Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach has issued a new Health Order that will continue COVID-19 vaccination and masking requirements for healthcare personnel. Isolation orders have also been updated.
The new Health Order, which took effect April 3, includes the following masking and vaccination requirements for healthcare personnel:
Both the masking and vaccination requirements will be reassessed before Sept. 30 to consider updated Food and Drug Association and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines that may be issued at that time.
The new Health Order also includes a revision to Isolation Orders:
Since 2020, every summer has seen a surge in COVID-19 cases, and new COVID-19 variants continue to emerge. These facts suggest that it is premature to remove protections in healthcare settings.
While the SARS-CoV-2 virus and possible future variants or subvariants remain a concern, medically vulnerable residents are particularly at risk of exposure. Patients, clients and residents in healthcare have little control over potential exposure to the virus when they seek care or reside in congregate settings, posing greater risk for COVID-19-related complications.
Vaccines and boosters have been proven safe and effective and continue to offer significant protection against serious illness and death related to COVID-19.
The Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) strongly recommends that people continue to follow other common-sense COVID-19 safety strategies, such as staying home when sick; frequent hand washing; and testing for COVID-19 when in contact with someone who has the virus or when experiencing any COVID-like symptoms.
For the latest information on COVID-19, with details on all that the City of Long Beach is doing to keep our residents safe, visit longbeach.gov/COVID19 and follow @LongBeachCity and @LBHealthDept on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. People may also visit longbeach.gov/COVID19data for up-to-date information regarding cases and vaccines in Long Beach.
Media inquiries may be directed to Jennifer Rice Epstein, Public Affairs Officer, Department of Health and Human Services, at 562.441.3590 or Jennifer.RiceEpstein@longbeach.gov.