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Mandatory COVID-19 Testing for Unvaccinated Workers in High-Risk Settings to End September 17

September 15, 2022

Earlier this week, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced that the state will end COVID-19 policies that require weekly testing for unvaccinated individuals in high-risk workplaces and schools. The State Public Health Officer Order, which goes into effect on Saturday, September 17, is intended to align with recent federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance released last month.

Although the newest order rescinds testing requirements for unvaccinated workers, the state encourages healthcare facilities, schools, and other high-risk workplaces to maintain onsite testing and the ability to ramp up onsite testing in the event of future outbreaks.

The new order does not remove vaccination and booster requirements for covered employees, nor does it change employers’ obligations to track worker vaccination or exemption status. However, the order does update the timing of required booster doses to align with CDC recommendations. CDPH has also updated their Public Health Order Questions & Answers webpage to reflect the upcoming changes.

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