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California Hospitals Must Test Patients, Staff for Covid-19

Nov. 30, 2020, 8:26 PM

All California acute-care hospitals immediately must begin testing patients for Covid-19, and starting Dec. 14 conduct weekly testing of health-care workers, under new state orders that are the strongest in the nation for testing employees.

The California Department of Public Health in a Nov. 25 letter to all facilities said hospital workers in areas with elevated cases of disease transmission from exposure in the community are at higher risk, particularly when the hospital is experiencing a surge of Covid-19 cases.

  • Health-care workers, paid and unpaid, and medical students and trainees who have symptoms, must be tested immediately. Workers with Covid-19...

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