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LAC DPH Health Advisory: Expanding Testing and Universal Source Control

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LAC DPH) issued a health advisory on April 22, 2020. This advisory shares new guidance on testing, as well as universal source control for everyone entering a health care facility.

Read the full LAC DPH Health Advisory: Expanding Testing and Universal Source Control.

Because guidance for the prevention and management of COVID-19 may change, providers and staff are encouraged to visit the Los Angeles Health Alert Network (LAHAN) website frequently. You can also subscribe to the LAHAN to receive alerts, advisories, and updates from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

⇒ Keep up to date by visiting the LAC DPH Coronavirus Webpage for Health Professionals.

 

Key Messages

 

  • Molecular testing for SARS CoV-2 is becoming more available. Healthcare providers and systems are encouraged to test more symptomatic persons as resources allow.
     
  • Symptomatic patients who are tested for COVID-19 should be instructed to continue to follow home isolation instructions, even if the test result is negative. Guidance is available for patients who test positive or negative in a variety of scenarios.
     
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommend universal source control for everyone entering a healthcare facility, regardless of symptoms. 

 

Reporting

 

Reporting COVID-19 in L.A. County Residents

COVID-19 associated deaths must be reported by healthcare providers immediately.

 

All other COVID-19 cases must be reported by healthcare providers within one day. 

Providers should complete all sections of the Medical Provider COVID-19 Report Form* and then submit via fax or secure email: 

 

*Please be sure to use the revised forms dated 4/4/20 (death report) and 4/3/20 (case report).

 

Long Beach Health and Human Services:

 

Pasadena Public Health Department: