The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LAC DPH) issued a revision to the Health Officer Order effective on Tuesday, January 11, 2022.

EXPOSED/TEST POSITIVE (SYMPTOMATIC OR ASYMPTOMATIC)

Isolation

All persons who test positive for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status, previous infection, or lack of symptoms, must self-isolate for at least 5 days. Persons may only end their self-isolation after day 5 if

  1. they are asymptomatic or are fever free and their symptoms are improving and
  2. they take an antigen test on day 5, or later, and receive a negative result.

If unable to test, or they choose not to test, and symptoms are not present or are resolving, isolation can end after day 10. Wear a well-fitting mask around others, indoors and outdoors, for a total of 10 days.

  • Adults should wear a well-fitting medical grade mask (surgical or respirator).
  • Children should wear a well-fitting, non-cloth mask of multiple layers of non-woven material with a nose wire.

EXPOSED/TEST NEGATIVE (ASYMPTOMATIC)

Quarantine

All unvaccinated persons or fully vaccinated persons who are eligible for a booster but have not yet received their booster dose, who are close contacts of a COVID-19 case, must quarantine for at least 5 days after their last contact with a person who has COVID-19. Such persons must test on day 5 after their last exposure. Consider testing immediately after notification of the exposure, if practicable, especially if the person or someone that lives with them is at increased risk for severe illness. Persons my only end their quarantine period after day 5 if

  1. they are asymptomatic and
  2. they take an antigen test on day 5, or later, and receive a negative result.

EXPOSED/ASYMPTOMATIC

If unable to test, or they choose not to test, and symptoms are not present, quarantine can end after day 10. Wear a well-fitting mask while around others, indoors and outdoors, for a total of 10 days.

  • Adults should wear a well-fitting medical grade mask (surgical or respirator).
  • Children should wear a well-fitting, non-cloth mask of multiple layers of non-woven material with a nose wire.

In a workplace setting (not applicable to healthcare personnel), asymptomatic employees in this category may continue to work on the condition that:

  1. They get a viral test within 3-5 days after their last exposure to a case;
  2. They wear a well-fitting medical-grade mask, ideally an N95/K95, around others for a total of 10 days;
  3. They remain asymptomatic; and they observe home-quarantine when not at work.

 

If symptoms occur, individuals should immediately isolate and test as soon as possible (do not wait until the 5th day after exposure to retest if symptoms develop earlier) and, if positive, self-isolate as described above.

 

FULLY VACCINATED & BOOSTERED (if eligible) EXPOSED INDIVIDUALS

Individuals whose vaccinations are up to date, meaning they have received their COVID-19 vaccine booster or are fully vaccinated but not yet eligible for a booster, or have recovered from COVID-19 within the previous 90 days do not need to quarantine following a COVID-19 exposure. Such persons must wear a well-fitting medical grade mask (surgical or respirator) while around others, indoors and outdoors, for 10 days after their last exposure. If symptoms occur, individuals must immediately isolate and test as soon as possible (do not wait until 5 days after exposure to retest if symptoms develop earlier) and, if positive, continue to self-isolate as described above.

MASKS

As soon as practicable, all employers and businesses must provide and require on-site employees, assigned or contracted workers or volunteers to wear a surgical mask or higher-level respirator approved by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), such as an N95 filtering facepiece respirator, at all times while indoors at the worksite or facility.

Please see the attached link for a copy of the County Department of Public Health’s latest order: Los Angeles County Health Officer Order (HOO)