OCHCA does not need to be informed of every suspect case who is tested for COVID-19 infection using a commercial laboratory. But to assist with investigation and potential patient isolation, OCHCA should be informed of any symptomatic patient who fits any of the following criteria:
- Develops symptoms within 14 days of returning from a country of risk (including China, Italy, Iran, South Korea, and Japan)
- Is a contact of a confirmed case (including health care workers)
- Resides at a skilled nursing facility
Per Title 17 of the California Code of Regulations Section 2500, a novel virus infection with pandemic potential such as COVID-19 requires immediate reporting. Accordingly, all patients who test laboratory positive for COVID-19 should be reported immediately to OCHCA by clinicians and laboratories.