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.