The ever-changing circumstances with COVID-19 are affecting people and businesses across the nation. In California, a directive was implemented for residents to “shelter in place” by staying at home to prevent the spread of the disease.
Residents at the highest risk include those over the age of 65. This is why a focus is placed on the health and safety requirements for caregivers and staff at healthcare facilities. According to the Governer’s office:
“These will be challenging times and California is mobilizing every part of government to protect and isolate residents most vulnerable to COVID-19. Those who are over the age of 65, Californians with underlying health issues, residential care patients and all those who care for these individuals are uniquely at risk. In the coming weeks, our state must rally behind these Californians and work aggressively to ensure their needs are safely met.”
Overview of Order Directives
The following notable points are in the directive, designed to protect vulnerable Californians, including senior residents and those with chronic health conditions:
- The focus must be placed on protecting the safety and health of the most vulnerable in licensed facilities.
- These facilities and locations that provide care for the most vulnerable need to be identified.
- Resources will be redirected to protect both vulnerable residents and their caregivers.
- Enforcement is in place against violations that impact safety and health.
- Existing services and programs will be leveraged through the Health and Human Services Agency to support home isolation of seniors and those with serious chronic health conditions.
- Due to the increased demand for healthcare services, care providers, first responders, and workers are permitted to continue working – but should be taking precautions and be asymptomatic to prevent transmission of COVID-19.
This information is intended to inform the public at large about this important issue. It is not intended to serve as legal or medical advice.