COVID-19 Response & Recovery
updated: May 16, 2023
In early 2020 the Federal Government, along with State and Local governments, declared a public health emergency and undertook preventive and proactive measures to slow the spread of the virus and treat those affected. Thanks to a very collaborative response effort of professionals and community members working together to combat the COVID-19, we are in a better place in our response than we were three years ago, and we can transition away from the emergency phase.
On February 28, 2023, the Inyo County Health Officer ended the Local Public Health Emergency and aligned public health efforts and programs with State and Federal requirements. The Inyo County Public Health team will continue to monitor respiratory illnesses circulating throughout our community, along with other communicable diseases, and use infection prevention education, guidance, support, and measures as needed.
Five-step prevention measures that are proven to reduce the spread of respiratory viruses:
Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and warm water OR hand sanitizer;
Cough and/or sneeze into your elbow or arm;
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth;
Stay home when sick! – Individuals may return to work/school/childcare after symptoms have resolved, including at least 24 hours passed since resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications.
Guidance for Businesses: In workplaces, employers are subject to the CalOSHA COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS) or in some workplaces the Cal/OSHA Aerosol Transmissible Diseases (ATD) standard and should consult those regulations for additional applicable requirements.
>> CDPH is maintaining the requirement that businesses and venue operators, including K-12 school and childcare settings, must allow any individual to wear a mask if they desire to.
COVID-19 Clinics at Clint Quilter County Office Building - Public Health Clinic
Updated 09/14/23: COVID-19 vaccinations are currently on hold until new COVID-19 Vaccine supply is received from the manufacturer.
Starting October 2023 - COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility at Inyo County Public Health will change.
Inyo County COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility:
- Adults(>18 years old): Uninsured or Underinsured Individuals
- Children (6 months-18 years old): MediCal eligible, Uninsured, or American Indian or Alaskan Native
If you have MediCal, MediCal Managed Care Plan, Medicare, or Private Health Insurance, you will not be eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccinations from Inyo County Public Health, please call your primary care provider or local pharmacy for COVID-19 vaccination services.
- At-Home Tests through USPS: As of September 25, 2023, residential households in the U.S. can order one set of #4 free at-home tests from USPS.com again. Click here.
- At-Home Tests through Public Health / HHS: Tests in Health & Human Service will be distributed to individuals who are uninsured or have limited access to healthcare resources (or in schools and organizations that primarily serve children under age 18, distributed in accordance with CDPH guidance)
- Insurance Reimbursement for At-Home Tests: Contact your health insurance company to learn how to request reimbursement.
- At-Home Tests at Retailers and Pharmacies: At-home tests are available for sale through local retailers and pharmacies.