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COVID-19 screenings required at homeless shelters, H-2A housing under new Santa Barbara County Health Order

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Posted at 9:27 PM, Sep 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-12 00:48:02-04

A new Santa Barbara County Health Order now requires temperature screening, self-evaluation, and reporting of COVID-19 cases at all homeless shelters and H-2A housing in the county.

The order, issued by County Health Officer Dr. Henning Ansorg, goes into effect at 5 p.m. September 14th and continues until 5 p.m. on October 13th or until otherwise decided by the county health officer.

The new order stipulates the following:

1. All individuals entering or residing in a homeless shelter or H-2A housing shall be screened for COVID-19 symptoms daily.

2. If through daily screening an individual or resident has symptoms related to COVID-19, the individual must immediately self-isolate and notify the manger, operator, owner of the facility, or employer.

3. The operator, manager, owner of homeless shelters or the employers 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.

“The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department will partner with homeless shelters and H-2A housing operators to ensure that we mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Prevention efforts and quick response will facilitate the best possible outcomes for the residents in these congregate settings,” shared Van Do-Reynoso, Public Health Director.

Click here for more details on the health order.