Public Health Orders

Last content update: 6/21/2021​​​​

UPDATE July 19, 2021: In light of declining cases and widespread community vaccination against COVID-19, and the newly adopted workplace regulations issued by the California Department of Industrial Relations, Division of Occupational Safety and Health (commonly known as Cal/OSHA), the County of Santa Clara is phasing out of the May 18, 2021 Local Health Order.  The June 21, 2021 health order includes recommendations to continue to keep the community safe from COVID-19: (1) get vaccinated; (2) continue to emphasize outdoor activities; (3) avoid travel if you’re not fully vaccinated; and (4) continue to regularly test for COVID-19 if you’re not fully vaccinated and, regardless of vaccination status, get immediately tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms. The May 18, 2021 Local Health Order is rescinded, except for those businesses or governmental entities who have not yet completed two rounds of ascertainment of vaccination status of their personnel—a first round for all personnel and a second round for those who did not indicate they were fully vaccinated.  For those entities, once the second round is complete, the May 18th Order does not apply to them either.  All entities must maintain their records of compliance for the duration of the Cal/OSHA regulations.


The following documents can be reviewed for further information and updates.


New Order Issued January 7, 2021

The Health Officer issued a new Order regarding COVID-19 Vaccination Information and Plans. This Order will go into effect on January 7, 2021.


Public health Orders are legal orders issued under the authority of California law. Learn more about the enforcement of County and State Public Health Orders​. Violations of these orders are punishable by fine, imprisonment, or both.​

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Testing Order Issued September 16, 2020

The Health Officer issued an amended Order regarding Testing on September 16, 2020. This new order enhances testing access by expanding the number of Essential Workers entitled to testing, makes sure access to testing is easy and quick, and ensures that healthcare providers inform their patients about how to access testing. This Order will go into effect on September 25, 2020.


New Order Issued September 4, 2020

The Health Officer issued a new Order regarding influenza vaccinations on September 4, 2020. This Order will go into effect on September 8, 2020.

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