California’s Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (Cal/OSHA) adopted revised COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards on Thursday, June 17, stating vaccinated employees do not need to wear face masks.
Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order enabling the revisions to take effect without the normal 10-day review period by the Office of Administrative Law, providing clarity and consistency for employers and employees as California fully reopens its economy.
The revisions include the following:
• Fully vaccinated employees do not need to be offered testing or excluded from work after close contact unless they have COVID-19 symptoms.
• Fully vaccinated employees do not need to wear face coverings except for certain situations during outbreaks and in settings where the Public Health Department requires all persons to wear them. Employers must document the vaccination status of fully vaccinated employees if they do not wear face coverings indoors.
• Employees are not required to wear face coverings when outdoors regardless of vaccination status except for certain employees during outbreaks.
• Employees are explicitly allowed to wear a face mask without fear of retaliation from employers.
• Physical distancing requirements have been eliminated except where an employer determines there is a hazard and for certain employees during major outbreaks.
• Employees who are not fully vaccinated may request respirators for voluntary use from their employers at no cost and without fear of retaliation from their employers.
• Employees who are not fully vaccinated and exhibit COVID-19 symptoms must be offered testing by their employer.
• Employer-provided housing and transportation are exempt from the regulations where all employees are fully vaccinated.
• Employers must review the Interim guidance for Ventilation, Filtration and Air Quality in Indoor Environments.
• Employers must evaluate ventilation systems to maximize outdoor air and increase filtration efficiency and evaluate the use of additional air cleaning systems.
However, according to the California Department of Industrial Relations, nothing in the revised emergency temporary standards prevents an employer from requiring all employees to wear a face mask instead of having their vaccine status documented. Also, employees in certain indoor settings must wear a mask regardless of vaccination status if required by a Public Health order. As of June 15, indoor settings where masks are still required for everyone include public transit, K-12 educational facilities, health care and long-term care settings, correctional and detention facilities and shelters.
As of Tuesday, June 22, San Bernardino County recorded 299,320 total cases, up 306 from last week’s 299,014. The county recorded 293,836 recoveries, up 247 from last week’s 293,589. A total of 4,642 deaths have been recorded, up 40 from last week’s 4,602.
The 64 hospital patients are up 18 from the previous week’s 46. The patients are utilizing 2.6% of the beds, up slightly from the previous week’s 1.9%. The county recorded 17 positive ICU patients, up two from the previous week. COVID-19 patients are occupying 3.9% of these beds. ICU availability rose from 38.9% to 41.8%
As of Tuesday, June 22, Redlands recorded 8,885 total cases, one less case than the previous week’s 8,886. Redlands’ total death count rose from 220 to 221. During the week of June 6, the city had 14 new cases and a test positivity rate of 1%. The previous week, the city had 11 new cases and a test positivity rate of 0.2%.
During the week of June 6, Redlands Unified recorded 1.4 daily new cases per 100,000 residents within the district.
According to John Hopkins University, San Bernardino County remains eighth in total COVID-19 cases out of the country’s 3,143 counties.