LA County offers free at-home test kits (pick-up)
The LA County Home Test Collection program is offering free, at-home COVID nasal swab test kit via mail to all LA county residents who have COVID-19 symptoms or think they were exposed. https://covid19.lacounty.gov/la-county-pick-up-testing-kit-program/
CDPH Requires Masking for All Public Indoor Settings
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) continues to monitor COVID-19 data in order to protect the health and well-being of all Californians. Since Thanksgiving, the statewide seven-day average case rate has increased by almost half (47%) and hospitalizations have increased by 14%. In response to the increase in cases and hospitalizations, and to slow the spread of both Delta and the highly transmissible Omicron variant, CDPH has issued updated guidance to curb the spread of COVID-19 and its variants.
Beginning December 15, CDPH will require masks to be worn in all indoor public settings irrespective of vaccine status through January 15, 2022, at which point California will make further recommendations as needed in response to the pandemic.
Additionally, CDPH updated requirements for attending mega events, like concerts and sporting events. Prior to attending an event, attendees will now require either proof of vaccination, a negative antigen COVID-19 test within one day of the event, or a negative PCR test within two days of the event.
CDPH also issued a new travel advisory effective immediately to recommend that all travelers arriving in California test for COVID-19 within three to five days after arrival, regardless of their vaccination status.
To find a vaccination site near you, or to make an appointment, please visit: www.VaccinateLACounty.com or www.VacunateLosAngeles.com. For more general public health info visit http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov
Patrons entering any indoor bars, nightclubs or wineries in Los Angeles County will have to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination, according to a new health officer order. Businesses will have to ensure all patrons aged 12 and older have both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or one dose of Johnson & Johnson, taken at least 14 days prior.
Here’s what you can show as proof that you’re fully vaccinated, according to the county’s Public Health Department:
- The white CDC COVID-19 vaccination record card
- The yellow World Health Organization vaccine card
- Documentation of vaccination from a health care provider
- A California Immunization Registry (CAIR2) vaccination record
- A digital vaccination record issued by California Department of Public Health
- A digital vaccination record from an approved company like Healthvana, Carbon Health, CommonPass, CLEAR Health Pass or VaxYes.
People can also show a photocopy of their vaccine card, or a photo of it on their phone.
Those who were vaccinated in California can get a free digital COVID-19 Vaccination Record at myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov.
Business owners can download the free SMART Health Card verifier app to read the QR code on many of the approved digital vaccination apps. Scan the code and confirm there’s a green “Verified” indicator at the top of the screen and the required information is shown.
Business owners should verify both of the following to make sure patrons are fully vaccinated:
- Check to see if the name on the vaccination record matches a photo ID, and
- Check proof of COVID-19 vaccination by dose type and date:
- If Johnson & Johnson, verify single dose taken at least 14 days prior to current day
- If Pfizer or Moderna, verify two doses with dates. The most recent dose being at least 14 days prior to current date
For visitors from other state or countries, businesses should ask for similar vaccination documentation issued by a local government.
Health inspectors will be visiting bars, clubs and other venues to ensure businesses are verifying vaccination status of all patrons. If a business is found to be violating the mandate, the violation will be documented and the business will receive a compliance date. If they’re still not complying after that, they may be issued a $500 citation, the health department said.
A negative coronavirus test result is not considered an alternative to providing proof of COVID-19 vaccination at bars and other indoor venues, health officials said.
Customers who don’t show that they are vaccinated can be directed to outdoor areas of the business, if available. And if they’re wearing a mask, they can enter the indoor area to use the restroom, or order, pick up or pay. Otherwise, the unvaccinated patrons will have to be turned away.
LA County Public Health Order: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/coronavirus/docs/HOO/HOO_SaferReturnWorkCommunity.pdf