covid-19 guidance FOR businesses & eMPLOYERS
Resources to help create a safer and healthier workplace
Frequently asked questions on CalOSHA Emergency Temporary Standards
Request a mobile vaccination site, review vaccination standards and best practices
The California Testing Taskforce supports community organizations and businesses seeking to run in-house COVID-19 testing.
Business Reporting Requirements:
Businesses are required to report when a worksite has three or more COVID-19 cases within a 2-week period. These Cases MUST be reported using the Shared portal for outbreak reporting (SPOT):
For businesses with any questions regarding COVID, please contact us at KingsCovidInfo@countyofkings.com.Kings County Public Health Business Hotline: (559) 852-4511
NOTE: See below for news on updated Federal Testing and vaccination requirements. Additional information to follow.
Updated Federal Testing & Vaccination Requirements
Accordingly to a recently released OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS), beginning January 4th, 2022, employers with over 100 employees will be required to track the vaccination status of employees,
and ensure those who are unvaccinated test for COVID-19 weekly.
The ETS also requires employers to do the following:
Determine the vaccination status of each employee, obtain acceptable proof of vaccination status from vaccinated employees and maintain records and a roster of each employee's vaccination status.
Require employees to provide prompt notice when they test positive for COVID-19 or receive a COVID-19 diagnosis. Employers must then remove the employee from the workplace, regardless of vaccination status; employers must not allow them to return to work until they meet required criteria.
Ensure each worker who is not fully vaccinated is tested for COVID-19 at least weekly (if the worker is in the workplace at least once a week) or within 7 days before returning to work (if the worker is away from the workplace for a week or longer).
Ensure that, in most circumstances, each employee who has not been fully vaccinated wears a face covering when indoors or when occupying a vehicle with another person for work purposes.
The emergency temporary standard does not require employers to pay for testing. Employers may be required to pay for testing to comply with other laws, regulations, collective bargaining agreements, or other collectively negotiated agreements.