Roundup from the CDPH

Sep 21, 2022

Your weekly newsletter for the latest communications tools, resources, from California Department of Public Health.

September 21, 2022 Your weekly newsletter for the latest communications tools, resources, and guidance from the California Department of Public Health.

In the News: California Updates COVID-19 Guidance for Use of Face Masks Effective September 23, 2022, California will use the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 Community Levels to inform statewide masking recommendations. Californians should use the CDC COVID-19 Community Levels to decide which prevention actions to use depending on if their community is in the low, medium, or high risk level. Californians are advised to choose a mask with the best fit and filtration, like an N95, KN95, or KN94. Learn more. Learn more about CDC Community Levels. Read the updated Guidance for the Use of Face Masks. Learn more Updated Guidance: COVID-19 Testing and Vaccination for Health Care Facility Visitors Visitors to health care facilities, like skilled nursing facilities and general acute care hospitals, are no longer required to be tested or show proof of vaccination in order to visit loved ones. Visitors must continue to comply with CDPH masking guidance while visiting loved ones indoors in these settings. Learn more In the News: California Launches New Abortion Access Website In California, abortion remains safe, legal and accessible. California launched a new website providing current and accurate information about accessing abortion services throughout the state. This new website provides people (both inside and outside of California) with information about accessing abortions, their legal rights, where to find providers, how to pay for services and financial assistance, ways to locate wellness and emotional support, and more. Read Governor Gavin Newsom's statement. Watch a video message from Governor Newsom. Share on social media. Learn more Suggested Message: Updated COVID-19 Boosters for Ages 12+ Share our messages and share our new video featuring California Health & Human Services Agency Secretary, Dr. Mark Ghaly reminding Californians to get the newly updated COVID-19 booster for eligible people ages 12+. Suggested message: California, the new COVID-19 booster is the most protective one yet and is recommended for those ages 12+ who have completed their original vaccines series. Visit http://MyTurn.ca.gov for more information and to schedule an appointment now.

Share the message Share the video Suggested Message: Lower Your Chances of Getting Monkeypox (MPX) Share our messages on social media reminding Californians to lower their chances of getting MPX. Suggested message: There are several ways to lower your chances of getting monkeypox (MPX). The best way to prevent MPX is to avoid physical contact and sharing items (e.g., utensils, cups, clothing, towels, and bedding) with people who have symptoms like a rash or sores. Learn about MPX and how to protect yourself and others at: http://go.cdph.ca.gov/monkeypox. Learn more about MPX:

  • Information and Resources (CDPH)

  • General Q&A (CDPH)

  • Communications Toolkit (CDPH)

  • Information and Resources (CDC)

  • Frequently Asked Questions (CDC)

Share the message Suggested Message: Prevent Foodborne Illness September is Food Safety Education Month. Remind Californians about the four steps of food safety and ways to prevent foodborne illness — clean, separate, cook, and chill.

  • Share our messages on social media.

  • Learn more about foodborne illnesses and outbreaks.

  • Visit our toolkit.

  • Visit our resources for Local Health Departments.


Share the message Suggested Message: Stay Safe During Flooding and Landslides Recent heavy rainfall in California caused flooding and mudslides/landslides in some areas. Wildfires can have lasting effects on the landscape and increase risk of flooding, landslides and mudslides. Here are ways to stay safe:

  • Watch/listen to news for the most up to date information.

  • Be aware of sudden increase/decrease in water levels.

  • Look for newly tilting objects (trees, fence, poles, walls).

  • Listen for rumbling sounds If you see flood waters/mudslide coming, move away from the path of the flow.

  • Develop emergency evacuation plans to get to higher ground if a flood/mudslide is coming

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See our messages on social media. Learn more about landslide and mudslide safety. Learn more Tools Spotlight: California's Suicide Prevention Resources September is Suicide Prevention Month. California offers suicide prevention resources to help people recognize the warning signs of suicide, and access tools and support. Visit California's suicide prevention resources, which include the following: 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline Call or text 988, or chat at 988lifeline.org Youth Crisis Line Call or text 800-843-5200 LGBT Youth Talkline Call 800-246-7743 Share our messages on social media raising awareness about these resources. Get the resources Upcoming Listening Session: MPX in California CDPH invites community based organizations, local health departments, and community advocates to participate in a second round of stakeholder listening sessions about MPX in California. The purpose of these listening sessions is to provide updates about the current status of MPX, the latest in the state’s response, what regions need to know, and provide a Q&A/listening session for regions. The listening session will be held in English and Spanish.

Register in advance: September 28 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. PDT Register

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View open positions Find us on LinkedIn Website & Guidance Updates Updated: Guidance for the Use of Face Masks (effective September 23, 2022) Shifts from a strong recommendation for the general population, in all indoor settings at all times, to use of CDC Community Levels to help inform masking recommendations, which is consistent with CDC recommendations. New: Recommended Infection Control Practices to Prevent Transmission of MPX in Healthcare Settings Q&A This Q&A provides some California-specific considerations for implementing CDC's guidance and additional recommendations to facilitate identification and management of MPX-infected healthcare personnel (HCP) to prevent exposures to patients and other HCP. Updated: Extreme Heat and Health: Recommendations and Resources for Local Health Jurisdictions (LHJs) and Local Responders / Service Providers Updated guidance and resources for populations with greater vulnerability. Updated: Testing Guidance

  • Updated guidance on using antigen testing to end isolation.

  • Updated references to applicable guidance for Isolation and Quarantine and Events.

  • Updated language to replace "fully vaccinated" with "completed primary series" to bring outdated terminology up to date.


Updated: Requirements for Visitors in Acute Health Care and Long-Term Care Settings Changes went into effect on September 17, 2022. Translations Now Available: Safer Sex & MPX fact sheet is available in the following languages: Spanish, Arabic, Armenian, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Khmer, Korean, Punjabi, Russian, Tagalog, Thai and Vietnamese. MPX Home Isolation Guidance for the General Public is now available in Spanish. View all translated guidance and policy: COVID-19 Guidance in More Languages