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Public Health Concerns Due to Wildfire Smoke and Ash Exposure

SACRAMENTO – California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Tomás Aragón urged Californians in areas affected by wildfire smoke to take steps to protect their health, including staying indoors and reducing outdoor activity if necessary to avoid the inhalation of smoke and ash. Californians can check their local air […]

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CDPH Statement on Timeline for COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements in Schools

SACRAMENTO – The federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not yet fully approved COVID-19 vaccines for individuals of all ages within the 7–12 grade span. The State of California announced last October that full approval by the FDA was a precondition to initiating the rulemaking process to add the COVID-19 vaccine to other vaccinations […]

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California Department of Public Health Warns of Possible Norovirus Infections from Imported Raw British Columbian Oysters

SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) warned consumers today not to eat raw oysters from British Columbia, Canada because they may be linked to an outbreak of norovirus illnesses in California. Canadian officials continue to investigate the source of norovirus illnesses and have closed multiple growing regions in British Columbia for sanitary […]

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With COVID-19 Conditions Improving, State Public Health Leaders Modify Omicron Surge Policies

SACRAMENTO – As COVID-19 conditions continue to improve across California and the Omicron surge subsides, temporary measures the state had put in place will expire in the coming weeks. COVID-19 cases and the rate of community transmission have steadily decreased statewide since early January, and hospitalizations are either plateauing or declining in most regions of […]

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CDPH Requires Masking for All Public Indoor Settings to Slow the Spread of COVID-19 In Response to Increasing Case Rates and Hospitalizations

SACRAMENTO – 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 […]

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Joint Statement on Western States Recommendation of Expanded Pfizer- BioNTech Booster Eligibility for 16- and 17-year-olds

SACRAMENTO – Today, California Health and Human Services Agency Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly, and Director of the California Department of Public Health and State Public Health Officer Dr. Tomás J. Aragón, issued a joint statement on the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup’s recommendation to expand eligibility for Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 booster dose to 16- and […]

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Joint Statement from the California and San Francisco Departments of Public Health on the First Confirmed Case of the Omicron Variant

SACRAMENTO – “As expected, and thanks to California’s large-scale testing and early detection systems, the State of California and the San Francisco Department of Public Health have confirmed a case of the Omicron variant in California. Our partners at the University of California, San Francisco identified this case through their sequencing capabilities. California is continuing […]

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CDPH Issues Statement on Omicron Variant

SACRAMENTO November 28, 2021 – State Public Health Officer and Director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Dr. Tomás J. Aragón issued the following statement today on the Omicron variant.     “California is closely monitoring the new Omicron variant, which has not yet arrived in California or the U.S. Vaccines continue to be […]

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CDPH Warns Consumers about Risks of Wearing Decorative Contact Lenses

SACRAMENTO – California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Tomás J. Aragón today warned consumers about the risks associated with wearing decorative contact lenses. “Advertised as color, cosmetic, fashion and theatrical contact lenses, decorative contact lenses are especially popular around Halloween,” said Dr. Aragón. “Wearing any kind of contact lens, including […]

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CDPH: Workers in Adult and Senior Care Facilities and Employees Providing In-home Direct Care Must Be Fully Vaccinated by November 30

To provide additional protections against COVID-19 for vulnerable individuals across the state, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today issued a public health order requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for workers in adult and senior care facilities and those employed in in-home direct care settings. The order applies to all adult and senior care facilities, certain […]

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CDPH Issues Statement on Full Federal Approval of Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine

SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today issued a statement from Dr. Tomás J. Aragón, CDPH Director and State Public Health Officer, following federal approval of the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for individuals ages 16 and older. “Today’s announcement by our federal partners underscores the safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine […]

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California implements vaccine verification measure for large events

SACRAMENTO – Today, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) strengthened requirements already in effect for mega events in the Beyond the Blueprint Framework, announcing that proof of vaccination, or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours before an event starts, will be required for indoor gatherings where 1,000 or more participants or spectators are […]

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CDPH Issues Statement on Western States’ Approval of Additional Dose for People who are Immunocompromised

SACRAMENTO – Today the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued a statement from Dr. Tomás J. Aragón, CDPH Director and State Public Health Officer, regarding the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup’s recommendation to support an additional COVID-19 vaccine dose for individuals whose immune systems are compromised. “As California continues to see an increase […]

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In Response to New CDC Guidelines, CDPH Recommends Masking for Public Indoor Settings to Slow the Spread of COVID-19 and the Delta Variant

SACRAMENTO – In response to the spike in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, and new CDC guidance calling for masking measures to prevent the spread of the highly transmissible and deadly Delta variant, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) updated its Guidance for Face Coverings, recommending mask use for indoor public settings, regardless of vaccination […]

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CDPH: Vaccinations Prevent Nearly All COVID-19 Related Hospitalizations and Deaths, New Data Shows

Today, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is reminding unvaccinated Californians that the COVID-19 vaccine is safe, free and provides excellent protection from severe COVID-19 illness, hospitalization and death. Out of over 20 million vaccinated individuals, only 0.003% (584 people) contracted COVID-19 and required hospitalization. The data and science clearly demonstrate vaccines are highly […]

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California Launches New Digital Tool Giving Residents Convenient Access to Their COVID-19 Vaccine Record

SACRAMENTO – Today, the California Department of Public Health and California Department of Technology announced a new Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record for Californians, available at myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov. The tool is a convenient option for Californians who received a COVID-19 vaccination to access their record from the state’s immunization registry systems. “While CDPH recommends that vaccinated Californians […]

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CDPH Urges Public to Report Vaccine Incentive Scammers

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is asking Californians to be aware of and to quickly report any indications of possible fraudulent or other questionable activities by individuals attempting to take advantage of the state’s recently announced COVID-19 vaccination incentive programs. The first cash prize drawing of $116.5 million Vax for the Win incentives […]

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CDPH releases guidance for businesses and industry effective June 15, 2021

When California fully reopens the economy, the state will move beyond the Blueprint for a Safer Economy. All sectors listed in the current Blueprint Activities and Business Tiers Chart may return to usual operations (with the limited exceptions noted below for Mega Events) based on the following general public health recommendations: Restrictions Applying to Indoor & Outdoor […]

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Statement from California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly on Mask Guidance

“California has made amazing progress in our fight against COVID-19. With more than 34 million vaccines administered, we now have among the lowest case and positivity rates in the nation. “On June 15, California plans to implement the CDC’s guidelines around masking to allow fully vaccinated Californians to go without a mask in most indoor […]

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California to Open Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccination Appointments for 12-15 Age Group

SACRAMENTO – California parents and legal guardians can schedule appointments for young people in their families aged 12+ to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine using the statewide booking system starting Thursday morning. “The more Californians who are able to get vaccinated, the better we can protect our communities and slow the spread of COVID-19,” said […]

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