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Health Officer Order Issued for All Individuals Entering or Residing in Homeless Shelters and H-2A Housing

September 17, 2020
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The Santa Barbara County Health Officer has issued Health Officer Order No. 2020-14.1 requiring temperature screening, self-evaluation, and reporting of COVID-19 cases at all homeless shelters and H-2A housing in the County of Santa Barbara. This Order is effective starting at 5:00 p.m. (PDT) September 14, 2020, continuing until 5:00 p.m. (PDT), on October 13, 2020 or until it is extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended in writing by the Santa Barbara County Health Officer.

The new order stipulates the following:

  • All individuals entering or residing in a homeless shelter or H-2A housing shall be screened for COVID-19 symptoms daily.
  • If through daily screening an individual or resident has symptoms related to COVID-19, the individual must immediately self-isolate and notify the manager, operator, owner of the facility, or employer.
  • The operator, manager, owner of homeless shelters or the employer providing H-2A housing must immediately notify the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department when there is one case of confirmed COVID-19 in the homeless shelter or H-2A housing.

In addition, the Health Officer strongly recommends that homeless shelters and H-2A housing utilize stable groups to reduce potential transmission of COVID-19 in these types of housing.

Contact: Santa Barbara County Public Health Department
Phone: 805.934.6295

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