ORANGE COUNTY HEALTH OFFICER’S AMENDED ORDERS AND STRONG RECOMMENDATIONS (Revised May 28,2020)

ORDERS

  1. Orange County Businesses That May Open Under Stage 2
    All businesses, industries, and entities listed on the State of California’s website at State Industry Guidance and County Variance Info may reopen and post their corresponding industry-specific checklist at a location visible to the public at the public entrance of each property.

2. Cloth Face-Covering

All Orange County residents and visitors shall wear a cloth face-covering outside their home when they are not able to maintain at least 6 feet of physical distance from another person who is not a family/household member or does not reside in the same living unit.
 

The cloth face-covering order shall not apply to children under the age of 2; anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the cloth face-covering without assistance; persons with a medical or mental health condition, or development disability, that prevents wearing a cloth face-covering.

3. Self-isolation of Persons with COVID-19

All county residents who have been diagnosed with or are likely to have COVID-19, as defined below, shall immediately isolate themselves:

a) Individuals with COVID-19 symptoms shall isolate themselves until: (i) at least 3 days (72 hours) after they have recovered, meaning their fever has resolved without use of fever-reducing medications and their respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath) have improved; AND (ii) at least 10 days has elapsed from when their symptoms first appeared.

b) Individuals who have a positive COVID-19 PCR laboratory test result and are without COVID-19 symptoms shall isolate themselves for 10 days from the date when the specimen for the positive COVID-19 PRC laboratory test result was obtained.


A person is considered to be diagnosed with or likely to have COVID-19, if the person has:
 

(a)  Received a positive COVID-19 PCR laboratory test result; and/or
(b)  Been informed by a physician that he or she is likely to have COVID-19 and/or;
(c)  Signs and symptoms that are consistent with COVID-19 (i.e., new onset of fever, cough, shortness of breath or trouble breathing)

4. Quarantine of Persons Exposed to COVID-19

All county residents who know that they have been in close contact, as defined below, with a person diagnosed with or likely to have COVID-19 shall Quarantine themselves in their home or another residence until 14 days from the last date that they were in close contact with a person that has been diagnosed with or likely to have COVID-19.


“Close contact” refers to any person who has been within 6 feet of an infectious COVID-19 person for 15 minutes or more.  A person who is diagnosed with or likely to have COVID-19 is considered infectious from 48 hours before his or her symptoms first appeared until the person is no longer required to be isolated.

The self-quarantine to health care professionals and law enforcement personnel. 

STRONG RECOMMENDATIONS

Effective May 23, 2020, and continuing until further notice, the following “Strong Recommendations” are in effect in Orange County:

Maintain at least 6 feet of physical distance from another person who is not family/household member when (i) in public, (ii) visiting retail, commercial, or other business, or (iii) at work.

All Orange County residents who are 65 years old or older; have serious underlying medical conditions (for example, chronic lung disease, moderate to severe asthma, serious heart conditions, severe obesity, diabetes, chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis, liver disease); or have a compromised immune system should remain at home consistent with guidance provided by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) available at CDPH Link

All Orange County residents should avoid contact with people who are sick; not gather in groups; stay out of crowded places; avoid mass gatherings; wash hands frequently; wash face coverings frequently; cover coughs and sneezes; and clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily, including tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.