting
AFL 20-31: COVID-19 Daily Reporting (3/28/20)

SNFs: Staffing Waiver Deadline
AFL 20-28. Announcement: Expansion of the Deadline to Apply for Patient Needs and Workforce Shortage Waivers (3/23/20)

AFL 20-27.1 Guidance for Limiting the Transmission of COVID-19 in Adult Day Health Centers (3/23/20)

Mitigation Playbook
AFL 20-23: California Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Health Care System Mitigation Playbook (3/20/20)

Infection Control
AFL 20-24. Guidance for Procedures and Transfer of Deceased Persons with Confirmed or Suspected Coronavirus Disease 2019 (3/16/20)

Hospitals: Surge
AFL 20-18. Hospitals Surge Survey to Assess Capacity Regarding Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and Reminder to Contact Medical Health Operational Area Coordination Office (3/8/20)

    > HLB Alert (3/9/20)

Preparing for COVID-19
AFL 20-17. Guidance for Healthcare Facilities on Preparing for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (3/3/20)

    > HLB Alert (3/9/20)

Infection Control
AFL 20-15. Infection Control Recommendations for Facilities with Suspect Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Patients (2/28/20)

Infection Control
AFL 20-14 Environmental Infection Control for the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (2/19/20)

Staff Exposure
AFL 20-13. 2019 Novel Coronavirus Interim Guidance for Risk Assessment and Health Management of Healthcare Personnel with Potential Exposure (2/10/20)

Updated COVID Resources
AFL 20-11. Updated 2019 Novel Coronavirus Information (2019-nCoV), Including Patient Under Investigation (PUI) Guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (1/31/20)

COVID Resources
AFL 20-10. Healthcare Facility Resources for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) (1/27/20)