COVID-19 Response & Recovery
updated: March 15, 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;
Wear a mask – An effective mask has both good fit and good filtration. Learn more about effective mask wearing here: [English] or [Spanish];
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.
FACE COVERING INFORMATION:
Masks are still required in the following locations for ALL individuals through April 3, 2023:
Indoors in emergency shelters and cooling/heating centers;
State and local correctional facilities and detention centers;
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.
updated: March 21, 2023
NOTE – Based on current COVID-19 trends, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is planning for the federal Public Health Emergency (PHE) for COVID-19, declared under Section 319 of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act, to expire at the end of the day on May 11, 2023. Inyo County COVID-19 data will not be updated on this page after May 11, 2023.