The County of San Diego has immediate openings for Temporary Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVN) that will be part of the new T3 (Test, Trace, & Treat) Program whose objective is to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Duties will involve providing skilled nursing care to individuals that are either COVID-19 confirmed, or that may exhibit symptoms. Click here to apply for the LVN position.
The County of San Diego is also hiring Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) positions that will work under the supervision of registered nurses or licensed vocational nurses to assist with patient care. Click here to apply for the CNA position.
To recap, we discussed the following highlights:
- It is important that employers are prepared to ensure the safety of staff, customers, and the community should an outbreak occur at their workplace. Highly recommend employers read this letter related to resources for responding to COVID-19 in the workplace.
- See Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance about when employees can return to work after testing positive with COVID-19.
- County of San Diego’s COVID-19 Trigger related to case rate, a state metric that has the County on the State’s County Monitoring list, is beyond the threshold rate of 100 cases per 100,000 population for a 14-day period. Currently, the case rate is 149.2 cases per 100,000, which increased since the 7/22/20 rate of 145.3 cases per 100,000.
- The State Watch List ordered the County of San Diego to close indoor operations for certain sectors effective last Wednesday, 7/15/20, until further notice, which includes:
- Gyms and fitness centers
- Places of worship
- Personal care services, including nail salons and massage and tattoo parlors
- Hair salons and barbershops
- Indoor malls
- Offices for non-essential sectors
- On July 20th, guidance was released by the State for personal care services that can be provided outdoors, like hair, nail, and massage services, in counties that have been on the Monitoring List for 3 consecutive days.
- Electrology, tattooing, and piercing services must not be provided in the outdoor setting because invasive procedures require a controlled hygienic environment to be performed safely.
Followed by Questions asked from the community, and answers:
Protocol for Essential Businesses that Never Closed
- All essential businesses that allow members of the public to enter a facility must prepare and post a Social Distancing and Sanitation Protocol. This should be reviewed with employees, but does not need to be submitted to the county for approval. See Page 3, Section 10 of the Public Health Order for more information. [Posted 7/22/20]
- We don’t currently have a timeframe on when the state will allow indoor services to reopen. [Posted 7/22/20]
- Follow the CA Department of Public Health (CDPH) formal guidance about outdoor operations. The State Board of Cosmetology guidance is in line with CDPH. [Posted 7/22/20]
- No new restrictions were placed on retail stores. Big indoor malls that are enclosed must be closed. Stores in malls with exterior doors can stay open and be treated using retail store guidance. [Posted 7/22/20]
- Yes, stores in outdoor malls are able to operate. [Posted 7/22/20]
- All personal care services can operate outside except electrology, tattooing and piercing services. [Posted 7/22/20]
- For resources please visit Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Resources for Employers and Workers to view rights and protections for workers. [Posted 7/22/20]
- See Employer Guidance for Responding to COVID-19 in the Workplace. [Posted 7/22/20]
- Massage therapy in non-therapy setting permitted outdoors only. [Posted 7/22/20]
- Right now indoor operations of fitness centers are closed. But prior state response to wearing a face covering while exercising was to wear a face covering when within 6ft away from the next person in the class or fitness center. [Posted 7/22/20]
- State is focusing on businesses and activities where there are opportunities for gatherings and congregate settings. Youth sports are not permitted indoor or outdoors right now, but San Diego County allows youth sport day camps to be open with restrictions. [Posted 7/22/20]
- The County Public Health Officer has flexibility in decisions, but is not allowed to be less restrictive than the state. The Public Health Order offers additional guidance where necessary. [Posted 7/22/20]
- State and county guidance both say non-essential travel is highly discouraged. If teleworking it feasible for any employee, it is highly encouraged. County doesn’t require an employee to quarantine after domestic travel, but if individual travelled internationally to a Level 2 or 3 country, then quarantine is recommended. Consult HR about requirements for your business. [Posted 7/22/20]
- Restaurants must complete the San Diego Food Facility, Restaurant, Bar, Winery, Brewery Operating Protocol. When moving outdoors, review your Restaurant Operating Protocol and Safe Reopening Plan. It is recommended to have separate protocols for outdoor and indoor operations. See Page 3, Section 11 of Public Health Order for more guidance. [Posted 7/22/20]
- Wedding ceremonies are allowed outdoors with physical distancing. Wedding receptions are not allowed per the state. [Posted 7/22/20]
- Per state, not allowed because it could create a congregate setting. [Posted 7/22/20]
- The blood sample test is not the correct way to test for current COVID-19 positive cases, it is the way to test for COVID-19 antibodies. The nasal swab test is currently the only way to test for current COVID-19 cases. [Posted 7/22/20]
- Resources for Responding to COVID-19 in the Workplace
- County of San Diego Triggers Dashboard
- Safe Reopening Page
- COVID-19 Industry Guidance: Hair Salon and Barbershop Services Provided Outdoors
- COVID-19 Industry Guidance: Expanded Personal Care Services Provided Outdoors
- Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Resources for Employers and Workers
- Updated Public Health Order
- COVID-19 Restaurant Operating Protocol
- Social Distancing and Sanitation Protocol
- Cal/OSHA Interim General Guidelines on Protecting Workers from COVID-19
- Absence of Apparent Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 from Two Stylists After Exposure at a Hair Salon with a Universal Face Covering Policy
- CDC Traveler’s Health Notices
- Shop Safe Shop Local
We will be meeting again on Wednesday, August 12th from 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM. To request resources, ask questions, or address concerns, please contact COVID-Business@sdcounty.ca.gov.